Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The movie Atlas Shrugged (Paul Johansson) is fast becoming a huge breakout hit. For the producers of the classic good-versus-evil (capitalism-versus-the state) 1957 Ayn Rand novel, grassroots' demand has seen the movie go from a few dozen theatres nationwide for its April 15 release to almost 300. The movie’s website lets people participate in calling for the film to be screened in their communities. “Not near you yet? DEMAND Atlas to your town.” A month ago there were no screenings initially set for Michigan. Now the movie will open in 10 communities and 11 theatres. In the Detroit area Atlas Shrugged will be shown in Birmingham, Brighton, Novi, Livonia and Sterling Hts. The official website is www.atlasshruggedpart1.com/ where theatres are also listed. This film has been 40 years in the making, a story that perhaps could be made into a flic itself. Deals that could have seen Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron and Russell Crowe act in it fell through. Taylor Schilling plays Dagny Taggart, Grant Bowler as Henry ‘Hank’ Rearden. From all reports – and from the little known production and acting cast - the movie is a knockout: suspenseful and tags highly to the almost 1400-page epic book. And, this, by the way, is only part one of three.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Upcoming at Landmark are two French Canadian films: Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats (originally opening April 22, now April 29) and Denis Villeneuve's Incendies.....Dolan’s previous film – made when he was only 20 - was I Killed My Mother (2009), a story of generational identity and culture clash wrapped in a power play between a young homosexual and his mother. Dolan said the story is partly autobiographical. Now he is quickly back with Heartbeats, an official selection at Cannes and Toronto. The film is about an increasingly tense ménage-a-trois where the characters’ seeming reach outstrips (literally!) their grasp. Dolan stars in both films.....Further ahead on May 27 Incendies (Scorched), which was up for best foreign Oscar this year and won best Canadian film last year at Toronto, opens. The film takes the viewer from Canada (Quebec) to Lebanon and the Middle East conflict in an ancestral journey that packs an emotional wallop.