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‘Adrift’: How Twin Brothers Wrote Shailene Woodley a Harrowing Romantic Epic

‘Adrift’: How Twin Brothers Wrote Shailene Woodley a Harrowing Romantic Epic
In “Adrift,” young sailors in love with world travel and each other (Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin) agree to pilot a yacht across the South Pacific for $10,000. They fancy 30 days of watching sunsets. What they get is a Category 5 hurricane.

Tami Oldham Ashcraft recounted the real-life ordeal she and fiancé Richard Sharp endured in Fall 1983 in “Red Sky at Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea.” The self-published memoir was found by identical twin screenwriters Aaron and Jordan Kandell. They abandoned plans for an original maritime tale, wanting instead to adapt Ashcraft’s text, and envisioning their friend Woodley as its indefatigable heroine.

Read More: ‘Adrift’ Review: Shailene Woodley Rescues a True Life Survival Thriller from Drowning at Sea

When Woodley was 18 and filming Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” in the brothers’ native Hawaii, Jordan’s wife was the teacher hired by the studio to help
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'Adrift' Review: Shipwrecked Shailene Woodley Saves Real-Life High-Seas Drama

'Adrift' Review: Shipwrecked Shailene Woodley Saves Real-Life High-Seas Drama
In terms of opening scenes, Baltasar Kormákur's true-story survivalist drama opens with a doozy: A young woman, bloodied and barely conscious, suddenly jolts awake. She's below deck in a boat, which is filling up with water fast; you can hear the vessel creaking and groaning ominously all around her. A wave comes out of nowhere, knocking her back down. Sputtering, gasping, crying, our injured heroine – hey, that's Shailene Woodley! – keeps trying to find an exit. She desperately climbs over, dives under and claws through the debris, in what appears
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Movie Review – Adrift (2018)

Adrift., 2018

Directed by Baltasar Kormakur.

Starring Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Grace Palmer, Jeffrey Thomas, and Elizabeth Hawthorne.

Synopsis:

Based on the true story of survival, a young couple’s chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Foreshadowing can be beneficial to a film experience or greatly detract from it by causing a frustrating degree of clichéd predictability. Adrift suffers from the latter, but it’s also a true story and partially inspired from the real Tami Oldham’s book recounting the perilous events at sea, so perhaps that element should be cut some slack. Still, unless you’re not paying attention to the dialogue cues, things happening on-screen, and maybe aren’t generally familiar with the means films will utilize to manipulate an audience, the destination is clear.

There’s
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Shailene Woodley leads a tale of survival in “Adrift”

It seems like every other year, Shailene Woodley gets a feature piece here on the site. Some of that may just be due to when her films opt to come out, but I think there’s more to it than that. Frankly, she’s just such an interesting and talented actress, one goes back to her works a lot. This week, she has a new movie opening in Adrift, which I saw last night and really puts her front and center, but in general, it feels like she’s the sort of talent that bears fruitful discussions. So, that’s what we’ll be doing once again. One of these days she’ll be an Oscar nominee. I still firmly believe in that. This time around, she stars in Adrift, as previously mentioned. It’s a survival drama mixed with a tale of true love. Stx Films describes it as
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‘Adrift’ Film Review: Shailene Woodley Helps Steer Fact-Based Tale of Sea Survival

‘Adrift’ Film Review: Shailene Woodley Helps Steer Fact-Based Tale of Sea Survival
Hollywood has had a fairly predictable approach to the combination of boat, sun, sea and starlet, and that is to emphasize skin over substance, and leave the derring-do to the men. But that equation has been getting reworked of late, and the endurance grit of women has edged to the forefront. There are, of course, the shark ordeals both real (“Soul Surfer”) and popcorn-flavored, the gender-equal action ethos of James Cameron, and Disney’s sumptuously empowering Polynesian girl adventure “Moana.”

But the one genre that’s eluded showcasing a strong woman is the lost-at-sea yarn, which has given us memorable adventures in this young century for Tom Hanks (“Castaway”), Robert Redford (“All Is Lost”), and an Indian boy paired with a digital tiger (“Life of Pi”), while largely avoiding stranding a female in open waters for an existentially punishing length.

Until “Adrift,” that is. The poster, which features Shailene Woodley
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Will Be Shot by Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Robert Richardson

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Will Be Shot by Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Robert Richardson
Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated (and already controversial) next film will see him teaming up with collaborators new and old, from Margot Robbie and Burt Reynolds to Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. A source close to production has confirmed to IndieWire that one of his most important behind-the-camera collaborators is returning as well: cinematographer Robert Richardson.

Richardson has shot each of Tarantino’s last four movies, receiving Oscar nominations for “Inglourious Basterds,” “Django Unchained,” and “The Hateful Eight”; he’s won the award as many times, for “JFK,” “The Aviator,” and “Hugo.” Set in 1969, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” stars DiCaprio and Pitt as an aging actor and stuntman, respectively, who try to make their way back into the film industry — and the actor’s neighbor just happens to be Sharon Tate (Robbie). It’s been referred to as Tarantino’s Charles Manson movie, though he himself has said
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Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Robert Richardson Reuniting With Tarantino On ‘Once Upon A Time’

It looks like Quentin Tarantino is firming up his cast and crew for his next film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” While we already know the basic premise and a lot of the big names in the cast, we are still learning new bits of information that make us even more excited for Tarantino’s take on ‘60s-era Hollywood.

Read More: Burt Reynolds, Kurt Russell & More Join The Cast Of Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

According to Omega Underground, the director has once again called on cinematographer Robert Richardson to go behind the lens for his film.
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Rosamund Pike’s ‘A Private War’ Gets Awards-Season November Release

Aviron Pictures has given Rosamund Pike’s drama “A Private War” an awards-season release, starting with Nov. 2 openings in Los Angeles and New York with a Nov. 16 wide launch.

The cast includes Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, and Tom Hollander. Matthew George’s Acacia Entertainment is producing and financing “A Private War” alongside the Fyzz Facility, which is executive producing.

The biographical drama is directed by Matthew Heineman, whose credits include “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts,” from an Arash Amel screenplay. Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson is also on board.

A Private War” chronicles the life of the late American-born British war reporter Marie Colvin, portrayed by Pike, and is based on Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair story “Marie Colvin’s Private War.” Colvin died in 2012 while covering the siege at Homs in Syria.

Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk, Kamala Films’ Marissa McMahon, and Charlize Theron under her Denver & Delilah
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2018 American Society of Cinematographers Awards winners: Roger Deakins (‘Blade Runner 2049’) wins 4th Asc prize on way to Oscars

The 32nd annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards took place on Feb. 17 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland and were emceed by Turner Classic MoviesBen Mankiewicz. Over the years, the Asc has predicted 128 of the 160 Oscar nominees (80%), including all five of this year’s contenders: Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”), Bruno Delbonnel (“Darkest Hour”), Dan Laustsen (“The Shape of Water”), Rachel Morrison (“Mudbound”) and Hoyte van Hoytema (“Dunkirk”). But it has only previewed 13 of the last 31 winners of the Oscar for Best Cinematography; that is a a success rate of just 41%.

Deakins, who is the Oscar frontrunner for Best Cinematography, won for the fourth time from 15 bids with the Asc. His previous wins were for “The Shawkshank Redemption” (1994), “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (2001) and “Skyfall” (2012). He has yet to translate any of those victories into an Oscar, where he is 0 for 13.

Morrison made history as the
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‘The Shape of Water’ could win Oscars for Best Director and Cinematography, following 5 years of correlation

‘The Shape of Water’ could win Oscars for Best Director and Cinematography, following 5 years of correlation
Guillermo del Toro has won all the major directing prizes so far for “The Shape of Water,” making him the clear frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Director. Meanwhile, the film is predicted to lose Best Cinematography to “Blade Runner 2049,” according to the latest Gold Derby odds, despite a very clear correlation between the two categories over the last five years at the Oscars.

Del Toro is shaping up to be the Best Director winner at the Oscars, after winning at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and most notably, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards. Yet, his cinematographer, Dan Laustsen, is ranked second among Gold Derby predictors for Best Cinematography, behind Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”) Not only that, but Hoyte van Hoytema, cinematographer on “Dunkirk,” is almost tied with Laustsen. If del Toro were to win Best Director while “Blade Runner 2049” or “Dunkirk” won Best Cinematography,
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Aviron Buys ‘Serenity’ With Matthew McConaughey, ‘A Private War’ With Rosamund Pike (Exclusive)

Aviron Buys ‘Serenity’ With Matthew McConaughey, ‘A Private War’ With Rosamund Pike (Exclusive)
Aviron Pictures has acquired “Serenity,” a thriller with Oscar-winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and “A Private War,” a portrait of Marie Colvin with Oscar-nominee Rosamund Pike playing the legendary war correspondent, Variety has learned. Both films will debut theatrically in the fall of 2018, though a release date still has to be set.

The “Serenity” deal is for U.S. rights only, while the pact for “A Private War” encompasses rights in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

“These two films are examples of how we’re trying to diversify our slate and work with top rate filmmakers and producers,” said Aviron Pictures president David Dinerstein.

“Serenity” centers on a fishing boat captain (McConaughey) who is forced to grapple with his mysterious past after a glamorous woman (Hathaway) crashes up against his simple life on a small island in the Caribbean and leaves him questioning his reality. Jason Clarke (“Mudbound”), Djimon Hounsou (“In America”), and
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The Best Visual Effects Oscar Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best

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The Best Visual Effects Oscar Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best
When people talk about the magic of cinema, they’re usually not referring to monologues. More often than not, it’s the awe-inspiring visuals and imaginary worlds coming to life that give the phrase “movie magic” the ring of truth. None of that would be possible without visual effects, an ever-evolving field that pushes filmmakers like James Cameron and Peter Jackson further and further in their quest to create that special spark.

The films that have won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects represent the most innovative visual storytelling of the last two decades. Using motion capture technology, computer-generated imagery, miniatures and giant puppets, these films create fantasy worlds and creatures beyond our wildest imaginations.

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Here are the winners of the Oscar for Best Visual Effects of the 21st century, ranked by their visual storytelling.

17. “The Golden Compass” (2007)

While “The Golden Compass
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Tom Hollander Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’

Tom Hollander Joins Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan in ‘A Private War’
Tom Hollander has joined the cast of the independent drama “A Private War” opposite Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan with shooting starting this week in Jordan, followed by a move to the U.K. early next year.

The casting was unveiled Tuesday along with Matthew George’s Acacia Entertainment announcing it will produce and finance “A Private War” alongside the Fyzz Facility, which is executive producing.

The biographical drama will be directed by Matthew Heineman, whose credits include “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts,” from an Arash Amel screenplay. Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson is also on board.

A Private War” chronicles the life of American-born British war reporter Marie Colvin and is based on Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair story “Marie Colvin’s Private War.” Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk, Kamala FilmsMarissa McMahon, and Charlize Theron under her Denver & Delilah Productions banner are producing alongside Acacia Entertainment and Savvy Media Holdings.

Thunder Road’s [link
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Oscar-Winning Dp Robert Richardson To Lens ‘A Private War’ With Rosamund Pike

Oscar-Winning Dp Robert Richardson To Lens ‘A Private War’ With Rosamund Pike
Exclusive: Upping the ante on a hot project, three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson has joined A Private War, the Matthew Heineman-directed feature that stars Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan. Pike is playing famed war correspondent Marie Colvin in the thriller that’s told from the front lines of the most dangerous battlefields in the world. Dornan is photographer Paul Conroy, having stepped in for Taron Egerton. Shooting begins later this month in…
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Breathe review

Andy Serkis' directorial debut, Breathe, has much to recommend it. Here's our review...

Back in 2011, Andy Serkis and producer Jonathan Cavendish set up The Imaginarium, a production company and performance capture studio that has provided effects for Serkis-starring movies like Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the last three Planet Of The Apes movies. Breathe is the Imaginarium's first produced film (though their second on release, after horror movie The Ritual) and as you must be able to guess from the premise, it's a world away from that kind of Hollywood fare.

Based on the true story of Cavendish's parents, we meet 28-year-old Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) as he meets and courts Diana Blacker (Claire Foy.) They marry and move to Kenya soon after and anticipate a lifetime of adventure ahead of them, that is, until Robin falls ill. Polio leaves him paralysed from the neck down,
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New to Streaming: ‘The Hateful Eight,’ ‘Ingrid Goes West,’ ‘Creep 2,’ ‘Atomic Blonde,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Atomic Blonde (David Leitch)

There’s a bargain underlying the whole of Atomic Blonde, wherein director David Leitch wavers between its more cheeky qualities and its adherence to the conventions of generic spy fare. The film is, by definition, “cool” in every sense. Despite some wonky plotting best described as Diet John le Carré and a heavy-handed soundtrack that occasionally gets in its own way, Charlize Theron plows full
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Win Run of Engagement Passes for Breathe

Enter here for your chance to win a pair of run of engagement (Roe) passes to see the new film from director Andy Serkis, Breathe starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander, and Hugh Bonneville.

For your chance to receive two (2) Roe passes to see the new film Breathe, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone! The contest will end on Wednesday, October 25th at midnight.

About The Film

Breathe: For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Academy Award® nominee Andrew Garfield, Golden Globe® winner Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age
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Review: ‘Breathe’ is an Unabashedly Old School Drama

From its opening aerial shots, to the stylized font used to announce its title, it’s pretty clear that Andy SerkisBreathe is a throwback to a kind of movie Hollywood specialized in a very long time ago: the inspirational melodrama based on a true story that once would’ve starred Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Breathe stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy as Robin and Diana Cavendish, respectively, the married couple who revolutionized the way in which the world saw people with disabilities. When we first meet them in the late 1950s, Robin is a bright eyed young man ready to conquer the world. He sets his eye on the beautiful Diana at a cricket game, and despite his friends suggesting she would never go for a guy like him, within the first ten minutes of the film they get married, she’s expecting a child, and he’s
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“Breathe” aims to return Andrew Garfield to Oscar contention

After being snubbed for his performance in The Social Network, Andrew Garfield took a detour from the awards season for a while. Part of that was his turn as Spider-Man, to be sure, though overall he just wasn’t making Academy friendly fare. Then, last year found him in contention for a pair of prestige titles, with Hacksaw Ridge and Silence. The former got Garfield his first nomination, while the latter expanded his range. This week, Breathe opens and hopes to propel Garfield back into the Best Actor field. All of the ingredients are there, so it’s definitely possible that we’re entering a period of time where Garfield will consistently be in the Oscar hunt. The film is a biopic of Robin Cavendish (Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy), a couple that defied the odds in truly spectacular fashion. When Robin is diagnosed with polio and loses the
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Breathe In St. Louis – Stars Andrew Garfield

For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease.

When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana’s twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together — raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.

We Are Movie Geeks would like to invite you to an advance screening of Breathe. It’s next Monday, October 16th at 7pm at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Theater

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