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Frightfest Halloween Interview: ‘Parallel’ director Isaac Ezban

Ahead of the UK premiere screening of Parallel at Arrow Video FrightFest Halloween – which takes place at Cineworld, Leicester Square on November 3rd 2018, director Isaac Ezban discusses the film, making his first English-language feature and directing from someone else’s script.

Parallel is the first film you didn’t write yourself (Scott Blaszak did) but it feels so like one from your heart – dealing with the ramifications of identity, life-shattering decision-making and the possibilities of an endless universe as also explored in The Incident and The Similars?

Yes, that its right, I had many firsts on this one: first movie in English, first movie outside of my country with a completely new crew, first studio film, first film in Canada, and first film I didn´t write, and all those firsts added up to an amazing experience. After The Incident and The Similars, I really had the curiosity to do sci-fi in English,
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Arrow Films Acquires ‘The Dead Center’ Starring Shane Carruth for U.S. and Other Territories (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Arrow Films has acquired horror movie “The Dead Center” in a multi-territory deal that includes the U.S. and the U.K.

Billy Senese (“Closer to God”) wrote the screenplay and directed the film. It was co-produced by, and stars, Shane Carruth, who previously wrote, directed and starred in “Primer” and made Sundance favorite “Upstream Color.” It is the first picture he has starred in but not directed.

Jeremy Childs (“Preacher”) and Poorna Jagannathan (“Mile 22″) are also in the film. It tells the story of an unidentified suicide victim (Childs) who comes back to life and walks out of the morgue. Medical examiner Edward Graham (Bill Feehely) begins the search for the missing body, unaware the subject has ended up in the hospital psychiatric ward under the watchful eye of psychiatrist Daniel Forrester. As Graham and Forrester investigate further, it becomes apparent that the patient has brought something terrible back from the other side.
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Time Freak Trailer: When Love Fails, Build a Time Machine

Andrew Bowler's Time Freak features Sophie Turner and Asa Butterfield in a love story that moves across different times in the past and the future. The sci-fi rom-com is Bowler's first feature-length film, and is based off of his Academy Award nominated short film of the same name. The short film was released in 2011 and is inspired by movies like Primer and Back to the Future. The story has been changed around, but the basic time traveling premise remains for the new adaptation, along with a new storyline and characters.

The Time Freak trailer begins with Sophie Turner as Debbie breaking up with Asa Butterfield's Stillman. Stillman is a brokenhearted physics genius who decides to make a time machine after recently being dumped by the love of his life. After constructing the time machine and creating a timeline of their romance and a machine to rewind the past, Stillman takes his best friend,
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Shane Carruth on Why He Won’t Direct a Superhero Movie and Acting in ‘The Dead Center’

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Shane Carruth on Why He Won’t Direct a Superhero Movie and Acting in ‘The Dead Center’
Five years after wowing Sundance with “Upstream Color,” Shane Carruth is back — just not as a director. The multi-hyphenate — who wrote, directed, produced, starred in, and composed the music for both 2004’s sci-fi breakout “Primer” and its mind-bending follow-up — apparently decided to take it easy by merely acting in “The Dead Center,” a slow-burning thriller that made landfall at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Written and directed by Bill Senese, it stars Carruth as a doctor whose latest patient claims to have just awoken from the dead — and makes a pretty convincing case when he starts displaying what can only be described as zombie-like tendencies.

“It was really compelling to read, which is not always the case — I have a hard time reading screenplays,” Carruth said of Senese’s script. It clearly stood out to him, as he had never starred in a feature film without also helming it before:
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20 Best Heady Sci-Fi Films: Part 1

  • Cinelinx
In honor of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, we make our picks for the best cerebral science fiction films of all time. Here are picks #20 - 11.

The job of science fiction is to push boundaries. Indeed, the very description of science fiction suggests going a bit further than established fact. Science fiction is supposed to build on the known world around us. It is supposed to explore the unknown. When science fiction is at its best, this exploration is being fueled by our own human condition. The reason we are exploring outward is because there is an uncertainty inside. We feel incomplete in some regard, and the answers might be out there.

Science fiction films that can best communicate the relationship between the universe and our own minds tend to be the films that leave a lasting impression. This is my pick for the 20 films that do the best job of this.
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‘Breakthrough’ Review: Shane Carruth Comes to TV to Show You the Future (and Why It’s Doomed)

‘Breakthrough’ Review: Shane Carruth Comes to TV to Show You the Future (and Why It’s Doomed)
It’s fitting that “Predicting the Future,” the latest episode in the National Geographic docuseries “Breakthrough,” probably didn’t turn out the way that anyone involved had planned it would. Not ten minutes into the episode, there’s polarizing statistician Nate Silver, in an interview from weeks, maybe even months, before the 2016 presidential election, with his take on the numbers.

“Most people, when you say 70/30, they don’t quite know that means. They don’t know what that 30 percent feels like,” Silver says.

Six months into the reality of that 30 percent probability, there’s a dark push-pull happening in this episode. As professionals from various predictive industries — actuaries, astronomers, city sanitation experts — give the audience a glimpse into their corner of the future, there’s the unspoken acknowledgment that people may not like what they find. As a result, “Predicting the Future” ends up presenting the viewers with competing visions of the future,
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‘The Americans’ Race to Save a Life in the Season 5 Finale — What to Watch on Tuesday, May 30

‘The Americans’ Race to Save a Life in the Season 5 Finale — What to Watch on Tuesday, May 30
Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra.

Tuesday, May 30

“The Americans” (FX, 10 p.m.) – In the season finale, Philip and Elizabeth race against the clock as a life hangs in the balance, while Stan faces an uncertain future.

It’s your last chance to savor a new hour with the Jennings family until 2018. Unsurprisingly, this whirlwind season has built to a pretty thrilling conclusion.

Animal Kingdom” (TNT, 9 p.m.) – A risky heist misfires and the boys blame Smurf, sending shock waves through the family, in the Season 2 premiere. Also: Baz deals with being a single parent; and Deran plans for the future.

As one family saga goes on hiatus, one returns for another round. Ellen Barkin and company are back for more tales from
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The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men’ to ‘Her’

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The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men’ to ‘Her’
Sci-fi isn’t easily defined, but in determining the top 25 sci-fi movies of the last 17 years, we’ve done our best. No fantasy-super hero movies here; for an action, horror, or animated movie to be on this list, it needed to firmly rooted in sci-fi origins. And let’s get this out of the way: While we adore these films and consider them among the very best of the century, we decided they didn’t qualify or were better suited for a different list: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Gravity,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Holy Motors,” and “Battle Royale.”

Drum roll, please…

25. “Coherence” (2013)

With one room and $50,000, director James Ward Byrkit showed there are no limits to what’s possible in the sci-fi genre. A filmmaking lesson in activating offscreen space and building mystery into the unseen, the story centers around eight friends gathered for a dinner party when a comet swooshes overhead,
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‘Breakthrough’: Ana Lily Amirpour on How She Was Lured to Create an Animated Cancer Monster for Nat Geo

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‘Breakthrough’: Ana Lily Amirpour on How She Was Lured to Create an Animated Cancer Monster for Nat Geo
Art meets science on Nat Geo’s series “Breakthrough,” when critically acclaimed filmmakers like Ana Lily Amirpour decide to put their skills into telling stories about the latest innovations and how they can change our lives.

The “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” director spoke to IndieWire about why she decided to direct an episode of the series, which returns for a second season on Tuesday, May 2.

“I was excited to collaborate with Nat Geo because I’ve been a fan of since I was a kid; I grew up watching shows on nature and science with my Dad, who’s also a big fan,” she said. “And when I sat down with the producers of ‘Breakthrough,’ discussing possible topics I could tackle, I found myself drawn to the topic of cancer treatment without really knowing why.

Read More: IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Ana Lily Amirpour
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Tom Holland Says Shane Carruth’s ‘The Modern Ocean’ Has “The Craziest Idea For A Movie Ever”

Nine long years elapsed between Shane Carruth‘s 2004 breakout debut “Primer” and his astonishing 2013 release “Upstream Color,” but it seemed like the filmmaker was going to start moving at a quicker pace. At the end of 2015, word emerged that the fiercely independent filmmaker had signed with big-time Hollywood agency Wme and lined up a ridiculously stacked cast including Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Abraham Attah and Jeff Goldblum for his next movie, “The Modern Ocean.” Then…nothing.

Continue reading Tom Holland Says Shane Carruth’s ‘The Modern Ocean’ Has “The Craziest Idea For A Movie Ever” at The Playlist.
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Riley Keough on ‘The Discovery,’ an Afterlife, Sci-Fi Favorites, and Her Promising Year

In the last few years, Riley Keough has carved out quite a burgeoning career, working with George Miller, Andrea Arnold, Steven Soderbergh, David Robert Mitchell, Trey Edward Shults, and, for her most recent premiere, Charlie McDowell. Starring alongside Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Robert Redford, and Jesse Plemons, The Discovery finds her playing Lacey, a character attempting to rebuild her own life under the guidance of Redford’s character after the afterlife was discovered.

While at Sundance Film Festival, I sat down with the actress to discuss the emotional sci-fi film, how realistic it might be, the ethical questions behind it, as well her promising upcoming year, her favorite sci-fi films, her thoughts on television after The Girlfriend Experience, and much more. Check out the conversation below.

The Film Stage: There’s great world-building right from the beginning, and I was curious if it was all in the script, or did
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A24’s Mysterious Sci-Fi Project Revealed as Sundance-Bound Short Film ‘Toru’

Earlier this week, A24 dropped a mysterious teaser trailer for what was thought to be a new science-fiction feature film from the company. With its slick near-future design and life-encompassing text overlays, many thought it may signal the return of Upstream Color and Primer director Shane Carruth, but now we’ve found out what this trailer is previewing. It’s not a feature film at all, and it will meet the eyes and ears of an audience very soon.

One of our eagle-eyed readers spotted that a still from the Sundance-bound short Toru that matches with the teaser. We did our own digging and furthermore, snaps from the set correspond with footage from the trailer. Directed by Jonathan Minard and Scott Rashap, the synopsis for the short reads “an infant’s life is transformed by a new technology,” which certainly matches up with what this preview entails.

Shot by Dp
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Mystery sci-fi movie revealed

Kayti Burt Simon Brew Jan 17, 2017

Remember that trailer for a mystery sci-fi movie that was released last week? It's called Toru

The mystery of the sci-fi movie trailer from last week has been solved (below), and it turns out that it's a short film called Toru, that's coming from Jonathan Minard and Scott Rashap. The synopsis reads as follows:

With a science fiction undercurrent, Toru centers on the story of a baby boy, named Toru, born with a fatal lung condition. As he only has a few days to live Toru’s parents sign him up for a trial experiment that would simulate a full life in a matter of days. The film follows Toru’s dream-like life simulation as a boy named Todd growing up in a New England suburb, and concludes in futuristic Japan.

The Film Stage tracked down the information, and Toru is set to premiere at
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New to Streaming: ‘Sense8,’ ‘Anomalisa,’ ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe,’ ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ 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.

Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson)

Charlie Kaufman, the writer behind Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, teams up with animator Duke Johnson to create a complex emotional drama starring lifelike puppets. The premise is riddled with existential dread of modern-day life, presented uniquely through Kaufman’s idiosyncratic point-of-view. For protagonist and self-help author Michael Stone (voiced soulfully by David Thewlis), everyone around him has the same voice (thanks to
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Movie Review – Rwd (2016)

Rwd, 2016.

Directed by Matt Stuertz.

Starring Adam Hartley and Matt Stuertz.

Synopsis:

Two men disappear into the woods armed with cameras and looking for ghosts, hoping to shoot the latest episode of their ongoing web series about paranormal happenings. Instead they find something different, but equally as unusual.

Found-footage is a pretty cheap sub-genre, even by the usually low-rent standards of horror, but Rwd really seems to take the biscuit when it comes to basic. Shot, edited, directed, written by and starring just two people, it’s very much an exercise in milking as much plot and bare-bones scares as possible from even the tiniest of budgets (seriously this thing must’ve cost pocket change).

This isn’t usually a bad thing; heavy-hitters Paranormal Activity and Blair Witch (both old and new) were made on very little and when it comes to effective horror, money isn’t necessarily a major factor.
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‘Memory Box’ Exclusive Clip: Mackenzie Davis And Shane Carruth Star In Sci-Fi Short Film About Memory Recreation

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‘Memory Box’ Exclusive Clip: Mackenzie Davis And Shane Carruth Star In Sci-Fi Short Film About Memory Recreation
Austin’s Fantastic Fest, the largest genre festival in the United States, kicks off this weekend and will feature over a hundred films from around the world. One of these is Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell’s short film “Memory Box,” starring Mackenzie Davis (“Halt and Catch Fire”) and director Shane Carruth, who previously helmed the films “Primer” and “Upstream Color.” The film follows a young mother who works at a facility where actors recreate clients’ memories for them, but when a client pushes her to break the rules and jeopardize her job, she’s forced to decide just how far she will go. In the process, reality becomes upended and memory becomes entangled with fantasy. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave of Programming, Including ‘Arrival,’ ‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘The Handmaiden’

This is the third film directed and produced by Aites and Ewell.
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Knight of Cups,’ ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)

With its focus on the effects of exploration by white men on foreign lands, Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent will inevitably be compared to Werner Herzog’s stories of savage nature, and while Guerra is investigating some of Herzog’s most well trodden themes, the chaos of man exists in the background, while the unspoiled sit front and center here. Embrace of the Serpent centers on two explorers, separated by decades in time,
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New to Streaming: ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘A War,’ ‘The Treasure,’ ‘Le Amiche,’ 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 the interwebs. 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 Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Boy and the Beast (Mamoru Hosoda)

Two worlds collide once young Kyuta (Shôta Sometani) and warrior Kumatetsu (Kôji Yakusho) meet in Mamoru Hosoda‘s The Boy and the Beast. The former was recently orphaned after his mother’s death (she had divorced his father years ago and her family refuses to get in touch with him), currently working his way towards becoming a solitary street
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News Bits: Five, Cell, Alien, DC, Nw, Girlfriend

Five Seconds of Silence

New photos have popped up from the London set of Brad Pitt's upcoming drama "Five Seconds of Silence". Filming the WWII flick alongside his co-star Marion Cotillard, the pair play secret agents who fall in love during a mission in North Africa. Robert Zemeckis helms the film which opens November 23rd. [Source: Access Hollywood]

Cell

Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to the sci-fi thriller "Cell" based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Shot back in 2014, it was originally to be released by Clarius Entertainment who later dropped the film.

Tod 'Kip' Williams helms the film about a struggling graphic artist (John Cusack) who bands together with a small group of people to trek across New England to reunite with his son after a mysterious cellphone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals. Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman and Stacy Keach also stars.
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Shane Carruth Scoring Steven Soderbergh's 'The Girlfriend Experience' TV Series

As fans of "Primer" and "Upstream Color" director Shane Carruth know, he does it all. In addition to getting behind the camera, he writes, producers, shoots, edits, scores, and in the case of "Upstream Color," even distributes his own movies. But he's willing to lend a hand where needed. He's acted in projects here and there, and now he's bringing his talents over to Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience." Film Music Reporter reveals that Carruth is scoring the upcoming Starz series, based on Soderbergh's indie film. There's a couple of previous connections here. Firstly, Amy Seimetz, an equally multi-talented individual who is co-directing "The Girlfriend Experience," and had the lead female role in "Upstream Color." She also starred with Carruth in the short "We'll Find Something." Meanwhile, Soderbergh and David Fincher at one time put their producing power behind Carruth's ambitious "A...
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