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Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled “Memento Mori”, and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Memento was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Nolan’s original Memento follows Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) who is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife’s killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, »
- Michelle McCue
The career of Academy Award nominee Guillermo del Toro is a curious thing. He is celebrated as a writer-director-producer of unique and compelling vision, having delivered movies such as Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth, and yet his projects seem as likely to stall before principal photography as they are to get in front of the cameras. He is famed for metaphorically ramming his head against the brick wall of Hollywood studio financing, with The Hobbit and At The Mountains Of Madness featuring among his personal non-starters – but he also creates giant blockbuster fare, such as Pacific Rim. Now, however, it seems that del Toro is taking stock, and looking to return to a long-gestating indie project, titled Silva.
While promoting his latest release, Crimson Peak, del Toro discussed his plans with The Guardian – explaining the logic behind a move that might well generate one of the most intriguing films currently in development. »
- Sarah Myles
Madrid – Cesc Gay’s “Truman,” Federico Veiroj’s “The Apostate” and Pablo Aguero’s “Eva Doesn’t Sleep” will face off in competition at September’s 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival with Asier Altuna’s “Amama,” Agusti Villaronga’s “The King of Havana” and Marc Recha’s “Un Dia perfecto para volar.”
The best-known film event in the Spanish-speaking world, San Sebastian runs Sept. 18-26.
Revealed Thursday at a packed Madrid press conference by San Sebastian fest director Jose Luis Rebordinos, the Spanish nationality movie line-up underscores ever-closer links between Spain and Latin America: Four of the six San Sebastian Golden Shell contenders are co-productions with Latin America.
Bulwarked by titles such as Alex de la Iglesia’s “My Big Night,” playing out of competition, Imanol Uribe’s “Lejos Del Mar,” Fernando Colomo’s “Isla Bonita” and Alvaro Longoria’s “The Propaganda Game,” the 20 movie line-up also confirms San Sebastian »
- John Hopewell
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
A traditional destination for Hollywood shoots, Andalusia returned to centerstage last October, when the cities of Seville and Osuna became the “Game of Thrones”’ kingdom of Dorne.
The fifth season of the hit HBO series rolled for 12 days in the Alcazar of Seville, a Moorish castle that doubled up as the Water Gardens of Dorne. In the bullring of nearby Osuna, production spent 13 days filming a four-minute scene with 500 extras.
“Since ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ no other international shoot has generated such popular enthusiasm and media impact,” says Carlos Rosado, prexy of Andalusia Film Commission.
Some 86,000 people initially applied for auditions as extras.
“Game of Thrones’” Andalusia shoot looks location-specific. “When they contacted us, they talked about the Alcazar — that’s what they really wanted, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
5 items from 2015
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