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This week, Dave Chen speaks with director Danny Boyle about his newest film, 127 Hours. Dave asks Boyle about the unique style he employed for 127 Hours, what tricks he used to make the film (set in one place and primarily starring one character) dynamic, what other guy-stuck-in-one-place films inspired him, and why, of all movies, he chose to tackle this one after the stunning success of Slumdog Millionaire. 127 Hours is out in limited release on Friday, November 5th. Be sure to also check out Peter’s great video interview with Boyle.

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Fox Searchlight has begun airing a new television spot for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours which features a quote from my Telluride review. Here is what I said:

127 Hours is a brilliant, gut-wrenching and moving cinematic experience. The film will have you in tears one moment, laughing the next, and will leave you on the edge of your seat, gripping the armrests and holding your breath. This is an uplifting story of perseverance with a stronger character arc than the best fictional films released this year. This is not just a story of man vs. nature or survival. Ralston has said that he “did not lose his hand” but instead “gained his life back.” Most importantly, this is THAT story.

Over the years /Film has been quoted on a lot of movie posters, advertisements and dvd boxes, sometimes for films which I liked bu didn’t love (it’s easy to take a sentence out of context or take a positive sentence from a not so glowing review). But I’m really proud that we’ve now been quoted in the marketing for two of my favorite films of the year so far, The Social Network (a tv spot we never posted on the site before) and 127 Hours.  Watch the new tv spot after the jump.

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letmein_poster2This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss whether they’re going to see Star Wars in 3D, try and figure out if Zack Snyder would make a good Superman director, praise the claustrophobic pleasures of Buried, and ponder a Bourne franchise with no Jason Bourne. Special guest director Vincenzo Natali joins us for this episode. Vincenzo’s newest film, Splice, is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Movie Trailer #2: Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours

Fox Searchlight has released the first full movie trailer for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours (an initial teaser trailer was released in August). The film tells the story of Aron Ralston (played in the film by James Franco), the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days. Danny Boyle is the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Dater, Sunshine, Millions, The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary, and Trainspotting.  The screenplay is written by frequent Boyle collaborator and Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy. I screened the film at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, and it has become one of my favorite films of the year. You can read my review here, here is what I said:

127 Hours is a brilliant, gut-wrenching and moving cinematic experience. The film will have you in tears one moment, laughing the next, and will leave you on the edge of your seat, gripping the armrests and holding your breath. This is an uplifting story of perseverance with a stronger character arc than the best fictional films released this year. This is not just a story of man vs. nature or survival. Ralston has said that he “did not lose his hand” but instead “gained his life back.” Most importantly, this is THAT story.

Also, check out my video interviews with director Danny Boyle and the real life Aron Ralston. The first trailer ended with him getting caught underneath a boulder, something that happens very early on in the story. This trailer shows you what this film is truly about. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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catfishThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the relevance of the short list of directors to take on Superman, share thoughts on Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Legend of the Guardians, and try to unravel the truth behind Catfish. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from Cinemablend.

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Danny Boyle directing 127 Hours

Danny Boyle‘s new film 127 Hours premiered at the Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews (including my own). Last week we published an interview with Aron Ralston, the man who survived 127 hours after a boulder trapped him in an isolated canyon and inspired the film. Today we bring you an interview with filmmaker Danny Boyle, who brought Ralston’s story to the big screen.

127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of last year’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clémence Poésy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

Earlier this week, Alex from FirstShowing and I got the opportunity to sit down with Boyle and discuss the film. Watch the video interview after the jump.

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I’m again breaking the general (if rather loose) /Film mandate against posting clips to present to you the first clip from Danny Boyle‘s new film 127 Hours, which in the past two weeks has been taking the festival circuit by storm. And by ambulance: at screenings during both the Telluride and TIFF festivals, audience members reportedly required medical attention due to the intensity of the film’s amputation sequence. We knew that Danny Boyle wanted to create a visceral, intense and uncomfortable experience. Has he truly succeeded, or is reaction to the film being blown out of proportion? Read More »

I havent seen a lot of films since getting to Telluride, but I’ve been seeing some of the important ones — which has really paid off. We arrived in Colorado on Thursday night. Friday was the premiere of Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, Saturday afternoon was the surprise premiere of Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, and Sunday was the surprise screening of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. If you haven’t read my reviews of these great films, I recommend you do as they are some of the best films I’ve experienced this year (so far).

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You might not immediately recognize Aron Ralston‘s name but you’ve heard about his story. It was all over the news, turned into a New York Times bestselling book, and adapted for te big screen by filmmaker Danny Boyle.

127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of last year’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clémence Poésy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

127 Hours premiered at the Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews (including my own). On Sunday, Alex from FirstShowing and I got the opportunity to sit down with the man himself. Watch the video interview after the jump.

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Telluride Review: Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours

Two years ago, Danny Boyle came to Telluride to give the surprise premiere of Slumdog Millionaire, a movie which was almost doomed to be a direct-to-dvd but was saved by Fox Searchlight at the last minute. The film played to a standing ovation, and as you know, went on to critical acclaim and Academy Award wins. So it isn’t much of a surprise that Boyle decided to come back to Telluride to premiere his follow-up, 127 Hours, a big screen adaptation of of the New York Times bestselling book Between a Rock and a Hard Place. The film is based on the true story of Aron Ralston, a engineer/ mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days.

Many of you probably know Boyle as the English director behind  Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach, Sunshine and Slumdog Millionaire. His stylized character-centric films have won him many awards including “Best Director” at the 2009 Academy Awards. As you may expect, Boyle doesn’t take a realistic doc-style approach to the filming of this story, but instead injects it with energy and life while retaining the authenticity of the experience.

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