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Having completed his “clusterfuck trilogy,” Jeremy Saulnier has hit the big time: Netflix, baby! The Calgary Herald have learned the Blue Ruin and Green Room writer-director will, just next month, begin shooting Hold the Dark, which finds him adapting William Giraldi‘s novel — fitting material, if we’re to believe claims that it’s “spectacularly violent” and “brutal” work. The mass-reaching distributor have reportedly agreed to back the project, but don’t get too excited just yet: despite a close start date, they’ve yet to make any official announcement. [Consequence of Sound]
Looking over a synopsis of Giraldi’s novel, one imagines the film will be a particularly big undertaking for one who’s made their bones with small-scale thrillers, which is to say nothing of reported plans to film Iraq War sequences in Morocco. Read below:
At the start of another pitiless winter, wolves have taken three children from the remote Alaskan village of Keelut, »
- Nick Newman
Well, how about that? This morning Netflix dropped a release date and trailer for I Don’t Feel at Home in This World, which brings together producers and stars from Jeremy Saulnier‘s Green Room and Blue Ruin. Unsurprisingly, Saulnier is making a Netflix film of his own, an adaptation of William Giraldi’s bestselling novel Hold the Dark, which […] »
- Brad Miska
“This is the third person I’ve buried this week.”
Violence begets violence. It’s a lesson we all (or most of us, at least) learn early on, and it’s a lesson firmly driven home by co-writer/director Chris Baugh in Bad Day for the Cut. His Irish gangster thriller pits an unassuming farmer against the ruthless members of a slick crime syndicate, and the results are both explosive and heartbreaking.
In Bad Day for the Cut, we meet Donal (Nigel O’Neill), a middle-aged man who lives at home with his mom, Florence (Stella McCusker), on their remote farm in the Irish countryside. He spends his free time fixing cars or drinking at the local pub, with nothing remotely out of the ordinary ever really happening in his quietly mundane existence. But one night, Donal discovers his mother brutally murdered in their home, and he sees a mysterious »
- Heather Wixson
Author: Nathan McVay
Originality has been the driving force of art for thousands of years. From the earliest hieroglyphics, to the strokes of a paintbrush, to the creation of the world’s most famous buildings, the ability to create something that is independent, poignant and unlike anything anyone has seen is what results in the greatest of all art.
This drive for originality is why the Sundance Film Festival exists. It serves as a platform for the newest, undiscovered filmmakers to share their visions. Visions we hope are challenging, enlightening and exciting.
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore was awarded the prestigious honor of being the opening night film of the 2017 edition of Sundance. Before the opening credits even roll it becomes very obvious why the programmers wanted this to be the film audiences saw first. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore »
- Nathan McVay
This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
“I just want people to not be assholes.”
It’s the theme of I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, directed by Macon Blair, and something the film’s heroine Ruth (a pitch-perfect Melanie Lynskey) utters more than once. She’s a woman surrounded by assholes, doing her best to ignore them. Suffice it to say, this is a thoroughly relatable picture. People don’t pick up after themselves. They cut in line. They willingly spoil endings to others without another thought.
Ruth drinks too much and mostly keeps to herself, until somebody breaks into her house and steals her laptop and some silver passed down from her dead grandma. It’s a bridge too far, and the result is a sometimes-silly, sometimes-violent, mostly-hysterical form of vigilante justice. If the police will do anything, she will become a very amateur detective with a very amateur sidekick.
Cue Elijah Wood as Tony, »
- Dan Mecca
What the fuck is wrong with people?
That question, which feels more pressing by the day, is at the ruefully dark heart of Macon Blair’s “I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.” a hysterical and hyper-violent morality play for our fucked-up times. “Everyone is an asshole!” screams Ruth (the spectacular Melanie Lynskey), and she makes a pretty good point. A voice on the radio barks reports of another mass shooting. A truck in front of her pumps jet black exhaust straight into the air. Some jerk cuts her line at the grocery store. It’s like the rest of society held a secret meeting where they decided to spend the rest of their lives shitting on anyone who wasn’t invited, like every stranger she meets is just trying to screw her over. Ruth works at a hospital as a nursing assistant, and one of her »
- David Ehrlich
This year’s Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24. Will the Academy uphold conventional wisdom or think outside of the box? With Oscar This, we highlight unlikely candidates—the dark horses we’d love to see compete.
Amid all of the festival buzz surrounding Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, one chorus emerged again and again: The film is one of the most realistic depictions of the punk/hardcore subculture ever put on screen. That’s because it’s based on director Jeremy Saulnier’s own experiences in the Washington, D.C., punk scene in his youth; as a former punk himself, Saulnier knows that it’s not typical—not since the late ’70s, at least—for punk kids to have sky-high mohawks and live in graffiti-covered warehouses. These days, you’re more likely to encounter punk rockers who live in typical shabby apartments, albeit with more gig posters ...
- Katie Rife
"So furious!" Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for the feature directorial debut of actor Macon Blair (seen in Green Room and Blue Ruin) titled I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The film just premiered last night at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to mostly rave reviews from many critics. It's a cathartic comedy-revenge-thriller about a woman played by Melanie Lynskey who goes after the people who broke into her house, but its gets extra violent and totally twisted at times. It's a fun film, with plenty of laughs, but it's not better than Blue Ruin even though it's quite similar. Also starring Elijah Wood, Jane Levy, Christine Woods, David Yow, Devon Graye, Robert Longstreet & Lee Eddy. Worth a watch. Here's the trailer for Macon Blair's I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, from YouTube: This it the story of Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a nursing »
- Alex Billington
What is growing inside of Lou (Natasha Lyonne)? Danny Perez’s Antibirth can be yours on Blu-ray and DVD beginning February 7th. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: The Field Guide to Evil crowdfunding campaign, a clip from Friday’s episode of Paranormal Lockdown, Volumes of Blood trailer and poster, and the poster for Dead Squad.
Antibirth Blu-ray / DVD Release Details: Press Release: “Hard-drinking, pill-popping, bong-ripping Lou (Natasha Lyonne, Orange in the New Black) and her best friend Sadie (Chloë Sevigny, Boys Don’t Cry, American Horror Story) spend their days adrift in a druggy haze. But one wild night out becomes a bad trip that never ends when Lou wakes up with symptoms of an unexplained, highly abnormal pregnancy. Who — or what — is growing inside of her? Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut February 7th, 2017 from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, Anitbirth also includes psychedelic clips, storyboards, »
- Tamika Jones
After making his start working on screen with writer-director Jeremy Saulnier — first with 2007’s Murder Party, then followed up by the indie smash success Blue Ruin (with Blair taking center stage), and finally with last year’s Green Room — Macon Blair has now stepped behind the camera to direct I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. An official selection at this year’s Sundance film festival, the film follows Ruth (Malanie Lynskey), a fed up and depressed woman who hits the final straw when her house is burglarized and her deceased mother’s precious spoon gone. Now driven, she sets out on a quest — as much, perhaps, to find new purpose in life as to seek revenge — alongside her oddball neighbor (Elijah Wood). Unfortunately, the duo quickly find themselves far out of their element against the pack of thugs (including Don’t Breathe‘s Jane Levy and »
- Mike Mazzanti
You’d have to go all the way back to “Heavenly Creatures” to find a role that understands what actress Melanie Lynskey brings to the table as clearly as does Macon Blair’s “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.” And yet, the fact that it’s taken 20-odd years — this despite lead roles in such even-keel melodramas as “Hello I Must Be Going” and “Happy Christmas” along the way — for someone else to tap her good-girl-pushed-too-far potential is cause for celebration among the actress’s fans, who’ll have the chance to discover this odd-bird Netflix original on demand soon enough, as the company plans to release it via its online platform on Feb. 24.
This is the sort of fresh indie voice people come to Sundance to discover, and it’s an apt choice to open the 2017 festival, capturing a sort of “I’m as mad as hell, »
- Peter Debruge
Most of us met Macon Blair onscreen as a the bearded, disheveled lead of Blue Ruin. Homeless and hapless, the character soon evolved into one of the more startling and indelible in indie cinema, a bravado performance that justifiably gained lots of notice. Working again with director Jeremy Saulnier, Blair had perhaps the most thankless task in Green Room, literally moderating between the ice cold portrayal of Patrick Stewart and the more kinetic travails of the punk band at the center of the narrative. For me that role proved Blair’s mettle, injecting a sad sack humainity to the role of a middle-management Nazi struggling with his orders. It’s what sets the film apart, and while lacking in flash it’s more than made up for in...
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The world is full of assholes. At best, everyone’s only looking out for themselves, and at worst, everybody’s actively trying to hurt others. That’s how things are in the real world, but that’s also the basic setup for I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, a new Netflix original from director Macon Blair. The movie is about a nursing assistant (Melanie Lynskey) who gets fed up with the world’s descent into bullshit after someone breaks into her house, with her and a martial-arts-enthusiast neighbor (played by Elijah Wood) teaming up to embark on a quest for vengeance. The film will be Blair’s directorial debut, and if the little glimpses of violence in the trailer above seem particularly dramatic, that could be because Blair has frequently collaborated with Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier. That guy knows a thing or two about violence »
- Sam Barsanti
Coinciding with its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Netflix has debuted a trailer for writer-director Macon Blair’s upcoming crime thriller I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore which stars Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood; take a look below after the official synopsis…
From the producers of Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women” and Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room” comes the story of Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a nursing assistant suffering through a crisis of existential despair. But when her house is burglarized, Ruth discovers a renewed sense of purpose in tracking down the thieves. Accompanied by her obnoxious martial-arts-enthusiast neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood), they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is set to premiere on Netflix on February 24th. »
- Amie Cranswick
Macon Blair is best known to audiences for his incredible performances in Jeremy Saulnier's films (Blue Ruin, Green Room). Given their work, it seems fitting that Blair would eventually get behind the camera. His directorial debut (which premieres at Sundance this week), we get an amazing (and also a mouthful) title, and what looks to be a beautifully complex and batshit crazy story. Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a nursing assistant suffering through a crisis of existential despair. But when her house is burglarized, Ruth discovers a renewed sense of purpose in tracking down the thieves. Accompanied by her obnoxious martial-arts-enthusiast neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood), they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals. It's great to see Lynskey (probably still...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
If you’ve seen the films of Jeremy Saulnier, you know Macon Blair. While he’s been in plenty of other movies, Murder Party, Blue Ruin, and Green Room have placed Blair front-and-center, giving him meaty roles and asking him to pull off tricky characters. As a result, he has become one of my favorite actors and I […]
- Jacob Hall
Written and directed by Macon Blair (“Blue Ruin,” “Green Room"), in his directorial debut with cinematographer Larkin Seiple (“Swiss Army Man,” “Cop Car”) I Don't Feel at Home in the World Anymore will premier at Sundance before, I guess, hitting Netflix?
I didn't realize they'd picked it up until this trailer dropped, but it makes sense as they have an overall deal with Xyz Films who also produced Arq.
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You know Macon Blair’s face. The Virginia native frequently pops up in childhood pal Jeremy Saulnier’s films — including recent offerings like “Blue Ruin” and “Green Room” — and he even has the requisite “Law and Order” credit under his belt (he appeared on “Svu” back in 2008), but these days, Blair is eager for film fans to check out something different: His directorial debut. The new feature, “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,” will open this year’s Sundance Film Festival as one of its slew of “Day One” offerings, before popping up on Netflix just a few weeks later.
For fans of Blair’s acting in Saulnier’s films and those familiar with his writing work on offerings like Brett Simmons’ horror feature “The Monkey’s Paw,” the new feature should »
- Kate Erbland
Michelle Obama has spent the past eight years inspiring many in the country with her graceful leadership and poise.
But less than two days before President-elect Donald Trump‘s presidency begins, the first lady is turning the spotlight back onto the American people —and expressing her gratitude.
In a touching message posted on her social media accounts Wednesday evening, Obama bid adieu to the White House by opening up about what the role of first lady has meant to her.
“Being your First Lady has been the honor of a lifetime,” she wrote. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you. »
- Dave Quinn
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