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Review: Director's Cut Of Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snowpiercer' Is Visionary & Thrilling

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2013 1:43 PM
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Few films without a firm release date (in most of the world, at least) have inspired as much chatter of late than Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer." The English-language debut of the South Korean mastermind behind "Memories of Murder," "The Host" and "Mother," it features an all-star cast and a hefty budget, and was snapped up early on by The Weinstein Company. But after opening in South Korea in August, it's barely been seen in the rest of the world, with Harvey Weinstein holding the release in the territories he controls until he can cut a reported 20 minutes out to make it more palatable to western crowds. But one location in which Harvey Scissorhands doesn't hold the rights is France, and the director's cut opened there this week—appropriate, given that it's based on a French graphic novel called "Le Transperceneige." Eager to see what the fuss is about, we hopped on the Eurostar to Paris to check it out yesterday. And Harvey? We wouldn't touch a frame, because this might be the best pure science-fiction film since "Children of Men."

Tilda Swinton Stokes The Flames Of 'Snowpiercer'-Gate; Bong Joon-Ho Says Nothing Finalized

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2013 1:12 PM
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Snowpiercer, Tilda Swinton
Jumping to conclusions before the facts are in is par for the course these days. As is the blind leap to vilify Harvey Weinstein over anything mildly controversial that he has even dared look sideways at (though yes, his track record is poor, but generally the dude knows what he’s doing), but at the Deauville American Film Festival in France, actress Tilda Swinton made some pointed, not-so-exactly subtle remarks about the brouhaha brewing over Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's upcoming Weinstein sci-fi thriller, "Snowpiercer."

Venice Review: Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem’ Starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon & Tilda Swinton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2013 6:45 AM
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It’s been a rough couple of decades to be a Terry Gilliam fan. Not just because he hasn't been as prolific as you’d like him to be, with several false starts or projects that never made it to a greenlight—most famously “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” which actually made it to production before falling apart. Because the films we have seen, at least since the start of the 21st century, have felt compromised (“The Brothers Grimm”), muddled (“The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus”) or borderline-unwatchable (“ Tideland”).

New Behind-The-Scenes Clip Shows Tantalizing First Footage From Bong Joon-ho's Post-Apocalyptic 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 9:37 AM
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The summer movie season is nearly upon us, but one of the most hotly tipped summer movies (at least for film fans of a certain ilk) still doesn't have a release date in America: Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi extravaganza "Snowpiercer." The Weinstein Company bought the domestic rights to the movie, which concerns a train traversing a post-apocalyptic, snow-covered earth, and initially had planned to release it this summer, when the movie rolls out globally. But they haven't said much, so god only knows when it will wash up on American shores. Until then, a recently released behind-the-scenes clip (courtesy of The Film Stage) gives us our first look at "Snowpiercer" in motion.

Tilda Swinton Looks Typically Tilda Swinton-Esque In Image NOT From 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 11:23 AM
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Update: Sorry everyone, we were misinformed about the provenance of the below pic which is actually an editorial picture Swinton did for W Magazine last year. Still, she looks cool. 

Lynne Ramsay Talks Her Version Of 'The Lovely Bones,' Tilda Swinton Says More Adventures Are Coming

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2011 8:47 AM
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Five Things We Learned From The Director & Star Of 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'Even if no other films had been released, 2011 would be a pretty good year for the movies purely by virtue of marking the return of Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, whose first and second features "Ratcatcher" and "Morvern Callar" marked the birth of a very special talent, but has spent the best part of a decade struggling to get films financed, particularly after spending some time trying to get an adaptation of Alice Sebold's "The Lovely Bones" made, before being pushed off the film when Peter Jackson showed interest.

Tilda Swinton Says She'll Face Off With Bruce Willis In Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2011 8:52 AM
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Exclusive: One of the reasons we're more excited for "Moonrise Kingdom" than we have been for any Wes Anderson film in a decade is the cast. While a few of Anderson's usual repertory company -- most notably Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzmann, are returning -- the leads, a twelve-year-old boy and girl, are newcomers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward), and the supporting cast are made up of some intriguing new names, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Frances McDormand.

Lynne Ramsay Has A Psychological Sci-Fi Movie In The Works, Plus A Picture At Warp Films

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 11, 2011 6:30 AM
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Director Talks About Almost Working With Aphex Twin & Plaid, Was Asked To Do 'Jane Eyre,' But Turned It DownExclusive: If you haven't already surmised, the consensus seems to overwhelmingly suggest that "We Need To Talk About Kevin" -- the long-awaited return of Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay -- is a big winner. Starring Tilda Swinton, in a performance that's already turned towards Oscar talk, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller (Antonio Campos' "Afterschool") and boasting a score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, " our review from Cannes earlier this year described the movie as a "haunting and unflinching drama... Swinton is superb, and if there were any doubt she’s one of our greatest living actresses, that has now been removed with one swift stroke." A recent tweet from our Toronto International Film Fest correspondent said the picture was, "beautiful, brooding, devastating -- I need a stiff drink. Maybe two."

Watch: International Trailer Provides First Look At Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 8, 2011 1:04 AM
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You know how we know that 2011 is a good year for cinema, despite the shocking dearth of decent movies in its first seven months? Because we got Lynne Ramsay back. The British director made a storming debut with "Ratcatcher" in 1999, and went on to make one of the best films of the aughts with "Morvern Callar," but almost a decade has passed since, with Ramsay spending much of the time developing her take on "The Lovely Bones," only to be chucked off when Peter Jackson decided he wanted to make it -- and we all know how that turned out.

Tilda Swinton & Ciarán Hinds Cast In 'Sisters'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 17, 2011 8:11 AM
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Which Has The Unfortunate Pitch Of 'Sister Act' Meets 'Dead Poets Society' WARNING: The following news should not be read by those affected by heart conditions, high blood pressure, or any other conditions that could be aggravated by extreme emotional ups and downs. Likewise, expectant women should use caution, even if they are a fan of Whoopi Goldberg's duet.

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