October 17, 2013 |
When a director who never ever blinks takes on a horrific subject, a nightmare in broad daylight is the inevitable result. Welcome, if that is the right word, to the world of "12 Years a Slave. " Based on an 1853 memoir detailing the appalling experiences of Solomon Northup, a free man of color who was brazenly abducted and sold into slavery, this film intends to do more than tell us a story. It wants to immerse us in an experience, and it does. Obviously, no film can re-create the unspeakable degradation of one human being owning another, but in making the attempt "12 Years" insists we feel things in a particularly oppressive way. This is impressive filmmaking, but it is not easy to take in. PHOTOS: Scenes from '12 Years a Slave' British director Steve McQueen, working from a screenplay by John Ridley, has no intention of making audiences the slightest bit comfortable with this terrible story, no interest in putting in any special pleading to bend our hearts.
September 6, 2013 |
TELLURIDE, Colo. - Many sequences in Steve McQueen's new movie, "12 Years a Slave" - the true story of a free black man kidnapped in 1841 and sold to Southern plantation owners - were emotionally exhausting to film. But the British director didn't fully appreciate how wrenching the shoot was for his actors until he was in the editing room, scrutinizing the footage of a rape scene. Michael Fassbender, playing a particularly despicable slave owner named Edwin Epps, was violating his most prized cotton-picking possession, Patsey, played by newcomer Lupita Nyong'o.
August 31, 2013 |
Director Steve McQueen's third feature, "Twelve Years a Slave," screened for the first time Friday evening at the Telluride Film Festival with reviews so strong that its inclusion in this year's Oscar race appears inevitable. While extremely brutal for its depiction of mankind at its absolute worse, the 133-minute epic feels like the must-see film of the fall season, according to critical response. Based on a true story, the movie tracks Northern-born free man Solomon Northrup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor)
May 8, 2008 |
A philosophical fight film grounded in samurai movies and Greek tragedy, David Mamet's "Redbelt" stars a mesmerizing Chiwetel Ejiofor as a righteous jiu-jitsu instructor, Alice Braga as his material-girl wife and Tim Allen as the aging movie star who lures them into a labyrinthine world ruled by money and power.
July 13, 2007 |
"TALK to Me," which stars Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor, hearkens to another era, to a time before shock jocks bestrode morning drive time like colossal blowhards. Cheadle plays Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, an ex-con turned Washington, D.C., radio and television talk-show host, beloved local icon and Howard Stern role model. Ejiofor plays the straight-laced Dewey Hughes, who put him on the air when nobody else would have.
April 13, 2006 |
GIVING a great audition doesn't necessarily mean an actor will get the part. Sometimes a performer has to do something special to set himself apart from the crowd. Such was the case with Chiwetel Ejiofor when he auditioned for the role of a sassy transvestite performer in the British film "Kinky Boots." He was the only actor who wore a woman's wig during his reading. The fact the actor decided to wear the Naomi Campbell-style locks impressed director Julian Jarrold.