THE LOBSTER | CHEVALIER | MIDNIGHT SPECIAL | KNIGHT OF CUPS - All four movies included in Paste Movies staff’s picks for the 25 Best Films of 2016…so far>
Paste Magazine | 29 June 2016
"Going to the movies in 2016 seems so far like a matter of having one’s expectations filled.
With that in mind, after extensive debate, soul-searching and compromise, here are the Paste Movies staff’s picks for the 25 Best Films of 2016…so far."
LITTLE MEN | KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE - 12 Must-See Films at BAMCinemaFest 2016>
Indiewire | 13 June 2016 | By Kate Erbland
"This month, Brooklyn plays home to the annual BAMCinemaFest, featuring both some tried and true festival favorites (imagine if Sundance just happened to take place in New York City in the summer) and some brand-new standouts."
Both Little Men and Kate Plays Christine on Indiewire's best of what’s on offer list.
BAMCinemaFest 2016 runs from June 15 – 26.
CHEVALIER | THE LOBSTER - Chevalier by Athina Rachel Tsangari and The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos both included in Indiewire's "Best Movies Of 2016 So Far" list, The Lobster nabs the top spot.>
Indiewire | 07 June 2016 | Eric Kohn
"An early poster for Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari’s “Chevalier” features the cryptic tagline “a buddy movie without buddies,” which aptly describes the macho rivalries at its center. Tsangari’s inventive story follows six apparently wealthy men on a ship in the Aegean Sea playing a vaguely-defined game to determine which of them holds the greatest traits. It’s never entirely clear whether they’re all just messing around or feel a deeper urge to triumph in their eccentric contest. The only certainty is Tsangari — whose “Attenberg” was a lovely and unconventional coming-of-age story — has delivered another intriguing and thoroughly original character study, which this time serves as an apt metaphor for Greece’s larger problems."
"Yorgos Lanthimos’ specific brand of off-kilter humor and piercing behavioral comedy isn't nearly as “weird” as the “Greek weird wave” label often slapped on his films makes him out to be, and while films like “Dogtooth” and “Alps” lean heavily on playing up the bizarre, they always manage to find deep truth amongst their more outsized elements. That’s certainly the case with his latest, festival darling “The Lobster,” which takes concepts like contemporary dating, romantic expectations and even hotel living and pushes them to their absurdist brink. But while the film’s concept – that everyone in the world has to have a mate, or else they’ll be forced to find one at a hotel pulled out of some “The Bachelor” producer’s wet dream and if they fail there, they’ll be turned into an actual live animal – is big and bold, the film itself is actually quite funny, honest and surprisingly romantic. As the film’s down-on-his-luck lead, Colin Farrell manages to find both humor and pathos in his role, and when he meets Rachel Weisz, “The Lobster” instantly transforms from biting satire into a wonderful romance with major heart."
LITTLE MEN - Little Men trailer: Love Is Strange director tells a tale of two houses at war>
Entertainment Weekly | 13 May 2016 | By Nick Romano
It’s the Romeo & Juliet of friendships in the trailer for Ira Sachs’ Little Men. The director, who brought us acclaimed LGBT New York love story Love Is Strange, returns with a film about two families at war and the boys who spark a friendship between them.
Apple Trailers debuted the footage, which features Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri as two teens, Jake and Tony. Jake moves to Brooklyn from Manhattan with his family after his grandfather dies. After he befriends Tony, a boy whose mom runs the clothing shop downstairs from him, a rift forms between the adults over raised rent that threatens to tear them apart.
Little Men also features Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades of Grey), Paulina Garcia (Netflix’s Narcos), and Alfred Molina (Love Is Strange).
Based on a screenplay by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, the film made the rounds at Sundance where it received early praise from critics. Magnolia Pictures will release Little Men in theaters this Aug. 5.
INFINITY BABY - Kieran Culkin, Nick Offerman And Megan Mullally Headline Comedy ‘Infinity Baby’>
Deadline | April 25, 2016 | by Anita Busch & Patrick Hipes
Kieran Culkin, Nick Offerman, and Megan Mullally are in negotiations to headline the new comedy Infinity Baby, which will be directed by Bob Byington. The project, which is set to start shooting Sunday in Austin, is being called a “lightly futuristic comedy about babies who don’t age.”
Culkin plays a guy who works at Infinity Baby, a company tasked with farming out 3-month-olds. Co-starring in the film will be Jon Togo, Kevin Corrigan, Martin Starr, Noel Wells, Stephen Root and Trieste Dunn. Onur Tukel penned the screenplay.
Bob ByingtonThe film is being executive produced by Faliro House’s Christos Konstantakopoulos with Barry Lacina, Rebecca Eskreis, Veronica Leon and Offerman producing. Konstantakopoulos and Byington have worked on previous projects together, including 7 Chinese Brothers and Somebody Up There Likes Me
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL - REVIEW: The Guardian gives Midnight Special 4 / 5 stars>
The Guardian | Sunday 10 April 2016 | By Jonathan Romney
Midnight Special review – real grace, strangeness and beauty
4 / 5 stars
Jeff Nichols’s gripping cosmic thriller has it all – a superb cast, gritty realism and a final-act reveal that will amaze you…
Ah, the eternal problem of the spoiler warning… You never want to give away too much plot in a film review – but then, plot isn’t always the biggest thing that you would ideally want to keep fresh for the viewer. In Jeff Nichols’s Midnight Special, two of the biggest surprises are particular visual effects, so I’ll disclose just one, namely that this terrific American science fiction/thriller hybrid does some (literally) dazzling things with a certain shade of blue light.
Midnight Special is the fourth feature by Jeff Nichols, the Arkansas-born writer-director who has rapidly established himself as an inventive, independent-minded talent with a firm belief in old-fashioned storytelling values. His 2007 debut, Shotgun Stories, a modest but taut family feud drama, helped establish its star, the ever-unsettling Michael Shannon, as one of the most striking presences in American cinema. Nichols and Shannon worked together again in Take Shelter, an eerie domestic tale with an apocalyptic edge, and in Mud, a modern, Huckleberry Finn-style boys’ adventure.
Now they reunite for Midnight Special, which sees Nichols taking a leap into very unexpected territory. The film seems to start in familiar road-trip thriller mode, but little by little, Midnight Special leads us towards a spectacular final-act reveal. What Nichols pulls off here will, for some, fall squarely into the WTF category, but for just about everyone, it will be altogether WJH (What Just Happened?), so audacious is its climactic flouting of established genre boundaries.
At the start, two hard-bitten characters – Roy (Shannon) and Lucas (Joel Edgerton) – are holed up in a motel room with an eight-year-old boy named Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), whom they seem to have kidnapped. In fact, Alton is Roy’s son, and he’s a very unusual child who must be kept in pitch darkness because of his singular talents – and the dangerous intensity of his blue eyes isn’t the half of it. While the trio are on the run and trying to reach Alton’s mother, Sarah (Kirsten Dunst), they are being pursued by a religious cult led by Calvin Meyer (Sam Shepard, making a steely, imposing arch-patriarch), who believes that the boy’s enigmatic utterances are divine revelations, although they turn out to be something odder still.
The chase is joined by the FBI, a sympathetic National Security Agency analyst played by Adam Driver, and Meyer’s emissary, Doak, played by Bill Camp. One of the best character actors in current US cinema – he was Brian Wilson’s domineering dad in Love & Mercy – Camp excels at playing nondescript, careworn, middle-aged men, and his presence is one of the touches that make Midnight Special so distinctive. Sent out armed on what Meyer tells him is a holy mission, Doak laments, in one of the year’s best lines yet: “I’m an electrician, certified in two states. What do I know about these things?”
The narrative fairly rattles along with a focused momentum that recalls the great hard-boiled Hollywood thrillers of the 70s, with Shannon and Edgerton like dual Clint Eastwoods in their characters’ laconic determination to get Alton to his prophesied destination. Along the way, though, as they careen through assorted motel showdowns and white-knuckle traffic incidents, we realise that the narrative is steering us into strange and unfamiliar territory, into the zone of what you might call signs-and-wonders science fiction, as practised by early Spielberg and by John Carpenter in his 1984 movie Starman.
Even if these references hint at the sort of story that Midnight Special tells, what you won’t see coming is the genuinely extraordinary coup de cinéma that Nichols pulls at the climax, about which I’ll say only that, after years of brain-numbing visual bombast from Hollywood, here is a sequence that restores your faith in the capacity of special effects to achieve real grace, strangeness and beauty.
What makes Midnight Special so authentically special is the way that, like Spielberg in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Nichols contrasts his story’s cosmic dimension with gritty-realist mundanity – all those grim motel rooms, gas station forecourts and back roads, their drabness vividly captured in Adam Stone’s widescreen photography. It’s also a movie in which a top-grade bunch of actors get stuck in with self-effacing pragmatism, not getting overpowered by the story but not trying to outshine it either. Nichols is served superbly by Dunst, Edgerton, Shannon and a winning Driver, who was surely born to play sympathetically bemused boffins. As for the outright strangeness of wunderkind Alton, it’s nicely offset by the casting of Lieberher, a child actor who’s impressive but essentially down to earth in his manner.
Overall, this is a tremendous film – narratively satisfying, visually striking, and with a teasing theological subtext, if that’s your bag. Besides, how often do you see a movie in which Michael Shannon’s aren’t the weirdest eyes on screen?
THE LOBSTER - Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Lobster’ Gets New Trailer and Release Date>
Slashfilm | March 16, 2016 | By Angie Han
"After spending the past year lighting up the festival circuit, Yorgos Lanthimos‘ The Lobster is finally gearing up for its U.S. theatrical debut. Originally, the plan was for Alchemy to release The Lobster in the states on March 11, but as you may have noticed, that didn’t happen — the distributor ran into some financial troubles, and the release was scrapped. So A24 has swooped in to scoop it up, and now they’ve announced a new U.S. release date for The Lobster and unveiled a new U.S. trailer to go with it.
Colin Farrell leads the blackly comic romance as a man desperate to find love — because in his society, people who stay single too long get turned into animals. And it doesn’t get any less weird from there. Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, and Ben Whishaw also star. Watch the latest The Lobster trailer after the jump.
Here’s the premise of The Lobster:
A love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.
The Lobster‘s odd concept is a huge selling point, especially for fans of Lanthimos’ earlier films Dogtooth and Alps. But after catching the film at the New York Film Festival last year, I was pleasantly surprised by its deeply romantic streak:
If weird were all The Lobster had going for it, though, it’d be little more than an experimental curiosity. What makes The Lobster must-see viewing is the film’s pitch-black sense of humor, its uncomfortably keen insights into real-life relationships, and even, in spite of everything else, its aching romanticism.
If that sounds like your cup of tea, mark May 13 on your calendar — that’s the new U.S. release date set by A24.
KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE - "Kate Plays Christine" wins the U.S. Documentary Writing Award at Sundance Film Festival 2016>
Indiewire | January 30, 2016 | By Kate Erbland
This year's Sundance Film Festival capped off this evening with the fest's annual awards show, held at Park City, Utah's own Basin Recreation Field House. The ceremony kicked off at 7:00PM MT, featuring host (and Sundance premiere "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" director) Taika Waititi shepherding along the festivities mostly amusing (and endearingly self-relective) fashion.
Featuring awards judged by six different juries, the ceremony is always a lively, fun and forward-thinking end to the festival. Big winners included World features like "Sonita" and "Between Land and Sea," along with U.S. offerings like "Morris From America" and "The Birth of a Nation."
Check out the full list of winners below:
READ MORE: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival
U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize: "The Birth of a Nation"
U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize: "Weiner"
U.S. Documentary Directing Award: Roger Ross Williams, "Life, Animated"
U.S. Dramatic Directing Award: The Daniels (Daniel Scheinart and Daniel Kwan), "Swiss Army Man"
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: "Sand Storm"
World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: "Sonita"
U.S. Dramatic Audience Award: "The Birth of a Nation"
U.S. Documentary Audience Award: "Jim"
World Cinema Audience Award, Dramatic: "Between Sea and Land"
World Cinema Audience Award, Documentary: "Sonita"
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Chad Hartigan, "Morris From America"
NEXT Audience Award: "First Girl I Loved"
U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize: "As You Are"
U.S. Dramatic Breakthrough Performance Award: Joe Seo, "Spa Night"
U.S. Dramatic Individual Performance Award: Craig Robinson, "Morris From America"
U.S. Dramatic Individual Performance Award: Melanie Lynskey, "The Intervention"
U.S. Documentary Editing Award: "NUTS!"
U.S. Documentary Social Impact Filmmaking Award: "Trapped"
U.S. Documentary Writing Award: "Kate Plays Christine"
U.S. Documentary Verite Filmmaking Award: "The Bad Kids"
World Cinema Directing Award, Documentary: "All These Sleepless Nights"
World Cinema Directing Award, Dramatic: "Belgica"
World Cinema Acting Award, Dramatic: Vicky Hernandez and Manolo Cruz, "Between Land and Sea"
World Cinema Screenwriting Award, Dramatic: "Mi Amiga del Parque"
World Cinema Unique Vision and Design Award, Dramatic: "The Lure"
World Cinema Editing Award, Documentary: "We Are X"
World Cinema Cinematography Award, Documentary: "The Land of the Enlightened"
World Cinema Best First Feature Award, Documentary: "When Two Worlds Collide"
Alfred P. Sloan Prize: "Embrace of the Serpent" (announced earlier)
CHEVALIER - Both 'Midnight Special' and 'Chevalier' set to screen at SXSW Film 2016>
Indiewire | January 7, 2016 | By Zack Sharf
"The 23rd SXSW Film Conference and Festival has just announced some of the highlights that will be hitting Austin, Texas this March. From Jeff Nichols' "Midnight Special" to Athina Rachel Tsangari’s festival favorite "Chevalier," the new additions to the festival showcase the diverse range of topics and filmmakers that make SXSW so unique."
THE LOBSTER - 'The Lobster' is nominated for Outstanding British Film at this year's BAFTA awards.>
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Feb 14 at London’s Royal Opera House, hosted by Stephen Fry. It will be broadcast on BBC1 in the UK and in all major territories around the world.
Here are the nominations in six of the main categories (click here for the full list):
The Big Short
Bridge Of Spies
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
The Danish Girl
Bryan Cranston Trumbo
Eddie Redmayne The Danish Girl
Leonardo Dicaprio The Revenant
Matt Damon The Martian
Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs
Alicia Vikander The Danish Girl
Brie Larson Room
Cate Blanchett Carol
Maggie Smith The Lady In The Van
Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn
Benicio Del Toro Sicario
Christian Bale The Big Short
Idris Elba Beasts Of No Nation
Mark Ruffalo Spotlight
Mark Rylance Bridge Of Spies
Alicia Vikander Ex Machina
Jennifer Jason Leigh The Hateful Eight
Julie Walters Brooklyn
Kate Winslet Steve Jobs
Rooney Mara Carol