On September 10, 1994, Frank Darabont debuted The Shawshank Redemption at the Toronto Film Festival. Two weeks later it opened quietly in limited release on 33 screens “in select cities.” (“I pray to God your city has been selected,” as David Letterman used to say). That same weekend, Forest Gump was on 2,324 screens; Timecop […]
Scott Foundas calls Gone Girl the movie of the year: In full accord w/ @justincchang: GONE GIRL is an exhilarating, pitch-black marital comedy; Fincher's EYES WIDE SHUT; the movie of the year. — Scott Foundas (@foundasonfilm) September 22, 2014 The Wrap’s James Rocchi: Even with the well-established praise for director David Fincher as a master filmmaker — […]
A small gathering of folks were invited to see five minutes of Selma, the Martin Luther King film directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo. The chatter after the preview was that it seemed very good. But the the real take away was how strong Oyelowo was as King. The standout actor was a […]
Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, LOW DOWN is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film […]
Canada has chosen Xavier Dolan’s Mommy as their official submission to the foreign language Oscar competition. With so much to despair about the lack of inspiration in filmmaking, Dolan bursts through convention by reinventing his own brand of storytelling, using pure imagination and innovation to create something unlike anything else you’ll see this year. On the festival […]
Relieved to see someone decided there might be a better way to promote Interstellar than showing us what a guy in a spacesuit looks like. 3 more posters feature actual things happening. Creatively cool and unusual things.
Variety have posted the first trailer for the Weinstein film, Big Eyes. Based on the true story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband, Walter (Christophe Waltz), the film tells the story of the artist who painted portraits of young children with big eyes. Big Eyes is directed by Tim Burton and will be […]