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Why the Plot of ‘The Snowman’ Makes No Sense, According to the Director of ‘The Snowman’

Why the Plot of ‘The Snowman’ Makes No Sense, According to the Director of ‘The Snowman’
The Snowman” is one of the most fascinatingly awful movies of the past few years, for several reasons. It’s got a pretty solid director, Tomas Alfredson of “Let the Right One In” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” fame. It’s got a really quality cast, with Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jk Simmons, Val Kilmer and Toby Jones. And it’s based on the seventh book in the acclaimed Harry Hole series of Norwegian mystery novels by Jo Nesbø. And yet the movie, about an elite crime squad’s hunt for a serial killer, is a total disaster, with a plot that...
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The apple of his eye by Anne-Katrin Titze

Arnaud Desplechin on Rainer Maria Rilke, Jacques Lacan, Alfred Hitchcock, and Philip Roth: "What I love is to mix popular culture and what is called classic culture." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In our conversation Arnaud Desplechin discusses the character of his protagonist in Ismael’s Ghosts: Director’s Cut (Les Fantômes D'Ismaël), starring Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard with Louis Garrel, László Szabó, Alba Rohrwacher, and Hippolyte Girardot. The director reveals the scenes included in the upcoming Magnolia Pictures release for the Us that were not shown at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

We speak about de-whispering with Rilke, suffering with Philip Roth, Jacques Lacan's Seminar VIII in Tel Aviv, loving someone like an apple, the presence of Hitchcock, and a touch of Claude Lanzmann. In dreams the dead return casually, without warning and little fanfare. An old stained looking glass can make you lose an eye and give you freckles.
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Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations

Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations
Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” the French foreign-language Oscar candidate, is leading nominations at the Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

“Bpm,” a sprawling and intense drama following French AIDS activists in 1980s Paris, will compete in six categories, including best film, director, actor (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), male newcomer (Arnaud Valois), script (Campillo and Philippe Mangeot) and score (Arnaud Rebotini). Since winning Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, “Bpm” has nabbed several prizes overseas, notably the New York, Los Angeles and Washington critics’ awards for best foreign-language film, as well as prizes at Chicago and San Sebastian film festivals.

Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s contemporary dramedy “C’est La Vie” each garnered four Lumieres nominations, while Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” and Alain Gomis’s “Felicité,” winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear, will each compete
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The Hazy Romanticism of ‘I’m Not There’

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

A kaleidoscopic portrait / exploration / celebration / etc. of Bob Dylan’s many contradictions and personas, I’m Not There isn’t the first pseudo-biopic from director Todd Haynes. His debut film, Superstar, unravels the life of singer Karen Carpenter and her eventual,
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The Loft Film Festival 2017

The Loft Film Festival 2017
Better than ever, now in its seventh year, the spectacular program with its filmmaking guests and a committed community of dedicated and intellectually alive filmgoers invigorates the mind and activist tendencies already in play.

Take for instance, University of Arizona Professor Noam Chomsky, one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world, speaking with Regents’ Professor Toni Massaro about social justice and the environment. Here he is, in person, being honored as every word he speaks is treated as a jewel. Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Chomsky has written more than 100 books, his most recent being Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power. An ardent free speech advocate, Chomsky has published and lectured widely on U.S. foreign policy, Mideast politics, terrorism, democratic society and war. Chomsky, who joined the UA faculty this fall, is a laureate professor in the Department of
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From The Room to Geostorm: how to make a movie so bad that people will love it

Terrible films are 10 a penny, but making something as magnificently, joyously awful as Showgirls or The Snowman? That takes real skill. Here are the rules of the Truly Bad Movie

Few things in life can rival the joy of watching a truly bad movie. Those of us who savour inept, high-profile, well-funded bombs can only look with pity on our forebears who had the misfortune to be born before motion pictures were invented. Unlike modern film buffs, who can conjure up literally thousands of bad films with just a few keystrokes (thanks to the cultural abyss that is Netflix), our luckless ancestors were forced to make do with bad plays, bad operas, bad circuses, bad auto-da-fés. How they got through their culturally barren lives without bad motion pictures is one of the great mysteries in human history. I know I couldn’t do it. Luckily we have had two films
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Film News Roundup: Paramount Buys ‘Book Club,’ Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda

Film News Roundup: Paramount Buys ‘Book Club,’ Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda
In today’s film news roundup, Paramount buys the Diane Keaton-Jane Fonda comedy “The Book Club,” Gravitas picks up “Public Schooled,” and Saban strikes a Canadian output deal.

Afm Deals

Paramount Pictures is in negotiations for the rights to the comedy “The Book Club,” starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen.

The deal covers North American, U.K., and French rights for the June Pictures project. Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey, Katie Aselton, Ed Begley Jr., and Wallace Shawn are also starring

Bill Holderman is directing from a script co-wrote with Erin Simms about four friends in their 60s who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” in their monthly book club and have their lives forever changed. Holderman, Simms, Andrew Duncan, and Alex Saks are producing the project.

“The Book Club” is financed by June Pictures and Endeavor Content. Bloom is selling
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Afm: Saban Inks Output Deal With Mongrel Media

Mongrel Media is set to release Saban Films’ 2018 North American slate in Canada following a new partnership announced Friday.

The deal includes Roland Joffe’s The Forgiven, starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana, Alexandros AvranasTrue Crimes, starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg; and Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms;’ Small Town Crime, starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer.

“We have developed a close partnership with Mongrel over the past couple years, having released 14 films with Andrew Frank and the rest of the team, and delivering strong numbers across the board,” said Saban’s Bill Bromiley. “We look forward to continuing...
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Film Review: Stellar Cast & Director Fail to Build ‘The Snowman’

Chicago – The biggest mystery in “The Snowman” is what in the world talented actors like Michael Fassbender, Chloe Sevigny, Toby Jones, and Val Kilmer are doing here in the first place. Fassbender’s character’s name alone should have sent off alarm bells. This is based on a series of detective novels featuring detective Harry Hole, and characters have voluminous opportunities to repeat it, although with nary a snigger.

Rating: 1.0/5.0

Hole (giggle) is on the trail of a serial killer who strikes at first snowfall and makes a habit of dismembering his victims and turning them into Snowmen. It’s not that disposable pop pulp like this can’t be well made, it’s that it’s rare to see such a cornucopia of awfulness all in one place. Fassbender’s detective is supposed to be one of those brilliant alcoholic legends, but we aren’t treated to much in the way of brilliance.
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Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2!’ Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of ‘Geostorm’

Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2!’ Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of ‘Geostorm’
Tyler Perry’s most recent installment in the “Madea” franchise, “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” is likely to dominate one of the most torpid October weekends yet with $21 million at 2,388 North American locations — nearly double the next highest projected intake from “Geostorm.”

“Boo 2,” from Lionsgate, received an A- CinemaScore and should bring in about 30% less than the original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which won its opening weekend easily over “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” with $28.5 million and finished with $73 million domestically. The sequel, set at a haunted campground, is directed and written by Perry, who also stars in his ninth iteration as the tough-talking Madea.

“Boo 2” is a fairly low-risk project for Lionsgate, with a combined production and marketing budget in the $20 million range. Lionsgate is likely to dominate the box office next weekend during the pre-Halloween period with the opening of “Jigsaw,” its eighth movie in the “Saw” franchise, and the second weekend of “Boo 2.”

Geostorm,” a weather
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Second Opinion – The Snowman (2017)

The Snowman, 2017.

Directed by Tomas Alfredson

Starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jonas Karlsson, Toby Jones, Val Kilmer and J.K. Simmons


Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.

For the third time this year, Michael Fassbender has delivered a decent performance in a film well below his talents. Following Assassin’s Creed and Alien: Covenant I had high hopes that this tremendous actor would be given some meaty material. Unfortunately The Snowman has too much going on for its own good.

Fassbender plays Detective Harry Hole, a drunk and slightly passed it policeman who is drawn into a game of cat and mouse with the titular killer who leaves snowmen at the scene of his crimes. So far so good. Unfortunately the audience are then treated to multiple smaller stories that detract from the case and
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Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Blow Away ‘Geostorm’ in Slow Weekend

Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Blow Away ‘Geostorm’ in Slow Weekend
Tyler Perry’s horror-comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” is providing the only bright spot on a downbeat weekend with about $23 million at 2,388 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.

Four other new films are showing little traction among moviegoers. The most prominent is costly weather disaster drama “Geostorm,” which is heading for a financial disaster with an opening weekend of $13 million at 3,246 venues for Warner Bros. The studio — which had forecasted a finish in the $10 million to $12 million range — took the unusual step of not holding Thursday night previews, as it had not held screenings for critics.

Sony’s opening of firefighting drama “Only the Brave” is heading for about $6 million at 2,575 locations — a disappointing result, given its $38 million budget. Universal’s murder mystery “The Snowman” is faring even worse with about $5 million at 1,813 North American theaters, well below muted estimates in the $8 million to $12 million range. And Pure Flix’s faith-based “Same Kind of Different as Me” is underperforming
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'The Snowman' Review: Serial-Killer Thriller Is Even Wtf Worse Than You've Heard

'The Snowman' Review: Serial-Killer Thriller Is Even Wtf Worse Than You've Heard
Dear Michael,

Can we call you Michael? Mike? No? Mr. Fassbender it is. So, we've seen your new movie The Snowman, and we should start off by saying we're big fans of your work. The political prisoner on a hunger strike, the sex addict in a downward spiral, the slave owner that's emblematic of a whole 360-degree dehumanizing institution, the mutant guy, the android guy, the guy who gets the shit kicked out of him by Gina Carano, the shirtless sword-and-sandal dude, the other shirtless sword-and-sandal dude – it's a solid resumé,
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The Snowman – Review

Michael Fassbender in The Snowman. Photo by Jack English. © Universal Pictures

Director Tomas Alfredson helmed a pair of outstanding films, the gripping ground-breaking Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In, and Tailor, Tinker, Soldier, Spy, a moody, first-rate film adaptation of John LeCarre’s brainy bestselling spy novel. So one has to wonder what on earth happened with his latest film The Snowman, a crime thriller that boasts a cast including Michael Fassbender, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, Toby Jones, Val Kilmer, and Chloe Sevigny. The Snowman is not merely bad, it is outright awful. Reportedly, even the director thinks the film is bad, expressing frustration the conditions under which it was made.

Adapted from Jo Nesbo’s novel of the same name, The Snowman focuses on Olso policeman Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) investigating the case of a missing woman who turns up links to a cold case. One thing
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Madea Will Likely Scare Up a Win at the Box Office This Weekend

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2017-10-19T07:20:45-07:00Madea Will Likely Scare Up a Win at the Box Office This Weekend

Tyler Perry has already cranked out a sequel to last year's Boo! A Madea Halloween, and it's probably going to win the box-office race this weekend. It's going to face competition, however, from a few newcomers and last week's winner, Happy Death Day. One new movie that isn't likely to have a happy weekend is the big-budget disaster flick, Geostorm; this one is being hidden from critics ahead of its release, a reliable sign that its studio thinks it has a stinker on its hands.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Tyler Perry's comedy-horror sequel Boo 2! A Madea Halloween is tipped to win a crowded race at the box office weekend with a $20 million-plus debut.

Perry, who directed the Lionsgate release, reprises his role as Madea in the follow up to Boo!
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The Snowman: what on earth went wrong?

Ryan Lambie Oct 20, 2017

Panned by critics, mystery thriller The Snowman is a curious misfire from some great actors and filmmakers. So what happened?

Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for The Snowman movie and the original novel.

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Most great crime thrillers hook us in with a mystery: who's the killer? The Snowman, released earlier this month to a blizzard of chilly reviews, offers another conundrum that lurks just outside the frame: how did a film with such a sterling pedigree go so bafflingly wrong?

The plot, as laid out in Jo Nesbo's best-selling novel of the same name, sounds like decent fodder for a disturbing thriller in the vein of Seven or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
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Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Haunt Competition on Slow Weekend

Box Office: ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’ to Haunt Competition on Slow Weekend
The opening of Tyler Perry’s horror-comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” should dominate the North American box office this weekend in the $20 million to $22 million range at about 2,300 locations.

Lionsgate is looking at a result that’s down 30% from the year-ago returns of the original “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” which launched with a $28.5 million weekend on Oct. 21-23 and finished with $73 million domestically. The sequel is directed by Perry from his own script and stars Perry in his ninth iteration as the tough-talking Madea.

As with the original, “Boo 2” is a relatively low-risk project for the studio, with a combined production cost and marketing spend in the $20 million range. It’s the 20th movie Perry’s produced since 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Both “Boo” movies were inspired by a Chris Rock joke in 2014’s “Top Five.”

Geostorm,” “The Snowman,” and “Only the Brave,” meanwhile, are expected to generate only moderate results at best
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Director Tomas Alfredson Says 10-15% Of ‘The Snowman’ Script Wasn’t Filmed

Director Tomas Alfredson Says 10-15% Of ‘The Snowman’ Script Wasn’t Filmed
The Snowman” hasn’t had an easy ride to the big screen. The adaptation of Jo Nesbo‘s best-seller may have assembled a helluva cast including Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chloe Sevigny, and more, and snared director Tomas Alfredson (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Let The Right One In“), but the production wasn’t easy, and early reviews weren’t kind.

Continue reading Director Tomas Alfredson Says 10-15% Of ‘The Snowman’ Script Wasn’t Filmed at The Playlist.
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‘The Snowman’ Director Knows Why Critics Hate His Movie: He Didn’t Shoot the Whole Script

‘The Snowman’ Director Knows Why Critics Hate His Movie: He Didn’t Shoot the Whole Script
Swedish director Tomas Alfredson has earned acclaim for efforts like “Let the Right One In” and the Oscar-nominated “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” but his new film, “The Snowman,” is better off forgotten. The murder mystery from Universal Pictures opens in theaters Friday and has earned abysmal reviews from critics, with IndieWire slamming its “laughable missteps” in a C- review. The film currently has a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes after 24 reviews, and Alfredson is well aware his film is bombing with critics.

In an interview with Nrk, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Alfredson explained why the movie ended up being a misfire: “Our shoot time in Norway was way too short, we didn’t get the whole story with us and when we started cutting we discovered that a lot was missing.”

Read More:‘The Snowman’ Review: Michael Fassbender’s Detective Can’t Solve This Scandinavian Adaptation’s Laughable Missteps

By Alfredson’s estimates,
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The Snowman movie review: winter blunderland

MaryAnn’s quick take… A clichéd loose-cannon cop is on a case of murdered women in faux Norway. And it’s not even a decent procedural. Sexist, pointless, thoroughly awful. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; love a good murder mystery

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

He’s a drunk — like, a seriously falling-down, passed-out-in-the-streets drunk — and a walking personal disaster. His ex just can’t live with him anymore and refuses to tell their teenaged son that he is, in fact, the kid’s dad, he’s that unreliable, but she nevertheless continues to find him irresistibly attractive. He’s a cop who goes to pieces without a case, but with a case, he’s utterly brilliant (but also still a drunk). Which is why his boss covers for him,
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