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Nightcrawler (Dir. Dan Gilroy, 2014)

10/17/2014

kostisfokas:

Kostis Fokas #23 2014

kostisfokas:

Kostis Fokas #23 2014

Unbroken (Dir. Angelina Jolie, 2014)

Angelina Jolie has endured quite the career. From a misguided supermodel to a sociopathic patient in a mental ward, to a grieving mother during the Great Depression, to Lara Croft, she has obtained a well rounded resume as one of this generation’s most eclectic and well-versed actresses.

However, within the past decade she has decided to pull an “Affleck”- directing. And while she did not hit the ground running with her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), as Ben Affleck had with his Gone Baby Gone (2007), she has definitely stepped up her game behind the camera of her upcoming, Oscar-baited film Unbroken.

The film follows a young man who, despite his rebellious youth, becomes an Olympian athlete as a young adult. When he is drafted into the army to combat opposing forces during WWII, he is detained in a Japanese military camp, where he is tested both physically and otherwise. 

The trailer shows a fantastically shot, acted, and written piece that is bound to contend among the best of 2014 come award season. 

Love Is Strange (Dir. Ira Sachs, 2014)

After his breakout film, Keep the Lights On, Ira Sachs has made such a profound name for himself within the queer cinema industry, evoking such powerful feelings of love, betrayal, friendship, heartbreak, lust, and emotional plight. Unanimously acclaimed, he has become a very welcomed mainstay.

Two years later, Sachs tells the story of an older homosexual couple who marry after years of companionship, only to feel and fear the social wraths of acceptance, love, and support amongst family, friends, and a close-knit community.

The trailer reveals what may be the performances of both John Lithgow and Alfred Molinas careers as the companions at hand in Ira Sachs LOVE IS STRANGE.

*This Is Where I Leave You* (Dir. Shawn Levy, 20140

Although helmed by the filmmaker who has seen to light such gems as Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum, Real Steel, The Internship, and of course, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, this looks like a fun ensemble piece to look forward to. 

Mommy (dir. Xavier Dolan, 2014)

Mommy (dir. Xavier Dolan, 2014)

Stranger by the Lake (dir. Alain Guiraudie, 2013) 
The perfect modern blend of Hitchcock, Polanski, and a little Van Sant, “Stranger by the Lake” is heartening, playful, eerie, seductive, suspenseful, and even slightly, blackly humorous all at once. 

Stranger by the Lake (dir. Alain Guiraudie, 2013) 

The perfect modern blend of Hitchcock, Polanski, and a little Van Sant, “Stranger by the Lake” is heartening, playful, eerie, seductive, suspenseful, and even slightly, blackly humorous all at once. 

mr. tough

mr. tough

trainspotting

trainspotting

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Bruce Nauman.

jjunymuustardd:

Bruce Nauman.

Under the Skin (dir. Jonathon Glazer, 2014)
In what may be the most fascinating film I have ever seen in a theater setting, Jonathon Glazer’s latest, “Under the Skin”, breaks barriers in the realm of cinema. Has it been done before? Sure. The film explores conventions of video art more than a narrative escape. In my opinion, the film belongs in a museum or gallery. While the film does follow a narrative plot, the focus is mainly on the visuals; The blown out lighting, the fast, tense camera movements, the numbingly present score, the power in Scarlett Johannsonn’s silent gaze, the unnerving sound design, etc. 
"Under the Skin" follows a woman who serves as a siren, luring men into her curious charm and taking them home with her. 
That is as much as I will say and the internet is chock full of theories because that is the kind of film this is. Aside from its visually arresting cinematography from DP Daniel Landin (to which I could not lower my hand from around my jaw), the film surpasses the previous works of Glazer as his films, while consistently wonderful, have never encompassed such visceral intrigue and horror that has arguably not been seen since the best works of Kubrick and Lynch, making for maybe the best film of 2014. 

Under the Skin (dir. Jonathon Glazer, 2014)

In what may be the most fascinating film I have ever seen in a theater setting, Jonathon Glazer’s latest, “Under the Skin”, breaks barriers in the realm of cinema. Has it been done before? Sure. The film explores conventions of video art more than a narrative escape. In my opinion, the film belongs in a museum or gallery. While the film does follow a narrative plot, the focus is mainly on the visuals; The blown out lighting, the fast, tense camera movements, the numbingly present score, the power in Scarlett Johannsonn’s silent gaze, the unnerving sound design, etc. 

"Under the Skin" follows a woman who serves as a siren, luring men into her curious charm and taking them home with her. 

That is as much as I will say and the internet is chock full of theories because that is the kind of film this is. Aside from its visually arresting cinematography from DP Daniel Landin (to which I could not lower my hand from around my jaw), the film surpasses the previous works of Glazer as his films, while consistently wonderful, have never encompassed such visceral intrigue and horror that has arguably not been seen since the best works of Kubrick and Lynch, making for maybe the best film of 2014. 

Boyhood (Dir. Richard Linklater, 2014)

UPDATED (youtube was redirecting me to a different trailer, but the correct trailer is now viewable above. Thanks, anon.)

In 2002, Richard Linklater began production on a comin-of-age film that would redefine “coming-of-age” and explore a profound and new way in which a story could be told. 

At the age of 7, young leading male Ellar Coltrane began (along with the rest of the cast including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) a 12 year excursion in cinema, making history for the medium and creating a film that has never been made before. Sure, we have all seen the token films of the genre, but Linklater’s latest is an innovation in not only the genre, but the medium as well. 

For 12 years, the cast and crew created “Boyhood” that explores the (very literal) coming of age of Mason, a very typical boy in a very typical family. Through triumphs and trials, the film follows Mason and his family from the time he is in first grade until he graduates from high school.

The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. It later competed at the Berlin International Film Festival, and most recently at SXSW this past March, winning various prizes at each for both directing and writing, and obviously, ambitious production on the whole.

Above is the first trailer and it looks nothing short of amazing. It is truly exciting what is happening with cinema.

"Boyhood" opens nationwide July 11, 2014.