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Hauntingly grim, full of appalling ironies and awful truths. This is most definitely not the feel-good movie of the summer. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big Sf geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There’s a reason why Snowpiercer — which could have, theoretically, easily been a centerpiece summer film for a major Hollywood studio — is getting handled with the timid kid gloves of an arthouse release by the industry, quietly dribbling into a few cinemas here and there instead of getting a big opening-weekend push out onto three thousand screens. It’s a reason that has a lot to do with what the film has to say about human nature, hope, despotism, and a revolutionary spirit that might want to counter that despotism. What Snowpiercer is about offers too harsh »
- MaryAnn Johanson
To mark the release of The Grand Budapest Hotel on 7th July, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
With a show stopping cast, The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of M Gustave (Ralph Fiennes: Skyfall, The Invisible Woman), a legendary and enigmatic concierge at the famous European hotel and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori: The Perfect Game), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend during the wars. Told by an older Zero (F Murray Abraham: Amadeus, Scarface) in retrospect to a young writer (Jude Law: Sherlock Holmes, The Holiday) we learn the history of The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Following the mysterious death of Madame D (Tilda Swinton: Moonrise Kingdom, Only Lovers Left Alive), it emerges that she has bequeathed her favourite – and most priceless – piece of art, Boy With Apple, not to a family member, but instead to beloved Concierge M. »
In addition to still-life model at MoMA and dance leader at Ebertfest, Tilda Swinton has now added “Redditeer” to her resume. She was on hand Monday for an Ama to promote Snowpiercer and put on her signature arty charm, earning a few nicknames (T-Swinny), declaring her love of Alt-j and revealing she’s actually a clone of David Bowie in the process. Here’s a few of some her best answers:
Have you ever considered changing your name (or at least how it appears in print) to the tilde symbol “~” a la Prince?
Frankly no, but since you mention it.. ~ xo
(Reddit also had some fun with this, calling her “~Swinton”, “Approximately Swinton”, “On the Order of Swinton”, “Deviantart user Swinton” and “Not Swinton”)
The Grand Budapest Hotel and Only Lovers Left Alive both seem like they must have been very fun movies to work on, was that the case? »
- Brian Welk
15. Stranger by the Lake
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
Written by Alain Guiraudie
Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »
In looking at the films I consider to be the best of 2014 so far compared to those I consider the worst and most disappointing I have to say, it isn't looking like 2014 is really all that great of a year. Then again, I'm quite fond of my "best of" list so far which includes a nice variety from a couple blockbusters (Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men: Days of Future Past) to a couple films I saw in Cannes last year (Only Lovers Left Alive, Venus in Fur), Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, two great A24 releases in Locke and The Rover and Richard Linklater's Boyhood, which is a bit of a cheat since it doesn't come out until July. Looking at that list of eight films, with two films I saw last year and one that hasn't hit theaters yet, it leaves me with five films I saw »
- Brad Brevet
Tilda Swinton has said that she hopes to return to the on-screen world of Narnia.
The actress wants to star in an adaptation of Cs Lewis's The Magician's Nephew.
"I have always hoped that there would be the chance to make The Magician's Nephew, the prequel to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," she said during her Reddit Ama.
"Such a fantastic story - the creation of Narnia and the Witch driving a coach and four horses around Victorian London at breakneck speed.
"But no word as yet. Let's cross our fingers."
Swinton was also asked whether she was a clone of David Bowie, to which she said: "The laboratory gave me strict instructions to issue no comment."
The actress played Jadis - better known as the White Witch - in Andrew Adamson's 2005 film The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and the 2008 sequel Prince Caspian.
Swinton was »
At the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York, John Hurt and I met up to discuss his pivotal role in Bong Joon-ho's not so merry-go-round science fiction thriller Snowpiercer. Hurt stars with Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer and Ah-sung Ko as the last inhabitants on an iced-over Earth. We also spoke about his work with John Huston, Fred Zinnemann and Richard Fleischer, Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, the triad with Lars von Trier - Dogville - Manderlay - Melancholia, and David Lynch's The Elephant Man. The genius of Brecht combined with Michael Colgan's Gate Theatre may turn into a new adventure for the consummate actor.
When I arrived, John Hurt was having lunch while watching »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Channing Tatum has also been confirmed for the movie, following rumours earlier in the week (via The Hollywood Reporter).
The comedy follows a fixer named Eddie Mannix who protected the stars of 1950s Hollywood.
Tatum will play a Gene Kelly-type star, with Fiennes as Laurence Lorenz, a studio director.
Swinton will take on the role of an influential Hollywood gossip columnist.
Tatum can currently be seen in 22 Jump Street and will appear in Jupiter Ascending in February 2015.
A little over six years after the fact, it's striking to revisit Tilda Swinton's reaction to winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "Michael Clayton." At the time, fans were jubilant and the audience was amused by her blunt "Oh, no" reaction and on-stage decision to give the statue to her agent. Watching the clip today there is a look of almost sheer horror on her face as her name is read and as she walks to the stage. This wasn't something Swinton strived for. She's an artist. Winning Oscars wasn't part of the plan if there ever was one. In the years since, however, Swinton has clearly found a way to balance her artistic interests with films that can find some legs in the global Hollywood movie-making machine. It hasn't been easy, though. She segued from David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" to Jim Jarmusch »
- Gregory Ellwood
22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum is the latest name set to be added to the new Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar!. Tatum is said to be in negotiations along with Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive) to feature in the cast, joining George Clooney (Gravity) and Josh Brolin (Oldboy) who have previously signed on to the project.
The film, which is set for release in 2015, is about a man maned Eddie Mannix, who is a Hollywood fixer in the 1950′s. Star Clooney said back in 2005 that the film would be the conclusion of his “idiot” trilogy with the Coens, after he featured in Intolerable Cruelty and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (he has since teamed with them for Burn After Reading).
Not much else is know on the project, but The Hollywood Reporter have said that Tatum’s part is a Hollywood star »
- Scott Davis
The Coen Brothers are two of the most well-respected filmmakers alive and working today, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that they always have their pick of Hollywood’s finest when it comes to casting their movies. Now, we’re hearing that Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes, three red-hot actors, are in negotiations to join the cast of the Coen Brothers’ next venture – a Hollywood-set period comedy titled Hail, Caesar!
Tatum, Swinton and Fiennes would join George Clooney in the movie, which centers on the strange life of Eddie Mannix (Clooney), a fixer who works for the Hollywood studios to protect the reputations of actors and actresses in the 1950s. Because this is a Coen Brothers movie, there’s a very colorful cast of supporting characters with whom Mannix comes into contact.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke news of the casting, Tatum »
- Isaac Feldberg
To say that our top three critics don’t always see eye-to-eye would be an understatement, but they can all agree on at least one thing: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is one of Wes Anderson’s best movies, and one of the strongest entries in a year that has so far offered no shortage of cinematic excellence. Also mentioned by at least one critic: a steamy gay-cruising thriller, a hotly debated biblical epic, and two staggeringly ambitious magnum opuses that clocked in at more than four hours apiece. There will be many more hours (and weeks, and months) of moviegoing to come before they have their final say on the year in movies, but at the moment, 2014 is off to an excellent start.
Here, listed in alphabetical order, are our critics’ picks for the best films released theatrically from January to June 2014:
Re-reading my Variety review of “Moonrise Kingdom,” I found the line, “While (Wes) Anderson is essentially a miniaturist, making dollhouse movies about meticulously appareled characters in perfectly appointed environments, each successive film finds him working on a more ambitious scale.” His latest is the apotheosis of that aesthetic — a nested series of stories as complex and intricately detailed as fine Swiss clockwork, given soul by the great Ralph Fiennes.
Between this and “The Lego Movie,” we’ve been spoiled by great animation this year. My expectations were sky-high for the follow-up to DreamWorks cartoon coming-of-ager, and writer-director Dean DeBlois exceeded them, delivering a sequel with integrity, one that respects and expands upon the original while aging the characters five years — a rarity in a medium where Bart Simpson has spent the last 25 years repeating Mrs. Krabappel’s fourth-grade class.
What an exhilarating experiment: Using just one actor (Tom Hardy), one location (a moving BMW) and a series of phone calls as his script, writer-director Steven Knight has crafted a gripping character-driven drama. It’s the polar opposite of all the comicbook movies hogging screens these days, not simply for its lack of visual effects and spandex suits, but because “Locke” recognizes that a flawed human being is infinitely more interesting than a superhero.
- Variety Staff
Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother) tackles his first English film with Snowpiercer, a unique film that takes place several years after global warming has turned the entire world into a frozen tundra, leaving only a few remaining survivors aboard a train with an immortal engine. While aboard the vessel, a class system develops, causing those in the back of the train to revolt, and fight for their say in the construction of their lives. I was lucky enough to catch up with director Bong, as well as the star of his movie, Tilda Swinton, for a quick interview. Together, we discussed the inspiration behind Swinton’s wacky Minister Mason character, the construction of the impeccable train, and the process of intertwining cultures.
So where do you begin when you create a character, especially one as outrageous as this one?
Tilda Swinton: Well this was really good fun »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Screen Crush Top Secret the making of an 80s comedy classic
The Playlist celebrates Chinatown's 40th Anniversary
Mnpp David Oyelowo twelve times
The Wire a rumor roundup on Doctor Strange and what's going on
The Movie Scene takes a different tack on those "halfway mark" lists that are starting round the web, merely ranking the films that were new to him this year on DVD... classics mixed with brand new things. I've never been able to compare different eras well in terms of "rank" - give me year to year contests or decade lists but otherwise... too tough!
Row Three I haven't listened to this yet but I love the concept: a podcast devoted to one movie soundtrack an episode with a new person interviewed about what the soundtrack meant to their life. This episode is Dirty Dancing
/bent Lupita Nyong'o on the cover of Vogue for July. Only the »
- NATHANIEL R
As July looms, the movie year is reaching its halfway point, and in the spirit of Indiewire's new Criticwire poll of 122 critics' favorite films of 2014 so far, we at Toh! offer up our own ten best lists. Favorites that keep popping up include "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Ida," "Only Lovers Left Alive" and "Under the Skin." Ryan Lattanzio: 2014 already looks like an even more interesting movie year than the bar-raising 2013. I'd be perfectly content if this were my year-end top 10, though I had to wrest several films from this list as it is -- including Richard Ayoade's "The Double," which makes for a mind-shifting double bill with Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy," and there was much to love about Lars von Trier's wildly flawed "Nymphomaniac." And with guilt I leave off Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive," maybe his best film in over a decade. 1. "Under the Skin" (Dir. Jonathan »
With 122 critics voting in Indiewire's second annual mid-year poll of the Criticwire Network, Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" checked in with a strong showing in first place. "Budapest" appeared on nearly 60% of the total ballots, while Jonathan Glazer's enigmatic, nightmarish "Under the Skin," Jim Jarmusch's modern nostalgia for the undead "Only Lovers Left Alive" and Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," a lush black-and-white tale of discovering the past, all finished close behind. See The Results: The Top Films of 2014 So Far In order to qualify for the poll, films were required to have received at least a one-week run in North America or a release on video-on-demand platforms. (Those films that have played at festivals but have impending release dates will be fair game for our traditional end-of-year poll in December.) One of the surprising results was a top-five finish for Phil Lord and Chris Miller's "The Lego Movie, »
- Steve Greene
The Grand Budapest Hotel I just received my copy of The Grand Budapest Hotel yesterday so I haven't had a chance just yet to explore it, though it does look a little light on features. I wonder, will Criterion get their hands on this one too in a couple yearsc Nevertheless, it's still one of the best movies of the year so far.
The Lego Movie Another solid movie, though not one I'm going to add to my collection. Once was enough for The Lego Movie for me, at least right now. I wouldn't be surprised if Warner Bros. does a big awards push at the end of the year for this one, maybe I'll watch it again then.
- Brad Brevet
They’re not the type to tackle you in the snow and rip your throat out. No, the two main vampires in director Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive are a far cry from the vicious fanged pack of 30 Days of Night. Sure, they still drink blood, but they don’t take it from unwilling innocents. You can see these eternal blood sippers ponder life and each other on Blu-ray and DVD before summer’s end.
Slated for an August 19th home media release, Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston. The Blu-ray / DVD release comes with a few bonus features for fans to savor, as well as cover art that depicts the two lead actors kicking back like mellow vamps:
Culver City, Calif. (June 16, 2014) – “Sony Pictures Classics’ visually poetic love story from Director Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers), Only Lovers Left Alive, will debut on Blu-ray™, DVD and DigitalHD Aug. »
- Derek Anderson
If you're anything like me, you've been wondering when you're going to be able to see Jim Jarmusch's vampire flick Only Lovers Left Alive (review), which has to date only been given a limited theatrical release. That all changes this August, when the bloodsuckers come home. Read on for release details!
From the Press Release
Sony Pictures Classics’ visually poetic love story from director Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers), Only Lovers Left Alive, will debut on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD August 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
The film is the apotheosis of American independent film and underground music, full of Jarmusch’s laconic sense of humor. Only Lovers Left Alive stars Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton, 2008, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) alongside co-stars Mia Wasikowska (Lawless), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), and John Hurt (Harry Potter).
Set against »
- John Squires
The tale of country legend Hank Williams is a cruel and heart wrenching little one. Thrust into stardom at age 14, Hank took Montgomery, Alabama by storm. But like all good teen idols, Hank took up drinking quickly, married his manager (sounds scandalous but they were actually the same age), released a bevy of hits, joined up with the Grand Ole Opry, sank deeper and deeper into the throes of alcoholism, and then added crippling prescription painkiller addiction on top of that when he started suffering from back problems. Williams shined bright with talent, known for songs like “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Hey Good Lookin’” and “I Saw The Light,” But any further success was cut short when Williams died at the age of 29 from drug and alcohol fueled heart failure. While hearing I Saw The Light probably now best conjures up images of Chapman beating the shit out of Pennsatucky in »
- Samantha Wilson
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