All Is Lost: The Sea Will Probably Kill Ya

by Ethan Alter October 18, 2013 6:00 am
<i>All Is Lost</i>: The Sea Will Probably Kill Ya

After his acclaimed directorial debut Margin Call, a movie that was awash in talk (specifically of the Wall Street variety) writer/director J.C. Chandor throws out a change-up with his sophomore effort, All is Lost, where nary a word is spoken. Instead, the majority of the sounds heard during this filmed sea voyage, aside from a stringently-used score, are elemental: the lapping waves, the howling winds, the breathing of the nameless lone sailor (Robert Redford) and -- in some of the most affecting moments -- the simple sound of silence. To paraphrase the immortal words of Missus Mia Wallace, that's how you know when you've found a special movie: when it can just shut the eff up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence.

Five Questions for <i>All is Lost</I>‘s J.C. Chandor and Robert Redford

It may bear a superficial resemblance to Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea -- being that it stars 77-year-old Robert Redford as a lone sailor whose ocean voyage gets in a spot of trouble -- but J.C. Chandor's All is Lost very much emerges as its own unique (sea) creature. It's an impressive tour-de-force for both Chandor and Redford, who anchors the film in a largely wordless lead performance, surviving conditions that would even make those astronauts in Gravity say, "Whoa." Prior to the film's premiere at the New York Film Festival (it opens in theaters on Friday), Redford and Chandor spoke about their own personal experiences at sea and the film's deliberately mysterious ending.

Land of the Lost Evolves–But Just A Little

by Tippi Blevins April 29, 2008 11:11 am
<i>Land of the Lost</i> Evolves–But Just A Little

The fossil record is littered with examples of what a long, slow process evolution usually is: Around forty million years ago, wolf-sized whales were scampering around Pakistan on their furry little legs. For the reptilian Sleestaks from Land of the Lost, however, it took just over thirty years to evolve from guys in truly horrible rubber suits to...guys in slightly less horrible rubber suits.

Pitt's Plan B: Get Lost in the Amazon

by Tippi Blevins April 1, 2008 3:30 pm
Pitt's Plan B: Get Lost in the Amazon

Paramount Pictures has bought David Grann's manuscript, The Lost City of Z, for Brad Pitt's Plan B production company, with the actor possibly starring as explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett.

Fawcett (in)famously vanished in the 1920s on one of his expeditions to the Amazon with his son Jack and friends. How believable is it for anyone who looks like Brad Pitt to disappear into anonymity, I don't know. I'm pretty sure blind hermit howler monkeys would notice. But putting aside that slight sense of disbelief, this is a role I'm actually interested in seeing him try to pull off.

In the film industry, there are a few choice paths for the devastatingly pretty or the stunningly handsome to take. You can coast on your looks, or you can try to be taken seriously by taking on roles that require you to be fat, foreign, fugly, or crazy. Pitt's tried in the past for fugly with his role as Early Grayce in 1993's Kalifornia, hit it big with crazy a couple of years later in Twelve Monkeys, and tries his best to do an impression of "Brad Pitt as an Austrian mountain climber" in Seven Years in Tibet. With Fawcett, he might get to tackle at least two of those characteristics, as the good Colonel was British and something of a "creative thinker." According to published reports, he was planning to found an Amazonian cult/secret community based on the tenets of theosophy and the worship of his own son. Fawcett was also an older gentleman at the time of his disappearance, although it remains to be seen whether Pitt will age himself enough to be the father of a grown man, or if that aspect of the Colonel's life will be lost like so many wayward explorers in the jungle.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

by Ethan Alter February 11, 2014 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

And now his game has ended.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

by Ethan Alter June 11, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How do you get to Oz? Practice! Also a hot air balloon.

21 and Over: Project X Goes to College

by Angel Cohn March 1, 2013 6:00 am
<I>21 and Over</I>: <I>Project X</I> Goes to College

Last year's Project X took the house party movie to the next level by introducing some gross stuff we hadn't seen before, and 21 and Over seems to be continuing in that genre as a "one wild night in college" movie -- like Superbad on steroids.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

by Ethan Alter September 18, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Joss Whedon has a bad case of cabin fever.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

by Ethan Alter August 14, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Now that the Olympics are over, check out the deadliest sporting event out (future) Earth.

I Want My DVD, Tuesday, October 25, 2011

by Ethan Alter October 25, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD, Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Over there, over there, send the word, send the word, over there/That Cap is coming, that Cap is coming/And he won't be back 'til the Red Skull is over, over there.

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