US Remake of ‘The Secret in their Eyes’

The Guardian News: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts in first trailer for Secret in Their Eyes remake

30.06.2015

A star-studded remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian thriller, also starring Nicole Kidman, has Roberts out for revenge against the man who killed her daughter.

Given the near universal acclaim that met Juan José Campanella’s 2009 thriller The Secret in Their Eyes, initial reaction to news of a remake was less than enthused. But with a stellar cast and Billy Ray, the director of Shattered Glass and Breach, on board, it might not be the disaster that many expected. The first trailer for the remake has landed and has Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts as FBI investigators working with their DA supervisor, played by Nicole Kidman.But after the daughter of Roberts’ character gets killed, their lives are torn apart. Like the original, there’s a narrative that alternates between past and present, 13 years after the murder, as the three still try to find justice.

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Movie Directors’ Styles Reinterpreted As Architecture

 Stanley Kubrick

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‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ Trailer

“Inception” Score is Edith Piaf Song in Slow Motion

This is a dated article now, but for the fans of Nolan’s “Inception” (2010) who haven’t seen this yet (maybe very few :):

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“The Edith Piaf song, “Non, je ne Regrette Rien” is used by characters “Inception” like an alarm to wake from dreaming. It’s a lovely touch, and one exploited by composer Hans Zimmer in assembling the film’s entire score. Read more of this post

“Sleepy Hollow” Review

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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

‘A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.

(Washington Irving, ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’) 

‘Sleepy Hollow’ is Tim Burton’s seventh major film and is based on a short story by Washington Irving ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’. The film is about Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp), a young police inspector who, equipped with his progressive scientific expertise, arrives to a small village, Sleepy Hollow, filled with superstition and paranoia. There, Ichabod encounters old wealthy family, Van Tassels, who, like the rest of the village, is in fear of the Headless Horseman, who terrifies and commits gruesome murders in the village. Upon arrival, Ichabod promises to restore peace in the village and to discover the identity of the murderer. However, Ichabod is up for surprises as in order to complete his task he has to start questioning not only his scientific beliefs, but also matters of the heart, as he slowly falls for Van Tassel’s charming daughter, Katrina (Christina Ricci).

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‘The Double’ vs. ‘Enemy’

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The question of personal identity and its duplication (an ‘evil twin’, alter ego?) has been fascinating people for centuries. From Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘William Wilson’ to Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘Swan Lake’, the theme has been pervasive in almost every form of art. When it comes to movies, such films as ‘Sommersby’ (1993), ‘Face/Off’ (1997), ‘The Prestige’ (2006) or ‘Black Swan’ (2010) may immediately come to mind. However, just recently, scriptwriters/directors have decided to approach the topic more directly, and we now see two films – Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Enemy’ (2014) and Richard Ayoade’s ‘The Double’ (2013) gracing the cinema screens in the hope to awe. Since these two films share the same theme, it may be interesting to make a brief comparison between the two. Besides the ‘doppelganger’ theme, however, what these two films also have in common is the relative novelty of these directors’ productions. ‘The Double’ is Ayoade’s directional debut and, for Villeneuve, ‘Enemy’ is only his second truly ‘mainstream’ and popular movie after ‘Prisoners’ (2013). Villeneuve seems to have taken Jake Gyllenhaal (‘Donnie Darko’ (2001), ‘Zodiac’ (2007)) on board as his ‘muse’.

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‘La Belle et La Bête’ Trailer

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This may not be Jean Cocteau classic, but something must explain its current opening success in Italy. There are things here I like: Vincent Cassel as Beast/Prince, a powerful soundtrack and great visuals. I hear the story does not live up to all the visuals, but it’s a rule, rather than an exception today. Apparently, there is another ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie to be announced with Emma Watson in it, but we will also see other Disney-themed movies soon. Joe Wright is directing ‘Pan’ (2015), ‘the origin’ story of Peter Pan staring Hugh Jackman. ‘Maleficent’ (2014) with Angelina Jolie is also coming soon, and we anticipate (for years now) “a darker version” of the fairytale ‘Pinocchio’ (2016) – an animated film directed by Guillermo del Toro.