Order Within The Chaos: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Obsessions
Darren Aronofsky has more or less become a cinematic fixture within the last decade. The writer/director is an intense filmmaker whose stories are as expansive as his style; an Aronofsky spectrum. Cinephiles and film goers alike are voicing their reactions for his latest film, “mother!” and that reception is basically a binary explosion of opinion on social media. You either adore it or detest it, or are just completely baffled by what Aronofsky has put on screen.
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- Julia Teti
‘1922’ Review: ‘The Shining’ Meets ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ in the Year’s Most Impressive Stephen King Adaptation — Fantastic Fest
The Netflix-produced “1922” has jolts of violence and sweeping period details, but in a year overrun with Stephen King adaptations, it’s also the simplest of them: “It” features a ludicrous shapeshifting clown, “The Dark Tower” is an inter-dimensional sci-fi western fantasy, and “Gerald’s Game” has kinky sex gone wrong and a giant goal. In “1922,” a guy kills his wife and feels guilty about it. That’s the gist of its premise, and while nothing groundbreaking, the story mines a degree of profundity out of the traditional supernatural thriller tropes at its core.
As directed by Zak Hilditch (whose 2013 debut “These Final Hours” was an expressionistic apocalyptic tale), “1922” (originally a King short story) has the merits of a solid “Tales From the Crypt” or “Masters of Horror” episode, with a »
- Eric Kohn
‘Jane’ Trailer: Brett Morgen’s Acclaimed Jane Goodall Doc Has Adorable Monkeys, Which Is Really All You Need to Know — Watch
National Geographic has released the trailer for “Jane,” one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the Toronto International Film Festival — and potentially the year. Brett Morgen’s film about Jane Goodall was described by IndieWire’s Kate Erbland as “the definitive portrait of Goodall, one that is also remarkably accessible and almost unbearably tender.” Also, there are monkeys, so what are you waiting for?
Here’s the synopsis: “‘Jane’ is the story of how Jane Goodall became Jane Goodall – using footage shot by future husband Hugo van Lawick of her first experiences in Gombe, Tanzania in the 1960s. Previously thought to be lost forever, the footage was only recently discovered in a storage unit, and has been now masterfully intercut with interviews of present day Jane Goodall to provide an in-depth portrait of her life. »
- Michael Nordine
‘Spielberg’ Trailer: The Master Filmmaker Goes In Front Of The Camera
A master filmmaker (and no, this isn’t an argument), director Steven Spielberg has been turning out modern movie classics for decades and has contributed dozens of unimpeachable treasures to cinema. Movies will be unimaginably poorer the day he is gone. Opinions may vary on just what film is the best Spielberg film, from the landmark action adventure film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to pictures that have reinvented the way “monster movies” are presented with “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park,” to his more dramatic and weighty films movies such as “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan” “Bridge of Spies” and “Lincoln.
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- Ally Johnson
‘Twin Peaks’: Kyle MacLachlan Takes James Corden Inside the Red Room on ‘The Late Late Show’ — Watch
What year is this? That’s just one of the questions James Corden must have found himself asking last night on “The Late Late Show” when he found his guest, one Kyle MacLachlan, had somehow managed to turn the green room red à la everyone’s favorite interdimensional hub in “Twin Peaks.”
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Corden initially thinks it’s a joke, of course: “This must have taken you a while, huh?” he asks his guest. Channeling his inner Coop — or Dougie, or Evil Coop, or Richard — MacLachlan responds to all of his host’s queries backwards. Corden tries to do likewise, but finds himself unable to replicate that unique skill; he’s even more freaked out when they’re joined by Judi Dench, who also seems to have been hanging out with the Man From Another Place. »
- Michael Nordine
Brace Your Emotional Sink: There Might Be A ‘mother!’ Opera
Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has most definitely become the most hunted man in movie culture this last week. His controversial “mother!” has caused a volcanic stir in the mainstream by bewildering, provoking and flat-out infuriating movie audiences nationwide (and some media to boot) with its non-conventional narrative, shocking images and frustrating loop of a story.
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That’s fine, adventurous moviegoers have mostly appreciated what Aronofsky went for in the film; it’s hard for any of us to really complain about a studio movie taking the kind of risks “mother!” does even if you think it subjectively fails.
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- Jordan Ruimy
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Behind-the-Scenes Video: Ryan Gosling Offers New Details About the Much-Hyped Sequel — Watch
If you count yourself among “Blade Runner’s” many fans, you’re about to be envious of Kim Taylor Bennett. The Vice correspondent visited the set of “Blade Runner 2049” for a behind-the-scenes look at Denis Villeneuve’s much-hyped sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic, revealing new details in the process. Watch below.
“It’s by far my longest shoot of my life,” says Villeneuve of the protracted production process; Bennett was there on day 86 of 96. “It’s not every day in your life that you have the chance to work with props or vehicles or great actors like that, so I feel blessed.” Bennett also speaks to production designer Dennis Gassner, who was tasked with simultaneously remaining true to the original film’s vision while also providing his own unique update »
- Michael Nordine
Mel Brooks Says ‘Blazing Saddles’ Would Never Get Made Today Because Political Correctness ‘Is the Death of Comedy’
“Blazing Saddles” has long been considered an all-time-great comedy, as have several other movies directed by Mel Brooks. In a new BBC Radio 4 interview, the revered actor and filmmaker was asked whether he thought he’d be able to make such films as “Young Frankenstein” and “The Producers” today. His response touched on a hot topic in the comedy world of late: political correctness.
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“Maybe ‘Young Frankenstein,’ but never ‘Blazing Saddles,’” said Brooks. “Because we have become stupidly politically correct, which is the death of comedy. It’s okay not to hurt feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior. »
- Michael Nordine
The Bounce Effect: How ‘Stranger Things’ Introduces Its Characters
The second season of Netflix‘s critically acclaimed hit Stranger Things” is just around the corner. Following its showing at this year’s Emmys, the hype could not be more palpable, whether the show is brought up in conversation or new aspects of the series are revealed online. There is no denying the Duffer Brothers have created a huge hit for the streaming service. Whether you love it or loathe it, “Stranger Things” has made an impression when it comes to configuring nostalgia, storyline, and character arcs in faultless fashion.
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- Julia Teti
‘Game of Thrones’: Arya Became One of the Most Popular Baby Names in England Last Year
A girl has a name, and it’s Arya Stark of…England. BBC reports that more than 300 girls born in England and Wales last year carried the name of everyone’s favorite fictional assassin, and that was before she wiped out the entirety of House Frey. Indeed, there were more Aryas (302) than Marys (204) or Catherines (163).
Other names given a boost in popularity thanks to “Game of Thrones” in 2016: Khaleesi (69), Tyrion (11), Sansa (5), and Daenerys (4). That more children carry the Mother of Dragons’ royal title than her actual name is perhaps unsurprising, given how fun it is to say “Khaleesi” aloud; still, one wonders whether Dany’s all-in-the-family romantic entanglement will give any of those new parents pause.
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- Michael Nordine
Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)
As promised, new Academy president John Bailey, a long-time and passionate voter on the foreign language committee, has pushed through some long-awaited changes in the voting rules. It’s meant to be simpler; here’s how the new system works.
By the October 2 deadline, the Academy expects some 90 foreign entries. These will be divided into multiple lists (the number is Tbd; last year, there were four); committee participants (volunteers from all 17 Academy branches) are each assigned a list. They are required to watch all of the films on their assigned list at one of two screening rooms in L.A. They can see as many films on other lists as they like, and will receive full credit for each movie they screen. (Previously, a committee member had to watch a given percentage of films to qualify for voting.)
The Academy acknowledges that many questions about the actual breakdown of lists »
- Anne Thompson
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Photos: Starfleet and Klingons Boldly Go on an All-New ‘Trek’ Adventure
- Hanh Nguyen
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