What Alfonso Cuaron lacks in quantity of films made, he damn sure makes up for in quality. He’s only made seven movies over almost 25 years but it’s as if he somehow gets exponentially better with each and ever one.
I admit to not knowing much about his first feature, Love in the Time of Hysteria, but it allowed him to two whimsical crowd pleasers, A Little Princess and Great Expectations. From there, he directed the sexy, provacative Y Tu Mama Tambien then switched gears entirely by doing arguably the best (and most influential) Harry Potter film of the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. From there, he blew minds with the masterpiece, Children of Men and finally won the Oscar for Best Director for his amazing work on Gravity.
It’s a short but insanely impressive list and below you can relive them all in a tribute to Alfonso Cuaron films. Read More »
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Over the last week, we’ve seen a bunch of ariel photos of the Star Wars Episode VII captured from Greenham Common set whilst filming the GAMA bunkers. The photos have shown a few X-Wing including a black-colored model, as well as the Millennium Falcon which JJ Abrams later released an official video of. We’ve also seen photos of some of the actors in costume, including a possible reveal of Adam Driver’s role in the movie. Now some new set photos have appeared online, giving us a much much closer view of the props and sets. Also word has come out that the production may have ordered a “DroneShield” to try to prevent these kind of photo leaks.
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The big screen adaptation of The Maze Runner hit theaters this weekend, earning an estimated $37.6 million (placing #3 on the top five all-time September opens). This is very good for a movie that was made for a projected $30 million. Hot off the success, 20th Century Fox has announced a 2015 release date for The Maze Runner sequel The Scorch Trials. Learn more about The Maze Runner sequel release date, after the jump.
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Former James Bond star Roger Moore recently visited the set of JJ Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII. During a BBC radio broadcast, the actor briefly talked about seeing an ice planet set built on one of the Pinewood sound stages. Read the full transcript with Moor talking about his visit to the Star Wars Episode 7 ice planet set, after the jump.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we remember the lowly cassette tape, get funky with an old school space station, delve into short story, try and make an effort with the family, and look at western music through the eyes of Japan.
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Kevin Smith‘s Tusk is a prime example of a filmmaker in the midst of reinvention. Every since the disaster that was Cop Out, Smith has been on a quest to become a new director. First he shunned Hollywood and self-distributed Red State, a welcome departure from his off-the-wall comedies of the past. Now he’s delving deep into horror with Tusk, the story of a man named Howard (Michael Parks) who kidnaps a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) and attempts to turn him into a Walrus.
Much like Smith’s up-and-down career path, Tusk has a fascinating trajectory. Everything starts off well with the director slowly but surely building a very specific, intriguing and foreboding tone. Even as the story begins to border on the ridiculous and the gore gets exponentially more intense, we buy it because the film has won us over with its sharp writing, well-timed humor, inventive plot and layered storytelling.
Unfortunately, about two-thirds into the movie, Smith apparently saw some brake lights in front of him because the film comes to a screeching halt. It stops being fun so suddenly and so painfully it’s almost unfathomable. Things never quite recover from that narrative roadblock and, by the end, it all feels arbitrary and amateurish. Read More »
The latest series to go into development for HBO is In America, a project that sees writer/director Jim Sheridan returning to the subject of his 2002 film of the same name. The feature In America garnered three Oscar nominations, for Samantha Morton as Best Actress, Djimon Hounsou as Best Supporting Actor, and Jim Sheridan and his daughters Naomi and Kirsten for Best Original Screenplay. Now those same three family members are developing the In America TV series. Read More »
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Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.
Header Photo: Laurent Durieux’s awesome Back to the Future Part III print.
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