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Review: Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Film Title: Out of the Furnace
Director: Scott Cooper.

Cast: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe.

Certificate: 15.

With only 2009’s CRAZY HEART to his name, Scott Cooper’s OUT OF THE FURNACE struggles to disguise its relatively green writer-director. What could have been an intelligent, tense revenge thriller unfortunately soon unravels as a redneck version of TAKEN; a paint by numbers and completely unremarkable affair that signposts any shock tactics from a mile off. However, with Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio (originally set to direct and star) onboard as producers, it’s hardly surprising it attracted such impressive talent.

After a tragic car accident puts Russell Baze (Christian Bale) behind bars, he returns to a place where everything is fundamentally the same, but inescapably different. His younger, Iraq-serving brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) seeks solace in physical bouts, while girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana) is far more standoffish than hoped. But Rodney’s addiction to the boxing ring is more than just a hobby as he finds himself sucked into a dangerous world of underground fighting, headed by the nefarious Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson). When little bro mysteriously goes missing and local police chief Wesley (Forest Whitaker) is slow to act, Russell decides to take matters into his own hands. Continue reading

Critic Circle Update: Because I Got Slack, And That.

San Francisco, Satellite Awards, Chicago, St. Louis, Indiana, Toronto, Florida, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin, Black Film Critics, Utah, Dublin, Women Films Circle – I feel I may have neglected you slightly.

With thirteen different lists of winners to report back on, well, I’ll keep it brief, but a list of Best Picture, Director, all four Acting winners, Best Screenplays, Cinematography, Documentary, Animation and Foreign Film can be found below.

It’s mainly all about Zero Dark Thirty and Daniel Day-Lewis as expected, but there are some interesting wins to pick up on (namely thanks to Toronto) and prizes to whoever finds The Artist hidden within.

Check it all out below: Continue reading

2013 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

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Sound the bongos – it’s a double nomination for Matthew McConaughey.

Jack Black’s nomination for Bernie is surely set to keep him ontrack for a Golden Globe nod and Emayatzy Corinealdi returns to contest Little Miss Hushpuppy once more, making it pretty clear that we’ll be seeing a lot more of the Middle Of Nowhere star before the season’s through.

Brit Marling gets some love, as does The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and Ruby Sparks, but you can always trust the Spirit Awards to dig up something a little different and nominate those who often go unseen for the rest of the season, so check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012 Coverage

With an arm that was just out of a cast and a laptop that decided to give up on me a little too far before the halfway mark for comfort, the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival may have had a few too many hiccups along the way in regards to my coverage, but the Festival itself was a resounding success. And, when the news was announced yesterday that Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara has committed his services for a further three years, there was not a bad word to be said.

With the return of the Michael Powell and International Awards and two big Red Carpet Galas in the form of William Friedkin’s Killer Joe and Disney Pixar’s Brave, Fujiwara has set himself an incredibly high bar, but one that he is surely ready (and more than able) to contend with. After all, there is a reason he’s referred to as The Mighty Fujiwara.

To check out what coverage was salvageable from my now wreck of a Mac, including interviews from the Brave Red Carpet, just click here.

What I’m Watching – June 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Lawless (Dir: John Hillcoat, 2012) ****

God Bless America (Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait, 2011) ****

Sexual Chronicles Of A French Family (Dir: Pascal Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr, 2012) ***

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Dir: Timur Bekmambetov, 2012) **

Life Just Is (Dir: Alex Barrett, 2012) **

Small Creatures (Dir: Martin Wallace, 2010) *

Shadow Dancer (Dir: James Marsh, 2012) ****

Unconditional (Dir: Bryn Higgins, 2012) ****

Flying Blind (Dir: Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, 2012) ***

Young Dudes (Dir: Yin-jung Chen, 2012) **

Leave It On The Track (Dir: Benjamin Pascoe, 2011) ***

Fred (Dir: Richard Ledes, 2012) ***

The Imposter (Dir: Bart Layton, 2012) ****

Killer Joe (Dir: William Friedkin, 2012) ****

Mirage (Dir: Yang Jung-ho, 2012) ***

Pusher (Dir: Luis Prieto, 2012) ***

Girimunho (Dir: Clarissa Campolina, Helvecio Marins Jr, 2011) ***

Bottle Rocket (Dir: Wes Anderson, 1996) *****

Son Of Rambow (Dir: Garth Jennings, 2007) ****

The Muppets (Dir: James Bobin, 2011) ****

The Angels’ Share (Dir: Ken Loach, 2012) ****

Snow White And The Huntsman (Dir: Rupert Sanders, 2012) ****

Prometheus (Dir: Ridley Scott, 2012) ***

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012 Programme Announcement

Twelve days. One hundred and fifty films. Nineteen World premieres. Thirteen International premieres. Eleven European premieres. Seventy-six UK premieres. It’s safe to say there’s going to be a lot going on at the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

I’m lucky enough to be heading up to Scotland (for the very first time) next month and will be bringing you as much coverage as I can. As the Festival gets closer I will reflect a little more on what I’m most excited about, so, for now, here’s a round up of what’s going on between 20th June – 1st July.

The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film returns this year alongside The International Feature Competition, both of which include documentaries and narrative film. Nominees can be seen in this picture from the Festival brochure:

To see what films will be heading to Edinburgh next month, check out the full press release below or head over to the Festival’s official website here for more information: Continue reading

Killer McConaughey

Let me warn you – this will not be the last time I explain how much I am looking forward to attending the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival. And when a trailer like this is released for what will be the Festival’s opening film, it’s a little hard to suppress my excitement.

Kicking off the Festival on June 20th, William Friedkin’s ‘shockingly cool and blackly comic noir thriller’ (as the EIFF’s website calls it) stars Matthew McConaughey as the titular Joe, alongside Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church.

McConaughey is proving a constant surprise of late, with an affecting turn in The Lincoln Lawyer and some very interesting films coming up in the form of Mud and The Paperboy. I’m genuinely glad to see him working on such diverse films – Magic Mike, anyone?! – and he’s definitely getting the chance to channel his best inner-Texan in his studded boots, here. But it’s his relationship with Juno Temple’s Dottie that has me fascinated, on the wrong side of appropriate and bizarrely haunting. And as for Temple, well, there doesn’t seem to be anything the little Brit isn’t prepared to throw herself into.

It’s also a relief to see Hirsch in this after Speed Racer and The Darkest Hour, as I was genuinely convinced he was on the fast track to becoming the next DiCaprio after Into The Wild. But, with Savages and A Long Way Down in the pipeline, I’m remaining hopeful.

Killer Joe gets a UK release on June 29th, with the USA getting it two days earlier after it previewed at both SXSW and the Seattle International Film Festival. So, check out the trailer below and bring on the Red Band!