Yes, this is actually a kickass sci-fi movie. And a father-daughter tearjerker too.
Okay, Christopher Nolan is back in my good graces. I’ve been seeing the trailer for Interstellar seemingly all year, and started to get worried that it might be overpromising a good time. Turns out I was worrying in vain, as this movie rocks its socks off. This is the science fiction/space exploration/save the world/time travel action/adventure everyone has been waiting for. Nolan delivers big time with this one.
Even though I’ve been a big fan since Memento, I was seriously ready to cast Nolan into the Closet of Hacks after the deep disappointment of that logical mess of a movie, The Dark Knight Whatever.
First the trailer (and believe me, this trailer barely scratches the surface of what the film actually shows) and then my 5 incredible things after the jump:
Talk about an outstanding film. Winner of both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year, Whiplash is quite the achievement for first-time writer/director Damien Chazelle. The film tells the riveting story of the conflict between a soft-spoken musical prodigy and his rabidly domineering music instructor. My poor description doesn’t do it justice, so take a look at the trailer; you’ll be hooked, too. My 5 things follow after the jump:
The holidays are finally upon us! VOH wishes you and yours a joyful holiday season, filled with happiness, good health and of course, fabulous moviegoing experiences.
As we reflect upon the joys of the season, we’d like to share our favorite holiday treats with you.
Late Night goes rogue with the modern classic, Children of Men, while Mr. Ridley stays traditional and reminisces about the British children’s animated short, The Snowman.
A king has his reign, and then he dies – it’s inevitable. ~ Prometheus
After months of teasing and taunting, Ridley Scott’s latest film, Prometheus, lands in theaters this week. The legendary filmmaker has been directing features for over 30 years, but his recent output has been less than stellar.
Is Prometheus a return to form for Sir Ridley?
Writer/director Rian Johnson with Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz, star of Johnson's 2008 film The Brothers Bloom (photo by Adam Bielawski)
For most new directors, merely getting their first film made and distributed is a significant accomplishment in of itself. Having that debut warmly received with festival awards and critical acclaim takes that achievement up another notch, and is usually a good sign of promising talent. With the September release of his third film, Looper, writer/director Rian Johnson looks to be delivering on his early promise.
Johnson’s debut film, Brick, was a smart film-noir mystery staged in the unlikely setting of a modern-day, sun-washed California high school. Brick was nominated for Grand Jury prizes at Sundance and the Deauville Festival in 2005, and won the Sundance Special Jury award, as well as the San Francisco Film Critics Circle award for Best Original Screenplay. Johnson also went on to win the Most Promising Director award from the Chicago Film Critics Association, and Best First Film from the Austin Film Critics Association, among many other awards. Here’s the trailer:
Master of motion
Although acclaimed director John Frankenheimer (1930 – 2002) is probably most well-known for his classic mind control epic THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962), I’d like to take a brief moment to recognize him for his ability to craft intensely realistic car chase scenes, something that is absolutely required of any director wishing to make a living in the action/thriller genre. Read More
They wuz robbed: this scene from Transformers: Dark of the Moon proves Michael Bay should have gotten a look from the Academy for the Best Director nom. Or not.
In any case, at this point it should come as no surprise that we at VoH have some issues with the Oscar nods. Here are the nominees for the main awards:
Visionary: Sidney Lumet
Prolific director Sidney Lumet is dead, may he rest in peace.
Despite his success in film making, Lumet never won an Oscar. From the SF Gate article:
His actors, with whom he always rehearsed for at least two weeks before starting production, were nominated for 17 Oscars for their performances in his films; several, including Faye Dunaway and Ingrid Bergman, won. The director was, in four nominations, always shut out until he was given a lifetime achievement award in 2005.
“I guess I’d like to thank the movies,” the director said in accepting the award.
In the Lobby: David O. Russell
Check out what Russell has to say to Moving Pictures Network:
I think being a community organizer and an activist, which I was, and being a writer, which I’ve always been, is all about having a vision. If you have a vision, you get to lead the parade. People want that. They want someone decisive. They can have their opinions and their creative input and their collaboration, but people need — and they want — a decisive arbiter, someone steering the ship. There’s nothing worse than when you can’t smell the vision.