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Nathan Silver's last feature, Exit Elena, earned the Brooklyn-based director comparisons to John Cassavetes, with whom he shared an almost perverse affection for domesticity at its most volatile. And yet for all the discomfort its familial warfare sometimes provoked, Elena nevertheless remained a basically good-hearted film, exuding warmth and sweetness even as hostility threatened to take hold. Not so for Soft in the Head.
Silver's latest finds the sweetness of its predecessor curdled, its warmth set ablaze, the result altogether possessed of a fiercer sensibility. Silver has gravitated away from Cassavetes, it seems, and toward the influence of another Hollywood maverick: Samuel Fuller, whose idiosyncratic riff on the hooker with the heart of gold, Th »
Zoe Saldana has a cake in the oven that is out of this world–literally–in a new trailer for the NBC drama “Rosemary’s Baby.” The movie questions how far someone would go for money. Would you believe a dance with the devil? The Ira Levin novel was originally made into a psychological horror film in 1968, starring Mia Farrow as Rosemary and John Cassavetes in the role of her husband. Roman Polanski directed ...Read More »
What better way to celebrate Icons of Fright’s ten year anniversary, than with a barrage of our favorites?, whether they be lists of our favorite entries into the French horror genre, our favorite badasses, or like this one, the films that make up what is (in my opinion), the greatest horror films of all time. Like always, art is subjective, so before you rabid fright fiends call foul on me, just remember, this is “Jerry’s Ten Greatest Horror Films of All Time”, so it is just that: mine. So if you disagree, comment and tell me yours, as Icons of Fright has always been for the fans and comprised Of fans, so feel free to sound off! With all of that said, it’s go time!
10.) Re-animator (1985)
- Jerry Smith
“Rosemary’s Baby” is coming to NBC this summer and the Zoe Saldana-starrer is, of course, a well-known story to most of us who follow entertainment and horror-thrillers. The series is based on the 1968′s cult classic starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes and directed by Roman Polanski. Mia Farrow’s character Rosemary becomes mysteriously pregnant and, due to the the safety (and identity) of her baby becomes a source of growing paranoia and terror. From the teaser poster, it looks like not much has changed about the story, even down to Rosemary’s quintessential pixie cut. But both the teaser poster and “teaser” video don’t really tell us tons. In fact the [ Read More ]
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Alex Ross Perry's first two features, Impolex (2009) and The Color Wheel (2011), climax with single-take rug-pulls—performance-intensive scenes which reveal the loneliness and longing that underpins Perry's freewheeling humor. The camera style developed by Perry and his regular director of photography, Sean Price Williams, is already actor-friendly, largely handheld, and composed mostly in eye-level, three-quarter profile close-ups. These climactic sequences, however, stretch this style to its limits—unfolding as a single close-up in Impolex, continually reframing from close-up to medium shot and back again in The Color Wheel—while also straining technical limitations. (Impolex and The Color Wheel were shot on 16mm, and both films' big long takes run almost as long as a standard 400' magazine.) What makes these sequences »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Television and film writer-director S. Lee Pogostin died following a long illness on March 7, one day before his 87th birthday.
Pogostin won a Writers Guild Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his original teleplay “The Game,” for the anthology series “Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre.” Though Pogostin lost, director Sydney Pollack and actor Cliff Robertson won Emmys in 1966 for “The Game,” and actress Simone Signoret also won that year for another Pogostin-scripted Chrysler segment, “A Small Rebellion.”
Pogostin’s other feature credits as a writer were “Pressure Point” (based on his teleplay “Destiny’s Tot”), starring Sidney Poitier and Bobby Darin; “Synanon”; “Nightmare Honeymoon”; “Golden Needles”; and “High Road to China.” He also wrote telepics, including the acclaimed “The UFO Incident, »
- Variety Staff
When it comes to scary, it’s not the monsters or ghosts that do it for me. The most terrifying thing is an individual who can convince an entire group of people to follow one belief. Even more terrifying than the leader are the people within the group, whose views are so extreme that they are willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill a prophecy. Recently, cults have made their way back onto our screens with the hit HBO series True Detective and the upcoming Ti West horror feature The Sacrament. In honor of my cult fascination, I take a look at some of the creepiest cults in the horror genre, and learn that evil always prevails. To the Devil…a Daughter (1976) When a father is trying to save his daughter from Satanists, naturally he would seek help from a writer who specializes in the occult. Author John Verney »
- Amanda Tullos
We wanted to give a heads-up for an exciting new publication by filmmaker, projectionist, and Notebook contributor Paul Clipson. Published by Land And Sea, Reel is a limited edition "287 page book collecting approximately 15 years of drawings and notes from his job as head projectionist/av tech at SFMoMA. The drawings illustrate the moment before the "cigarette burn" (a symbol used in film projection to indicate when to change the reel of film) shows as a reference intended to assist part-time projectionists."
Only 100 copies will be available, with 5 "artist edition" versions, which come with a DVD Clipson has made for this release of "cigarette" moments, a dust jacket of film stills, and a signed and numbered slip case. More information can be found here.
If you are in the San Francisco area, the gallery Will Brown will be hosting an event for the book release today, Sunday, March 9. If you are in the New York area, »
- Paul Clipson
At the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday afternoon, John Cassavetes Award winner (and former In Contention contributor) Chad Hartigan told me something I didn't know: He wouldn't have made "This is Martin Bonner" if it weren't for Steve McQueen's "Hunger." He copped a few of the film's lines in his film, some of the camerawork, too. He was inspired, he said, by a filmmaker who could pull something that powerful off with such modest means, both financially and artistically. That, to me, is McQueen's legend. That, to me, is the kind of thing that will endure. These nickel-plated notions of "importance" that people throw around during the Oscar season, straining to associate some arbitrary level meaning to the thing, they can frankly diminish the very fine achievement on display. "I fear all the talk about the historical importance of '12 Years a Slave' almost completely obscures its extraordinary artistic merit, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The BFI has posted this clip from "A Personal Journey Through American Movies," wherein Martin Scorsese discusses the influence of writer-director-actor John Cassavetes (1929-1989). "Relationship were all he was interested in: the laughter and the games, the tears and the guilt, the whole roller coaster of love," says cinephile Scorsese. Watch below. As a fledgling filmmaker in the early '70s, Scorsese was literally taken in by Cassavetes, who let the young Scorsese sleep at one of the "Minnie and Moskowitz" locations and gave him an assistant sound editor's credit. Scorsese has said that the two films that most informed his career were Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" and Cassavetes' "Shadows." »
- Beth Hanna
Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, and Lupita Nyong’o continued their dominance of this awards season while Steve McQueen and Ryan Coogler were handed the top directing trophies at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards Saturday in Santa Monica. "I'm so thankful to the process," said Coogler, after accepting the Best First Feature honor for "Fruitvale Station." "And to all you filmmakers that motivate me to help us to conceive and tell our stories because there are so many stories to be told." Coogler's drama, based on the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant, an unarmed passenger on San Francisco's Bart system, did not receive an Academy Award nomination. Another Oscars outcast honored by the independent film awards was Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue Is the Warmest Color," which won for Best International Film. Meanwhile, Chad Hartigan's "This Is Martin Bonner" won the John Cassavetes Award, which goes to features made for under half a million dollars. »
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at this afternoon's 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This Is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which is held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Highlights from last night's ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt include: The first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit's state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Oswalt also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, 'Weird Al' Yankovic and... his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton's newly developed app that turns any Hollywood big budget film into an indie film.
The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, »
In its 29th annual awards, the Film Independent Spirit Awards once again give film connoisseurs a seemingly more honest precursor to tonight’s Academy Awards. In a ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt and aired on IFC, the awards once again celebrated “artist-driven filmmaking and the finest achievements in independent cinema.” This year’s big winner was Steve McQueen harrowing drama 12 Years a Slave, which brought home awards for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Cinematography. Don’t worry, there were other awards, all listed below. Best Feature “12 Years a Slave” Best Director Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” Best First Feature “Fruitvale Station” Best Screenplay “12 Years a Slave” Best First Screenplay “Nebraska” Best Female Lead Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” Best Male Lead Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club” Best Supporting Female Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” Best Supporting Male Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” Best Cinematography “12 Years a Slave” Best »
- Neil Miller
Ahead of the Oscars tomorrow evening, the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have taken place tonight, with Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave leading the field with five wins, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o).
In the other acting categories, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were named Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett received the gong for Best Female Lead for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Here's the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in red....
'12 Years a Slave'
Steve McQueen - '12 Years a »
- Gary Collinson
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was the big winner at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards taking home 5 trophies including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Female for Lupita N'Yongo, Screenplay for John Ridley, and Cinematography for Sean Bobbitt.
Here's the complete list of winners of the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards:
Winner: "12 Years A Slave"
Best Lead Female:
Gaby Hoffman - "Crystal Fairy"
Best Lead Male:
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years A Slave"
Michael B. »
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at this afternoon’s 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which is held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Comedian Patton Oswalt was this year’s host.
Highlights include: The first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit’s state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Patton also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Weird Al Yankovic and… his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton’s newly developed app that turns anyHollywood big budget film into an indie film.
The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, »
- Michelle McCue
The night before the 2014 Oscars was a big one for 12 Years a Slave as it took home five wins at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Director (Steve McQueen), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Screenplay (John Ridley) and Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt). However, don't take this to mean 12 Years is a lock at the Oscars as its strongest competition in categories such as Picture and Director, those being Gravity and American Hustle, weren't among the "independent" nominees. Some likely Oscar winners were among the list of winners as Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively. Cate Blanchett took home yet another Best Actress prize for her work in Blue Jasmine and 20 Feet from Stardom won Best Documentary, proving even the Spirit Awards weren't going for The Act of Killing, though that doesn't diminish the impact of Joshua Oppenheimer's film. Some »
- Brad Brevet
Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave" proved the big winner at the 29th Annual Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.
'Slave' took best feature, best director, best screenplay, best cinematography, and best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o.
Source: Screen Daily »
- Garth Franklin
Could the Independent Spirit Awards results from earlier today be foreshadowing what happens with the Academy Awards tomorrow night? Personally, I don’t think so, but the potential is there at least, especially after 12 Years a Slave pretty much dominated the show, taking five awards, including Best Feature, Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, and Best Screenplay for John Ridley. The other award it won was Best Cinematography, but it’s not nominated for that Oscar, so there won’t be a chance of a perfect correlation here between the two voting bodies. Among other major categories, Matthew McConaughey won Best Male Lead and Jared Leto won Best Supporting Male for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett took home Best Female Lead for Blue Jasmine. We also had 20 Feet from Stardom winning Best Documentary, Blue is the Warmest Color winning Best International Film, »
- Joey Magidson
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave pulled a five finger discount at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards grabbing hardware in the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography categories. Apart from the larceny in the Best Doc category, the winners in the above mention category (excluding Bobbitt’s work) and the double win pairing of Leto and McConaughey along with Cate Blanchett’s perf win in Blue Jasmine will likely repeat itself less than 24 hours later at tomorrow’s Academy Awards celebrations obviously begging many to ponder the following: who needs the 86th Academy Awards when we have the Indie Spirit Awards? While today’s most pleasurable wins come from the truly indie kudos for Best First Feature (Ryan Coogler for Frutivale Station) the John Cassavetes award for Chad Hartigan’s This is Martin Bonner, and the Piaget Producers Award to Ain’t Them Bodies Saints »
- Eric Lavallee
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