“Far from the Madding Crowd” (2015) 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

‘The Judge’ Trailer

‘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 as a director and is based on a short story by Washington Irving ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’. The film tells the story of Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp), a young police inspector who, equipped with his progressive scientific expertise and common sense, arrives in a village, Sleepy Hollow. The village is gripped by superstition, paranoia and the fear of the unknown. There, Ichabod encounters an old wealthy family, Van Tassels, who, like the rest of the village, is in fear of the Headless Horseman, who terrifies the people and commits horrible murders. Ichabod promises the people of the village to restore peace and to discover the identity of the real murderer. However, Ichabod is up for surprises as he has to confront not only his disbelief of the superstition, but also his distrust of all matters of the heart as he falls under the charm of Van Tassel’s only daughter, beautiful 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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Ok, this may be far from Jean Cocteau classic, but something must explain its current opening success in Italy. There are things here that I like: Vincent Cassel cast as Beast/Prince, a very powerful soundtrack and seemingly 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 see a number of Disney-themed films in the next couple of years. Joe Wright is directing ‘Pan’ (2015), ‘the origin’ story of the character Peter Pan staring Hugh Jackman. ‘Maleficent’ (2014) with Angelina Jolie is coming soon, and sure, we anticipate (for years now) “a darker version” of the fairytale ‘Pinocchio’ (an animated film with Guillermo del Toro as a director).

Best Films Never Made #12: Shane Carruth’s A Topiary

Originally posted on One Room With A View:

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In 2004, Shane Carruth stunned the film industry with his visionary debut, Primer. Taking a meticulous and realist approach to the ever-popular sci-fi theme of time travel, his singular vision earned him the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, instant cult status and legions of fans eagerly awaiting his next film.

But then? Nothing.

For nine years, little was known of Carruth’s film-making plans except for a mysterious two-word title, A Topiary, and whispers of something “epic” on its way. In 2013, fans were sated with the release of a new Carruth project, Upstream Colour, but what exactly happened to the film he spent almost a decade trying to make? And what even is A Topiary? A Topiary 1

To put it as bluntly as possible, A Topiary is the most mind-blowingly ambitious screenplay I have ever read. Working my way through its 245 pages I found myself shaking my head…

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