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The Hunt – Review

The Hunt – Review
A vicious reflection of election cycle politics, The Hunt is bloody fun if you like your violence and exploding body parts played for laughs. If you’re looking for an edgy political subtext that you may have heard about (this film was supposed to open last September but was postponed when President Trump tweeted about it), you’ll likely be disappointed. There’s style and attitude to spare, but The Hunt struggles to balance its comedic and satiric elements.

After a gruesome (if unnecessary) prologue set aboard an airplane, The Hunt finds twelve right-wing archetypes suddenly awake and lost in the middle of a field with a large wooden crate full of firearms to choose from. Also in the crate is a playful pig wearing a white shirt, the first of the script’s many references to George Orwell’s Animal Farm. But before you can say “Arnold Ziffel”, these
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Coldplay Bring ‘Animal Farm’ to the Present in ‘Trouble in Town’ Video

Coldplay Bring ‘Animal Farm’ to the Present in ‘Trouble in Town’ Video
Coldplay update George Orwell’s Animal Farm in the video for “Trouble in Town,” off their double LP Everyday Life, released last fall.

The band brings the satirical classic to the drug-addled streets of New York, where the city is plagued with homelessness and crime under the regime of a pig dictator (undoubtedly a nod to Trump). The 2020 Democratic debates are mocked as pig politicians argue at podiums on a television screen, which soon escalates into a fight.

A reindeer huddles under a blanket, reading Orwell’s book. A cat
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‘The Hunt’ Review: Red vs. Blue, Predators vs. Prey in Twitter’s America

‘The Hunt’ Review: Red vs. Blue, Predators vs. Prey in Twitter’s America
A riff on The Most Dangerous Game‘s well-worn premise, the Blumhouse blockbuster-to-be The Hunt was supposed to be just another project coming off a prolific production company’s assembly line, a tweaked take on class warfare that was part tongue-in-cheek transgressiveness and part tongue-ripped-from-mouth shock treatment. Then word got out that the story involved liberal elites preying on just folks for sport, a few politically charged phrases were flagged from a leaked script, the President weighed in and, well… as with most things involving our current Potus, things went south in record time.
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‘Gunda’ Review: A Visionary Case for Veganism in Black and White

‘Gunda’ Review: A Visionary Case for Veganism in Black and White
More experience than movie, “Gunda” is . Russian filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky’s mesmerizing achievement removes humans from the picture to magnify the small moments in the lives of various farm animals, with his eponymous pig at its center. Over the course of 90 hypnotic minutes, his roving camera observes Gunda and her piglets, a handful of chickens, and a smattering of cows simply going about their lives on an unspecified farmland.

Devoid of music or any other obvious artifice, “Gunda” neither aims to document animal consciousness or anthropomorphize it. Instead, Kossakovsky’s fascinating non-narrative experiment burrows into the center of his subject’s nervous system, meeting the creatures on their own terms in a remarkable plea for empathy that only implores carnivores to think twice by implication.

The concept behind the movie bears some similarity to Kossakovsky’s previous effort, the euphoric visual feast “Aquarela,” a feature-length environmentally conscious tribute to water around the world.
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Link Tank: George Orwell Quotes from 1984, Animal Farm, and More

Den of Geek Staff Feb 7, 2020

George Orwell quotes, Lgbtq+ representation in children's animation, the Motorola Razr, and more in today's Link Tank!

It feels like George Orwell's work becomes more and more relevant every day. Check out the best of his quotes from his writing.

"George Orwell, one of the luminaries of the dystopian genre, commented overtly on the dangers of totalitarianism. His influence extends far beyond his prophetic bestseller 1984 and satirical novella Animal Farm; Orwell also published an abundance of essays on politics, literature, and language, arguing zealously through his writing career that unclear language plants the seeds for political manipulation. With the continued increase in mass surveillance, Orwell's fiction seems more prescient than ever. Here are 17 George Orwell quotes from his fiction and nonfiction writing that serve as a chilling reminder of the terrors of totalitarianism."

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There's been an influx of Lgbtq+ representation
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Andy Serkis BAFTA Honour; Warner Bros, Netflix Back UK Training Scheme; Locarno Plans Kinuyo Tanaka Retrospective – Global Briefs

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Andy Serkis BAFTA Honour; Warner Bros, Netflix Back UK Training Scheme; Locarno Plans Kinuyo Tanaka Retrospective – Global Briefs
Andy Serkis will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at this year’s BAFTAs on February 2. The actor’s notable performances as Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings films and as Caesar in the Planet Of The Apes franchise have seen him rise to the top of his field in the performance-capture medium. He also co-founded the Imaginarium with Jonathan Cavendish, a production entity and digital studio – its work to date includes on Star Wars pics The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens, as well as Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle. Upcoming, the outfit is producing Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins, and Serkis himself will helm a re-telling of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Serkis has been up for two BAFTAs before, for playing Ian Dury in Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll, and for playing Ian Brady on television in Longford. His upcoming work includes helming Venom 2,
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The 10 Most Overrated Films of the Decade

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The 10 Most Overrated Films of the Decade
It’s a sure bet that one reviewer’s high praise is another reviewer’s overpraise. So I fully own the subjective nature of this list. Nevertheless, as a film critic who sort of believes in objective reality (it’s a hard job to do if you don’t), I compiled this roster of movies I think got far too much love from my critical colleagues because, I suspect, I may not be alone. The films, by definition of their being here, have their avid fans and defenders. But maybe they’ve got their detractors, too. At any rate, they’ve certainly had their praises sung, so I figured it was time to toss a few rasberries into the bouquet of hosannas.

The 10 Most Overrated Films of the Decade

1. “The Master” (2012)

Movie fanatics, including this one, bow down at the altar of certain directors. But where does reverence leave off and cult worship begin?
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Song You Need to Know: Harry Nilsson, ‘Yo Dodger Blue’

Song You Need to Know: Harry Nilsson, ‘Yo Dodger Blue’
Tons of songs become baseball stadium classics, even if they don’t start out that way: Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Gary Glitter’s “Rock & Roll Part 2,” the list goes on. Harry Nilsson aimed to go straight to the ballgame with his own sports anthem, “Yo Dodger Blue.”

“Dad was devoted to this team ever since they were the Brooklyn Dodgers,” his son Kiefo tweeted of the track, which was included on the singer-songwriter’s posthumous album, Losst and Founnd, a collection of material Nilsson recorded at the end of his career.
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‘Tidelands’, ‘Ladies in Black’, ‘I Am Mother’ designers up for Apdg Awards

‘Tidelands’.

The nominees for this year’s Australian Production Design Guild (Apdg) Awards have been unveiled, with 140 nominees across 19 categories.

Those behind the worlds of Hotel Mumbai, Judy and Punch, Ladies in Black and Storm Boy are in contention for the best production design on a feature film award, while those who helped to put together A Place To Call Home (Season 6), Black Mirror: Striking Vipers, Bloom and Tidelands will vie for the equivalent award in TV/web series.

Overall, Netflix series Tidelands leads with four nominations, while feature films I Am Mother and Ladies In Black have three each.

Apdg president George Liddle said: ‘The guild is thrilled to represent all the talent from the diverse areas of design and to highlight and award the outstanding work produced over the last year in our annual awards.”

Hosted by Mc Adam Eliot, the Apdg Awards will be held on December
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Sliff 2019 Interview: Lisa Rhoden Boyd – Director of Prison Performing Arts: The Voice Within

Prison Performing Arts: The Voice Within will screen at The Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Blvd) Saturday, Nov 16 at 7:00pm as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Director Lisa Rhoden Boyd will be in attendance and will host a post-screening Q&a. This is a Free event

In Prison Performing Arts: The Voice Within inmates at the women’s prison in Vandalia, Mo., participate in a two-week Prison Performing Arts (Ppa) workshop and take an unforgettable journey into the depths of each other’s lives. The film demonstrates the transformational power that creating art has for incarcerated individuals, offering a compelling validation of Ppa’s long-standing mission. The documentary features portions of Ppa’s first commissioned play, “Run-On Sentence,” and includes interviews with Ppa’s late founder, Agnes Wilcox, playwright Stacie Lents, and Ppa artistic director Christopher Limber. The film also movingly relates the stories of
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Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch Talk Rejection, Celebration at Newport Beach Film Festival Honors

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Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch for 2019 and the Newport Beach Film Festival’s Fall Honors recipients were feted on Sunday. In a partnership with Visit Newport Beach and Variety, the celebration was held at a brunch at the Resort at Pelican Hill where stars like Cynthia Erivo and Glen Powell dined against a stunning beachfront backdrop.

The first Nbff Award of Distinction was presented to “Big Bang Theory” alum Melissa Rauch. “I dreamed about being in this field for as long as I can remember,” said Rauch, thanking everyone who has supported her in that dream along the way.

The next Award of Distinction went to Tracy Letts, who can be seen in two upcoming films, “Little Women” and “Ford v Ferrari,” where he plays Henry Ford II. “You needn’t have bothered with ‘Distinction,’ you could have said ‘Artist’ and I would have flopped up here like a seal,
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‘Give Me Liberty’s Alice Austen And Kirill Mikhanovsky Sign With Paradigm

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‘Give Me Liberty’s Alice Austen And Kirill Mikhanovsky Sign With Paradigm
Exclusive: Give Me Liberty filmmakers Alice Austen and Kirill Mikhanovsky have signed with Paradigm.

Austen, who was previously represented in the Theater division, co-wrote the feature with Mikhanovsky, which is based on his own personal experiences. The film, directed by Mikhanovsky, follows Vic, a young Russian immigrant who drives a medical transport van for people with disabilities in Milwaukee, over the course of one chaotic day. It features experienced actors and nonprofessionals in a darkly comedic portrait of marginalized individuals searching for the American dream in a struggling city. The film bowed earlier this year at Sundance and screened at the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. Music Box Films acquired all U.S. rights to the film and was released in August. It earned actor Chris Galust a nomination for Breakthrough Actor at this year’s Gotham Awards.

Mikhanovsky’s film Sonhos de Peixe won the Prix
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Watch: ‘Jallikattu’ trailer fascinates with narration about a strange land of animals

MollywoodLijo Jose Pellissery’s much-discussed movie will release this Friday.Tnm StaffThere is only a small part in the newly released trailer of Jallikattu that shows a buffalo. The first look poster, the teaser and the short one-liners had all suggested the presence of a buffalo on the loose. But the trailer says much more than that, as an old man narrates the tale of a land that has always been filled with animals. Lijo Jose Pellissery’s much-discussed movie is going to release this Friday and the trailer, which was eagerly awaited, makes it even more intriguing. “When my father came here first, even the bullock carts came only up to Petta. And when they reached, the place was full of elephants and porcupines,” says the old narrator, wearing a monkey cap and sitting in front of a fire. Flames keep flying across the screen as the trailer changes
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Harry Nilsson Estate Preps Posthumous Album ‘Losst and Founnd’

Harry Nilsson Estate Preps Posthumous Album ‘Losst and Founnd’
Twenty-five years after Harry Nilsson died of a heart attack at the age of 52, his estate has announced a new album of unreleased material. Titled Losst and Founnd, the record will arrive on November 22nd via Omnivore Recordings.

Nilsson was working on the record at the time of his death, and fans have asked for its release ever since. It marks his first new material in nearly 40 years, following 1980’s Flash Harry. Two singles have been released — the dreamy “U.C.L.A.” and “Lost and Found” — which can be heard below.
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Podtalk: Writer/Producer Alice Austen on ‘Give Me Liberty,’ in Chicago through Sept. 26, 2019

Chicago – Moving from writing plays for the stage to writing for film may seem like a natural transition. But at the roots in each of these separate storytelling forms there are different ways of formulating the connection between dialogue and visuals. Alice Austen made this transition when she wrote – with director Kirill Mikhanovsky – the story and screenplay for “Give Me Liberty.”

Drive, He Said: Inside the Med Van in ‘Give Me Liberty

Photo credit: Music Box Films

Give Me Liberty” involves medical transport driver Vic (Chris Galust), who is perpetually late for his mostly handicapped clients, but it’s not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather and émigré friends to a funeral. The new route uproots his scheduled clients, particularly Tracy (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer in a breakout performance), a vibrant young woman with Als. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails,
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Andy Serkis Says Motion Capture Should Give Disabled Actors ‘Great Opportunities’

Andy Serkis Says Motion Capture Should Give Disabled Actors ‘Great Opportunities’
Andy Serkis helped pioneer the art of motion capture with his performances in “The Lord of the Rings,” “King Kong,” and “The Planet of the Apes,” and during an appearance at the recent Ibc Show in Amsterdam (via ScreenDaily) he spoke at length about the technology’s good and bad sides. One potentially controversial idea Serkis put forth is that “performance capture is the end of typecasting.” The filmmaker and actor said that, because of motion capture technology, “there should be great opportunities for disabled actors to play able-bodied characters,” but he stopped short from fully endorsing other examples.

“[With performance capture], it would be possible for an actor of color to play Abraham Lincoln and for me, as a middle-class white man, to play Martin Luther King,” Serkis said. “The question is whether that is ethically right. Diversity is hugely important so I can understand sensitivities about this.”

Another hot button issue
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Andy Serkis rallies for digital performer rights

Performance capture pioneer also talked about Venom 2, Animal Farm.

Andy Serkis has called for the greater protection of rights for digital performers.

Speaking at the Ibc Show in Amsterdam, the UK filmmaker and performance capture artist questioned where the boundaries lay when an actor was digitally captured.

”If an actor’s performance from one movie is re-used in another there should be remuneration for that actor, no question,” said Serkis. ”It is their performance and… they should be paid for it.

“When your performance becomes data it can be manipulated, reworked or sampled, much like the music industry samples vocals and beats.
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Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho To Turn Sci-Fi Tale ‘Way Station’ Into Netflix Movie

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Exclusive: Netflix and Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho have locked down rights to Way Station, the Hugo Award winning novel by Clifford D. Simak. They are going out to writers to craft a large scale sci-fi thriller.

The film will be produced by 6th & Idaho’s Reeves, Adam Kassan and Rafi Crohn, as well as Adam Massey and Lincoln Stalmaster. Pic falls under 6th & Idaho’s first look producing deal at Netflix, where the company is currently developing Animal Farm, Button Man, Idol and Recursion. Reeves is separately preparing to direct the new iteration of Batman at Warner Bros with Robert Pattinson to star.

Here’s the logline on Way Station: For more than 100 years Enoch Wallace has been the keeper of a Way Station on Earth for intergalactic alien travelers as they teleport across the universe. But the gifts of knowledge and immortality that his intergalactic guests have bestowed
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David Bowie Box Set Collects Early Home Demos, ‘Space Oddity’ 2019 Mix

David Bowie Box Set Collects Early Home Demos, ‘Space Oddity’ 2019 Mix
The early years of David Bowie’s career will be the focus of the upcoming five-disc Conversation Piece. The box set collects the singer’s 1968 and 1969 works, from home recordings to his work with guitarist John “Hutch” Hutchinson and the mime group Feathers to Space Oddity.

In addition to recently released Mercury Demos, Conversation Piece, due out November 15th, features 12 previously unreleased Bowie recordings, ranging from a handful of unheard home demos (“Animal Farm,” “April’s Tooth of Gold”) to early mixes of Space Oddity songs. The set also promises
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"Animal Farm" On Netflix

Development continues on director Andy Serkis' live-action, performance capture feature adapting author George Orwell's 1945 novel "Animal Farm", to be produced by Serkis and Matt Reeves ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") for exclusive streaming on Netflix:

"...with it's parallels to today's left wing fascism and politically-driven 2-tiered Us justice system, Orwell's 'Animal Farm' was written as an allegory for the 'Russian Revolution' (1917) leading into the 'Stalinist Era' of the 'Soviet Union', with farm animals taking the place of historical figures.

"'Old Major', the aging boar on the 'Manor Farm', summons the animals on the farm together for a meeting, during which he slanders all humans.

"When Major dies, two young pigs, 'Snowball' and 'Napoleon', assume command and consider it a duty to prepare for the 'Rebellion'. 

"The animals revolt, driving the drunken, irresponsible farmer 'Mr. Jones', as well as 'Mrs. Jones' and
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