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Five Films by Patricio Guzmán | DVD Review

6 October 2015 8:55 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

As Patricio Guzman’s latest documentary The Pearl Button, which premiered at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, completes its festival circuit rounds, a comprehensive box set of the famed Chilean documentarian’s most iconic works arrives on DVD. One of the world’s most noted masters of the medium, Guzman’s works provide an invaluable framework of his country’s violent past following the socialist revolution and violent coup which resulted in seventeen years of a harsh and violent dictatorship under the rule of Augusto Pinochet. Beginning with the three part saga The Battle of Chile, this eight disc set includes all of his most notable major historical and political documentaries through 2011’s Nostalgia for the Light. Though the collection is not a complete account of Guzman’s filmography, it’s a thematic distillation of a country’s harrowing history, and Guzman’s footage evolves from an initial priceless account of »

- Nicholas Bell

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Criterion Link Collection: October 6th 2015

6 October 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Here are a handful of links that I think are worth reading today, for discerning Criterion Collection fan.


Over on his Criterion Reflections blog, David has just posted his review of Mikio Naruse’s Scattered Clouds:

Since a couple years have passed between my last viewing of a Naruse film (1964’s Yearning, back in 2013, though not reviewed anywhere), I was thus quite eager to sit down and take in Scattered Clouds, available on Criterion’s Hulu channel (and only there, as no version of it on disc is anywhere to be found for the Region 1 market, anyway.)

Don’t miss the Criterion Collection As Haiku blog’s latest entry, on Lonesome.

Jonathan Rosenbaum has republished his review of Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan on his blog, adding:

Even though this is favorable, I think I underestimated the achievement of this first feature; reseeing it a quarter of a century later, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Golden boy by Anne-Katrin Titze

6 October 2015 5:31 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Arnaud Desplechin of My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse) directs Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Sara Sampson

Mathieu Amalric, André Dussollier, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Quentin Dolmaire, Antoine Bui, Cécile Garcia-Fogel, Olivier Rabourdin, Irina Vavilova, Françoise Lebrun, Dinara Drukarova, Raphaël Cohen and Lily Taieb make My Golden Days burst with life.

How André Dussollier becomes a smiling Ernst Lubitsch devil out of Heaven Can Wait, location scouting in Roubaix, green Alfred Hitchcock scissors, New York Film Festival director Kent Jones's Hitchcock/Truffaut, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, and Roman Polanski's Tess d'Urbervilles became part of my animated conversation with Arnaud.

Dédalus (Mathieu Amalric) questioned by agent (André Dussollier)

We spoke about François Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid (La Sirène Du Mississipi), Esther’s siren song and Paul’s knightly mourning, how Stanley Cavell and John Ford make for a good epilogue, and why Arnaud no longer writes small talk but does dance choreography. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Watch: Video Essay Explores The Tragedy Of Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown'

5 October 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Even though it was made decades after the golden age of film noir, “Chinatown” is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, example of the genre. Much has been written about the film’s adherence to the rules of film noir. In fact, Robert Towne’s masterfully plotted screenplay, considered to be one of the best in film history, is usually the first script that film students are asked to study when dissecting the noir style and formula. But like many other masterpieces, “Chinatown” works in various layers, and it’s as much of a perfectly telegraphed and surprisingly typical Greek tragedy as it is a prototypical film noir. It turns out that Towne and director Roman Polanski’s influences for the story go a couple of millennia further back from the 1940s. Read More: 5 Things You Might Not Know About Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown' Perhaps since »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: Darling Is Too Shrill To Scare

4 October 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

In the last few years, writer-director-producer Mickey Keating has established himself as a prolific genre filmmaker, and his film Pod was released just a few months ago. Darling, his latest work, is a low-key psychological thriller that draws from a number of films about isolation, most notably Roman Polanski's Repulsion. However, Darling lacks the patience of its biggest influences, and its overbearing attempts to frighten the audience end up derailing an otherwise moody and intriguing effort.Lauren Ashley Carter (also featured in The Mind's Eye) stars as the titular character, a mysterious girl employed as the caretaker of a gorgeous New York brownstone while its owner (a cagey Sean Young, appearing in just a few scenes) is on vacation. Darling brushes off the owner's warnings about...

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Macbeth review – a spittle-flecked Shakespearean war film

4 October 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Plenty of gore and action animate this post-Braveheart adaptation of the Scottish play

If Roman Polanski’s 1971 Macbeth was essentially a witchy Manson-era horror movie, then Snowtown director Justin Kurzel’s screen rendering of “the Scottish play” is a spittle-flecked war film full of post-Braveheart mud, warpaint and Kurosawa-style heroic bloodshed. The tale is bookended by battles – faces meatily pummelled, bones crunchily broken and throats spurtingly sliced as offstage conflicts are placed centre-screen. Michael Fassbender plays the future king of Scotland as a rugged warrior coming apart at the seams, his ancient anguish apparently born of very modern post-traumatic stress. There’s a talismanic family bereavement too, which places an aching emptiness at the centre of his marriage and further bolsters his hollow-eyed descent into hell. As a result, Marion Cotillard’s Lady Macbeth is both more sympathetic and more sidelined than one might expect, no longer the driving force behind the bloody deeds, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 2: Violations

1 October 2015 11:15 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s the most uncomfortable type of horror scene, but if done correctly, can pack a gut punch. The violation scene is the moment when the character’s vulnerability is betrayed and our empathy immerses us deeper into their dreadful ordeal. The young child possessed by an evil spirit. The unlucky bystander assaulted in a tunnel. The crazed woman submitting to a creature of non human origin. The violation scene can be emotional or it can be exploitative, but it’s almost always guaranteed to get us talking.


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)- Cesare abducting Jane

Even though it was one of the originators of German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is often regarded as the pinnacle for the movement. Two of the movement’s basic tenets were distorted lines and shapes and overly theatrical movements from the actors, and both are well on display in this creepy scene. »

- Staff

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[Review] ‘Darling’ is a Hypnotic, Trippy Ride!

27 September 2015 8:01 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Mickey Keating’s (Ritual, Pod) newest film Darling had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest this weekend, and it was a trip. Inspired by films such Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and The Tenant with a little bit of David Lynch’s Eraserhead thrown in, Darling tells the story of one woman’s (Lauren Ashley Carter, Jug FacePod) descent into total insanity during the course of its brief 78-minute […] »

- Trace Thurman

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How the New York Film Festival Became an Oscar Season Launch Pad

25 September 2015 6:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The New York Film Festival has always been one of the classiest, most finely curated stops on the global festival circuit. But it wasn’t until five years ago that the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which puts on the annual showcase, really capitalized on its position in the film awards season.

That year, David Fincher brought “The Social Network” as a world premiere to open the 48th annual event. The splash was considerable, and soon after, the fest adopted an understanding that two of its three major galas — opened night, centerpiece and closing night — had to be world premieres. Suddenly, a new launching pad was born for movies looking to springboard into the Oscar conversation.

In 2011, Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” kicked things off, while Simon Curtis’ “My Week with Marilyn” served as the centerpiece. Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” wrapped things up after bowing in Telluride and screening in Toronto as well. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Watch the creepy new trailer for Christian Hallman’s Swedish thriller ‘Sensoria’

25 September 2015 6:43 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fans of psychological horror films may be interested in Sensoria, a stylish new thriller directed by Christian Hallman, which will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest this week. In advance of the premiere, a trailer for the upcoming Swedish apartment horror has been released and it quickly brings to mind Roman Polanski’s apartment trilogy.

Sensoria follows Caroline, a woman in her late thirties, who has lost everything she cares for in the world. In the search for a new beginning, she moves into an old apartment and quickly begins to realize that she is not as alone as she thought she was…

108 Media is handling domestic and international sales for the title. Jordan Nutson, Head of International Sales for 108 Media, commented, “We are extremely excited to bring this title to the international market; the buzz ahead of the world premiere has been sensational and we look forward to »

- Ricky

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Blu-ray Review: The Sentinel

23 September 2015 11:36 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Sentinel was released in 1977 to a bit of controversy over director Michael Winner's decision to use real sideshow oddities for his film's conclusion—a move no filmmaker had the balls to do since Tod Browning in 1932's Freaks. Based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Jeffrey Konvitz, The Sentinel is a horror film anomaly, one that simply has to be seen to believe how truly insane it is.

The Sentinel centers on a fashion model who moves into an apartment building that happens to be a portal to Hell. The portal is secretly guarded by deprived priests and occupied by eccentric neighbors who like to host extravagant birthday parties for their pet cats, as well as a mute Beverly D'Angelo who expresses her sexuality during an awkward visit with her new neighbor over friendly morning coffee.

Starring Cristina Raines and Chris Sarandon (Fright Night), The Sentinel »

- Sean McClannahan

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Roman Polanski Extradition Case: Court Delays Decision Until Late October

22 September 2015 4:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A Polish court has postponed a decision in the extradition case against Roman Polanski until the end of October after hearing further arguments Tuesday. The Oscar-winning director, dressed in a black suit and blue tie (seen in photos posted from the courthouse on Twitter), attended the hearing at the district court in the southern city of Krakow, where his lawyers submitted evidence based on official U.S. legal reports from Polanski's 1977 trial in California. { "nid": 818302, "type": "news", "title": "Roman Polanski: Polish Court Sets Extradition Hearing Date ", "path": "", "relative-

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- Nick Holdsworth

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Hints of Early Polanski in Mickey Keating's Darling [Trailer]

21 September 2015 8:55 AM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Larry Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix along with Alexander Groupe present Darling, a gorgeously monochromatic tale of psychological horror that looks to be in the vein of Roman Polanski's Repulsion.

The fist poster and trailer for the film have appeared prior to the film seeing its debut at Fantastic Fest 2015 which runs from September 24th to October 1st.

Directed by Mickey Keating (Pod), Darling begins as a lonely young woman moves into an old, mysterious Manhattan mansion. Hired as a caretaker, it's not long before she discovers the estate's haunted reputation and troubling past. These stories slowly transform into a backdrop for her twisted and violent descent into madness...

Edited like a nightmare and scored like a hallucination, Darling stars Lau [Continued ...] »

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Trends in 70's Cinema: New Hollywood

20 September 2015 3:18 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Do you enjoy special-effects laden blockbusters? How about gritty crime dramas? Or biting comedies? The New Hollywood movement helped to make all of these possible in mainstream cinema. 

New Hollywood is less a trend about the kinds of films that were produced and more about the people making them. The New Hollywood movement was about a new generation of filmmakers who came of age in the 60’s and went on to define filmmaking in the 70’s. These are filmmakers who went against tradition to push film to new heights and explore new genres and ideas. New Hollywood is the passing of the torch from the classic era of filmmaking to the modern era. It showed us both how great intimate character-focused dramas could be, but it also expanded the possibilities of what film could be, giving birth to the blockbuster. The New Hollywood movement is the foundation upon which current cinema is based. »

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Hellions – The Review

17 September 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Bruce McDonald is a name with whom few readers will likely associate with anything, but for those few of us who do, we know this Canadian-born filmmaker has some under-appreciated talent. Perhaps his best-known film, McDonald wowed genre film fans in 2008 with his groundbreaking Pontypool. Since then, rumors and theories about a follow-up sequel have endured endless revivals in smaller circles of horror fandom. So, despite having a few lesser-known non-horror films to his name since 2008, I and others were excited to see McDonald return to horror just in time for Halloween.

Hellions is McDonald’s latest film, written by Pascal Trottier, best known for screenwriting The Colony (2013), combines McDonald’s unconventional storytelling sense and Trottier’s knack for cerebral flair. The film stars Chloe Rose as Dora Vogel, an apathetic teenager who unexpectedly discovers she’s pregnant and must survive Halloween night when her home is invaded my trick »

- Travis Keune

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Tiff Review: 'Rosemary's Baby'-Esque Thriller 'The Ones Below' Starring Clémence Poésy

17 September 2015 9:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Perhaps aware that the comparisons to “Rosemary’s Baby” will arrive from the start, playwright and theatre director David Farr, making his feature film debut, acknowledges the allusions to Roman Polanski’s picture from the first frames. Our first look of Clémence Poésy in the film bears a similar fragility to Mia Farrow, and the score by Adem Ilhan (“In The Loop”) evokes lullabye-style tones not unlike Krzysztof Komeda’s work on Polanski’s picture. However, Farr doesn’t simply trod over similar ground of its predecessor, but offers an intriguing proposition: what if Rosemary Woodhouse became a mother to a perfectly healthy baby, but was driven mad not by a satanic cult, but by “The Ones Below”? Kate (Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) are the picture of a perfect couple. They each have successful careers, a lovely London flat, and a baby on the way. However, their little »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff 2015. Correspondences #5

14 September 2015 8:16 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Dear Danny,Hot damn, now that’s a variegated mix of cinema! Even for Tiff, a place where we routinely travel among completely different genres and styles, your report shows just what a dizzyingly wide-ranging experience film festivals can be. Where else could you have your concepts of screen space repeatedly stretched, whether in the iridescent experimentations of the Wavelengths entries or in the three-dimensional swoops of To’s beguiling Office, a movie so rich with visual invention that even musical notes seem tangible and close enough to touch? And where else could you step out of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s majestically gorgeous The Assassin and right into Yakuza Apocalypse, Takashi Miike’s newest full-frontal genre blitzkrieg?The flashes of swordplay in Hou’s period tale function as sudden shifts in rhythm that fascinatingly intrude into the film’s ornate pattern, like cracks in an imperial jade vase. In Miike’s underworld/supernatural mishmash, »

- Fernando F. Croce

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Toronto: Fresh Bounty of Polish Films Headed to Festival

12 September 2015 2:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Poland’s strong showing at Toronto with six pics screening from helmers at all career levels is no fluke, according to those in the emerging art film center of Eastern Europe.

Films such as Jerzy Skolimowki’s thriller “11 Minutes,” screening in the fest’s Masters section, continue flying the standard for respected Polish voices in the tradition of Krzysztof Kieslowski and Roman Polanski. Skolimowski’s project shares screening berths at Toronto with pics that show off rising talent on the global stage and voices still undiscovered outside of Europe.

The Polish-Israeli “Demon,” (pictured) an unconventional exploration of possession by Marcin Wrona, is screening in the fest’s Vanguard section and illustrates foreign co-prods, as does Magnus von Horn’s Polish-Swedish-French debut “The Here After.” Documentarian Wiktoria Szymanska’s Polish-u.K.-Danish-Mexican narrative debut “7 Sheep,” a short film exploring the meaning of family, loneliness and escape, screens in fest’s Short Cuts »

- Will Tizard

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Toronto: Poland Cinema on the Rise With Cash Infusion

12 September 2015 2:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After a decade of support and development led by the Polish Film Institute, the Poland production story is as much about quality as it is about quantity. Since its inception, the org, established to foster a strong native film sector and create viable international partnerships, has been guiding emerging filmmakers, who put out more than 40 features annually, along with the help of coin gleaned from television, cinemas and distributors.

According to industry observers, the mechanism has had unusual success in commercial and critical arenas.

Last year Lukasz Palkowski’s acclaimed Cold War account of a courageous, unconventional surgeon, “Gods,” drew north of 2 million domestic tix and rose to success alongside another strong Polish project, the real-life spy story “Jack Strong” by Wladyslaw Pasikowski.

The successes were no flukes, says Izabela Kiszka of the Pfi.

“Polish viewers are (coming) back to the cinema,” she says. “We had approximately 40 million admissions, and »

- Will Tizard

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Victor Salva and 'Jeepers Creepers 3': Can we separate the man from the monster?

11 September 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When news broke this morning that "Jeepers Creepers 3" was ramping up production 12 years after the second film hit theaters, my thoughts almost immediately drifted to director Victor Salva, who helmed the first two "Jeepers" films and is also, as a number of tweeters have already pointed out, a convicted child molester. The crime in question occurred during the shooting of Salva's 1989 feature debut "Clownhouse," when the then-29-year-old director filmed himself having oral sex with the film's 12-year-old star, Nathan Forrest Winters. After the tape was discovered during a police raid (Winters had informed his mother of the abuse), Salva was jailed and served 15 months of a 3 year prison term before being released on parole. He is now (and will forever be) a registered sex offender in Los Angeles County. Those are the facts; and despite them Salva has continued to work in the industry, helming a total of eight »

- Chris Eggertsen

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