Richard Kelly Gone Girl
I’ve always loved hearing filmmakers discuss movies. We’ve often printed interviews where we ask filmmakers about their favorite films and the /Filmcast has tried to bring on directors to review the latest big screen movies. That hasn’t been as constant of a feature as David Chen and I originally planned, because as it turns out, people in the movie industry generally don’t like to publicly bas other filmmaker’s projects and we generally only got yeses from those directors who had a positive take on the film at hand. But I’ve always enjoyed hearing filmmakers discuss the movies they love and the current state of cinema.

Richard Kelly, writer/director of Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, and The Box, has always made his opinions and himself very accessible (actually, I almost wish he wouldn’t have explained the intentions and meanings behind his films, as they serve better as mysteries with no definitive answer). And this week, like many of us, he saw David Fincher‘s latest film Gone Girl and wrote a bit about it on his blog. Find out more about the Richard Kelly Gone Girl review, after the jump.
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With one movie, 2001′s Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly immediately announced himself as a filmmaker to watch. Since then he’s only directed two films, neither of which managed to reach the heights of his debut, but each are almost unfathomably ambitious. His next film was thought to be Corpus Christi but it seems that’s now hit the back burner in favor of something much more interesting. Something with real Richard Kelly ambition.

Kelly will write and direct Amicus, a true life crime thriller starring Nicolas Cage. Cage will play Rodney Smolla, a first Amendment lawyer who found himself in the middle of a complicated yet disturbing case involving Lawrence Horn, a legendary Motown record producer who hired a hitman to murder his family. And that’s not the half of it. Read more after the jump. Read More »

I was excited last year when it looked for a moment like Édgar Ramírez might be cast in the sequel to Star Trek. After seeing Ramírez dominate the excellent mini-series Carlos, I’m hoping for him to break into greater public awareness than his supporting roles in films like The Bourne Ultimatum and Domino have offered. (He’s got bits in Wrath of the Titans, and Kathryn Bigelow’s now-filming Zero Dark Thirty, too.)

Ramírez didn’t get the Star Trek role, which went to Benedict Cumberbatch instead. But now he has taken the lead role in Corpus Christi, from Donnie Darko writer/director Richard Kelly. Read More »

Richard Kelly‘s ambition and zealous attention to detail served him well with Donnie Darko, but he hasn’t been so lucky with his subsequent outings. After his exceptional directorial debut, he’s tried twice over to replicate what made that film such a frenzied fan favorite, and the results — Southland Tales and The Box — were as intriguingly unique as they were confoundingly incoherent.

For his next film though, Kelly is stepping away from the non-linear and metaphysical to deliver a film with a more traditional narrative. He’s directing the thriller Corpus Christi, from a screenplay he wrote about a strange friendship that forms between a supermarket employee and his boss. Learn more after the break. Read More »

Donnie Darko/The Box director Richard Kelly has seen Kevin Smith‘s upcoming indie horror film Red State, and spoke briefly about the film while appearing at Smith’s Smodcastle screening of Southland Tales. What did Richard think? Hit the jump!

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Richard Kelly recently appeared at Kevin Smith’s Smodcastle in Hollywood California to present a screening of Southland Tales. Before the screening, Smith recorded a one and a half hour conversation with Kelly which begins with his childhood and spans his filmmaking career. It’s a very interesting conversation and definitely worth checking out (you can listen to it online here). One of the interesting takeaways from the conversation was the mention that Kelly still hopes to someday direct a movie adaptation of the Southland Tales prequel comic books. Actually, he’s already written it — twice!

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The Best /Filmcast Moments from 2009

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On the /Film podcast, we produce a lot of audio content on a weekly basis. On a given week, about 3.5 hours of audio gets sent through the /Filmcast feed (occasionally, some of it is even good!). With the sheer volume being what it is, it’s entirely possible that you might have missed some of the most memorable moments of the year, so I thought it would be a good idea to compile some of them for your reference.

Before we get the festivities rolling, I just want to take a moment to thank every single listener who’s tuned in this year. Your support has kept us going, and given us the momentum we need to get the guests we’ve gotten. Without you, there would be no /Filmcast. I also want to thank all of the guests, whether they are listed in the below highlight reel or not; your willingness to participate in our shenanigans has made for some truly memorable listening, and I think it has given us a look into the world of film and into the mind of filmmakers that you can’t really get anywhere else on the internet. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
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The Buzz: Filmmakers React to Avatar

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James Cameron‘s Avatar has been unleashed upon this world. We’ve run reviews from half of the /Film staff: David ChenBrendon Connelly, Russ Fischer, and Hunter Stephenson. You might have even added your own mini-review. But you might be wondering, with all the talk of game-changing advances in the tech side of filmmaking, what do the writers and directors in Hollywood think of Avatar? Here is a round-up of quotes:

Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer: “Went to a special screening of Avatar last night where James Cameron did a Q&A after the film. I can’t tell you how much I loved the movie, or how clearly Cameron cemented himself as the world’s greatest living filmmaker. This is an incredible movie. I recommend seeing it in IMAX. So next level. So awesome. Avatar is a game changer. James Cameron wins.”

Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and Bourne series Producer Frank Marshall: “Wow!!! AVATAR is audacious and awe inspiring. It’s truly extraordinary and I would really need a blog to talk about it…”

Donnie Darko/The Box director Richard Kelly: “AVATAR was amazing. Lived up to all the hype – now must see in IMAX…”

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