INTERVIEW: ‘Suspiria’ Spoiler Filled Interview With Prosthetic Make-up Designer Mark Coulier

Interviewed by Fiona Underhill

For our latest Sunday Spotlight, Fiona sat down to interview Academy Award-winning prosthetic make-up designer, Mark Coulier, who has worked on films such as Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel – for which Coulier won the Oscar for ‘Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling’ in 2015,  Ready Player One, the Harry Potter series, and upcoming films Stan & Ollie and Pinocchio!

Fiona chatted with Coulier about his recent work in the Suspiria remake and the use of practical effects for some of its standout scenes, so there are spoilers ahead for those of you who haven’t seen the film yet!

You’ve been warned…


I have to start with what is a stand-out scene, from a make-up point of view and that’s the infamous scene with Olga in the mirrored dance studio, where she’s being contorted and twisted – how much of that was practical and how much was CGI? How did you achieve that scene?

So, I’d spoken with Luca (Guadagnino, director) about that scene quite early on in our conversations about the film and he wanted that to be a pretty brutal scene that establishes how dangerous the situation is and he wanted to, I think the word was ‘pulverize’ this woman and break her down so we talked about how to do that practically, we wanted most of it to be practical. I’d seen Deliverance, I mentioned this guy who gets washed down a river and his arm gets dislocated and it’s twisted round his shoulder and it looks pretty intense. We decided that would be a good place to start – to twist this woman’s arm around and break her jaw, what else could we do that would make her all twisted and contorted? He had this amazing dancer called Elena Fokina playing the part and she was able to do a lot of the stuff herself. So we started off with the arm and then we did the leg and the rib cage – we did a prosthetic chest piece for her and a jaw piece and we moved her teeth. It kind of built from there really and we tried to get her into this position at the end where she was completely broken down and twisted up. It was Luca who wanted her to look really destroyed.

So it sounds like it was heavily practical then?

It was all practical in the sense that it was prosthetic appliances, the visual effects side of it was that they removed her real arm and her real leg. I think they augmented the jaw being twisted into place. So I’d say it’s about 75% us and 25% visual effects.

I have to ask about the character of Dr Josef Klemperer (played by Tilda Swinton). I think the creation of that character, from the performance combined with the make-up is just absolutely phenomenal. I want to ask about how you built that character – I mean the detail on the face is just sensational – how did you achieve that?

Thank you. That was Luca calling up and I think he’d seen Grand Budapest Hotel and we’d done an age make-up on Tilda Swinton in that film and Luca wanted to see if it was possible, to see if we could turn Tilda Swinton into this old Jewish man. So we did a test make-up probably eighteen months before the film actually started, just to see if it was possible. The test make-up was totally different to the Josef Klemperer character that you see in the movie, but it gave Tilda and Luca an idea of what we could possibly do. It was an idea that Luca had that he wanted all the characters, the strong characters to be female. This idea of Tilda playing this part is linked to the idea of the three witches that are the core of the story – Mother Suspirium, Mother Tenebrarum, Mother Lacrymarum – and he wanted Tilda to play the three parts of Madame Markos, Madame Blanc and Klemperer. So that was it really, that was the start of it, so we did a test to see if we could possibly do it and we ended up re-sculpting it and re-making it and applying it to the finished character.

I heard a rumour that she even had a prosthetic penis, can I ask if that’s true?

That is true, yes. Well it was really more of a weighted thing that we put in there because she wanted to feel masculine, so she wanted to feel this weight between her legs. So I guess it’s a bit like Robert De Niro wearing silk underpants to play Al Capone. One of those little things that nobody else will see but it makes her feel more of the part.

I have to ask about the finale – how long did it take to shoot that sequence and what was the preparation, what were the decisions involved in that sequence? Again, how practical was it, how many buckets of blood did you use etc?

Yes, again, it was heavily practical. This is not a big budget, we had very little time for everything. We had nine weeks, we were supposed to have fourteen weeks, but we had nine weeks which is not a lot of time. We had full body suits – we did the character of Death, which is really intense and quite a  character to create. We had the character of Markos to do – the witch, which is also Tilda Swinton playing that character in full body make-up which is pretty intense. And we had all sorts of stuff – we had disembowelments, lots of crazy stuff that Luca wanted to create for that finale. And we sort of created a workshop out where we were shooting and I brought people over from the UK and we were just frantically building things and finishing things off while we were out there. As well as making stuff in the UK, we did a full body make-up on Chloe Moretz. We were supposed to do that for two days I think and we ended up doing that make-up for five or six days. So we were frantically building pieces and making pieces out in this abandoned hotel where we were shooting everything in Italy. And it was quite intense but it was quite practical, a lot of it was practical, a lot of visual effects augmentation of the self, the blood, the bodies being destroyed, pulling the intestines out. [spoilers] We had the dead Patricia, the dead Olga make-up, we had Markos – which was this big full bodysuit thing that we built for Tilda, who was also playing Madame Blanc in that scene. We had the make-up where she gets her head chopped off…or almost chopped off. So, again, it was about 75-25 practical – there was visual effects involvement. And when you read that stuff on the page and spoke to Luca about it, it was really hard to try and work out in your mind what Luca actually wanted, what was it going to look like, you know?

What was the detail like in the script, what were the descriptions like?

I think Luca just wanted it to be a descent into madness, which is at the core of the witches. This is all going to ramp up and the film builds slowly into this big crescendo at the end, with the Mother Suspirium character appearing in the movie and he wanted to give a sense of craziness and the evil that’s at the core of the movie, this sort of power of the witches and we were just trying to put that into visuals. It was quite hard to read it and understand what Luca wanted. When you see the movie, we’re like; “oh right OK – so this is what we were making! It was very interesting.”

I’m sure there’s surprises for you, even when you’ve worked on the film. When you see the finished product, you’re still surprised by it.

Yeah, more so than most films that I’ve ever worked on. There’s three movies I did last year, I did Stan & Ollie and Bohemian Rhapsody and I did Suspiria at the same time and I think the most surprising one out of all them is Suspiria. We make these sequences and we make the stuff, I remember Fernanda the hair and make-up designer, who did most of the ‘straight’ make-up looks said to me – she’d worked with Luca on a few movies – and she said “we just have to trust Luca, we have to trust our director.” It’s an interesting comment that she made – you’re making all this crazy stuff, how’s it going to look? She said; “We just have to trust Luca, he’s a visionary” he’s got this idea and when you see the movie, you understand. This crazy end sequence – the tension builds throughout the movie and then it all goes pretty wild at the end.

That’s the exact experience I had watching it, because I was skeptical going in, with it being a remake. But, as soon as it started, I thought, of course, it’s Luca, just trust in that vision and he absolutely has this precise vision and I think he totally followed it through with this piece.

Yeah, I felt the same way about it, actually. When you see the movie, we were busy out there making stuff, while he was busy filming all the stuff that didn’t have prosthetics in it, we didn’t see any of the dance stuff, the drama and the development of the witches’ characters. We weren’t privy to any of the filming of that, we were busy making stuff. So it’s always a surprise when you see the film at the end, I’d read the script and the story obviously and had all the conversations with Luca, so I had a pretty good idea of how it was going to develop, but it’s still quite surprising. And I really enjoyed it, I thought it was great. It’s a long movie, it’s slow, the tension builds, it’s really creepy and that end sequence. There’s a couple of sequences – the Olga dance sequence really grabbed me and I’ve seen it three times now and the audience is completely silent after that bit. Everyone is watching it thinking “my God, this is what the witches are all about – this is the evil at the core of the movie.” And you know then it builds quite slowly to that crescendo at the end, which really grabs you.


We ran out of time there (I had at least three more questions)! But I loved the movie and Luca created something truly unique with his team of master craftspeople, including Mark.

We’d like to thank Mark for taking the time to talk to us!

 

 

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6 Months Later: A Look At Our 2018 Most Anticipated Films And How They Measured Up

Written by Tom Sheffield

Back in December we asked our team what their most anticipated films of 2018 were, and we compiled a list of our top 10. We are now half way through the year, and eight films that made our top ten have been released – but did they live up to our expectations? Click the film titles to be taken to our official verdicts!

The two films in our list we are still twiddling our thumbs waiting for at Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’, which has now been pushed back to 2019, and the return of the Parr family in ‘Incredibles 2’, which we only have a few more weeks to wait for!

We’ve also just had a fantastic week of trailers for upcoming films to be excited for, so be sure to check them out if you missed any!


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#10 – The Irishman

 

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#9 – A Wrinkle in Time

“With stunning visual effects and incredible costume, hair and make-up design; this film was a feast for the eyes”

 

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#8 – Deadpool 2

“There are problems abound that come with trying to exceed the expectations set by a great first outing, but I honestly feel ‘Deadpool 2′ has more re-watchability than the original because of its attempts to go bigger than the first.”

 

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#7 – Incredibles 2

 

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#6 – Ready Player One

“Ultimately, one of 2018’s most anticipated productions does not disappoint, nor purge Ernest Cline’s concept of its defining qualities. Instead, Sir Steven — God of euphoric adventure — deserves one thunderous high-five for letting us break free from the mundane and witness a magical journey too colossal for the real world.”

 

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#5 – Annihilation

“It’s a miraculous achievement in filmmaking across the board, and it deserves your attention. It’s on Netflix right now. Watch it, experience it, and prepare for it to take over your every thought for some time.”

 

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#4 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

“Is this a Star Wars film we needed in the timeline? Not really, but I’m glad we have it because Ron Howard just whetted my appetite for more of this sort of anthology film away from the ‘Episodes’. And on the basis of a certain cameo towards the end, the timeline just got a whole lot spicier!”

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#3 – Isle of Dogs

“‘Isle of Dogs’ stumbles occasionally when the dogs aren’t on screen, but this doesn’t diminish the film as an impressive achievement in animation. Most importantly, ‘Isle of Dogs’ is better than ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’  in my opinion. Yes, I went there.”

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#2 – Black Panther

“‘Black Panther’ wasn’t just a Marvel superhero movie, it was a rattling of the cages type film. It spoke a lot of truth that we often sweep under the rug about the world we live in. It raises awareness and then offers the global society an olive branch. ‘Black Panther’ is well-crafted in every sense of the word. “

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#1 – Avengers: Infinity War

“‘Avengers Infinity War’ at its best is epic, emotional and very, very shocking. It has impressive set pieces and of course it’s very funny. The few faults it does have are going to be down purely to the viewer. A knowledge of all that has happened before is essential. This is not the film for newbies. “

 

Weekend BO Results: ‘Infinity War’ Conquers The Box Office As Opening Records Are Destroyed

Written by Dapo Olowu

Just weeks after ‘Black Panther’ broke domestic and worldwide Box Office records, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ flexes its own financial muscles to absolutely annihilate the opening weekend record gross in the United States, and demolish any fears of a superhero fatigue.

A 3-day haul of $257.7m smashes ‘The Force Awakens’ record by $10m and has set the film up to be one of the biggest of all time. Not only has ‘Infinity War’ reclaimed the opening weekend record for the MCU (‘The Avengersheld it from 2012 to 2015 with $207.4m), but it also maintains Disney’s recent Box Office dominance; as 9 out of the 10 biggest domestic openings of all time are currently all Disney movies.

With a worldwide opening weekend of $640.5m, ‘Infinity War’ cruised to the title of biggest worldwide opening of all time, around $100m over the $541.9m ‘Fate of the Furious’ made last year. All this, mind you, without ‘Iinfinity War’ opening in China (the 2nd-biggest market in the world) and Russia. While ‘F8′ can still boast about having the biggest non-US opening ($443.2m vs. IW’s $382.8m), ‘Infinity War’ will now be looking at the bigger picture: hitting the billions.

As expected, ‘A Quiet Place’ came in at number 2 with a very respectable gross of $11m – a drop of just 47%, a fantastic number considering the circumstances. What this also means, is that this was the biggest difference ever between the top 2 films in the Box Office during one weekend, at $246.7m. As the records keep trickling in, ‘A Quiet Place’ will surely be pleased that it’s now bigger than horror-hit ‘Split’ in the U.S. ($148.5m vs. $138.3m), and is now just $30m away from ‘Get Out’s domestic (and $20m from its worldwide) gross.

Next on the list was Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’, and similarly to ‘A Quiet Place’, this suffered an impressive drop of under 50%, a welcome surprise for the comedy that’s now just $2m short of matching its budget in the Box Office. It should be looking to make another $15-20m before it’s run is done, a nice little return on a frankly bloated production cost.

The first major calamity at the hands of ‘Infinity War’ was of course ‘Rampage’, the action-adventure flick that not even Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson could save this weekend. A 64% drop was always coming, making hopes of a $100m domestic return a distant dream, as well as the potential for $400m worldwide to break-even. Regardless, having $335m in the bank is a testament to a) The Rock’s pulling power, and b) the public’s willingness to watch giant monkeys causing havoc in urban cities.

Now we come to ‘Black Panther’, which I (rightly) predicted would see a boost from IW, but also (wrongly) predicted would actually increase from last weekend’s gross. It brought in a mighty $4.7m (in its 11th weekend!), only dropping 4%, which is a fantastic achievement. Although, I can’t be sure if Disney did embrace the ‘Disney double’ and offered discounts, but I’m sure many cinema-goers took it upon themselves to watch T’Challa and the rest before seeing ‘Infinity War’. Now officially bigger than ‘The Last Jedi’, ‘Black Panther’ will surely aim to beat ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt.2’ for no. 7 on the all-time charts.

Much like last week, ‘Super Troopers 2’ surprised us all, but this time with the biggest weekend drop of the top 10, falling 75% and posting just $3.7m. The front-loaded comedy dropped like a stone this week, a bigger fall than ‘Truth or Dare’, that stayed consistent during its 3rd weekend with another 58% drop. It looks like ‘Truth or Dare’ will make another $5m max to reach a $40m domestic total, a likely profit from just a $3.5m budget.

Blockers’ posted its biggest drop yet, with just under 57%, making $3m in a weekend that is proving fruitful for comedies. The less audience crossover the better, it seems, as ‘Ready Player One’ suffered a heavy 65% loss in gross compared to last weekend. With $130.8m from the U.S. and $545m worldwide, ‘Ready Player One’ will be jumping for joy at the fact it opened a full month before ‘Infinity War’, meaning it made its money (and then some) before any meaningful competition came into play. Finally, it was ‘Traffik’, not ‘Isle of Dogs’ that snatched 10th place with $1.6m (just $200k over 11th).

Next week we’re back at the races with 3 new wide releases: ‘Bad Samaritan’, ‘Overboard’, and ‘Tully’. Who’ll fall out of the top 10, who’ll remain, and how much will ‘Infinity War’ make in its 2nd weekend? Let us know your thoughts, we’re on Twitter at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

Rank Last Week Rank Film Weekend Gross Total U.S. Gross Weekend drop Jumpcut’s prediction Difference Week number
1 Avengers: Infinity War $257.7m $257.7m $240m $17.7m 1
2 1 A Quiet Place $11m $148.5m -47.4% $11.7m $0.7m 4
3 3 I Feel Pretty $8.2m $29.6m -49% $7.5m $0.7m 2
4 4 Rampage $7.2m $78m -64.1% $8.2m $1m 3
5 8 Black Panther $4.7m $688.4m -4% $5.6m $0.9m 11
6 4 Super Troopers 2 $3.7m $22.2m -75.4% $5.7m $2m 2
7 5 Truth or Dare $3.3m $35.4m -58.1% $3.2m $0.1m 3
8 7 Blockers $3m $53.2m -56.5% $3.4m $0.4m 4
9 6 Ready Player One $2.6m $130.8m -65.4% $3.2m $0.6m 5
10 9 Traffik $1.7m $6.8m -58% 2

Weekend BO Results: ‘Super Troopers 2’ Steals The Show As ‘A Quiet Place’ Sneaks Back To #1

Written by Dapo Olowu

What do you get when you make an R-rated sequel to a 2002 cult classic, that made under $20m domestically, and opened in only 2,000 cinemas? Well, you get a film making a ground-breaking $15.2m in 3 days, absolutely smashing pre-release estimates (including ours).

Yes, ‘Super Troopers 2’, which came in at number 4 in the Box Office charts this weekend, smashed the $5m-$6m 3-day prediction in its first official night, with $7.95m in the bank on Friday. I can’t stress enough how well this film has done; with 1,400 cinemas less than ‘Zoolander 2’ (and with an R-rating), ‘Super Troopers 2’ still made $1m more in its opening weekend (and is just $3.2m short of the entire domestic total of the first ‘Super Troopers’ film in 2002). Incredible.

Jumping to the top of the leaderboard now, it was ‘A Quiet Place’, starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, that crept back into first place with $20.9m. It fought off tough competition with ‘Rampage’, with the two just $800k apart in this weekend’s results. The burgeoning rivalry ends, however, when comparing domestic totals: as ‘A Quiet Place’ is now the 2nd biggest film of the year in the U.S., with $131.3m, it’s sitting pretty worldwide at $206m, with ‘Get Out’ ($255m) and ‘Split’ ($278.5m) firmly in its sights. This is a much-needed win for Paramount Studios, who haven’t seen a film hit these domestic heights since ‘Star Trek: Beyond’ made $158.8m back in 2016.

Let’s not take anything away from ‘Rampage’, though. With just a 44% drop this weekend (better than the 2nd weekend fall of ‘Tarzan’, a summer movie and all), it’s succeeding in its attempt to make as much money as possible before the juggernaut that is ‘Infinity War’ drops in a few days. This is the case internationally too, as it topped non-US markets with a solid $57m from 61 countries. Worldwide, its total of $283.3m (including $65.6m in the US, and $56m in China) is a brilliant return on its $120m investment so far, and it should break-even if it makes around $100m more.

I Feel Pretty’ came in 3rd with a little over $16m. Although it’s Amy Schumer’s worst opening yet (continuing a discouraging downwards trend), we need to remember that a $16m opening from a $32m budget isn’t the worst start in the world. It faired well with its target audience too, (under-18s gave it an A+ on Cinemascore), hopefully indicating a decent Box Office run to come. Another female-focused movie, ‘Truth or Dare’, performed as predicted and dropped by around 60% in its 2nd weekend. The frontloaded-horror is performing similarly to other teen-oriented scares like ‘Unfriended’ and ‘Happy Death Day’, and will probably finish with a domestic total of around $38m-$41m.

Two films that held up surprisingly well this weekend were ‘Ready Player One’ and ‘Blockers’, with their smallest weekend drops to date (35.6% and 36.5%) showing that drops in cinema counts aren’t as impactful as first imagined. The same can be said for ‘Black Panther’, whose remarkable 15% drop this week leaves it with a strong chance to remain in the Box Office’s top 10 when ‘Infinity War’ comes out. The last time 2 films of the same franchise were in the top ten? Ten years ago. The films? ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’. The power of the MCU, eh?

Finally, ‘Traffik’ impressed in only 1,000 cinemas with a respectable $3.9m opening, and ‘Isle of Dogs’ dropped by just 37% to post a 3-day cume of $3.5m. The big question now is, how will all of these fair when ‘The Avengers: Infinity War’ hits American cinemas on Friday? I’ll be back before the weekend with my predictions, but feel free to let us know yours on Twitter at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.

Rank Last Week Rank Film Weekend Gross Total U.S. Gross Weekend drop Jumpcut’s prediction Difference Week number
1 2 A Quiet Place $20.9m $131.3m -36.6% $22.4m $1.5m 3
2 1 Rampage $20.1m $65.7m -43.8% $21.1m $1m 2
3 I Feel Pretty $16m $16m $13.5m $2.5m 1
4 Super Troopers 2 $15.2m $15.2m $5m $10.2m 1
5 3 Truth or Dare $7.8m $30.3m -58.3% $7.1m $0.7m 2
6 4 Ready Player One $7.4m $126.1m -35.6% $5.8m $1.6m 4
7 5 Blockers $6.8m $48.1m -36.5% $5.1m $1.7m 3
8 6 Black Panther $4.9m $681.4m -14.6% $3.9m $1m 10
9 Traffik $3.9m $3.9m $2.7m $1.2m 1
10 7 Isle of Dogs $3.5m $24.4m -36.8% $2.5m $1m 5

Ready Player One

Year: 2018
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance

Written by Jo Craig

During the eighties and nineties, standing before a chunky black mirror — fingers and thumbs strategically placed over buttons — was the norm for the vintage gamer. Saturday nights resembled the ‘Stranger Things’ arcade scene and the blind belief of beating an anonymous high score was initiated by one on-screen statement: “Player One, Ready!”

Encasing this nostalgia within a fictional epic was Sci-Fi writer Ernest Cline back in 2011, praised for his tale of friendship and pop culture explosion inside novel ‘Ready Player One’. Arriving seven years later — amidst a flurry of disco era revival in TV and film — marks the thirty-third release from the BFG of directors, Steven Spielberg. As predicted, it’s a spectacle not to be missed.

Masterful in filming thrilling adventures and creating memorable companionships, ‘The King of Entertainment’ was undeniably the man to bring Cline’s vision to life. Quoted as being his third most difficult movie to shoot behind ‘Jaws’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan’, Spielberg has roared a geek war cry and we have come running.

The complexity of RP1’s world of pure imagination was always going to be a high level endeavour to visually reconstruct. For Spielberg (who is no stranger to tackling Science fiction), transitioning a story largely set in a virtual reality interface demanded attention to detail and creative trust in effects team Industrial Light and Magic. Shot in Panavision, our first trip down the technicolour rabbit hole — where a rush of mass media characters are live, active and driven by civilians of the year 2045 — is nothing short of an eye-widening wonderland.

The OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) is a limitless, retro universe and in outline, provides real-world outcast, Tye Sheridan’s Wade Watts, a platform to enter Anorak’s Quest — a competition designed by the late OASIS inventor James Halliday (Rylance) — and win full control of the multi-user program. Watts’ VR avatar Parzival is rock star cool — sporting hypnotic locks with a sleeveless, denim jacket — and introduces the OASIS’ main attraction: Being somebody/something else. In addition to escapism, themes of friendship, innocence and courage give a gooey centre to this technological gobstopper and equips a diligent plot with a solid, emotive core.

A level balance is constant between reality and fantasy, guiding you back to the grounded motifs after gawking too long at the ‘Gears of War’ styled gunfight surrounding The Iron Giant’s PvP battle against Mechagodzilla. Frontrunners Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke avoid scrutiny by being their charming selves, proving — along with Mark Rylance’s quirky Halliday and Ben Mendelsohn’s deceitful businessman Sorrento — that Spielberg’s casting is meticulous and loyal to the source material.

As awesome as it is watching central Gunter (Easter egg hunter) Art3mis (Cooke) annihilate Sorrento’s (Mendelsohn) army of Sixers by use of a Lancer assault rifle with a chainsaw bayonet, viewers unfamiliar with Cline’s material will be forgiven for missing plot details in the thick of ocular overload. While 3D IMAX might be a component too far for our motion sickness threshold, Spielberg enhances our first-person experience of virtual reality gaming by altering Cline’s Halliday challenges to accommodate a more visually acceptable result on screen. Left unaltered and we might have had to watch Parzival play hours of competitive Joust.

Weaving through a plethora of movie references (including a whole sequence dedicated toThe Shining’), gaming-inspired escape plans and equilibrium-altering camera movements, Spielberg — working closely with writer Zak Penn and Cline — stack several elements and every Easter egg imaginable into a cyberspace treasure hunt on steroids, without letting any eggs fall out of the basket. In simpler terms, it’s an adrenaline-pumping, good versus evil race to the finish line, complete with a down memory lane Alan Silvestri score blended with an 80’s classics soundtrack.

‘Ready Player One’ is a geekgasm that incidentally excites us for Marvel’s behemoth later this month, achieving $53 million coins on its four day debut at the Easter weekend box office. After Warner Bros. pushed forward RP1’s premiere from December – to avoid clashing with ‘The Last Jedi’ — fans of lightsabers, video games and cheeky superheroes will be grateful for the release date staggering, precluding the possibility of geeky heart-failure. Ultimately, one of 2018’s most anticipated productions does not disappoint, nor purge Ernest Cline’s concept of its defining qualities. Instead, Sir Steven — God of euphoric adventure — deserves one thunderous high-five for letting us break free from the mundane and witness a magical journey too colossal for the real world.

Jo’s Rating: 9 / 10

The First ‘Ready Player One’ Reactions Are In!

It’s fair to say that over the past couple of weeks there has been some unfair negativity surrounding Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’, most of it stemming from the recent posters that paid homage to classic films which weren’t well received by some people.

Fans of Ernest Cline’s book are also worried about how well the material will have been adapted, with some big changes already noticeable in the trailers. Worried fans should now put their doubts aside if the first reactions are anything to go by! Yesterday’s (not-so) secret screening at SXSW went down a storm with it’s audience (if their tweets are anything to go by), and the film and it’s director received a standing ovation.

If we weren’t already excited over here at JUMPCUT, then we certainly are now after reading these!

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JUMPCUT’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2018

Written by Corey Hughes

Ah, December. The month where every cinephile tries to cram in as many films that they’ve missed throughout the year into one, single month. It’s also the month where we begin to think about the year ahead, and what films are on our radars.

2018 has the potential to be a great year for film. It’s a year filled with big, blockbuster movies, with Marvel looking to add to their already impressive CV, and not to forget the return of the Merc with the Mouth. The new year also promises a few hidden gems, particularly Alex Garland’s return after his promising directorial debut with ‘Ex Machina’,  and the eagerly-anticipated return of Wes Anderson.

In short, there’s a lot to be excited about. So, without further ado, I present to you: JUMPCUT Online’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2018, as compiled by our marvellous team.


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#10 – The Irishman

Martin Scorsese returns in 2018 with a handful of familiar faces. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino all return under Marty’s direction in what will be the director’s fifth mob film, this time recollecting the assassination of former American labour union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Whilst there’s still speculation whether Netflix will distribute the film during late 2018 or early 2019, we are chomping at the bit to see the return of such a legendary cinematic collaboration.

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#9 – A Wrinkle in Time

Based on the novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, visionary director Ava DuVernay will be at the helm of Disney’s next big outing, a multidimensional adventure of a young girl attempting to find her missing father. Starring an ensemble cast including the likes of Chris Pine, Reece Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Zach Galifianakis, and not to forget adapted to the big screen by the queen of Disney animations Jennifer Lee, A Wrinkle in Time has the potential to be a wonderful movie.

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#8 – Deadpool 2

Also returning this year is everybody’s favourite mercenary – Deadpool. The perfectly casted Ryan Reynolds reprises the role as the potty-mouthed antihero, accompanied by Josh Brolin as newcomer Cable. If the first film is anything to go by, we can expect plenty of vulgar humour and incredible action set pieces in next year’s sequel. You can count my sweet-ass in.

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#7 – Incredibles 2

Now, if you’re anything like us, you’ve been waiting years for this. Director Brad Bird and the wonderful ensemble cast all return to perhaps the most eagerly-awaited sequel ever made. Bird once said that he’d never return for an Incredibles sequel unless he could come up with a story that would be just as good as, or even better than, the first film. If that doesn’t make you excited for his sequel, then nothing will.

Honey, where is my super suit?!”

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#6 – Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg returns in 2018 to his beloved Sci-fi genre with an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s revolutionary novel, ‘Ready Player One’; a story of a young man entering the virtual reality world of OASIS to find an Easter Egg. Promising extraordinary visual effects and a catalogue of pop-culture icon cameos from the likes of Freddy Krueger, the Iron Giant and King Kong, Spielberg’s new adventure could be one of the year’s best.

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#5 – Annihilation

Also returning to the Sci-fi genre is Alex Garland, who made an impressive directorial debut in 2015 with ‘Ex Machina.’ The film tells the story of a biologist who signs up for an expedition where the rules of nature don’t apply, with the immensely talented Natalie Portman starring as the main lead. Count our words, this could be another successful run-out for Alex Garland. It’s just a shame that us folks in the UK might not be able to see it on the big screen, with Netflix being the front-runners to distribute the film. A damn shame, I tell you.

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#4 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

It may come as no surprise to see a Star Wars film included in our list. With the success of ‘Rogue One’, Disney proved that a spin-off Star Wars movie, outside of the main episodic format, could be as well received as the films within the Skywalker saga. This time round, fan-favourite Han Solo receives his stand-alone movie, with Alden Ehrenreich playing the younger version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character. With Ron Howard stepping in to direct after a rift between writer Lawrence Kasdan and former director Chris Miller, it has been reported that Howard has reshot almost the entirety of the movie, but whether or not this will negatively impact the final film, we are not sure. But there is one thing we are sure about – we are all going to see this film regardless.

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#3 – Isle of Dogs

Coming in with the bronze medal is Wes Anderson’s forthcoming stop-motion animation, ‘Isle of Dogs’; an Akira Kurosawa inspired story set against the backdrop of Japanese culture. With Tristan Oliver as Director of Photography, we can expect another shining example of Wes Anderson’s distinguishable and mesmerising stop-motion style that was last seen in ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’. We are expecting big things from Anderson, and we are confident that he will not disappoint.

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#2 – Black Panther

Now it’s time for the big guns. With Ryan Coogler at the helm of Marvel’s eighteenth addition to the MCU, audiences will be greeted with a catalogue of talented faces, including the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis and, of course, Chadwick Boseman as the titular character. From such a diverse cast showcasing an array of black leads, this is by far Marvel’s most successful feat in regards to representation on the big screen, proving once and for all that anybody can be a superhero. We cannot wait so see how it all goes down.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Sicario 2: Soldado (That new trailer has us hyped!)
  • Three Billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri (UK really should have had this sooner…)
  • Phantom Thread (Daniel Day-Lewis’ final outing)
  • Ocean’s Eight (showcasing a fantastic ensemble cast)
  • A Quiet Place (John Krasinski’s promising thriller)

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#1 – Avengers: Infinity War

Was there ever any doubt? Topping our list is, of course, the gargantuan Marvel blockbuster ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. With parts 1 and 2 holding a staggering budget of almost $1 billion (most of that surely going towards paying the wages of the insane cast on offer), this is going to be the most monumental cinematic moment in all of Hollywood’s history. Marking the tenth anniversary of the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Infinity War’, if executed successfully, could be Marvel’s biggest accomplishment. Whether you love or hate the MCU, there is one thing for sure – this is going to be incredible. Book your tickets and secure your seats to be the first to see Thanos’s eagerly-anticipated arrival (or Chris Evans sporting a beard, am I right?).


So, there you have it: our top 10 most anticipated films of 2018. Have we missed any out? What films are you most anticipated for? Be sure to let us know!

Step Into The Oasis In Brand New ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer

“The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.”

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J Miller, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, Hanna John-Kamen, Mark Rylance

Release Date: March 30th 2018