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[Editor's Note: We're bringing some of our columns from Deadly Magazine into Daily Dead as well and today we have a look at our review roundup from Monte he likes to call "Movie Mayhem." Each month, he'll give you the rundown on movies he watched over the last 30 days that you may be interested in checking out. In the first installment on Daily Dead, find out what he thought of The Visit, Turbo Kid, Deathgasm, and more...]
The Visit: “The Visit” is a modern day spin of a familiar grim fairy tale; you could call it “Hansel and Gretel” the documentary. Director M. Night Shyamalan returns to better form with another frightening tale where children are placed in the center of complicated, sometimes perilous, situations. Shyamalan, a director whose films have been a mix of accomplishment and disappointment, crafts an effective horror film with “The Visit”, a scaled down success of simple and strategic storytelling heavy on the “creepy” factor. Ploys like a rickety old house, monsters with smiling faces, and the hand-held horror techniques are a few of the genre characteristics that are utilized by Shyamalan. While some of time this works other times it falls into familiar trappings, like annoyingly predictable jump scares. Still “The Visit” is effectively strange enough to keep one watching until the end.
3.5 out of 5.00
Turbo Kid: Some call »
- Monte Yazzie
Robert Kirkman has a crucial – but "awkward" – role with The Walking Dead: As both creator of the AMC show and writer of the ongoing comic series, he has an up-close view of other screenwriters dismantling his old work in the adaptation process. "It's me in a room with eight people, and I'll go, 'We did this in the comic,' and they go, 'I don't know if that's going to work' or 'It would be better if we did it this way,'" Kirkman told Seth Meyers during Thursday's episode of Late Night. »
The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the longest running horror film festival in the United States, now in its 15th year. The festival has been responsible for premiering many now classic horror films such as Paranormal Activity and Feast, both of which are having anniversary screenings at this year's festival. Additionally, Screamfest will be screening the premiere of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.
The 2015 festival will run from October 13th through the 22nd in Hollywood, California at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres.
Screamfest has an amazing star-studded lineup this year, and if you live in Los Angeles, you owe it to yourself to check out a movie or two, or three or four or all of them. Many of the screenings include discussions with filmmakers such as John and Clu Gulager, James Franco, and more. You can check out the programming and purchase tickets at the festival website Screamfest. »
Interviews with sleep paralysis sufferers makes a disturbingly persuasive case for the origins of nightmare tropes in art and literature
This disturbing documentary about sleep paralysis comes from Rodney Ascher, the director who made Room 237 (2012), an anthology of heretical interpretations of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. In a comparable spirit he interviews people who suffer from sleep paralysis – a condition that flies under the clinical radar. People can have it all their lives without getting treatment or sympathy or understanding of any kind. The sufferer experiences an inability to move, often with vivid dreams, night terrors and hallucinatory visions: there are shadowy intruders, often with red eyes, sometimes squatting stiflingly on your chest. Ascher makes a persuasive case that it is the physiological phenomenon of sleep paralysis that has created the nightmare tropes now commonplace in art and literature: they are recognisable, diagnosable symptoms. This condition, he says, both »
- Peter Bradshaw
Stanley Kubrick was a director clinically unafraid to push the envelope, and more often than not, he made it his mission. Never was he an artist willing to rest on his laurels. His 1971 classic “A Clockwork Orange” is a perfect example of the filmmaker at his finest, testing just about every boundary put before him, and, in the end, creating something truly masterful and timeless. However, upon its release ‘Clockwork’ was rated X and deeply misunderstood as endorsing the violence perpetrated on screen—after its initial release in Britain the film became a sort of proxy, an excuse to explain “ultra-violence” already occurring around the country, whether or not it was related in any way. And not long after, Kubrick himself decided to withdraw the film from the country, making it nearly impossible to see it there for a quarter of a century. Read More: Watch: 3-Hour Video Essay Examining »
- Gary Garrison
It's been over a year since we've heard anything about the worrying news of Warner Bros.' plans to make "The Overlook Hotel," a prequel to "The Shining." Some of our fears were allayed by the hiring of Mark Romanek to direct, however, there is still something troubling about creating a movie that — unofficially or not — will even glance upon the greatness of Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece. However, according to producer James Vanderbilt (also the writer behind "Zodiac," and the writer/director of the upcoming "Truth"), this won't just be a movie that explores the younger iterations of the characters you already know. Read More: Video Essay Explores the Differences Between Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' "Honestly, I think people will really be excited about it, because it’s not like ’20 Years Before The Shining!’ I don’t want to give too much away »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Sean Connery stepped down from the role of 007 after 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever,” he said he would “never again” play James Bond. Well, he hasn’t played the spy in a canon Bond film since “Diamonds,” but he did return to the role for 1983’s “Never Say Never Again,” which was released in theaters 32 years ago today. The film is not considered part of the canon of the Bond franchise since it wasn’t made by Eon Productions. It was released a mere four months after the canon film “Octopussy," starring Roger Moore — a situation that the media dubbed the “Battle of the Bonds.” Other notable October 7 happenings in pop culture history: • 1950: “The Frank Sinatra Show” premiered on CBS. The musical variety show lasted two seasons. • 1955: Allen Ginsberg read his poem “Howl” for the first time, at the Six Gallery in San Francisco. • 1960: Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus” opened in theaters. »
- Emily Rome
Written by Dalton Trumbo
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
There is a lot to sift through when it comes to Spartacus, before even getting to the film itself. There is the controversial credit bestowed to previously blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. There is the firing of original director Anthony Mann about three weeks into the shoot (some say he asked to leave), followed by the subsequently hasty hiring of Stanley Kubrick over the course of a weekend. There is then the ensuing animosity between the obstinate Kubrick and the headstrong star/producer Kirk Douglas. Finally, there is the film’s placement in popular culture, with ubiquitous spoofs and spinoffs. If one is able to look beyond the noise of its tumultuous production, however, Spartacus remains one of the finest epics to ever emerge from the Hollywood studio system.
Available now on a newly remastered Blu-ray from Universal, this latest home »
- Jeremy Carr
Vanderbilt, promoting his own directorial debut Truth, praised director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) as “a strong filmmaker with his own convictions” and discussed the film’s identity. “You want a real filmmaker like Mark doing it… honestly I think people will really be excited about it, because it’s not like ’20 Years Before The Shining!’.
“I don’t want to give too much away about the story but the way [screenwriter] Glen [Mazzara] cracked it and the way Mark has sort of cracked it, it’s completely it’s own film, which I think is super smart.”
Overlook Hotel is currently in pre-production.
- Tom Beasley
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
An ecstatically original work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. Amour Fou seamlessly blends together the paintings of Vermeer, the acting of Bresson, and the psychological undercurrents of a Dostoevsky novel. It is an intensely thrilling and often slyly comic work that manages to combine a passionately dispassionate love story of the highest order with a larger socio-historical examination of a new era of freedom, and the tragedy beset by »
- TFS Staff
For a big budget movie about a lone astronaut who gets stranded on Mars, the spacesuits in The Martian are surprisingly sober in terms of design. There is an attempt here to make everything seem as plausible as possible, costume design especially. Director Ridley Scott’s regular costumer Janty Yates has created possibly the sexiest spacesuits ever seen on screen, and what’s more they are functional. To paraphrase a line in the film, she had to “science the shit out of them”.
Yates collaborated with Nasa looking specifically at their Z1 and Z2 prototypes to create an Eva (‘Extravehicular Activity’ – any time the crew must go outside) suit and surface or ‘bio’ suit (worn on Mars). The surface suit is similar to the blue under-suits she created for Scott’s near future set Prometheus in 2012, although further grounded in reality. The Prometheus under-suits could, in theory, monitor functioning levels of the human body, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
It’s little wonder why many a moviegoer holds up Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining as one of – if not the – best films in cinema history. As a rich and layered psychological horror, there are few movies that can get under your skin quite like the director’s famed masterclass, so it’s only natural that word of a offshoot prequel film was met with disgruntled bemusement.
Burdening the brunt of that backlash is Overlook Hotel, the spinoff film in the works at Warner Bros., which has Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo director Mark Romanek instated at the helm. And though it’s become easy to lambast a studio for attempting to revisit and tinker with a classic, producer James Vanderbilt believes Romanek’s vision deserves the benefit of the doubt.
In an interview with Collider, Vanderbilt painted in broad strokes when quizzed about Overlook Hotel, underlining »
- Michael Briers
Younger audiences might know “The Shining” as the film that inspired one of the best “South Park” episodes of all time, but Stanley Kubrick’s haunting masterpiece is still shit-your-pants scary 35 years after its release, and there’s a lot more to its effectiveness than creepy English twin toddlers and the grossest indoor tidal wave in history. Let’s say you finally gave in to the hype and rented “The Shining” on a streaming service, or better yet, bought the Blu-ray from a brick-and-mortar video store. After a quick trip to the bathroom in order to change your underbritches, maybe you want to go online to find out more about the film, because you can’t stop thinking about it. You want to know how this delicious bit of insanity was captured on celluloid, what other filmmakers and experts think about it, what the answers are behind the many bits »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
In this stunning ten-minute compilation of Steadicam shots from the likes of "Kill Bill: Vol. I," "Eyes Wide Shut," and "ER," created by the folks at Refocused Media, characters scale stairs, dance, walk and talk, or drift in and out of the frame—a reminder that the Steadicam, invented by cinematographer Garrett Brown in the 1970s, is one of the most influential developments in film technology of the past 50 years. Allowing for fluid movement without the distinctive shake of handheld photography, the Steadicam, as the video shows, is responsible for more than a few iconic images—Rocky on top of the world at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, for example—from such master filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Richard Linklater, Quentin Tarantino, and many more. ["The Art of Steadicam" video via One Perfect Shot.] »
- Matt Brennan
As of today, audiences can finally see Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian, which is one of my favorites of the year so far. Moreover, it’s a return to form for Scott, who has been on a bumpy road for quite some time. I had been all but ready to write him off as a director, but he’s certainly gotten back in my good graces here. That got me thinking about the best movies of his career. He’s made over 20 flicks over the years (without a Best Director win incidentally, despite a handful of nominations), but below you’ll see what I feel to be his ten best, including The Martian, of course. Enjoy! Here now are Scott’s ten best, at least according to yours truly: 10. Hannibal – Not a great film, by any stretch, but there’s a silly bit of fun to have with »
- Joey Magidson
The BAFTA La hierarchy announced on Friday that they will present the star with the Albert R Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution To Entertainment in Los Angeles on October 30.
Ford is set to reprise his career-making role as Han Solo in the December 18 release of Stars Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.
The Us television premiere of the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards will air on Pop on November 6. The show will also air in the UK and other broadcasters in Europe, Latin America, Canada, South Africa and Asia.
“We are proud that the British Academy Britannia Awards will be aired around the world this year, including both the Us and UK,” said BAFTA Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards. “This is a big year for the ceremony, and so we are delighted that Pop will »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Ford will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at the ceremony to be held at the Beverly Hilton.
“It is impossible to imagine the past 40 years of Hollywood history without Harrison Ford, and his performances are as iconic as the films themselves,” BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen said in a statement.
The ceremony, hosted by actor-comedian Jack Whitehall, will air Nov. 6 on Pop. The Britannia Awards had aired on BBC America in recent years but were carried by TV Guide Network, the predecessor of Pop, in 2010 and 2011.
Other Britannia honorees this year include Orlando Bloom, who will receive the Britannia Humanitarian Award, and Meryl Streep, who will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. »
- Margaret Lenker
Last week, we took a look at “Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001,” a 2007 documentary that explored the impact Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” had on other and later filmmakers. Today, to cap off the week, let’s examine '2001' through another lens — that of it’s inconsistently prophetic ability to predict the realities of a then decades-distant future. Directed by Gary Leva, the same documentarian who made 'Standing on the Shoulders…,' “Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophesy of 2001” compares the future Kubrick predicted when he made his film in the late 1960s to the “future” that we now live in. Turns out, there’s a lot the director correctly guessed. Read More: Video Essay Details How Andrei Tarkovsky's 'Solaris' Is A Response To Kubrick's '2001' “Kubrick and his team visualized space and the surface of the moon »
- Zach Hollwedel
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