May 4, 2013 |
Upstream Color ERBP, $24.95; Blu-ray, $29.95 Available on VOD beginning May 7 Since opening at Sundance this year, this sci-fi-inflected indie drama has been described as "baffling," but even though it's a complicated film, its basics aren't that hard to understand. A woman (Amy Seimetz) has her life ruined when a crook hypnotizes her with a psychedelic worm, and in the aftermath, she finds herself drawn to a handsome stranger (played by the film's writer-director-producer Shane Carruth)
December 19, 2012 |
Opening in limited release Wednesday, director Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," a dramatized account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, is already the talk of two towns. In Washington, questions have arisen about whether Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal got access to classified information (the Pentagon says they didn't), and controversy has swirled around the film's depiction of CIA torture. Back in the land of Hollywood, meanwhile, the film is widely viewed as an award season front-runner, and initial reviews are overwhelmingly positive, praising it as a taut, complex and morally ambiguous thriller.
October 26, 2011 |
Comb the list of actors contending for an Oscar this year, and you might think you're seeing double. Award season sometimes brings the occasional star with a pair of movies in the running, but this year no fewer than a half-dozen performers could find their biggest rival staring at them in the mirror. The list of acting award hopefuls with multiple movies is long and diverse: Brad Pitt, Carey Mulligan, Viola Davis, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender and George Clooney, who, with his turn as a grieving father in the low-key drama "The Descendants," will try to win his first lead actor Oscar even as he's pushing "The Ides of March," the political drama he directed, produced, co-wrote and costars in. "I always feel like I'm competing against myself," Clooney told The Times.
July 25, 2013 |
Ned Benson has had a pretty typical life toiling on the Hollywood assembly line. Relocating to Los Angeles after graduating from Columbia in 2001, the former English major and aspiring filmmaker placed a few scripts on the industry's coveted Black List and landed work-for-hire writing jobs with some respected producers. But as he banged out scripts for others' conventional projects, he wondered whether there weren't a different kind of movie to be made. Or, rather, he wondered whether there weren't a different kind of movies to be made.
February 5, 2013 |
Floral prints are making a big comeback this spring after having been in full bloom on the fall runways back in 2011 at Miu Miu, Givenchy and more. Featuring tropical Hawaiian breeds, orchids or classic daisies, some prints look as if they were plucked straight from the garden. Floral prints and flower embellishments also made their way onto the red carpet. At the recent SAG Awards, Julianne Moore wore a white Chanel haute couture gown with black flowers, Nicole Kidman choose a Vivienne Westwood gown with black-and-navy blue floral embroidery and Ellie Kemper donned a sea-foam green Reem Acra dress also with floral embroidery.
February 1, 2013 |
Daniel Day-Lewis may have been "clothed in immense power" in "Lincoln," but when it comes to memorable movie lines from the past year, it would be hard to top Jessica Chastain's forceful explanation of why she happens to be attending a particular CIA briefing in "Zero Dark Thirty. " When Chastain's CIA operative, Maya, feels herself being pushed to the margins of decision-making after discovering Osama bin Laden's location, she tells CIA Director Leon Panetta, "I'm the ... who found this place, sir. " In the video interview above, the second of three parts, Chastain said she still can't believe the life that particular line has. EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Jessica Chastain on 'Zero Dark Thirty' "I would never have imagined that line would hit such a button as it does," the lead actress Oscar nominee said.
November 2, 2012 |
"The Heiress," Ruth and Augustus Goetz's oft-revived 1947 stage adaptation of "Washington Square," Henry James' novel of 1850s New York, is back again -- Thursday was opening night for the latest of the tale of misplaced love, coveted property and a plain, diffident heroine who learns to bare her fangs. Jessica Chastain's profile has shot up via recent film roles, including "The Tree of Life," "Take Shelter" and "The Help" She made her Broadway debut as Catherine Sloper, the mousy heiress who's caught between an insincere suitor (Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey")
January 16, 2011 |
Terrence Malick's coming-of-age epic "The Tree of Life" has been shrouded in mystery since news of it surfaced in 2005. So it's fitting that the first thing cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki says about the film is that, well, there's not much he can say about the film. "It's very hard to talk about this movie because almost anything I say will reduce it and make it seem prosaic and simplistic," he said. But then the veteran cinematographer, whose credits include "Children of Men" and "Ali" and who collaborated with Malick on his "The New World," goes on to say plenty, comparing the May 27 release to, among other things, a symphony and a novel.
September 20, 2010
The Toronto International Film Festival is famous for its star-studded, Oscar-caliber lineup, but it showcases films featuring stellar turns from lesser - known performers too. Before the festival's conclusion Sunday, The Times' film staff caught up with some of the players poised to break out of this year's pack. As many stars have found, it can take a small film to finally move an actor from the side to center stage. "The First Grader," which rests heavily on Naomie Harris' slim shoulders, may be that film for her. The role of Teacher Jane — a headmistress in a rural Kenyan school who puts her job, her marriage and indeed her life on the line to fight for an 84-year-old's right to an education — captivated the 34-year-old actress when she read the script, based on a true story.
November 21, 2011 |
The premise Curtis (Michael Shannon) is an Ohio construction worker whose mother, Sarah (Kathy Baker), is a paranoid schizophrenic who had to leave the family when Curtis was still a child. Now Curtis begins to develop a series of nightmares about a pending storm (often multiple tornadoes), his dog attacking him and being a victim of a serious car accident. On several occasions, the sensations of the dreams carry over to his daytime life. He sees a therapist. Though Curtis is concerned about his family history, he tells the therapist he thinks he may just be suffering from a brief psychosis, since, despite his nightmares, delusions and visual and auditory hallucinations, he lacks the disorganized speech, behavior and other negative symptoms that also characterize schizophrenia.