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Melvins’ Buzz Osborne: My Favorite Grunge Albums

Melvins’ Buzz Osborne: My Favorite Grunge Albums
Melvins formed a few years before anyone used the word “grunge” as the name of a genre, but they embodied the term perfectly with their deep, sludgy riffs and left-of-center songwriting. Since 1984, they’ve released dozens of albums of uncompromising and sometimes experimental music, and constantly challenged rock norms. When we compiled our recent list of the 50 Greatest Grunge Albums, two of their standout LPs — 1991’s Bullhead and 1993’s Houdini — made the cut.

The band’s frontman, vocalist-guitarist Buzz Osborne, was surprised to hear the news, but not for the reason you may guess.
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‘The Mustang’ First Trailer: Matthias Schoenaerts Breaks Wild Horses in Sundance Drama

‘The Mustang’ First Trailer: Matthias Schoenaerts Breaks Wild Horses in Sundance Drama
The era of the modern horse film gallops on, with no signs of slowing down. With Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider” recently named Film Comment’s top movie of the year and Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete” landing on more than a few critics’ end-of-year lists, it seems the special bond between a man and his horse continues to captivate indie filmmakers.

The newest entry into this growing canon is “The Mustang,” a sensitive drama from executive producer Robert Redford that will premiere at next year’s Sundance Film Festival before a spring release from Focus Features.

Read More: Denis Villeneuve Adores ‘A Star Is Born’: ‘It Marks the Birth of a Great Director’

The official synopsis reads: “Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a rural Nevada prison who struggles to escape his violent past, is required to participate in an ‘outdoor maintenance’ program as part of his state-mandated social rehabilitation.
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Case Studies of a Quartet of Prior Oscar Foreign-Language Nominees

  • Variety
Case Studies of a Quartet of Prior Oscar Foreign-Language Nominees
Although it is expensive and time-consuming to enter the Oscar race, the value of a foreign-language film nomination proves tangible to the director and, by extension, to the country’s entire cinematic output. Here are some case studies of procedure and strategy from countries that have been included in previous shortlists, and have a strong chance this year for the Oscar.

Belgium

Recent nominees

“Bullhead” (2011),

directed by Michaël R. Roskam

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” (2013), directed by Felix van Groeningen

Current submission

“Girl,” directed by Lukas Dhont

At one time, the group choosing the Belgian foreign-language candidate tried to alternate between productions from the country’s two official languages, Flemish and French, but a different system was put into place five years ago. “The principle is to take the best candidate and not to have a rotation between both communities each year,” says Eric Franssen, director of Wallonie Bruxelles Images (Wbi
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‘Close Enemies’ Review: Gritty Crime Drama Boasts a Strong Matthias Schoenaerts, but Not Much Else — Venice

  • Indiewire
‘Close Enemies’ Review: Gritty Crime Drama Boasts a Strong Matthias Schoenaerts, but Not Much Else — Venice
Now that Ryan Gosling has moved on from projects like “Only God Forgives” and “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Matthias Schoenaerts has emerged as the cinematic ideal of fractured masculinity. Physically imposing but emotionally scarred, his characters — whether in “Bullhead,” “Rust and Bone,” or “Disorder” — bring depth and dimension to the strong, silent type. He continues that streak in David Oelhoffen’s “Close Enemies,” which calls on the actor to once again portray a hardened criminal at his most vulnerable — and not much else that you haven’t already seen him do.

This is one of those crime dramas you know won’t end well, especially after the early reveal that Manu’s (Schoenaerts) close friend Irmane (Adel Bencherif) is acting as an informant for narcotics officer Driss (Reda Kateb). Having grown up in the same rough-and-tumble neighborhood as the two of them, the detective’s loyalties are divided between
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Racer and the Jailbird review – handsome crime drama hits the skids

Shady Matthias Schoenaerts falls for racing driver Adèle Exarchopoulos in a messy thriller from the director of Bullhead

Racer and the Jailbird is the rather plonking English title that’s been slapped on to a French- and Flemish-language movie that on its home turf is more pleasingly called Le Fidèle, or The Faithful One. It’s a tragic crime drama starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos – a handsomer couple can hardly be imagined – and directed by the Belgian film-maker Michaël R Roskam, who made the excellent thriller The Drop and gave Schoenaerts his first break with his debut Bullhead, in 2011. So my anticipation was high for this one, but initial involvement and excitement gave way to bafflement and dissatisfaction. Frankly, it is a bit of a mess.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

‘Racer And The Jailbird’ Review: Dir. Michael R.Roskam (2018)

Racer and the Jailbird review: Bonnie and Clyde themes abound in this stylish and soulful love affair from the director of The Drop and Bullhead.

Racer and the Jailbird review by Abi Silverthorne.

Pensively told in three continuous chapters — Gino, Bibi, No flowers — this is a classic love story that treads well-worn ground, forgivably so, with richly done cinematography and expert execution.

The set up is familiar: boy meets girl, he from the wrong side of the tracks, she the kind of young, good heart that we, and he, sense will not stay easily within his grasp. When Gino ‘Gigi’ (Schoenaertes), a gangster masquerading as a car tradesman, comes across Benedicte ‘Bibi’ (Exarchopoulos), the current hotshot racing-pilot in competition during a highbrow Automobile function, there is little that can dissuade either of them from their immediate and heady infatuation with one another.

The film wastes no time with the ignition of the romance,
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A Little Chaos review – a load of compost

Matthias Schoenaerts neuters his sex-god reputation, Kate Winslet gets maverick with potted plants, and Alan Rickman almost hijacks his own movie in a weedy horticultural romp through the court of the Sun King

The only chaos connected with this stultifyingly orderly and conventional period film must be the chaos now reigning in the offices of Matthias Schoenaerts’s agent. Perhaps even at this moment, the beefy Belgian star has angrily turned up there, pounding on the door, asking why he has been pushed into ridiculous, wussy, period-thespy English-speaking roles. And the agent is hiding under his desk, with the lights off, pretending to have gone home. Schoenaerts once rocked our world with pure sweaty sexiness in movies such as Bullhead (2011) and Rust and Bone (2012). Like Tom Jones in his pomp, it seemed as if, with the pure aura of virility, Schoenaerts could trigger a clutch of spontaneous pregnancies simply by entering the room.
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DVD Review: 'Bullhead'

  • CineVue
★★★★☆ When critics talk of works of cinema where "testosterone oozes from the screen", they're usually describing some machismo-laden action flick. That same terminology feels perfectly apt for Michaël R. Roskam's Belgian crime yarn Bullhead (Rundskop, 2011), although it exists as a literal interpretation here, particularly in the case of its superlative lead turn from Matthias Schoenaerts. He plays cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille, a rural mob enforcer who is employed by the local criminal network to ensure farmers around the region are using illegal hormone enhancements to fatten up their livestock which will drive profits.

A burly, mountain of a man (he's been given the titular moniker), Jacky appears more animal in nature than human. He's a simmering ball of suppressed rage which stems from a tragic childhood incident and the fact that he, too, is stock-piling steroids for his own use. The murder of a federal policeman working on the
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Bullhead – review

Writer-director Roskam's impressive debut Bullhead (aka Rundskop) is a bleak, dense, complex thriller set in rural Belgium where rival farmers and criminals from both the Walloon and Flemish communities are involved in the trafficking of illegal hormones for the enhancement of livestock. Matters come to a head when a cop investigating the trade is murdered, an undercover police unit penetrates this underworld, and suspicion spreads across the countryside. The unusual settings range from a small-town red-light district to a harness-racing stadium, and the clever plotting connects a terrible event 20 years earlier to the current crime. "There's no such thing as coincidences, they're for losers," a female cop comments, and the link provides a central metaphor of corruption through the steroids fed to the cattle and the ones taken by the eponymous "Bullhead". He's Jack Vanmarsenille (a frighteningly convincing performance by Matthias Schoenaerts), a vulnerable, uncontrollably violent Flemish peasant right out of Zola.
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Film Review: 'Bullhead'

  • CineVue
★★★☆☆ Belgium's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2012 Academy Awards, Michaël Roskam's Bullhead (Rundskop, 2011) finally receives a UK theatrical release thanks primarily to its star Matthias Schoenaerts' critically acclaimed performance in Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone (2012). Schoenaerts plays Jacky Vanmarsenille, a young cattle farmer who finds himself involved with the notorious West-Flemish 'hormone mafia'. In an industry where meat is more valuable than gold, the illegal use of growth hormones on livestock has violently escalated, culminating in the death of a local federal policeman.

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They're back: return of the big-screen meatheads

The 80s was the golden era of the comically pumped-up action hero. But this summer they are back on the screen, alongside a new generation of beefcakes. Why?

Well, he always promised. Confirmation that Arnold Schwarzenegger would indeed be making a return to cinemas came a few weeks ago with the announcement of a sequel to TwinsTriplets, with Eddie Murphy. And by the time that film reaches us, the man famous for littering his works with smoking bodies and eviscerated vowels will already have starred in action thriller The Last Stand, and done the slo-mo explosion walk in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables 2. The Governator's in the house.

The first Expendables, in 2010, hinted at it, but this summer will make things clear: the beefcake action star is back. There is a triple-beef sandwich in Marvel Avengers Assemble, starring Captain America, Thor and the Hulk. In July, meat
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[Review] Bullhead

  • The Film Stage
Note: This is a re-post of our Viff review.

The name Michael R. Roskam may become very familiar around cinematic circles—possibly as soon as next spring. Beating out all other accomplished filmmakers from Belgium, it is this writer/director’s first feature Rundskop [Bullhead] that has won the honor of representing its country at the Oscars. You’ll understand why it prevailed quickly, earning the praise of not just being a great debut, but a great film too.

Assured, intelligent, and gripping, this gangster tale isn’t necessarily unique in tone but is completely fresh in subject matter. Instead of cocaine or heroine as the central drug manufactured and distributed, the Flemish mob families here deal cows. By injecting growth hormones, multiple farms in Belgium have cultivated strong illegal trade circles of infused beef and milk. It’s big business and thusly under constant police surveillance, but somehow they’ve
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'Bullhead' Movie Review (2012)

Here's a plot synopsis for you, stop me if you've heard it before. This is the story of a young cattle farmer who's approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader. No, haven't heard it? Didn't think so. While the not-so-everyday nature of that synopsis may raise your eyebrow, I'm here to tell you the film it describes will do much more.

The film is Bullhead (Rundskop) and you absolutely should run out the door to see it as neither the title nor that pitiful description I just gave gives you any idea as to what to expect. That said, if you can take my word for it, then please do so. Go see the movie and read no further. Because walking into this film knowing only what I've told you so far is going to make the experience that much better. Trust me... go.
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Review: Bullhead

One of Bullhead's production companies is aptly named "Savage Film." The name fits because Bullhead (Rundskop) is entirely savage, a grim and brutal story about, as director Michael Roskam describes it, "people being driven to extremes."

Distributed by Austin's own Drafthouse Films and nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the Belgian import Bullhead is extraordinarily intense, a gripping and often unpleasant tale of organized crime in the Flanders area of Belgium. The story follows Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts), a young, impressively muscular cattle farmer with a penchant for steroid abuse and an outlook haunted by a long-ago trauma. A veterinarian coerces Jacky to make a crooked deal with an equally crooked Flemish beef trader; as Bullhead is an intricate thriller, it's impossible to say much more without spoilers. I'll say only that the story involves gangsters, a stolen car, a murdered cop and confrontations with characters from Jacky's painful past.
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Bullhead new theatrical movie trailer

Theatrical movie trailer for Michael R. Roskam's Bullhead (Rundskop), starring Matthias Schoenaerts Michael R. Roskam directs and writes what is one of the year's most stunning international debuts. Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions. Cast of the Drafthouse Films release which opens on February 17th in New York, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, also includes Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian, Tibo Vandenborre and Frank Lammers.
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Bullhead new theatrical movie trailer

Theatrical movie trailer for Michael R. Roskam's Bullhead (Rundskop), starring Matthias Schoenaerts Michael R. Roskam directs and writes what is one of the year's most stunning international debuts. Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions. Cast of the Drafthouse Films release which opens on February 17th in New York, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, also includes Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian, Tibo Vandenborre and Frank Lammers.

Bullhead new theatrical movie trailer

Theatrical movie trailer for Michael R. Roskam's Bullhead (Rundskop), starring Matthias Schoenaerts Michael R. Roskam directs and writes what is one of the year's most stunning international debuts. Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions. Cast of the Drafthouse Films release which opens on February 17th in New York, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, also includes Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian, Tibo Vandenborre and Frank Lammers.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Bullhead movie poster 2

Second poster Michael R. Roskam's for Bullhead (Rundskop) starring atthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval and Jeanne Dandoy. Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Bullhead is helmed and scripted by Michael R. Roskam, and opens in NY/La/Austin on February 17. Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Bullhead movie poster 2

Second poster Michael R. Roskam's for Bullhead (Rundskop) starring atthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval and Jeanne Dandoy. Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Bullhead is helmed and scripted by Michael R. Roskam, and opens in NY/La/Austin on February 17. Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions.

Bullhead movie poster 2

Second poster Michael R. Roskam's for Bullhead (Rundskop) starring atthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval and Jeanne Dandoy. Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Bullhead is helmed and scripted by Michael R. Roskam, and opens in NY/La/Austin on February 17. Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts in a ferocious breakout performance), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »
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