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That’s one of the takeaways from the April 17 Tribeca Talk at the Tribeca Film Festival, which paired Lucas with fanboy extraordinaire Stephen Colbert. Among the tidbits: Lucas made “American Graffiti” on a dare, Steven Spielberg was one of the only early believers in “Star Wars” and — in a table-turning moment that saw Lucas doing the interviewing — Colbert doesn’t want to be the guy to take over from Jon Stewart.
Because Lucas is a bigscreen guy, he said he’s holding off on watching the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” until he can watch on it on something other than a phone or a computer. He mentioned the possibility of streaming it to his own bigscreen.
“I hope it’s successful. »
- Gordon Cox
Child 44 (2015) opens Friday and features one of the darkest plots of any Spring release opening wide in recent memory. Focusing on a string of unsolved child murders in soviet Russia, the grim mystery features the always-watchable Noomi Rapace as the film's female lead.
Since hitting it big with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Rapace has deservedly enjoyed a steady career in a variety of complex film roles. It's never anything but a pleasure seeing an actress of Rapace's talent at work, yet I can't help but notice that in so many of her projects, including Child 44, she is usually second fiddle to her male co-stars.
One of the few exceptions is Rapace's work alongside Rachel McAdams in Brian De Palma's sexually charged thriller, Passion (2012). After advertising executive Christine (McAdams) takes credit for an idea from her associate Isabel (Rapace), a personal and professional tug of war between the two women begins, »
- Frank Calvillo
Could anyone have guessed when Stephen King published his first novel Carrie in 1974 that it would spawn no fewer than four big screen adaptations? Brian De Palma’s 1976 version remains the first and best, but each subsequent filmmaker who comes at the material seeks to find something new and unexplored in King’s book. Of the two remakes and one sequel released in the last 16 years, only one movie has succeeded in being different enough to justify its own existence. It’s The Rage: Carrie 2, and it’s being packaged with the 2002 made-for-tv remake on a new double feature Blu-ray from Scream Factory.
By now you already know the story of Carrie White, a shy and awkward teenage girl raised by a religious zealot mother and possessing some major telekinetic abilities. When some kids at school decide play a big, bloody prank on her the prom, Carrie retaliates with »
- Patrick Bromley
There’s no doubting that Brian De Palma’s Carrie, the 1976 inaugural adaptation of Stephen King, is a classic of the horror genre. It’s classy, unsettling and genuinely scary, compounded with De Palma’s stylish vision and King’s distinct narrative voice. Yet in the years since, the various attempts to remake and recapture that eerie essence has proven […] »
- Ken W. Hanley
High school can be hell, especially for outcasts targeted by cliques with malevolent mischief on their minds. As readers of Stephen King's Carrie and its multiple film adaptations know, when you mess with a telekinetic outsider, fires tend to roar and blood spatters the walls. Scream Factory is giving the Generation Y versions of King's seminal story a high-definition upgrade, with their Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2 Blu-ray hitting shelves on April 14th. Ahead of the Blu-ray's release, we have trailers and clips from both films, including the iconic blood-drenched prom queen crowning and Rachel's glass-shattering house party interruption.
"Synopsis: A Double Dose of Telekinesis Terror!
Angela Bettis (May) stars in this 2002 adaptation of Stephen King's classic tale of horror and retribution, featuring eye-popping special effects and a shocking, all-new twist ending! Carrie White (Bettis) is a lonely, awkward teenage girl who just doesn't fit in. At school, »
- Derek Anderson
Stephen King's debut novel Carrie has been adapted for the screen multiple times for multiple generations, showing us different takes on the telekinetic titular character who's harassed both in the halls and on the home front. Scream Factory is giving the Generation Y versions of King's seminal story a high-definition upgrade, with their Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2 Blu-ray that hits shelves on April 14th. Ahead of its release, we've been provided with three copies of the double feature Blu-ray to give away to a few lucky Daily Dead readers.
"Synopsis: A Double Dose of Telekinesis Terror!
Angela Bettis (May) stars in this 2002 adaptation of Stephen King's classic tale of horror and retribution, featuring eye-popping special effects and a shocking, all-new twist ending! Carrie White (Bettis) is a lonely, awkward teenage girl who just doesn't fit in. At school, she endures her classmates' constant ridicule, and at »
- Derek Anderson
Sequels are rarely more random and less asked-for than The Rage: Carrie 2. Arriving 23 years after Brian De Palma’s masterpiece, its existence no doubt inspired the same sort of derision now reserved for remakes and reboots: why would anyone even bother with something like this? It’s a fair question, and I’m not sure the…
The post Relevant Shlock — Appreciating The Rage: Carrie 2 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Along with fresh interviews with Martin Scorsese, Don Hertzfeldt, Olivier Assayas and Bong Joon-ho, we post links to the Paris Review archive of great conversations with the likes of Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, Jean Cocteau, Michael Haneke, Susan Sontag, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Terry Southern, Tom Stoppard, Wallace Shawn, Tony Kushner and Budd Schulberg. Plus, a 1960 BBC interview with Orson Welles, Noah Baumbach's 2012 conversation with Brian De Palma, a New York Times profile of Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany and the Hollywood Reporter's interview with Claudia Cardinale. » - David Hudson »
When Platoon won four Oscars in 1987, it marked not only a new chapter in Oliver Stone's career as a filmmaker, but also the end of a decade-long battle. Since the 1970s, Stone had been struggling to make his harrowing account of the horrors he'd seen firsthand as a soldier in the Vietnam conflict, but was famously turned down by every major studio in Hollywood.
Platoon, and Stone, finally found sanctuary at a small independent studio with a grand-sounding name: the Hemdale Film Corporation. It was Hemdale, and its co-founder John Daly, that had taken a chance on Stone, and when Platoon came out in 1986, the gamble proved to be a shrewd one: its $6m investment was covered by the first month's ticket sales, and the film »
Some horror movies go with a "slow-build" approach, and some go for the jugular right off the bat. The unexpected horror hit "It Follows" definitely falls into the latter category, as you can see in the opening scene embedded below (narrated by director David Robert Mitchell). Are you sufficiently unnerved? Good! That's what we're going for here. As the indie horror hit prepares to expand into over 1,600 theaters this weekend, below I've ranked 18 of the most iconic/frightening horror openings of all time from least to most scary. The result is a completely objective list that will remain set in stone for all eternity. Are you ready? Can you handle it? Countdown starts now... 18. "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) "They're coming to get you, Barbara." While I have no doubt that contemporary audiences covered their eyes in fright during the opening sequence of Romero's original "Night of the Living Dead, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Daniel Bird: “What is your opinion of Walerian Borowczyk’s work?”Andrzej Żuławski: “Borowczyk? Oh, he lost himself, I think, it’s a pity because he was quite a talent.” One radical filmmaker laments another radical. With one sentence, Żuławski encapsulates the conventional arc of Borowczyk, or as he calls himself in Mr. and Mrs. Kabal's Theatre (1967), Boro’s career. He was a great animator working with Jan Lenica in Poland and, when moving to France, Chris Marker. His shorts influenced Jan Švankmajer, Terry Gilliam, and the Quay Brothers, and were praised by critics like Amos Vogel and Raymond Durgnat. With his first two live-action feature-films, Goto, Island of Love (1968) and Blanche (1971), critics hailed Boro as part of the major league—an auteur. He’s the next Bresson! He’s the next Buñuel! Then he made Immoral Tales (1974), a blemish in his body of work at this point in his career. »
- Tanner Tafelski
Never mind The Terminator and Ed-209, what about Eve, Hector or Warbeast? Here's a pick of 15 less famous killer robots from the movies...
"They say Zapp Brannigan single-handedly saved the Octillion system from a horde of rampaging killbots!" enthused Leela in classic the Futurama episode, Love's Labour's Lost In Space.
It was, reflected the alcoholic, cigar-smoking robot Bender, "A grim day for Robotkind", before adding as an afterthought, "Eh, but we can always build more killbots."
Killer robots are a longstanding staple of science fiction cinema, and if we were to compile the list of the best and most celebrated, it would probably read pretty much like everyone else's - The Terminator, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Sentinels from X-Men: Days Of Future Past would all get a mention.
But what about the less famous killer robots from film history - the ones that have been largely eclipsed by »
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
The Birds screens at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together (more details about this event can be found Here)
This gives us a perfect excuse to re-run this top ten list from March of 2012. Alfred Hitchcock directed 54 feature films between 1925 and 1976, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:
Frenzy, Hitchcock’s next to last feature film from 1972, represented a homecoming of sorts since it was the first film completely shot in his native England since his silents and early ” talkies ” in the 1930’s. By dipping into the then somewhat new territory of serial killers, he took full advantage of the new cinema freedoms and truly earned his ‘ R ‘ MPAA rating. Perhaps ole’ ” Hitch ” wanted to give those young up-and-coming »
- Movie Geeks
Three minutes is hardly any time at all to spend analyzing the work of a master director such as Brian De Palma, so if you have it to spare, this supercut from Vimeo user movement_of_time is well worth the 180 seconds. The video is designed to prove a point about one of De Palma’s preferred camera techniques. Namely, “Brian De Palma is one of those directors who have their own special well recognizable style. And exactly this style he realizes using certain techniques, one of which is ‘view from above’. This method can be seen, if not in all his movies, then in the vast majority. ‘View from above’ is a shot taken from the top distant point, which shows the specific details of the current event. Moreover ‘view from above’ is a method of certain removal from the space of the movie and the voyeurism form that »
- Zach Hollwedel
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: 1 New Design […]
- Peter Sciretta
At this point you've no doubt rewatched the new trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation about 5 - 10 times at a minimum and if you're anything like me then it's likely got you in the mood for all things Mission: Impossible. I can remember seeing the trailer for Brian DePalma's franchise kick-off in 1996 and getting those awesome movie "tinglies" when Tom Cruise latched onto the bullet train from an exploding helicopter and thinking »
- Paul Shirey
The "Mission: Impossible" franchise has always been one of the best and boldest series in contemporary cinema. Starting with Brian De Palma's still-classic 1997 film, then viewed simply as a high tech makeover of the beloved television show, it has evolved and changed with each new installment, reaching new heights (both literally and metaphorically) with the fourth entry, 2011's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." This year sees the arrival of a new film, "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" and a brand new, full-length trailer. Yes, yesterday was just a tease. And the full thing is even more delicious.
The trailer starts out with Alec Baldwin, as the head of the CIA, murmuring about the outdated nature of the Imf (that's Impossible Mission Forces, the clandestine group at the center of these films). Since he's off camera most of the time, too, his soothing voice makes it seem like the opening narration »
- Drew Taylor
Update: Three stills, courtesy of USA Today have been added below. Well, after a whirlwind production shrouded in secrecy worth of an actual Imf mission, we have our first look at footage from the now titled Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Ethan Hunt and his usual band of agents including Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, and Jeremy Renner are joined by new faces like the gorgeous Rebecca Ferguson and Alec Baldwin for a mission that harkens back to the events of Brian De Palma's original »
- Alex Maidy
The Conversation is a new feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their third piece, they will discuss Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up.
The cultural impact of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up would be very difficult to overemphasize. Upon release, Andrew Sarris referred to the film as “a mod masterpiece” and ‘Playboy’ critic Arthur Knight went so far as comparing the film to Hiroshima mon amour, Rome Open City, and Citizen Kane in its potential influence on filmmaking. The film was also a massive hit worldwide and the tenth highest grossing film in the United States in 1966 – a memento of a brief window in time in which an art film by an Italian auteur could also do boffo box office. And, having been denied a seal by the Production Code Administration, Blow Up »
- Drew Morton
The latest Scarface remake lands a fresh writer, as Universal presses on with the project...
It's not a new revelation that a remake of Scarface is in the works in the Hollywood system, but it is a project we'd heard little of in recent times. We'd sort of thought that this one had died a quiet death.
But it hasn't. Accepting that Brian De Palma's 1983 Scarface, starring Al Pacino, was in itself a remake of Howard Hawks' 1932 film, there's another take on the story coming. This one will relocate events to present day, centring on a Mexican character in Los Angeles. The lead character will still be called Tony, but, apparently, will have a different surname this time.
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