The strange marketing materials for Quentin Tarantino's '9th Film' (as the poster says) feature (across two one sheets) the trio of lead characters leaning against 'the frame' of the poster. It is also present in one of the initial pieces of key art for Warners' Shazam! but I was too caught up in the similarities to Fox's Deadpool poster campaigns and the fourth-wall break, to note the innovation. Both are done by design studio, WorksADV. That being said, it is the only interesting thing about these heavily photoshopped posters. (When did Brad Pitt start resembling Scott Bakula?) Vague, touristy images, a couple of simple (dare I say, hasty?) location/period layers (a vintage car, the Hollywood sign, a cinema) to show the movie-stars present in nostalgia-chic. If this were indeed 1969, it would feel like they are in a Sears studio with a vinyl back-drop screen pulled down behind them. The artifice runs high. Perhaps that is the intent, I mean, the film is called Once Upon A Time...In … [Read more...] about Friday One Sheet: Leaning Against The Frame In ONCE UPON A TIME IN… HOLLYWOOD
anime Japan Netflix tv news By Maggie Dela Paz ON March 12, 2019 Netflix announces new anime content including Dragon’s Dogma Netflix has announced new partnership deals with major Japanese production companies such as Anima, Sublimation, and David Production in order to produce and develop three new original anime series for the streaming service. “Netflix aims to be the most compelling and attractive home for anime fans, creators and production studios. We are creating an environment where production houses can do their best work, and deliver their shows on a service where we connect anime fans from over 190 countries to content they love” said Netflix Director of Content (Japan), John Derderian. Anima will be working with Netflix to produce the previously announced animated series adaptation Altered Carbon: Resleeved which was based on the streaming service’s live-action sci-fi series of the same name. Meanwhile, Sublimation and David Production will … [Read more...] about Netflix Announces New Anime Content Including Dragon’s Dogma
Normally, on any given day, some of us here at ScreenAnarchy would bemoan any attempt to adapt peak-Terry Gilliam content. Gilliam's 1981 film Time Bandits being no exception. If I were creating a world, I wouldn't mess about with butterflies and daffodils. I would have started with lasers, eight o'clock, day one! But the adaptation of Time Bandits over at Apple just got really, really... really interesting. Nearly forgivable. The trades are reporting that Kiwi director Taika Waititi will co-write and direct the pilot episode of Apple's Time Bandits series. Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker Taika Waititi has boarded Time Bandits, the TV series adaptation of the beloved Terry Gilliam-directed movie, which is in development at Apple. Waititi will co-write and direct the pilot for the potential series, co-produced by Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital. He also will serve as executive producer alongside Gilliam and producer Dan Halsted (People Of Earth). … [Read more...] about RAGNAROK’s Taika Waititi to Co-Write and Direct Pilot of Gilliam’s TIME BANDITS Adaptation!
With his sprawling gangster epic melodrama Ash Is Purest White opening this Thursday in New York, Jia Zhangke, the master chronicler of changing China, was in town and I was lucky enough to snag an interview. Spanning 17 years, Ash is a culmination of all of Jia's work, once again, starring his wife/muse, the great Zhao Tao in a performance that gathers more power and poignancy as the story goes along. The film ended up near the top of my favorite list for 2018 and everyone needs to see it. So without further ado: Screen Anarchy: It seems you are going back to long-form storytelling with ASH IS PUREST WHITE, harkening back to your old films like PLATFORM or UNKNOWN PLEASURES, rather than episodic storytelling of your past two films, A TOUCH OF SIN and MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART.Jia Zhangke: So first, thinking about doing a film about underworld (Jianghu), not only as a subject but as a genre. What attracted me about those jianghu films, is about the philosophy and their codes of conduct into … [Read more...] about ASH IS PUREST WHITE Interview: Jia Zhangke on Gangster Genre and His Film
With SXSW now in full swing, it's about time that some of the hotly anticipated features start to share teases to whet the appetites of filmgoers. One of my must-see films this year is Pollyanna McIntosh's directorial debut, Darlin'. A sequel to Lucky McKee's The Woman and the third part of a series based on a Jack Ketchum novel that began with The Offspring, Darlin' partially follows the further adventures of McIntosh's title character from the former and picks up a new character in Darlin'. The PR describes the film thusly: Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin' (Lauryn Canny) is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop (Brian Batt of Mad Men) and his obedient nuns where she is to be tamed into a "good girl." However, Darlin' holds a secret darker than the "sins" she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman (Pollyanna McIntosh of The Walking Dead), equally fierce and feral, who raised her is ever present and is determined to … [Read more...] about SXSW 2019: The First Footage From Pollyanna McIntosh’s DARLIN’ Teases Terror