Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died at the age of forty-six.
Strap yourselves in, ladies and gentleman. We've got a good feeling about 2014.
So, naturally, we've compiled a Rogue 10 list of ten movies on the way over the next year that we here at IAR HQ are really excited about. This isn't just the standard compilation of ten anticipated movies, though. These are odder films, pictures that represent tremendous potential energy.
A lot of the movies on this list are here specifically because they come from filmmakers who we already know we love. That's just in the nature of compiling a list of films that, in many cases, don't even really exist yet. We're casting into the future, prognosticating, auguring. So we're working from what we know.
Of course we're looking forward to heavy hitters like Interstellar and How to Train Your Dragon 2 just as much as anybody else is. Those mega-movies already have a self-evident whiff of greatness or at least hugeness about them. This list isn't as concerned about those movies; we already know that everybody's set on seeing those. On this list, we're excited about movies that sound like they could have real personality, like they could just end up on favorite-movie lists long after the dust of 2014 settles.
But predictions always fall flat. By this time next year, we're hoping to have been astonished by pictures haven't even heard of yet from filmmakers whose work will make us ask, "Who the hell made this?" That's so much of the fun of going to the movies: getting knocked on your ass when you walked in with absolutely no idea what to expect.
We've got our fingers crossed for some pleasant surprises in the year to come, but this list represents ten specific movies we believe have the potential to be special.
For the last month or so, many a critical organization has announced its nominations or honorees for congratulatory awards. Now that we're in 2013, however, it's time for the professional guilds to start rolling out their nominations, which are of interest to awards season obsessives since guild awards are often more reliable indicators of Oscar glory.
All of this is a long-winded way of saying that the Writers Guild of America have thrown down their nominees for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards, and there are a few curveballs on the list.
Most of this year's prestige pictures and Oscar-fodder have yet to be strategically released and promoted through huge behind the scenes awards campaigns, but already – even before the annual candy gorging of Halloween – we can hear the faint bugle call of awards season. In the coming months, the interminable song pomp, circumstance, and self-congratulation will grow louder and louder.
But for now, it's just starting, as evidenced by the announcement of nominees for this year's Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Anyone hoping that Bryan Mills will be able to just enjoy his next vacation without having to kill a lot of anonymous bad guys should hang up those hopes right about now. Similarly, anyone hoping that Liam Neeson would return to more dignified thespianism is going to have to get comfortable with the ass-kicking Neeson of late, as Taken 2 opened big enough this weekend to virtually ensure Mills's special set of skills being utilized in Taken 3.
The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's first film since There Will Be Blood in 2007, has now expanded to just under 800 theaters nationwide, and will hopefully continue rolling out across this nation of ours. It's a movie that has dropped an unusual but totally welcome number of trailers, and Anderson has kept it up with one last hypnotic, magnificent trailer.
Last weekend was the slowest in years at the domestic box office, so this frame in the middle of September was bound to look better by comparison. Nad though it was still down by 18% from the same weekend last year, the number one movie this weekend earned more than twice the amount of the number one movie last week.
You'd think Jonny Greenwood would be content as the lead guitarist and keyboardist of Radiohead, one of the most influential and admired musical acts of the last two decades. Just to prove his coolness, though, Greenwood now composes the score for some really cool films, including those of Paul Thomas Anderson. His simultaneously haunting, gorgeous, and unnerving The Master score is now available for a listen online.
Synopsis: A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.
Just because we've now seen the last trailer for The Master doesn't mean that we can't look forward to plenty of goodies from Paul Thomas Anderson's new joint between now and when it begins rolling out in limited release on September 14th. Nope, certainly doesn't. And to prove it, we have a short but substantial new clip from the film, showing off a different energy and showcasing a character who hasn't been quite so prominent in the promotion so far.