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Sitting alongside the 42nd annual Gent Film Festival in Belgium (October 13-24), the 15th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards doled out its musical honours with a coinciding orchestral concert featuring the works of leading composers Alan Silvestri, Patrick Doyle and Daniel Pemberton.
Michael Giacchino was awarded with top honours as Film Composer of the Year for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Inside Out and Jurassic World. He was previously the World Soundtrack Award’s Discovery of the Year in 2005 for his work on The Incredibles.
Antonio Sanchez was also a big winner, beating out Bruno Calais (Song Of The Sea), Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar) and Johann Johansson (The Theory Of Everything) for Best Original Film Score of the Year (Birdman).
Sanchez also nabbed the Discovery of the Year Award.
“I remember »
★★★★☆ The Mexican drug trade and its impact on the Us has been documented in several films and shows from Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000) and Ridley Scott's The Counsellor (2013) to Breaking Bad and most recently Denis Villeneuve's Sicario (2015). The sense of hopelessness in the face of almost unimaginable brutality powered by the logic of feral capitalism has also led to the exasperated hopelessness of No Country for Old Men (2007) and the exploitative nonsense of Oliver Stone's Savages (2012).
- CineVue UK
Ten years after he won Discovery of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards, Michael Giacchino won the film music ceremony’s top prize — Composer of the Year — at the event’s 15th annual edition in Gent, Belgium on Saturday. Giacchino faced some stiff competition, including reigning Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat, who has been nominated in the category nine consecutive years dating back to 2007, having won five times. Giacchino was recognized for his scores for the Pixar hit “Inside Out,” as well as “Jurassic World” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
Other winners at the concert/ceremony, which acted as the grand finale of the 42nd Film Fest Gent, included Antonio Sanchez, whose drum score for “Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” earned him both Score and Discovery of the Year honors, a decidedly unorthodox choice for the international body of film pros who decide on such matters. »
- Steve Chagollan
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.
Aladdin (Ron Clements and John Musker)
The first film I recall seeing in a theater, Aladdin was certainly a formative moviegoing experience, and having recently revisited it over the summer, it still wonderfully holds up. Now coming to Blu-ray, Disney’s remastered edition includes a wealth of extra, topped by a nine-minute reel of Robin Williams outtakes, coming to life with storyboards. Also including a pair of audio commentaries, a featurette on the Broadway adaptation, and more, it’s an essential pick-up. »
- TFS Staff
An excellent complement to the novel, simplifying the science without dumbing it down yet retaining the suspense and urgency of its interplanetary stranding. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly really like the cast and the director
I’m “biast” (con): love the book (and we all know the book is always better than the movie)
I have read the source material (and I love love love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Andy Weir’s novel The Martian is one of those very rare books that I almost literally could not put down. I mostly only have time to read during my relatively brief and nondaily commute, and even books I’m enjoying the hell out of will get put aside out of necessity — because I lack the time — for days or even a week if I don’t have the opportunity of otherwise-useless (ie, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Entertainment One has announced that the first season of Fear the Walking Dead, AMC’s hit companion series to The Walking Dead, is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on December 7th in the UK and is now available to pre-order via Amazon.
Fear The Walking Dead features an incredible cast including; Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, The Blind Side) as high school guidance counsellor, Madison Clark; Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard, Last Knights) as English teacher and Madison’s boyfriend, Travis Manawa; Frank Dillane (In The Heart Of The Sea, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as 19-year-old drug addict and son of Madison, Nick Clark; Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into The Storm, The Devil’s Hand) as top student and daughter of Madison, Alicia Clark; Lorenzo James Henrie (Star Trek, Warrior Road) as rebellious teenager and son of Travis, Christopher Manawa; Elizabeth Rodriguez (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Vampire Diaries) as single mother, »
- Gary Collinson
After the divisive Prometheus and the poorly received The Counsellor and Exodus: Gods and Kings, Sir Ridley Scott has found himself back on top with The Martian. The movie has so far received widespread critical acclaim and exceeded expectations with over $120 million at the worldwide box office to date.
That number looks set to rocket this weekend, however, and Pan is going to be a casualty of The Martian‘s surprise success. Early estimates place it as having a strong second weekend haul of between $32 million – $34 million following around $10 million today. With a incredible cast led by Matt Damon, the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars has really resonated with moviegoers, and is generating some early Oscar buzz.
- Josh Wilding
With Ridley Scott committed to the "Prometheus" sequel "Alien: Paradise Lost" and with plans for potentially two more films that would link back up with the "Alien" franchise, it raises an obvious question.
That being how in the hell does Neil Blomkamp's direct "Aliens" sequel fit into all this and how will Scott's plans affect it? We know Scott is producing the Blomkamp film which will come sometime after 'Paradise Lost', and speaking with Empire this week he suggests the film will take the almost three decades since "Aliens" release into consideration:
"I'm producing [Blomkamp's movie]. It's designed to go next after ['Alien: Paradise Lost']. ["His version] is more associated with Ripley. It's coming from a completely different angle. It's kind of more of a sequel… after, after after. I'm coming at it from the back end."
Scott says he's keen to make two films a year going forward, likely one major and one quick smaller film »
- Garth Franklin
Director Ridley Scott makes the most of an excellent script and a first-rate star for a scintillating sci-fi trip to the red planet
Proving conclusively that it really is all about the writing, Ridley Scott’s most enjoyable film in years reassures us that the creakiness of Prometheus, the cack-handed contrivance of The Counsellor and the sheer stodginess of Exodus: Gods and Kings were genetically rooted in their respective screenplays. Scott may not have the best eye for a decent script (he thought A Good Year read like a charming Russell Crowe vehicle), but when the right words are on the page he can visualise them like no other. From the creative back and forth of Hampton Fancher and David Peoples on Blade Runner, through the genius of Callie Khouri’s Thelma and Louise screenplay, to this terrifically crowd-pleasing adaptation of Andy Weir’s book by The Cabin in the Woods creator Drew Goddard, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
20th Century Fox
Sir Ridley Scott finally makes a welcome return-to-form with The Martian; the brilliant, expansive and immersive sci-fi blockbuster aided by a remarkable ensemble cast. After underwhelming consistently with his recent outputs (Exodus: Gods And Kings, The Counselor, Prometheus), the Matt Damon vehicle sees the legendary auteur’s most robust and coherent release since Gladiator.
Hollywood has now mastered the art of space imagery and is truly able to transport their audiences to planets and galaxies far, far away, but despite exceptional visuals and dramatic advances in filmmaking technologies, the principals of great cinema will forever rely upon storytelling and realised characters.
Last year, fanboys across the globe were left stunned and speechless by Christopher Nolan’s operatic and sprawling Interstellar, and clearly enraptured in a haze of Hans Zimmer-Hoyte van Hoytema wonder, forgot that it’s actually an incredibly mediocre movie.
The Martian on the other hand, »
- Chris Haydon
- Phil Pirrello
Stranger in a Bland Land: Scott’s Toilsome Return to Space
Ridley Scott, who is on the same annual cinematic trajectory as Woody Allen when it comes to churning out films, returns again to sci-fi with The Martian, an adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel. Fans of the source material will already know the title is somewhat of a misnomer, as this is one epic from Scott that doesn’t include an extra-terrestrial presence. Thematically, this is family friendly stuff, of the Ron Howard Apollo 13 ilk, and the film’s visual power, featuring the work of Scott’s returning DoP Dariusz Wolski, makes this 3D space epic seem superbly outfitted. But, as many have often criticized Scott as regards his recent output, it also lacks key components that made his earlier classics timeless—dramatic tension, spectacular thrills, and memorable characters. Instead, this rather feels like a sharply dressed rescue mission procedural, »
- Nicholas Bell
Ridley Scott blasts audiences into the far reaches of space, while Robert Zemeckis propels moviegoers high above the streets of New York in a box office face off between two of cinema’s leading auteurs.
The main event is likely to be Scott’s “The Martian,” a 3D action-adventure that finds Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on the red planet. It’s a harsh, unforgiving terrain that may seem like a welcome refuge for an actor who is currently being lambasted in the media for suggesting gay actors shouldn’t discuss their sexuality.
Despite Damon’s gaffe-plagued promotional tour, his star power and strong reviews should lift “The Martian” above the fray. Critics are calling the film a funny, thrilling ride, and a return to form for Scott after “The Counselor” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings” fell flat. It should pull in $45 million when it debuts in 3,826 locations. Twentieth Century Fox, »
- Brent Lang
The Big Short, the star-studded drama about the mid-2000’s housing bubble collapse from director Adam McKay, is the latest adaptation of author Michael Lewis’ works. The film, which will premiere on closing night of the 2015 AFI Fest in Los Angeles, follows recent Lewis adaptations The Blind Side (2008) and Moneyball (2011), both of which received best picture nominations.
Lewis is hardly the only author to have his works adapted for the big screen in recent years, but the recognition of his films by the Academy are noteworthy.
While young adult authors Suzanne Collins and James Dashner have had major commercial success recently with The Hunger Games and Maze Runner franchises, respectively, there have not received notice come Oscar season.
On the other hand, recent best picture nominees that have been adapted from written works are generally isolated incidents for the authors. Annie Proulx had her short »
- Patrick Shanley
'The Martian' movie: Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. 'The Martian' movie review: Ridley Scott still has 'greatness left in him' The Martian is the story of a man in trouble and in desperate need of saving. Brilliant and resourceful, he must marshal all of his creative powers to solve a series of difficult problems or all is lost. That man is Ridley Scott. The Oscar-nominated British director has been mired in a late-career slump after a run of middling films that only served to dent his legacy, namely The Counselor, Prometheus, and Exodus: Gods and Kings. Scott, at the Omg age of 77, can still put together a movie, but fans have been wondering if he had any greatness left in him. The Martian answers that question with a pleasantly enthusiastic yes. That enthusiasm comes tempered as we wonder if Scott would have approached The Martian in the »
- Mark Keizer
When we met Ridley Scott in a plush London hotel one September afternoon, the director was relaxed and jovial. And well he should be; his latest film, The Martian, has already garnering glowing notices, and for our money, it's Scott's best film in years. The story of astronaut Mark Watney and his struggles to survive alone and hungry on the hostile surface of Mars, it's full of humour, drama and eye-popping visuals.
As the film opens in the UK, we were lucky enough to talk to Scott about all kinds of movies from his voluminous body of work, including Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, The Counsellor and lots more, all leading up to his plans for the three Prometheus movies he wants to make, and finally, »
Arriving in limited release this weekend before expanding wide in early October, Denis Villeneuve‘s Sicario is a strong start to the fall season. The drama surrounding the drug battle at the U.S.-Mexico border might not get any points for subtlety, but Villeneuve amplifies the tension of every scene with help from cinematographer Roger Deakins outdoing himself with every shot.
If it’s not coming to your city this weekend, or if you’re simply in the mood for some similarly themed films, we’ve rounded up eight titles that are well worth watching before seeing Sicario. Rather than including past work from Villeneuve (Prisoners and Enemy make for worthy primers) or proof that Emily Blunt makes an excellent heroine (see: Edge of Tomorrow and Looper), the selections aim to cover a thematic crossroads. Check them out below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
- Jordan Raup
At this stage, Ridley Scott's Prometheus 2 most definitely stands as a mystery, with not much known about exactly how the movie will pick up the story where its predecessor left things. Next to nothing is known about the plot, but at the very least we now do know that we will get to see the return of Michael Fassbender's android character, David. This past weekend, Scott was up at the Toronto International Film Festival celebrating the big world premiere of his latest film, The Martian, and it was while speaking with Deadline that he revealed his intentions to reteam with Michael Fassbender. Answering a question about the end of the first Prometheus and working with Fassbender again, the director first talked at length about his positive experience collaborating with the actor on his film The Counselor, but then added, discussing his next sci-fi movie, Fassbender will do »
Ridley Scott is unquestionably one of the biggest directors in Hollywood, but even his most ardent fans have to admit that Scott’s recent track record has been all over the place. Exodus: Gods and Kings was an overblown CG mess, The Counselor was an audience-stumping bomb, and Prometheus looked so tantalizing yet delivered so little. As I settled in for the screening of Scott’s latest film, The Martian, at the Toronto Film Festival this morning, I thought about Prometheus in particular and how my dashed expectations for that film had cautioned me against getting my hopes up today. Ridley Scott’s movies always make for great trailers, but can they still make for good ... movies?Happily, I can report that he’s still got it. The Martian isn’t liable to become an iconic sci-fi film in the vein of Scott’s early classics Alien and Blade Runner, »
- Kyle Buchanan
Ridley Scott is busier than ever, and there has been some speculation as to whether or not he would revisit the world of Blade Runner or Alien first. As suspected, the prolific filmmaker has confirmed that Prometheus 2, a sequel to his 2012 Alien prequel Prometheus, will be his next movie as a director. He has The Martian coming out this October, but as soon as it was wrapped, he didn't hesitate to jump into preproduction on this upcoming sci-fi thriller.
Prometheus originated as a prologue to the action seen in Ridley Scott's 1979 horror classic Alien. But the movie morphed into something much greater than a mere prequel, becoming its own thing and igniting a new franchise for 20th Century Fox. It took some pretty complicated ideas head-on and in turn tore audiences in two. Some longtime fans loved it, others hated it, but there is no denying it is interesting. »
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