10 items from 2014
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
Borderline Films, the production company behind Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Simon Killer, is now looking to give their fans an opportunity to contribute to their newest feature, James White. Filmmakers Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond (who makes his directorial debut on this film) are reaching out via Kickstarter to help secure post-production editing costs and music rights. James White is in good company, as the banner's previous films have played the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, and have been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, four Gotham Awards, and won Best Director at Sundance (Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene). In addition to the behind-the-scenes names that are becoming quite familiar on the festival circuit, the pictures features Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi in front of the camera as well. »
- Dave Trumbore
Director: Andrew Renzi
Writer: Andrew Renzi
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Padding his directing resume with a stellar pair of dramatic shorts in the Sundance preemed The Fort (2012) and Karaoke! (2013), Andrew Renzi’s feature debut Franny (a Sundance Writers’ Lab project) happens to have plenty of added value with Richard Gere in the lead, Simon Killer dp Joe Anderson and Martha Marcy May Marlene‘s composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans on the technical side.
Release Date: Filming began around October, so this could technically be ready for Cannes, »
- Eric Lavallee
Director: Mona Fastvold
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
American indie meets Fjord sensibilities from a video/short filmmaker who was an unknown up until the mention of a collaboration with Brady Corbet on his forthcoming directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader. Unsurprisingly, the forthy, crispy cold, moody Bergmanesque drama with plenty of unresolve played like another Corbet-starring anti-Sundance vehicle in Simon Killer. We’re looking forward to our repeat viewing.
Gist: Written by Fastvold and Corbet, we find a young attractive couple renovating their Le Corbusier-like estate in the woods…Their lives are soon dismantled upon the arrival of unexpected guests. The Sleepwalker pokes at genre expectations and narrative contrivance in an effort to reveal something altogether more disturbing. »
- Eric Lavallee
Trevor Hogg chats with Addison Timlin about her transformation from a young Gypsy on the theatrical stage to a girlfriend on the big screen who has to deal with Satanic mayhem....
“I grew up doing theatre in New York when I was a kid,” recalls Addison Timlin who is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “I did a musical called Gypsy which Sam Mendes [American Beauty] directed and that’s when I fell in love with playing a character who was quite a departure from me. It was something I felt a lot more passionate about and attachment to creatively.” The Oscar winning British director consistently travels between the worlds of theatre and film. “I had great understanding of how Sam worked and had a great relationship with him; he guided me into playing a young and vulnerable Gypsy pushed aside. Sam held my hand through that in way which was nurturing and kind. »
Rising composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans have started to make quite a name for themselves, tuning up recent indie hits “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Simon Killer." And in keeping with their knack of lending an eerie, edgy texture to stories off the conventional path, they've once again conjured up something unique for an upcoming thriller. Bensi and Jurriaans are the team behind the score for "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy" starring Jake Gyllenhaal in the dual lead role. The film, about a professor who tries to find out the identity behind his doppelganger, is given an extra offbeat air thanks to the composers' work, which we described as an "atonal A-game of discordant cellos and oblique half notes that would make Jonny Greenwood proud, and keeps the movie tilted on its discomfiting axis." And below, you can get a taste of their work with three exclusive tracks from the soundtrack, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cinematographer Joe Anderson spoke to us about filming Toby Halbrooks' short "Dig" and Ben Cotner and Ryan White's "The Case Against 8." "Dig" shows the perspective of a young girl who watches her father dig a hole in their backyard while "The Case Against 8" is a documentary about the trial that lead to the appeal of Proposition 8. Anderson previously worked on 2012 Sundance entry "Simon Killer" and short "Karaoke!." What camera and lens did you use? For "Dig," we shot with the Arri Alexa and old Cooke Speed Pancros. For "The Case Against 8" we shot with the Sony F3 and the Canon 30-105 along with the Sony Ex-3. What was the most difficult shot in your movie, and how did you pull it off? Regarding Dig: Imagine shooting with four children in the Texas summer heat! Every single shot we pulled off was a miracle. Luckily the »
- Eric Eidelstein
Last year the Masters of Cinema series made a somewhat controversial move when they announced that a pair of contemporary films from two up-and-coming independent American filmmakers were being added to the collection. Antonio Campos' Simon Killer and Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess would be sharing shelf space with revered auteurs like Fellini, Lang and Welles under the collective "Masters of Cinema" banner. While this is not the first time "new" films have been included - Johnnie To' Mad Detective and Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Tokyo Sonata were among the very first titles released on Blu-ray - it was difficult to argue that either Campos or Bujalski had yet established themselves nationally or internationally, nor were their films likely to be particularly well-known or appreciated, if at all.While...
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“Martha Marcy May Marlene” producer and Borderline Films principal Josh Mond is in the midst of shooting his directorial debut “James White,” TheWrap has learned. The indie drama stars Christopher Abbott (“Girls”), Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City”), Ron Livingston (“Office Space”), Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi (“Need for Speed”), David Call (“Tiny Furniture”) and newcomer Mackenzie Leigh. “James White” stars Abbott as a troubled young man coming of age in the face of momentous family challenges. Also Read: ‘Simon Killer’ Review: An American (Creep) in Paris Mond, who wrote the script, is producing with his Borderline Films partners Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin. »
- Jeff Sneider
Glenn here with my yearly tradition of counting down 2013's best movie posters. I've done this for the last however many years at my own blog crowning such gorgeous designs as An Over-Simplification of Her Beauty, Here I Am, The Runaways, and Antichrist. but this year we've shipped it on over to The Film Experience. I've gotten a bit of a reputation as "the poster guy" due to being one of the only people online who seemed to look at poster art in details and with any sort of critical eye. Thankfully that's not so much the case anymore with more and more websites starting features and writing lists dedicated to key art. For once I was ahead of the curve!
This year's list was remarkably easy to compile. Perhaps it goes hand in hand with being a good year for film in general, but 2013 was an excellent year for the art of movie posters. »
- Glenn Dunks
10 items from 2014
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