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‘On Chesil Beach’ Film Review: Saoirse Ronan Drama Only Starts Out Like a Sex Comedy

‘On Chesil Beach’ Film Review: Saoirse Ronan Drama Only Starts Out Like a Sex Comedy
For about an hour, “On Chesil Beach” seems like the most genteel sex comedy ever made. A movie that hems and haws and tries to avoid getting to the wedding-night bed, it starts out an a charming, intimate story of a young couple from the early 1960s whose naïveté and inexperience leads to a string of minor calamities as they approach the moment when two nervous kids will lose their virginity.

And then, in a sharp, shocking moment, “On Chesil Beach” becomes something darker, tougher and more tragic, and yanks it well out of the sex-comedy arena into an uncertain new place.

It’s not always a smooth landing, but director Dominic Cooke, novelist/screenwriter Ian McEwan and stars Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle make it a touching, bittersweet one.

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Adapted from his own work by
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'First Reformed' Review: Paul Schrader's Faith-in-Crisis Drama Is Divine Madness

'First Reformed' Review: Paul Schrader's Faith-in-Crisis Drama Is Divine Madness
There are powerhouse movies that knock you for a loop and take weeks to recover from – and then there is Paul Schrader's First Reformed. Not only is this faith-in-crisis drama one of the legendary writer-director's most incendiary films ever, it's one of the year's very best – a cinematic whirlwind that leaves you both exhilarated and spent. Like the screenplays he wrote for Martin Scorsese (notably Taxi Driver) and the tormented works he's made about the wages of sin (Hardcore, American Gigolo, The Comfort of Strangers, Auto Focus), Schrader – raised
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First Trailer For ‘The Child In Time’ Starring Benedict Cumberbatch [Watch]

Author Ian McEwan is hot stuff all of a second. The multi-award-winning British author is no stranger to screen adaptations — “The Comfort Of Strangers” and “The Cement Garden” in the early 90s, and “Enduring Love” and the Oscar-nominated “Atonement,” to name but a few — but 2017 marks something close to peak McEwan.

Two movies based on his work are premiering at Tiff at the moment — “On Chesil Beach,” with Saoirse Ronan (read our review here) and “The Children Act” with Emma Thompson.

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Venice Film Review: ‘First Reformed’

Venice Film Review: ‘First Reformed’
Paul Schrader has always been an amazingly protean filmmaker — going all the way back to the late ’70s, when the screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” first stepped behind the camera, leaping from “Blue Collar” to “American Gigolo,” from “Cat People” to “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters,” from “Patty Hearst” to “The Comfort of Strangers,” from “Auto Focus” to “The Canyons.” Throughout his career, though, there are myths, memes, and motifs that remain quintessentially Schraderian: the repressed Calvinist upbringing that resulted in his never seeing a film until he was in his late teens; his fixation on the “transcendental” high rhapsodic austerity of Bresson, Dreyer, and Ozu; and, through all the pointy-headed fixation, the way he retained a down-and-dirty B-movie grandiosity.

Schrader’s “First Reformed,” which premiered tonight at the Venice Film Festival, spans those high/low, art/pulp obsessions with a reach as arresting as it is (knowingly) nutty. The movie is about a pensive, melancholy
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Berlin Film Review: ‘While the Women Are Sleeping’

Berlin Film Review: ‘While the Women Are Sleeping’
For a psychothriller on sexual obsession and voyeurism, “While the Women Are Sleeping” comes off as glacial and antiseptic, like “Rear Window” without murder, or “Lolita” without violation. Exploring a creatively blocked novelist’s descent into neurosis after he meets and begins stalking an older man and his teenage squeeze at a Japanese seaside hotel, the film is tinged with Freudian mumbo-jumbo and recycled meta-fictive tropes, and Chinese-American helmer Wayne Wang’s stylishly glum aesthetics and mechanical plotting never get under the characters’ skin — or their sheets — leaving the story’s kinkiness an under-explored domain. The pic boasts festival cachet thanks to its arthouse-friendly leads, Takeshi Kitano and Hidetoshi Nishijima (fresh from their partnership in “Mozu the Movie”), though mainstream domestic response looks drowsy.

The film is adapted from a short story by Spanish writer Javier Marias, exploring a middle-aged man’s ritual of taping his young lover while she
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By the Sea review – the bedroom as battlefield

Newlyweds awaken Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s sex life in this slow-moving vanity project

Widely dismissed as a vanity project for its photogenic stars, this serves as the artsy European flipside to Mr & Mrs Smith, the enjoyably brash Hollywood smash-em-up that first spawned the Brangelina behemoth. Where Doug Liman’s 2005 action film found the couple trying to kill each other while falling in love, this finds them trying not to kill themselves while falling out of love. The 70s-set story largely unfolds in a lavish hotel suite in the scenic south of France (actually Malta), where blocked writer Roland (Brad Pitt) hits the bottle when given the cold shoulder by the medicated Vanessa (Angelina Jolie Pitt, also writing and directing). But when attractive newlyweds (Mélanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud) move in next door, a spy hole in the wall awakens dormant desires that blend voyeurism and revenge, with underlying grace notes of grief.
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The Overnight review – silly swinging fun

Taylor Schilling, Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman dabble in the shallow end of sexual manners in this disposable but diverting comedy

Here’s an amiably goofy, if dramatically thin comedy of swinging sexual manners. It comes on like a gentler version of Ian McEwan’s The Comfort of Strangers – with maybe a dollop of that highly odd 2009 movie Humpday on the side. Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling) are a couple with a young child and new to Los Angeles; in the park they chance upon Kurt (Jason Schwartzman), a charmingly persistent but weird guy who invites them to dinner with his French wife Charlotte (Judith Godrèche).

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Criterion Collection: Don’t Look Now | Blu-Ray Review

Criterion brings British auteur Nicolas Roeg’s most famous title to the fold, 1973’s enigmatic Don’t Look Now, a title that has influenced generations of filmmakers since its successful reception, and marks the director’s fifth title to be included in the illustrious collection. A refracted dreamscape of symbols and motifs, the film is a brooding jigsaw puzzle that doesn’t insist on answering all your questions, and happens to feature an unforgettable finale that’s lost none of its affect (despite providing iconic fodder for famed parodies, ranging from memorable bits in “Spaced” to “Absolutely Fabulous”).

After the drowning of their preadolescent daughter, Christine, in the backyard of their estate, John and Laura Baxter (Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie) take off for Venice, where John accepts a job to restore some mosaics in one of the city’s many dilapidated churches. However, once there, the couple is introduced
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Christopher Walken Dancing Video Supercut

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I know what will cheer you up today! A little video supercut that has nothing except Christopher Walken dancing. I didn't realize just how much he's danced over the course of his career. The guy has sure got some crazy moves! Below the video you'll find the full list of movies that are featured in the video which comes to us from The Huffington Post.

Roseland” (1977)

The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Brainstorm” (1983)

Pennies from Heaven” (1981)

The Dead Zone” (1983)

A View To A Kill” (1985)

At Close Range” (1986)

Puss in Boots” (1988)

Homeboy” (1988)

Communion” (1989)

King of New York” (1990)

The Comfort of Strangers” (1990)

“Sarah, Plain and Tall” (1991)

All-American Murder” (1991)

Batman Returns” (1992)

Skylark” (1993)

True Romance” (1993)

“Wayne’s World 2″ (1993)

A Business Affair” (1994)

Pulp Fiction” (1994)

The Prophecy” (1995)

Search and Destroy” (1995)

Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” (1995)

The Funeral” (1996)

Suicide Kings” (1997)

Mousehunt” (1997)

New Rose Hotel” (1998)

Blast from the Past” (1999)

Sleepy Hollow” (1999)

The Opportunists” (2000)

“Scotland,
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Let’s Watch a Supercut of Every Christopher Walken Dance Scene

I didn’t know Christopher Walken had danced in so many movies but it’s a good thing he has otherwise we wouldn’t have this great supercut to show you. He had the moves in Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice video [watch it here] but put them all together with his movies and it’s something special.

Fyi: Walken initially trained as a musical theater dancer at the Washington Dance Studio.

Below is the video and the complete list of the films used:

Here’s a full list of the films featured in the video, via HuffPo:

Roseland” (1977)

The Deer Hunter” (1978)

Brainstorm” (1983)

Pennies from Heaven” (1981)

The Dead Zone” (1983)

A View To A Kill” (1985)

At Close Range” (1986)

Puss in Boots” (1988)

Homeboy” (1988)

Communion” (1989)

King of New York” (1990)

The Comfort of Strangers” (1990)

“Sarah, Plain and Tall” (1991)

All-American Murder” (1991)

Batman Returns” (1992)

Skylark” (1993)

True Romance” (1993)

“Wayne’s World 2″ (1993)

A Business Affair” (1994)

Pulp Fiction” (1994)

The Prophecy” (1995)

Search and Destroy
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Indie Distribution Vet Tom Skouras Joins Random Media as Chairman

Random Media, a new multi-platform content company, has hired indie distribution vet Tom Skouras as chairman, the company announced Monday. For more than a decade, Skouras was president of Skouras Pictures, Inc., an indie film distribution company that handled the release of, among others, Joel and Ethan Coen’s first film, Blood Simple, Paul Schrader’s The Comfort of Strangers, Martin Donovan’s Apartment Zero and My Life as a Dog, directed by Lasse Hallstrom. "Tom will bring a level of guidance and insight to Random Media that can only be gained from a lifetime of extraordinary experience in our industry,”

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Film Review: ‘The Canyons’

Film Review: ‘The Canyons’
The signature psychosexual perversity of director Paul Schrader finds its nearly perfect match in novelist Bret Easton Ellis, whose screenplay for Schrader’s “The Canyons” might just as soon have been called “Psycho American Gigolo” or “The Hardcore Rules of Attraction.” The first in the new wave of Kickstarter-funded features instigated by established old-media types, Schrader’s ultra-low-budget (reportedly $250,000) but handsomely made study of low-level Hollywood hangers-on has earned much prerelease attention for the casting of real-life porn star James Deen and the troubled Lindsay Lohan (also one of the pic’s co-producers). But the end result is hardly a joke, not least for Lohan’s fascinating presence, far closer to self-revelation than self-parody. Between VOD curiosity seekers and adventurous arthouse-goers, “The Canyons” is sure to see solid returns on its modest investment, while pushing Schrader back into the zeitgeist after a long fallow period.

The latest but surely not
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Rupert Everett: 'Sex is over. I'm not motivated by it any more'

Rupert Everett has long been a martyr to his passions, but lately he's had something else on his mind. Victoria Coren, a lifelong fan, joins him for dinner to talk about his excoriating memoirs, his portrayal of Oscar Wilde and his urge to be a serious man

When Rupert Everett dies, he won't have a funeral. He has given this serious thought.

"I'll go on the bonfire," he says. "That's what I'd like."

At the risk of spoiling his cheerful plan, I feel obliged to point out that it's against the law to put corpses on bonfires.

"Yes, but it shouldn't be," says the actor, irritably squeezing lemon into his tea. "I'm sure someone can put me on there, if I've just died normally. I wanted to put my dad on the bonfire. But nobody else wanted to, so we didn't."

It feels awfully strange to be sitting in a restaurant with Rupert Everett,
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Christopher Walken: 'No matter who I play, it's me'

He has spent his life creating memorable and menacing characters. The actor tells Sean O'Hagan why he hates horses, loves Hollywood's honesty and won't leave his hotel in London

It was Mickey Rourke who came closest to capturing Christopher Walken's singular aura. "You were always like this strange being from another place," Rourke told Walken when the two came together recently for a feature in Interview magazine. "There was something 'outer space' about you."

Though Walken, now 69, has mellowed somewhat since he first crossed paths with Rourke on Michael Cimino's ill-fated epic, Heaven's Gate, in 1980, that description still seems apt. It's to do with his sense of detachment: the odd mix of preternatural calm and underlying menace that he exudes onscreen. Like the late Dennis Hopper, but in a more understated way, Walken has spent the best part of his career playing extreme characters of one kind or another,
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Paul Schrader To Shoot Bret Easton Ellis’ ‘The Canyons’ This Summer; New Details On The Sexual Thriller

With writing credits like Taxi Driver and directing credits like The Comfort of Strangers to his name, there seems no better person to make The Canyons, written by Bret Easton Ellis, than Paul Schrader. Easton Ellis, who penned such darkly American tales as Less Than Zero and American Psycho, trades in sex, drugs, and disillusionment. Schrader, meanwhile, loves tales of human evil and the depths of passion and obsession.

Thus we should all let out a small cheer considering the news today, via The Playlist. Turns out that word has come straight from Easton Ellis’s twitter feed (@BretEastonEllis) that shooting on the micro-budget collaboration between him and Schrader is to begin “on July 9th in Los Angeles…”

Casting is still taking place, with five main leads up for grabs during an open casting call going on now. Plot details for The Canyons are scarce for now, but word is
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And There Is Violence in My Heart: Full International and UK Trailers for The Skin I Live In

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Some like their romantic comedies and others love period dramas or science fiction; I've got a long thing going with twisted tales--not quite horror--but seriously dark drama. Dead Ringers, The Comfort of Strangers, Blue Velvet, The Music of Chance are a few old favorites and I'm always in search of a new fix. This year's Venice Film Festival will premiere two entries that sound promising: Steve McQueen's Shame and Roman Polanski's Carnage, while Cannes has already seen the debut of Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In. As with most controversial films the reviews have been mixed, but more importantly, Skin had people talking ("disturbing," "operatic," "perverse,"). The muddled premise descriptions have had me curious from the outset and the short teaser left me wanting more. So no matter that we don't entirely understand the storyline (Antonio Banderas = surgeon/madman(?) seeking revenge against men who raped his
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A Venetian on Venice in "The Tourist"

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A Venetian on Venice in
Alberto Zambenedetti is a film scholar and a critic originally from Venice, Italy. He has published many articles and book chapters on Italian cinema and writes regularly on spietati.it. Alberto and I went to see the new spy thriller "The Tourist" starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, which is set in Venice, and afterwards we had a conversation about the film's depiction of his hometown.

Matt Singer: Putting aside your feelings about the movie as a whole, how did you feel about the portrayal of Venice?

Alberto Zambenedetti: It was a missed opportunity. The way the movie used the geography of the city on the whole was very jumbled. This film could have been set anywhere. It doesn't have to be Venice. It could be Amsterdam. It could be any city, other than the fact that they're always on boats. But they could have just been in cars.

There
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Mendes, Mulligan Head For The "Beach"

With the next James Bond on indefinite hold, director Sam Mendes looks to be moving onto other projects and is already looking at a film adaptation of author Ian McEwan's 2007 novel "On Chesil Beach" for Focus Features reports Deadline.

Set in the UK in the 60's, the story revolves around two repressed virgins in their early 20's whose futile attempt at lovemaking leads to doubt and recriminations.

Carey Mulligan ("An Education," "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps") is apparently interested in the female lead role while McEwan himself will adapt the script. McEwan is best known for the novels "Atonement," "Enduring Love," "The Innocent," "Amsterdam," "The Comfort of Strangers," "Saturday" and "The Cement Garden".

Mendes, who will also direct a musical production based on Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" opening next year, remains committed to the next James Bond film. He has, however, apparently told Disney he
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Kenneth Tynan off stage: the theatre critic's life in film

Although best known as a theatre critic, Kenneth Tynan also wrote widely on film, and even wrote screenplays, including Ealing Studios' "least Ealing film ever"

Kenneth Tynan's fame rests on his drama criticism, but he was as much devoted to film as to theatre. He wrote movie criticism for the Observer and star profiles for the New Yorker, and was also, at various times, a script adviser and screenwriter. In fact, it was while working in the former capacity for Michael Balcon at Ealing Studios in 1958 that Tynan co-scripted Nowhere to Go with the movie's director, Seth Holt.

Holt, who had worked for the patriarchal Balcon since 1953, once described Nowhere to Go as "the least Ealing film ever made". And what he and Tynan concocted was a movie that ran totally counter to the studio's preoccupation with harmless eccentrics and benevolent communities. It is, in fact, a crime
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Gilles Marini Featured in Playboy

The new issue of Playboy will be one the ladies may want to pick up. Sexy French actor Gilles Marini, who has appeared in Sex and the City and Dancing With the Stars, will be in the next issue of Playboy. Gilles is featured in a racy fashion pictorial in the November issue of Playboy which is on newsstands now. Set at the famed Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, the pictorial features men’s styles and is inspired by Paul Schrader’s film, “The Comfort of Strangers.” In the feature, Marini exquisitely models suits from Bottega Veneta, Tom Ford, Ermenegildo Zegna,...
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