It’s never a good idea to remake Hitchcock, even though several have tried. And while Ben Wheatley‘s new Netflix Rebecca is technically not a remake, but rather a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, it can’t escape the Hitchock film’s legacy. Like its main character, Rebecca is living in the shadow of its predecessor. To Wheatley’s credit, he doesn’t try to ape Hitchcock in any way, shape, or form. But, oddly enough, he doesn’t bring much new life to the proceedings, either. For a film filled with such lush production design, Rebecca is a curiously stifled affair.
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This fall, Netflix is releasing Rebecca, a bold attempt at following Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film from 1940, based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. But if there’s anyone who can do it, it’s director Ben Wheatley, and his new take on the old story also has the benefit of starring Armie Hammer and Lily James. Both are prominently featured on some colorful, fractured and double exposed posters, and they all have Kristin Scott Thomas as the titular character looming in the background. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
Director Doug Liman‘s new heist movie just got an injection of new cast members.
Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder), Lily James (Baby Driver), Stephen Merchant (Logan), and more are the latest names to join Lockdown, a pandemic-themed heist film which already had Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Doctor Strange) on board in the lead roles. Learn more about the movie below.
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How do you follow up Alfred Hitchcock? The 1941 Rebecca was famously the only film Hitchcock directed that nabbed a Best Picture win at the Oscars, and remains to this day a beloved adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier Gothic classic. But can Ben Wheatley‘s new version hold a candle to Hitchcock’s film, or even du Maurier’s haunting novel? We’ll have to see once it hits Netflix this October. Watch the Rebecca trailer below.
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Ben Wheatley, the director of films like Free Fire, High-Rise, and Kill List, is going Gothic for his next film. He’s tackling an adaptation of Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel about a young woman who gets married to a rich widower and slowly learns that his late wife’s memory casts a long shadow over everyone who lives at their sprawling manor. Lily James and Armie Hammer star in the new Netflix film, which finally has a release date and a batch of first-look photos that you can check out below. Read More »
The Movie: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: A London author (Lily James from Cinderella and Baby Driver) receives a letter from a quiet, hunky, mysterious man (Michiel Huisman, AKA Daario Naharis from Game of Thrones) who lives on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel. He’s a part of a literary society with a fascinating origin story, and the writer eventually travels there to meet the group in person, only to realize their story is even more complex than she could have foreseen. Naturally, the writer and the hunk with the tragic backstory fall in love.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Director Mike Newell helmed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but he’s probably best known for his romantic films: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mona Lisa Smile, Pushing Tin, and Love in the Time of Cholera. (He also directed the atrocious 2010 Disney movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, but nobody’s perfect.) This movie puts him fully back in romance mode, and while writers Don Roos and Tom Bezucha do a lot of heavy lifting with the script, which can veer from swooning romance to, um, some Nazi stuff, Newell is responsible for making watching the film feel like the movie equivalent of curling up at a seaside cottage to read your favorite novel. With its sweeping countrysides, stunning vistas, and sublime lighting, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is among the most beautifully shot of Netflix’s original movies. Read More »
Early in Yesterday, Himesh Patel’s sad sack musician-turned-unlikely-sensation offhandedly describes The Beatles as a pop group — a massively understated description for one of the most influential music groups of all time. But it’s a surprisingly fitting analog for Yesterday as a film: This is a movie as a pop song. Sweet and sentimental, Yesterday gestures toward some greater meaning, only to fall back on lazily written tropes that fail to make anything of its clever concept.
Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, Yesterday has everything going for it: a soundtrack jam-packed with time-honored classics, charming leads, and the stylings of two respected creatives who together seem an odd pair — Boyle the flashy auteur, Curtis the sentimental savant — but could have made movie magic. Could have. Instead, what Boyle and Curtis deliver is a middling marriage of their disparate styles in a film that wastes its fresh and unique premise for a plot that more closely resembles a generic music biopic.
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Toward the end of last year, we learned that a Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel was being planned as a short film to support the charitable Red Nose Day campaign. Writer Richard Curtis is back to script the sequel, and Mike Newell will be directing again, too. But let’s be honest, it’s the returning cast you’re excited to see after 25 years. And while pretty much everyone from the original movie will be back, there are a couple of new cast members getting in on the fun.
Baby Driver star Lily James and Tomb Raider leading badass Alicia Vikander will have roles in the Four Weddings and a Funeral sequel cast. And if that’s not enough, an official teaser for the short film has arrived online featuring Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas and the tease of a secret wedding. Read More »
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When rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta was announced as the director of the buzzy Jordan Peele-produced Candyman reboot, it might have been odd to some that she didn’t have one feature film under her belt. But she did, and it’s finally making its way to theaters. DaCosta’s dazzling directorial debut, Little Woods, a neo-Western starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James in powerful lead performances as two sisters in an economically depressed North Dakotan town who are on the verge of losing their mother’s home. See the first Little Woods trailer below.
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“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” That’s the iconic opening line of Daphne du Maurier‘s 1938 novel Rebecca, a gothic thriller which largely takes place in an English estate called Manderley. The book has been adapted several times over the years (Orson Welles once starred in a radio version), but its most famous adaptation is the 1940 movie that stands as the only film Alfred Hitchcock directed which won Best Picture at the Oscars.
Hollywood has been trying to get another version made for years, and now director Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Free Fire) is the latest to take on the challenge. Learn more about the Rebecca Netflix adaptation below. Read More »