Berberian Sound Studio director Peter Strickland returns with The Duke of Burgundy, but this film offers a fairly different sort of experience. There’s still a hazy, less-than-real aesthetic and sense of place, but this movie has a more focused and recognizable story at its core. The short synopsis of this movie is very simple: “Peter Strickland’s dark melodrama follows the intense relationship between two women.”
In truth, The Duke of Burgundy is a good bit more complex than that, especially as relates to the specific dynamics of the relationship. To keep things close to the vest, I’ll just say that their relationship is atypical, but the beauty of the film is that it does not treat the couple’s interactions as unusual. Their problems are the same problems any couple has; they just happen to be articulated through more eccentric means.
I really love this film and can’t wait for more people to have a chance to see it. Below, get a first taste via a Duke of Burgundy clip. Read More »
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The Babadook is good enough that, after nine months of Sundance audiences (like me) flapping their gums about it’s virtues, Fantastic Fest audiences saw through any hype and responded enthusiastically to the film in multiple screenings over the past week. It’s good enough that, even with the debut of other impressive horror pictures (such as festival entries Cub, It Follows, and Shrew’s Nest — especially Shrew’s Nest) The Babadook still rings as the top horror film of 2014 so far. And now we’ve got the first Babadook US trailer. Read More »
The Babadook, which follows a very troubled single mother and her son, is the best horror film I’ve seen in 2014. In fact, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in a long time, period. So we’re going to keep talking about it, because the name isn’t the sort that ropes audiences in right away. (In fact, the film’s title is the main reason I almost blew it off at Sundance. Very glad I did not.) Here’s a great new Babadook quad poster from the UK, along with a trailer for the film that we haven’t run in the past. Read More »
The Babadook is a lean and mean horror film out of Australia, and this new Babadook trailer is just perfect. The film was one of the best at Sundance this year, and remains one of my favorites of the year so far.
The story centers on Amelia, a widowed mother, and her troubled young son Samuel. The kid is spinning out of control, and his mom is at her wits’ end. A strange storybook provides a focal point for Sam’s nightmarish hallucinations, and things get intense as Sam’s visions start to connect with Amelia’s own fears.
Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman are simply terrific in the two lead roles, and writer/director Jennifer Kent has cooked up a story that is shockingly scary and built on solid characters. Take the shocks out of this movie and you’d still have a great story. With them in, The Babadook is the must-see horror film of 2014. Watch the trailer below. Read More »
Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood was born of such a simple, smart idea, it begs an equally simple question – could he just keep going? Every year for 12 years, the writer/director shot the same actors to tell the story of a boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his life from the age of 6 to 18. It’s an idea that, obviously, could be extended to tell the character’s story for years to come. There are other extremely formative times in a person’s life, outside childhood.
When posed with this question in a recent interview, Linklater didn’t dismiss it. Instead, he offered up an absolutely perfect idea. Basically, he suggested he may have already made the sequel. Read the Boyhood sequel quote below. Read More »
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One of the best and most buzzed about movies of the year is still expanding in theaters across the country. That movie is Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, the epic and amazing story told over 12 years with the same cast of characters. No matter how many people find, and fall in love with, Boyhood during its theatrical run, though many more will find it when it eventually hits the home market. And when that happens, it’ll get a release deserving of such an amazing film.
In a new interview, Linklater confirmed the film would be getting a Criterion Collection Blu-ray release some time in the near future with special features including footage shot over the 12 year production. Read more about the Boyhood Criterion below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
As current cinematic offerings go, Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood seems like good bet. It’s got a respected auteur behind it, not to mention the enthusiastic support of dozens of critics. That said, there are only so many hours in a day, and Boyhood isn’t exactly brief.
So for moviegoers worried about wasting their time, producer John Sloss is (jokingly) offering a “Time Back Guarantee.” If Boyhood leaves you dissatisfied, Sloss will make it up to you by doing the chores you could’ve been doing instead. Hit the jump to read his promise.
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This Boyhood TV spot opens with something that communicates the unusual scope of the Richard Linklater film in just a few seconds.
A set of photos of the central character, Mason Jr. (played by Ellar Coltrane) flashes by in quick succession, illustrating his growth from age 6 to age 18. While the feature itself is a terrific vision of the growth of the boy and the family around him, that parade of images is a perfect way to condense the film into just a few seconds. The spot continues from there, of course, and you can watch the whole thing here. Read More »
Boyhood, the new film from Richard Linklater, is a great movie, with touching, funny, and committed performances from all involved. Linklater’s comedy isn’t based in outrageous provocation, but from the observation of moments that are recognizable by almost anyone. And Boyhood works in that mode, provoking the sort of knowing laughter that comes from the exploration of everyday moments.
But one of the biggest laughs in the film comes from something a little different. The film references pop-culture moments frequently, to ground the story in time and let us know who the characters are. One scene, a conversation about Star Wars, works because of the film’s own backstory (Boyhood was filmed incrementally over a period of 12 years) and a bit of gently perfect timing from Ethan Hawke and editor Sandra Adair.
We talked to Hawke about the film, and he explained how that particular moment came to be. Read More »