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MaryAnn’s quick take…
Humorless, rote, clichéd, and entirely unsurprising. Antoine Fuqua attempts to recapture old Hollywood magic — and fails — rather than create his own. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): really tired of the remake craze
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Here’s an idea: Take the “original” 1960 version of The Magnificent Seven, about a buncha white guys coming to the aid of poor Mexican villagers, and remake it exactly the same for 2016, and all of a sudden it has a whole anti-anti-immigrant thing going on, an atmosphere that scoffs at the border-based bigotry that is so popular these days.
Here’s an idea: Take inspiration from the actual original Magnificent Seven — 1954’s Seven Samurai — and do a remake set in the not-so-old West of 1940s Japanese internment camps, in which patriotic Japanese-Americans fight back against being treated like traitors and criminals, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Toronto International Film Festival is the starting gate for fall acquisitions, but for buyers the greatest challenge isn’t their competitors; it’s a target audience that can’t be roused from their couches. That means indie distributors must amend their strategies — if not rewrite them altogether.
“A movie that tests 75 doesn’t warrant a theatrical release in the current marketplace,” said one indie studio executive. “Filmmakers are going to have to be okay with going to Netflix, and only Netflix.”
To that point, Netflix bought Svod rights to Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch” after its Venice Film Festival premiere — but theatrical remains available as it goes into Tiff. Netflix tends to reserve its theatrical platforms for awards titles. Without streaming rights, “The Bad Batch” would have to find a buyer who’s satisfied with only theatrical and DVD revenue.
That’s especially tough in a market »
- Graham Winfrey
Bercot to become the first female director to open San Sebastian.
Emmanuelle Bercot’s 150 Milligrams (La fille de Brest) is to receive its European premiere as the opening film of the 64th San Sebastian film festival (Sept 16-24) - making it the first film directed by a woman to open the festival since its launch in 1952.
Based on Irène Frachon’s autobiographical book Mediator 150mg, the film centres on a doctor who discovered the direct relationship between a drug and a number of suspicious deaths, and sets out to reveal the truth.
Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen) and French actor Benoît Magimel (La Haine) star in the film, which will world premiere at Toronto before going on to play in competition for the Golden Shell at San Sebastian.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Emma Watson’s star power couldn’t help her latest film, “The Colony,” in the UK. According to figures released by the British Film Institute, the drama only made £47, or about $60, in its opening weekend. The numbers came from three cinemas that reported sales figures to the measurement agency Rentrak.
“The Colony” tells the story of Lena (Watson), a young woman who infiltrates Colonia Dignidad, a religious compound that serves as a cult and torture prison for the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, in order to find her boyfriend (Daniel Brühl) who was kidnapped.
According to The Telegraph, the thriller was released in just five cinemas operated by Reel Cinemas last Friday and was also available to stream on demand. The ticket prices for the theaters suggested that only seven people paid »
- Liz Calvario
Madrid — An example of a new strain of powerful crossover Spanish-language movies, Alberto Rodriguez’s “Marshland” (“La Isla Minima”), distributed in Spain by Warner Bros., won the Fapae-ComScore Prize at the 10th Spanish Screenings-Madrid de Cine, Spain’s annual national cinema export market.
The kudo, like 2015’ plaudit for “Wild Tales,” serves as further recognition for a building phenomenon in Spain and Latin America: Powerful art films with more mainstream tropes and wide audience ambitions. Often, as with “Marshland,” they boast muscular broadcaster backing, multi-partner co-production structures, big fest play, vfx or action scenes, and sometimes use of genre not only to drive narrative but make larger social or political points.
A noirish serial killer procedural set in 1980 Spain, “Marshland” was produced by Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of TV network group Atresmedia, as well as two of Spain’s most resilient indie production houses, Madrid’s Atipica and Seville’s Sacromonte Films. »
- John Hopewell
“Behind every successful woman is another successful woman,” says the video for the new campaign “Lean In” by LeanIn.Org and AOL’s Makers, to celebrate the power of women supporting each other and the amazing things that happen when they do.
In the minute-and-a-half video, celebrities like Emma Watson, Lena Dunham, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington and more thank the women who have helped them along the way and encouraged them to go further.
The video really hopes that together women can get to equality, »
- Liz Calvario
For a film that’s nominally a sports movie, there’s something conspicuously absent from “The Phenom”: teammates. Instead, writer-director Noah Buschel carves out the time usually spent on building camaraderie and team-based drama to hone in on a single player. Without that team as the go-to filter to understand this talented-but-struggling pitcher, what follows in “The Phenom” is an atypical meditation on what it means to succeed on stages great and small.
Johnny Simmons stars as Hopper Gibson, a young righthander consigned to a rehab assignment after his lack of control derails a promising career. His team enlists the help of Dr. Mobley (Paul Giamatti), a renowned sports psychologist, to help unlock the mental secret to restoring Hopper to winning ways. While Hopper and Mobley philosophize over the nature of mental blocks, Buschel intersperses scenes from the player’s past family turmoil and struggles as a high school standout. »
- Steve Greene
Famous Monsters. Welcome, Dale! Please, sit for a spell and tell us a little bit about the new film you are in, Regression, and the role you play.
Dale Dickey. At its core, Regression is a suspense thriller set in rural Minnesota dealing with a young girl’s cry of rape by her Father, leading a detective (Ethan Hawke), along with a psychoanalyst and a priest, to uncover the possibility of a satanic cult. Stemming from the mass ‘cult’ hysteria in the 1980s, it questions the use of regression therapy in helping to unravel the mystery. I play Rose Gray, mother of the accused, and grandmother of the victim Angela (Emma Watson). Dealing with poverty and alcoholism and an already vulnerable mental state, she is faced with »
Telecinco Cinema, Spain’s most successful movie producer, and Universal Pictures Intl. Spain have inked local distribution rights to two of the most awaited Spanish films of 2017: Sergio G. Sanchez’s terror thriller “Marrowbone” and Alex de la Iglesia’s dramedy “Perfectos desconocidos.”
Pact deepens a fruitful relationship which has seen recent milestones such as the local release of record-breaking Tc-produced comedies “Spanish Affair 1” and “Spanish Affair 2,” which notched up a combined $105 million B.O. over 2014-15 in Spain, both handled by Upi. Both partners also launched in 2015 Alejandro Amenabar’s “Regression,” scoring a solid $10.2 million Spanish B.O.
Godfathered by J.A. Bayona as exec-producer, “Marrowbone” marks the feature film debut of Sergio G. Sanchez, scribe of Bayona’s “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” pics produced by Belen Atienza, alongside Alvaro Augustin and Ghislain Barrois at Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of Spain’s TV giant Mediaset España. »
- Emiliano De Pablos
The film, which earned more than $362.5 million at the domestic box office, was released on the Digital HD format 11 days before its May 10 Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut and sold 1 million downloads its first week–a new record.
“Deadpool” easily took the No. 1 position on the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart for the week ended May 15, as well as Npd VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Npd VideoScan data shows the film, in its first week on disc, easily outsold all 19 other films in the weekly top 20, which collectively sold less than 38% as many units as “Deadpool.”
In April, “The Force Awakens” was knocked out of the No. 1 spot by 20th Century Fox’s “The Revenant,” currently at No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Alejandro Amenábar's (The Others, The Sea Inside) latest psychological thriller Regression arrived on May 10 on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films, and Digital HD and On Demand from Starz Digital. If you have not already picked up a copy we have a Blu-ray to give to one lucky TwitchFilm reader. Regression stars Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day, The Purge), Emma Watson (Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower), David Thewlis (Harry Potter, Anomalisa), Dale Dickey ("True Blood") and Devon Bostick ("The 100", Diary of a Wimpy Kid). Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection...
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Shock looks at Alejandro Amenabar’s latest film, Regression. It’s not that Alejandro Amenabar’s latest film Regression is a bad movie. It’s just a pointless one. It’s a mystery bereft of any real mystery. It’s a film in which its characters are deeply ingrained in a conspiracy so transparent that the audience quickly detaches from them…
The post DVD Review: Regression appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
What is it? Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is a teen in crisis. Her father has died, and her mother’s addictions have forced her into rehab, so with no other resources she’s sent to stay with an uncle in Alaska for the summer. He shows her kindness, showers her with gifts, and sneaks into her bed at night to do unspeakable things. It may not be the first time, and she knows it won’t be the last, so when the opportunity arises she runs away. Her luck changes when she crosses paths with a hiker named Rene (Bruce Greenwood) in Denali. He wants nothing to do with her at first, but when the two of them end up on the same deserted trail in the park he quietly allows her to join his party of one. What »
- Rob Hunter
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Not every movie -- not even every good movie -- is worth an immediate Blu-ray investment, but you're going to want to clear a sexy spot in your house for Ryan Reynolds's "Deadpool." The top R-rated movie around the world is out on DVD and Blu-ray May 10. We could list the Blu-ray features, but it's much more fun to get them from the Merc with a Mouth himself:
Michael Moore's latest incendiary documentary/opinion piece, this time about the American military, »
- Gina Carbone
Alejandro Amenábar's Regression, which tackles the "Satanic Panic" of the 1980's, is available on home video and digital on May 10. Amenábar is a talented filmmaker and with a great cast led by Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke and David Thewlis, the movie encapsulates really well the widespread panic that spread like wildfire across North America.
Watching the movie got me thinking about other great movies that are either about cults or prominently featuring cults which led me to revisit a few titles which, naturally, led to a list of a few favourites.
These are in no particular order, mostly because depending on what day of the week it is, I might like one of these more than another. Without further pre-amble, here are 10 great mov [Continued ...] »
It looks like May will be a somewhat busy month in regards to horror and sci-fi VOD/Digital HD releases, as we have thirteen different titles arriving before Memorial Day. Dark Sky Films is kicking things off with Adrián García Bogliano’s Scherzo Diabolico, and for those of you wanting to check out the latest from Kane Hodder, The Haunting of Alice D arrives on all digital platforms the very same day.
Scream Factory is unleashing their latest film, Bite, on VOD on May 6th, and Regression, the mystery thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson, is getting released on May 10th courtesy of Starz Digital. Also, one of my favorite films from the 2015 Los Angeles Film Fest, Crush the Skull, is being released on May 17th courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures.
- Heather Wixson
Alejandro Amenábar loves writing about controversial issues and telling stories that no one else may think to tell. This is why his new film Regression, which he wrote and directed, is bound to polarize audiences, as the topic of Satanic ritual abuse is not for the faint of heart. The film follows Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) whose investigation into the rape of a young woman, Angela (Emma Watson) leads him into a much deeper rabbit hole than he could have ever expected.
Amenábar is most famous for his chilling horror film The Others, which starred Nicole Kidman as a mother living in a haunted house. His film The Sea Inside, which starred Javier Bardem as a man who fought for the right of euthanasia, won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2005. Regression falls in line with these past works as it combines the horror genre with the real life terror of abuse. »
- Adriana Floridia
The film follows Kenner as he investigates the rape of a young woman (Emma Watson), which leads him to uncover a trend of satanic cult rituals and abuse. The film also studies a type of psycho-analysis that adds a surreal and complex layer to the mystery at the center of the film, making Kenner's job that much more difficult. It's some pretty intense stuff, with a twist ending that would make M. Night Shyamalan proud.
For this week's quiz, we are looking at detectives on film, similar to the one that Hawke plays in Regression, and including some slightly less serious cases (cough, Ace Ventura, cough). How much do you know about these mystery thrillers and intense cases? Test your knowledge with our quiz below! »
- Adriana Floridia
Just a quick note to those of you who either love the tactile pleasure of unwrapping a Blu or a DVD, or that Alejandro Amenábar’s thriller Regression simply did not make its way to a cinema near you, it will be out on Bluray, DVD and VOD from Anchor Bay Entertainment on May 10th. Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery. Regression will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment for...
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Alejandro Amenábar’s (The Others, The Sea Inside) psychological thriller Regression is set to hit Bluray/DVD/VOD on May 10th (via Anchor Bay & Dimension Films) and judging from the film’s trailer, it looks like yet another great turn from Ethan Hawke. Personally, I love it when Hawke is given interesting genre roles, he shows a versatility that can sometimes be rare in these types of films. Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
- Jerry Smith
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