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Sensuous. Challenging, Mysterious. Dark. Maddening. Just a few words that have been used to describe the cinema of Claire Denis. Her work is being illustriously shown in the retrospective ‘Objects of Desire: The Cinema of Claire Denis‘ by Tiff Cinematheque this October.
Grasping for a word to capture her early work, notably Chocolat and I Can’t Sleep, this word would undoubtedly be spellbinding. In Chocolat, Denis’ poised directorial debut, a secondary character notes that the house where most of the proceedings occur has a spell on it, and the same can be said of the film’s bewitched viewers. In this personal and semi-autobiographical work, the film explores themes of colonialism, family relations, and conscious isolation and distance (exhibited in the characters’ relationships to one another, within themselves, and geographically on a much more monumental scale). These themes are oft explored in Denis’ early filmography, and recur in her later White Material. »
- Leora Heilbronn
As the IFC folks set up Simon Killer for its VOD release on Netflix, itunes and Amazon, trailblazing actor Brady Corbet continues to stockpile what will be a huge ’14 campaign of indie and foreign film appearances with a part in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young. Deadline also mentions that Corbet will also be featured on HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge.
Gist: Featuring Ben Stiller, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, Charles Grodin and up-and-coming actor Adam Driver, this is about how an uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife loosen up a bit after they befriend a free-spirited younger couple. Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz is also on board.
- Eric Lavallee
Chicago – We hit your calendar and your wallet earlier this week with a special TV-only edition of What to Watch and now we’re back to fill in the films that were released this week on DVD, Blu-ray, and streamimg services that may catch your attention. Want to watch a movie this weekend? Why not make it one of these five? If I had to rank them in order of preference, here’s how it would go…
Photo credit: IFC Films
Adam Leon’s debut comedy captures a certain we-can-do-anything attitude that’s not only common to youth but has a unique flavor in New York City. Presented by Jonathan Demme, this festival hit (and Independent Spirit Award winner) has an energy that can best be described as infectious. The loose style of narrative and approach to character can be a bit frustrating but »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Alfie Allen ("Game of Thrones"), Michael Nyqvist ("Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol"), Adrianne Palicki ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") and Dean Winters ("30 Rock") have joined the revenge thriller "John Wick".
Keanu Reeves plays an ex-hitman who goes after the man who stole his car and killed his late wife's dog, only to become a target himself when the man turns out to be the son of a crime boss. [Source: Deadline]
The story follows an uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife (Ben Stiller, »
- Garth Franklin
The busy Meloncholia and Martha Marcy May Marlene actor has boarded a pair of projects. Brady Corbet has joined the ensemble cast of While We’re Young, about how an uptight documentary filmmaker and his wife loosen up a bit after they befriend a free-spirited younger couple. Directed by Noah Baumbach and produced by Scott Rudin, it stars Ben Stiller, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, Charles Grodin and Adam Driver. Corbet also has been cast in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, starring Frances McDormand, about a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy. Corbet will play Henry Thibodeau, devoted husband of Denise (Zoe Kazan). He recently wrapped production on the indie dramas Paradise Lost, Sils Maria — starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche — and Eden. Corbet’s other credits include Simon Killer and TV’s 24. He is repped by manager Brian Young at Killer Moxie and Wme. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Welcome back to The Stack. I'm sneaking this episode in before I leave for Fantastic Fest; it's a light week but there are some real gems here. For those not easily offended, Hidden in the Woods from Artsploitation will probably offend you anyway. Less offensive than downright disturbing is the psychological thriller Simon Killer from IFC. Shout Factory and Scream Factory bring a couple of classics up to date with Blu-rays of Day of the Dead and Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie and, last but not least, Kino kills it with their solid Blu-ray release of the 1940 Bela Lugosi vehicle The Devil Bat. The next episode of The Stack after I return from Fantastic Fest. Until then make sure to check out The Stack Holiday Gift Guide a little...
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French director Mia Hansen-Love ("Goodbye, First Love," "The Father of My Children") is currently at work on her next project, "Eden," which centers on the electronic music craze of the early '90s. American indie darlings Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha") and Brady Corbet ("Simon Killer") are set to star. They join an international cast including Pauline Etienne ("The Nun"), Golfshiteh Farahani ("My Sweet Pepperland"), Vincent Lacoste ("Les beaux gosses") and Vincent Macaigne ("The Rendez-vous of Deja-vous"). According to Cineuropa, "Eden" follows teenager Paul as he runs away from home and gets swept into the burgeoning dance and garage music scene. After a few years, Paul and a friend begin to establish themselves as deejays in Paris, a move that brings both success and plenty of trouble. Hansen-Love and her brother, Sven (who himself worked as a deejay in Paris in the '90s), co-penned the original screenplay. Hansen-Love's cinematic sensitivity for the complexities of young. »
- Beth Hanna
★★★★☆ Though you'd be forgiven for initially thinking that 'Travis Bickle: The Post-College Life' was playing out in front of you (with a healthy dose of Gaspar Noé thrown in), Antonio Campos' Simon Killer (2012) soon settles into a unique and riveting psychological thriller. Simon (Brady Corbet) is a college graduate backpacking around Europe and nursing a broken heart after a recent split. Staying at the uninhibited home of a family friend in Paris, his growing melancholy and loneliness causes him to wander aimlessly around the city, until it eventually leads him to an awkward sexual encounter in an underground brothel.
The prostitute Simon procures (Constance Rousseau) takes pity on him when he arrives back the following night - having been robbed after a scuffle in the streets - and agrees to let him stay with her for a few days. It's not long, however, before he has insinuated himself into her life, »
- CineVue UK
Production kicks off this week on Olivier Assayas' "Sils Maria," and joining his already starry leads—Juliette Binoche, Chloe Moretz and Kristen Stewart—is an equally impressive supporting cast. So let's get right into it. Daniel Bruhl (the upcoming "Rush" and "The Fifth Estate"), veteran Bruno Ganz ("Downfall," "Wings Of Desire"), indie kid Brady Corbet ("Simon Killer") and U.K. thesp Tom Sturridge ("On The Road" reteam with KStew, Zomg!) have all come on aboard the movie. The movie will tell the story an older actress (Binoche) who gets obsessed-over by a younger thesp (Moretz) taking on a role the older actress made famous. Bruhl takes the role of a theater director, with Sturridge to play Moretz's boyfriend. No word yet on the parts for Ganz and Corbet.IFC—who have release the director's last three efforts stateside, "Summer Hours," "Carlos" and "Something In The Air"—has already snapped up the U. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will reissue Oliver Stone‘s Academy Award Winning investigative film JFK in a 4-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition box set later this year; it is already available for pre-order. The set includes a 44 page hardcover book of photos from the movie, a 32 page hardcover book of quotes from JFK, six [...]
- Romney J. Baldwin
Eureka Entertainment has announced its August and September new releases on its Masters of Cinema label and true to form it offers a sextet of recognised classics and emerging new talent from every corner of World Cinema.Michelangelo Antonioni's La Notte and Federico Fellini's Il Bidone both appear on Blu-ray for the very first time, as do two classics from Douglas Sirk, The Tarnished Angel and A Time to Love and a Time to Die. Also appearing in the collection is Maurice Pialat's Van Gogh, as well as a brand new release in the form of Antonio Campos' 2012 sophomore feature, Simon Killer.As always, we'll bring you more details about these releases nearer the time, but you can check out the packshots below, as well as...
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Aside from quality projections, there is nothing that arouses me more during a festival than to get the feeling of communal caring for the 7th art. Day 2, 9:00 a.m’s screening of Jerry Schatzberg’s Scarecrow (see fest pic below) was packed with Karlovy Vary patrons (the demo are an enthusiastic mid 20′s to early 30′s type crowd) and this trickled onto my screenings of “films from the past” in Afterschool and Reprise. As part of Schatzberg’s homage, both Puzzle of Downfall Child (1970) and The Panic in Needle Park (1971) will be shown. Starring the oddball pairing of a fun to watch, improvisational not-yet-bark full of bite Al Pacino and layered Gene Hackman, this digitally projected copy of the film happened to be was my first ever viewing of the road movie that won big in 73′ edition of Cannes (The Conversation, also starring Hackman would win the same prize »
- Eric Lavallee
Like so many international cinephiles, Karel Och considers American movies of the 1970s among the high points of film history. The difference between Och — who serves as artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival — and many of his movie-loving peers is that the Czech enthusiast was raised in a communist country where access to the likes of “The Last Detail,” “Night Moves” and “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” was forbidden until the Velvet Revolution of 1989.
“We read a lot about these films, either from film magazines or books, starting in the ’90s, when you could finally talk about these films. The cult status in your head would get bigger and bigger until you finally had a chance to catch up with them,” says Och, who pursued a film studies degree in Prague, and later binged on all the cinema he’d missed out on as a teen during a six-month exchange program in Paris. »
- Peter Debruge
Peter Strickland’s British horror deconstruction Berberian Sound Studio opened yesterday in a crowded field of fifteen new releases, but if graphic design was all it took to get people into theaters Bss should be way ahead of the field. The startling grayscale collage of the Us one sheet was designed by the suddenly prolific Brandon Schaefer who, as IFC Films’ new house designer, has designed two of my other favorite posters of the year so far, for Simon Killer and Gimme the Loot. He has also started giving me a run for my money writing about movie posters for Film.com. I particularly like his introduction about his personal design education, his process piece about Simon Killer, and his rant against the facile nature of fan art minimalism (though I do think there he omits giving praise where praise is occasionally due).
Berberian Sound Studio is a mysterious and »
- Adrian Curry
Call it the curse of Christopher Reeve. The man was just too iconic for his successors’ good. From the admirable but endless Smallville, to Brandon Routh‘s one-off crash landing impersonation of Reeve in Superman Returns (2006), no one has been able to replace the original man of steel in the 35 years since the the 1978 classic, Superman. Now, director Zach Snyder (300, The Watchmen) takes the helm of this deceivingly tricky franchise with a visually dense digital origin story that harkens the return of the evil Kryptonian General, Zod!
- HL Intern
Josh Hutcherson has a long road ahead of him in "The Hunger Games," but he's staying plenty busy in between trips back to Panem. The latest project he's tossed on his to-do pile is a thriller called "Ape," which he'll both star in and produce. It's described as "a dramatic tale of a young man's struggle with mental illness, love, and a deep-rooted family secret." It will be interesting to see if Hutcherson's rising star can bring attention to a small indie film like this. The script is from newcomer Jon Johnstone, and it will be directed by Miguel Sapochnik, whose most high-profile movie has been "Repo Men" with Jude Law and Forest Whitaker. Although Hutcherson has been acting steadily for the past decade or so, he really made people sit up and notice him in 2010's "The Kids Are All Right." He'd done drama before, but not for anything »
- Jenni Miller
Director Sarah Polley takes her personal exploration as a filmmaker inward to her family tree with Stories We Tell, a thoroughly delightful documentary about a secret buried by time. Using her own family members as subjects, Polley uses the contradicting stories of her relatives to uncover a bigger truth about storytelling, and the unbreakable bond of family despite life’s many surprises.
This is Polley’s first documentary, as she has previously directed narrative features the extremely good Take This Waltz last year with Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Luke Kirby, and also Away From Her, with Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent. She has more credits in front of the camera, with an acting filmography that includes Splice, Dawn of the Dead, Go, eXistenZ, and The Sweet Hereafter.
I sat down with Polley to talk about her film, in an exclusive interview that she described as “a whole bunch of weird-ass questions, »
- Nick Allen
Today’s film is the 2008 short Protect You + Me. The film stars Daniel London and Patricia Conolly, and is written and directed by Brady Corbet. Corbet has built a critically acclaimed career by turning in strong leading and supporting roles in indie features such as Mysterious Skin, Funny Games, and Martha Marcy May Marlene. His newest starring feature, Simon Killer, which he co-wrote with director Antonio Campos and co-star Mati Diop, is currently playing in limited release in American theatres.
- Deepayan Sengupta
‘The Iceman’ dares to explore the family life of one of the most notorious mob killers of all time.
From 1948 to 1986 the infamous mob hitman Richard Kuklinski claims to have murdered as many as 250 people, mostly in the greater New York area. Some of them for money, many just for fun. At the April 29 premiere of Millenium Entertainment’s drama about the killer’s life, The Iceman, hosted by Grey Goose, the question posed was this: can a savage murderer for hire also be a genuine family man?
James Franco‘s answer to that question might be a strong, maybe. The Oz The Great And Powerful actor makes a brief cameo as a small-time porn director who meets a swift but sadistic end at the hands of Kuklinski. Franco was initially slated to play a much larger role as another cold character, Kuklinski’s ice-cream truck driving accomplice, Mr. Freezy, »
- HL Intern
On the level of a simple plot synopsis, the odd new psychological thriller Simon Killer probably sounds like a lot of movies you've seen before: an aimless young man wanders through Paris without much in the way of purpose or direction -- but slowly becomes embroiled in a low-key noir-style story about blackmail, prostitution, betrayal, and (of course) a murder or two. Fortunately (or not, depending on your perspective) Antonio Campos' laconic but icily compelling new movie is more of a suspenseful character study with aspirations of legitimate artistry than it is yet another simplistic and low-budget horror tale about a man who mistreats women.
Much of the credit for how well the film works -- despite a slow and methodical pace that some might find off-putting -- lies in the performance of lead actor / co-writer Brady Corbet. Right from the opening scenes (hell, straight from the title) we »
- Scott Weinberg
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