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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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The Deuce season 1 episode 1 review: The Pilot

David Crow Sep 27, 2017

David Simon's The Deuce arrived last night in the UK. Spoilers ahead in our Us chums' review of episode 1...

This review contains spoilers.

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1.1 The Pilot

The New York City of 1971, the New York City of The Deuce, is before my time. The days of fabled sleaze and seduction, vibrancy and violence, which piled onto the sidewalks like so many ripped garbage bags, have long passed… albeit, the garbage stacks remain. Even upon first visiting the Big Apple nearly 20 years ago, Giuliani Time was deep in the rearview, for better or worse. The crime rate is still way down, and you could walk through Times Square without being bombarded by trash, porno theaters, and rented
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New to Streaming: ‘Something Wild,’ ‘Beatriz at Dinner,’ ‘Lemon,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

All These Sleepless Nights (Michal Marczak)

Blurring the line between documentary and fiction like few films before it, Michal Marczak‘s All These Sleepless Nights is a music-filled ode to the ever-shifting bliss and angst of youth set mostly in the wee hours of the day in Warsaw, Poland. Marczak himself, who also plays cinematographer, is wary to delineate the line between narrative and nonfiction, and part of the
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Sinéad O’Connor’s Struggle: Inside the ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ Singer’s Tumultuous Ups and Downs

Sinéad O’Connor’s Struggle: Inside the ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ Singer’s Tumultuous Ups and Downs
Sinéad O’Connor achieved pop culture immortality with a soulful cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” that built on the pain and vulnerability of Prince’s original, but the tears shed in the iconic video weren’t just for show. The ethereal voice and wounded eyes masked a past marred by child abuse, incarcerations, and tragedy, and those inner demons followed her through the gilded door of fame and haunt her to this day.

They ultimately led her to a New Jersey Travelodge, where she lived a solitary existence away from family in her native Ireland, whom she claims couldn’t cope with her mental illnesses.
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John Waters launches a summer camp for fans

Kirsten Howard Jun 16, 2017

One of film's rarest treasures is planning a summer experience his fans will never forget...

John Waters, the beloved director whose filmmaking career now spans a gigantic six decades, has a treat for hardcore fans of his movies this summer. The 'Pope of trash', as he's often fondly referred, is launching a summer camp for adults that will celebrate all things Waters-themed and beyond.

Taking place beside a serene lake in Kent, Connecticut, the event quickly sold out, with excited campers shelling out $499+ each for a ticket to attend the get-together this September, and along with the regular American summer camp activities, those grasping their entrance documents tightly will be in for quite the weekend.

Along with Waters' one man show, people will be able to sit through a movie marathon of the director's films (which include Cry Baby, Pink Flamingos and Serial Mom), attend Hairspray karaoke,
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Blu-ray Review: Serial Mom Collector’s Edition

Is Serial Mom John Waters’ best movie?

On the bonus features of the new Scream Factory Blu-ray, the legendary writer/director says that it is. And who am I to disagree? While I think Hairspray is still his most commercially accessible film—there’s a reason it was turned into a hit broadway musical, then adapted for both the big and small screen—Serial Mom is, like Brian De Palma’s adaptation of The Untouchables, a brilliant marriage of a commercial aesthetic and the filmmaker’s true voice. It’s a movie that can appeal to everyone while still being very much a John Waters movie, and for that alone it must be considered a huge success.

Kathleen Turner plays Beverly Sutphin, an idealized 1950s-style housewife with the perfect American family: her husband (Sam Waterston) is a successful dentist and her two teenage kids (Matthew Lillard and Ricki Lake) are happy and well-adjusted.
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Horror Highlights: The Terminator Board Game, Camera Obscura Vinyl Soundtrack Contest, Scream Factory’s 5th Anniversary, Rift

He promised that he'd be back, and Space Goat Productions is making good on the T-800's promise with their official board game based on James Cameron's The Terminator, which is now available to pre-order. In today's Horror Highlights, we're also giving Daily Dead readers the chance to win a Camera Obscura soundtrack on vinyl, and we have details on Breaking Glass Pictures acquiring North American rights to Rift and information on how Scream Factory will be celebrating their fifth anniversary.

The Terminator: The Official Board Game: Press Release: "(June 14th, 2017 - Bellingham, Wa) - Space Goat Productions has launched pre-orders for The Terminator™: The Official Board Game, based off of the iconic 1984 film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Pre-orders will be available via Backerkit and will give consumers access to exclusive discounts for 30 days.

The original Terminator Kickstarter made almost 200% of its goal,
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Film Review: ‘Mobile Homes’

French-born, Nyu Tisch-educated director Vladimir de Fontenay’s “Mobile Homes” is born out of a paradox: Inspired by the uniquely American sight of a prefab home rolling down the highway, its very existence owes to the foreign helmer’s naïveté. Whereas locals might take such an image for granted, de Fontenay was compelled to make a film about it (“Mobile Homes” is actually the second time he’s done so, following a 2013 short of the same name). Almost immediately, however, his ignorance becomes a liability, resulting in a squalid and deeply condescending portrait of what this outsider imagines lower-class Americana to be.

Although English actress Imogen Poots isn’t American either, she nearly saves the exercise by bringing a shred of human warmth to her portrayal of a flagrantly unfit mother who drags her 8-year-old son through a host of illegal schemes in a desperate effort to put a roof over their heads.
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Building Lavish Retro Worlds for ‘The Crown,’ ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’

Building Lavish Retro Worlds for ‘The Crown,’ ‘Westworld’ and ‘Stranger Things’
Retro vibes underscore the remarkable production design work on “The Crown,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and “Hairspray Live!,” which all share the same goal: to humanize their worlds with imagination and relatability.

In “The Crown,” Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) endures a rite of passage inside and outside the palace that offers personal and political challenges; In “Stranger Things,” ’80s suburbia contains a mirror-image dark side. In “Westworld,” the allure of a western adult theme park cracks open violence and hate. In “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” three orphan children persevere despite being passed around from one bizarre home to another. And in “Hairspray Live!,” idealistic Tracy Turnblad (Maddie Baillio) upends segregated Baltimore by winning a dance contest.

The Crown

Oscar-winning production designer Martin Childs (“Shakespeare in Love”) utilized showrunner Peter Morgan’s sense of dramatic movement and sharp dialogue to make the private world of Queen Elizabeth II more intimate.
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Interview: John Waters on Casey Anthony, trash TV, and his cameo on Feud

Despite his best efforts, John Waters is a cultural institution. Five decades into his reign as the Pope Of Trash, Waters’ films have screened in museums around the world, received reverential restorations from companies like the Criterion Collection, and even been adapted into Broadway musicals—and one of those, in turn, into touring productions and live musicals and a John Travolta-starring remake. Meanwhile, Waters himself has become something of a cottage industry, touring, giving lectures, and publishing books advising generations of followers on how to stay filthy in a world where—well, in a world where even John Waters has become mainstream.

The newest one of his works to get the deluxe reissue treatment is Serial Mom, which is heading to Blu-ray for the first time in North America thanks to the reissue specialists at Shout! Factory. We spoke to Waters over the phone about the film and Waters
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May 9th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Brain Damage, The Void, Serial Mom

For this Tuesday’s Blu-ray and DVD releases, we have an eclectic assortment of titles coming home, including films from the likes of Frank Henenlotter, John Waters, Roland Emmerich, and Gus Van Sant's remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic film. Scream Factory is keeping busy this week with two different titles—Serial Mom and Psycho (1998)—and Arrow Video has put together an impressive special edition set for Henenlotter’s cult classic Brain Damage.

For those who may have missed it earlier this year, the surreal indie horror flick The Void makes it way to DVD on May 9th, and we have a bunch of other notable titles arriving on Tuesday, too, including Making Contact, American Mummy, The Gorenos, Clown Kill, and The Evangelist.

Brain Damage: 2-Disc Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)

It’S A Headache From Hell! From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favourites as Basket Case and Frankenhooker,
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Interview: Actress Mink Stole Reflects on Her Career and Serial Mom

This week, Scream Factory is releasing a fantastic Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for John Waters’ subversive domestic comedy, Serial Mom, which follows a well-meaning mother (Kathleen Turner) who embarks on a murderous rampage after she finds out that certain folks are out to harm certain members of her loving family. In Serial Mom, frequent Waters collaborator Mink Stole stars as Dottie Hinkle, the bane of Turner’s character’s existent and tormented victim of her malicious sense of humor.

To celebrate the brand new Blu from Scream Factory, Daily Dead had the pleasure of speaking with Stole about her career, from starting out with Waters during the 1960s through her experiences on a variety of his other cinematic projects, including Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, and, of course, Serial Mom. Stole also reflected about her time on the set of Waters’ 1994 dark comedy, working with Turner and more.

Great to speak with you,
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