KILL YOUR DARLINGS Blu-ray Review

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Telling the true story of someone’s life in a film is a difficult task.  The trappings of the biopic genre become glaringly apparent when filmmakers try to chronicle an entire life in a two-hour film.  There are innumerable events over the course of a person’s lifespan that alter him or her, for better or worse, and humans are always undergoing change.  Trying to discern which events are most important is a futile effort, and more often than not, the cradle-to-grave biopic results in a droll feature.  However, when the filmmaker focuses on a constrained period of time in a person’s life and frames an entire film around that, the results can be fascinating.  Such is the case with writer/director John Krokidas’ drama Kill Your Darlings, which chronicles the early college years of poet Allen Ginsberg and the beginnings of the Beat movement, using that as a springboard to explore themes of rebellion, obsession, and self-discovery.

The result is an ambitious, bombastic debut feature for Krokidas, buoyed by a pair of fearless performances from Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan.  My full Kill Your Darlings Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: FROZEN, AMERICAN HUSTLE, SAVING MR. BANKS, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include an animated Disney box office juggernaut, a major Oscar contender that was shut out at the recent Academy Awards ceremony, the behind-the-scenes story of Mary Poppins, a criminally underseen film about Allen Ginsberg, and more.  Briefly:

Jack Huston Talks KILL YOUR DARLINGS, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, AMERICAN HUSTLE, a Production of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN in London, and Much More

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Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. Hall, David CrossKyra SedgwickJennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival.  In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival I landed an exclusive video interview with Jack Huston.  He talked about what it’s like to be part of a famous filmmaking family and still earn recognition on his own terms, the difficult process of shooting Kill Your Darlings that gives the movie an extra spark, how he prepared to play Kerouac at this stage in his life, his character’s arc on Boardwalk Empire, American Hustle and the unusual way they shot the film, upcoming projects including an Errol Flynn biopic and a production of Strangers on a Train in London, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

TOP 5: CARRIE, First Trailer for THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, STAR WARS Editorial, THE FIFTH ESTATE

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With director James Wan‘s The Conjuring hitting Blu-ray/DVD this coming Tuesday, I can’t encourage those who missed the film in theaters to give it a watch from the comfort of their own homes enough. As I’ve said before, I think it’s fantastic (one of my favorites so far this year, in fact) and I can’t wait to see how it holds up on multiple viewings outside of the theater. While the wife and I take great pride in our movie collection, there aren’t many new releases that I consider “must haves” on day one. The Conjuring is the exception to that rule and an instant classic that any horror fan can be proud to own.

My ringing endorsement aside, this week’s installment of the Top 5 includes Carrie interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and more, the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Kill Your Darlings interviews with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, a Star Wars editorial that argues against four rules being the key to making the franchise great again, and The Fifth Estate interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and more. Like all the times before, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.

Michael C. Hall Talks KILL YOUR DARLINGS, His Early Fascination with the Beats, a Documentary Series on Climate Change for Showtime, and Much More

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Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. HallDavid CrossKyra SedgwickJennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival.  In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with Michael C. Hall.  He talked about working within the constraints of a smaller budget, his early fascination with the Beats, the way he prepares for a role, having the film play at both Sundance and Toronto, his excitement now that he can make choices that aren’t dependent on the Dexter schedule, is he interested in being in a superhero movie, and more.  In addition, Hall talked about some of his future projects like Jim Mickle’s Cold in July, a documentary series for Showtime called The Years of Living Dangerously that focuses on climate change (he filmed a segment in Bangladesh), and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

KILL YOUR DARLINGS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Kill Your Darlings opens today in limited release.]

If poetry doesn’t broaden our view of our world and force us to push the boundaries of our lives, then it’s pointless. Poetry cannot always tap into the chaos and beauty of life if it must be constrained by meter, verse, and rules set down centuries ago. Poetry, when wielded by genius, can seduce, defend, condemn, and most importantly, transform. Words are powerful enough to change the world, but even in the hands of the most gifted writers, they can be futile against our frailties, insecurities, and desires. In his magnificent debut feature, director and co-writer John Krokidas has created a moving, exhilarating, and heartbreaking film in Kill Your Darlings. Led by breathtaking performances by stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, and Ben Foster, Kill Your Darlings watches the greatest writers of a generation push the boundaries of modern American culture only to find that even the best words, the most well-spoken words, the most honest words, can fail when spoken to a shattered heart.

Dane DeHaan Talks KILL YOUR DARLINGS, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Playing James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s LIFE, the BREAKING BAD Series Finale, More

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Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. HallDavid CrossKyra SedgwickJennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival.  In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.

Last week, I landed an extended video interview with Dane DeHaan.  He talked about the filming schedule and New York City-based location shoots of Kill Your Darlings, his preparation process and whether he delved into the real-life history of his character, working with other actors who were as committed as he was, and more.  In addition, DeHaan talked about making The Amazing Spider-Man 2, working with Marc Webb, how excited he is to be made into an action figure, playing James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Life, his reaction to the series finale of Breaking Bad, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Daniel Radcliffe Talks KILL YOUR DARLINGS, Indie Shooting vs. HARRY POTTER Schedule, FANTASTIC BEASTS Easter Eggs, and HORNS Reception

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Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. HallDavid CrossKyra SedgwickJennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen.  I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival.  In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage.

Last week I landed an exclusive interview with Radcliffe.  He talked about making the film on a limited budget and not much time, working with the rest of the cast, how it compared to making the Harry Potter movies, what he learned about the beat movement, having the film play at both Sundance and Toronto, and more.  In addition, I asked if he’d be willing to do some kind of easter egg like walking in the background of a scene when Warner Bros. makes the Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

New Images from GRUDGE MATCH with Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, and KILL YOUR DARLINGS with Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan

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We’ve got a few new looks at the following films today:

  • Grudge MatchPeter Segal’s sports comedy about aging boxers (Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro) coming out of retirement for one last match.  Also starring Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart, Jon Bertnthal and Kim Basinger, Grudge Match opens Christmas Day.
  • Kill Your Darlings – New images from John Krokidas’ beat poet biographical drama features stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall and David Cross.  Kill Your Darlings opens October 16th.

Hit the jump to see the images.

First Trailer for KILL YOUR DARLINGS Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, and Michael C. Hall

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Earlier this month, a teaser trailer was released for Kill Your Darlings, and now the full version has gone online.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines.  I caught the film at Sundance, and it’s one of my favorite films of the year thus farJohn Krokidas‘ direction is electric, and the performances are extraordinary, especially from Radcliffe and DeHaan.  The trailer does a good job of conveying the tone and story, but it only scratches the surface.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth OlsenKill Your Darlings will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on October 18th.

First Clip and New Images from KILL YOUR DARLINGS Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, and David Cross

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While some awards hopefuls are just beginning their festival runs with Venice-Telluride-Toronto, John Krokidas‘ excellent Kill Your Darlings began its journey way back in January at the Sundance Film Festival.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  I thought the movie was terrific, and while it may not have enough awards fire to shine through a crowded field, I still hope it finds a receptive audience when it opens in general release.  The first clip has been released, and it not only shows the first meeting between Ginsberg and Carr, but just how damn good Dehaan is in this movie.  He and Krokidas perfectly set up how literature will become an act of rebellion for these young men.

Hit the jump to check out the clip along with four new images.  The film also stars David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth OlsenKill Your Darlings will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on October 18th.

Full Trailer for KILL YOUR DARLINGS Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Jack Huston, and Michael C. Hall [UPDATED]

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Earlier this month, a teaser trailer was released for Kill Your Darlings, and now the full version has gone online.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines.  I caught the film at Sundance, and it’s one of my favorite films of the year thus farJohn Krokidas‘ direction is electric, and the performances are extraordinary, especially from Radcliffe and DeHaan.  The trailer does a good job of conveying the tone and story, but it only scratches the surface.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth OlsenKill Your Darlings will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on October 18th. [Update: We have removed the trailer at the request of distributor Sony Pictures Classic.  The official trailer will be released next week.]

Posters for RIDDICK, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, HOW I LIVE NOW, and MR. NOBODY

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A package of posters to open:

  • RiddickVin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff, and David Bautista star in the sci-fi action sequel directed by David Twohy.
  • Kill Your DarlingsJohn Krokidas’ biopic follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).
  • How I Live NowSaoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor, George McKay, and Corey Johnson star in the Kevin Macdonald-directed feature set in the near-future UK.
  • Mr. NobodyJared Leto stars as the last-living mortal in 2092.  Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham, Rhys Ifans, Natasha Little, Toby Regbo, and Juno Temple co-star.

See the posters after the jump.

Teaser for KILL YOUR DARLINGS Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, and Michael C. Hall

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The first teaser trailer for director John Krokidas’ Sundance hit Kill Your Darlings has landed online.  The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).  This was hands-down one of the best films I saw at Sundance, and the pic features a pair of powerhouse performances from Radcliffe and DeHaan that absolutely deserve awards recognition later this year.  Moreover, Kill Your Darlings announces Krokidas as a serious talent to watch in the coming years.  This teaser footage is more of a promo for the film and not a proper trailer, but it’s a nice introduction to Krokidas’ style and the interplay between Ginsberg and Carr.  I highly encourage you to seek this one out when it hits theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Kyra SedgwickKill Your Darlings opens in theaters on October 18th.

TIFF 2013 Line-Up Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE, GRAVITY, RUSH, THE FIFTH ESTATE, LABOR DAY, and Many More to Debut

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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced part of its line-up for 2013.  The festival will kick off with Bill Condon’s Julian Assange movie, The Fifth Estate, and close with Daniel Schecter’s Jackie Brown prequel, Life of Crime.  In between, you have the premieres of Ron Howard’s Rush; Jason Reitman’s Labor Day starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender; Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg; David Gordon Green’s Joe starring Nicolas Cage; Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three movie Devil’s Knot starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon; the North American premiere of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and many more.  Even the Mike Meyer’s documentary Supermensch that we reported on yesterday will be on hand, so it looks like he’s already completed it.  Unfortunately, I’m sure TIFF will front-load their schedule like they always do, so there will be plenty of tough choices, but Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are the must-sees that immediately jump to mind.

Hit the jump for a list of the Galas and Special Presentations.  Please note that there are plenty of other categories that will be announced soon including the full Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters line-up so stay tuned.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

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