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The Fury: Brian De Palma’s underrated, explosive movie

23 June 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Director Brian De Palma followed Carrie with another gory vaunt into the supernatural. Here's why The Fury deserves a revisit...

When it comes to telekinesis and gory visual effects, the movie that generally springs to mind is David Cronenberg’s 1981 exploding head opus, Scanners. But years before that, American director Brian De Palma was liberally dowsing the screen with claret in his 1976 adaptation of Carrie - still rightly regarded as one of the best Stephen King adaptations made so far. A less widely remembered supernatural film from De Palma came two years after: De Palma’s supernatural thriller, The Fury.

The Fury was made with a more generous budget than Carrie, had a starrier cast (Kirk Douglas in the lead, John Cassavetes playing the villain), and it even did pretty well in financial terms. Yet The Fury had the misfortune of being caught in a kind of pincer movement between Carrie, »

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Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravitz, John Cho to Star in Thriller ‘Gemini’

9 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravitz and John Cho have signed on to star in Aaron Katz’s Los Angeles-set thriller “Gemini.”

Producers are Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy and Adele Romanski with Rough House Pictures executive producing. Principal photography has commenced in Los Angeles.

The cast includes Ricki Lake, Greta Lee (“Girls”), Michelle Forbes (“The Killing”), Nelson Franklin (“Veep”), Reeve Carney (“Penny Dreadful”), Jessica Parker Kennedy (“Black Sails”) and James Ransone (“Tangerine”). Plot details are under wraps.

ICM Partners is representing domestic rights.

“Gemini” is Katz’s fifth feature as a writer-director. He previously co-wrote and co-directed “Land Ho!” with Martha Stephens, which premiered at Sundance 2014, was released by Sony Pictures Classics and won the 2015 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. Katz also directed “Cold Weather,” “Quiet City” and “Dance Party, USA.”

Kirke stars in Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” with feature credits on “Mistress America” and “Gone Girl.” Kravitz’s credits include the “Divergent” movies, »

- Dave McNary

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John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs Restored by The Criterion Collection and Janus Films

8 June 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Photo by Lawrence Irvine

The folks at Janus Films and the Criterion Collection have just sent out the announcement that they’ll screen a restored print of John Waters’ 1970 film Multiple Maniacs at the Provincetown Film Festival on June 17th, with a national roll-out this August.

“Restoration is an amazing thing. Finally, Multiple Maniacs looks like a bad John Cassavetes film! I couldn’t be more thrilled!”

John Waters

We saw John Waters stop by the Criterion offices back on November 18th, 2015.

The moment we've all been waiting for.

A photo posted by Criterion Collection (@criterioncollection) on Nov 18, 2015 at 12:16pm Pst

First Preview at the Provincetown Film Festival

Theatrical Premiere in NY August 5 at the IFC Center

National Release To Follow

Provincetown Int’L Ff Screening:

Fri. 6/17 at 10:00pm – Art House 2

214 Commercial Street

John Waters’s gloriously grotesque and extremely hard to see second feature comes to theaters at long last, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Best Military Movies To Watch on June 6, D-Day

6 June 2016 3:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

June 6, 1944. Today marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.

On June 7th, Paramount Home Media Distribution will release director Michael Bay’s remarkable 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi.

Hailed as “powerful” (Kyle Smith, New York Post), “engrossing” (Soren Andersen, Seattle Times) and “full of explosive action” (Dan Casey, Nerdist), the film arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand this Tuesday. (Review)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi tells the incredible true story of six elite ex-military operators who fought to protect the CIA against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. The film stars John Krasinski (TV’s “The Office”), James Badge Dale (World War Z) and Pablo Schreiber (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”), and is based on the nonfiction novel 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by New York Times best-selling author Mitchell Zuckoff with »

- Movie Geeks

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Crime and Punishment on the L.A. Freeways: John Cassavetes Drives

31 May 2016 9:34 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Here’s a trippy short video found via the Vintage Los Angeles Facebook page, an excerpt from the 1968 French documentary, Cineaste de notre temps (1968). Shot three years earlier, it’s just John Cassavetes driving home as a French interviewer peppers him with questions he mostly nonchalantly (and most likely post-synced) answers. Not enough people in L.A. — “living by appointment,” he says. He also announces a project: Crime and Punishment as a musical. The Beach Boys play on the soundtrack. »

- Scott Macaulay

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Shane Black Talks 'Doc Savage' and 'The Predator'

17 May 2016 12:19 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Director Shane Black certainly has a lot on his plate these days. Not only is his latest film, The Nice Guys, set to hit theater soon, but he already has two big properties ready to follow that one up. The first is The Predator, a film that's set to revitalize the long-dormant franchise. Also on the horizon is a film chronicling the adventures of the decades-old pulp hero, Doc Savage.

Here's what Black had to say about The Predator when asked if the sort of "macho" culture that it came out of was still relevant in todays' world.

"I think that the only thing that the 1980s macho context really has to add is that back then, the actors tended to be more… I think more 'men,' and less 'boys.' For instance, back in the day, the ones who filled my head as I grew up: Lee Marvin, »

- Joseph Medina

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No man is an island by Anne-Katrin Titze

17 May 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Derek Cianfrance and Jeff Nichols share more than a laugh Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Jeff Nichols, who is at Cannes with Loving, inspired Derek Cianfrance's method for his latest, The Light Between Oceans, starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz.

Alicia Vikander will star in The Light Between Oceans Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the 21 Club tea, honoring Nichols' Midnight Special, hosted by Michael Shannon with Kirsten Dunst (Cannes jury member) and Jaeden Lieberher, The Place Beyond The Pines director Derek Cianfrance spoke to me about Steven Spielberg's "pile of stuff" at Dreamworks, Ryan Gosling and Ben Mendelsohn, childhood memories of Martin Scorsese, John Cassavetes, Pier Paolo Pasolini and George Romero films, Shannon Plumb's Towheads and The Narcissist, but not Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse. Erin Benach, Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon costume designer, will be dressing the stars in Cianfrance's latest. She also worked with »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Toni Erdmann Review [Cannes 2016]

14 May 2016 9:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Comedy can sometimes be the only route to honesty, and it’s often the instrument that softens sharp truths. In Toni Erdmann, the latest from Maren Ade, humor of all sorts – broad, satirical and witty – is the foundation of the director’s humanist vision. This is the best film to premiere in competition so far at Cannes and one of the best comedies, if not the best, of the decade so far.

Ade is as inspired by the films of John Cassavetes as Saturday Night Live, but these are just two of the complimentary, not contradictory, points of reference. Both inclinations – art and populist –  are perfectly homogenized in Toni Erdmann’s fresh worldview. This isn’t just any character study like most realist indies. Toni Erdmann is essentially three hours of comic sketches, while somewhat in line with dress-up comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire. The “one joke” here is that Winfried Conradi, »

- Josh Cabrita

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Film Review: ‘The Darkness’

13 May 2016 11:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A family beset by autism, bulimia, alcoholism and extramarital canoodling squares off against the world-ending prophecies of Anasazi canyon-dwellers in “The Darkness,” a kitchen-sink horror movie so over-the-top that even the actual kitchen faucet runs mysteriously. At some point in the production process, co-writer/director Greg McLean must have believed he was making John Cassavetes’ “Poltergeist,” but this odd fusion of psychodrama and supernatural hokum gets away from him. Though better cast and considerably more ambitious than a typical PG-13 frightfest, “The Darkness” succumbs to the bloodless shocks and assaultive sound effects that plague its generic peers. The film may siphon a few million indiscriminate dollars on opening weekend, but will recede into the shadows quickly thereafter.

Literally and metaphorically, “The Darkness” is half a world away from the barebones ferocity of “Wolf Creek,” McLean’s debut feature from a decade ago, a tense and grisly thriller set in the Australian Outback. »

- Scott Tobias

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The Best of Movie Poster of the Day: Part 14

13 May 2016 9:33 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: 1929 Swedish poster for The Hound Of The Baskervilles (Richard Oswald, Germany, 1929). Designer uncredited.It’s time once again for my countdown of the most popular (the most “liked” and “reblogged”) posters on my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr over the past three months. The most popular by far, and deservedly so, was this extraordinary 1920s Swedish poster for an adaptation of Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, which looks like some modern Mondo marvel. I had never seen it before it showed up on Heritage Auctions in March, where it sold for over $5000 (a steal). I’m not sure how Heritage dated the poster or divined which version of Hound of the Baskervilles this was for, since there are no acting or directing credits on the poster. They claim it for Richard Oswald’s 1929 German version though IMDb has a variant of the poster attached to a 1914 German adaptation. »

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Daily | Jodorowsky, Cassavetes, Preminger

9 May 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Featured in today's roundup are an interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose Endless Poetry premieres in Cannes on Saturday, Jonathan Rosenbaum on John Cassavetes, new pieces in Bright Lights on Béla Tarr, Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch as well as on Alex Proyas’s I, Robot and Howard Hawks's The Big Sleep, an Otto Preminger series in New York, work by the late Antonia Bird in London, Joanna Hogg in Cambridge, a video essay on Jacques Rivette, an interview with Whit Stillman—and remembering Isao Tomita. » - David Hudson »

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Video Essay. Tensions: On John Cassavetes’ "Gloria" (1980)

29 April 2016 6:51 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The thirteenth entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin. Mubi will be showing John Cassavetes' Gloria (1980) March 23 - April 22 in the United Kingdom.You can tell a lot about filmmakers and their attitudes from the way they choose to frame a child—especially when there is also an adult in the same scene. To whom does the scene pay attention at any given moment? Whose viewpoint is covered? Who is privileged in the scene? Whose position is occupied by the camera? Shall we go the conventional shot/reverse shot route of looking down at the child from a high-angle (i.e., the senior Pov), and gazing up from a low-angle at the adult?John Cassavetes’s Gloria (1980) offers a veritable treatise on these questions—and its response is quite unlike any other film that centers on a roughly similar relationship, from »

- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin

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A Spanish Wave: A Chat with the Filmmakers of "El Futuro" and "Androids Dream"

22 April 2016 5:43 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Mubi is exclusively showing two new, brilliant and unconventional films from Spain: Luis López Carrasco's El Futuro (April 11 - May 10) and Ion de Sosa's Androids Dream (April 12 - May 11). We asked the two filmmakers—friends and collaborators—a few questions about their work. For an in-depth exploration of the two films, we recommend Michael Pattison's article, Back to the Future: Androids Dream and El Futuro.Spanish directors Ion de Sosa (front left) and Luis López Carrasco (back right).Notebook: How did you each manage to bring your projects to life?Luis LÓPEZ Carrasco: After living in Berlin for a few months through a scholarship program, I came back to Spain in 2010 fully energized with the aim to set up a production company, finance my own projects and support friends whose work I deeply admire. The international success of Los Hijos Collective led me to believe »

- Notebook

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New film festival Essential Independents to spotlight American indie cinema

17 April 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Richard Gere in Oren Moverman's.Time Out Of Mind.

Fourteen films will have their Australian premiere as part of the brand new Essential Independents: American Cinema Now festival at Palace Cinemas in May.

The two-week festival will showcase American independent cinema and feature 32 films, including narrative features and documentaries as well as a retrospective of first films from major filmmakers.

They include Kathryn Bigelow, Joel Coen, Sofia Coppola, Jim Jarmusch and Richard Linklater.

The program is curated by artistic director Richard Sowada, the festival director at Perth's Revelation International Film Festival.

"Each film holds hands with the next and so there.s a real sense of cohesiveness and a feeling of discovery", Sowada said.

"What.s so exciting to watch is the sense of energy, urgency and honesty - even in the older films right back to Shadows from John Cassavetes — there.s no holding back and there.s no compromise, »

- Staff Writer

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Interview: Director Jude Klassen Rocks CIMMfest with ‘Love in the Sixth’ on April 17, 2016

16 April 2016 1:50 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The “Canuck Girls” have hit town, and they brought a lively, passionate and super fun musical about relationships and the environment to CIMMFest! Toronto-based writer/musician/actor/director Jude Klassen created “Love in the Sixth,” and it plays out at the 2016 festival on Sunday, April 17th (3:45p) at the Logan Theatre in Chicago. Click here for complete details.

The film explores relationships, in the post modern mode of Woody Allen, plus has amazing song breaks in the style of Motown, Punk, The Beatles and even “Grease” (if Grease would have had a song called “F**king Love”). The cinematic freedom of Jude Klassen’s director influence is woven throughout the work, as she portrays a rocker Mom named Dani, who is raising a Hunger-Games-loving-environmentally-conscious 12 year-old named Kat (Mika Kay, in a memorable performance).

Dani’s relationship with Sid (T.C. Folkpunk) is complicated, and gets in the way of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Pebbles That Clatter and Spark: Four Films by John Cassavetes

4 April 2016 6:23 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Mubi in the United Kingdom will be showing four films by John Cassavetes beginning with Too Late Blues (March 9 - April 8), followed by Husbands (March 16 - April 15), Gloria (March 23 - April 22), and Love Streams (March 29 - April 28). “Life is a series of suicides, divorces, promises broken, children smashed, whatever.”                        — Robert, Love Streams“Love is a stream. It’s continuous. It doesn’t stop.”                        — Sarah, Love Streams I love a good punch. Not the kind Robert Mitchum could land, or the kind Errol Flynn once received, though the mythmaking breeziness of another era’s gossip columns ensures even these retain an ageless charm. I mean the verbal kind, the hit-you-in-the-belly kind. A gut punch. Putdowns are an art: cadence is a weapon, pithiness a bullet. Brevity bruises: it’s not so much what is said as everything that isn’t. The best knocks hurt precisely because, no matter how brutal they get, »

- Michael Pattison

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Chattanooga Film Fest review: Krisha

29 March 2016 3:31 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Taking cues from the best of John Cassavetes, the Trey Edward Shults-helmed Krisha is a film that is able to transport you to the darkest of family get-togethers. Focusing on a Thanksgiving in which the decade-absent Krisha returns in hopes of reconnecting with a son she abandoned, a sister who has many unresolved issues with her and various other family members walking on egg shells around the title character (played so effectively by Krisha Fairchild), Shults carries his ability to turn his audience and the film into a fly on the wall, experiencing true dysfunction and leaving you devastated yet happy to have seen the film.

What makes Krisha so enthralling, is how we as audience members, are given the opportunity to experience authentic feeling moments, with everything from guys wrestling outside, sit down talks and gossip and we experience it not through the typical audience viewpoint, but that of Krisha. »

- Jerry Smith

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Losing Ground

19 March 2016 12:06 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Kathleen Collins' name made a big cultural rebound with a single review in The New Yorker -- of an independent movie she wrote and directed in 1982. It's a confluence of important black theater and filmmaking talent -- Collins, Bill Gunn, Duane Jones, Billie Allen and, in the background, William Greaves and the history of film generated by African-Americans. Losing Ground Blu-ray The Milestone Cinematheque 1982 / Color / 1:37 Academy / 86 min. / Available at Milestone Films / Street Date April 5, 2016 / 39.99 Starring Seret Scott, Bill Gunn, Duane Jones, Billie Allen, Maritza Rivera, Noberto Kerner, Gary Bolling, Michelle Mais. Cinematography Ronald K. Gray Film Editor Ronald K. Gray, Kathleen Collins Original Music Michael Minard Produced by Kathleen Collins, Ronald K. Gray Written and Directed by Kathleen Collins

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Quick, name five film directors that are black women. Well, after seeing the glowing review for Losing Ground late last year in The New Yorker, »

- Glenn Erickson

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‘Krisha’ Review: An Unhappy Family Plays Itself in This Spirit Award Winner

18 March 2016 7:32 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Movies about family dysfunction and holidays are about as cliché as pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. But “Krisha,” writer-director Trey Edward Shults’ first feature — and winner of the John Cassavetes Award at this year’s Independent Spirit Awards — is an explosive, stomach-knotting debut that’s more “Leaving Las Vegas” than “Four Christmases.” It also has a distinctive attribute: Many of the actors playing family are related in real life. For example, Krisha Fairchild, who stars in the title role, is joined by three other Fairchilds: her sisters Victoria and Robyn, as her sisters Vicky and Robyn, and her mother, Billie, as her mother. »

- Tricia Olszewski

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2016 Spirit Award Winners Announced

28 February 2016 3:38 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, the La Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, handed out top honors to Spotlight, Beasts of No Nation and Room at this afternoon's 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards. Carol, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Krisha, The Look of Silence, Son of Saul and Tangerine also received awards at the ceremony, which was held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Spotlight received the Robert Altman Award. In addition to being the celebration that honors artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision, the Spirit Awards is the primary fundraiser for Film Independent's year-round programs. The ceremony aired live today on IFC and a rebroadcast will air later this evening; please check your local listings for times. Clips from the ceremony will be available on »

- MovieWeb

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