It’s been a long time since writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) had a film in theaters — three and a half years, in fact — but THR informs us the helmer is back in Hollywood’s field of vision with a YA adaptation.
The material at hand is Lauren Oliver‘s Before I Fall, a supernatural tale that centers on a high school senior who repeatedly experiences her own death hours before the actual event occurs. Thrown in with this predicting hokum is some romance, unearthed family secrets, and a newly-formed friendship with “a depressed, bullied girl whose life she holds in her hands.” (I will bet anybody $10 in physical cash that this girl holds the secret to her survival.)
Well… at least this post-Hunger Games world is bringing to light some young adult films that aren’t about teenage warriors. Right? Sorry if that’s insubstantial; I only say that as someone who can’t formulate a coherent thought on what, overall, doesn’t sound like a terribly interesting motion picture. Blame it on personal preference. But I’ll place the ball in Fox 2000′s court, because everyone loves a) when I’m proven wrong, and, to a lesser degree, b) stories of premonition. (Unless they star Sandra Bullock. If she’s cast here, no dice.)
Have you read the original book? If so, do you see a strong film emerging from an adaptation?
One of the most highly anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festivals was unveiled this morning to a divisive response, Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives. As we said in our review, “set amidst an underground Muay Thai boxing club and glowing with hellish red lights from countless brothels, the mood and style is more [...]
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 [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
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