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Review: 'The Hunter' Is An Eerie And Deeply Affecting Eco-Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 3, 2012 12:57 PM
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In their 2006 book "Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger," authors Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson, then researchers at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, talked about becoming obsessed with a stuffed Tasmanian Tiger that they would walk by every day in the museum. It became "something akin to amorous fervor," and eventually they decided to take a trip to Tasmania to see if the tiger, which officially became extinct in 1936 when the lone survivor died at the Hobart Zoo, still existed, somewhere in the wild. It's the kind of mysterious animal – lithe, beautiful, angular – that inspires this kind of devotion, even decades after its extinction. And it's this kind of nearly mythic eeriness that seeps into "The Hunter," Daniel Nettheim's dark and deeply haunting film based on the novel by Julia Leigh, about a man (Willem Dafoe) obsessed with finding the tiger, no matter the cost.

SXSW '12 Review: 'The Hunter' Is An Eerie And Deeply Affecting Eco-Thriller

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 11, 2012 5:01 PM
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In their 2006 book "Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger," authors Margaret Mittelbach and Michael Crewdson, then researchers at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, talked about becoming obsessed with a stuffed Tasmanian Tiger that they would walk by every day in the museum. It became "something akin to amorous fervor," and eventually they decided to take a trip to Tasmania to see if the tiger, which officially became extinct in 1936 when the lone survivor died at the Hobart Zoo, still existed, somewhere in the wild. It's the kind of mysterious animal – lithe, beautiful, angular – that inspires this kind of devotion, even decades after its extinction.

15 Most Anticipated Films Of SXSW 2012: From Will Ferrell In Spanish To The Lost Duplass Bros. Movie & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 6, 2012 3:03 PM
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While Sundance still gets the headlines, the last few years have seen the film strand of South By Southwest, the Austin, Texas cultural conference, become just as vital to the movie world as Robert Redford's baby. The past few festivals alone witnessed some of the best movies of their respective years debut, from low-budget indies like "The Puffy Chair," "Beeswax," "Tiny Furniture" and "Cold Weather" to more mainstream fare like "I Love You Man," "Adventureland" and "Bridesmaids," to international genre hits like "Kill List," "Attack The Block" and "Monsters."

Watch: Exclusive 3 Minute Clip From Aussie Thriller 'The Hunter' Starring Willem Dafoe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2012 10:02 AM
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The Australian outback has served as forbidding territory in cinema where almost anything can happen, and in films as wide-ranging as "Wolf Creek," "The Proposition" and "Walkabout" the backdrops have been integral to the mood of the film. However, in the thriller "The Hunter" it's the jungle where the unknown is lurking.
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Review: 'The Hunter' A Fantastic, Grim Thriller Targeting Modern Iran

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 4, 2012 10:02 AM
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We've come to expect more than a few things from Iran in recent years, and that goes for its cinema as well (at least the films we actually get to see). The country's most notable movies employ a naturalistic aesthetic, blend fact and fiction, indulge in minimalism and, in that sense, "The Hunter" is a pretty large anomaly. Rafi Pitts's fourth narrative shares genes not with Abbas Kiarostami, but with the nonexistent birth child of Michael Haneke and Nuri Bilge Ceylan -- it's a quiet and patient thriller, complete with an eye for the country's terrain and how its nasty urban dwellings, cold environment, and abominable social/political climate affect its inhabitants. Like the Turkish auteur, there are small moments of truth that touch deeply, and similar to our Austrian grandfather, there are strategic, alarming bursts of violence sprinkled throughout. In short, "The Hunter" is the first must-see of 2012.

Music Box Films Dives Into 'The Deep Blue Sea' & Lionsgate (Finally) Has 'Friends With Kids'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2011 2:40 AM
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Magnolia Takes On 'The Hunter' With Willem DafoeThe TIFF Bell Lightbox will be a bit quieter today as the Toronto International Film Festival shut the lights last night on the event which saw the Canadian city swamped with movies, press and stars from around the world in what is the big kick off to the fall awards season. And as everyone packed their bags and headed to Pearson airport to head home, it seems deals were still being struck in the final few days of the fest.

New Photos From Julia Leigh's 'Sleeping Beauty' Starring Emily Browning

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 27, 2011 2:43 AM
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First Trailer For Daniel Nettheim's TIFF-Bound Adaptation Of Leigh's Novel 'The Hunter'A batch of new photos from writer Julia Leigh's directorial debut, "Sleeping Beauty," have been unveiled and exhibits the beautiful, perverse nature of the film we had all come to expect from their first provocative trailer.

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