10 items from 2016
Year after year film releases from January through June get the short end of the stick during the Oscar season, when latter-year entries — many of them fresh off exposure-boosting festival circuits — drown everything out.
There are exceptions, of course, but mostly, without the help of critical kudos and other precursor awards that deign to have long memories, quality work is frequently left in the also-ran pile. In an effort to keep the spotlight trained on deserving contenders, here is a long list of players we’d like to see remembered by the Academy later this year.
[Note: This list only includes films theatrically released to the public through the year’s midway point. Not all festival entries are eligible.]
Best Picture: “Weiner”
Rather than save it for the documentary feature category, why not just call one of the year’s best movies exactly what it is? This Sundance hit is somehow the perfect movie for now: Flawed heroes, media obsession with titillation yielding obfuscation of substance — it’s brilliantly in tune with the zeitgeist. »
- Kristopher Tapley and Jenelle Riley
With production set to begin next month, the cast of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner 2 keeps growing. Today we have word that the filmmaker will reunite with The Martian star Mackenzie Davis, who has signed on for a role in this long-awaited sequel. No details were given regarding what character she's playing, but the actress does join an impressive cast.
The Hollywood Reporter has the news, revealing she will star alongside Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Ana de Armas. Very little is known about the story, but it has been confirmed to be set several decades after the 1982 original. Warner Bros. recently pushed back the release date from January 12, 2018 to October 6, 2017, where it will go up against an untitled 20th Century Fox/Marvel movie.
THR reports that 29 year-old actress Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire, Smashed, The Martian) will join Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2, which will be helmed by the acclaimed director of Sicario, Denis Villeneuve. As per usual, Davis' role is being kept under wraps, so we have no idea if she'll be human or replicant, goodie or baddie. Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, Carla Juri and Robin Wright will also star in the sequel to Ridley Scott's masterpiece, which will see Ford reprise the role of ruthless lawman Rick Deckard. »
Christensen is on board to direct from a script he co-wrote with Jason Dolan. “Like Crazy” producer Jonathan Schwartz is on board to produce through his Super Crispy Entertainment banner with Christensen and Lerman exec producing.
Story follows three stages in the life of the title character, who writes the book of his generation before disappearing without a trace. The film begins production next week in New York City.
Sources say almost every young actor met with Christensen and Schwartz for the part after the script hit the market, but Lerman was particularly believable at playing all three stages of Hall’s life — he plays a 19, 24 and 30 year old in various parts of the film.
- Justin Kroll
A24 has announced that they've picked up the rights to Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks' critically-acclaimed 2011 book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, and that they have hired The Spectacular Now and Smashed filmmaker James Ponsoldt to write and direct the adaptation. Ponsoldt will also produce the movie with A24 and VisionChaos Productions' Eva Maria... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Last weekend Flickering Myth was given the opportunity to view a press screening of 10 Cloverfield Lane and interview stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and director Dan Trachtenberg in a roundtable discussion with other journalists. His first time directing a full length feature film, Dan Trachtenberg nevertheless brings a great amount of knowledge and skill from his experiences shooting short films such as Portal: No Escape and Kickin’ to 10 Cloverfield Lane. We spoke about how he chose his cast, the film’s amazing sound design and his partnership with J.J. Abrams. You can read our review of the film here and our interviews with Mary Elizabeth Winstead here and John Goodman here.
Mild spoilers follow for 10 Cloverfield Lane so if you want to avoid any other information (which I strongly recommend) check back after you’ve seen the movie.
Q: You said last night that you finished the movie the night before? »
- Ricky Church
So, when is a sequel not technically a sequel? This new film offers a crafty spin on a Hollywood staple. Let’s see, we’re now well aware of the prequel, a follow-up to a hit film usually made when the original seems to complete the story. Actually one of the stars of this flick was in one such prequel a couple of years ago, dealing with the events that occur immediately prior to the 1982 horror/Sf classic The Thing (also shared the same title). There have also been the spin-off flick in which supporting characters have taken center stage in a new tale. This Is 40 featured the third and fourth leads from Knocked Up. Just last year we had Minions, which was a spin-off and a prequel to the Despicable Me movies. Now we have a film that could be a new category, we might say that it »
- Jim Batts
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 the interwebs. 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 Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
If you’re reading this, you’ve likely seen Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi feature Blade Runner, but I’d wager most haven’t seen every version. Netflix has now added the theatrical cut, noted for its voice-over and different ending, to their streaming services. While it’s general consensus that this one isn’t the best cut, if you »
- TFS Staff
Film Independent, which produces the Indie Spirits, the L.A. Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, has chosen eight fellows for its 2016 Directing Lab, an eight-week intensive that allows emerging filmmakers to rehearse and shoot scenes from their in-progress feature films, under the guidance of industry veterans — including, this year, creative advisors Daniel Barnz ("Cake," "Phoebe in Wonderland"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen") and James Ponsoldt ("The End of the Tour," "Smashed"). Other 2016 mentors include casting consultants Meg Morman and Sunday Boling; producer Joan Scheckel ("Beginners," "Transparent"); and editing advisor Darrin Navarro ("Talullah," "The End of the Tour"). After selecting, workshopping, and shooting scenes from their feature-film projects, with digital camera, lighting »
- Matt Brennan
Cloverfield was something of a phenomenon when it hit theatres back in 2008, and today we were surprised with a trailer for the spin-off that nobody saw coming.
10 Cloverfield Lane stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed), as a woman who after awakening from a car accident, finds herself in the basement of a man who claims to have saved her life— played by John Goodman. This adds an extra element of fear—not only is Winstead’s character captured by two random dudes (the other being John Gallagher Jr.), there’s also the threat of a chemical attack—or perhaps, another monster.
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For audiences who enjoyed the hand-held, found footage, sickness-inducing style of Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane looks like the must-see film of this spring. From the trailer, it looks to be incredibly thrilling and has a wonderful cast.
- Adriana Floridia
10 items from 2016
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