Director/writer Elijah Bynum’s debut feature Hot Summer Nights excels as a seductive visual feast (imagine if Goodfellas was set in 1991 Cape Cod and centered on a group of troubled youths). The good news is the story is also on point, and in the video below Bynum and actors Maika Monroe and Alex Roe talk about the movie’s immersive visual language.
There will be a ton of style versus substance arguments with Hot Summer Nights, director/writer Elijah Bynum’s visually hypnotic and balls out homage to such features as Goodfellas and Boogie Nights. Is this movie more than a series of beautifully composed shots and a wonderfully curated soundtrack (kudos for the use of The Outfield’s “Your Love”)? I believe it does, but maybe you need to look a little closer at this 1991 Cape Cod set odyssey.
Secret In Their Eyes and Green Room are just two examples of how Joe Cole’s presence can absolutely command a scene (I still haven’t checked out his work in Peaky Blinders). The fact based feature A Prayer Before Dawn features Cole front and center, and the trailer was just released today. Check it out below!!
Some of cinema’s finest actors find a deep connection with their respective characters and, whether it’s innate talent or just plain hard work and a little luck, their performances actually feel organic and real. Such is the case with Brie Larson’s stunning work in Room, the story of a twenty something woman who raises her 5-year-old child (Jacob Tremblay) in a locked wood shed.
Director Asif Kapadia’s (Senna) documentary Amy spotlights the life of six time Grammy winning singer Amy Winehouse, but instead of a group of talking heads telling her story, the project travels down a more personal route, as witnessed by this latest clip from the project.
Filmmaker John MacLean delivers a visually arresting Western with Slow West, a project that’s headlined by Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee. During our interview, he talked about the importance of storyboarding the entire feature.
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