Hitchcock Directed by Sacha Gervasi
Written by John J. McLaughlin
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel Fox Searchlight Pictures
Rated R | 98 Minutes
Release Date: December 7, 2012
Directed by Sacha Gervasi, Hitchcock is based on Stephen Rebello‘s non-fiction book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.
This tongue-in-cheek film adaptation, written by John J. McLaughlin, centers on the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the making of Psycho.
Gervasi’s film opens as if it were an episode of the Hitchcock’s short-lived television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. On a Wisconsin farm, Hitchcock witnesses the death of a man at the hands of Ed Gein (Michael Wincott). After delivering his signature, “Good Evening,” Hitchcock introduces us to Gein, a real-life body snatcher and serial killer whose grisly work influenced the cinematic slashers like Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs, and, of course, Norman Bates from Psycho.
After this humorous, rather charming opening, the story of Psycho begins at the premiere of Hitchcock’s 1959 film, North By Northwest. While the director is no doubt enjoying the critical and financial success of his latest picture, he is struggling to find his next project – that is, until he stumbles across Robert Bloch’s latest novel, Psycho.
Apparently someone in Hollywood is a fan of writer Jo Nesbo.
Following the upcoming adaptation of Nesbo’s novel, The Snowman, Summit is getting in the thriller game, as according to Deadline, the studio has tapped Anvil! The Story Of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi to direct an adaptation of the author’s novel, Headhunters.
Anvil! The Story Of Anvil Directed by Sacha Gervasi
Starring Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, Robb Reiner, Chris Tsangarides
Release date: October 6, 2009
In the big hair and spandex-filled summer of 1984, a huge music tour took Japan by storm. A collection of the world’s biggest metal bands like Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P., Scorpions, Whitesnake, and Bon Jovi were on the bill. Also sharing the stage was Anvil, a young band gaining notoriety and respect thanks to their incredible musicianship and a lead singer who enjoyed playing his guitar with a dildo. After this tour the bands involved continued their ascent to rock stardom each selling millions of records and playing sell-out tours. All, that is, except Anvil. For them it didn’t work out and never again would they reach those heights.
In Anvil! The Story of Anvil metal icons like Scott Ian (Anthrax), Slash (Guns n Roses), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), and Lemmy (Motorhead) talk about how highly they rated Anvil. In the early 80s, Anvil was the band they wanted to emulate, the band that made them perform better, and afterwards the band that they couldn’t believe didn’t make it. But, as Lemmy says here, “You’ve got to be in the right place at the right time.” Anvil never was. After Japan Anvil could have given up playing, content to live off their 15 minutes of fame, ready to tell the grandkids about that brief moment in time they were rock stars. But no: In the decades since, the band has continued to play live shows, record albums and attract new fans. Anvil! The Story Of Anvil documents the band as they continue to try and ‘make it’ and record their 13th studio album, This Is Thirteen.
Over a year ago, I wrote about Anvil! The Story of Anvil, the documentary which got great reviews out of the Sundance Film Festival and has since won a bunch of awards at various film festivals.
Now, a theatrical trailer is online (watch it here below) for the film, which is getting a release in NY and LA on April 10, 2009 with a national rollout through April, which includes a live performance from Anvil after each screening (see list of dates/venues here below).
Directed by Sacha Gervasi, Anvil! follows two 50-something years old musicians Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner of the 1980s Canadian heavy metal band Anvil as they try to recapture the magic of their glory days.
As I’ve mentioned here before, I was a fan of Anvil and saw the live in the 1980s, so for someone like this, this documentary is a must-see (and I was lucky enough to get a screener of it already and an invite to a cocktail party for the release, which I had to miss because I was at WonderCon!). But reports all around have been that you don’t have to like metal to fall in love with this movie, because in the end it’s not about the music itself but about hope and about following your dreams.