7 items from 2016
Paul Schrader directed from a script by Matthew Wilder, based on the novel by Edward Bunker. The film first premiered at the 69th Cannes Film Festival as the closing night title in the Directors’ Fortnight and will have its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival in September.
“Dog Eat Dog” focuses on a trio of ex-cons who botch a kidnapping, get on the wrong side of the mob and become the city’s most wanted fugitives.
- Dave McNary
Director Paul Schrader is reteaming once again with Nicolas Cage for Dog Eat Dog — this time throwing Willem Dafoe into the mix, playing a guy named “Mad Dog,” no less. In the film, the pair, along with Christopher Matthew Cook, have all been recently released from prison and must now try their best to adapt to a normal life, despite living in suburban homes, having a hate for the system, and being haunted by demons. The wrench in their plans for adaptation? Well, once a thief, always a thief. As the trio plan the perfect crime — one final job, one final take — things go awry. While the film is still looking for U.S. distribution, the first trailer has arrived today.
- Mike Mazzanti
Evil floats, weightlessly, across the landscape of Los Angeles in Nicolas Winding Refn’s new film: The Neon Demon, co-scripted with TV writer Mary Laws and British dramatist Polly Stenham. It is a reverie of such sheer satanic rapture that Refn could be in danger of taking Bret Easton Ellis’s crown as the Aleister Crowley of the 21st century. This does in fact resemble The Canyons, the rather underrated movie Ellis wrote for Paul Schrader. Both films find something abysmally sinister in the Californian landscape.
The Neon Demon is the most obviously outrageous movie Refn has ever made: an explicit horror thriller that periodically zones out into wordless drifting and ambient menace. It is a mad ballet of envy, erotic obsession, necrophilia and cannibalism. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Paul Schrader might want to consider expanding his thematic scope a little. Decade after decade, film after film, regardless of whether he’s been writing scripts for others (Martin Scorsese, first and foremost), or sitting in the director’s chair himself, the erstwhile Calvinist has come back to the theme of redemption with obstinate persistence. His protagonists are almost always men, they’re almost always amoral sinners of some ilk or other, and they almost always yearn to break out of the wicked, vicious cycles on which their lives have been relentlessly spinning. Not an unfruitful theme by any means, considering it has given rise to many a masterpiece across the history of cinema – of all arts, really – but Dog Eat Dog suggests that, as far his own filmmaking is concerned, Schrader may have exhausted its potential.
Things actually look promising at first. Taking the trashy gusto exhibited in The Canyons to whole new extremes, »
- Giovanni Marchini Camia
Bret Easton Ellis has been active in cinema in the last couple of years, even if he hasn't been behind the camera himself. His screenwriting attempts for Paul Schrader's "The Canyons" starring Lindsay Lohan and Gregor Jordan's "The Informers" (which was based on his own book), didn't turn out so hot. Aside from those films, Ellis has been pretty quiet on the cinematic front, opting instead for his books to be adapted by various directors. Read More: Review: Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons,' Starring Lindsay Lohan & James Deen Some of these adaptations have been very successful, such as "American Psycho," which has become a cult classic over the years, with director Mary Harron sharpening the satire that made the novel so brilliant (a musical based on the book opened on Broadway last week). Ditto "Less Than Zero," a film that was met with lukewarm reviews in »
- Jordan Ruimy
On April 25th, Fullscreen unveiled its upcoming streaming video on-demand service during a press event held at its New York office. While the company’s new product was the star of the show, a few content creators who plan to release their own work on the platform also spoke as well. One of those creators was Bret Easton Ellis, the postmodernist author best known for writing the book American Psycho. Ellis will direct his first series, titled The Deleted, for distribution on Fullscreen’s new service.
In the 80s and 90s, Easton Ellis made a name for himself thanks to novels like Less Than Zero, Rules of Attraction, and American Psycho, all of which feature explicit content and detached, satirical voices. All three of those books were eventually adapted into films, with the 2000 adaptation of American Psycho enduring as a cult classic.
In recent years, Easton Ellis work has trended toward the film world. »
- Sam Gutelle
Bret Easton Ellis is making his directorial debut with a new series for Fullscreen's forthcoming standalone video service. The American Psycho author is attached to The Deleted, described as a thriller about the disappearance of three people in Los Angeles. Although they seem to be unconnected to each other, the deaths trigger the collective paranoia of a group of twenty-somethings who recently escaped from a cult. Ellis, the bestselling author of The Rules of Attraction and Less Than Zero, wrote and produced 2013's Lindsay Lohan starrer The Canyons and has directed two short films, but The Deleted will be his
- Natalie Jarvey
7 items from 2016