5 items from 2017
Better late than never. In February, the U.K. and Brazil ratified a film-tv co-production treaty first unveiled in 2012.
At the Rio Content Market in March, Brazilian and French film authorities signed a framework collaboration pact hailed as a first step toward their own bilateral co-production treaty. The main Brazil event at Cannes will be a U.K.-Brazilian co-production meet, organized by state-backed film promotional entity, Cinema do Brasil.
Brazil’s film industry has long been a force to reckon with on the international stage. But the thrust of its film policy abroad over the past decade has been into international co-production, particularly in Latin America. Spearheaded by state-backed film agency Ancine, this Portuguese-speaking nation has forged co-production treaties with a host of countries including Argentina, Uruguay, Canada, Chile, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Venezuela; and it is signatory to multilateral treaties such as the Ibero-American Film Integration and »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Directed by Andrew C. Erin.
Recovering alcoholic Jackie moves into the ominous Havenhurst building in an attempt to figure what happened to her friend Danielle who has suddenly gone missing. The Havenhurst building is advertised as a place from which people can confront their problems and finally vanquish them from their lives, but as many residents have found out – and soon will Jackie – there is a severe punishment in store for those who slide back into their destructive past habits.
Another day another horror film for me to review. Seriously I didn’t plan on being the “horror guy”, it just sort of happened. Anyways enough stalling, let’s talk about the subject of today’s review the house of horrors flick Havenhurst.
- Graeme Robertson
Recovery just might kill ya in “Havenhurst,” an Ok horror outing with Julie Benz (“Dexter”) as a newly sober woman investigating a friend’s disappearance in the titular rambling Manhattan apartment complex. Ghosts of movies from “The Seventh Victim” to “Rosemary’s Baby” to Tobe Hooper’s “Toolbox Murders” remake haunt the musty halls of a competently crafted meller that never quite finds a distinctive narrative slant or atmosphere of its own. Nonetheless, director-co-scenarist Andrew C. Erin’s film will pass the time tolerably enough for genre fans. Already released in several territories, it opens in eight U.S. cities Feb. 10, simultaneous with its launch on VOD.
Discharged from a rehab facility, Jackie (Benz) is a bit shaky but determined to stay on a straight-and-narrow path, despite lingering guilt over the accidental death of her only daughter, caused by her boozing. She’s even more determined to find out what »
- Dennis Harvey
*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Brainstorm Media and Twisted Pictures. Director: Andrew C. Erin. Writers: Andrew C. Erin, Daniel Farrands. Cast: Julie Benz, Danielle Harris, Fionnula Flanagan, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and Belle Shouse. Havenhurst is a horror film from director Andrew C. Erin (Sam's Lake, 2006) and writer Daniel Farrands. The film also stars a few horror film veterans, including: Danielle Harris (Hatchet II, 2010), Julie Benz (Saw V, 2008) and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn. All of the cast and crew come together in a terrifying title, which brings serial killer H.H. Holmes back to life. The film asks: what if H.H. Holmes continued killing in modern times? The eviscerated corpses will answer this question. Meanwhile, the film's moral compass is a bit broken. Almost all of the characters are motivated by vice, while another is just incompetent. Still, Havenhurst invites you into a tenement, which is full »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
The most adorable documentary that Frederick Wiseman never made, Neasa Ní Chianáin’s “In Loco Parentis” is a fly-on-the-wall chronicle of an academic year at Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in the whole of Ireland. A verdant and enchanted estate in the heart of Kells, it seems like a place that time forgot. The giggly student body is the same age every semester, and the 21st-century pop songs the kids perform during band practice feel like dispatches from a very distant world (it’s as jarring to hear Rihanna at Headfort as it would be to hear her at Hogwarts).
Alas, even the most serene environments can’t exist in a snow globe. For John and Amanda Leyden, the married couple who have been running Headfort for 46 years, the deceptively static school environment has only made them more aware of their own mortality. They’d retire the moment it »
- David Ehrlich
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