Adapting true stories into feature films is a tricky task. It’s even more difficult when audiences have already seen the actual subject – in documentaries, for example. More difficult again is the process of adapting a story that does not conform to conventional story structure. Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today, is a prime example: a film with admirable intent and concept, but devastatingly clumsy execution that does a disservice to its subject material.
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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Welcome to 2019! It’s time to stream more movies! In the latest edition of Now Stream This, I bring you the chance to stream three of last year’s best films. In addition to that, there’s a ghost story with George C. Scott, a heist flick with Walter Matthau, a fun Indiana Jones knock-off, an underrated biopic, and more. These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!
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Last year Steve Carell put forth a fantastic performance in the Amazon Studios movie Last Flag Flying. Unfortunately, not enough people saw it to start any real awards buzz, but it’s an outstanding drama that’s worth your time. Apparently looking for some awards buzz yet again, Steve Carell is back with a much stranger dramatic turn, one that comes with an odd blend of comedy, tragedy and animation from director Robert Zemeckis.
Welcome to Marwen follows Steve Carell as Mark Hogancamp, a man who is attacked by a group of Nazi assholes (a prospect that is sadly all too real nowadays), leaving him with severe memory loss and some serious post-traumatic stress. In order to cope with the aftermath of this attack. Mark builds a miniature model of a town called Marwen where he lives out wild fantasies that give him the strength to face his struggles in the real world. It’s all rather surreal and odd, and you can watch the Welcome to Marwen trailer below to see what we’re talking about. Read More »
Well, you can forget about those meetings between Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros. about The Flash leading anywhere anytime soon. The Back to the Future and Used Cars director’s next feature, which will star Steve Carell, is scheduled to come out November 21, 2018, and it ain’t called The Flash. Originally titled The Women of Marwen, the project is based on Jeff Malmberg‘s acclaimed 2010 documentary, Marwencol.
Below, learn more about the new Robert Zemeckis movie.
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Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Steve Carell is following up his Oscar-nominated performance in Foxcatcher with another high-profile, fact-based feature. He’s signed on to star in Marwencol, Robert Zemeckis‘ adaptation of the acclaimed 2010 documentary by Jeff Malmberg.
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Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Robert Zemeckis could follow up one fact-based live-action drama with another. The filmmaker has signed on to direct Marwencol, based on the acclaimed 2010 documentary of the same title. While no stars are currently attached, Zemeckis and Universal are hoping to land a big-name actor like Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead.
At the center of the story is Mark Hogancamp, a man who emerged from a head injury with severe amnesia. As therapy, he started constructing a 1/6 scale model of a World War II-era Belgian village. Hit the jump for more details on this project and Hogancamp’s remarkable story.
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