February 11, 2014
Digital Multiplex: Gravity, All Is Lost, and More
This week in streaming video, we've got three critically acclaimed films and one solid YA novel adaptation. Things kick off with Alfonso Cuarón's Best Picture-nominated sci-fi thriller and a Robert Redford-powered survival tale. Then we've got Saoirse Ronan starring in a post-apocalyptic romance and the first film ever not only to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, but also to be made by a Saudi Arabian woman. Read on for details.
October 18, 2013
Interview: J.C. Chandor on Robert Redford and All Is Lost
A yacht adrift. A solitary man. There aren't too many actors capable of holding the screen for 100 minutes with such a spare scenario, but Robert Redford is one of them. In this week's All Is Lost, the screen icon plays an unnamed sailor forced into a battle for survival after his boat is irreparably damaged and plunged into fearsome weather. Writer-director J.C. Chandor -- who was Oscar-nominated for his debut, Margin Call -- offers up a classic adventure tale with minimum chatter (Redford has all of two speaking lines) and maximum tension, while his leading man brings the weight of a lifetime's movie stardom to the role. We spoke to Chandor recently about the film.