Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic 1960 Western, itself a remake of the masterful 1954 Japanese original Seven Samurai. Reteaming with his Training Day stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, Fuqua injects some very manly grit into the tale of a ragtag gang of mercenaries who find themselves trying to save a town in peril. It's a great story, and Fuqua delivers plenty of punch in the action set-pieces. But the characters and situations never quite rise beyond the usual Wild West cliches, and toning everything down for the required PG-13 rating creates an oddly celebratory tone, as if the brutality isn't that bad, really.
In a peaceful village in the middle of nowhere, greedy corporate baron Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) has discovered gold, so he decides to buy up everyone's land. When the homesteaders resist, Bogue turns vicious, and the newly widowed Emma (Haley Bennett) refuses to go quietly. Instead, she hires notorious gunslinger Chisolm (Washington), who in turn rustles up six more desperados: hard-drinking sharpshooter Faraday (Chris Pratt), fading legend Goodnight (Hawke), burly bear-man Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), blade expert Billy (Byung-hun Lee), Mexican outlaw Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) and Native American warrior Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). Not only do they need to become a team, but they need to teach these timid farmers how to fight against Bogue's approaching army.
Screenwriters Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk have reduced the plot to the bare basics: scrappy good guys versus a slick, well-organised villain. There's never a compelling reason why Bogue wants the farmland (is there gold under the cornfields?), but he's clearly willing to kill everyone and level the entire town to get it. In this sense, Sarsgaard has the least subtle role in the film, but he has a great time snarling and shouting and generally being the devil incarnate. But then all of the roles are fairly simplified, with each of the seven teammates having a basic trait to combine with their general heroism: cool, cheeky, weary, quirky, flashy, rambunctious and lethal, respectively.
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Paul is a loner who travels the west with only his dog and horse for company. As ex-military man, he spends his days alone and decides to head towards the Mexican border. The drifter lands in a small ex-mining town called Denton and it doesn't take long for Paul to find enemies.
The town is led by the Sheriff who generally wants to keep the moneyless town free of violence - the town's biggest problem is the Sherriff's son, Gilly, who's constantly in bother and leads a ragtag group of misfit into trouble. Not knowing who he's coming against, Gilly starts a rivalry with Paul and the two fight.
As usual, the sheriff cleans up Gilly's mess and tells Paul to leave, however Gilly cannot let belittling go and tracks down Paul. After a brutal yet quick meeting, Paul is left with nothing and swears revenge on Gilly. Now the whole town on Denton find themselves caught up in the middle of a violent and ongoing altercation.
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A New York comedy with vivid characters and a contrived plot, this feels rather a lot like a Woody Allen movie. Although writer-director Rebecca Miller keeps it rather cute and silly, avoiding the more pointed issues raised in her script. Still, the snaky, farcical story is very entertaining, and the witty performances from the terrific cast make it well worth a look.
Greta Gerwig plays Maggie, a woman who has given up on finding the perfect man, so she sets out to have a child using a donation from a pickle entrepreneur (Travis Fimmel). Then just after she has the fertilisation procedure, she falls for her fellow professor John (Ethan Hawke), who's looking for a reason to leave his haughty Danish wife Georgette (Julianne Moore). Three years later, Maggie and John are settled down with their toddler daughter. But Maggie is frustrated that John has become aimless, unable to finish his long-in-the-works novel. She's also somehow ended up raising his and Georgette's kids (Mina Sundwall and Jackson Frazer). So she hatches a plan to get Georgette to take him back.
The premise is ingenious, and Miller fills it in with colourful characters and lots of detail, plus several convenient twists and implausible turns of the plot. This keeps the film from ever becoming more than a bit of nutty fluff, but at least it's entertaining fluff. Gerwig and Hawke are superb as self-involved people whose relationship develops in surprisingly resonant ways. Both are sympathetic but not hugely likeable in the way they remain oblivious to everyone around them, and watching them interact is a lot of fun. But the entire film is stolen by Moore in a hilariously spiky turn as the high-maintenance Georgette, who peers imperiously through her riotous array of furs and scarves but can only barely hide the fragile person inside.
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After the murder of her husband, a widow and resident of the town of Rose Creek finds herself seeking revenge over the brutal methods of Bartholomew Bogue, the man responsible for the death of her partner. Bartholomew is a ruthless industrialist and has his sights set on the town of Rose Creek and will go to any lengths to take it from the residents.
The widow makes contact with a bounty hunter named Sam Chisolm who agrees to help her look for gun fighters to help protect the town. Though the money is little, Chisolm begins his search for skilled gun slingers who might be able to help lead the resistance against Bogue. Amongst the recruits are Josh Farraday, Goodnight Robicheaux, Jack Horne, Billy Rocks, Vasquez and Red Harvest. What begins as purely a monetary commitment for the men soon turns into something far more personal when they experience first-hand the lengths Bogue is willing to go to.
The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 movie which originally starred Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The new version of the movie follows a similar plot which has been adapted and written by True Detective writer Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. The score was composed by James Horner shortly before his death in 2015.
Seymour Bernstein is one of the most influential piano players to grace his generation and this documentary directed by Ethan Hawke celebrates his life and accomplishments in regards to playing, composing and being a teacher.
This film will leave you feeling uplifted as it takes you on a journey through his life in terms of his accomplishments in the industry and the numerous concerts he has played. He talks of the unique relationship that he has with life and music and how by now being a teacher he can part with this wisdom and share it with his pupils.
The audience feels as if they are in capable hands when Seymour speaks about how music inspires an emotional response in all aspects of life and evokes emotion within. The knowledge and experience that ooze's from Bernstein voice draws you in and leaves you feeling inspired by what he has achieved in his life.
Maggie's has always been practically minded and now that she's in her thirties and has decided that it's time to have a child, the small issue of not having a partner isn't going to stand in her way. She's never really experienced being head over heels in love so when she meets John Harding (an aspiring novelist) their instant connection comes as a shock to the sometimes bookish Maggie.
As Maggie and John's relationship becomes more and more serious, Maggie seeks advice from her best friends. Falling for John isn't just a usual case of starting a relationship, John has many other people to consider - namely his wife and kids. John has been married to a Danish academic for years but over recent times, the couple have become more and more distant.
Soon John realises that Maggie is a source of inspiration for him and he's ready to move on from his prior life. We fast-forward 2 years down the line and the couple have a child but Maggie isn't quite as head over heels in love with the man she thought John was. Maggie cannot bring herself to leave John and decides to come up a highly unconventional way to try and find a solution to her current predicament.
Jude gets the surprise of his life when his biological father Les shows up at his adoptive mother's house in Vermont, ready to take him to Manhattan and become a real father to him. Jude is reluctant, given his father's questionable lifestyle and his drug-dealing ways, but the prospect of re-connecting with his friends Eliza and Johnny is tempting. Jude has more reason than most to hate the way his father makes money; it's not long since the death of his friend Teddy, who overdosed after a night out; and it's made even worse now that Les is in a relationship with Eliza's rich English mother Di. He has one escape though; his passion for straight-edge hardcore punk is at an all-time high and now that he's back with his friends, he can seize his guitar and play away the angst. Unfortunately, his peace isn't very long-lasting, because Eliza has one bombshell to drop that no-one was expecting - and it's going to change everything.
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Chappie premieres just before it opens, while Cinderella hosts a lavish red carpet in L.A. Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig are spotted filming in New York, and trailers tease films about the Beach Boys, an ageing Sherlock Holmes, immortality and an old lady living in a van...
Neill Blomkamp's new film Chappie held its world premiere this week in New York, just a day before before it opened around the world. Blomkamp (who previously made District 9 and Elysium) was present along with stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Chappie And Cinderella Premiere In New York And L.A., Ethan Hawke Is Snapped On-Set, And New Trailers Arrive For Movies Starring Veterans Ian Mckellen, Ben Kingsley And Maggie Smith.
Birdman sweeps the top Academy Awards, stars attend the parties, then it's work as usual in New York, London and L.A. And first-glimpse trailers debut for Simon Pegg's action comedy Kill Me Three Times, Bradley Cooper's comedy-drama Aloha and Kristen Wiig's black comedy Welcome to Me...
Hollywood celebrated itself on Sunday night with the 87th Academy Awards, ignoring the critics' favourite Boyhood to present the best film, director and screenplay Oscars to the show business comedy Birdman. The lively presenters and winners were caught backstage by paparazzi in the press room.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Oscar Awards Birdman, Then The Stars Party And Return To Work. Trailers Arrive For Simon Pegg As An Aussie Hitman, A Bradley Cooper Romance And A Kristen Wiig Comedy
The 20th Critic's Choice Awards showed up the Academy Awards by honouring people and films snubbed by the Oscars.
While the Academy Award nominations may have angered quite a few people, the Critic's Choice Awards took place on the same day (15th January 2015) at the Hollywood Palladium. Hosted by Michael Strahan, this year's Critic's Choice Awards was the twentieth anniversary of the ceremony, and continued the tradition of honouring some of the very best that the year's cinema had to offer.
Michael Keaton won both 'Best Actor' and 'Best Actor in a Comedy Movie' (Credit Christopher Polk - Getty Images)
The ceremony differed from the upcoming Academy Awards in several ways. One of these was how it took the stance of being one of the few prestigious award ceremonies to honour 'Guardians of the Galaxy' (awarding it 'Best Action Movie' and 'Best Hair and Makeup'), and furthermore awarding the title of 'Best Animated Feature' to 'The Lego Movie' (which was shockingly snubbed by the Academy Award nominations). Perhaps Chris Pratt is just a magnet for these things.
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Indie filmmaking is one of the best niches to find super-talented directors and writers; and none more so than Richard Linklater. Having recently received a flood of praise for the extraordinary and innovative 'Boyhood' - a movie filmed over thirteen years with the same actors - actors and movie makers everywhere join this appraising documentary marking 21 years of amazing cinema from this artist. With works including the decade spanning romance trilogy 'Before Sunrise', musical comedy 'School of Rock', animated thriller 'A Scanner Darkly', crime drama 'Bernie' and underdog flicks 'Slacker' and 'Bad News Bears', the Texan cine-hero continues to produce imaginative and totally unique, genre-crossing stories with comedy 'That's What I'm Talking About' and a 'School of Rock' TV series marking his upcoming projects.
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The 16 year old certainly takes after her famous mother.
Uma Thurman certainly brought a head turning date to the New York premiere of The Theory Of Everything, her stunning sixteen year old daughter Maya Thurman-Hawke.
Thurman and her 16 year old daughter Maya Credit: Getty / Larry Busacca
Of course a daughter looking like her mother is hardly unusual, but we just couldn't help but be struck by the uncanny resemblance between these two. Seriously, looking at Maya we feel as if we travelled back in time to Uma’s Dangerous Liaisons days.
As Venice Film Festival closes, Toronto takes the spotlight, complete with starry red carpets. Cameras catch Zac Efron filming in L.A. and the Criminal set in East London. There's also a glimpse of Lava and trailers for Night at the Museum 3 and Horrible Bosses 2...
The Venice Film Festival came to a close this week with a flurry of star-studded premieres and the glitzy awards ceremony. Al Pacino was on hand with his film Manglehorn, Owen Wilson premiered his new comedy She's Funny That Way, Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon walked the red carpet for 99 Homes, and Ethan Hawke and January Jones turned up for the screening of Good Kill.
The stars of terrorist thriller 'Good Kill' - Zoe Kravitz, January Jones and Ethan Hawke - were spotted arriving on the red carpet for the movie's premiere held at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. The Andrew Niccol directed movie is about a drone pilot who questions his Taliban killing mission when it seems he's fighting a never-ending war.
While 'Apes' was pulling in the big bucks, 'Boyhood' made history
The box office was dominated by big budget blockbusters this weekend: Dawn of The Planet of The Apes finally usurped Transformers: Age of Extinction’s dominance at the top of the pile. But the real evolution story was told in Boyhood, as Mason became a young man and Richard Linklater proved his worth as one of the most of innovative auteurs working in cinema today.
Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater star in Boyhood
Linklater’s scripted coming of age movie, shot intermittently over 12 years using the same actors (Ellar Coltrane, Lorelie Linklater, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) indulges in the familiarity of domestic life. As we see the characters grow emotionally (via Linklaters incredibly relatable and organic screenplay) and physically (via simple biology – something Linklater managed to turn into a cinematic tool) we relate to the ostensibly forgettable nuances of childhood and adulthood, culminating in an intensely watchable modern masterpiece.
One Direction's 'This Is Us' were beaten to the title of Labor Day's most watched movie, but which film "swept" the board.
This year's Labor Day box office takings marked a record year for Hollywood, with an estimated $156 million paid to see movies across the national holiday weekend. One film "steamed" ahead over the weekend to give all other contenders the "brush" off by "sweeping" in $20 million over the four day holiday. Ok, enough of the cleaning puns; if you hadn't guessed, Lee Daniels' The Butler was the highest earning movie of the weekend, advancing its existing domestic earnings to a total of $79.3 million, according to THR.
This Getaway lead to an almighty car crash
Some films aren’t appreciated in their time, and go on to become cult films. Some movies are so bad, they’re good, and people just love to hate them – a la The Room or Birdemic – but some films are just plain bad. They’re so bad, the critics are merciless, and the investable box office crash that ensues can set actors’ careers back a few years.
Getaway seems to have fallen into the latter category: an awful film that no one will actually begin to ironically like in years to come. There’s always the chance they could, but films that really try to be cool tend to get tossed on the pile labeled ‘Monte Cristo that was bad.’
Continue reading: Oh Dear, Ethan Hawke's 'Getaway' Didn't Get Away With Being A Bad Film
The actor will take to Broadway for the main role in 'The Scottish Play' on November 12
Ethan Hawke will take on one of the most famous roles in theatre. He will be playing the title role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Lincoln Center Theater on Broadway. This is not the first time Hawke has tackled Shakespeare, he received favourable reviews for his performance as the rebel Hotspur in Henry IV.
Macbeth will see Hawke reunited with theatre director Jack O’Brien, whom he worked with on Henry IV and Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia. Hawke also starred in a 2000 film production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Macbeth or the ‘Scottish Play’, for those who are a thespian background, centres on a Scottish noble and his power hungry wife. To gain the throne Macbeth is obliged to murder a number of his friends including the King of Scotland. The whole fiasco ends in tragedy with rebellion, suicide, madness and a walking wood. Macbeth is without doubt Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most macabre tragedy. Hawke is not one to shy away from unpleasant topics as his work has included the horror film Sinister, crime thriller What Doesn’t Kill You and the vampire thriller Daybreakers. The play has been the topic of numerous feature films and documentaries.
Other actors who have played Macbeth include Laurence Olivier, Sir Ian McKellen and David Tennant. With some of the greatest actors of our times to be compared to, Hawke has set himself a tough task. We will have to wait until October to see if Hawke can pull off such a demanding role.
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The cast and crew of Man of Steel embark on a round-the-world red carpet tour, while new behind-the-scenes clips emerge for The Bling Ring and The Lone Ranger. Plus, we finally get a teaser for Naomi Watts' Princess Diana biopic...
The new Superman and Lois Lane, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, were out on the red carpet this week for two big premieres for Man of Steel, the franchise reboot by Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan. After major events in Los Angeles and London, they're now heading to Shanghai. Critical reaction has been strongly positive to the film, which opens this weekend.
Also opening this weekend in America, and July 5th in the UK, The Bling Ring tells the true story of a group of teens who systematically robbed Hollywood homes, including those of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The film's star Emma Watson, discusses the movie in a special short feature alongside director Sofia Coppola and producer Youree Henley.
Vroom vroom: new film 'Getaway' is a high-pressured car chase action epic starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez.
No, Getaway isn't the title of a new idyllic holiday movie where beach-bodies lounge under palm trees to ukulele music - it's the name of new action-packed crime thriller from joint directors, Courtney Solomon and Yaron Levy.
Perpetually goatee'd Ethan Hawke (Before Sunrise, The Purge) plays Brent Magna, a former racing driver whose mad skills are exploited by a mysterious stranger, who has kidnapped Magna's wife Leanne (Rebecca Budig) who, as reiterated in the trailer repeatedly, is beautiful. Why has she been kidnapped? How on Earth can her kidnappers constantly see what Magna is up to? (We'd love to know what phone network he uses that doesn't cut out when he's in a tunnel, seriously).
Cue a film that gives the impression of a mix between Taken (2008) and Drive (2011) - a man must drive like crazy to save the woman he loves from the evil clutches of an omniscient antagonist with a generic European 'evil baddie' accent.
Continue reading: Getaway: Trailer Released For Driving Action Thriller [Trailer]
New horrific psychological thriller, The Purge, has shocked critics upon its release this weekend with astonishing box office takings of $36.4 million in cinemas.
Starring Ethan Hawke, The Purge is set in the not-so-distant future of a 2022 America and narrates a future where crime and unemployment statistics are at an all-time low after all criminal mayhem is permitted by government ruling for a 12 hour annual period: murder, robbery and neighbour-bashing are all perfectly condoned in the cathartic night of 'Purge.'
Initial ratings showed that, despite an intriguing premise, critics weren't impressed and the film was slaughtered, garnering a squishy current 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes' tomatometer.
"Predictable!" scorned The Guardian; "heavy-handed and crude!", disparaged the NY Times. However against all odds, the mini-budget James DeMonaco thriller - working with a teeny budget of just $3million - has raked in the dough in its profitable first weekend after being release on 7th June, scooping $36.4million (£23.5m).
Continue reading: The Purge Slays Contenders In Opening Weekend, Despite Critics' Disdain
Whilst some say that the film is a decent enough watch, the overwhelming response is that it isn't worth your time
On Friday (June 7), The Purge will hit cinemas and let audiences experience 90 minutes of a utopian world where, one night a year, the emergency services are suspended and chaos rules supreme. Whilst this sounds like a promising prospect - not in reality, but to watch - critics have warned that the film is not as worthwhile as it seems at first glance, and in film where the idea that a utopia can become just the opposite in a few short hours is proposed, it is never portrayed sufficiently.
Staring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and written/directed by James DeMonaco (Assault on Precinct 13), the film is set in a time when unemployment is at 1% and crime rates are the lowest they've ever been in the US, yet people are locking up their doors and boarding the window as the annual 'Purge' is about to occur; a 12-hour period when all crime is legal and society turns it's back on law and order. During this particular 'Purge,' Hawke and Headey's house is visited by a stranger who seeks sanctity, which is reluctantly given, only for a group of armed hoodlums to come to the house with a proposition that will test their morals; give them the guest and they'll leave.
Continue reading: The Purge Reviews - Close But No Cigar, Say The Critics
'Star Trek Into Darkness' actor Zachary Quinto made a star appearance at the 2013 Cfda Fashion Awards held at Alice Tully Hall in New York City alongside Sports Illustrated model Hilary Rhoda and 'Mad Men' star Linda Cardellini.
'Before Sunset' stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are snapped arriving at the screening of their new movie 'Before Midnight' during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Ethan stops to sign an object shaped like a softball for one fan.
Ethan Hawke has slammed the Oscars, arguing that it creates unnecessary competition in the movie industry
“Look at how many forgettable, stupid movies have won Oscars and how many mediocre performers have Oscars above their fireplace.” This is just one of the derisory comments that actor Ethan Hawke made about The Oscars, which, if you weren’t already aware (and if not, where have you been hiding, exactly?) take place this Sunday, February 24, 2013.
The comments were made in an interview with Gotham magazine (and reported online by New York Post, echoing Joaquin Phoenix’s recent views that the Oscars are nothing more than a load of bull. Slamming the high profile ceremony as “asinine,” he explained that awards ceremonies in the movie industry simply breed unnecessary competition, rather than focusing on the artistry at hand. “Making a priority of chasing these fake carrots and money and dubious accolades, I think it’s really destructive, he vented. “People want to turn everything in this country into a competition [so] it’s clear who the winner is and who the loser is… It’s why they like to announce the grosses of movies, because it’s a way of saying ‘this one is number one.’
This year’s Oscars ceremony, should you take a different view of competition within the movie industry, will take place on February 24, 2013 and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. Ethan Hawke is not nominated for any Oscars this year so at least he’ll avoid the hypocrisy that an acceptance speech may have brought him.
Continue reading: The Oscars Are Asinine: Ethan Hawke Slams Major Movie Awards Ceremony
One of the most respected independent awards ceremonies on the circuit, the 22nd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards took place last night (November 26, 2012) at the Capriani in New York, seeing both established stars and rising up and comers rubbing shoulders. Firmly in the former camp are Oscar winning pair Marion Cotillard and Matt Damon; the two stars were presented with honorary awards for their time in the film industry. Cotillard, at least, has her eyes on another chance to scoop the ultimate prize, her performance in Rust & Bone being talked up for another best actress win at the Oscars.
Ethan Hawke, the Hollywood star best known for his movie roles in Training Day and Before Sunrise, is winning plaudits for his current role in the Classic Stage Company's Ivanov. Hawke made his debut in the Chekhov play on Sunday evening (November 11, 2012), and received a flurry of positive reviews from critics.
The play tells the story of Nikolai Ivanov, a man struggling to regain his former glory in the Russian provinces. Writing in the New York Times, Ben Brantley said, "From the get-go Mr. Hawke appears in such an advanced, manic state of misery that your instinct is to call for a straitjacket. Best known as a movie actor, Mr. Hawke in the flesh exudes a solar energy that has made him a formidable stage presence." The Associated Press' Jennifer Ferrar said Hawke "does a heroic job of being both appealing and insufferable as Ivanov," adding that he is "extremely energetic" with Ivanov's despair. Thom Geier of Entertainment Weekly was a little more reserved in his review of the production, arguing that Hawke takes an "actorly approach to the role," adding, "It's an almost manic take on melancholia, a contradiction that makes his character's trajectory feel more like the stuff of melodrama than tragedy."
As well as working on-stage, Hawke is also filming Boyhood, Richard Linklater's new drama set for a 2015 release.
Continue reading: Ethan Hawke Wows Critics In The Classic Stage Company's Ivanov
'Sinister' is the new horror film from director Scott Derrickson who was responsible for 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'. It stars Ethan Hawke, who plays Ellison, a true-crime writer who- for some reason- moves his family to the home of a murdered family- a case which was still unsolved on their moving there.
Reviews have been mixed, but always focuses on one of two questions, firstly- is the film scary? And secondly, is the film good? At one level, for a horror, one might think that to be 'good' it needs to be scary, or that to be 'scary', by proxy, means that it's good. Indeed, what is the mark of a good horror film- does it need a brilliant script, does it need some psychological thrills, an excellent score or does it just need all out gore? Arguably, a mix of all three. But horror has long prevailed and found cult popularity in being fundamentally rubbish, particularly in the old style Hammer horrors of the '50s.
For many, the most frustrating thing about many thrillers and horrors is the question repeated by many an audience 'BUT WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!' And the question remains for 'Sinister'. Why on earth would Ellison move his entire family to a murder scene? He argues “I had to move here. The new story I’m writing is here.” Not a particularly valid argument. Nevertheless, as the audience inevitably expects, their moving to this house is the catalyst to further horrors and more blood spill.
Continue reading: Is New Movie 'Sinister' Actually All That Sinister?
Watching "Waking Life" is like eavesdropping on a theoretical discourse between Kierkegaard and Kerouac, while standing in a modern art museum as the paintings come to life and melt into your visual cortex.
An eye-popping, mind-blowing, groundbreaking piece of stream-of-consciousness pop-art philosophy, director Richard Linklater has created a film that turns the notions of dreaming and reality inside out, both visually and conceptually, while telling an absorbing tale of a off-beat teenage boy (Wiley Wiggins) trying to wrap his head around a ponderous waking dream from which he can't seem to escape.
Linklater ("Slacker," "SubUrbia") shot the film on digital video with dozens of actors (some of note, some unknown) playing nameless denizens of the real world and of the kid's subconscious. They're characters from whom he soaks up random abstract ideas on everything from transcendence and reincarnation to collective memory to the existence of free will.
Continue reading: Waking Life Review
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