Christopher Nolan‘s long-time cinematographer, Wally Pfister, is set to make his directorial debut with Transcendence, a sci-fi film gearing up for a 2014 release. Nolan is already on board as an executive producer. From a screenplay by Jack Paglen, not much is yet known about the secretive project, beyond the basic plot: A scientist’s brain is uploaded into a supercomputer of his own creation after he is assassinated by anti-technology terrorists.
The movie is set to star Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany, and now The Town‘s Rebecca Hall has been added to the cast. Reportedly, Hall beat out the likes of Rooney Mara and Emily Blunt for the role. Nothing is yet specified about the three principal actors’ roles, but I’d wager on Depp being the scientist and Bettany leading the terrorists.
As a cinematographer, Pfister has shot all of Nolan’s movies since Memento, and has been nominated for a Best Cinematography Academy Award for four of them. He won the Oscar for his work on Inception, which is currently ranked #9 on Flickchart’s list of the best movies to have won the award.
Hall has previously worked with both Pfister and Nolan, having starred in The Prestige. She can next be seen on the big screen in Marvel’s Iron Man 3 in April, and in Closed Circuit, a thriller co-starring Eric Bana, in August.
There are a ton of smaller movies on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Take a look…
|Rank it amongst the best thriller movies of all time.
Flickchart Ranking: #1562
Ryan Reynolds gets buried alive.
|Rank it amongst the best crime thriller movies of all time.
Flickchart Ranking: #2151
Look at that win percentage! From what I hear, imagine if Scorsese was Australian and this is what you’d end up with. This movie also furthers my theory that Guy Pearce is incapable of making a bad movie.
This a humongous week of releases. The quantity of new DVDs and Streaming Netflix movies to watch is absolutely staggering. Netflix specifically, which keeps on pumping out solid movies for unlimited streaming. Some highlights this week from Netflix include: Zombieland, Sleepless in Seattle, Black Dynamite (my 3rd favorite film from 2009), and my personal #3 favorite movie of all-time, No Way Out.
Hot Tub Time Machine – (DVD and Blu-ray)
Flickchart Ranking: #4396
Times Ranked: 2728
% Times Won: 65.17%
Times Top 20′d: 2
I saw this in theaters and absolutely loved it. Once our heroes commented on how “tight” the first girls they see are when they make it back to the 80′s (exactly as I was in my head just a split second earlier), I knew I was going to enjoy the ride.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief – (DVD and Blu-ray)
Flickchart Ranking: #5776
Times Ranked: 1851
% Times Won: 44.24%
Times Top 20′d: 3
Greek Mythology for the Harry Potter crowd.
The Crazies – (DVD and Blu-ray)
Flickchart Ranking: #4523
Times Ranked: 2575
% Times Won: 59.22%
Times Top 20′d: 3
Very surprised to see this ranking so well, might have to give it a shot now…
Creation – (DVD)
Flickchart Ranking: #9265
Times Ranked: 88
% Times Won: 59.61%
Times Top 20′d: 0
The White Ribbon – (DVD and Blu-ray)
Flickchart Ranking: #4350
Times Ranked: 1513
% Times Won: 76.96%
Times Top 20′d: 5