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Behind the Scenes of THE RAID, parts 4 and 5

April 5, 2012

THE RAID has become a box office sensation both in U.S. theaters and in its native Indonesia – where it’s expected to be the first film since 2009 to break 1 million admissions and go on to become one of the top grossing Indonesian films of all time.

Below are a couple more video blogs from the production of this high-octane action flick. We’re not saying this is the perfect Easter Weekend movie, but if you haven’t seen it yet you should definitely check it out while it’s still in theaters.

The filmmakers discuss the challenges of shooting on location, producer Ario Sagantoro discusses the black humor in the film, and actor Ray Sahetapi discussses plainting the villainous Tama:

The filmmakers go into greater depth about the fight choreography and the stamina required to make the fight scenes as intense as they appear:

Watch the other production blogs in the series: part 1 | part 2 | part 3

Behind the Scenes of THE RAID, part 3

March 29, 2012

Since its Midnight Madness premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, Gareth Evansâ?? new Indonesian action thriller has blown audiences away with its smart storytelling and relentless action. Evans, renowned for 2009â??s MERANTAU, turns intense fight scenes into elaborate production numbers staged in cramped quarters. The plot involves a SWAT team targeting a drug lord on the top floor of a 15â??story tenement, but each floor brings a new challenge. When bullets run out, knives, batons, machetes, and even a light bulb enters the fray. Finally, nothingâ??s left but bare knuckles in handâ??toâ??hand combat.

The filmmakers have bestowed some fantastic video blogs on the internet. Here, they take us through the on-location SWAT team action in the film:

Check out THE RAID this Friday 3/30 at the Angelikas Dallas, Plano, and Hawaii!

Watch the other production blogs in the series: part 1 | part 2

Mad Men returns + S5 ep.1 available online!

 

In case you missed the biggest TV event this side of 2012, AMC’s Mad Men returned to the air last week after a long hiatus. This of course means the return of our weekly watch parties at the Angelikas Dallas and Plano – if you haven’t attended in the past, let this be your season! We promise it’s worth getting off the couch and putting on pants.

Both locations broadcast it live in HD on their biggest screens, and there’s nothing like watching Pete Campbell throw a hissyfit with friends and like-minded television fiends by your side. Angelika Plano has champagne available in the cafe, Dallas is mixing up classic cocktails from their in-theater cash bar, and era-appropriate dress is encouraged.

Angelika Dallas has also teamed up with the Vintagemobile, a mobile vintage clothing store that roves the streets of Dallas offering curated vintage clothing from a cool green schoolbus. The bus won’t be parked at Mockingbird Station during the watch parties, but they will be giving away gift cards to the shop during commercial breaks (brush up on your 60’s trivia!)

Missed the 2 hour season premiere last weekend? Watch it free on AMC’s website – and we’ll see you at the theater this Sunday @ 9pm CST!

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Behind the scenes of THE RAID, part 2

March 28, 2012

Kickass Indonesian action film THE RAID has released some great production video blogs in anticipation of the film’s release. In the below video, the filmmakers takes us through the production, including choreographing the fight scenes, special makeup effects, and digital camera workflow: .

THE RAID opens Friday 3/30 at the Angelikas Dallas, Plano, and Hawaii.

Watch the first production blog here.

Behind the scenes of THE RAID

March 26, 2012

With its frenetic pace and nonstop action, it’s no wonder people are calling this groundbreaking Indonesian film the greatest action movie of all time — our sources are already speculating THE RAID will be one of the best films of 2012 (and it’s only March!).

Before the film opens go behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers and see how this modern action classic was made. First up in this 5 part video series: director Gareth Evans and star Iko Uwais discuss the intense boot camp the main cast was put through prior to shooting, and the innovative blend of martial arts styles used in the film’s epic fight sequences.

THE RAID opens Friday 3/30 at the Angelikas Dallas, Plano, and Hawaii.

Best Bets for the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival

March 22, 2012

The Dallas International Film Festival is almost upon us at AFC Dallas (4/13 â?? 4/22) and the just released their full schedule. Some highlights of this yearâ??s festival include:

LIBERAL ARTS

Director: Josh Radnor

From actor/director Josh Radnor comes his follow up to last yearâ??s indie hit happythankyoumoreplease. When 30-something Jesse, played by Radnor, is invited back to his alma mater, he falls for a young 19 year old college student, played by last yearâ??s Sundance breakthrough performer Elizabeth Olsen, and is faced with the powerful attraction that springs up between them. Also starring Zac Efron, Allison Janney (JUNO), and Richard Jenkins.

SAVE THE DATE

Director: Michael Mohan

Two sisters, played brilliantly by Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie (funny ladies from some of our favorite TV shows) fumble their way along the road to happiness. Stuck between having it figured out and screwing it up, theyâ??re compelled to learn how to love and be loved in the moments when everything changes. Also stars Martin Starr and Mark Webber (SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD).

SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME

Director: Bob Byington

The film follows Max, his best friend Sal (played by Ron Swanson Nick Offerman), and a woman ( Jess Weixler, TEETH) they both adore â?? through 35 years of mandatory but apparently unfulfilling entanglements.

THE IMPOSTER

Director: Bart Layton

Layton uncovers the story about a young Frenchman who convinces a grieving Texas family that he was their 16-year-old son who went missing for 3 years. A hit at this yearâ??s Sundance Film Festival, this is a gripping documentary that must be seen to be believed.

ALPS (Greece)

Director: Giorgos Lanthimos

From the director that brought us last yearâ??s disturbing but engaging DOGTOOTH comes a more light hearted film that retains all the same quirkiness we have come to expect from Giorgos Lanthimos. Itâ??s about a nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast and her coach who have formed a service for hire, standing in for dead people by appointment, hired by the relatives, friends or colleagues of the deceased.

EXTRATERRESTRIAL

Director: Nacho Vigalondo

From the visionary director of TIME CRIMES comes a take on an love story during an extraterrestrial invasion. Everyone knows what to do if the sky is suddenly full of UFOs: run as fast as you can. But what do you do if the invasion starts while youâ??re in the apartment of your dream girl, that you just met? Starring Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, Julian Villagran, Raul Cimas and Miguel Noguera.

ROBOCOP (1987)

Director: Paul Verhoeven

This Dallasâ??made sci-fi film is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate than to watch it on the big screen at DIFFâ??s Closing Night Screening. In a dystopic and crime ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg with submerged memories haunting him. Starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan Oâ??Herlihy, Ronny Cox and Kurtwood Smith.

COMPLIANCE

Director: Craig Zobel

When a prank caller convinces a fast food restaurant manager to interrogate an innocent young employee, no one is left unharmed. Starring Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker (starring in the upcoming TV show Donâ??t Trust the Bâ??in Apartment 23), Pat Healy, Bill Camp and Philip Ettinger.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FANâ??S HOPE

Director: Morgan Spurlock

From the director of SUPERSIZE ME and THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD comes this behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the worldâ??s largest comic book convention. Produced by Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, and Harry Knowles (Ainâ??t It Cool News) and featuring interviews with Seth Rogen, Eli Roth, and some real life fanboys and girls.

L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (1997)

Director: Curtis Hanson
Chosen as the last film in Chris Vognarâ??s Screening Room Film Noir Series, it shows how the classic genre films in the series have influenced modern filmmaking and made way for a whole new subset of films called Neo Noir. The film celebrates its 15th Anniversary this year and looks to have some special guests in attendance for the screening. Starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito

View the full schedule and purchase tickets online at the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival.

New SOUND OF MY VOICE trailer is thrilling and a little bit crazy

March 21, 2012

Multi-hyphenate Sundance darling Brit Marling returns to theatres this May with SOUND OF MY VOICE. In the film, which she also co-wrote, she stars as the leader of a cult that may or may not be from the future. Just like in her previous film, ANOTHER EARTH, she provides an apparently straightforward, yet fascinating drama with a little sci-fi twist. Check out the new trailer below and mark your calendars for May 4, when the film opens at the Angelikas Dallas and Plano.

 

[AWARD SEASON] And the Oscar goes to…

February 27, 2012

The results are in! Last nightâ??s big winners were THE ARTIST, with 5 wins including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jean Dujardin, and Best Director; HUGO which dominated most of the technical categories; Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer in the supporting categories, who were definite favorites but so undeniably good in BEGINNERS and THE HELP; and Meryl Streep, taking home her third Oscar ever for THE IRON LADY, the first in almost 30 years and after a whopping 17 nominations over the course of her career.

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BEST PICTURE
WINNER: THE ARTIST â?? Now Playing Angelikas New York, Dallas, Plano, and Hawaii, and the Village East Cinema
THE DESCENDANTS
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
THE HELP
HUGO
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
MONEYBALL
THE TREE OF LIFE
WAR HORSE

ACTOR
Demian Bichir, A BETTER LIFE
George Clooney, THE DESCENDANTS
WINNER: Jean Dujardin, THE ARTIST
Gary Oldman, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
Brad Pitt, MONEYBALL

ACTRESS
Glenn Close, ALBERT NOBBS
Viola Davis, THE HELP
Rooney Mara, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
WINNER: Meryl Streep, THE IRON LADY â?? Now Playing at the Angelika in Hawaii
Michelle Williams, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Jonah Hill, MONEYBALL
Nick Nolte, WARRIOR
WINNER: Christopher Plummer, BEGINNERS
Max von Sydow, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, THE ARTIST
Jessica Chastain, THE HELP
Melissa McCarthy, BRIDESMAIDS
Janet McTeer, ALBERT NOBBS
WINNER: Octavia Spencer, THE HELP

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BULLHEAD (Belgium)
FOOTNOTE (Israel)
IN DARKNESS (Poland)
MONSIEUR LAZHAR (Canada)
WINNER: A SEPARATION (Iran) â?? Now Playing Angelikas Dallas and Plano, Opens 3/2 Angelika in Hawaii

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
A CAT IN PARIS
CHICO & RITA
KUNG FU PANDA 2
PUSS IN BOOTS
WINNER: RANGO

DIRECTOR
WINNER: Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Alexander Payne, THE DESCENDANTS
Martin Scorsese, HUGO
Woody Allen, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Terrence Malick, THE TREE OF LIFE

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, BRIDESMAIDS
J.C. Chandor, MARGIN CALL
WINNER: Woody Allen, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS â?? Now Playing Angelika in Hawaii and the Village East Cinema
Asghar Farhadi, A SEPARATION

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
WINNER: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, THE DESCENDANTS – Now Playing Angelikas Dallas, Plano, and Hawaii

John Logan, HUGO
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, THE IDES OF MARCH
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, MONEYBALL
Bridget Oâ??Connor, Peter Straughan, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

ART DIRECTION
THE ARTIST
HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II
WINNER: HUGO
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
WAR HORSE

CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE ARTIST
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
WINNER: HUGO
THE TREE OF LIFE
WAR HORSE

COSTUME DESIGN
ANONYMOUS
WINNER: THE ARTIST
HUGO
JANE EYRE
W.E.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
HELL AND BACK AGAIN
IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT
PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY
PINA
WINNER: UNDEFEATED – Opens 3/2 Angelika Dallas

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM: FOOT SOLDIER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
GOD IS THE BIGGER ELVIS
INCIDENT IN NEW BAGHDAD
WINNER: SAVING FACE
THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM

FILM EDITING
THE ARTIST
THE DESCENDANTS
WINNER: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
HUGO
MONEYBALL

MAKEUP
ALBERT NOBBS
HARRY POTTER & THE DEAHTLY HALLOWS PART II
WINNER: THE IRON LADY

ORIGINAL SCORE
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
WINNER: THE ARTIST
HUGO
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
WAR HORSE

ORIGINAL SONG
WINNER: Man or Muppet, THE MUPPETS
Real in Rio, RIO

ANIMATED SHORT – see the Animated Short Films through this Thursday 3/1 at the Angelika in Hawaii!
DIMANCHE/SUNDAY
WINNER: THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE
LA LUNA
A MORNING STROLL
WILD LIFE

LIVE ACTION SHORT– see the Live Action Short Films through this Thursday 3/1 at the Angelika in Hawaii!
PENTECOST
RAJU
WINNER: THE SHORE
TIME FREAK
TUBA ATLANTIC

SOUND EDITING
DRIVE
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
WINNER: HUGO
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
WAR HORSE

SOUND MIXING
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
WINNER: HUGO
MONEYBALL
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
WAR HORSE

VISUAL EFFECTS
HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II
WINNER: HUGO
REAL STEEL
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

An interview with RETURN writer/director Liza Johnson

February 10, 2012

Didn’t pre-purchase a ticket for tonights sold out screening of RETURN, with director Liza Johnson and actor Michael Shannon in attendance for a Q&A,? You’re in luck! The first time feature writer/director stopped by the Village East earlier to chat with us, touching on the real-life stories of military vets that inspired the film, as well as her experience working with the incredible pool of local talent in NYC (including John Slattery, Paul Sparks (“Boardwalk Empire”), Talia Balsam, and Louisa Krause (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE)). Check it out below, and be sure to catch RETURN this weekend at the Village East Cinema!

ABOUT RETURN:
Liza Johnson makes her feature debut in this riveting drama, which drew bouquets of praise at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Linda Cardellini (TV series â??Freaks and Geeksâ?) gives a brilliant, critically acclaimed performance as a soldier returning to Ohio from the Middle East to discover that her husband, friends and hometown have greatly changed. Michael Shannon (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, TAKE SHELTER) is the not-always-helpful husband, while friends John Slattery and Talia Balsam (Mr. and Mrs. Sterling on MAD MEN) offer more substantial support.

Opening Friday 2/10

February 9, 2012
CHICO & RITA

An Academy Award Best Animated picture nominee which The Hollywood Reporter called â??a visually hypnotic, musically electric film.â? With the directors in New York for Q&As and a book signing in the cafe, CHICO & RITA is at the top of our weekend list. Opens Friday at the Angelika New York, 3/16 at the Angelika Dallas, and 4/13 at the Angelika in Hawaii

A SEPARATION

An Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film nominee that also snagged a nomination for Best Original Screenplay, this intense Iranian drama has impressed international critics and film festival audiences all year. Now playing at the Angelika Dallas; opens Friday at the Angelika Plano and 3/2 at the Angelika in Hawaii

IN DARKNESS

Another Oscar nominee! IN DARKNESS is â??a grimy alternative to SCHINDLERâ??S LISTâ? from Polish director Agnieszka Holland, focusing on the story of a petty crook who helps hide Jews from Nazi-occupiers. Opens Friday at the Angelika New York, 3/2 at the Angelika Plano, and 3/23 at the Angelika in Hawaii

RETURN

Linda Cardellini (from Freaks and Geeks!) has been getting incredible reviews for her performance as a soldier struggling to re-assimilate into small town life after her tour in the Middle East. Fellow small screen vets Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) and John Slattery (Mad Men) costar, and Shannon and director Liza Johnson will be in New York Friday night for a Q&A. Opens Friday at the Village East.