Due to the oddities of globally different release dates, The Secret In Their Eyes finds itself as both the recipient of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and as one of the nominees for BAFTA's equivalent 2011 award.
The setup seems set to play out as a lengthy murder mystery with overtones of traditional Hollywood thrillers but instead, at about the half hour mark, an obvious killer is suggested and the film seems to stagnate for a few beats, unsure of where to turn. The route it decides on is a route incredibly similar in many ways to David Fincher's Zodiac. Campanella's story is embellished with an incredible amount of detail which ensure the above concept doesn't run old or get tired quickly.
Despite the film's minor problems the awarding bodies have got their lavishing of attention just right. A team of FBI investigators is torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered. Back in 2009, a sombre, twisty Argentinian thriller called The Secret in Their Eyes pulled off a remarkable heist at the Oscars.
Juan Jose Campanella’s film, a policier spanning a quarter-century about an unapprehended murderer, must have tapped into the same taste for procedural whodunnits that has made all those Scandi crime dramas such water-cooler TV. Now the Hollywood remake is upon us, and an estimable cast, headed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, do their darnedest to make it fly.
The most powerful scene by far is the identification of this body, which Ejiofor’s Ray is the first to get a good look at. In this one sequence she succeeds in breaking the movie wide open – it’s a gruellingly effective showcase for what a good dramatic actress she is, and makes up (at least temporarily) for the clankingly dim preamble of the preceding reel. Thirteen years later, the presumed killer is still at large, because the cost of prosecuting him when they should have – which the powers that be prevented from happening – was potentially sacrificing leads in the war on terror. But the case against him is circumstantial at best, hinging on his general lasciviousness, his predatory expression staring at the victim in a single photo, and a fetish for comic-book violence.
Kidman only has one scene that suggests why this wholly functional part appealed, when she taunts Cole’s character about his virility, trying to get a rise and a confession out of him.
The film also wastes too much energy detailing an unrequited crush Ray has on Claire, when the relationship that really counts here, and gets short shrift as a result, is the one between him and Jess. Managing to be simultaneously underdeveloped and overwrought is a common flaw in pseudo-adult thrillers.
Led by an all-star cast of Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Secret in Their Eyes seeks to find the killer and serve justice, in more ways than one. Based on the Argentinian novel El secreto de sis Ojos by Eduardo Sacheri, Secret in Their Eyes revolves around an unresolved homicide case that continues to haunt former FBI investigator Ray Kasten (Chiwetel Ejiofor).
Directed by Billy Ray, Secret in Their Eyes is reminiscent of Prisoners, albeit subdued and less interesting.
With slight departures from the original, Ray’s Secret in Their Eyes is well-adapted and refreshing with smooth transition to a drama thriller. Secret In Their Eyes is a film that I’ve personally been looking forward to since I saw the trailer not long ago and I was quite happy to go along and see it. Secret In Their Eyes tells the story of a bunch of high up investigators who are surveying a mosque which has in it possibly some suspected terrorists.
The directing from Billy Ray is well done and during the film while I was in the cinema watching this I had a feeling the whole way through that what I was seeing on screen was pretty good. The only real downside and complaint I have with the film is with the writing and in particular the conclusion.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is one of the biggest and most anticipated films releasing in 2016. A discussion with writer-director-producer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, writer Mark L. Always Something To Read Or WatchWe hope you enjoyed your visit and time with Resident Entertainment. With scenes switching back and forth from thirteen years ago to present day, Secret in Their Eyes does a masterful job at keeping the audience engaged. Juan Jose Campanella's film thus stands in the enviable position of having been premiered in its home territory in 2009 and then continuing to generate awards buzz and publicity for the two subsequent years. The snappy and darkly comic script, adapted by Campanella and Eduardo Sacheri from Sacheri's novel, gives way quickly to the brutal rape and murder of young schoolteacher Liliana Coloto (Carla Quevedo), a crime investigated by court official and protagonist Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darin) and his new boss Irene Menendez Hastings (Soledad Villamil). Like that film, this is indeed a film about a murderer who may or may not have been found and who may or may not have had justice served upon him but in the same way, it is a film more concerned with the lives the murder touches than with the crime itself.
Told using flashbacks, a now older Benjamin seeks out Irene again to go over the case, the two's unrequited love indelibly linked to Liliana's murder.
Firstly, although Campanella obviously has technical ability (a sweeping football stadium shot that starts miles away and ends up in the faces of the crowd in one smooth movement is a highlight) he fails to show it on regular occasions.
The Secret In Their Eyes is better than both high profile entries from last year's Oscars (The White Ribbon and A Prophet) and based on the story alone, deserves another award this year from BAFTA.
A tight-knit team of rising investigators – Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Jess (Julia Roberts) and their supervisor Claire (Nicole Kidman) – is torn apart when Jess’s teenage daughter is brutally and inexplicably murdered. It beat two far more critically acclaimed contenders – Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon and Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet – to the Best Foreign Film award. It’s been put together by one of Hollywood’s most prolific screenwriters, Billy Ray, who penned Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games, and the film version of State of Play, as well as his self-directed thrillers Shattered Glass and Breach, both of which were pretty interesting.
Ray hasn’t nailed the structure, dug deeply enough into the characterisations, or finessed the big twist nearly well enough - that’s why. The camera tracks his gasping shock as he walks numbly across to Roberts’s character, Jess, and has to deliver the words that will ruin her life: it’s her daughter. It dents the film’s credibility badly that experienced investigators such as Ray and Claire (Nicole Kidman) assume they can just wing the case on a strong hunch: they must know how the system works. His fight to get justice for her daughter ought to be a moving essay on carrying your own share of a friend’s grief, but while Ejiofor is certainly pushing the role in that direction, the script has a more dubiously gimmicky resolution in mind.
So is depending on a payload of cathartic emotion without doing the steady work of earning it.
A personal case, Ray returns to his old precinct a decade later with newfound evidence regarding the mystery of the brutal rape and murder of the daughter of his old partner, Jess Cobb (Julia Roberts). The film is speared on by its powerhouse cast and their ability to deliver powerful performances. Ejiofor stars as Ray, a hardworking agent who is unable to let go of the past and seeks to solve the case. Like many mystery thriller based films, Secret in Their Eyes excels in bringing crime and justice to the forefront, with the emotional trauma palpable. The script has enough twists and turns to keep the viewers entertained, interchanging timelines and heavy music to keep the intensity going strong. Being a fan of both Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman I was interested to see how these two would perform together in the film and the trailer is quite intriguing, who doesn’t like a good murder mystery?
Julia Roberts is okay but to me she was a bit annoying in this and the rest of the cast were just kind of average which is a bit disappointing but okay overall. I felt that things seemed wrapped up towards the end quite well, but then the final twist we got kind of ruined it for me and made me think that maybe the writer was trying to be too smart with it when they didn’t need to be. Both Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor were great in this and had the most interesting characters to watch, but Julia Roberts was a bit annoying though in this film. The movie starts off with former FBI investigator Ray Kasten (Chiwetel Ejiofor) returning to LA to meet with current District Attorney and longtime friend, Claire (Nicole Kidman). This forms the main backbone of the surrounding stories but when you add to this the story of the victim's husband, the supposed murderer and Benjamin's alcoholic colleague, you get a tale incredibly rich in detail, all rounded off by a final quarter that will both catch many viewers off-guard and provide detailed closure in equal measure. The criticism that any given film 'looks televisual' has become too easy and too lazy a motif to trot out recently but that isn't to say it doesn't have merit and The Secret In Their Eyes can feel like a feature-length Midsomer Murders. Campanella's work may occasionally lack visual flourish but its integrity and dark wit can't be questioned. After obsessively searching for the elusive killer every day for 13 years, Ray finally uncovers a new lead that he’s certain will resolve the case. Thunderstruck, Roberts fights her way right next to the corpse to get confirmation of her own.
Ejiofor's director doesn't coax the best out of him, either: unlike the excellent Ricardo Darin first time around, he’s mostly lunging in a vacuum. With the help of his alluring colleague and boss Claire (Nicole Kidman), the trio strive to discover the truth and uncover some secrets have been buried for years.
In another starring role after his turn in 2013′s 12 Years A Slave, Ejiofor brings a strong performance.


A well-executed adaptation, the film has just the right amount of cast power and script strength to be on par with the original. When one of the characters got punched unexpectedly at a certain point I saw a few people in the cinema I was in jump in their seats slightly which makes me think that people were quite immersed in the experience. The story is fairly good, although I disagree that the ending is solid, I would still recommend watching this to those who are interested in seeing it. Ray reveals that he has located a former suspect in a case both of them worked on 13 years ago.
Our award-winning, festival loving horror short MASSACRE AT FEMUR CREEK is now available for purchase on DVD for a great low price. Perversely, the second problem is that when Campanella does attempt to visually stage his themes he goes for the overtly obvious.
No one is prepared, however, for the shocking secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul. His versatile role captivates on-screen; from dedicated investigator to loyal friend, Ejiofor displays his wide ranging talent. It would be a good value rental or a fairly good experience at the cinema, especially if you’re a fan of the genre or the actors this film has.
Julia Roberts also does a spectacular job in her role as a former FBI agent and grieving mother. But considering it's an homage to 80's slasher movies, we are proud to announce the film will also be getting a release on VHS format, which is the perfect way to commemorate our little film. A late scene sees three main characters shot with bars between them and the camera: they are literally imprisoned by the mystery that has obsessed them for years. She brings a level of emotionality to this character that, in turn, makes Jess the most dynamic character in this entire movie.
Likewise, shots of Benjamin gazing at Irene from above, from the side and from behind pervade; they're never on equal footing and Campanella wants to make sure you see that.
Typically with psychological thrillers such as these, scenes tend to drag on much longer than needed. Her performance is central to the film and creates the entire atmosphere that drives the unoriginal plot. With this movie, everything was very straight forward, which allowed for audience members to continue to be engaged.
We are incredibly proud of the film and are hoping it will match (if not surpass) the success of its predecessor, the mutiple-award winning ARCHON DEFENDER. The official DVD artwork is below, along with some of the links where you can either rent or purchase the film. It's been a while but we've returned with plenty of activity over the last few months and a big apology to our fans for our tardiness in updating the website since the summer. This will change in the coming months as we have a few new projects in release and upcoming projects that will surely generate much buzz as we aim to unleash them onto the unsuspecting world. Producer Morgan Muscat supplied us with this cool picture of his trek through Cinema 1 at Burlington Mall and the discovery of ARCHON sitting within some pretty good company. The first official trailer from our latest short film, MASSACRE AT FEMUR CREEK, has been unveiled online via writer-director Kyle Hytonen's You Tube channel. We are excited to be collaborating with award-winning filmmaker Kyle Hytonen and his A Henry Krinkle Production company on this fun little short film.
Enjoy the picture below of actor John Migloire in character as The Shape and keep checking back for more updates on the film's completion and release date. Filming has commenced in Hamilton, Ontario and Burlington, Ontario under the direction of Hytonen and starring John Migliore and Heather Dicke. Recently, the film launched a campaign on Indiegogo to raise $1100 and wound up (to date) collecting a surprising $2414.
Check out the teaser poster below and visit the Indiegogo campaign for more info about the film. As we continue to develop short and feature films, as well as promote our new demo reel feature, we are hard at work promoting local artists and community events.
Such is the case with the upcoming June 8th Car-Free street festival happening on Palladium Way in Alton Village.
We are proud to be a part of this amazing community event and are happy to finally unveil our freshly completed new video to help raise awareness of said event. We were approached a few weeks back to create this video by local artists and have done so using footage from last year's event.
Enjoy the world exclusive premiere of the promotional video by visiting this link or check it out via our WELCOME page. We are excited to formally announce thatA Moonlit Road Entertainment has the privilege of being among the many talented artists and vendors at the Ward 6, North Burlington festival. The event will be held on Palladium Way, between Walkera€™s and Appleby Lines, in Alton Village. Please feel free to visit the Ward 6 Car-Free Street Festival page on Facebook for more information about the event. Our tiny horror-film noir short film THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU recently added another festival date to its successful roster, this time for the 2014 edition of the Sudden Impulse Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We are excited to promote our award-winning title yet again and hope that people turn out to support great independent films such as this one. The screening happens on Saturday May 10th at the Big Picture Cinema on Gerard Street East at 8:30pm. Not only are we focused on inspired filmmaking and photography opportunities, we are how branching out into offering services for Demo Reels. We understand just how important a demo reel is to emerging and talented filmmakers and actors, so we are offering top-notch, professional service along with affordable prices to help showcase what you have to offer the world.
If you are looking to have us create your demo reel or are merely wanting to browse around, we invite you to check out our newly added DEMO REELS page where you can look into our rates and what we can offer you. With ARCHON DEFENDER currently in distribution around the world, distirbution plans ramping up for ORIGIN: A CALL TO MINDS and production underway onA COLD DARK MIRRORA along with a slew of short film projects in development, we trust that 2014 will be our busiest year yet.
And we hope for your continued support as we grow and expand into different areas, which will be announced soon. From all of us at Moonlit Road Entertainment, we welcome 2014 and wish you all a very Happy New Year.
Also, Morgan was featured in the 2013 edition of the Burlington community guide, which he also spoke about his humbling beginnings as a student filmmaker and to where he is today. The article and photo are available only in print, but a photograph has been made available below. The film gets an exclusive digital engagement with Google Play starting tomorrow, October 1, 2013.
Since 2008, the film has been turning heads and it has been nominated and has won several awards for is achievement in special effects and production design.
Congratulations to the directors and cast who combined to make a special type of film that continues to wow audiences. Dates and specifics will be released as soon as they are available.A September 25, 2013 - Hamilton Film Festival selects ARCHON DEFENDER and ORIGINA The city of Hamilton appears to have taken a liking to Moonlit Road Entertainment productions. Both films will screen as a double bill during the festival, which runs from November 4th to the 10th at the Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. While ARCHON has had a fairly successful festival run over the years leading up to its upcoming DVD release, ORIGIN: A CALL TO MINDS will be making its exclusive world premiere during the festival. Just yesterday, the film screened at the 2013 Hamilton Music and Film Festival at the Factory Media Centre (227 James Street North in Hamilton). Earlier in the month (on September 13th), the film was selected to screen at the 2013 Supercrawl event held in Hamilton. Expect more festival announcements in the next little while.A A August 28, 2013 - Pre-order ARCHON DEFENDER on DVD now at Amazon!!! Here is your exclusive first look at a pair of colourful teaser posters for our upcoming animated feature film COLD DARK MIRROR, currently in production under the direction of David Krupicz.The film is expected to continue production throughout 2013 and the early part of 2014, with a release expected for later next year.
2013 - THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU is an Official Selection at HMFF 2013!More great news for our horror film noir hybrid THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU.


The award-winning short has become an Official Selection at the 2013 Hamilton Music and Film Festival, taking place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on September 22nd. This will mark the third time that the film has screened in Hamilton as part of the film festival circuit, following the 2012 edition of the Hamilton Film Festival as well as earlier this year as part of the Little Nightmares Canadian Horror Shorts Festival. We announced earlier this year that ARCHON DEFENDER, our first animated feature film, is scheduled to premiere on DVD and VOD during the fourth quarter of 2013. Today comes word that the film will indeed premiere this fall and in the United States on October 22nd.A Furthermore, we are excited to bring you the exclusive world premiere of the DVD cover art for the film, to be distributed by Ytinifni Films.
Morgan was one of eleven people nominated, which ranged from enviromental, community, heritage as well as senior, junior and citizen of the year. This marks Morgan's second award win for his contributions to the community as a filmmaker, following his 2010 MARTY Award win for Emerging Media Arts.
Below is a photograph of the Burlington's Best Award and Certificate presented to Morgan Muscat last week as well as the Burlington Post photograph from the event, printed in Wednesday May 15th's edition.A May 16, 2013 - More THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU and SEVERANCE Movie Reviews!!!The reviews continue to trickle in for Moonlit Road Entertainment productions. The first is a positively glowing one from Bleeding Dead Film Reviews for THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU, which once again praises the performances of stars Robert Nolan and Sandra da Costa, as well as the production design and direction.
Andrews will be among the guests lined up to heavily promote some top notch Canadian content. The festival takes place between May 31st and June 2nd at the Best Western Hotel (173 - Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre, NY 11570). April 19, 2013 - Morgan Muscat featured in Mississauga magazine MISSISSAUGA ARTSThe promotion continues for busy producer-writer Morgan Muscat, who is now featured in the Spring edition of MISSISSAUGA ARTS, a magazine published quarterly that recognizes talents who have contributed to the arts in Mississauga. Morgan is featured on Page 4 as part of the 2013 MARTY Award nominees and again on Page 15, which is the press release about his involvement in the upcoming June 27th Media Arts Mash Up. The cover page for MISSISSAUGA ARTS is below, pick up your copy at the Mississauga Arts Council office.April 17, 2013 - THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU movie review!A positive, spoiler-free review of THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU from Horror Movie Diary has made it online and it rocks.
The reviewer praises actor Robert Nolan's performances as Devil, as well as goes on to say that the film itself is "hellishly great" and supported by a great cast.
The ever busy producer will be on hand discussing his past films as well as current productions including the soon-to-be-released ORIGIN: A CALL TO MINDS and the currently in development COLD DARK MIRROR. Additionally, the filmmaker will be screening a never-before-seen 10 minute clip from ORIGIN as well as discuss the making of the film. The event will be held at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (300 City Centre Drive) and will begin at 7:00pm. Just today, Mike Haberfelner over at the website Search My Trash recently conducted two interviews, one with CDM producer Morgan Muscat and the other with David Krupicz himself about the making of the film. Click below to check out the interviews where both filmmakers talk about CDM, as well as other upcoming projects from Moonlit Road Entertainment and Original Sine Productions. Additionally, an article conducted by Mississauga journalist Louise Peacock for the Film Annex website made it online today. That article, entitled "Glimpse in the Mirror", features an on-set journal and behind-the-scenes photos of the cast and crew in action. Click on the respective links below to check out the interviews.A Morgan Muscat "Cold Dark Mirror" Interview (Search My Trash - Mike Haberfelner) David T.
Today we are proud to report that Morgan has once again been nominated, this time for a 2013 Burlington's Best award nomination, which honours citizen in Burlington who have contributed to the arts within the city. Morgan is proud to call Burlington is new home town and is honoured that he and his work has been recognized by the community collectively. Today we are proud to announce the cast for our upcoming sci-fi animated epic COLD DARK MIRROR, which is being produced by Morgan Muscat and will once again be directed by David T. The cast includes Sandra da Costa (Sick), Caleigh Le Grand (Inspiration), Daniel Wyse (Origin: A Call to Minds), Morgan Muscat (Archon Defender), Paul Nicholls (A Cry in the Dark), Ryan Barrett (Neverlost), Astrida Auza (Sick), Christopher Lee Grant (Dead Genesis), Neil Green (Black Eve) and Laura Collu (Severance). COLD DARK MIRROR follows young Witch-Hunter Lydia (Sandra DaCosta), who stumbles upon the dark secret of the Unseen World; a shadow world of dreams and nightmares which lies just beyond the mirror's edge. A dark and ancient power, the Time Shadow (Neil Green), seeks entry into the corporeal world, a power some on the Alchemic Council are in league with, and whose existence they seek to keep secret above all else. Together with her Cat Familiar Callista (Caleigh La Grand), Lydia must face the Shadow Council, and avenge the death of her mentor, the Maegis Acheroni»?.A A In addition to the casting announcement, we are also today releasing the first couple of production stills from COLD DARK MIRROR. New Moonlit Road business cards!A Earlier this year we reported that ARCHON DEFENDER would be getting a DVD and VOD release later this year. In addition to the Facebook group released a few months ago, you can now follow ARCHON DEFENDER on Twitter for all the most up-to-date information surrounding the film. Simply click on the links above to visit the respective pages.A In other news, we are proud to report that for the first time in five years we have new business cards that are hot off the presses and about ready for distribution to the masses.
Our multiple award-winning short film is now an Official Selection at the 3rd Macabre Faire Film Festival in Long Island, New York, honouring films within the genres of Horror, Thrillers, Suspense and Sci-Fi. While there are no concrete showtimes or dates as of yet, please feel free to visit the festival's Facebook page, which will make a more formal announcement closer to the festival date this summer.
As we keep you in anticipation with our casting, we are proud to present the first official production still from the film. We now have a Facebook group were you will be able to keep up to date on the developments of our films as they move through production. Please note that press releases and latest news will appear on here first, and then make their way onto our new Facebook group.
Keep it here, there's lots happening.A March 6, 2013 - Morgan Muscat 2013 MARTY Award nomination and interviews Having stepped back to focus on his family last year, Moonlit Road Entertainment founder Morgan Muscat is gearing up for what is looking like a very busy year ahead.
The talented writer-producer is releasing the animated feature ORIGIN: A CALL TO MINDS as well as producing a new animated film (COLD DARK MIRROR), which starts production this month.
Amidst all that, Morgan is seeking funding for his long awaited Stephen King adaptation SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN as well as developing some other short film projects.
In the meantime, we would like to congratulate Morgan and his fourth MARTY award nomination since 2009, this one for Established Media Arts for the 2013 awards ceremony. More information about the MARTYs can be found by visiting the Mississauga Arts Council link.
We would also like to congratulate SEVERANCE crew members David O'Hearn and Alvin Campana for their MARTY nominations also; David is nominated for Established Performing Arts while Alvin is in the running for Established Media Arts.
In the interview, he speaks about his early career as a filmmaker to some of his recent producing projects, specifically SEVERANCE and THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU. The episode aired on Rogers TV at the end of February.A February 25, 2013 - THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU gets another Hamilton screening!!!We are proud to report that THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU will once again be gracing screens in Hamilton, as it is an Official Selection at the 2013 Little Nightmares Canadian Horror Shorts Festival.
COLD DARK MIRROR is slated to go into production in the next few weeks and is tentatively set for release in late 2014. A dark and ancient power, the Time Shadow, seeks entry into the corporeal world, a power some on the Alchemic Council are in league with, and whose existence they seek to keep secret above all else. Together with her Cat Familiar Callista, Lydia must face the Shadow Council, and avenge the death of her mentor, the Maegis Acheron.i»?January 27, 2013 - ARCHON DEFENDER signed to US Distribution dealBig news to start the new year off. ARCHON DEFENDER, our 2009 multiple award-winning animated feature film (written and directed by David T.
Krupicz and produced by Morgan Muscat) has been signed to a US distribution deal with Ytinifni Pictures. The deal will provide North American DVD and US Video on Demand (VOD) distribution in late 2013. While an official date has yet to be announced, expect the film to be released sometime in the fourth quarter. The film follows the path of a young woman, Colette, as she seeks her way through adversity to redemption, as the world she once knew is torn apart by war and tyranny. The first official trailer from our latest short film, MASSACRE AT FEMUR CREEK, has been unveiled online via writer-director Kyle Hytonen's You Tube channel.
Enjoy the picture below of actor John Migloire in character as The Shape and keep checking back for more updates on the film's completion and release date. We were approached a few weeks back to create this video by local artists and have done so using footage from last year's event.




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