Red Dawn (2012 film)
Red Dawn is a 2012 American war film directed by Dan Bradley. The screenplay by Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmorea is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name; the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The film centers on a group of young people. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced its intention to remake Red Dawn in May 2008 and subsequently hired Bradley and Ellsworth; the principal characters were cast the following year and the film went into production in September 2009 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Scheduled to be released on November 24, 2010, the film was shelved because of MGM's financial troubles. While in post-production, the invading army and antagonists were changed from Chinese to North Korean in order to maintain access to the Chinese box office, though the film was still not released in China. FilmDistrict bought the worldwide distribution rights in September 2011 and the film was released in the United States on November 23, 2012.
An introductory montage shows the fallout of an economic crisis in the European Union and a weakened NATO alliance, amid increasing cooperation between an militant North Korea and ultranationalist-controlled Russia. The increased deployment of U. S. troops abroad leaves the mainland vulnerable. U. S. Marine Jed Eckert is home on leave in Washington, he reunites with his father, Spokane Police Sergeant Tom Eckert and his brother, football player Matt Eckert. The morning after a mysterious power outage and Matt are shocked to see swarms of invading North Korean paratroopers and transport aircraft, their father tells them to flee to their cabin in the woods. They are joined there by Robert Kitner, Daryl Jenkins, Pete. Tensions build as the teens try to decide whether to surrender to the invaders or resist, with Pete ending up betraying their position. North Korean soldiers, under the command of Captain Cho, bring Sergeant Eckert and the mayor out to convince the group to surrender. Jed announces that he intends to fight and the others agree to join him, calling themselves the Wolverines after their school mascot.
After acquiring weapons, establishing a base in an abandoned mine, being trained by Jed, the Wolverines begin a series of guerrilla attacks against soldiers and collaborators, including Pete. The North Koreans retaliate by bombarding the surrounding woods to destroy the Wolverines' base, killing Danny and Julie, with the remaining survivors fleeing deeper into the woods; the Wolverines encounter Marine Sergeant Major Andrew Tanner and two other Marines and Hodges. They reveal that the Russian-backed North Korean invasion used an EMP weapon that crippled the U. S. electrical grid and military, followed by landings along the east and west coasts, with American counterattacks halting their advances, leaving an area stretching from Michigan to Montana and Alabama to Arizona as "Free America". They reveal that Captain Cho carries a suitcase containing an EMP-resistant radio telephone that would enable the U. S. command to contact its remaining forces for a counter-offensive. The Wolverines assist Tanner and Hodges in infiltrating the local police station, the North Koreans' center of operations.
They succeed in stealing the suitcase with Jed avenging his father's death by killing Cho, though Hodges is killed in the firefight. After they escape with the suitcase, the Wolverines regroup at their base. After a short conversation between Matt and Jed, they are ambushed by Russian Spetsnaz and Jed is killed in the firefight. Visibly shaken and the rest of the Wolverines escape with the suitcase to the Marines' extraction point; the next day, Robert comes to the realization that during an earlier escape, Daryl had been tagged with a tracking transmitter and that the Russians have been homing in on them since. After some thought, Daryl accepts the fact that he cannot go on with them and decides to stay behind, his fate unknown. Sergeant Major Tanner and Smith depart in a UH-1 with the suitcase; the remaining Wolverines decided to stay behind and continue to fight, recruiting more members and raiding prisoner camps, with Matt now leading the effort to continue opposing the occupation. In May 2008, at the Festival de Cannes, Harry Sloan and Mary Parent from MGM announced that a remake of Red Dawn was in the early stages of pre-production, with the remake due to be directed by Dan Bradley, who had worked as a second unit director and stunt coordinator on films such as The Bourne Ultimatum, Spider-Man 3, Independence Day, Quantum of Solace.
MGM subsequently announced that Red Dawn would be remade "keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we're in". The same month, MGM announced that Dan Bradley had been confirmed as the director with Carl Ellsworth, screenwriter of Red Eye and Disturbia, writing the updated screenplay. Ellsworth worked from a story written by Jeremy Passmore. Vincent Newman was announced as the producer. Australian Chris Hemsworth was cast in a lead role: other cast members include Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Edwin Hodge, Connor Cruise. Principal photography began September 2009 in Michigan; the closed Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, Michigan was used as a filming location. Mark Binelli, author of Detroit City is the Place to Be, wrote that the school cafeteria was used as the catering hall for the employees. According to photographs taken on set, the film features propaganda pamphlets and bann
Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action film written and directed by Rian Johnson, produced by Ram Bergman and James D. Stern, it stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt. It revolves around "present-day" contract killers called "loopers" hired by criminal syndicates from the future to terminate victims that they send back through time. Looper was selected as the opening film of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in the United States on September 28, 2012; the film grossed $176 million while receiving critical acclaim. In 2074, 25-year-old Joe works for a Kansas City crime syndicate as a "looper". Since future tracking systems have made it near-impossible to dispose of bodies, the syndicate uses time travel, invented thirty years and outlawed. Managed by a future man named Abe, loopers kill and dispose of face-concealed victims, are paid with silver bars strapped to the target. To prevent connections to the syndicate, a looper's final victim will be their retired future self, ending the contract and "closing the loop".
Joe's friend Seth, part of a minority that manifest low-level telekinesis, confides that his old self has escaped, after warning him of a person in the future called the Rainmaker who will overthrow the five major bosses and close all loops. Joe reluctantly hides Seth in his apartment's floor safe, but is taken to Abe by Kid Blue, one of Abe's elite "Gat Men". Joe reveals Seth's location instead of forfeiting half his silver and Abe's men cut an address into younger Seth's arm begin severing Young Seth's body parts; these effects appear on Old Seth, killed. When Joe's next target arrives, it is his older self with his face uncovered and hands unbound. Before Joe can kill him, Old Joe knocks Young Joe unconscious and escapes. Returning to his apartment, Young Joe fights with Kid Blue, only to fall off a fire escape and black out. In another timeline, Young Joe kills his older self, he moves to Shanghai, where his drug addiction and partying persist, becoming a hitman to finance himself. Years he meets a woman during a bar fight and they marry.
Seven years after, Joe is taken to close the loop and his wife is killed in the process. Overpowering his captors, Joe sends himself back to 2044; when Old Joe arrives, he incapacitates Young Joe before escaping. Old Joe begins to manifest vague memories of Young Joe's actions in the present, meets his younger self at a diner, he explains. Kid Blue and several other Gat Men arrive at a gunfight ensues. Young Joe collects a corner of Old Joe's map as both escape. Young Joe follows the map to a farm where a woman called her son Cid live. Sara recognizes a number on the map as Cid's hospital code. Young Joe guesses that Old Joe is going to kill all three children born on the same day, not knowing which one will become the Rainmaker, so he stays at the farm to wait for Old Joe. Jesse, another Gat Man, comes looking for both Joes at the farm; that night and Young Joe have sex and Sara reveals she has TK powers. Cid's powers are revealed to be stronger, with Sara hiding in a safe when he has a tantrum. In the morning, Young Joe wakes to find Jesse holding Sara at gunpoint in the living room.
Frightened, Cid kills Jesse using telekinesis. Young Joe realizes that Cid will become the Rainmaker and that Old Joe will now know this from his memories. Kid Blue takes him to Abe. Old Joe kills Abe and his henchmen, before travelling to Sara's farm. While Young Joe kills Kid Blue, Old Joe pursues Cid. Cid's face is grazed by a bullet and he creates a telekinetic blast, but is calmed by Sara before he can kill them. Telling Cid to run into the cane field, Sara stands between her son. Realizing that Sara's death will turn Cid into the Rainmaker, Young Joe commits suicide, erasing Old Joe's existence, saving Sara and preventing Cid from becoming the Rainmaker. Looper was directed by Rian Johnson. After Johnson released The Brothers Bloom in 2008, he re-teamed with producer Ram Bergman, who produced Johnson's previous two films, with the goal of starting production of Looper in 2009. In May 2010, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast in one of the lead roles, which he would play after completing Premium Rush.
In the month, Bruce Willis was cast. In the following October, Emily Blunt joined Willis. Noah Segan, Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo were cast in January 2011. Filming began in Louisiana on January 24, 2011. Makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji created the prosthetics that Gordon-Levitt wore in the film so that he would physically resemble Willis; the film's score was composed by Rian Johnson's cousin. Talking about Looper and time travel in film, Rian Johnson said: Even though it's a time-travel movie, the pleasure of it doesn't come from the mass of time travel. It's not a film like Primer, for instance, where the big part of the enjoyment is kind of working out all the intricacies of it. For Looper, I much wanted it to be a more character-based movie, more about how these characters dealt with the situation time travel has brought about. So the biggest challenge was figuring out how to not spend the whole movie explaining the rules and figure out how to put it out there in a way that made sense on some intuitive level for the audience.
Other influences cited by Rian Johnson include The Terminator, Akira, Domu: A Child'
Luc Besson is a French film director and producer. He directed or produced the films Subway, The Big Blue, Nikita. Besson is associated with the Cinéma du look film movement, he has been nominated for a César Award for Best Director and Best Picture for his films Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. He won Best French Director for his sci-fi action film The Fifth Element, he wrote and directed the 2014 sci-fi thriller film Lucy and the 2017 space opera film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. In 1980, he founded his own production company, Les Films du Loup, Les Films du Dauphin, which were superseded in 2000 by his co-founding EuropaCorp film company with his longtime collaborator, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam; as writer, director, or producer, Besson has so far been involved in the creation of more than 50 films. Besson was born to parents who both worked as Club Med scuba-diving instructors. Influenced by this milieu, as a child Besson planned to become a marine biologist.
He spent much of his youth travelling with his parents to tourist resorts in Italy and Greece. The family returned to France when Besson was 10, his parents promptly divorced and each remarried. "Here there is two families, I am the only bad souvenir of something that doesn't work," he said in the International Herald Tribune. "And if I disappear everything is perfect. The rage to exist comes from here. I have to do something! Otherwise I am going to die." At the age of 17, Besson had a diving accident. He worked on the first drafts of Le Grand Bleu while still in his teens. Out of boredom, Besson started writing stories, including the background to what he developed as The Fifth Element, one of his most popular movies; the film is inspired by the French comic books. Besson directed and co-wrote the screenplay of this science fiction thriller with the screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen. At 18, Besson returned to his birthplace of Paris. There he took odd jobs in film to get a feel for the industry, he worked as an assistant to directors including Patrick Grandperret.
Besson directed three short films, a commissioned documentary, several commercials. After this, he moved to the United States for three years, but returned to Paris, where he formed his own production company, he first changed it to Les Films du Dauphin. In the early 1980s, Besson met Éric Serra and asked him to compose the score for his first short film, L'Avant dernier, he used Serra as a composer for other films of his. Since the late 20th century, Besson has written and produced numerous action movies, including the Taxi and The Transporter series, the Jet Li films Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed/Danny the Dog, his English-language films Taken, Taken 2 and Taken 3, all starring Liam Neeson, have been major successes, with Taken 2 becoming the largest-grossing export French film. Besson produced the promotional movie for the Paris bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Besson won Best French Director for his film The Fifth Element, he was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture César Awards for his films Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.
French actor Jean Reno has appeared in several films by Besson, including Le dernier combat, The Big Blue, Léon: The Professional. Critics cite Besson as a pivotal figure in the Cinéma du look movement, a specific visual style produced from the 1980s into the early 1990s. Subway, The Big Blue and Nikita are all considered to be of this stylistic school; the term was coined by critic Raphaël Bassan in a 1989 essay in La Revue du Cinema n° 449. A partisan of the experimental cinema and friend of the New Wave directors, Bassan grouped Besson with Jean-Jacques Beineix and Leos Carax as three directors who shared the style of "le look." These directors were described critically as favouring style over substance, spectacle over narrative. Besson, along with most of the filmmakers so categorised, was uncomfortable with the label in light of the achievements of their forebears: France's New Wave. "Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut were rebelling against existing cultural values and used cinema as a means of expression because it was the most avant-garde medium at the time," said Besson in a 1985 interview in The New York Times.
"Today, the revolution is occurring within the industry and is led by people who want to change the look of movies by making them better, more convincing and pleasurable to watch. "Because it's becoming difficult to break into this field, we have developed a psychological armor and are ready to do anything in order to work", he added in this same interview. "I think our ardor alone is going to shake the pillars of the moviemaking establishment."Besson directed a biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi called The Lady, released in the fall of 2011. He worked on Lockout, released in April 2012. Many of Besson's films have achieved popular, if not critical, success. One such release was Le Grand Bleu. "When the film had its premiere on opening night at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, it was mercilessly drubbed, but no matter. "Embraced by young people who kept returning to see it again, the movie sold 10 million tickets and became what the French call a'film générationnel,' a defining moment in th
Los Angeles the City of Los Angeles and known by its initials L. A. is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California; the city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and the entertainment industry, its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America. Los Angeles is in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the other; the city proper, which covers about 469 square miles, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area the nation's second most populous area with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Los Angeles is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index; the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $1.044 trillion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028; the city hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1990 and 2006, was one of 9 American cities to host the 1994 FIFA men's soccer World Cup and one of 8 to host the 1999 FIFA women's soccer World Cup, hosting the final match for both tournaments. Home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California.
The city was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood; the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California assured the city's continued rapid growth; the Los Angeles coastal area was settled by the Chumash tribes. A Gabrieleño settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning "poison oak place". Maritime explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on an official military exploring expedition moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.
Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded the pueblo they called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,'The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels'; the present-day city has the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States. Two-thirds of the Mexican or settlers were mestizo or mulatto, a mixture of African and European ancestry; the settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, the pueblo continued as a part of Mexico.
During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847. Railroads arrived with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific line to Los Angeles in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885. Petroleum was discovered in the city and surrounding area in 1892, by 1923, the discoveries had helped California become the country's largest oil producer, accounting for about one-quarter of the world's petroleum output. By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000; the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city. Due to clauses in the city's charter that prevented the City of Los Angeles from selling or providing water from the aqueduct to any area outside its borders, many adjacent city and communities became compelled to annex themselves into Los Angeles.
Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States. On September 14, 1908, the Los Angeles City Council promulgated residential and industrial land use zones; the new ordinance established three residential zones of a single type, where industrial uses were
Evil Dead (2013 film)
Evil Dead is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by Fede Alvarez in his directorial debut, written by Rodo Sayagues and Álvarez and produced by Robert Tapert, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell. The film was shot in New Zealand outside of Auckland, lasting about a month; the fourth installment in the Evil Dead franchise, it serves as a continuation of the original 1981 film. The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest festival on March 8, 2013 and was released in the United States on April 5, 2013, it grossed $97 million worldwide. Evil Dead was announced on July 15, 2013, to be adapted into a live experience as the first maze announced for Universal Studios Hollywood's and the second maze for Universal Orlando Resort's annual Halloween Horror Nights 2013 event. David and his girlfriend Natalie arrive at a cabin in the woods, where the pair meet up with his younger sister Mia and his friends Eric and Olivia; the group plans to stay in the cabin. The group discover the cellar, littered with rotting animal corpses, a shotgun, a book called the Naturom Demonto.
Eric, despite written warnings, reads aloud awakens a malevolent force. Mia begins seeing a bloody girl in the woods, begs the group to leave because she is scared, they refuse, believing that she is experiencing the effects of withdrawal. Mia drives away from the cabin; as Mia drives her way out, she sees a demon girl on the road, startling her, causing her to pull over and crash into a swamp. Emerging from the mud water, the demon chases Mia through the woods. Mia becomes entangled by possessed vines; as Mia struggles to detangle, she sees an Abomination version of herself. A thorny vine comes out of its mouth and rapes Mia, crawling its way up Mia's leg into her vagina infecting her with the possession. David and Olivia take her back to the cabin. David finds his murdered dog along with a bloodied hammer, goes to confront Mia, in the shower. In the bathroom, he sees her scalding herself in a heated shower. David tries to drive her to a hospital. Meanwhile, Eric becomes more convinced that the book is the cause of all that.
That night, the possessed Mia comes into the living room with a shotgun and shoots David in the arm as a strong wind blows through the cabin, Mia warns the others that they are all going to die tonight, after which she passes out. David instructs Olivia to get the gun away from Mia, but before she can, Mia wakes up and overpowers her projectile vomits blood all over her face. Olivia manages to shove Mia off, sending her tumbling down into the cellar where she is locked in by Eric. Olivia goes to the bathroom to wash the blood off her face and get a sedative for Mia, but is terrified when she sees her own disfigured reflection in the mirror. Olivia tries to rush back to the others, but becomes frozen and possessed before she could get out of the room. Hearing a door slam, Eric goes to the room and finds her cutting into her cheek with a mirror shard behind the shower curtain. Olivia attacks and stabs Eric in the chest, who grabs a broken piece of the sink and bludgeons her to death. In the shed, David nurses Eric's wounds, Eric confides that he believes that when he read the book, it released "something evil".
Meanwhile, Mia lures Natalie into the cellar. Natalie tries to attack Mia with a box cutter, but Mia takes it from her and uses the blade to split her own tongue in half, before planting a bloodied kiss on Natalie's mouth. David opens the trapdoor, allowing Natalie to escape. After the demon tells him that Mia no longer exists, he locks the cellar door. Eric explains to David that, according to the Naturom Demonto, the Taker of Souls must claim five souls in order to unleash the Abomination. In the kitchen, while cleaning the bite wound, Natalie becomes convinced that her arm is infected and amputates it with an electric knife. David does his best to patch up her wounded arm, while Eric continues to explain that Mia must be "purified" either by live burial, bodily dismemberment, or burning; as they debate, the possessed Natalie attacks the pair with a nail gun, but David manages to shoot off her remaining arm with the shotgun, Natalie turns back to normal, but collapses into David's arms and bleeds to death.
Eric convinces David to kill Mia. David incinerates Olivia’s corpse, dismembers Natalie’s body, plans to burn down the cabin with Mia in it. However, as Mia starts singing a song from their childhood, he has a change of mind and decides to bury her instead, he digs a grave enters the cellar to subdue Mia, who attempts to drown him. Eric intervenes and clubs Mia with a hammer, but not before being fatally stabbed and succumbing to his wounds. David proceeds to sedate and bury Mia and defibrillating her afterwards, which causes the demon to be exorcized and heals her; the siblings reconcile. As David enters the cabin to retrieve the car keys, a possessed Eric's corpse stabs him in the neck with barb wire cutters. Mia, who escaped her buried hole but is now back to normal from being healed, comes in and sees David with the wound in his neck; as Mia tries to help David, David tells Mia to go without him. When Mia is distracted and traumatized by seeing the possessed corpse of Eric, David is able to lock Mia outside to safety himself and shoot a gasoline can inside, destroying Eric's body and sacrificing himself.
As Mia tearfully watches the cabin burn down with an empty amulet in her hand a drop of blood falls on it and blood begins to rain from the sky. Since five souls have been claimed, the Abomination ar
James Allan Schamus is an American screenwriter, co-founder of Good Machine production company, the CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production and worldwide distribution company, until its merging with FilmDistrict. Schamus was born in Michigan, to a Jewish family, he is the son of Clarita Karlin and Julian John Schamus, was raised in Los Angeles. He is married to writer Nancy Kricorian, his output includes writing or co-writing The Ice Storm, Drink, Woman, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hulk, producing Brokeback Mountain and the upcoming Alone in Berlin. At Focus he oversaw the production and distribution of Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Kids Are All Right, he is Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University's School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. He has taught at Yale University and at Rutgers University, he is the author of Carl Theodor Dreyer's Gertrud: The Moving Word, published by the University of Washington Press.
He earned his BA, MA, Ph. D. in English from University of California, Berkeley. Schamus made his feature directorial debut with Indignation, an adaptation of Philip Roth's novel of the same name. Schamus wrote the script for the film, which stars Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, is the story of a Jewish student at an Ohio college in 1951; the film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, was theatrically released by Roadside Attractions on July 29, 2016. Schamus participates as a member of the Jury for the NYICFF, a local New York City Film Festival dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 18, he was president of the jury for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Schamus founded a film development company based in New York City. On May 2015, it was announced that Symbolic Exchange signed a first-look deal with Beijing's Meridian Entertainment. Executive producer only Poison Swoon Safe Happiness Lola and Billy the Kid Buffalo Soldiers Auto Focus Suffragette Junction 48 Dayveon A Prayer Before Dawn Furlough ShowEast's Bingham Ray Spirit Award, October 2016 18th annual Outfest Achievement Award, June 2014 President of the Jury, Berlin International Film Festival, February 2014 Evelyn Burkey Award, Writers Guild of America, January 2014 Hamptons Film Festival, Industry Toast, October 2012 Point Foundation, Point Inspiration Award, April 2012 Gotham Independent Film Project Awards, Career Tribute, November 2010 San Francisco Film Festival Kanbar Lifetime Achievement Award for Screenwriting, April 2010 The Hollywood Reporter Independent Icon Award, January 2010 National Arts Club, Medal of Honor for Film, November 2009.
9th Annual Woodstock Film Festival, Trailblazer Award, October 2008 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, Golden Gate Award, May 2008 American Museum of the Moving Image Honoree, April 2008 ShoWest/NATO Freedom of Expression Award, March 2008 Golden Horse Award, Best Film, Best Screenplay Adaptation, "Lust, Caution," 2007 Jacob Burns Film Center, Vision Award, September 2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Best Film, "Brokeback Mountain," 2005 21st Israel Film Festival, Visionary Award, November 2005 Presidential Fellow in the Arts, University of Chicago, November 2005 Producers Guild of America, Darryl Zanuck Award for Producer of the Year, 2005 Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Best Picture of the Year, "Brokeback Mountain," 2005 New York Film Critics Circle, Best Picture, "Brokeback Mountain," 2005 Out Magazine, Out 100 Award, 2005 Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award, Anti-Defamation League, 2005 Writer's Guild of America East, Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild, March 2002 NBC Screenwriters Tribute, Nantucket Film Festival, 2002 Grammy Award Nomination, Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television, Or Other Media, "A Love Before Time" from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," 2002 Excellence in Achievement Award, California Alumni Association, 2001 Crystal Apple Award, New York City Mayor's Office, 2001 Provincetown International Film Festival, Filmmaker on the Edge Award, 2001 Yale Film Studies Award, Yale University, 2000 Achievement Award, Jerusalem Cinematheque, 2000 British Film Critics' Circle Awards Nomination, Best Screenwriter, "The Ice Storm," 1999.
Gladys Borchers Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, 1998. Nuveen Fellow, University of Chicago, 1997 University Lecturer, Columbia University, 1997 Cable Ace Award, Best Historical Documentary Special or Series, "Wonderland,", 1997 IFP Gotham Award, Producer of the Year, 1996 Zanuck Award Nominee, Producers Guild of America, 1996 Nova Award, Producers Guild of America, 1996 The Philip and Ruth Hettleman Award, Columbia University School of General Studies, 1996 Independent Spirit Brian Greenbaum Memorial Award for Producing, 1994 Taking Woodstock. New York: Newmarket Press, 2009. Screenplay and Introduction. Carl Theodor Dryer's Gertrud: The Moving Word. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008. Lust, Caution. New York: Pantheon, 2007. Screenplay and Introduction; the Hulk. New York: Newmarket Press, 2003. Screenplay and Introduction. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Portrait of the Ang Lee Film. New York: Newmarket Press, 2000. Screenplay and Notes. Ride With the Devil. London: Faber & Faber, 1999.
Screenplay and Notes. The Ice Storm. New York: Newmarket Press, 1997. Screenplay and Notes. Two Films By Ang Lee: "Eat Drink Man Woman" an
Oculus is a 2013 American supernatural psychological horror film written and directed by Mike Flanagan. It is based on his short film Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan, stars Karen Gillan as a young woman, convinced that an antique mirror is responsible for the death and misfortune that her family suffered; the film had its world premiere on September 5, 2013, at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and received a wide theatrical release on April 11, 2014. It received positive reviews from critics, was a box office success; the film takes place in two different times: 11 years earlier. The two plot lines are told in parallel through flashbacks. In 2002, software engineer Alan Russell moves into a new house with his wife Marie, 10-year-old son Tim, 12-year-old daughter Kaylie. Alan purchases. Unbeknownst to them, the mirror supernaturally induces hallucinations. Marie is haunted by visions of her own body decaying, while Alan is seduced by a ghostly woman named Marisol, who has mirrors in place of eyes.
Over time, the parents become psychotic. All of the plants in the house die, the family dog disappears after being shut in the office with the mirror. After Kaylie sees Alan with Marisol, she tells her mother, the parents fight. One night, Marie goes insane and attempts to kill her children; when the family runs out of food, the children realize that their father is under the influence of the mirror, so Kaylie goes to seek help from their mother, finds her chained to the wall, acting like an animal. Kaylie and Tim try going to their neighbors for help; when Kaylie attempts to use the phone, she discovers that all of her phone calls are answered by the same man. One night, Alan unchains Marie, both parents attack the children. Marie comes to her senses, only to be shot dead by Alan; the children try to destroy the mirror but it tricks them, making them believe they are hitting the mirror when they are hitting the wall. Alan experiences a moment of lucidity and kills himself by forcing Tim to pull the trigger of the gun and shoot him, causing a small crack in the corner of the mirror in the process.
Before dying, he begs the children to run, but Marisol and other victims of the mirror appear as horrific ghosts. The police take Tim into custody. Before the siblings are separated, they promise to destroy the mirror; as Tim is taken away, he sees the ghosts of his parents watching him from the house. Eleven years Tim is discharged from a psychiatric hospital, having come to believe that there were no supernatural events involved in his parents' deaths. Kaylie has spent most of her young adulthood researching the history of the mirror. Using her position as an employee of an auction house, she obtains access to the mirror and has it transported to the family home, where she places it in a room filled with surveillance cameras and a "kill switch" — an anchor weighted to the ceiling. Kaylie intends to destroy the mirror, but first wants to document its powers, proving Tim's innocence. Tim attempts to convince Kaylie that she's wrong and the siblings argue; when they notice the houseplants begin to wilt, they review the camera footage and see themselves performing actions they have no memory of.
Tim accepts that the mirror has an evil power and attempts to escape the house with Kaylie, only for the pair to be drawn back by the mirror's influence. Seeing a hallucination of her mother, Kaylie stabs it in the neck, only to realize that she has stabbed her fiancé, they try to call the police, but are only able to reach the same voice who spoke to them on the phone as children. At this point, they see their doppelgangers inside the house standing in front of the mirror. Realizing that the 911 call is not going through, they go back inside the house. Kaylie and Tim begin hallucinating by seeing younger versions of each other, they get separated, each of them relives the nightmare from their youth. Both end up in the room with the mirror. Tim wakes up as his older self, alone in the room, or so he thinks. Kaylie is standing by the mirror imagining her mother inside the reflection. At this point Tim is not seeing Kaylie in the room. Tim activates the kill switch, realizing too late that Kaylie stood in its path, he has killed her.
The police arrive and arrest Tim, hysterical, just as they did when he was younger. As both a boy and an adult, Tim claims; as he is taken away, Tim's adult incarnation sees Kaylie's ghost standing in the house with his parents. Karen Gillan as Kaylie Russell Annalise Basso as 12-year-old Kaylie Russell Brenton Thwaites as Tim Russell Garrett Ryan Ewald as 10-year-old Tim Russell Katee Sackhoff as Marie Russell Rory Cochrane as Alan Russell James Lafferty as Michael Dumont Miguel Sandoval as Dr. Graham Kate Siegel as Marisol Chavez The film is based on Flanagan's earlier 2005 short horror film called Oculus; the short contained only one setting, a single actor, a mirror. The short became acclaimed, interest arose regarding the adaptation of the short into a feature. Studios were interested in making the film in accordance with the found footage genre. Intrepid Pictures expressed interest in producing the film "as long as you don't do it found footage". Expanding the premise to a feature-length screenplay proved challenging, as Flanagan felt like he had "pushed the limit" of what could be done with the premise in the short.
The solution Flanagan came across was to combine