My hope for Ruairi Robinson‘s debut sci-fi feature Last Days on Mars is something akin to Duncan Jones‘ Moon. After working in shorts and commercials for each of their respective early careers, the latter debuted a bold feature in the genre on a tight budget. Robinson, who is already Oscar-nominated for one of his shorts, will hopefully take the same route for his full-length debut.
We’ve got the first image from the film today featuring a serious Liev Schreiber looking a blood-splattered window. There’s not a wealth of information to go on, but it’s an exciting first look for the film which follows “a group of astronaut explorers [who] succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying force while collecting specimens on Mars.”
From that description, it could be any number of fairly generic space thrillers, but here’s hoping for something great with this one. And if his most recent short, the Max Records-starring Blinky is any indication, Robinson (who also worked on the now scrapped Akira) could have something great up his sleeves. Also starring Olivia Williams, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai and Johnny Harris, the film has yet to secure US distribution but will hopefully arrive in theaters by next year.
After a recent New York screening of František Vláčil‘s Marketa Lazarová, my friend and fellow critic, Vadim Rizov, tweeted the following response: “Sheep God war men snow church blood swords ‘old crone’ justice grass wtf WTF UNCLE.” He certainly wasn’t alone in such a confused response. Lazarová — now out on Blu-ray via Criterion — is [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week associate editor Nick Newman, writerDanny King, and I go over the films of polarizing auteur, Zack Snyder. Then we talk about his newest film, the Superman reboot Man of Steel. Finally, we take a look at the films/TV shows coming to theaters and DVD [...]
The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic or independent cinema. If you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail in or tweet to @TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Photos from behind the scenes from The Good, The Bad and [...]
It’s that time of year again: the summer heat — or rain, depending on your location — sets in and the multi-million-dollar summer blockbusters terrorize a local multiplex in search of your hard-earned money. Fortunately for us New York City dwellers, there exists a multitude of alternative programming (check out our recurring Weekend Watch for proof [...]
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