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Fantasia Review: ‘Open Windows’ Starring Elijah Wood & Sasha Grey

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • July 23, 2014 2:04 PM
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Open Windows
When he burst onto the scene in 2007 with his Spanish debut feature “Timecrimes,” film fans saw a potential new high profile name from a nation with a knack for churning out directors who really know how to pack in the thrills. But Nacho Vigalondo’s followup “Extraterrestrial” in 2011 was more of a whimper than a bang. This year, the hope is that his English language debut puts him back in gear. After a six year absence from the festival, Nacho Vigalondo is back at Fantasia, and if he has his way, you'll never look at your computer screen the same way again, especially if there’s one too many windows open at the same time. To help him get an even bigger international boost, he’s got the support of an ex-porn star and an ex-hobbit. Unfortunately Vigalonto's rise has been slowed because those who criticized 'Timecrimes' for being a little muddled in its narrative and those who felt 'Extraterrestrial' was all over the place in tone, will most likely feel carsick by the time “Open Windows” comes to a close.

Watch: Elijah Wood Tries To Log On With Porn Star Sasha Grey In Trailer For Nacho Vigalondo's 'Open Windows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 10:00 AM
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It seems every few months comes another movie about celebrity obsession and/or the perils of being on the internet, and very few have anything original to say. Which brings us to "Open Windows," an upcoming thriller that looks like a remake of "Getaway" with a laptop instead of a car.

AFI Review: 'The ABCs Of Death' Won't Win Over Non-Horror Fans, But That's OK

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • November 16, 2012 6:05 PM
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Horror anthologies have been on the rise of late, with movies like "Trick 'r Treat," "Chillerama" and the found footage anthology "V/H/S" keeping the tradition alive. The latest anthology is "The ABCs of Death," which combines 26 shorts in what is less of an interwoven narrative like "Trick 'r Treat" or even a loosely connected anthology like "V/H/S" and more of a "Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation" of horror shorts, and we're not just saying that because of the use of animation and claymation. The end result provides a range of quality, from the inspired and creative to the lazy and insipid, but one that horror fans will certainly devour.

Elijah Wood & Sasha Grey 'Open Windows' For Nacho Vigalondo’s English-Language Debut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2012 11:18 AM
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Elijah Wood really likes horror and thriller movies. The actor has been making a big play into the genre lately, starring in the "Maniac" remake, leading the ticking clock race in "Grand Piano," launching his own production company specializing in scares, and signing up to star in the horror flick "Cooties." And now he's jumping into genre waters once again.

Review: 'Extraterrestrial' Is A Charming & Ambitious Sci-Fi Rom Com

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 14, 2012 1:02 PM
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In 2007 Nacho Vigalondo wrote, directed, and co-starred in "Timecrimes," a loopy Spanish language time travel thriller that announced a bold new voice in science fiction filmmaking. Ingenious on an almost molecular level, the incredibly low budget feature combined traditional time travel concerns (including multiple variations of the same character) with a hard thriller edge and a DePalmian obsession with voyeurism. In short: it was an absolute blast. Well, Vigalondo is finally back, with an altogether different take on science fiction. "Extraterrestrial" (or "Extraterrestre" in its original language) is a kind of romantic comedy set against the backdrop of a global alien invasion. It might not be as bold or crackling as "Timecrimes," but it is just as unique.

Mark Millar Teams With Nacho Vigalondo For Teaser For 'Supercrooks' Comic & Movie

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 20, 2012 11:20 AM
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Mark Millar, the source writer of both “Kick-Ass” and “Wanted,” likes to talk. He’s always got something to say about the various projects based on his work, and often the legitimacy and accuracy of said comments can be brought into question. We’re still waiting to hear confirmation of that “Kick-Ass” sequel he assured us was going to happen. But, in fairness, whilst Millar does like to talk that’s probably because he’s got a lot to talk about.

'Time Crimes' Director Nacho Vigalondo To Direct Adaptation Of Mark Millar Comic 'Supercrooks'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 9:03 AM
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Generally speaking, when we hear something about a new Mark Millar film project, we tend to disregard it: the comic book creator of "Wanted" and "Kick-Ass" has a fluid relationship with the truth, and one too many examples of his untruths (he's writing "X-Men 4"! "Kick-Ass 2" will film this year!) have come to light for us to pay too much attention to what he's saying. But his films are undeniably catnip to movie producers, and, so long as the news comes from anyone except Millar himself, we'll take it as read.

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