11 items from 2015
Director: Paul Haggis
Running Time: 137 Minutes
Originally released in the Us last year, Third Person finally arrives on DVD in the UK to the unsuspecting public and I must admit, I never heard of this until now but with Liam Neeson is in it – what’s not to like? There’s also Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis and Adrien Brody so what could possibly go wrong? The film tries to tell three stories about love, passion and betrayal consecutively. They’re set in New York, Paris and Rome, you could say these places are usually associated with romance but this is not the case in Paul Haggis’ film. »
- Louise Tooth
This film features myriad characters whom we learn are all connected in a way. As a writer/director, what message were you trying to convey using this narrative structure?
I like to write about things I don’t understand and relationships are at the top of that. And I really admire the filmmakers whom I saw growing up: the French New Wave, the Italians, people like [Luis] Buñuel and [Michelangelo] Antonioni and [François] Truffaut and [Jean-Luc] Godard, who made films that really challenged the audience and didn’t give you all the answers and made you think. So I wanted to make a film that you had an emotional reaction to but you had to walk out on the sidewalk with your friends afterwards and figure out what the hell happened. [Laughs] And some people get it, some people don’t, some people get it at different moments. »
- Gary Collinson
Here’s a solution for the indecisive moviegoers. Not sure if you’re in the mood for a drama or comedy or a thriller? Well, how about an anthology? It’s like a good short story collection, or you could call this type of flick a movie buffet or a cinema smorgasbord. Most of the time, these films, in their earlier incarnations, center around a setting (Grand Hotel), a gathering (Dinner At Eight), or an incident (the big cash winners in If I Had A Million). There are animation anthologies (the most famous may be Fantasia or Allegro Non Tropo) and musicals (Invitation To The Dance). The most prolific type may be those in the horror genre, beginning with 1945’s landmark Dead Of Night. In the 60’s and 70’s, Amicus Studios made their mark with Torture Garden and The House That Dripped Blood along with the EC Comics-inspired Tales From The Crypt »
- Jim Batts
They say that the month of March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Traditionally, March was an unconventional month to release huge tentpole movies, but that all changed a few years ago when The Hunger Games took in $152.5 million in its opening weekend, proving that this month could be used to launch huge blockbuster franchises. To get you prepared for the month ahead, we're breaking down the five movies we're most looking forward to this March, along with an indie honorable mention. Here are the best movies awaiting you in the weeks ahead!
1Chappie - March 6
South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp returns with his third feature film Chappie, following Best Picture nominee District 9 and the sci-fi tentpole Elysium. The filmmaker goes back to his South African roots with Chappie, which centers on the title robot (voiced by Sharlto Copley), who is the first android »
Chicago – “Jupiter Ascending” is certainly one of the oddest and densest of sci-fi movies, this side of “Dune,” and has some of the most laughable acting and dialogue seen in a major film in awhile. But the worst offense is that the film is dull, and practically without emotion or human empathy.
There is one major current Oscar nominee is in the film – Eddie Redmayne – and fellow cast member Channing Tatum is also in the Best Picture nominated “Foxcatcher.” There might be a “Norbit Effect” (the horrible film starring Eddie Murphy, that was released the month he was favored to win Best Supporting Actor for “Dreamgirls,” which has been attributed to his loss of the trophy) for Redmayne, as the character “Balem Abrasax,” which nicely can be described as an “eccentric performance.” Not that anybody else survives the wooden script by Andy and Lana Wachowski (the “Matrix” series), and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Running Time: 127 minutes
Synopsis: A young destitute caretaker (Kunis) gets targeted by a ruthless son (Redmayne) of a powerful family that live on a planet in need of a new heir; she then travels with a genetically engineered warrior (Tatum) to the planet in order to stop his tyrant reign.
Remember when the Wachowski’s made good films? Remember the movie defining Matrix film? Hopeful that Jupiter Ascending is a return to the glory days? Sadly it isn’t, the film having more in common with the Matrix sequels. In Jupiter Ascending the Wachowski’s seem to have tried to craft a strange hybrid of Dune and Star Wars, but failing miserably to emulate either. The story is heavily cliched and, although imaginative, fails to be engaging or interesting due to underdeveloped »
- Kat Smith
Chicago – One of the specialities of HollywoodChicago.com is the film and personality interview. The majority of these chats came through me, Patrick McDonald, and I couldn’t narrow it down to a top 10 or even a top 20. For 2014, there were 25 top interviews, and it is a diverse range of voices.
It is a privilege to get the opportunity to participate in the promotional tours, awards ceremonies, film festivals, book appearances, phoners and other lucky happenstances that feature the notable among us. To whittle down the list, I mostly thought about what was said in these interviews, whether inspirational or provocative – plus the status of the participants, whether they are up-and-coming or established.
The interview highlights are broken down by “Background and Behind-the-Scenes” and the “Memorable Quote” associated with each subject, and are often accompanied with exclusive photography by Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com. Four notables who just missed the »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Wall Street Journal reports “overall North American box-office receipts and attendance for 2014 declined more than 5% to $10.35 billion from $10.92 billion in 2013, according to box-office tracker Rentrak Corp. – the worst results since 2011.”
Kicking off 2015 with “Best of” lists and awards season on the minds of many Cinephiles, we offer our look back at the worst of 2014. Some awful, some horrendous, we were disappointed and flummoxed by some of the movies Tinseltown released into theaters (and on moviegoers) over the past 12 months.
As we shake our Wamg heads over the biggest letdowns, here we go with our Top 10 list of the Worst Films of 2014.
Dishonorable Mention: Horns
In Horns Daniel Radcliffe played a grieving young man who inexplicably grows horns from his forehead after the community he lives in finds him culpable for the death and murder of his girlfriend. Horns was a mishmash of genres that never quite fit together; crime drama, »
- Movie Geeks
Liam Neeson is attached to star in a remake of The Escapist, the 2009 film that served as the directorial debut of Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Gambler). Sean O'Keefe is writing the screenplay, but no director is attached at this time. It isn't known when production may begin on the StudioCanal action thriller.
The original film The Escapist starred Brian Cox as a convict serving a life sentence, who recruits his fellow inmates to stage a prison break, so he can visit his ailing daughter. Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Dominic Cooper and Steven Mackintosh rounded out the supporting cast in The Escapist, which helped pave the way for Rupert Wyatt to direct Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Actor Brian Cox revealed to us in a 2011 interview that he was so impressed with Rupert Wyatt's work in The Escapist, that he »
Italian Film of the Year goes to Marco Martone’s Leopardi.
The event, which incorporates a slightly bewildering array of prizes, was presented under the auspices of the Capri in the World Institute which is chaired by Italian director Lina Wertmuller and Indian director Shekhar Kapur. The festival is produced by Pascal Vicedomini.
“The board of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The 19th annual Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival wrapped today off the Italian coast with an awards ceremony that saw the Weinstein Company’s The Imitation Game win Best Picture and its Morten Tyldum scooping Best Director. Other honors were scattered among numerous awards-season contenders including Best Actor Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) and a tie between Jennifer Aniston (Cake) and Amy Adams (Big Eyes) for Best Actress. Birdman and Boyhood also picked up trophies — for the Visionary Award and Family Awards, respectfully — and Disney’s Big Hero 6 drew the Animated Movie of the Year prize.
“This year, Capri, Hollywood was able to present the best of this cinematic season, many of which are contenders for year-end honors including the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards. thanks to a number of the world’s ‘majors’ that trust our work and are willing to premiere their movies at our festival, »
- The Deadline Team
11 items from 2015
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