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Iggy Pop watches over a troupe of troubled circus performers in the stark new trailer for the French film, Starlight. The Sophie Blondy-directed film first made the festival rounds in 2013 and will arrive on Blu-Ray and video-on-demand May 9th.
Pop plays an angel-type figure who appears throughout the film as the members of the failing circus company find themselves embroiled in feuds and love triangles on the shores of the North Sea. As the troupe struggles to attract an audience, they split into warring factions with the ballerina Angele, »
It would be reductive and unfair to say that Michal Marczak’s “All These Sleepless Nights” is the film that Terrence Malick has been trying to make for the last 10 years, but it certainly feels that way while you’re watching it. A mesmeric, free-floating odyssey that wends its way through a hazy year in the molten lives of two Polish twentysomethings, this unclassifiable wonder obscures the divide between fiction and documentary until the distinction is ultimately irrelevant, using the raw material of real life to create a richer story of drift and becoming than “Song to Song” could ever manufacture from oblivious celebrities trying to find their characters between the notes.
Unfolding like a plotless reality show that was shot by Emmanuel Lubezki, this lucid dream of a movie paints an unmoored portrait of a city in the throes of an orgastic reawakening. From the opening images of fireworks exploding over downtown Warsaw, »
- David Ehrlich
Battling the blurring between fact and fiction since its very beginning, the art of documentary filmmaking is in an evolutionary moment. With the rise of ethnographic filmmaking changing the visual language of non-fiction cinema in its own way, directors like Michal Marczak are attempting to evolve the language for the type of verite cinema that has defined documentary filmmaking of the last half century.
Marczak’s newest film, All These Sleepless Nights stars Krzysztof Baginski, Michal Huszcza and Eva Lebuef, all playing themselves more or less, over the span of give or take a year in their lives. Best friends in art school, Michal and Kris float through their lives chain smoking, drinking freely and dancing with even less abandon, mixing philosophical musings about life, love and the history of their homeland, with raves and romances galore. Drawing as much influence from the French New Wave as it does anything resembling classical non-fiction filmmaking, »
- Joshua Brunsting
Legendary director Terrence Malick has commented about returning to his old style of filmmaking, and a move back to a definite script for his upcoming movies.
The mercurial director, who would once take great leaps of time between his movies, was known for his thematically compelling and visually beautiful films such as Days of Heaven, Badlands, and The Thin Red Line.
In more recent times, he has moved away from the restricting confines of a traditional plot, shooting his movies with barely any preparation and without a clear script.
But with his latest efforts To the Wonder, Knight of Cups, and Song to Song not being received as well as he would have liked, it looks like Malick will be returning to the methods that made him the icon that he is.
Malick talked specifically about his upcoming WWII film Radegund — which will be showing at Cannes this May — at Washington D. »
- Samuel Brace
And so the prostitute says, "Create the Illusion, but don't believe it." I am not sure if that is Terrence Malick's thesis with Song To Song, an elliptical fairy tale of despondency, but the film does feature Val Kilmer wielding a chainsaw on stage at the SXSW music festival, so there is that. It also embeds clips from Eric Von Stroheim's Greed, offers heartbreaking relationship advice from punk rock goddess Patti Smith, cheerfully cuts off Iggy Pop in mid-sentence and makes a little time for Natalie Portman to wait tables and attend church services kitted out in Erin Brockovich inspired push-up bras. Song to Song is Malick's fifth film in six years, not including his forthcoming Europe-set WWII epic, to be released later in 2017. Apparently,...
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Earlier this month, after Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song” debuted to very low numbers during its opening weekend, IndieWire asked film critics if audiences had finally lost their patience with the auteur director. It’s an understandable question given how polarizing Malick’s style has become in the years after “The Tree of Life.” His fragmented, wandering vision in “Song to Song” even forced some of his biggest advocates to question the direction of his career.
Read More: Have People Lost Patience With Terrence Malick? — IndieWire Critics Survey
While Malick will never just abandon all of his trademark flourishes, it appears he’s finally going back to more structured storytelling with his next film. Rumor had it that “Radegund,” a WWII drama about conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, would be Malick’s most narrative-minded film in years, and the director outright confirmed it during a chat at Washington D.C. »
- Zack Sharf
The Fate of the Furious, Free Fire, Phoenix Forgotten and more movies you need to see this April The Fate of the Furious, Free Fire, Phoenix Forgotten and more movies you need to see this April Adriana Floridia4/6/2017 9:26:00 Am
It's April now, which means it's rainy, gloomy, and you may want a cozy place to escape to. Lucky for us, there are a bunch of great movies opening at Cineplex this month that you'll definitely want to see.
There's a grand variety of films to choose from--including monster movies, dystopian thrillers, family dramas, and found footage horror films. Check out our list of the eleven movies you need to watch this April!
Release Date: April 7th
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- Adriana Floridia
From “To The Wonder” to the recently released “Song To Song,” Terrence Malick‘s increasingly freeform style has seen him fall out of favor with many critics. The director’s approach of late has been focused on trying to capture spontaneous, one of a kind of moments, which has meant giving his actors pages on the day of the shoot, and leaving every narrative possibility open to be explored.
Continue reading Terrence Malick Says He’s “Backing Away” From Making Films Without Scripts at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After decades of only hearing offhand remarks from those that worked with him, it was last fall when Terrence Malick made his first public appearance. Since then, the once-reclusive director came to South by Southwest Film Festival for a live talk following the premiere of Song to Song, and soon after stopped by Washington D.C.’s Air and Space Museum to participate in a post-screening Q&A for Voyage of Time. Courtesy of Alex Withrow’s recount of the night at And So It Begins, while there, the director mostly discussed his ambitious documentary, but he also expanded on his desire to gravitate back toward working with clear scripts and pre-planned productions.
Specifically, the director talked about this return for his upcoming WWII drama Radegund, which will be at the Cannes marketplace for potential buyers this May. “Well, in this case, there was a script, which was the evolutionally history of the universe, »
- Jordan Raup
While smart-house moviegoers can be discerning — see Fox Searchlight’s “Wilson” — the holocaust drama overcame modest reviews to score in wider initial release. The dearth of other product should help Focus to find bigger success ahead.
Read More: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Director Niki Caro Has a Plan for Fighting Hollywood’s Gender Gap
New openings finding niche interest were led by “David Lynch – The Art Life” (Janus) as smaller films continue to struggle.
At a time of dwindling movie ad revenue, streaming service Netflix took out two full-page ads for five films in both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. They touted four Sundance debuts: “The Discovery” starring Robert Redford and Rooney Mara, which played limited theatrical dates with no grosses reported, »
- Tom Brueggemann
Terrence Malick's latest film, Song to Song, opened quietly in the U.S. recently, and it's very much an example of populist experimental cinema. As I sat in a theater yesterday afternoon, struggling to stay awake and pay attention to the often gorgeous imagery, I kept wondering why I was attracted to Malick's work in the first place. His directorial debut, Badlands (1973), is a flat-out classic and I will brook no dissent. (Joking, of course; that's what the comments section is for!) His sophomore effort, Days of Heaven (1978), was not so universally accepted, as I recall, though I didn't see it for myself until 1979 or 1980, on a double-bill of both his films up to that point. I'd seen Badlands on television and...
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Val Kilmer has something to say to those who criticized his love of Cate Blanchett. The onetime Batman was at the Irvine Improv Wednesday night to introduce a screening of his one-man play “Citizen Twain,” when an audience member asked him who his favorite costar was to work with. “I can’t say Cate Blanchett,” he answered. “I wrote nice things about Cate Blanchett on Twitter and now I’m a pervert.” Also Read: Did Val Kilmer's Twitter Rant About Cate Blanchett Cross a Line? Kilmer was referring his weekend tweeting spree, where he gushed over Blanchett, who he »
- Carli Velocci
Kilmer, 57, made an appearance at the Irvine Improv in Irvine, California, on Wednesday night to introduce a special film screening of his one-man play, Citizen Twain.
During a Q&A, an audience member asked Kilmer who was his favorite costar to work with. “I can’t say Cate Blanchett,” he joked. “I wrote nice things about Cate Blanchett on Twitter and now I’m a pervert.”
He added, “I don’t know why loving an actor that’s so talented is creepy, but I guess I’m creepy. »
- Daniel Goldblatt and Raha Lewis
We are a few months into 2017 and already we had a number of standout movies like Get Out, Logan, and The Lego Batman Movie. Hopefully that is just the start of what is to come. Considering that, myself and Kevin – the hosts of podcast Cinema Geeks – combine forces to put a list together of 20 movies to watch in 2017.
Let us know what you think of the list in the comments below. Did they leave any off? Are the rankings off base? Let your voice be heard!
What Can Go Right: A film with this type of setup sure would have to be bungled in order for it not to work. It describes the life of British explorer Percy Fawcett who made several attempts to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon and disappeared in 1925 along with his son. It should be in good hands »
- Dan Clark
Natalie Portman and director Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits) appear to have hit it off. Last week, we saw them collaborate on the music video for the James Blake song “My Willing Heart,” a black and white short as beautiful as it is touching, showing a heavily pregnant Portman connecting with her unborn child in some downright amazing underwater photography. Now, after giving birth on February 22nd, she’s already back in the saddle to play the lead in Holmer’s next production, Bronco Belle, summarized as “Rocky on a bull.”
The film follows Raylene Jackson, a female bull rider described as a “vulnerable and determined American woman with a chip on her shoulder,” who’s struggling to be taken seriously in an extremely male-dominated sport. Indiewire goes on to report that Khurram Longi is on script duties and that “interest is already there” – and so it should be! After all, »
- David James
The clip is a meditative exploration that shows a distraught Mara dealing with the tragedy of her deceased spouse, often manifested as a simple ghost in a bed sheet.
“When I was little we used to move all the time,” Mara says. “I would write these notes, and I would fold them really small and I would hide them.”
“What did they say?” Affleck asks.
“They were just things I wanted to remember so if I ever wanted to go back, there would be a piece of me waiting,” Mara responds.
The film, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, takes place almost entirely in a single house in Texas with a ghost wearing the bed sheet after Affleck’s character dies in a car accident. »
- Dave McNary
Last week, Natalie Portman made news when she starred in the new music video for James Blake’s “My Willing Heart.” The black-and-white video was helmed by Anna Rose Holmer, the breakout director of “The Fits,” and features a very pregnant Portman connecting with her unborn child. Now, after giving birth to her daughter on February 22, the actress is already gearing up for a new project, which will reunite her with Holmer.
According to Deadline, Portman and Holmer are teaming up for “Bronco Belle,” which follows a bull rider (Portman) as she tries to make her mark in a male-dominated sport. Khurram Longi is handling the script. The project is being shopped around, and “interest is already there.”
- Yoselin Acevedo
Two of Hollywood’s hardest-working actors have teamed up with the distributor that made history at this year’s Oscars. Needless to say, awards voters will take notice. “A Ghost Story,” writer-director David Lowery’s haunting and poetic love story, will be presented later this year by A24, the company that catapulted “Moonlight” to Academy Award-winning glory. Filmed in Dallas, Texas, the indie premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Rooney Mara stars as a widow haunted by the ghost of her recently deceased husband: a figure draped in a white sheet with eye holes. Since procuring her second Oscar nomination in 2015’s “Carol,” the actor has appeared in an impressive amount of buzzy projects, including the recently released “Song to Song.” Casey Affleck, fresh off his Academy win for “Manchester by the Sea,” plays her ghostly companion. Described as everything from “daring” to “cartoonish” to “unforgettable,” Lowery »
If you only know Val Kilmer from his movies, you don’t really know Val Kilmer. The actor, who’s played everyone from Batman to Mark Twain onscreen and onstage, has what some might describe as an eccentric streak that most recently manifested in a series of tweets about Cate Blanchett over the weekend. The two appeared in Ron Howard’s “The Missing” and, more recently, Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song”; their time together appears to have left quite an impression on him.
“Once I flew all the way to Australia just to talk to Cate Blanchett,” Kilmer says in the first tweet, which is accompanied by a close-up photo of part of his face. “Her husband met me first. Or, instead, I guess, to be accurate.” He then introduces a hashtag and takes on »
- Michael Nordine
The Top Gun and Batman Forever star spent the weekend flooding his Twitter account with effusive posts lauding Blanchett, with whom he appeared in the 2003 Western The Missing and whom he again costars with in the new film Song to Song.
His posts included an admission that he once flew to Australia “just to talk” to the actress, only to be supposedly met at the airport by her husband, Australian playwright Andrew Upton. He »
- Michael Miller
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