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In today's roundup: A conversation about films by—and recommended by—Pedro Costa; the work of Gena Rowlands, film by film; Nelson George on Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman's documentary about Ousmane Sembene; an appreciation of Satyajit Ray; Aki Kaurismäki Day at DC's; interviews with Abbas Kiarostami and Sean Baker; a new book on Dario Argento's Suspiria; a call to save Anne Carlisle and Slava Tsukerman's Liquid Sky; fashion by Kenneth Anger; Illeana Douglas on Robert De Niro; and Francesca Coppola's Jonny Come Lately, featuring Deragh Campbell, Kentucker Audley and Evan Louison, has premiered online at Filmmaker (18'43"). » - David Hudson »
"To Save and Project: The 13th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation" runs from November 4-25, 2015 and features 74 newly restored masterworks and rediscovers including films by Chantal Ackerman, Dario Argento, Samuel Fuller, Orson Welles and many more. Read More: Guy Maddin on His Obsession with Lost Films and Why We Need to Preserve Them The festival was organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, and Dave Kehr, Adjunct Curator, Department of Film, MoMA. Indiewire recently chatted with Kehr about the state of film preservation. What are some of the most pressing issues in the world of film preservation at the moment? I think the big change is that everything is moving to digital very quickly. It's getting hard to even get analog work done. The laboratories are closing, the film stock is disappearing. Most of that work ends up being done inside of computers and what we’re showing are DCPs instead of film prints. »
- Paula Bernstein
"To Save and Project: The 13th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation" runs from November 4-25, 2015 and features 74 newly restored masterworks and rediscovers including films by Chantal Ackerman, Dario Argento, Samuel Fuller, Orson Welles and many more. Read More: 10 Rare Gems MoMA Just Saved from Obscurity Special guests for the series include Oja Kodar, Stefan Droessler, Guy Maddin, Chris Langdon, Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako ("Timbuktu") and noted film historians John Canemaker, Tom Gunning and Eddie Muller. Maddin will introduce two films on the silent program including “Pan,” the 1922 film by Harald Schwenzen based on the novel by Knut Hamsun; and “Monsieur Don’t Care,” a 1924 comedy short starring Stan Laurel in his pre-Oliver Hardy days. Indiewire recently spoke to Maddin over the phone about why these two films matter to him and about the state of film preservation. Why these two films in particular? Although, I »
- Paula Bernstein
While many general moviegoers are skeptical of the horror genre’s past/future, I see no need for panic. Mainstream horror seems to be shambling along aimlessly, as studios churn out an endless heap of assembly-line-produced procedurals based on some type of existing property (sequels, reboots, game-based movies), but the horror genre is alive and thriving if you know where to look.
Y’all can argue about the meaning of Deathwave until you turn blue in the face, whether you hate the term or dig it, because despite classification qualms, there’s no denying an influx of horror movies with substance, vitality, and an all-encompassing cinematic meatiness. Alas, these titles are certainly much harder to find than big-budget remakes, and while a few stumble onto Netflix’s streaming catalog out of blind luck, general horror audiences rarely discover a movie like Stitches until years later.
That’s where a new »
- Matt Donato
3 new stills from visionary new horror film #Horror. Write, director, designer, actor, artist and visionary Tara Subkoff’s dynamic femme-centric giallo/morality play #Horror is one of the most exciting and visually innovative indie horror films we’ve seen in years; a ‘fetish’ film whose style echoes that of Tenebre-era Argento with healthy dollops of Polanksi and Cronenberg…
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- Chris Alexander
It’s almost impossible to go a day or more without coming across an article describing the imminent demise of physical media, but thankfully those voices of doom have so far been proven wrong. There are lots of reasons for the format’s superiority over streaming, but one of the biggest is the love shown to older titles from smaller labels. The UK’s Arrow Video has been one of the most reliable specialty Blu-ray/DVD labels for years now with beautifully-produced releases as diverse as Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser trilogy, and numerous Dario Argento films. They expanded their reach this year and began releasing titles for North American audiences (Region A, as opposed to Europe’s Region B) including a gorgeous double feature boxed set of Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats. They’re extending that American love further with the recently announced American Horror Project. The »
- Rob Hunter
From his Stephen King adaptations to the Masters of Horror series, Mick Garris has continually offered fright fans new projects to enjoy, and it looks like his streak will continue with 2016's Nightmare Cinema, a new horror anthology from Good Deed Entertainment and Nice Guy Productions that will feature segments from Joe Dante, Ryuhei Kitamura, Garris himself, and more:
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 6, 2015 – Ten years after launching his critically-acclaimed Masters of Horror series on Showtime, Mick Garris has partnered with Good Deed Entertainment for Nightmare Cinema, a collection of five stories from five masters of horror, to be released worldwide next year.
Scheduled for principal photography in Southern California in early 2016, the coproduction consists of 20 minute shorts directed and penned by the following renowned talent from around the world:
- Derek Anderson
Tom Atkins has a résumé relished and enjoyed by generations of horror fans, and I had the great honor of speaking with the legendary actor about seeing Halloween for the first time, working with George A. Romero and Jamie Lee Curtis, and much more.
Did you enjoy watching horror and science fiction films in your formative years?
Tom Atkins: I was not a huge horror fan when I was a kid, but I did have one very favorite movie: The Thing from Another World (1951). I was not a teenager yet, and I went with a bunch of pals up to the local Mount Oliver Theater to see it. There were probably ten of us and it just scared the shit out of me. I love that movie, especially when they all widened out on the ice and realized it was a flying saucer. And then when The Thing was »
- Derek Anderson
Italo-horror gods Goblin & Fabio Frizzi unite in this soundtrack rarity from 1976. In the mid-70s, composer Fabio Frizzi, soon to be known for his work with gorelord emeritus Lucio Fulci, teamed up with Goblin, soon to be chart toppers in Italy with their score to Dario Argento’s giallo magnifico Profondo Rosso, to record the…
The post Sound Shock: Goblin, Frizzi and Brezza’s Music For Obscure Italian Drug Thriller appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
Halloween doesn’t have to be over once the last trick-or-treater has crept back into the shadows of the night. You may still be possessed by the spirit of the holiday and in desperate need of some real scares. In an effort to address that need and help you find a choice that goes beyond the usual iconography of the season, I’ve picked three titles that may not immediately jump to mind when it comes to autumn-tinged chills and terror. They are not self-consciously seasonal choices, like John Carpenter’s Halloween or Michael Dougherty’s 2007 anthology Trick ‘R Treat, both excellent choices for cinematic fear on the pumpkin circuit. Two of them rely more on mood, creeping dread, an insinuating style and, dare I say, even a poetic approach to storytelling than the usual Samhain-appropriate fare. And one has an inexplicably bad reputation in the halls of conventional wisdom, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Southern Cross #1-5 (2015)
Written by Becky Cloonan
Art by Andy Belanger
Colors by Lee Loughridge
Letters by Serge Lapointe
Published by Image Comics
In a dark future, ex-con Alex Braith travels to a refinery rig on Titan to retrieve the remains of her sister, Amber, after she died of mysterious circumstances. The ship Alex boards, the Southern Cross, is not what it seems. Ghosts and hallucinations plague the passengers, and the crew might know more about it than they are telling. Mystery abounds as Alex navigates confined spaces. How did Amber die? What is haunting the Southern Cross? Alex will find answers to these questions…if she doesn’t go mad first.
Becky Cloonan has made herself a household name artist in the indie scene with works such as Demo and American Virgin. Recently, she co-wrote Gotham Academy with Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl. Now, she has teamed up with »
- Ben Howard
Special Mention: The Most Dangerous Game
Written by James Creelman
Genre: Survival Horror
The first of many official and unofficial screen versions of Richard Connell’s short story of the same name, The Most Dangerous Game was made in 1932, in the era known as “Pre-Code Hollywood,” a time when filmmakers were able to get away with sexual innuendo, illegal drug use, adultery, abortion, intense violence, homosexuality, and much more. It was during this time that a film like The Most Dangerous Game was allowed to be made and shown to the general public without fear of censorship. The film was put together by producer Willis O’Brien while in pre-production on King Kong, and features several of the same cast and crew members, as well as props and sets from Kong. Despite these obvious cost-cutting measures, Dangerous Game never feels like a second-rate production, »
- Ricky Fernandes
Scott Derrickson's films up to this point have mainly been in the horror genre; in addition to directing such box-office hits as "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "Sinister" and "Deliver Us from Evil," he wrote the scripts the 2000 slasher sequel "Urban Legends: Final Cut" and the Pang Brothers' 2007 supernatural horror film "Messengers," among others. Which leads one to wonder: will the director's work on Marvel's "Doctor Strange" lead the McU in a more macabre direction than we've previously seen? Try to garner some clues, if you can, from Derrickson's picks for the 10 greatest horror films of all time, submitted to us as part of this month's Ultimate Horror Movie Poll, which ranked the 100 greatest horror films of all time based on votes sent in by more than 100 horror movie professionals. Will the comic book hero's feature-film debut give us a dash of surrealistic color, a la Dario Argento's most-heralded film? »
- Chris Eggertsen
David Opie sits down with director Alberto Marini to talk about Summer Camp, a Spanish/American collaboration that follows a group of camp counsellors besieged by a zombie-like virus. The film is currently having a successful run at film festivals worldwide and our four star review is available to read here…
David Opie: Summer Camp is an extremely enjoyable horror movie that breaks away from the traditional conventions of the ‘zombie’ genre, particularly in the way that the infection spreads. Where did the idea for this come from?
Alberto Marini: Co-writer Danielle Schleif and I just merged the mythology of our two favourite fantastic creatures: infected people and werewolves. Despite their appearance, in reality, those creatures are actually quite similar. Both of them deal with controlling our natural instincts.
In both cases, we start with “normal” human beings who lose all inhibitions and unleash their inner animals, whether that »
- David Opie
Special Mention: Dead Ringers
Directed by David Cronenberg
Genre: Thriller / Drama
Dead Ringers is one of David Cronenberg’s masterpieces, and Jeremy Irons gives the most highly accomplished performance of his entire career – times two. This is the story of Beverly and Elliot Mantle (both played by Irons), identical twins who, since birth, have been inseparable. Together, they work as gynecologists in their own clinic, and literally share everything between them, including the women they work and sleep with. Jealousy comes between the two when Beverly falls in love with a new patient and decides he no longer wants to share his lady friend with Elliot. The twins, who have always existed together as one, have trouble adapting and soon turn against one another. Unlike the director’s previous films, the biological horror in Dead Ringers is entirely conveyed through the psychological »
- Ricky Fernandes
Special Mention: Un chien andalou
Directed by Luis Buñuel
Genre: Experimental Short
The dream – or nightmare – has been a staple of horror cinema for decades. In 1929, Luis Bunuel joined forces with Salvador Dali to create Un chien andalou, an experimental and unforgettable 17-minute surrealist masterpiece. Buñuel famously said that he and Dalí wrote the film by telling one another their dreams. The film went on to influence the horror genre immensely. After all, even as manipulative as the “dream” device is, it’s still a proven way to jolt an audience. Just ask Wes Craven, who understood this bit of cinematic psychology when he dreamt of the central force behind A Nightmare on Elm Street, a film intended to be an exploration of surreal horror. David Lynch is contemporary cinema’s most devoted student of Un chien andalou – the severed ear at »
- Ricky Fernandes
The first thing you should notice is the three directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim. Secondly, take notice of the cast, which includes Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp, Salvo Randone, James Robertson Justice, Françoise Prévost and Marlène Alexandre. Spirits Of The Dead is an adaptation of three Edgar Allan Poe stories, one of which demands to be seen.
The first segment of the film, Vadim’s “Metzgengerstein”, is unfortunately the least impressive, but is still great in its own right, and features a marvelous performance by Jane Fonda. Malle’s segment, which is the second of the three, turns Edgar Allan Poe’s 1839 story into an engrossing study in cruelty and sadism. This episode is an engaging enough entry, »
- Ricky Fernandes
Streamlined Rome Film Fest sees inevitable drop in box office and attendance but puts on a good show; Mia launches with scope for content growth.
The Rome International Film Festival’s 10th edition concluded on Saturday (Oct 24) with Pan Nalin’s female “buddy” movie Angry Indian Goddesses winning the sole prize of the event - The Bnl People’s Choice Award.
The director, who also made India’s highest-grossing documentary, Ayurveda: Art of Being, continued his successful festival run after securing second place for Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award, behind Lenny Abrahamson’s Room.
Both films were once again pitted against each other in the eternal city, with the heartwarming Goa-based drama this time winning out.
Piera Detassis, president of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma, said: “I am pleased that a courageous and revealing film that sheds light on the condition of women in India, choosing a genre that is traditionally about male bonding »
Special Mention: C’est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog)
Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, and Benoît Poelvoorde set out to make their first feature film with little resources and little money. In the tradition of filmmakers who can’t afford much film stock, the trio settled for a faux-documentary-style approach – the result is a high-concept satire of media violence that would spoof documentaries by following around a fictitious sociopath named Ben as he exercises his lethal craft. While the cinematic tradition of presenting villains as suave, charming, attractive, and intelligent individuals is nothing new, Man Bites Dog was still ahead of its time. Much like the great Hitchcockian villains such as Joseph Cotten in Shadow of a Doubt, Ben is a man of action and ideas. He expounds on art, »
- Ricky Fernandes
Pan Nalin’s all-female Bollywood buddy movie “Angry Indian Goddesses” continued its successful run on the fall film festival circuit, winning the Bnl People’s Choice Award on Sunday at the 10th Rome Film Festival.
The Rome win for “Goddesses” follows its world premiere at Tiff, where it came second to Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room” in the People’s Choice awards there. Pic got an eight-minute standing ovation at its Rome premiere last week.
Starring Sarah-Jane Dias, “Goddesses” tells the story of Frieda, a strong-willed fashion photographer who summons her friends to Goa, where she surprises them by revealing her plans to get married. As the holiday turns into a raucous bachelorette party, the women share secrets, fight and ultimately bond.
“It makes me particularly happy that this film was voted the winner, because one of the goals I had set for myself was to offer the audience high quality »
- Damon Wise
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