5 items from 2014
Directed by Tim Fehlbaum
Dirty, grimy, and dusty, that’s how best to describe Hell. The heat can be felt, the dryness of the film comes off of the screen like a hot summer day in Chicago. Tim Fehlbaum takes a very tactile approach with his film, daring the audience to feel what his characters are feeling. The horror of Hell is that when the characters are hot the viewer feels hot. When the characters are struggling with thirst the audience feels like it needs a drink of water. Herr Fehlbaum asks a lot out of the characters he, and his screenplay compatriots, have created for Hell. He asks just as much, if not more, out of his films audience.
The first ten or so minutes of Hell are the most important minutes in the film. They establish this world, »
- Bill Thompson
Hell Frozen Over: Joon-Ho’s Dystopic Thrill Ride an Arresting Examination of Cold Humanity
His first feature film since 2009’s Mother, as well as his English language debut, Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, based on the French graphic novel series “Le Transperceneige,” has been hyped at fever pitch ever since storming the box office in his native South Korea last year. After a much publicized haggling between the director and the Weinstein’s’ wish to trim twenty minutes away for the American palette, it’s a glorious win for art over commerce with the release of the title as the director originally intended it. Not to mention it moves as slickly as the rattling train upon which its set, speeding through a running time that slightly curbs over two hours at a brilliant pace.
Simply, a post apocalyptic tale showcasing mankind’s innate need for degrading hierarchies even when facing extinction, »
- Nicholas Bell
While we were trying to figure out if it was the title that caused audiences to stay away from Edge of Tomorrow, a reader floated an idea that it wasn't the title at all, but instead cultural momentum. He writes, "If you don't have an already existing cultural space reserved that garners you momentum within the minds of audiences, that is to say pre-existing 'good-will' or interest, or are linked to it in some way (via a meta-brand like 'Marvel studios') you're basically close to screwed upfront." While there aren't any studies to back this up, I find this incredibly fascinating. Of course, there will always be outliers and it's no secret audience familiarity with a product will breed increased interest, which is, after all, the reason sequels exist in the first place. But has it reached a tipping point where it's not only a sound business decision »
- Brad Brevet
On a typical Monday in New York, a 26-year-old man and the 21-year-old prostitute he’d called to his home got into a fight when he refused to pay the man. It got ugly, breaking a glass door in the lobby, and police were having trouble reconstructing the fight when David Schwimmer appeared and told them his security cameras next door had captured the whole fight, making him a hero. I hope the prostitute got paid in the end. So that’s what Ross has been up to these days.
So it seems that Pixar’s next film, Inside Out, is basically Herman’s Head for teenage girls.
Paul Smith, an attorney in the Windsor case, feels that marriage equality will come to »
- Ed Kennedy
Arri Worldwide secures North American deal ahead of the Efm, where it will showcase two market premieres.
Santa Monica-based Vertical acquired all Us and Canadian rights for the adaptation of Otfried Preussler’s internationally bestselling children’s classic, which has been sold to 24 countries worldwide to date.
The film about a young woman suffering from cystic fibrosis who travels to Switzerland to end her life received the prize in the Newcomer category at this »
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5 items from 2014
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