Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff) isn’t going to have the market cornered when it comes to new female-led Westerns. Scottish director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Ratcatcher) is now attached to direct a film called Jane Got a Gun. And now the project has Natalie Portman attached to star and produce. Read More »

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Living waaaay out in the sticks (that is: Atlanta) I haven’t yet had a chance to see Lynne Ramsay‘s discussion-sparking 2011 film We Need to Talk About Kevin. But I know the basics, which are that Tilda Swinton plays the mother of a young man named Kevin (Ezra Miller) who isn’t, let’s say, the most sociable sort.

A new poster for the film has arrived, and the image trades on ’70s horror/thriller iconography to present We Need to Talk About Kevin as a film that falls squarely in the same territory originally defined by Rosemary’s Baby. Check it out below. Read More »

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: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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I’m a big fan of Lynne Ramsay based on her first two films, Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar. The conversations about her third, We Need to Talk About Kevin, have been extremely tempting to read, but I’m waiting to delve into those until I’ve had a chance to see the film for myself. Suffice to say that the film is polarizing, and sounds like a distinctive piece of work at the very least.

The director has said that she is mulling two possible projects, a drama set in Glasgow, and a bigger sci-fi film. The prospect of the latter is one of the more exciting things I’ve heard in a while — a strong female director moving into sci-fi? Yes, please. Now it seems as if that sci-fi film is her likely next project, and it is a re-telling of Herman Melville‘s landmark novel Moby Dick. How’s that for a surprise? Read More »

One of the most buzzed-about films at Cannes this year was Lynne Ramsay‘s third feature, We Need to Talk About Kevin, in which Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly play the parents of the sociopathic Kevin, played by Ezra Miller. The adaptation of Lionel Shriver‘s 2003 novel was hailed as a difficult but fascinating film, and despite concerns that the film’s off-putting content might limit its commercial prospects, Oscilloscope picked up the movie for distribution in the US.

We still haven’t seen a domestic trailer for the December 2 release. But the film opens in France in late September, so we’ve now got a French teaser and poster — it’s the first real look at the film for anyone not lucky enough to catch it at Cannes, so have a look after the break. Read More »

If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

Forgive me, but we need to talk about Lynne Ramsay. She has made only three films, the first two being Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar. Both are great pieces of work — Ratcatcher is a movie that I go back to again and again. Others can have their Amblin movies as snapshots back into their youth; when I need that sort of thing I go to George Washington, and to Ratcatcher.

Lynne Ramsay’s career was almost sidelined in a weird way when after spending significant time developing a film adaptation of Alice Seybold’s novel The Lovely Bones, she watched as Peter Jackson strolled in, took the project, and turned out a turgid, embarrassing Classics Illustrated version of the novel.

But she returns this year, finally, with We Need to Talk About Kevin, an adaptation of Lionel Shriver‘s 2003 novel starring Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly. The film, which digs deep into the mind of a mother dealing with her sociopathic son, wowed ‘em at Cannes (“one of the most beautifully bleak psychological fake-outs the cinema’s given us in years,” said James Rocci) and became the presumed frontrunner for both the Palme d’Or and Best Actress awards. Both of those formal accolades proved elusive (going instead to The Tree of Life and Melancholia/Kirsten Dunst, respectively) and for a minute it looked like the tough, searing nature of the film would make it a difficult one to sell at the marketplace, too.

The good news here is that We Need to Talk About Kevin will get a fall release. The catch is that it will come via Oscilloscope, while enthusiastic, isn’t huge. So you might not get to see a theatrical presentation of the film. But you will get to see it, and that’s all that matters. The full press release is after the break. Read More »

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Imagine being director Lynne Ramsay watching Peter Jackson’s terrible version of The Lovely Bones. Ramsay made two excellent films, Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar, the latter way back in 2002, then was attached for quite some time to film The Lovely Bones. That obviously didn’t happen, but for the past year she’s been working instead on an adaptation of We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver‘s novel about a troubled husband and wife dealing with the fact that their son perpetrated a murderous school shooting.

Tilda Swinton joined the cast last year, and now it is confirmed that John C. Reilly is on board to play her estranged husband. Movieline reports that the film is fast-tracked now, and will shoot in the spring. Can’t wait to see what Ramsay delivers.

After the break, a new film for Paz Vega and Daniel Brühl, and, er, some stuff about Demi Moore and Miley Cyrus. Read More »

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