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Chamber Of Horrors / A Game Of Death

17 April 2017 3:40 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Chamber of Horrors 

Blu-ray

Kino Lorber

1940 / B&W / 1:33 / Street Date March 21, 2017

Starring: Lilli Palmer, Leslie Banks.

Cinematography: Alex Bryce, Ernest Palmer

Film Editor: Ted Richards

Written by Gilbert Gunn, Norman Lee

Produced by John Argyle

Directed by Norman Lee

 

Near the turn of the century a struggling war correspondent named Edgar Wallace began churning out detective stories for British monthlies like Detective Story Magazine to help make the rent. Creative to a fault, his preposterously prolific output (exacerbated by ongoing gambling debts) soon earned him a legion of fans along with a pointedly ambiguous sobriquet, “The Man Who Wrote Too Much.”

A reader new to Wallace’s work could be excused for thinking the busy writer was making it up as he went along… because that’s pretty much what he did. He dictated his narratives, unedited, into a dictaphone for transcription by his secretary where they would then »

- Charlie Largent

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The Top 5 Movie Explorers

15 April 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Henry Bevan with his top five movie explorers…

After debuting to generally positive response in the UK, director James Gray’s absorbing, thought-provoking, and fascinating  The Lost City of Z is opening in the United States.

The film follows the exploits of the real-life explorer Percy Fawcett, played by Charlie Hunnam, leading up to his famous disappearance in 1925. The mysterious circumstances surrounding his disappearance have turned Fawcett into a figure almost as mythological as the city he was looking for.

His “myth” has impacted culture and he has inspired the creation of many fictional explorers. Inspired by the film’s Us release, here are the Top 5 Movie Explorers.

5) Milo Thatch – Atlantis: The Lost Empire

If there is one hallmark of many movie explorers it is that they must be obsessed with finding a lost city. Milo Thatch from Disney’s underrated Atlantis: The Lost Empire has been searching for Atlantis his whole life. »

- Henry Bevan

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Werner Herzog on Michael Shannon Being the Best Actor of His Generation

7 April 2017 11:13 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Attempted to be billed as an “ecological thriller” by programmers when it made the festival rounds last year, Werner Herzog’s Salt and Fire defies any of the strict genre labels that can be thrown its way. Likely to go down as an oddity even within an already eclectic filmography, the film can be considered alongside Stroszek and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans as one of the director’s funniest films, at least depending on your taste. Many critics found their patience tested by its numerous non-sequiturs, while others fell for the deft comic timing of lead Michael Shannon as the world’s unlikeliest CEO. Regardless, the film came as a nice reminder from a man who was threatening to be remembered more as a meme than great filmmaker. We were lucky enough to have a brief chat with Herzog, which also included mention of his period epic Queen of the Desert, »

- Ethan Vestby

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Film Review: ‘Salt and Fire’

6 April 2017 10:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vast, impenetrable reams of aphoristic waffle are spouted by the characters in “Salt and Fire,” but minutes from the end of Werner Herzog’s thoroughly peculiar new narrative outing, the protagonist finally, plainly speaks for the audience. “Are you kidding me?” she yells — in bewildered response to the last of several random story swerves in the film, though it’s tempting to imagine the camera simply caught actress Veronica Ferres’s spontaneous reaction to the bonkers script. Either way, by this point, she’s only half as perplexed as most viewers will be by this awkwardly shoehorned fusion of ecological thriller, ideological romance and meditative landscape ode — only the last mode of which appears to have the veteran auteur’s full attention.

It’s no surprise, given Herzog’s recent dedication to the documentary form, that Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flats should emerge as the true star of “Salt and Fire, »

- Guy Lodge

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Review: ‘Salt and Fire’ Is the Worst Movie That Werner Herzog Has Ever Made (But It’s Still Kinda Interesting)

5 April 2017 6:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Roger Ebert once observed that Werner Herzog “has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting,” that “even his failures are spectacular.” Ebert died in 2013, just before Herzog would start to prove him wrong.

Salt and Fire” isn’t compromised or shameful, it isn’t always uninteresting, and it certainly isn’t made for pragmatic reasons, but there’s nothing the least bit spectacular about the filmmaker’s latest attempt to humble us before nature. Even the landscape feels mundane, as the dreamlike infinity of Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni — the world’s largest salt flat — has already been commercialized by a zillion different car commercials. There’s no doubt that Herzog’s quixotic flair for adventure remains intact (his recent documentary work is proof enough of that), but it’s dispiriting all the same to see him boldly go where several Kias have gone before. »

- David Ehrlich

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Brietta Hague becomes a 'soldier of cinema' with Werner Herzog

2 April 2017 5:50 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Herzog and Aussie filmmaker Brietta Hague.

One of four recipients of the inaugural Metro Screen Fellowship, administered by the Adg, Brietta.Hague travelled to Cuba in March to attend a two-week workshop with German director Werner Herzog..

I.m standing outside a decrepit textile factory in Cuba with Werner Herzog as young boys zoom around our legs on creaking, homemade Go-carts.

"And now you must make a scene. now you must make these carts crash!" Herzog orders in fluent Spanish.

The children have no idea who he is but something about his tone makes them obey. They ready their carts and charge headlong into each other. Herzog smiles in satisfaction.

"As a boy I made toys like this," he tells me, remembering a childhood without shoes in rural Bavaria after World War Two. The 74-year-old seems supremely comfortable in the streets of rural Cuba.

I.m here with a group »

- Brietta Hague

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Metro Screen fellow becomes a 'soldier of cinema' with Werner Herzog

2 April 2017 5:50 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Herzog and Aussie filmmaker Brietta Hague.

One of four recipients of the inaugural Metro Screen Fellowship, administered by the Adg, Brietta.Hague travelled to Cuba in March to attend a two-week workshop with German director Werner Herzog..

I.m standing outside a decrepit textile factory in Cuba with Werner Herzog as young boys zoom around our legs on creaking, homemade Go-carts.

"And now you must make a scene. now you must make these carts crash!" Herzog orders in fluent Spanish.

The children have no idea who he is but something about his tone makes them obey. They ready their carts and charge headlong into each other. Herzog smiles in satisfaction.

"As a boy I made toys like this," he tells me, remembering a childhood without shoes in rural Bavaria after World War Two. The 74-year-old seems supremely comfortable in the streets of rural Cuba.

I.m here with a group »

- Brietta Hague

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March 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Wishmaster Collection, A Monster Calls

27 March 2017 6:20 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Well, March is definitely “going out like a lamb” (as the old saying goes) when it comes to horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, as there are only several different titles coming home this Tuesday.

Universal Studios is releasing J.A. Bayona’s heartbreaking modern fable, A Monster Calls, to both Blu-ray and DVD this week, and if you're a cult film fan, then you have a few fun movies to look forward to adding to your home collections: Witchtrap, Venom, and the four-film collection for Wishmaster, a new addition to the Vestron Video Collector’s Series.

Other notable releases for March 28th include Mortuary Massacre, The Abduction of Jennifer Grayson, Park Chan-Wook's The Handmaiden (which finally gets the Blu-ray treatment), and for the little monster fans, Monster High: Electrified.

A Monster Calls (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Blu/DVD/Digital HD & DVD)

Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, and Sigourney Weaver »

- Heather Wixson

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Newswire: Werner Herzog enjoys the “significant novelty” of Donald Trump

23 March 2017 8:34 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Few voices on Earth are as well-suited to sounding off on decline and despair as that of Werner Herzog, a director whose gloomy Germanic soothsaying has become almost as iconic as his nearly 100 films. So it’s not wholly surprising that Herzog—fresh off of a retrospective festival hosting his entire body of work to date—would eventually weigh in on the “significant novelty” of American President Donald Trump, or that the man who made a film hero of Klaus Kinski would find a certain pleasure in Trump’s vulgar groping of power.

“He’s the first time you have a real independent,” Herzog said as part of a long, borderline self-parodic interview recently published in Rolling Stone. “He’s turned against the Republican Party, and he’s vehemently against the media, justifiably so to some degree, and I find this a very significant novelty. Trump and Bernie Sanders ...

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- William Hughes

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Werner Herzog: The Art of Being a Death-Defying, Gonzo Filmmaking Genius

23 March 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Dan Winters for Rolling Stone

Not far from the big round dome atop the Griffith Observatory, leaning on a railing that overlooks the Greater Los Angeles sinkhole, the German director Werner Herzog, 74, removes a tissue from his pocket and dabs at his eyes. His eyes are leaking. They've been leaking for the past hour or so. The tear fluid builds up in the corner of one of his blue eyes, then starts to cascade down his cheeks, halted only when he dab, dab, dabs.

He does not explain this. In fact, »

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Criterion Now – Episode 9 – June 2017 Announcements, Ingmar Bergman, Canoa

20 March 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Aaron, Arik Devens, Scott Nye and Travis Trudell dig into the June Criterion announcements, Ingmar Bergman on FilmStruck, Canoa: A Shameful Memory, Werner Herzog versus Klaus Kinski, Iranian Cinema, and plenty of other topics including the latest news from Criterion and FilmStruck.

Episode Notes

1:50 – June Announcements

34:00 – Ingmar Bergman

43:00 – Canoa: A Shameful Memory

49:00 – Criterion Coming Soon & Misc News Items

53:00 – Short Takes (Burden of Dreams, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The House is Black, For Heaven’s Sake)

1:04:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Criterion – Ugetsu Criterion – They Live by Night Criterion – The Marseilles Trilogy Criterion – The Lodger Criterion – Straw Dogs Scott Reviews Ingmar Bergman’s The Devil’s Eye CriterionCast 173 – Ingmar Bergman’s Summer Interlude CriterionCast 174 – Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika CriterionCast 175 – Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night A History of Jazz Podcast Arik Reviews Canoa: A Shameful Memory Albert Brooks Tweet about Lost in America »

- Aaron West

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Cannes: Werner Herzog to receive Directors' Fortnight Carrosse d’Or Award

6 February 2017 8:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French Film Directors Guild to fete German legend.

Werner Herzog will be honoured with the Carrosse d’Or (Golden Coach) award during Directors’ Fortnight, the section which runs parallel to the Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28).

The annual honorary prize is granted by the French film directors guild, Société des Réalisateurs de films (la Sfr).

In a letter to the director, the Sfr selection committee said the award will pay tribute to Herzog’s “relentless energy and great creativity, (his) ability to juggle formats, production norms and systems, and to blur the lines between fiction and documentary, feature films and television, reason and madness.”

They added: “We also pay homage to your leadership and your powerful capacity to pull in Hollywood stars as well as unknown people and amateurs, and to the way you impose your distinctive tone and vision, flouting moral conventions and political correctness.”

German-born Herzog has been a filmmaker since the early 1960s, and is »

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