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10 Cloverfield Lane – Dan Trachtenberg Interview

Last weekend Flickering Myth was given the opportunity to view a press screening of 10 Cloverfield Lane and interview stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and director Dan Trachtenberg in a roundtable discussion with other journalists. His first time directing a full length feature film, Dan Trachtenberg nevertheless brings a great amount of knowledge and skill from his experiences shooting short films such as Portal: No Escape and Kickin’ to 10 Cloverfield Lane. We spoke about how he chose his cast, the film’s amazing sound design and his partnership with J.J. Abrams. You can read our review of the film here and our interviews with Mary Elizabeth Winstead here and John Goodman here.

Mild spoilers follow for 10 Cloverfield Lane so if you want to avoid any other information (which I strongly recommend) check back after you’ve seen the movie.

Q: You said last night that you finished the movie the night before?
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Review: Handsome And Dull 'Age Of Uprising: The Legend Of Michael Kohlhaas' Starring Mads Mikkelsen

Itself loosely based on a true story, the 19th century novella by Heinrich von Kleist, “Michael Kohlhaas," has been adapted several times for screen, notably by Volker Schlöndorff in 1969, even spawning “The Jack Bull," a pretty good HBO restaging starring Johns Cusack and Goodman, in 1999. But with Schlöndorff himself telling us in an interview that he considered his version his "biggest failure” it would have seemed that there was still room for the definitive, high-profile, straight-up adaptation. And on paper, that’s what Arnaud de Pallières’ “Michael Kohlhaas” was meant to be -- just check out its impeccable line-up of European stars-with-major-arthouse-appeal: Mads Mikkelsen (last year’s Cannes Best Actor for “The Hunt”), Bruno Ganz (whose sclerotic Hitler in “Downfall” spawned its own remarkably resilient meme) and Denis Lavant (coming off his chameleonic performance in the critically worshipped “Holy Motors”). But stacked with a...
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Cannes Review: Worthy Medieval Parable 'Michael Kohlhaas' Nowhere Near Sum Of Impressive Parts

Itself loosely based on a true story, the 19th century novella by Heinrich von Kleist, “Michael Kohlhaas," has been adapted several times for screen, notably by Volker Schlöndorff in 1969, even spawning “The Jack Bull," a pretty good HBO restaging starring Johns Cusack and Goodman, in 1999. But with Schlöndorff himself telling us in an interview that he considered his version his "biggest failure” it would have seemed that there was still room for the definitive, high-profile, straight-up adaptation. And on paper, that’s what Arnaud de Pallières’ Cannes competition entrant “Michael Kohlhaas” was meant to be -- just check out its impeccable line-up of European stars-with-major-arthouse-appeal: Mads Mikkelsen (last year’s Cannes Best Actor for “The Hunt”), Bruno Ganz (whose sclerotic Hitler in “Downfall” spawned its own remarkably resilient meme) and Denis Lavant (coming off his chameleonic performance in the critically worshipped “Holy Motors”). But...
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Cowboys & Aliens Movie Review

Pointing out that Cowboys & Aliens is not "really" a western may seem odd, and certainly unnecessary. It takes place in 1875, has people riding horses, and contains "Cowboys" in the title, but it also has spaceships, laser guns, and "Aliens" in the title. Thus, I'm not going to point it out, because it's painfully obvious to everyone, even those who have only heard the name, I'm just going to mention that it is untrue. In fact, it is almost too western to perfect its purpose, but it's close enough.

The film is built by splicing together characters, plot points, and action scenes from a variety of westerns, with all the key cliches and trappings, and heavy on things that involve Clint Eastwood and spurs. Largely, suck the rich rancher who thinks he owns the town from any number of films, and smash it together with High Plains Drifter, only switch it
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