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ENTER THE VOID
Enter the Void is unlike anything I have ever seen or experienced. It’s a one-of-a-kind work of stunning ambition and passion—a psychedelic trip through one man’s drug-fueled perception of his life, his death, his afterlife, and his rebirth. This is not a film to be taken lightly. From its dizzying, techno-charged opening credits onward, it assaults the senses, immersing you (whether you like it or not) into a soulless abyss of life-altering despair, vacuous sex, vibrant neon cityscapes, and obsessive existential desires. For many, it will be a confounding, interminable bore, so indulgent in its own sensual kineticism that it fails to conjure up a satisfying, coherent narrative. Such a reaction is understandable, but with the current antiquated need for the same strict storytelling structure in every film, Gaspar Noé’s soaring, perspective-bending journey through an ethereal Tokyo dreamscape marks exactly the sort of unrestrained madness that today’s jaded moviegoers should be celebrating. It isn’t just the greatest visual achievement since 2001: A Space Odyssey—it’s one of the greatest achievements in cinema, period.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Deleted scenes, VFX, Vortex, DMT, Posters, and Teasers/Trailers/US Trailer/Unused Trailers.
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Don’t expect to see Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon nominated for the WGA Awards. The Writers Guild of America have revealed the list of eligible films, and none of the previously mentioned highly acclaimed movies/screenplays are on the ballot. Before you get up in arms, you must realize that the guild’s rules restrict nominations to productions aren’t produced by WGA members or under WGA guidelines.
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Nowhere Boy is a story of John Lennon’s childhood (as played by Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson). The film premiered as the closing night film at the London Film Festival, and screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to mixed to positive reviews. Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards, including Best Supporting Actress, Outstanding British Film, Best Supporting Actress and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.
Imagine John Lennon’s childhood. Liverpool 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen year—old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John: Mimi, the buttoned—up Aunt who raised him, and Julia, the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock n’ roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney. Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice — and an icon explodes into the world.
Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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A few new movie posters have popped up over the weekend, and we have collected them for you after the jump. Posters include Phish 3D, Nowhere Boy, a final poster for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, and Solitary Man.
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Posted on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 by David Chen
The first film I saw on Day 2 of the Sundance Film Festival was Nowhere Boy, the feature-film directorial debut of Sam Taylor Wood. Nowhere Boy depicts a brief portion of John Lennon’s life, as he struggles to define his relationships with his estranged mother and his domineering aunt. The film stars Aaron Johnson (who’ll light up the screens later this year in Kick Ass) as John Lennon and also features Kristen Scott Thomas as Lennon’s aunt Mimi and Anne-Marie Duff as Lennon’s estranged mother. Matthew Greenhalgh, screenwriter of Control, wrote the script.
With the immense talent behind the film, did Nowhere Boy end up being any good? Hit the jump for some of my written thoughts. I was also able to record a video review with Quint and Aaron from Aint It Cool News, Katey Rich from Cinemablend, and Adam Roffman from IFFboston, which you can find after the break.
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What to make of a John Lennon biopic featuring actors that look nothing like Lennon and Paul McCartney and shies away from actual Beatles songs? Actually, that sounds like an interesting idea; I’d rather be sold on a character based on performance, not the fact that the actor looks just like the real person, and if I’m going to watch the formative story behind a major artist I don’t need to be reminded constantly of the person they became after the film ends.
So Nowhere Boy, starring Aaron Johnson as Lennon and Thomas Sangster as McCartney, has been an object of curiosity. Now there’s a trailer for the film, and I’m not yet sold. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Numerous sources are reporting that Sam Taylor-Wood, a visual artist whose 2008 short film Love You More was nominated for the Short Film Palme d’Or, is slated to direct Nowhere Boy, a biopic based on the life of John Lennon. The project is now moving forward, and according to Screen Daily, the film will cover the story of John’s early life, with prominent roles for his mother and aunt, as well as for Paul McCartney, whose musical partnership with Lennon ending up being a fateful one (to say the least). This will be Taylor-Wood’s feature-length directorial debut.
Taylor-Wood described the focus of the film:
The women in John’s early life truly shaped who he became and the strengths and weaknesses of their relationships are central to this film.
The film will be written by Matt Greenhalgh, the BAFTA-winning writer behind musician biopic Control. Although no casting has begun for the film, the Daily Mail is reporting that Kate Winslet is one of the actresses being sought for the role of Lennon’s mother, while Emily Watson is a possibility for Aunt Mimi.
The musician biopic genre has grown rather tired around these parts, to the point where Hollywood was able to make a movie about how they all have the same exact storyline. Nonetheless, with Greenhalgh writing and Taylor-Wood directing, Nowhere Boy seems like it has the potential to offer us something different (from a plot perspective) and visually interesting at the very least.
Discuss: Any John Lennon fans out there? If so, how do you feel about a John Lennon biopic?