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Criterion in June 2018 Gets Very Weird: Female Trouble, Manila In The Claw Of Light and More

We like weird around these parts, so I'm delighted to peruse the latest lineup of upcoming releases from the venerable Criterion Collection and declare it "weird." Largely because I've never heard of some of these films, which I now admit makes me feel pretty ignorant. Of course I've heard of John Waters' Female Trouble! It's been newly restored in fabulous 4K and is accompanied by new (and archival) interviews and a lot of other supplements. Of course I've heard of Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring starring Max von Sydow! Can't say I'm a huge fan of the revered director -- for me it's more like admiration -- but this new edition has been restored in 2K and features extra stuff too. Of course I've seen...

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John Waters, Ingmar Bergman, And Michael Moore Films Joining The Criterion Collection In June

In June, a new set of films are joining the esteemed Criterion Collection, and they definitely make strange bedfellows. With names like John Waters, Ingmar Bergman, and Michael Moore, you can tell that the new batch of Criterion films are definitely going to feel unique from one another.

Leading off the group is the John Waters classic “Female Trouble.” Starring Waters’ muse, the one-of-a-kind Divine, “Female Trouble” is a Hollywood melodrama told through the unique viewpoint of the filmmaker.
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‘Bowling for Columbine,’ ‘Female Trouble,’ and More Coming to the Criterion Collection

‘Bowling for Columbine,’ ‘Female Trouble,’ and More Coming to the Criterion Collection
The Criterion Collection is going bowling. Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning documentary “Bowling for Columbine” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by the Collection this June, ditto “Manila in the Claws of Light,” “El Sur,” “Female Trouble,” and a new edition of Ingmar Bergman’s “The Virgin Spring.”

16 years later, Moore’s take on America’s gun culture in general and the aftermath of the school shooting at Columbine in particular feels more relevant than ever, making this new release nothing if not timely. More information — and, as ever, cover art — below.

Manila in the Claws of Light

Lino Brocka broke through to international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, the second film in the director’s turn to more serious-minded filmmaking after building a career on mainstream films he described as ‘soaps.’ A young fisherman from a provincial village arrives in the capital on a quest to track down his girlfriend,
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Film News Roundup: Exam Documentary ‘The Test and the Art of Thinking’ Gets Release (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Exam Documentary ‘The Test and the Art of Thinking’ Gets Release (Exclusive)
Sat documentary “The Test & The Art of Thinking” gets sold, Sean Baker becomes an artist-in-residence at the New School and “Juliet, Naked” gets a release date.

Rights Deal

Abramorama has acquired worldwide rights to “The Test & The Art of Thinking,” the documentary feature directed by Michael Arlen Davis and produced by Davis and Jyll Johnstone .

The film explores the debate over the Sat and Act college entrance exams. Davis interviews students, parents, counselors, test-prep professionals, and academics to focus on this uniquely American rite of passage and how it reflects deeper issues.

“The Test & The Art of Thinking” will open on April 27 in New York at the Landmark at 57 West and on May 4 in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall. A national release in select cities across the U.S. will follow.

“We spent three years researching this controversial subject, assessing its broad reach and impact, while meeting and
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The Shape Of Water Takes Home Best Picture At The 90th Academy Awards

The Academy celebrated its 90th birthday on Sunday evening in style. Filled with montages of both classic and recent films, this year’s Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was infused with the right mix of humor that had a more relaxed and natural tone. Inclusion was the highlight of the evening and many of the acceptance speeches continued to raise attention to the Time’s Up and Me Too movements, immigrants and minorities.

Best Picture went to The Shape Of Water. The fantasy film also saw Oscars for director Guillermo del Toro, production design and original score.

Check out the full list of winners below and what the winners told the press backstage.

Best motion picture of the year

The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight) A Double Dare You Production Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers. On setting the film in Baltimore, de Toro said, “You know, I
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Personal Camp: Close-Up on John Waters' "Serial Mom"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. John Waters' Serial Mom (1994) is showing from March 11 - April 10, 2018 in many countries around the world.When kidnapping victim and unwilling media sensation Patty Hearst first met director John Waters, it was at the Cannes Film Festival where he reportedly walked up to her, introduced himself, and casually mentioned “I went to your trial!” Years later, Hearst recalled her astonishment, both at Waters’ nonchalance and the idea that anybody would willingly attend another person’s trial, let alone her own. But in the era before Judge Judy, before the 24-hour news cycle, and before social media, there was in fact a thriving counterculture of serial killer groupies who traveled the countryside attending the trials of the most despicable and loathsome murderers in American history. They would camp out in front of courthouses for seats in the gallery like
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Jim Gordon’s Mustache Guest Stars on Gotham

Another key element of the Batman mythos is about to be introduced on Fox’s Gotham, although probably not in the form that fans imagined: James Gordon’s signature mustache.

New images for the March 8 episode, “A Dark Knight: A Beautiful Darkness,” reveals star Ben McKenzie sporting not the luxurious broom on his upper lip that’s become associated with Commissioner Gordon in comic books, animation and film, but … well, something more akin to Gomez Addams or John Waters.
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Criterion Now – Episode 47 – May 2018 Announcements, Guillermo del Toro, John Waters

Aaron is joined by David Blakeslee and Arik Devens to cover just the May 2018 Criterion lineup and the latest film and Criterion news. This includes Guillermo del Toro as a Criterion fixture and his role as an auteur tastemaker, and the potential for a couple of John Waters titles. Arik is only able for the first segment, but David and Aaron dig deep for the remainder of the discussion and even touch on some recent events.

Episode Links Facebook Group – Predictions Facebook Group – Favorite May Titles Lee Unkrich Closet Video IFC buys Wildlife Guillermo del Toro to Jury Venice Film Festival Guillermo del Toro’s Guide to the Criterion Collection Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd David Blakeslee: Twitter | CriterionCast Arik Devens: Twitter | Cinema Gadfly Criterion Now: Patreon | Facebook Group Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter

Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.
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Interview: Jane Giles on the ‘Scala Cinema 1978-93′ book

Fab Press have launched a new Indiegogo Campaign to raise the funds to publish an ambitious oversized art book about the life and times of London’s iconic Scala Cinema 1978-1993. Written by the cinema’s former programmer Jane Giles, the book runs to 400 large format illustrated pages including full-page / full-colour reproductions of all 178 monthly Scala programmes, plus behind-the-scenes photos and ephemera.

In this interview with host Stuart Wright, writer Jane Giles talks about her new book Scala Cinema 1978-93 – London’s iconic film (and music) venue for those chasing down the unusual and off beat – and the indiegogo campaign to help get it published.

The Scala had magic. It was like joining a club – a very secret club, like a biker gang or something … they could show films uncut because they had memberships, well that’s insane! It’s like they were a country club for criminals and lunatics
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Film News Roundup: MoviePass Discounts Price Through Yearly Plan With Fandor

In today’s film news roundup, MoviePass announces a yearly deal, Paramount hires a former Tronc executive and “Queercore: How To Punk A Revolution” gets distribution. Moviepass Promotion MoviePass is teaming with streaming service Fandor for a yearly subscription plan for $115.35 in a “limited time” offer that lowers the monthly price to $7.95 a month. The offer includes a $19.95 processing fee. The companies said the offer lowers the MoviePass monthly price from $9.95 to $7.95 and is coupled with an annual Fandor subscription.

“MoviePass is not only a phenomenon in the entertainment industry, but it has sparked a movement, now two million people strong,” said Ted Farnsworth, Chairman and CEO of parent company. “With this new offer, we can make the movement even more accessible to movie-goers. I believe our annual subscribers will become influential movie consumers and an amazing asset and bellwether for the film industry as a whole.”

“Fandor is excited to be part of the disruptive wave redefining
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‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn’ Review: Three Stooges Meets David Lynch in Latest from ‘Greasy Strangler’ Director — Sundance 2018

‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn’ Review: Three Stooges Meets David Lynch in Latest from ‘Greasy Strangler’ Director — Sundance 2018
Jim Hosking’s 2016 debut “The Greasy Strangler” was as grotesque as it sounded, a gross-out comedy in the vein of John Waters that folded slasher tropes into an unexpectedly resonant father-son bonding tale. His sophomore effort, “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn,” tamps down his gnarlier instincts for viscerally unsettling material and ratchets up the whimsy. The result is sometimes overlong and wears out its welcome, but it clarifies Hosking’s distinctive tone — a playful and often charming blend of outré humor and genuine emotion that makes him one of the most distinctive new voices in current cinema.

See More:The 2018 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

The evening in question provides the climax for a series of oddball circumstances that consume the bulk of the running time. It begins with a slapstick portrait of desperation: Shane Danger (Emile Hirsch), the cafe owner in a rural town,
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Every Year in Queer Cinema Should Start as Well as 2018

As Timothée Chalamet fever sweeps the country, and “Call Me By Your Name” envelops audiences in the golden hue of Italian summer romance, the future of queer cinema looks bright indeed. Beyond our Adonis-adorned Oscar contender, 2017 delivered an array of satisfying gay storylines; including the breathtaking French epic “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” the underrated Billie Jean King biopic “Battle of the Sexes,” and Sebastian Lelio’s bittersweet romance “A Fantastic Woman.”

Gone are the days when queer cinephiles counted their lucky stars for one gay-related film a year, a trend that films like “Moonlight” and “Carol” seem to have nipped in the bud once and for all.

Read More:The 10 Best Lgbtq Films of 2017, From ‘Call Me by Your Name’ to ‘Bpm’

As 2018 begins with “Call Me By Your Name” braced to earn a few Oscar nominations, the month of January alone saw three queer-related indies open in theaters. Though all saw limited releases,
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Christmas Evil: Unwrapping the Taxi Driver of the Horror Genre

When we think about maniacal Santa Clauses in horror, we often go straight to the axe-wielding Billy from Silent Night, Deadly Night, or the homicidal madman who stalked Joan Collins in the Tales From the Crypt movie segment “…And All Through the House” (or its TV episode remake from 1989). For what it’s worth, all these classics have been unseated in my personal Psycho Santa Hall of Fame after a viewing of Christmas Evil, a story that’s more about the psychological unraveling of a factory worker than it is about a body count. In fact, it has far more in common with Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver than any other Christmas horror story around.

Lewis Jackson’s Christmas Evil follows Harry Stadling (Brandon Maggart), an oddball of a human whose obsession with Santa Claus began when he shockingly discovered the truth about Santa. When he was just a boy
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Film Review: ‘Swinging Safari’

Film Review: ‘Swinging Safari’
A cheerfully vulgar, consistently amusing and sometimes hilarious parody of life in a suburban Aussie cul-de-sac in the mid-1970s, “Swinging Safari” might just as easily have been titled “The Ice Storm Goes Berserk Down Under.” This partly autobiographical tale by writer-director Stephan Elliott (“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”) misfires occasionally but rattles along so quickly audiences never have to wait too long before the next laugh-out-loud moment. With a terrific cast that includes Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue giving it everything they’ve got, and lovely performances by Atticus Robb and Darcey Wilson as sensitive teenagers observing their parents’ irresponsible behavior, “Safari” should please plenty of viewers and appeal particularly to those in the Baby Boomer and Gen-x demographics when released locally on Jan. 18. International niche exposure is not out of the question.

As he did so winningly in “Priscilla” and 1997’s unfairly overlooked outback comedy “Welcome to Woop Woop,” Elliott celebrates
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John Waters’ Favorite Movies of 2017 Include ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Wonderstruck’ and ‘The Strange Ones’

John Waters’ Favorite Movies of 2017 Include ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Wonderstruck’ and ‘The Strange Ones’
John Waters has been called the “Pope of Filth,” the “Sultan of Sleeze,” the “Prince of Puke,” and the “King of Bad Taste.” Naturally, who wouldn’t want to know his favorite films of the year? Known for pushing the envelope over the edge and back again with iconic films like “Cry Baby,” “Pink Flamingoes,” and “Hairspray,” the cult filmmaker is a devoted cinephile with a wide range of interests. Waters always has a few surprises on his yearly top ten list, and 2017 is no exception.

Topping the list is Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver,” a somewhat surprising choice for the fan of all things trashy and grotesque. Making a strong showing in third place is “The Strange Ones,” a psychological thriller and feature debut by Christopher Radcliff & Lauren Wolkstein. Waters also liked Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” and Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel.”

Read More:John Waters Touts New Indie Theater
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Get in the Holiday Spirit With John Waters + More L.A. Events This Week

If you’re still crawling out of your tryptophan hangover and are just starting to get into the holiday spirit, check out these events and screenings designed to help you wind down while engaging with some infamous and groundbreaking folks in the entertainment industry. From cult heroes to probable-Oscar-nominees, L.A. is abuzz this week with glorious offerings for actors. Take advantage! Go in-depth with an Oscar contender.If you haven’t yet heard of Netflix’s newest exclusive film, “Mudbound,” you soon will—this dramatic piece dealing with post-war race issues in rural Mississippi is almost certainly going to make its mark at this year’s Oscars. See it and join its director Dee Rees for a Q&A following a screening on Dec. 4 at the Hammer Museum. Be sure to come prepared with questions for Rees about her filmmaking, and pick up tips from working with actors like
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Horror-Rama Toronto IV Panels to Include Night Of The Living Dead & Remembrances of George A. Romero & Bob Clark

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This weekend Toronto horror fans will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the genre's past as well as its present at Horror-Rama IV, with panels including a look back at Night of the Living Dead with co-writer John A. Russo and remembrances of both George A. Romero and Bob Clark:

Press Release: (Toronto) Horror-Rama is thrilled to welcome actress Ashley C. Williams to her Canadian convention debut!

Ashley found instant cult infamy for her tragic turn in director Tom Six's notorious black-comic horror masterpiece The Human Centipede where she was stitched rear-to-mouth as the middle segment of a mad scientist's insane experiment. In 2015 she received acclaim for her blistering turn in director Matthew A. Brown's psychological horror film Julia and both she and Brown (who will also be attending Horror-Rama 2017) will screen their masterpiece and meet their fans.

Ashley joins previously announced special guests: John Harrison (Creepshow,
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New Guests Announced for Horror-Rama Toronto IV, Including Tales From The Darkside: The Movie Director John Harrison

Director John Harrison (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie) and actress Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me) are joining the list of guests set to attend Horror-Rama Toronto IV, which kicks off on November 4th and will screen cult cinema favorites throughout the weekend!

We have the official press release below with full details on the new guest announcements, and to learn more, visit Horror-Rama Toronto's official website.

Press Release: Horror-rama-toronto IV Celebrating All Things Horror

November 4 & 5, 2017 at 918 Bathurst St., Centre for Culture, Arts, Media, and Education

Just Announced: Lesleh Donaldson and John Harrison attending.

Horror-Rama-Toronto, the Only stand-alone horror convention and cult cinema celebration, returns for its frightful 4th year, in a larger and wilder space with a gaggle of amazing celebrity guests and cinema icons.

The shocking soiree runs November 4 and 5 at the remarkable 918 Bathurst, an arts and culture sanctuary and converted Buddhist temple located just North of Bloor St.
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Fantastic Fest Screenings of ‘The Square’ and Newly Unearthed Ed Wood Porn Film Draw Further Attention to Embattled Festival

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Fantastic Fest Screenings of ‘The Square’ and Newly Unearthed Ed Wood Porn Film Draw Further Attention to Embattled Festival
Last week, Austin’s annual Fantastic Fest bowed under a cloud that stemmed from the secret re-hiring of former Birth.Movies.Death. editor-in-chief Devin Faraci by Drafthouse founder Tim League and the continuing fallout of accusations directed at co-founder Harry Knowles. As the beloved genre festival kicks into its second half, it continues to draw attention for programming choices that reportedly left audience members on edge.

Over the weekend, Fanstastic Fest attendee Kim Sherman took to Instagram to share her experience with a Saturday afternoon showing of Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’or winner “The Square,” an event capped by a post-screening stunt that didn’t strike Sherman and other audience members as a wise choice.

Sherman wrote that, after the film concluded, “They asked us to remain seated after the film while they brought a ‘special guest’ into the room. Then they brought out an actor from the film
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‘Woodshock’ Directors on Creating Their Hallucinatory Directorial Debut

Although until now they’ve only been known as fashion designers, cinema has always been part of Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s work. The siblings often use films as inspiration for their collections and have delivered runway shows dedicated to the likes of Japanese horror movie Kuroneko among others, their elaborate, stunning designs are also staples of awards season red carpets with actresses like Kirsten Dunst and Natalie Portman wearing them to festivals and ceremonies. In fact, Portman collected her first Best Actress Oscar in a purple Rodarte gown, after Kate and Laura had designed many of the costumes for Black Swan. After being so immersed in the world of cinema, it seems that making a film was the logical next step, and so they’ve done with Woodshock, a hallucinatory journey into the mind of Theresa (Dunst) a young woman battling depression after the death of her mother.

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