“This is the story of a boy and his dream,” a narrator tells us. “But more than that, it is the story of an American boy and a dream that is truly American.” That narrator is from the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story, but he’s also, in effect, narrating Lovecraft Country, Misha Green‘s phenomenal horror series. Rather than just use musical needle drops, Lovecraft Country uses narration pulled from other sources, audio clips, spoken-word poetry, creating a rich tapestry; a collage; a mosaic. In a way, Lovecraft Country is asking: Why play by the rules when rules were made to be broken?
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The still-untitled new M. Night Shyamalan just locked down the rest of its cast, and a release date, too. As previously reported, Shyamalan’s latest will star Eliza Scanlen (Sharp Objects, Little Women), Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace, Jojo Rabbit), Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), and Aaron Pierre (The Underground Railroad). Now, three more cast members have signed on, and the film is set to open next July.
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Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon is a beautifully shot yet polarizing film. It’s either shallow, pretentious, sensationalistic and self-indulgent or a bold haunting hypnotic work of suspense. I’m still not sure if I liked it or not, but It has certainly remained with me since my viewing of the film over the weekend. My reaction is typical — the movie has gotten a very mixed reaction from critics and film geeks.
My viewing has prompted a deep dive into interviews and analysis of the film, and I thought I’d share some of the insights into The Neon Demon ending, the symbology and metaphors both obvious and more hidden. I’ll also attempt to answer some of your The Neon Demon questions.
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Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
Elle Fanning does “sweet and innocent” really well, as we’ve seen in films like Maleficent and Super 8. But her next film, The Neon Demon, will let her show off a darker edge. Fanning plays a young aspiring model named Jesse, who gets caught up in the thrill and the horror of the LA scene. And Nicolas Winding Refn directed it, so you know you can look forward to drinking in some neon-saturated gorgeousness. Watch the first Neon Demon trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
After many, many years of on-again, off-again development, Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower looks closer than ever to the big screen. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey are set to lead the Western fantasy epic being directed by Nikolaj Arcel, and now the heavyweight duo are being joined by an up-and-comer: Abbey Lee, who made her big-screen debut last year in Mad Max: Fury Road. Which is all fine and dandy, except her casting has some readers scratching their heads. Which character, exactly, is she playing? Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Nicolas Winding Refn‘s female-led horror film The Neon Demon has found a new star in Abbey Lee, who’ll join previously cast lead Elle Fanning. That’s the pretty good news. The really great news is that with her comes a host of new details about the mysterious project. To sum up, this film sounds bonkers in a good way.
Get the latest Neon Demon plot details after the jump. Read More »