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Wes Craven made a comic book movie (“Swamp Thing”) before comic book movies were cool, brazenly transformed an Ingmar Bergman scenario into a vicious grindhouse classic (“The Last House on the Left”), and put Meryl Streep through her paces as she gave violin lessons to inner-city kids — and made an enthusiastic if unsuccessful bid for another Oscar — in “Music of the Heart.”
But the cult-fave filmmaker, who died Sunday at 76, earned his place in the movie history books and a warm spot in the hearts of genre aficionados everywhere with two seminal, sequel-spawning masterworks: “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984), the dream-logical, high-voltage shocker that established the fire-scarred, razor-fingered Freddy Krueger as a horror-movie icon; and “Scream” (1996), the seriocomic smash hit, scripted by Kevin Williamson, that impudently played fast and loose with the cliches and conventions of slasher pics like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” (and, yes, “A Nightmare on Elm Street »
- Joe Leydon
I, Madman Savant Blu-ray Review I, Madman Blu-ray Scream (Shout!) Factory 1989 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 89 min. / Street Date July 21, 2015 / 24.97 Starring Jenny Wright, Clayton Rohner, Randall William Cook, Stephanie Hodge, Michelle Jordan. Cinematography Bryan England Production Designer Matthew C. Jacobs, Ron Wilson Visual Effects Jim Aupperle, Randall William Cook Film Editor Marcus Manton Original Music Michael Hoenig Written by David Chaskin Produced by Rafael Eisenman Directed by Tibor Takács
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
A rich vein of horror seldom tapped in the movies is to be found in vintage pulp magazines, the kind of bone-chilling 'dread' stories that make one feel insecure and off-balance. This 1989 release from Trans World Entertainment brings back memories of creepy illustrations in old horror anthologies. The classic example is this: in a dusty corner of a forgotten library, a sleepy old researcher is dozing off over an ancient book. But from out of a picture in the book reaches a skeletal hand. »
- Glenn Erickson
The eighth entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin.***Cinephilia—in the form in which it can be shared by spectators and filmmakers alike—has two extreme poles, and both of them are associated with fierce, intense drives. There is the cinephilia aligned with love in all its manifestations: romanticism, desire, tenderness, hope. And then there is the cinephilia aligned with aggression, violence, a death-drive. Neither, in an important sense, should be regarded entirely literally: many things on the face of this earth slip under and between love and aggressivity, and these metamorphosing states can stand for, or become attached to, every kind of social, political situation. Samuel Fuller knew the score, in his famous pronouncement for Pierrot le fou (1965): “Film is like a battleground. Love. Hate. Action. Violence. Death. In one word…emotion.” And emotion can be never constrained or »
- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin
By Todd Garbarini
Elia Kazan’s 1960 film Wild River, which stars Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Joan Van Fleet, and is Bruce Dern’s debut film, celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 110-minute film on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Actor Bruce Dern is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a Q & A and discussion on the making of the film.
From the press release:
Wild River (1960), set in Depression-era America, tells a provocative story of the conflict between an agent from the Tennessee Valley Authority and a proud, defiant older woman who refuses to sell her land in order to make way for a much needed dam. Oscar-nominated actors Montgomery Clift and Lee Remick star, and Oscar-winning actress Jo Van Fleet (only 40 at the time she made the film) plays the stubborn, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their eighth piece, they discuss Agnès Varda’s stunning and essential character study Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962).
This month brings the Criterion/Eclipse release of the five film box set “Agnès Varda in California,” making August the perfect time to revisit her seminal 1962 film Cléo from 5 to 7. The close to real-time film covers 90 minutes (the title is a slight fib) in the life of a beautiful French pop singer (Corinne Marchand). She has two hours to wait until her Doctor contacts her to confirm if she has cancer and what her prognosis is. In the first scene of the film, Cléo visits a fortune teller whose tarot cards reveal that she will experience a transformative experience that may involve her death. She »
- Landon Palmer
Ingrid Bergman ca. early 1940s. Ingrid Bergman movies on TCM: From the artificial 'Gaslight' to the magisterial 'Autumn Sonata' Two days ago, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series highlighted the film career of Greta Garbo. Today, Aug. 28, '15, TCM is focusing on another Swedish actress, three-time Academy Award winner Ingrid Bergman, who would have turned 100 years old tomorrow. TCM has likely aired most of Bergman's Hollywood films, and at least some of her early Swedish work. As a result, today's only premiere is Fielder Cook's little-seen and little-remembered From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973), about two bored kids (Sally Prager, Johnny Doran) who run away from home and end up at New York City's Metropolitan Museum. Obviously, this is no A Night at the Museum – and that's a major plus. Bergman plays an elderly art lover who takes an interest in them; her »
- Andre Soares
Ahead of American Ultra's arrival in UK cinemas, here's our pick of the 25 finest, sneakiest secret agents in film...
Operatives. Spies. Moles. Infiltrators. Secret agents go by many names. In fact, Britain's national security agency doesn't even call them agents - they're covert human intelligence sources, or simply “officers".
Whatever we choose to call them, secret agents lead necessarily furtive and obscure lives - so obscure that most of what we know about them is defined by what we've seen and read in books and movies.
During the Cold War, the image of the secret agent as a well-groomed sophisticate in a suit proliferated all over the world, and even in the high-tech landscape of the 21st century, that image still stands - just look at such movies as Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and, of course, the Bond franchise. But secret agents can come in many other guises, »
The disquieting power of laughter, shooting a film in sequence, countering movie clichés about female friendship, a Doris Day Pillow Talk moment, hysteria, editing time (by Robert Greene and Peter Levin), Edvard Munch, Musidora in Louis Feuillade's Les Vampires, slow zooms (cinematography by Sean Price Williams), plus Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski's use of food, entered into Josh Siegel's conversation with Queen Of Earth director Alex Ross Perry and star Elisabeth Moss.
Catherine (Moss) visits her old friend Virginia (Katherine Waterston) at her family's lake house to recover and possibly come to terms with two recent traumatic events in her life. Her father, a famous artist whose estate Catherine manages, committed suicide, and her longtime boyfriend James (Kentucker Audley) left her. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Kevin Bacon will be channeling Jimmy Stewart in a stage version of the classic crime story “Rear Window” to play this fall at Connecticut’s Hartford Stage. Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”) will direct the production, which will run from October 22-November 15. Keith Reddin adapted the play from Cornwell Woolrich’s short story, which was also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1954 thriller starring Stewart as a man confined to his big-city apartment who thinks he may have witnessed a murder by his cross-the-courtyard neighbor. Also Read: Forest Whitaker to Make Broadway Debut in Eugene O'Neill's. »
- Thom Geier
War-Gods of the Deep Kl Studio Classics Savant Blu-ray Review War-Gods of the Deep Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1965 / Color / 2:35 widescreen 1:37 flat Academy / 84 min. / City in the Sea / Street Date August ll, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Vincent Price, Tab Hunter, David Tomlinson, Susan Hart, John Le Mesurier, Harry Oscar, Derek Newark, Roy Patrick, Herbert the Rooster. Cinematography Stephen Dade Film Editor Gordon Hales Original Music Stanley Black Written by Charles Bennett, Louis M. Heyward, David Whitaker based on City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe Produced by Daniel Haller Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
By 1965 American-International Pictures was looking in all directions, trying to hit on new themes to replace the monsters and juvenile delinquents of their early days. Beach party movies and the Edgar Allan Poe cycles had almost reached their limit as well. The company expanded into TV distribution and inaugurated co-productions in both Italy and London. »
- Glenn Erickson
Lovers of "Marnie," Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 psychosexual pas de deux with Tippi Hedren that placed weirdly high on a recent BBC critics' poll of the best movies ever, are in for a treat at this year's Vienna fest. The quintessential Hitchcock blonde gets her very own tribute, titled Choreography of Desire, including screenings of that film, "The Birds" and her recently re-released film maudit "Roar," co-starring her daughter Melanie Griffith. Read More: 'Citizen Kane' Still the Best American Movie Ever, According to BBC Critics Poll The now-unspooling Viennale lineup also includes an ode to late filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, who died this year at age 106, presented by fellow Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa. Highlights of the feature film lineup include Sundance titles "Diary of a Teenage Girl," "Dope," "End of the Tour" and "Tangerine," as well as other festival faves such as Alex Ross Perry's "Queen of »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Directed by Phil Karlson
From across the street in a quiet hotel room, a man (Preston Foster) attentively observes the coming and goings of security guards that transport hundreds of thousands of dollars to and from the bank across the street. A plan is brewing in his mind, a plan that will require the assistance of three pawns, all known criminals. They are: small time gambler Pete Harris (Jack Elam), cop killer Boyd Kane (Neville Brand) and Tony Romano (a young, moustache-free Lee Van Cleef). Each is invited to the man’s room on separate occasions, presented a plan to steal the doe from the guards and make a getaway. Everyone is to wear masks so that no one participant can rat on any other in the event that things go awry. For the masked convicts themselves, »
- Edgar Chaput
Dismaland Castle and Big Little Mermaid suffering from split-personality disorder. Dismaland: Banksy and more than 50 other artists create bemusement theme park Who gives a damn about the cheap thrills to be offered by the Star Wars-themed expansion of Disneyland when you can relish the thought-provoking wonders of Dismaland? The artist Banksy, whose 2010 documentary feature Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for an Academy Award, has come up with his latest revolutionary artwork: a theme park for the bemusement of the whole family! Or perhaps not quite the whole family. Banksy calls his 2.5-acre art show a “family theme park unsuitable for small children.” Another Dismaland plus. Its construction shrouded in secrecy, Dismaland opened today, Aug. 20, '15, on the sea front at Weston-super-Mare, in Somerset, southwest England. While the theme park was being built, locals believed that the work going on at the derelict Tropicana “lido” – shut down in »
- Andre Soares
When we think about the “writer/director” we often think about the works of Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard or Lars Von Trier. The auteurs who charge into the uphill battle of putting their own story to film. It’s more than a credit, it’s a type of filmmaker – one that more often than not starts outside of the studio system, one that more often than not considers themselves a writer first and a director second, one that falls in love with their own dialog. It’s very common now but it didn’t used to be.
75 years ago this week a film was released with the first “Written and Directed by” credit, making official something that had been going on in movie making since the evolution of narrative filmmaking and giving birth to the modern day writer/director. The first credited writer/director: playwright Preston Sturges, »
- Charlie Sanford
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake: »
- Zac Gille
"I think it was Alfred Hitchcock who said that he spends most of his time going to meetings trying to get his movies off the ground - which is staggering when you think it was Alfred Hitchcock," says award-winning director Gail Harvey above in Episode 5 of Raindance Step & Repeat, a video series for independent filmmakers who want to make a living telling stories. Read More: Networking for Creative Introverts: Here's How to Do It There's big appeal to directing. You call the shots, and get a lion's share of the glory if your project is a success. However, what we often fail to see is all the work directors do from pre-to-post to ensure the success of their project. Harvey is one of Canada' most in-demand directors, but she's only on set shooting for about ⅓ of the year. The other eight months she's prepping, networking, looking for work, creating opportunities, »
- Dale Sood
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Hey, Toronto! The Tiff Bell Lightbox has got a big treat in store for fans of big screen icon Ingrid Bergman with their upcoming Notorious: Celebrating The Ingrid Bergman Centenary retrospective and we've got two fantastic ticket bundles to give away!Included in the retrospective are screenings of a trio of pictures Bergman did with director Alfred Hitchcock - Notorious screens August 23rd, Spellbound screens August 27th and Under Capricorn screens September 6th - and two lucky Twitch readers are going to win a pair of tickets to see all three of those titles!You want your chance? We're making it easy: Just email me here and name Bergman's Notorious leading man. Winners will be drawn at random. Good luck, and remember to check out the full...
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When an album enters into the realm of reverence, it tends to then be attached with an increasingly difficult-to-break shield. The idea that an album established as “great” could have any sort of fault becomes something to be scoffed at or ignored. We lose the ability to critique when some sort of consensus has been achieved, all as the critical hivemind encourages us to move forward and accept the established masterpieces as masterpieces. And without a potential for hindsight, the worst portions of albums belonging to this universal canon are left without scrutiny.
It is more often than not that we ignore embarrassing moments in all media to build up the ultimate value of the whole. Nobody mentions the scene near the end of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho where, much to the chagrin of the viewer, a random detective spends a solid five minutes giving a thorough explanation of the entire movie. »
- Steve Beres
Hollywood is one interesting place. You take meetings for projects, you shop your projects around and getting your next gig typically happens that way…and then there’s Sinister 2. How many people can thank Twitter for their next big directorial project? Ciaran Foy can. The Citadel director was approached via Twitter by Sinister co-writer/director Scott Derrickson just to say that he enjoyed Ciaran’s awesome agoraphobic thriller, and one thing led to another, and faster than you can “you’re hired”, the Irish filmmaker was hired by Blumhouse to helm the follow-up to Derrickson’s 2012 horror hit, dealing with a malevolent spirit that targets children and typically leaves the rest of the family brutally murdered.
While we were eternally happy to sit down with Foy at Sinister 2‘s press junket and chat with the director about the film, a last minute bump left Icons somewhat high and dry, »
- Jerry Smith
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