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Wally Pfister made a name for himself as one of the top cinematographers in Hollywood over the past decade, shooting Bennett Miller's "Moneyball," Lisa Cholodenko's "Laurel Canyon," and the films of Christopher Nolan, culminating with his Oscar win for "Inception." But with "Interstellar," Nolan has to do without Pfister for the first time since his debut, "Following," as his regular Dp has greater ambitions. Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence" hits theaters on April 17. It's a highly ambitious, fascinating concept, but it remains to be seen whether Pfister has a shot at a long-term career as a director. In anticipation for that project, here are fifteen major cinematographers who tried their hand at directing, with varying results. [Just a quick note: this list doesn't include directors who serve as their own cinematographers, such as Steven Soderbergh or Robert Rodriguez.] Mario Bava Cinematography Background: Bava got his start working with none other than Italian »
- Max O'Connell
First time feature filmmaking duo Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani score a bullseye with this gorgeous, grisly and unforgettable bloody valentine to 1970s Italian thrillers. Stunningly designed and shot, a woman's life from childhood to adult years plays out as a ghost story, sexual adventure and psycho chiller. Fans of Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci will have a field day spotting the references, while others will be dazzled by this unusual, scintillating debut. »
It's almost impossible to tell what's going in this hyperstylised horror thriller that's virtually one long, claggy dream sequence
This hyperstylised horror thriller plays like a feature-length advert for a perfume that would smell like tuberose, leather and rotting meat, with top notes of fake blood and old cheese.
The barely there plot concerns a man Dan Kristensen (Klaus Tange) who returns home from a business trip to find his wife has disappeared. She may have been murdered by someone or something within the gorgeous art nouveau apartment building in which they live. But it's almost impossible to tell what's going on, given the film is nearly all dream sequence, claggy with narrative digressions, flashbacks and freaky visuals, often of vagina-shaped head wounds, extreme close-ups of eyes, and a nipple being scraped with a knife that directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani like so much they show it six times. »
- Leslie Felperin
Destination Outer Space! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director and Tfh creator Joe Dante introducing Gothic grandmaster Mario Bava's "Planet of the Vampires."Bava leaves his corpse-strewn crypts behind and takes off into deep (and scary) outer space. In doing so he simply transforms the spaceships into intergalactic haunted houses (though sans cobwebs). Britain’s Monthly Film Bulletin accurately pegged this lurid Italian-Spanish-us mash-up as “a triumph of mind over matter, or of Bava over a shoestring budget and appalling dubbed dialogue”. It comes replete with the director’s usual stylistic flourishes including the oddly fetishistic space suits worn by the beleaguered astronauts and a super-saturated red and green color scheme that suggests sinister Christmas tree lighting. »
- Trailers From Hell
Gothic grandmaster Mario Bava leaves his corpse-strewn crypts behind and takes off into deep (and scary) outer space. In doing so he simply transforms the spaceships into intergalactic haunted houses (though sans cobwebs). Britain’s Monthly Film Bulletin accurately pegged this lurid Italian-Spanish-us mash-up as “a triumph of mind over matter, or of Bava over a shoestring budget and appalling dubbed dialogue”. It comes replete with the director’s usual stylistic flourishes including the oddly fetishistic space suits worn by the beleaguered astronauts and a super-saturated red and green color scheme that suggests sinister Christmas tree lighting.
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- TFH Team
A curtain a razorblade and a strike resulting in some excessively fake bloodin five minutes the tone of Sonno Profondo is set this Argentinean film has nothing to do with SouthAmerican horror but is in the pure style of the Italian giallos (a genre combining crime and horror which became popular in the 6070s with directors such as Mario Bava or Dario Argento). The crime story the mysterious killer revealed at the end the shiny weapon the bright red blood all these elements keep reminding that the film is a completely degenerated tribute to the genre. »
This weekend, as you search for a movie to watch, you can either go see Pompeii or pick one of approximately 14 billion choices available to stream over a variety of services, be it Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, On Demand, or various rental options. Every Friday, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of hearty recommendations. This week, we're taking on sprawling gladiator tales, mythological peplum films, and a Disney movie that deserves a little more love.The Giant of MarathonBefore Spaghetti Westerns dominated Italian genre cinema, there were the peplum films, historical adventures starring muscle-laden leading men fighting for truth, justice, and the Grecian way. Inspired by early American epics of the same ilk, the '60s sword-and-sandal entries hooked audiences with action, production value, and name stars (while pseudo-Shakespearean dialogue and archetypical dynamics acted as a dramatic crutch). Names like Mario Bava, Sergio Leone, »
- Matt Patches
Three intriguing sounding series have been put into development.
The story is set in New York City, in a world of Biblical fallen angels (the Nephilim). These dark angels are only kept in check by The Righteous 36. The latter is a mystical Jewish concept which says that at all times there are 36 people in the world possessing special powers.
Finally remake rights to "Prisoners of War", the Israeli drama that was remade in the U.S. »
- Garth Franklin
Rome - Rupert Murdoch’s European pay-tv operations Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland and Blighty’s BSkyB have teamed up to co-produce drama series “Diabolik,” an adaptation of a popular Italian comic book about a master thief who takes on different identities and steals from other criminals.
The ten one-hour episode live-action series now in development marks the first joint project for the three European pay-tv platforms owned by 21st Century Fox, which are now in talks to select a showrunner.
Dressed in a skintight black body suit, when not impersonating someone else with his set of lifelike masks, “Diabolik” is a quasi Robin Hood-like character who works with sexy partner, and lover, Eva Kant. Their arch-enemy is a square police inspector named Ginko. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Paris, Texas (1984), a collaboration by writer Sam Shepard and director Wim Wenders, is a film of dichotomies: dichotomy of location, of ideals, of personalities, of gender roles. Even the words in its title are at odds with each other. The film follows Travis Henderson, played by a worn Harry Dean Stanton, who is always on the move but not really getting anywhere. The first time we see him is as a small figure with a red baseball cap, standing in the vast desert near the Texas/Mexico border. In this shot, we see no civilization or roads, only the rocky landscape. It’s as if he was dropped out of the sky or, more appropriately, materialized from the rocks around him, for they are both heavily weathered by time. We cut from this moment to Travis entering a rest stop area that, like Travis, has seemingly sprung up from the ground. »
- Jae K. Renfrow
Rome – The 67th Locarno Film Festival will pay homage to Italy’s storied Titanus studios, which churned out many works of Italian cinema’s golden era.
Established in 1904 by Gustavo Lombardo, Titanus was a true Italian major which during the 1960s forged a partnership with MGM.
The vast Locarno retro will feature early works by Italo auteurs including Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Ermanno Olmi, Alberto Lattuada, and genre maestros like Mario Bava, Riccardo Freda, and Camillo Mastrocinque, spanning from the early postwar period through the late 1960s.
The selection of classics and more rarely seen pics will feature a wide array of late and living Italo stars, comprising Alberto Sordi, Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale.
“The idea of telling the history of Italian cinema through it’s greatest ‘dream factory’ is directly connected to the festival’s re-reading of the past, which aims to sweep away »
- Nick Vivarelli
A young woman enters a crowded high-rise apartment elevator. She doesn’t notice the man next to her slipping on a pair of flesh-colored rubber gloves. Soon, they’re alone, and the mysterious stranger overtakes her with gleaming blade in hand. Brian De Palma’s twisted 1980 thriller Dressed to Kill took a page from this opening scene in Giuliano Carnimeo’s 1972 giallo The Case of the Bloody Iris (directed under the pseudonym Anthony Ascott). Carnimeo also borrows things, looking to Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace and Dario Argento’s playbook for the guise of his murderer and several stylistic choices. Giallo queen Edwige Fenech stars in the Ernesto Gastaldi-scripted story (also known as What Are Those Strange Drops of Blood Doing on Jennifer's Body?) which pairs her with genre icon George Hilton again, months after the release of All the Colors of the Dark. There’s a »
- Alison Nastasi
Review Ryan Lambie 22 Jan 2014 - 06:36
Animal masks and improvised weapons abound as the home invasion horror You're Next arrives on DVD. Our review's here...
There's much that's familiar about low-budget horror You're Next: the masked killers, the improvised weapons, the bickering survivors, the remote setting. But director Adam Wingard injects both a playfulness and a Giallo-like sense of mystery to his home-invasion slasher, and the result is refreshingly economical and direct.
In an unfeasibly large, austere country mansion, conspicuously wealthy parents Aubrey and Paul (Barbara Crampton and Rob Moran) welcome their litter of spoilt offspring to a rare evening get-together. Among them is Crispian (Aj Bowen), a meek teacher who's constantly browbeaten by his cocky, over-achieving brother Drake (Joe Swanberg). Then there are two other siblings, younger brother Felix (Nicholas Tucci) and younger sister Aimee (Amy Seimetz), plus their respective other halves, the most prominent and sympathetic »
By Michael Haffner
The legend of Hercules has spawned several stories and films over the years. Most famously in the 1950′s, Steve Reeves flexed his muscles as the son of Zeus. Even famed horror maestro Mario Bava delivered a colorful take on the character in 1961 starring Reg Park traveling into the bowels of hell. To say Renny Harlin’s take on the hero feels insignificant and down right trivial compared to these just as silly but fun earlier films says quite a lot. So even though I love that Hollywood wants to bring back the sword and sandal adventures of yesteryear, I have to urge you to use all your strength and avoid this epic travesty.
In the year 1200 B.C, the merciless King Amphitryon makes his way across Greece conquering anyone who dares to oppose him. His wife, Queen Alcmene, concerned for her husband’s actions, turns to the »
- Movie Geeks
I made the mistake of watching the film I chose for Exploitation Alley alone. Usually I have someone to watch movies with, but I decided to watch this solo. I will forever (well at least for a few days) be uneasy and downright frightened. Within the first five minutes of this film I realized this was going to become one of my new favorites. It is in black and white, which automatically scores it some cool points, and it deals with devils, curses, and revenge…so what is there not to like? If I still have your attention, and you want to be slightly scared, and amused, I highly suggest checking out Black Sunday! Black Sunday was released in 1960 as La Maschera Del Demonio. A great little film directed by Mario Bava, which was considered so violent, it was banned in the UK till 1968.
It has a very eerie beginning, »
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