THE TRANSFIGURATION – Q&A with Filmmakers and Cast
Director/Writer Michael O’Shea’s THE TRANSFIGURATION made its debut at the Angelika Film Center in NYC, and was met with Q&As opening weekend featuring filmmakers and cast members including O’Shea, Producer Susan Leber, actors Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Larry Fessenden and more! We were proud to have such a crowded stage, as the filmmakers, cast and crew discussed the making of this Cannes Film Festival and SXSW selected film.
Michael O’Shea states that the film’s plot was inspired by a friend’s child, who was being bullied for their love of vampires. From there, it grew into something much greater – an exploration of life, death, mortality, and transformation.
If you missed out, you can view the full Q&A here:
The Golden Globes presented itself with a common theme this year. That theme was to never give up on a dream.
Emma Stone said it best, moments after claiming the title for Best Actress- Musical or Comedy. “This is a film for dreamers. I think hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world. That’s what this film is about (referring to Best Picture- Musical or Comedy, LA LA LAND).” Stone addressed the struggle for creative people to achieve their dreams and shared her award with anybody anywhere that feels like giving up sometimes but finds it in themselves to get up and keep going.
Isabelle Huppert won Best Actress in a Foreign Language film, ELLE. She remarked, “Thank you for making me win in a French film directed by a Dutch director here in America.” Not many people can say that — sometimes, through the shared experience of cinema, even the most unlikely of dreams really do come true.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson kept us up all night in the film NOCTURNAL ANIMALS and his sinister performance won him Best Supporting Actor. His dream was our nightmare in this gritty thriller. Johnson said it simply upon receiving his award: “Tom Ford, Thank you for this amazing opportunity.”
Viola Davis touched on the unlikelihood of a film like FENCES when she said, “It’s not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen. It doesn’t scream money maker, but it does scream art, it does scream heart.” Good thing Hollywood followed its heart on this one.
The 74th Annual Golden Globes ended with a stroll under the MOONLIGHT. Winning Best Motion Picture-Drama, it left the cast, crew and creators gleaming with pride. “As someone who went eight years without making a piece, I gotta give love to these people right here,” director Barry Jenkins said. If that doesn’t show persistence in a dream, I don’t know what does!
View the full list of Golden Globes winners in both Motion Picture and Television categories here.
Q&A: 20th CENTURY WOMEN with actor Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup stopped by the Angelika Film Center in NYC to discuss his latest role in the Golden Globe nominated film, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN. While some actors get caught up with stardom and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the Tony Award winner reminds us that there are those who possess humility and are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to share their art. “To be able to work is a real privilege as an actor,” Crudup says, “and to be able to work with people who are inspired and capable and creative is exceptional and to have it happen several times in row is… really lucky.” Talk about luck, this year Crudup also appears alongside Natalie Portman in JACKIE, another film that is racking up the nominations this awards season.
In the Q&A clip below, Crudup reminisces about his earlier films such as the cult classic ALMOST FAMOUS. He also shares his on-set experience filming 20TH CENTURY WOMEN alongside director Mike Mills, and one of this year’s Golden Globe nominees for Best Actress, Annette Bening, whom he describes as “gloriously collaborative.”
It’s the start of a New Year and this week’s short lineup has us inspired and ready to take life by the horns. HIDDEN FIGURES and SILENCE share one big similarity at the core, belief. Both films explore humanity and the relentless determination of the human spirit to stand firm in one’s beliefs. These two films remind us that although having faith in something can put us right in the face of opposition, it also fuels our desire to continue on the journey. “Continue on the journey,” how’s that for a New Year’s mantra?
HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture- Octavia Spencer, Best Original Score: Motion Picture
Critics Choice Award nominee – Best Supporting Actress: Janelle Monáe, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Acting Ensemble
Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.
The Best Films Of The Season
Whoa! A new year already? 2016 was much like a movie. Full of plot twists, unexpected characters and emotional highs and lows. They say art imitates life and we couldn’t agree more. At the Angelika Film Center it is our mission to curate the best films that cinema has to offer so that our guests can experience some of the most talented actors, writers and directors in the biz. With the year ending and award season approaching take a moment to head to the cinema to get inspired by experiencing a few of the must see films of the season while they’re still on the big screen! A huge thank you to all of our guests for allowing us to share these cinematic gems with you year after year. Happy New Year and cheers to 2017!
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is easily one of the best films of the season so we know you’ve all seen it, right? Right? Oh boy.
No biggie, it’s only been nominated for Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture: Drama; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama – Casey Affleck; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Michelle Williams; Best Director Kenneth Lonergan; and Best Original Screenplay.
Not to mention its Critics Choice Awards wins for Best Actor Casey Affleck and Best Young Actor/Actress Lucas Hedges.
This is a must see for any film lover. Yes, you’ll need tissues and yes, you’ll cry — but it will totally be worth it. Before you let the waterworks go, check out this lighthearted Q&A with the stars of the film Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges, along with writer/director Kenneth Lonergan. The three playfully interacted about the making of the film and give a glimpse into the powerful story that they brought to life on the screen.
Original Sailor Moon Movie Finally Coming to Theatres
Yes! Over fifteen years after its initial home video American release, Sailor Moon R: The Movie will have a limited theatrical run. It will run completely uncut for the first time in America. The series, first released in Japan in 1991, Sailor Moon helped popularize the Magical Girl genre, thus inspiring many more manga and anime series to come.
The film, first released to VHS in 2000 in America, has been re-mastered and features updated voices from the likes of Stephanie Sheh (Orihime Inoue, Bleach), Christina Vee (Homura Akemi, Puella Magi Madoka Magika), Cherami Leigh (Asuna Yuki, Sword Art Online), and the legendary Johnny Yong Bosch. Additionally, it will feature a fifteen minute short film that was present in the Japanese release, but absent in the original American release.
Recently in Japan, the legendary TOEI Animation Studios have released their thirteenth feature length ONE PIECE film, ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD. Thanks to its success, it will now will have a limited theatrical run in the states. It’s no secret that the ONE PIECE franchise is one of the most epic stories produced in modern times; it even holds a Guinness World Record for its over 320 million copies published.
There is no better time to jump back in with your favorite pirate crew. Although lately, there have been rumors that series creator, Eiichiro Oda, was going to bring the manga to a close after its historic twenty year run. However, with the most recent chapter just released and the next looming over the horizon, this seems unlikely!
Bring on the applause! Awards season is upon us and our Angelika picks are racking up nomination on top of nomination. We hate to say we told you so… well, not really. But we just knew these films were some great picks with stellar performances that would be sure to sweep you off of your feet! So without further ado, let’s get carried away with this week’s Friday watch list!
Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) and jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy- Ryan Gosling, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy: Emma Stone, Best Director: Motion Picture- Damien Chazelle, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song: Motion Picture- “City Of Stars”, Best Original Score: Motion Picture
Critics Choice Award winner – Best Picture, Best Director: Damien Chazelle
Critics Choice Award nominee – Best Actor: Ryan Gosling, Best Actress: Emma Stone, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Score, Best Song: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, Best Song: “City of Stars”
Seen through the eyes of iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman), JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history – placing audiences in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama- Natalie Portman
Critics Choice Award winner – Best Actress: Natalie Portman
Critics Choice Award nominee – Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Hair & Makeup, Best Production Design, Best Score
From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, COLLATERAL BEAUTY is a thought-provoking drama that follows a successful New York ad executive (Oscar nominee Will Smith). After suffering a personal tragedy, he retreats from life, until his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways, exploring how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and death interlock in a life fully lived. Also starring Oscar winner Kate Winslet and Oscar nominee Keira Knightly.
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
HELL OR HIGH WATER follows Toby (Chris Pine) is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son, and his brother Tanner (Ben Foster), an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Motion Picture: Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Jeff Bridges, Best Original Screenplay
From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, LOVING celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their Virginia hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and has gone down in history as an inspiration to couples everywhere.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama- Joel Edgerton, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama- Ruth Negga
Critics Choice Award nominee – Best Picture, Best Actor: Joel Edgerton, Best Actress: Ruth Negga, Best Original Screenplay
In the vein of SIXTEEN CANDLES and THE BREAKFAST CLUB, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world. Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine’s well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board.
Golden Globe nominee – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy- Hailee Steinfeld
Critics Choice Award nominee – Best Young Actor/Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy: Hailee Steinfeld
Sônia Braga (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN) gives a tour-de-force performance in Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or nominee AQUARIUS. With an impeccable 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and critic predictions of an Oscar nomination, it follows Clara (Braga), who has vowed not to leave her quickly gentrifying home in Recife, Brazil, until her death. Her steadfastness brings about a mysterious confrontation, tingeing even Clara’s most familiar routines with the tension of a thriller. AQUARIUS is an official selection of the 2016 New York and Toronto International Film Festivals.
San Diego Film Critics Society – Best Actor, Female: Sonia Braga
Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out of Retirement (Again)
Good news Studio Ghibli fans! Three years after announcing his retirement, Miyazaki-san has announced that he is coming back for “one last film.” According to Anime News Network (ANN), the legendary anime filmmaker is set to direct BORO THE CATERPILLAR, a film that has reportedly been in development-hell for the past twenty years. Miyazaki broke the news himself during a Japanese TV special about him, claiming that a short version of the film made for the Ghibli Museum left him dissatisfied. As many fans know, this is not the first time the acclaimed director has come back for “one last film.” In fact, he has been in and out of retirement since his film PRINCESS MONONOKE (1998), and has since taken the world by storm. With his new shift towards manga illustration, is this truly Miyazaki-san’s last film as he claims? BORO THE CATERPILLAR is anticipated to be completed sometime in 2019.
In the meantime, be sure to check out another Miyazaki film, OCEAN WAVES, opening January 17. The film has been remastered in 4K and we’ll be presenting the US premiere along with the North American premiere of a never before seen short film called GHIBLIES EPISODE 2.