15 items from 2017
Box OfficeNot everyone needs to jump into a blockbuster.
You could say that Free Fire is a box office flop, but I wouldn’t. The first Ben Wheatley movie to hit American suburbs in its opening weekend is an achievement of exposure in spite of what it actually grossed. Sure, its estimated $1m debut is only a third of what Variety claimed it was on track to make, and for a movie reportedly budgeted somewhere between $7m and $10m, that’s a low start. Its per-screen average is not even in the four digits. But, hey, it’s Wheatley’s biggest opening yet, and that’s the right track.
At a time when many decent smalltime filmmakers are being snatched up for ginormous projects immediately after receiving some indie-sized acclaim, it’s great to see guys like Wheatley and Nacho Vigalondo take gradual steps upward. Vigalondo’s latest, the $15m-budgeted monster movie Colossal has also grossed just »
- Christopher Campbell
Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo knows his way around a genre-bending storyline -- movies like Timecrimes and Open Windows had plenty of straightforward sci-fi action but also layered in hidden agendas and plot points you didn't see coming. Vigalondo's latest (and biggest-budget) sci-fi action comedy, Colossal, promises more of the same. In it, Anne Hathaway plays an unemployed party girl with man troubles who discovers that somehow she controls the actions of a giant monster that...
Read Comments »
Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo is no stranger to readers of these pages. His previous features Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial and Open Windows have held sway over many in the genre film community. In many ways, however, Colossal is his most accomplished and, in turn, most mainstream film yet, brilliantly using an A-grade cast to tell a twist on a B-movie plot. It’s mature silliness, a dark and complex rumination on what lies at the heart of certain tropes. And it’s also a hell of a lot of fun. So while some may want to bemoan their favourite underground director inching towards the mainstream, have no fear. This is no by-the-numbers flick, but rather one that manages to surprise and entertain in equal measure. Knowing little about the narrative is certainly...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
“I think the exact email I got from my agent was, ‘This might be too weird, but it might be the right weird,'” the actress recently told IndieWire when asked about her first introduction to the project. “I read it and it felt like it the right weird.”
An innovative blend of high concept sci-fi and romcom tropes, “Colossal” gives “Kong: Skull Island” a run for its money as the disaster movie of the year, which is why it’s somewhat of a shock to consider that it almost didn’t get made at all. Vigalondo first gained exposure among genre fans for his labyrinthine time-travel comedy “Timecrimes,” but it has taken years for him to make a more widely-accessible crowdpleaser. »
- Kate Erbland
Director Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal is as eagerly anticipated as it is bonkers, telling the tale of a heartbroken young woman who returns to her home town to discover she’s inadvertently controlling a gigantic kaiju monster that’s busy destroying Seoul. This kind of thing is par for the course for Vigalondo, who’s previously put out the trippy mystery Timecrimes and suspense-thriller Open Windows. His is a star on the ascent, then, but what would be his dream project? Why, an Alien sequel, of course!
Screen Rant interviewed Vigalondo at SXSW about his cinematic ambitions, and he revealed a couple of nuggets of info. First is a discussion of his adaptation of Supercrooks, a comic he co-wrote with Kick-Ass author Mark Millar. It’s a heist story with a twist – it’s being pulled off by a gang of supervillains. The comic has received rave reviews thus far »
- David James
We’re getting increasingly excited for the April 7 release of Nacho Vigalondo’s new movie Colossal, which stars Anne Hathaway as an alcoholic who finds that she can control a giant, rampaging kaiju with her mind. (You can read our Fantastic Fest write-up the film right here.) Now, Vigalondo—whose past credits include experimental weirdness like Timecrimes and Open Windows—has some tips for all the drinkers out there whose inebriation doesn’t give them city-smashing powers.
The advice itself is pretty basic—essentially, don’t flirt with people while you’re drinking, because it’ll never end well—but the fun comes from Vigalondo’s joking annoyance with the whole premise. “I don’t see Christopher Nolan making these things in order to promote Interstellar,” he grouses, before drowning his sorrows in an entire pitcher of Bloody Marys. (The moral of the story, apparently, being write what you ...
- William Hughes
Author: Jon Lyus
We are huge fans of director Nacho Vigalondo here on HeyUGuys. Timecrimes is an undisputed classic. Extraterrestrial and Open Windows were neat takes on the sci-fi and horror genres respectively. Now with Colossal the director is taking on the monster movie genre with a typically unique vision.
Anne Hathaway plays a woman lost in a drunken downward spiral following a relationship break up. She returns to her home town and falls back into old, very bad, habits. She wakes one morning hungover to see news reports of a huge monster attacking the city of Seoul, and finds something even more strange is happening. As you’ll see from the trailer below…
It’s a neat subversion of the city-destroying monster trope we’ve grown so accustomed to. It’s no coincidence that this film makes its way to the big screen just as Warner Bros. and Legendary »
- Jon Lyus
Anne Hathaway has remained relatively low-key in the years since winning her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, turning up in “The Intern” and “Interstellar” but hardly moving the needle forward for her career. That’s all about to change this spring thanks to Nacho Vigalondo’s “Colossal,” a surprising and inventive twist on the monster movie that finds Hathaway taking full control of what has to be the strangest role of her career to date.
“Colossal” stars Hathaway as an alcoholic named Gloria who discovers her movements in a playground control a giant monster terrorizing South Korea. The film co-stars Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell and Tim Blake Nelson, but it’s really a star vehicle for Hathaway to surprise viewers in a way she never has before.
It should also kick »
- Zack Sharf
This spring, Warner Bros. will bring cinema’s most famous ape back to the big screen in “Kong: Skull Island.” And following on the heels of movies like “Godzilla” and “Pacific Rim,” it seems we’re living in a new era of monster mayhem at the multiplex. But there is nothing quite like “Colossal.”
The latest from director Nacho Vigalondo (“Timecrimes,” “Extraterrestrial,” “Open Windows“) sees Anne Hathaway playing a woman at the lowest point in her life, only to discover she has a strange connection to monstrous happenings occurring on the other side of the world.
Continue reading Anne Hathaway Is Monstrously Out Of Control In New Trailer For ‘Colosal’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Filmax Intl., the sales arm of Barcelona’s Filmax Group, has picked up worldwide rights outside Spain to Pepon Montero’s black comedy “The Tunnel Gang,” toplining and produced by popular Spanish TV showman Arturo Valls.
Iván Díaz, Filmax Intl.’s head of sales, is introducing the film to buyers during the Berlin Film Festival.
“The Tunnel Gang” follows a group of survivors pulled from the rubble of a collapsed tunnel 15 days after their terrifying ordeal began, reflecting what happens next and how they get over such a traumatic experience.
The ensemble cast also includes Natalia de Molina (“Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed”), Raúl Cimas (“Open Windows”), and Manolo Solo, a recent supporting actor Goya Award winner for “The Fury of a Patient Man.”
EOne opened the film Jan. 20 in Spain; it’s grossed $1 million at the B.O. to date.
In his first feature as producer, via Pólvora Films, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
As the world of indie films continues to grow, we enter a realm where a given year might see the same actors in biggest efforts of the year and the craziest… the zaniest… the goofiest. With a writer/director you don’t know, Nacho Vigalondo (Open Windows), a relatively tiny budget, and a story that is so bonkers that you’ll think the whole project is made up if given the synopsis, Colossal nevertheless has Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, and Tim Blake Nelson on board.
Gloria (Hathaway) is currently unemployed and her boyfriend kicks her out of her apartment, which forces her to leave New York and move back to her hometown. This happens just as a giant monster shows up to start destroying Seoul, South Korea. Two events couldn’t be less related, right?
But, as time goes on (and you’ll get this in the trailer »
- Marc Eastman
Last fall, we got our first look at Colossal with the first photos featuring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, before the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. Today we have the first trailer, which shows that a massive monster has surfaced in Seoul, South Korea, and has started cutting a path of destruction through the city. Little does anyone know that a small town woman (Anne Hathaway) has a bizarre connection to this monster.
Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her »
One of the more weirder entries at last year’s Fantasticfest, Nacho Vigalando’s (Timecrimes, Open Windows) Colossal came out of the festival with a ton of praise for it’s darkly funny tale of the boozy Gloria (Anne Hathaway), whose life is falling apart before her very eyes, and the giant Kaiju she seems to control half a world away. Our first look at the movie has finally come our way, and short and sweet may it be, I have a feeling this could be one of my favourite movies of 2017. This seems weird to type, but this may be the most grounded giant monster movie you will ever see. Using the Kaiju as a metaphor for Gloria’s alcoholism, it promises to say some very interesting things on the matter, and while the tone may be very goofy and lightweight, something tells me there is more to Colossal than meets the eye. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
In Nacho Vigalondo's latest, Colossal, Anne Hathaway discovers that catastrophic events across the world caused by a giant rampaging monster are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering. I have been a massive fan of everything Vigalondo has done since Time Crimes. Incredibly versatile, he's sometimes able to use and bend genre to tell human stories unlike anyone else (read: Extraterrestrial), and sometimes he just wants to revel in genre for the love of it (read: Open Windows). Based on strong word-of-mouth out of last year's festival circuit and now this trailer, it appears Vigalondo is taking his fun seriously this time. To me this seems to occupy the same magical realist space that Gondry does so well. Really looking forward to...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
With production set to begin later this winter, 20th Century Fox has found another new cast member for The Predator sequel. Trevante Rhodes, one of the breakout stars from last year's indie sensation Moonlight, has signed on to star alongside Boyd Holbrook and Olivia Munn. Interestingly enough, this report also ignites an older rumor that was previously shut down by director Shane Black just a few months ago.
When Olivia Munn signed on back in November, that report claimed that this movie would have a suburban setting. Just a few days later, director Shane Black said fans shouldn't expect The Predator, "lurking in rich, fancy swimming pools," debunking that report about the suburbs being used. The Hollywood Reporter broke that earlier story from November, and today's casting news, but, in spite of Shane Black's denial, it seems the publication is sticking with its claim that the movie will be set in the suburbs. »
15 items from 2017
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners