Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Angie Han
First love has rarely been depicted as beautifully or as movingly as it is in Luca Guadagnino‘s Call Me By Your Name, an adaptation of the André Aciman. Timothée Chalamet, probably best known as bratty Finn Walden from season one of Homeland), has a star-making turn as a teenager exploring his sexual identity. Meanwhile, Armie Hammer, a very good actor who’s been stuck in some not-very-successful movies, is downright mesmerizing as the young man who changes his life forever.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
You should look upon any remake of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece Suspiria with a certain amount of caution and distrust. Like the sinister, hiding-in-plain-sight villains of the original film, this remake is saying all of the right things and doing its best to pull you into a hellish trap from which you cannot escape. Don’t believe its lies. Get out while you still can!
Or maybe sit down and stay awhile. Maybe it’s okay to listen to director I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino describe his vision for the remake, which has been in development for years under a series of different directors. And who knows? Maybe the promise of a cast that includes Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson will be enough to convince you to get comfortable and relax. Maybe.
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Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
Following the sumptuous I Am Love, Tilda Swinton and director Luca Gadagnino have reunited for another tale of sun-drenched desire. In A Bigger Splash, a rock star (Swinton) and her filmmaker boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) find their relationship rocked by the arrival of her ex (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson). Mind games, jealousy, and possibly danger ensue. Watch the A Bigger Splash trailer after the jump. Read More »
A remake of Suspiria, Dario Argento‘s gorgeous and dreamlike tale of witchcraft at a boarding school for dance, has been in the works for a very long time. For most of that period, David Gordon Green was planning to direct the film. He’s said his version was going to be “a very faithful, extremely elegant opera. I don’t mean musical opera, but it would be incredibly heightened music, and heightened and very operatic and elegant sets.”
When Green pulled away from the film, he did say that it would still be made, by “a great Italian director.” Now we know that he was talking about Luca Guadagnino, whose film I Am Love was released in 2009, and who has the new movie A Bigger Splash at the Venice Film Festival. Guadagnino, who was previously set to produce Green’s version, says Suspiria is next for him, and his version, he says, will be “very different.” Read More »
It’s unusual to see David Cronenberg‘s name in the roster of a film as an actor rather than a writer or director, but this isn’t the first time. Cronenberg is one of three primary actors in a new project called Body Art — a title that is almost right on the nose, given Cronenberg’s classic “body horror” proclivities — from I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino.
And Cronenberg won’t be alone, as he has two grand compatriots in the cast: the venerable Isabelle Huppert, and Denis Lavant. The latter is the star of last year’s best film, Holy Motors, and his presence here is enough to rocket this one high up on my to-watch list. And if that weren’t enough, the basis of the story is extremely intriguing — find that below. Read More »
James Ellroy contributed to last year’s rather underseen Rampart, and fortunately for those who value his work, there are other adaptations of his novels brewing today. Ellroy is a continued object of desire for producers and directors, as his novels are killer depictions of LA and the occasionally vicious socio-political landscape of the US in general, and his characters are among the most sharply drawn in crime fiction.
Some of those characters, such as Dudley Smith, Ed Exley, and Buzz Meeks, were seen in LA Confidential (a tremendous book and film) and The Black Dahlia (a tremendous book, not so much on film). Those two novels are connected to White Jazz, which Joe Carnahan has wanted to film for years, and The Big Nowhere, which I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino is now signed to make. That announcement came down a few days back, and I mention it mostly because another Ellroy novel is now in development.
The author’s latest novel, Blood’s a Rover, has been opined by VS Entertainment for a film treatment. That’s great news, as more Ellroy is always welcome in my book, but it’s also a strange move as the novel is the third in a trilogy. More info follows. Read More »
One of the standouts at Sundance 2010 seems to have been I Am Love, a melodrama by Italian director Luca Guadagnino that stars Tilda Swinton and focuses on family, food, sex. By many accounts it is a film that dispenses with narrative logic in favor of the pure pleasure of sensory experience. There’s even a scene inspired by the end of Ratatouille. You can get a glimpse of that scene in the gorgeous trailer below. Read More »