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John Hillcoat

Oscar Countdown – Best Director

Although I haven't been making too big a deal about it, I have to say that there is a part of me that sits here unbelieving that a woman could actually win Best Director for the first time in Oscar's 82 year history. The rules of the game…

The Road, trailer 2

Remarkably faithful to the novel, down to the most desolate detail. What impresses me most about the production design is the endless ashen sensation of terrible majesty. It's as if the whole world has become the ruins of the…

The Road: downbeat clips & upbeat reviews

The Time Online says, "the rumourmongers were wrong ‚Äî Hillcoat‚Äôs vision is forthright and brutal." Post-apocalyptic cinema ‚Äî from Mad Max to Twelve Monkeys to Children of Men ‚Äî has proved time and again that there is nothing…

The Road trailer

Those who know the book will see things in this trailer that Cormac McCarthy never explicitly described. It's my understanding, from the feature article in Esquire we posted a few days ago, that the movie doesn't show them either. So…

Esquire leads us down The Road

Thanks to good buddy Craig Kennedy at Living in Cinema for letting us know Esquire has seen The Road, and calls it "the Most Important Movie of the Year." The feature article runs 3300 words -- plenty to feed those of us who've been…

The Road opens October 16

At last. Maybe. At least October 16th is the latest date we're seeing on The Weinstein Company's Dimension website. Posters and stills (after the cut) via Viggo-works.com. In case its been so long you've forgotten, The Road is "the…