Sundance 2014: BOYHOOD Review

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Boyhood is a miracle.  It is truly unique.  It is a masterpiece.  It is one of the best coming-of-age movies ever made.  These superlatives may seem grandiose or even hyperbolic, but Richard Linklater’s 12-year project is a work of art unlike any other.  More importantly, it’s a work that hits a thoughtful and emotional core.  It is a movie that not only draws us into the lives of the characters, but also causes us to reexamine our own lives.  Boyhood is both intimate and epic, subtle and overwhelming, and an absolute marvel.

12 YEARS A SLAVE Takes Home Best Picture at Critics Choice Awards; GRAVITY, AMERICAN HUSTLE, and LONE SURIVOR Win Genre Awards

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The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards were announced tonight, and 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture.  The Critics’ Choice Awards have lined up with the Oscars in six of the last seven Best Pictures, but it’s worth noting that the Broadcast Film Critics Association spread the wealth around with genre awards to the other Oscar favorites, Gravity (Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie) and American Hustle (Best Comedy).  Lone Survivor only managed two Oscar nominations for the sound categories, but found some love here as the Best Action Movie.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners, including ten different acting awards.

Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD to Premiere at Sundance; Was Shot over the Span of 12 Years

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Richard Linklater‘s Before Midnight premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, and in a way it’s a movie that’s eighteen years in the making.  Part of its power comes from growing up with the lead characters, and seeing them in different phases of their lives.  Sundance has now announced that Linklater will return this year with Boyhood, a film that was literally shot over the course of twelve years.  The film stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a divorced couple raising their son (Ellar Coltrane), and Linklater and his actors have been shooting scenes for the film every year since 2002 as the story traces the boy’s life from first grade to 12th grade.  Aside from what they saved on old-age makeup, Boyhood is a unique picture that’s certain to be a hot ticket at this year’s festival.  You can bet we’ll be lining up early to see all 164 minutes of the picture when it premieres Sunday, January 19th at 9:45 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre.

Hit the jump to read the press release and check out the first two images from the movie.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16 – 26th.

Richard Linklater’s BEFORE Trilogy to Play at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival with a Conversation with Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy

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If, like me, you’ve never seen writer-director Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, now’s your chance to remedy that all in one sitting.  The 29th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival will host 1995′s Before Sunrise, 2004′s Before Sunset and 2013′s Before Midnight back to back to back on the closing night of the festival, February 9th.  Following the close of the most recent film, Linklater, Delpy and Hawke will participate in an in-depth conversation about the trilogy.  Hit the jump to find out more, including information on where you can purchase tickets. 

Trailer and Poster for Michael Almereyda’s Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s CYMBELINE Starring Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, and Milla Jovovich

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Four months ago, we reported that Ethan Hawke would reunite for his Hamlet director Michael Almereyda for another modern spin on the Bard’s work.  This time, they’ve teamed up for one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, Cymbeline.  In the play, the story is about [per Yahoo! Movies] “the impossible love between Imogen (Dakota Johnson) and Posthumus (Penn Badgley), and on the conniving influence of the Queen (Milla Jovovich) on her husband, King Cymbeline (Ed Harris).”  The new adaptation was reportedly “in the vein of Sons of Anarchy and Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet, and is an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corrupt 21st century America.”  The trailer has now come online, and it looks like Amereyda has delivered on that promise in an effective and exciting manner.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, and Delroy LindoCymbeline currently has no U.S. release date.

BEFORE MIDNIGHT Blu-ray Review

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Quite possibly the most unlikely trilogy of all time, director Richard Linklater’s Before series is also one of the best.  Audiences fell for Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s young lovers in 1995’s Before Sunrise and were delighted to catch up with the duo again in 2004’s Before Sunset.  Given the rather cliffhanger-like ending to the second film, anticipation was high for a possible third feature but Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy played coy about the prospect of another film for nearly nine years.  That is, until they wrote and shot this year’s Before Midnight almost in secret, only confirming its existence after production had wrapped in Greece.  The result is an emotional and sometimes tough look at life in love, and it’s also one of the best films of the year.  Read my review of Before Midnight on Blu-ray after the jump.

12 YEARS A SLAVE and NEBRASKA Top 2014 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

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The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and director Steve McQueen’s excellent drama 12 Years a Slave tops the nominees with seven nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor.  Nebraska is not far behind with six nominations, and the Robert Redford drama All Is Lost also did well with four nods.  The much-beloved Short Term 12 failed to land a Best Feature nomination, but Primer director Shane Carruth’s twisty second feature Upstream Color landed nods for Best Director and Best Editing.  The Best Actor category is a strong mirror of the very tight Oscar race in the same category, and the wonderful Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress nominations for The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, respectively.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and additional commentary.  The Independent Spirit Awards will be hosted on March 1, 2014.

Casting Call: Fassbender in Talks for TRESPASS AGAINST US; Hawke to Star in REGRESSION; Hoffman and More for BOYCHOIR

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The American Film Market (AFM) is about to begin, which means movies are being “packaged” for buyers in order to sell international rights and therefore provide the funding to make the films.  This means bringing on bankable actors, which is what the following movies have done:

  • Michael Fassbender is in negotiations to star in the gangster film, Trespass Against Us.
  • Ethan Hawke will star in Alejandro Amenábar’s drama Regression.
  • Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, and Alfred Molina will lead Boychoir.

Hit the jump for more on all of these films.

Tom Cruise Reteams with Director Joseph Kosinski in GO LIKE HELL; Ethan Hawke Reunites with Director Andrew Niccol in Drone Thriller [Updated]

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We’ve got some news on two actor-director reteams as follows:

  • Tom Cruise is set to reunite with Joseph Kosinski for the post-Oblivion racing movie, Go Like Hell.
  • Gattaca’s Ethan Hawke and director Andrew Niccol are set to re-team on an untitled thriller centering on a drone pilot.

Hit the jump for more.

Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Director Courtney Solomon Talk GETAWAY, Surviving the Stunts, Filming in Bulgaria, Horror in Action and Casting the Voice

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Playing in theaters now is director Courtney Solomon’s Getaway, an action thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez.  The picture centers on former racer Brent Magna (Hawke) who is forced to drive a chaotic road course behind the wheel of a suped-up Ford Shelby Super Snake when a mysterious figure kidnaps his wife.  Along for the ride is “The Kid” (Gomez) who attempts to help Magna in the hopes that they’ll both survive the ride.

During a recent press day, Gomez, Hawke and Solomon participated in a group interview for the film in which they talked about surviving the stunt work, filming during the long cold nights in Bulgaria, bonding throughout the rehearsal process and acting opposite the veteran performer who provides the role of the mysterious Voice.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

GETAWAY Review

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Racing games don’t really need stories.  One of my favorite games, Burnout 3, has absolutely no story whatsoever.  You race, you smash things up, and it’s fun.  You feel in control of the action.  Courtney Solomon‘s Getaway takes the controller out of your hands to watch a crushingly dull excuse for a movie where you watch hollow characters spout wooden dialogue so you can see the same chase scenes over and over again with the quickly tiresome novelty of strapping a bunch of low-resolution cameras inside and outside the car.  The stupidity of the characters and the plot occasionally becomes so bad its good, but the repetitive, joyless set pieces simply make us want to open the door, tuck and roll, and get the hell out.

Ethan Hawke Talks GETAWAY, Practical Stuntwork, His Reaction to BEFORE MIDNIGHT’s Reception, Sci-Fi after GATTACA, CYMBELINE & More Upcoming Projects

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Ethan Hawke continues to prove that no genre is without its merits and no story too daunting as he takes on roles as wildly different as the thrillers of Sinister and The Purge to the dramatic romance of Before Midnight.  Starting this Friday, Hawke will take his place behind the wheel of a Ford Shelby Super Snake in an attempt to rescue his character’s wife in Courtney Solomon’s high-speed thriller, Getaway.

During a recent press day for the film, we were able to talk to Hawke in a one-on-one interview that ranged from his training and experience driving the suped-up hot rod in Getaway, his reaction on the reception of Before Midnight, and his reflection on his career so far.  Hawke also talked a bit about his upcoming roles, including completing his work with director Richard Linklater on their untitled 12-year project, starring in Michael Almereyda’s Cymbeline, Michael and Peter Spierig’s Predestination and even a possible reunion with writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca).  Hit the jump for the full interview.

New Trailer for GETAWAY Starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Courtney Solomon‘s (Dungeons & Dragons) upcoming thriller Getaway.  The film stars Ethan Hawke as a former race car driver who commandeers a Shelby Cobra Mustang and is saddled with a young hacker (Selena Gomez) in a race against time to save his wife from a mysterious kidnapper, played by Jon Voight.  This trailer delves a bit deeper into the film’s plot than the first trailer, though there’s still plenty of “car chase porn” to go around.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and click here for nearly 30 high-resolution images from the film.  Getaway also stars Rebecca Budig and Bruce Payne and opens in theaters on August 30th.

29 New High-Resolution Images from GETAWAY Starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight

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Warner Bros. has released a gallery of new high-resolution images from director Courtney Solomon‘s (Dungeons & Dragons) upcoming thriller Getaway.  The film stars Ethan Hawke as a former race car driver who commandeers a Shelby Cobra Mustang and is saddled with a young hacker (Selena Gomez) in a race against time to save his wife from a mysterious kidnapper.  These new images highlight plenty of car chase action and give us a good look at Jon Voight’s villainous character.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Rebecca Budig and Bruce Payne.  Getaway opens on August 30th.

Ethan Hawke and HAMLET Writer-Director Michael Almereyda Reunite for More Shakespeare with CYMBELINE

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Ethan Hawke and writer-director Michael Almereyda came together in 2000 for a modern-day adaptation of Hamlet, which memorably featured the “To Be or not To Be” soliloquy delivered inside a Blockbuster Video.  On the whole, it’s not a particularly great movie, but it is an intriguing and worthwhile take on one of Shakespeare’s best and most famous plays.  The duo will now be moving to one of the Bard’s lesser-known works by bringing a modern-day take spin to Cymbeline.  According to THR, their version is reportedly in the vein of Sons of Anarchy and Baz Luhrmann‘s Romeo + Juliet, and is an “epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corrupt 21st century America.”  On the one hand, I like it when directors utilize the flexibility of Shakespeare’s material and move it into a new context.  My concern about this Cymbeline is that Almereyda seems to be moving it into a context we’ve already seen with the Shakespeare-as-gang-war re-imagining.

Hawke recently scored a couple hits this past summer with The Purge and Before Midnight.  In November, he’ll be doing Hamlet again, but this time it will be on stage at the Lincoln Center Theatre.  Hit the jump to see him do the famous soliloquy in Amereyda’s 2000 movie.

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