Kevin Macdonald‘s doing some good documentary as of late (I refer to Life in a Day and Marley) but his last narrative outing, The Eagle, is easily the worst-received film of his entire career. While the two aforementioned works show he doesn’t need to “bounce back” — most filmmakers have their missteps, after all — one could, reasonably, see How I Live Now as a washing of the bloody Roman hands.
I not only say this because I like to hear myself talk, but also due to the fact that we’ve got our first image of Saoirse Ronan in the film. It comes from the blog of Meg Rosoff — author of the book upon which Macdonald‘s film is based — and shows off the young actress as Daisy, a New York girl whose normal trip to visit family in England is interrupted by a little thing called World War III. Whilst hiding out from the invading forces, Daisy begins to form a (disgusting) romantic bond with one cousin (George MacKay), and is forced to guide another (Harley Bird) through “a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.”
The first image is nothing to really gawk at, but you can still see it below:
Are you impressed with this first image? Is there any anticipation on your part for How I Live Now?
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
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There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
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. Above, an unused Taxi Driver poster made for SpokeArt’s Martin [...]
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