Since its premiere, HBO’s Westworld inspired its audience to become internet detectives, lighting up Reddit boards and social media with theories as they tried to solve the mysteries co-creator Lisa Joy helped concoct. Joy knows that viewers will want to get ahead of a mystery any time one is at the heart of a story. In her first feature film, the science fiction mystery film Reminiscence, hints about the plot can be found in the movie’s score, which is composed by Westworld‘s Ramin Djawadi.
The music is “incredibly important,” Joy explained during a press event yesterday ahead of the debut of the film’s first trailer. Each of the film’s main characters has a theme, and if you listen closely, there are clues in the score to help guide you to what’s really going on in this obsessive mystery tale.
We learned a lot more about Reminiscence from Joy and stars Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, and Daniel Wu. Here’s what you need to know.
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In the near future, nothing is more addictive than the past.
Reminiscence, the first feature film from Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy, takes place in a near future in which some of Miami has flooded due to rising water levels, and its residents rely on nostalgia as a means of escape. Technology exists that can let people fully immerse themselves in their previous experiences, reliving memories not only visually, but through all of their senses. With that as the backdrop, Hugh Jackman plays a “private investigator of the mind” (hell yes) who meets an alluring femme fatale, played by Mission: Impossible actress Rebecca Ferguson, and quickly becomes obsessed with her.
Despite the film’s impressive production design, sleek visual style, and mind-related plot mechanics, Reminiscence is not related to Christopher Nolan’s Inception. (We think.) But take a look at the first full trailer and see what Joy was able to craft during her first time in the director’s chair.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 by Ben Pearson
Denis Villeneuve is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today, and it looks like his hot streak is going to continue with his next big movie.
As of a few weeks ago, the filmmaker behind Arrival, Sicario, and Blade Runner 2049 was still hard at work on Dune, the first part of a planned two-movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s massively influential 1960s sci-fi novel. But even though he’s in a self-described “sprint to finish the movie” before its December release date due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic, Villeneuve and several members of the cast participated in a press conference last month, where they unveiled an early look at the trailer and explained what we can expect from this long-awaited big-screen adventure. Here’s what we learned from the event. Read More »
Those lucky enough to see Tenet in theaters have been treated to the first footage from Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune. Weirdly enough, it’s actually a theatrical teaser that announces the impending arrival of the full trailer, which will show up online tomorrow, September 9. But since not a lot of people are going to the movies right now, Warner Bros. has provided a different sneak peek at the movie with a Dune teaser that has a snippet of footage and a certain piece of dialogue that fans will be very excited to hear. Read More »
The Mission: Impossible franchise had barely begun production on the seventh installment when the coronavirus pandemic shut down movie and TV sets all over the world. Since it’s the first of two back-to-back sequels, the release dates have already been pushed back to give director Christopher McQuarrie and producer/star Tom Cruise to make sure everything is in order when the movie is allowed to resume production. Thankfully, that gave McQuarrie, as well as a couple cast members, some time to talk about what fans can expect from the two sequels. Read More »
Be still(suit) our beating hearts: new Dune images have arrived. Denis Villeneuve‘s highly anticipated adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel has debuted a slew of new images featuring the film’s ridiculously good-looking cast, including Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, and of course, Timothée Chalamet as the reluctant hero Paul Atreides.
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For all of the horrors he’s conjured up over the decades, Stephen King is really a big softie. Yes, he’s written stories about horrible, nightmarish things happening to innocent souls. But in the end, King is a writer who believes in humanity. He believes in hope. He believes in redemption. Which is probably why he was so damn furious when Stanley Kubrick adapted his novel The Shining into a film in 1980. Kubrick, brilliant artist that he was, was also the complete opposite of King. It’s unfair to claim – though many have – that Kubrick was a misanthrope with a disdain for humanity. But it’s fair to say that Stanley Kubrick’s movies were, all in all, unsentimental – an attitude that King has never ascribed to.
With all of this in mind, Mike Flanagan was facing an uphill battle when it came to adapting Doctor Sleep, King’s own sequel to The Shining, published in 2013. King’s Shining and Kubrick’s Shining share a basic framework, and several similar elements. But they’re vastly different works. And King’s Doctor Sleep is a sequel to his novel – not Kubrick’s film. What was Flanagan to do? Ignore one of the most talked-about horror movies of all time and stick with King’s text? Jettison King’s prose to remain true to Kubrick? Or find some sort of middle ground? With Doctor Sleep, Flanagan has opted for the third option. But can the diametrically opposed viewpoints of King and Kubrick truly inhabit the same space?
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The praise brigade is back in full force for Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune, with star Rebecca Ferguson revealing that the director has given a more empowering update to the story’s female characters. Ferguson, who plays Jessica, the mother of the protagonist played by Timothee Chalamet, acknowledged that her character was created by author Frank Herbert when men and women didn’t exactly have equal rights, but that Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi film will give a more progressive take on the Dune female characters.
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Even though I’m the biggest Stephen King fan around these here parts, and a Mike Flanagan fan to boot, I’ve been highly skeptical of Doctor Sleep – Flanagan’s new film adaptation of King’s own sequel to The Shining. I found the book a bit disappointing, and wasn’t even sure how Flanagan could adapt it to the screen – since the version of The Shining most people are familiar with is Stanley Kubrick’s film, which deviates heavily from the source material.
So it is with great relief that I can report the newly released trailer for Doctor Sleep has completely won me over. This looks great. Flanagan is combining both King’s novel with elements of Kubrick’s film, and it appears he’s created a must-see in the process. Below, I’ll extract some of the film’s secrets with a Doctor Sleep trailer breakdown. I promise I’ll keep this as spoiler-free as possible.
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Mike Flanagan, director of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, tackles a very different iconic ghost story with Doctor Sleep. Based on the novel by Stephen King (you may have heard of him), Doctor Sleep is the official sequel to The Shining, following a grown-up Danny Torrance dealing with a whole new set of supernatural problems, while also still grappling with his traumatic childhood. Our first look at the film is finally here, and it looks like fans won’t be disappointed. Watch the Doctor Sleep trailer below.
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