Netflix is changing up their distribution game a bit by giving some of their original movies from prestige filmmakers a theatrical release. One of the key awards season releases from Netflix slated to hit theaters is Alfonso Cuaron‘s acclaimed drama Roma, but it sounds like at least one signature movie theater chain won’t be playing it.
The Alamo Drafthouse is a favorite theater chain among cinephiles, but moviegoers won’t be able to see Roma at any Drafthouse theaters, because the chain won’t agree to the strict specifications Netflix wants in place in order for the movie to be shown. Read More »
Alfonso Cuarón‘s Roma is a singular achievement – a visually resplendent tale of empathy, focusing on a housekeeper in 1970s Mexico, and the family she works and lives with.
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Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron is back with Roma, his first feature since he blew us away with 2013’s survival thriller Gravity. This new black and white movie set in the titular Mexico City suburb in the early 1970s is “a vivid portrayal of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil”, and critics are already calling it one of the best movies in Cuaron’s impressive filmography.
The first Roma reviews are in following the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere, and you can read some of the glowing reactions below. Read More »
A day after it was reported that Netflix was considering theatrical releases for its highly anticipated prestige pictures, it has been confirmed that the streaming giant will give limited theatrical runs to Alfonso Cuaron‘s Roma, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Paul Greengrass‘ 22 July.
However, these awards-season runs aren’t a sign of changing ways for Netflix — this day-and-date release for awards-friendly films is a strategy that the streaming service has practiced since 2015’s Beasts of No Nation.
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Netflix doesn’t like to give the original movies destined for exclusivity in their streaming library a theatrical release. It defeats the purpose of making the movie available to watch so easily from the comfort of your own home. But Netflix also has several films on the horizon from high profile filmmakers whose work demands to be seen on the big screen, and we just might get that opportunity.
Apparently, there’s some chatter behind-the-scenes for the streaming service to make some exceptions when it comes to theatrically releasing Netflix original movies, starting with Alfonso Cuaron‘s highly anticipated Roma (watch the trailer). And he’s not the only filmmaker who might get the same treatment. Read More »
There’s a new Roma trailer, and it looks legitimately stunning. Said to be director Alfonso Cuarón‘s most personal work to date, Roma draws on the filmmaker’s own childhood to “create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.” Even if you have no idea what this movie is about, I promise you this trailer is going to take your breath away.
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Alfonso Cuaron gets personal in his upcoming film Roma, the Oscar-winning director’s first feature since 2013’s Gravity and his first film with Netflix. The Mexican filmmaker posted the first trailer on his Twitter, giving us an artful — if rather unexciting — first look at Cuaron’s ode to the women who shaped his childhood.
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Robert Zemeckis will a helm a remake of The Witches, adapted from the book by Roald Dahl. Dahl’s book was previously turned into a film filled with creepy puppets, scary make-up effects, and goo, courtesy of director Nicolas Roeg. Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron will produce this new take on the story. Read More »
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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
This edition of The Morning Watch features a video essay discussing what other superhero movies can learn from Wonder Woman, a collection of clips featuring various fake versions of Arnold Schwarzenegger created with special effects over the year, and a nearly hour and a half masterclass discussion with Gravity and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron.
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Guillermo del Toro was offered the chance to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. When Christopher Columbus decided not to direct the third feature after the marathon of making the first two, del Toro, Kenneth Branagh, M. Night Shyamalan, and Marc Forster were potential candidates to direct the third film. A part of the reason del Toro turned down the job was that he could finally get Hellboy going, but to this day, he still “regrets” turning down what became the best film in the franchise.
Below, del Toro discusses Harry Potter.
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