Directed by Tarsem Singh.
Starring Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Daniel Caltagirone, Marcus Weasley and Robin Smith.
In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.
I was recommended The Fall by a friend who knew my love of Mr Nobody and Big Fish. I'm happy to say my friend has very good taste in films, and knows me well. The Fall is quietly comedic and very, very loudly poignant, if such a thing is possible. Director Tarsem Singh crafts an almost otherworldly story with characters that although are caricatures, are also a little too close to home to ignore.
Screen Daily reports Chinese actress Gong Li, previously seen State-side in “Miami Vice” and “Memoirs of a Geisha” will star in the pic as a Mongolian empress. Li is of course a superstar in her native lands, but she personally hopes the film, an American/Chinese collaboration between Endgame Entertainment, will promote a more expansive film landscape. “So far the collaboration between China and the Us has mainly involved Chinese actors going to work abroad,” Li said, “so it's a great thing to have a Chinese story shoot in China with both Chinese and foreign actors.” Such joint ventures have
The trailer doesn’t disappoint either, showing off Tarsem’s trademark beautiful imagery with some impressive action sequences. The story also looks interesting enough and there are some modern parallels to be drawn. The trailer is really pushing the 300 aspect but unlike that film, most of this film was shot on location and the effects are practical, something Tarsem prides himself on doing. He shot The Fall
The Fall, directed by Tarsem Singh (he prefers to go simply by his first name), takes place in a hospitals in California in the '20s. Lee Pace plays Roy, a stuntman who had an accident that left his paralyzed from the waist down; his girlfriend left him for the smarmy star so he's broken-hearted as well. His costar is Catinca Untaru, who plays a mischievous, smart, adorable little girl named Alexandria,
Cult films are different (and this is not a list of cult movies) – those do tend to find an audience (usually people who become hardcore fans) allowing the film to become celebrated in alternative ways – as opposed to garnering a multitude of awards.
This is a list drawn up of films I consider under-rated; overlooked; not thought about; dismissed, and so forth. I am not suggesting they should be regaled as masterpieces anointed and placed in a cinematic pantheon of greatness.
Compiling lists is very tough and as this is limited to a mere ten films, some wonderful films did not make final cut.
Let me tell you about the last afternoon, the screening of a newly restored 70mm print of "Baraka." The 1,600 seats of the main floor and balcony were very nearly filled. The movie exists of about 96 minutes of images, music and sound. Nothing else. No narration. No subtitles.
Those numbers underline the crisis in independent, foreign or documentary films--art films. More than ever, the monolithic U.S. distribution system freezes out films lacking big stars, big ad budgets, ready-made teenage audiences, or exploitable hooks. When an unconventional film like "Slumdog Millionaire" breaks out, it's the exception that proves the rule. While it was splendid, it was not as original or really as moving as the American indie "Chop Shop," made a year earlier. The difference is,
One of the counts the superhero movie nabbed was for Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film. In the category, it will compete against two of Clint Eastwood's films, "Changeling" and "Gran Torino", a James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace", a Don Cheadle-starrer thriller "Traitor" and a Bryan Singer's world war II drama "Valkyrie".
Aside from Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film nom, "Dark Knight" also picked up gongs for its stars,
Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger, as well as for director Christopher Nolan. Nolan was also up for the Best
The Saturn Awards is given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. The awards will be presented June 25.
Here's the complete list of nominees:
Science Fiction Film
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (20th Century Fox)
"Eagle Eye" (Paramount / DreamWorks)
"The Incredible Hulk" (Universal / Marvel)
"Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (Paramount / Lucasfilm)
"Iron Man" (Paramount / Marvel)
"Jumper" (20th Century Fox)
"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" (Walt Disney Studios)
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount)
"The Spiderwick Chronicles" (Paramount)
"Twilight" (Summit Entertainment)
"The Happening" (20th Century Fox)
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (Universal)
"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (Universal)
"Splinter" (Magnolia / Magnet)
"The Strangers" (Rogue / Universal
The fact that anyone can purchase the DVD and watch it is down to one director’s ultimate determination for artistic integrity. Nathan Lee at the New York Times calls it ‘a real bore,’ while Ebert at the Sun Times says it's ‘one of the most astonishing films I have ever seen.’ Currently sitting with a 61% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes (as of March 2009), The Fall is not a film loved by all but clearly hits a particular
- There is no doubt that you've seen his commercials. Indian-born director Tarsem SinghTarsem Singh
This week sees the return of the Wachowski brothers, Tarsem Singh ("The Cell") and Henry Bean ("The Believer") to the big screen, not to mention new films from documentarians Nick Broomfield ("Tupac and Biggie") and Doug Pray ("Scratch"). On the other hand, after running around Tribeca, we still need to catch up on last week's releases.
The idea of the spunky teenage boy succumbing to the allure of an experienced older woman is the kind of Hollywood golden goose that launches major careers (think Dustin Hoffman). But when the roles are reversed, the result is the directorial debut of David Ross that sees an entrepreneurial high schooler (Katherine Waterston, daughter of Sam) and her friends turn their babysitting ring into a call girl service, realizing there are alternative ways to pay for college besides waiting tables. It stars when one local dad (John Leguizamo) goes
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