18 items from 2017
Firstly let me apologise for being away for so long and thank you for having me back. I wrote Get Santa because I’d just had a son and was feeling like I wanted to do something that he could watch in the next 15 years. I expected the film to take a year to come together but it ended up taking four years. My son was by that time old enough to come to the premiere with a few of his class mates.
Back to the question, Frightfest is extremely important, »
- Phil Wheat
Berlin– Ad Vitam, one of France’s leading independent distribution companies, is set to produce Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s “Les estivants,” the actress-turned-director’s follow-up to “A Castle in Italy” (pictured above) which competed at Cannes
Launched in 1998 by Gregory Gajos, Arthur Hallereau and Alexandra Henochsberg, Ad Vitam has been raising its profile and scope lately with the launch of sales outfit Alma Cinema in partnership with Charles Gillibert’s production company CG Cinema (“Mustang,” “Personal Shopper”).
Although Ad Vitam is usually mainly involved in distribution and co-production, it boarded Tedeschi’s project as a full-on producer because of Henochsberg’s close relationship with Tedeschi. A popular actress in Europe, Tedeschi recently starred in Paolo Virzi’s “Like Crazy,” which played at Directors’ Fortnight in cannes, and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay,” a competition entry at Cannes in 2016.
Budgeted at 6 million euros ($6.8 million), “Les estivants” was written by Bruni Tedeschi »
- Elsa Keslassy
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
A travelogue through one artist’s subconscious, Cameraperson is perhaps the most plural film of 2016 – a formal, tonal, situational, and pacing exercise that lulls viewers into thinking it’s set on one thing before turning towards seemingly new territory. And it never feels out-of-balance because director Kirsten Johnson has, by building this film around moments that “marked” her, granted such an intimate experience that it almost feels wrong to intellectualize much of anything that’s going on here, »
- The Film Stage
Matthew McConaughey, who won an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club,” will star in comedy “The Beach Bum,” which Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”) will write and direct. Rocket Science will handle international sales commencing at the European Film Market in Berlin.
LeGrisbi Productions’ John Lesher, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, and Iconoclast’s Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce, with principal photography scheduled to begin in July.
Creative Artists Agency arranged financing for the film and will represent its North American distribution rights.
“’The Beach Bum’ follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious and loveable rogue who lives life large,” according to a statement.
Korine said: “’The Beach Bum’ will be a wild, audacious ride! And I can’t think of anyone better than Matthew McConaughey to play our hero Moondog, a rebellious charmer in this fast-paced, uplifting and irreverent comedy.”
Lesher said: “In ‘The Beach Bum, »
- Leo Barraclough
6 February 2017 11:36 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Coming-of-age stories that center on a dark secret are not exactly a novelty. Stand by Me remains one of the classics in the genre, and Grass Stains, which had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, shows the influence of that seminal Rob Reiner film drawn from a Stephen King story. The new film stumbles in revisiting that terrain, but its fine cast and moments of power make it affecting all the same. The rising stature of leading actor Tye Sheridan (best known for his role in Jeff Nichols’ Mud and soon to be seen in a »
- Stephen Farber
1 February 2017 7:18 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
MacLaine will receive the lifetime achievement award and the "Star of Texas" award for her Oscar-winning role in Terms of Endearment.
Oscar-nominated producer Sarah Green — whose films include The Tree of Life, Knight of Cups, Frida, Girlfight, Midnight Special, Mud and Take Shelter — will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame. Green works closely with Austin-based writer-directors Jeff Nichols and Terrence Malick.
- Hilary Lewis
MacLaine, winner of a 1983 acting Oscar for “Terms of Endearment,” will accept the Star of Texas Award for the Texas-set film. She will also receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Texas Film Hall of Fame. MacLaine’s long career encompasses classics like “The Apartment” and “Steel Magnolias,” and she was awarded the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 2012.
Austin Film Society Bangs Drum for Lone Star Filmmakers
Academy Award-nominated producer Green has produced Texas-made films including Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song” and “The Tree of Life.” She also produced the films “Mud” and the Academy Award-winning “Frida.”
Founded in 1985 by Richard Linklater, Afs launched the Texas Film Awards »
- Dani Levy
Author: Scott Davis
A couple of years ago, a cinematic event happened so wondrous, so monumental that you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about it. That event was The McConaissance, the return from rom-com and failed blockbuster obscurity of Texas’ finest Matthew McConaughey. Freed from the shackles of getting his shirt off and romancing some of Hollywood’s finest actresses, McConaughey excelled in Mud, Killer Joe, True Detective and his Oscar-winning turn in Dallas Buyers Club.
But since that celebratory evening, the actor has found his subsequent projects fall a little short (Free State of Jones and The Sea of Trees flopped), but it’s with great relish (and relief) then to say that Gold is his return to top form – and the realms of “method” – with a superb performance that is one of the best of the year.
McConaughey plays Kenny Wells, a down-on-his-luck prospector/businessmen who is »
- Scott Davis
Author: Scott Davis
After what seems like a long road to UK cinemas, the acclaimed true story Loving is finally arriving in UK cinemas and given a fresh impetus after star Ruth Negga was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress last week. We sat down with her and writer/director Jeff Nichols to discuss the extraordinary true story of one couple’s love amongst insurmountable odds.
The film is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Negga), a young couple who were married in 1958 in Washington DC. They actually lived in Virginia but due to anti-miscegenation laws they had to leave the state in order for their marriage to be considered legal, but on their return home they are arrested and sentenced to a year in prison. However, the judge presiding over the case decided that the couple could leave on condition »
- Scott Davis
Roadside Attractions and FilmNation Entertainment have bought North American rights to “Beatriz at Dinner.” The comedy debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, earning praise for Salma Hayek’s lead role as a holistic healer. Although written and produced before Donald Trump assumed the presidency, many critics also noted that the picture had a topical air. It follows Hayek’s character, an immigrant from Mexico, as she faces off with a tough-minded real estate mogul and billionaire, played by John Lithgow. The parallels are difficult to miss.
“Beatriz at Dinner” was written by Mike White and directed by Miguel Arteta, the team behind “Chuck & Buck.” In a Variety review, chief film critic Owen Gleiberman praised the directing and writing duo, writing that “they’ve created the kind of Trump-tweaking film that specialty audiences will surely want in 2017: one that says there are two American destinies now, and that »
- Brent Lang
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
If my limited experience with Philip Roth adaptations is any indication, his novels deal in emotion. There are existential crises concerning identity involved, each a character study about life’s impact beyond the surface experiences propelling them forward. This isn’t something easily translated from page to screen when so much consists of internalized motivation. You must really look into the text, ignoring plot to »
- The Film Stage
It’s unusual, at the Sundance Film Festival, to see a drama about a subject like the Iraq War. The economics of scale required to stage an authentic combat scene don’t tend to mesh with indie-film budgets — and besides, there are enough towering war films in our time that the bar for them has been set extraordinarily high. So say this much for “The Yellow Birds”: When it plunks the audience down into a crumbling urban war zone, where every dirt road and alleyway could be a path to oblivion, the movie, if nothing else, creates a physically convincing atmosphere of instability and fearful tension. The movie opens with U.S. soldiers walking across a dark field, past palm trees (one of which is on fire), in a grimly patterned death march that evokes — ironically — the final moments of “Full Metal Jacket.” And, indeed, Stanley Kubrick’s great »
- Owen Gleiberman
Despite starring in a major blockbuster like X-Men: Apocalypse, Tye Sheridan still excels at playing rich characters in smaller, independent movies, such as Mud and Joe, films he can really deep dive into. Now out in theaters, Detour is his latest indie effort, and it’s a crime thriller well worth a watch.
Sheridan portrays a young law student named Harper in the film, who blindly and drunkenly enters into a pact with Johnny (Emory Cohen), a dangerous thug who offers to kill Harper’s stepfather after Harper tells him he thinks the man’s responsible for the accident that sent his mother into a coma.
When Johnny shows up at Harper’s door the next day, he demands they drive to Las Vegas, where Harper’s stepdad will be. Also along for the ride is Cherry (Bel Powley), Johnny’s reluctant associate, but as the trio head into the desert, »
- Matt Joseph
Tye Sheridan is having a good few years. First he played in acclaimed indie fair like Tree Of Life, Mud, and Joe, then recently played Cyclops in X-men: Apocalypse, and is now currently starring in the highly-anticipated Ready Player One adaptation from Steven Spielberg. Now he has the indie thriller Detour coming out. Here's a trailer: So the film has a cool split-screen gimmick that... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
There’s a special bond that exists between Director Jeff Nichols and cinematographer Adam Stone. Loving sees the duo working together again after their acclaimed collaboration on Mud, Midnight Special, »
- Jazz Tangcay
Five films into an increasingly acclaimed career, Jeff Nichols, Variety’s Creative Impact in Directing honoree, keeps hitting firsts. His directorial debut, 2007’s “Shotgun Stories,” was not only his first film, but had its world premiere at the Berlin fest, marking Nichols’ introduction to the international fest circuit.
Follow-up “Take Shelter” bowed at Sundance and screened at Cannes, his first time at each fest; “Mud,” Nichols’ first Cannes premiere, was also his first time working with A-list talent (Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon); and “Midnight Special,” released in early 2016, was his first film for a major studio (Warner Bros.).
But it’s Nichols latest film, “Loving,” that could draw another first: Oscar nominations. Tipped as a best picture contender since it was unveiled at Cannes in May, the film, inspired by the powerful true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, is also a strong nomination possibility in adapted screenplay, directing, »
- Geoff Berkshire
“Loving is a warm, moving, deeply romantic film.” – Cate Marquis (review)
Follow the incredible real-life tale of courage and commitment as an interracial couple fights for marriage equality in the case that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court in Loving, arriving on Digital HD on January 24, 2017 and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on February 7, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Loving on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD features a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and insightful commentary from writer/director Jeff Nichols. The Focus Features movie is nominated for two Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor [Drama] (Joel Edgerton) and Best Actress [Drama] (Ruth Negga).
Loving is the new film from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special). Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed in the film by Golden Globe nominees Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga »
- Michelle McCue
Director Jeff Nichols released two films this past year. The first was “Midnight Special,” about a father and son who go on the run from the government and a cult drawn to the boy’s special powers. The second was “Loving,” a historical drama about interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving and the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
The film received positive reviews since its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and soon the Aclu will host a special screening of the film this January. Watch an exclusive featurette below featuring Jeff Nichols, Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga and other cast members discuss bringing this true story to life.
Nichols has previously directed three other features: “Shotgun Stories,” about a feud between two sets of »
- Vikram Murthi
18 items from 2017
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