Ike Barinholtz Cherished The “Joy” Of Acting In Immersive Thriller ‘The Hunt’

Directed by Craig Zobel (Compliance), The Hunt centers on twelve strangers who are placed in a clearing with no idea how they got there. Eventually they realize that their time on Earth may be coming to an end, as each of them become the target of a bloody and deadly game of survival! The feature co-stars Emma Roberts and Hilary Swank.

One of the draws for The Hunt co-star Ike Barinholtz was the screenplay which was penned by Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse (the pair have worked together as producers on The Watchmen and The Leftovers). “When you read the script and you see how (Lindelof) and Nick Cuse have kind of woven in the meta-political societal moments combined with the action, combined with the humor – very few people could do it the way he did it, I think.”

Click on the media bar to hear Barinholtz talk about the “joy” of being part of The Hunt:

The Hunt is currently playing in theaters, but Universal Pictures has made the decision to have the movie available for streaming starting this Friday.

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Talia Ryder On Love For Acting And ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Experience

The award winning feature Never Rarely Sometimes Always centers on Autumn (Sidney Flanigan), a teenager who travels to New York City with her cousin (Talia Ryder) to get an abortion. Directed by Eliza Hittman, the tale centers on how these young women persevere through a difficult time, away from their family, with only strangers to aid them on their journey. The picture won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

This is Ryder’s first film, and working with Hittman was a life changing experience.  “What makes the story such a standout is Eliza’s attention to the little moments that we may not be able to appreciate in our everyday life,” said Ryder, who will also be seen later this year in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. “Just the shots of Theo’s hand touching my arm on the bus, interrupting that bubble to the pinky promise to the moment in the bakery. All the things that we brush off in our everyday life are a much bigger representation to who we are and the world that we live in. I think after seeing that film and seeing Eliza’s attention to that detail it definitely affected how I look at things in my own life.” 

Ryder’s acting career started with a co-starring role in Broadway’s Matilda). Click on the media bar to hear what motivates her as an actor:

Never Rarely Sometimes Always is now playing in select theaters.

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Director Katharine O’Brien Mines Own Experiences With ‘Lost Transmissions’ Journey

Lost Transmissions centers on Hannah (Juno Temple) a songwriter who attempts to help her friend Theo (Simon Pegg) navigate through his battles with schizophrenia. Theo, a respected record producer, inspires Hannah to dive deeper into her music, so on one level he is bringing some much added value to her career. Hannah ends up being Theo’s go-to friend during his times of crisis, and his situation is worsened by his continuing refusal to take his medication.

Directed and penned by Katharine O’Brien, this Los Angeles set story features lived in performances by Pegg and Temple. The feature’s script, inspired by O’Brien’s own experiences with helping a friend in need, comes from a real place. When effectively done, such stories develop in an organic (and not plot driven) fashion.

“I just believe that you have to be true to your maxim of what you’re trying to tell,” said O’Brien. “The DNA that’s inherent to the core of your story. That should inform the plot and that should inform the structure. This film is really about this (space) between these two people who are trying to communicate but really can’t, so there are long takes that lets that awkwardness play out. It’s asking the audience to engage (with the story).

Click on the media bar to hear O’Brien discuss why Juno Temple was “perfect” for the role of Hannah:

Lost Transmissions, co-starring Alexandra Daddario, is now playing in theaters and is available On Demand.

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Director William Nicholson Discusses “Gender Divide” Behind ‘Hope Gap’

Director/writer William Nicholson’s feature Hope Gap centers on Grace (Annette Bening), a woman whose life is turned upside down after her husband Edward (Bill Nighy) asks for a divorce. Their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) becomes their mutual support as the pair gradually go their separate ways.

The tale is inspired by Nicholson’s recollections of his parents’ divorce, and this feature is his first directing effort since 1997’s Firelight. With such scripts as Shadowlands (based on his own play), Gladiator and Elizabeth: The Golden Age under his belt, Nicholson is a revered scribe and his Hope Gap screenplay is perceptive to the core. The feature is essentially a three-hander, and each actor delivers solid work in their respective roles.

During the first act of Hope Gap, Grace is verbally confrontive of Edward, who doesn’t fight back whatsoever. Although I initially thought Grace’s aggression may have been a huge proponent behind the breakup, there is much more layers to uncover in the story (one empathizes with Grace as the story progresses). During our chat, Nicholson talked about the “gender divide” that he’s witnessed from audience members who are experiencing Grace and Edward’s relationship:

Hope Gap is now playing in select theaters.

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CinemAddicts Podcast Spotlights Award Winning ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

On the latest episode of CinemAddicts we spotlight Never Rarely Sometimes Always, a first rate drama penned and directed by Eliza Hittman.

Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) is a pregnant teenager in rural Pennsylvania who decides to travel with her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) to New York City. Getting an abortion without the parents knowing and traveling in an unknown city, especially for a youth is a scary prospect, and Hittman effectively captures Autumn’s stress inducing journey. The feature, which co-stars Ryan Eggold as Autumn’s detached father, won the Neorealism award at the Sundance Film Festival and took home the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. The feature hits theaters March 13.

Other films covered on the latest episode include the Annette Bening drama Hope Gap and the action thriller Final Kill. Take a listen below!

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‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’ Blends Postmodern Approach With Film Noir Stylings

Based on a Charles Willeford novel, The Burnt Orange Heresy centers on James Figueras (Claes Bang), an art critic who is blackmailed by an art dealer (Mick Jagger) into stealing a painting from reclusive artist Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland). Elizabeth Debicki is Berenice Hollis, a love interest of James who joins him during a fateful trip to Lake Como.

Director James Capotondi has a rich narrative to work with, and since the feature has the makings of a suspense thriller, on would assume that filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock would be influence. That said, he and cinematographer David Ungaro had other references in mind.

“Obviously whatever you do has been informed by films you’ve done before. It’s 2020 – we live in a postmodern era, said Capotondi. “Everything has been done. We didn’t watch any HItchcock movie at all. We watched Contempt the Jean-Luc Godard (film) because it was shot in Italy, had Brigitte Bardot and was shot mostly in interiors. We watched Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. We didn’t watch any black and white film noirs because we didn’t want to copy anything but we wanted to be inspired by everything else.

Click on the media bar to hear Capotondi discuss working with actress Elizabeth Debicki:

The Burnt Orange Heresy is now playing in New York and Los Angeles and opens in wider release March 13.

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