For this documentary, Kent Jones, former film critic
and programming director with the New York Film Festival, gathered
filmmakers to discuss the impact of François Truffaut’s seminal book,
Cinema According to Hitchcock.
his claim as a noted Academy Award-worthy filmmaker (Best Picture and
Best Director on A Beautiful Mind along with nominations in both
categories seven years later for Frost/Nixon), Ron Howard has ventured
down a more eclectic pathway as of late.
Teyonah Parris, seemingly ready for a full-on breakout after attracting attention last year in Dear White People, leads the charge in Spike Lee’s latest, a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ ancient Greek play Lysistrata.
I may end up sounding a bit Scrooge-like, but there’s something deliciously intriguing in the premise of Krampus, a story about dissatisfaction among a dysfunctional family during the holiday season that results in the emergence of a Christmas demon.
Director Paul McGuigan (Push and Lucky Number Slevin) and writer Max Landis (American Ultra and Chronicle)
approach this reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic monster tale from
the perspective of the trusted assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe).
Having detailed a pair of global wartime narratives (In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken), Angelina Jolie turns to a more intimate battlefield, starring in By the Sea alongside husband Brad Pitt.
The trend of breaking up final installments of movies
based on bestselling literary adaptations seeks not only to milk the
material for extra box-office receipts, but also to create an
action-packed finale for the ages.
Writer-director Jonathan Levine has made a name for
himself as a filmmaker on the verge and the edge, tiptoeing the dividing line between comedy and drama that have sought to fully earn the hybrid dramedy label for the millennial set.
Yet another reimagining of previously filmed material, although this time writer-director Billy Ray (Breach) tackles Argentinian Juan José Campanella’s Academy Award-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes.