14 items from 2017
Directed by Ridley Scott.
The crew of the cargo ship Nostromo receives a distress signal from a nearby planet and while investigating, one of the crew is attacked by a parasite which implants an embryo in his body. This embryo soon gruesomely erupts from man’s body before escaping into the shadows, stalking and picking the remaining crew members off one by one.
It’s the 1st of October and you know what that means? It’s time to kick-start another series of October Horrors, the hopefully annual series (provided I don’t get fired between now and the 31st) in which I spend every day of this ghoulish month spotlighting cinematic horror from across the years. Well, mostly the 80s. Cause I like the 80s. A lot.
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- Graeme Robertson
While his roots may be in television, it’s most likely his indelible work in cinema as a writer/director/producer that has made filmmaking maverick Larry Cohen such an influential force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. With a professional career that kicked off in the late 1950s, Cohen has yet to slow down at all, and it’s that enduring creative spirit that King Cohen documentarian Steve Mitchell celebrates in his loving and lively look back at the brazen trail that Cohen has journeyed on thus far.
In King Cohen, Mitchell takes us all the way back to the beginning of Cohen’s life, as we hear stories about Larry’s childhood in New York City, and how his experiences growing up there continued to define him, especially in his film work, which was usually set around the Big Apple, or in New York in general. Cohen also »
- Heather Wixson
Harry Dean Stanton stole more scenes than most other actors even appeared in. Over his six-decade career, the late, great actor managed the improbable feat of being as recognizable from his highbrow fare (like “Paris, Texas”) as he was from his high-school movie (“Pretty in Pink”) — and that was just in the mid-‘80s.
Stanton also worked with David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, and Monte Hellman, among many others; he left his indelible mark on all their movies, as he did on those who watched them. Here are some of our favorites.
“Right.” Harry Dean Stanton doesn’t say much else in “Alien,” but he doesn’t need to. Along with Yaphet Kotto’s Parker, his Brett provides some much-needed levity aboard the Uscss Nostromo — it may be true that in space no one can hear you scream, »
- Michael Nordine, Kate Erbland, Anne Thompson, William Earl, Jude Dry and Chris O'Falt
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Eric Roberts, Traci Lords, J.J. Abrams, john landis, Robert Forster, Barbara Carrera, Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Yaphet Kotto, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Eric Bogosian | Written and Directed by Steve Mitchell
Buckle up for the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen. Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American auteur…
I’m not going to lie, there’s no way I can talk about the documentary King Cohen without any bias. Larry Cohen is, to this day, one of my all-time favourite filmmakers. He has been since the first time I saw Q The Winged Serpent on TV. Seeing »
- Phil Wheat
In the second of his FrightFest 2017 interviews today, host Stuart Wright talks King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen with director Steve Mitchell, which has its European Premiere at this years Frightfest on Friday August 25th.
Buckle up for the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen (Black Caesar, God Told Me To, Q The Winged Serpent, The Stuff, Phone Booth). Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide!
The Horror Channel Frightfest takes place August 24th – 28th 2017 at both the »
- Phil Wheat
Pandora’s box has been opened, kids. First Kurt Russell reveals his connection to the Phoenix Lights, and now one of the stars of Ridley Scott’s Alien has revealed for the first time that he’s had otherworldly encounters. Speaking to Vice,… Continue Reading →
The post Yaphet Kotto Reveals He’s Seen Actual Aliens appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
Back in 1979, Yaphet Kotto came face-to-face with a Xenomorph in Ridley Scott’s Alien. But as it turns out, it wasn’t even the actor’s first encounter with an alien being. Speaking with Vice reporter Noel Ransome, Kotto (who also starred in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare) just revealed something he had only previously told to his wife, […] »
- John Squires
God bless the Criterion Collection for their forthcoming Blu-ray of a nifty 2K restoration of The Breaking Point (1950), the second swipe at Ernest Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not, which is on the company’s release schedule for August 2017. You may have heard of the first version… Bogie, Bacall, Hawks, “You know how to whistle, don’t ya?” Remember that one? Well, this one, the story of a down-on-his-luck charter boat captain Harry Morgan (John Garfield) who gets manipulated into a deadly smuggling run to help make ends meet, is directed by Michael Curtiz, and it trades Hawks’ larky, Casablanca-derived vibe for something decidedly darker, a daylight-splashed noir that somehow ferrets out all the chiaroscuro shadows in Hemingway’s material nonetheless. Throughout The Breaking Point, but especially in the movie’s riveting second half when Morgan allows himself to get roped into a second, even more dangerous scheme, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Rob Leane May 5, 2017
It’s been a while since we saw her on the big screen, but Ellen Ripley lives on in books, audio dramas and games...
Now that Neill Blomkamp’s much-talked-about Alien 5 idea – which would have brought back Sigourney Weaver and offered an alternate sequel to Aliens, wiping Alien 3 from the canon - seems to be off the cards, chances are that we won’t see Ellen Ripley back on the big screen any time soon.
Rumours and rumblings suggest that Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel series (which began with Prometheus and will continue very soon with Alien: Covenant) may eventually feature an aged-down Weaver back in the »
“Alien” and its many sequels and prequels have always been about transformation. The creature itself is constantly changing, as are those unfortunate enough to encounter it. As you celebrate Alien Day — celebrated on April 26 because the original film is set on the planet Lv-426 — take a moment to revisit the many forms Sigourney Weaver’s greatest screen partner has taken on in the nearly 40 years since H.R. Giger and Ridley Scott first introduced us to it.
The facehugger (“Alien”)
Our first exposure to the otherworldly creature known among fans as the xenomorph remains the most quietly unsettling. “It’s got a wonderful defense mechanism,” Parker (Yaphet Kotto) says after noticing the facehugger’s acidic blood: “You don’t dare kill it.”
Almost reminiscent of a scorpion in its appearance, the facehugger was initially intended by Giger to be larger and possess eyes; screenwriter Dan O’Bannon had imagined it as an octopus-like being with tentacles. »
- Michael Nordine
A trailer has arrived online for writer-director Steve Mitchell’s upcoming documentary King Cohen which tells the story of B-Movie auteur Larry Cohen (Black Caesar, God Told Me To, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff). Check them out here…
Buckle up for King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen. Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide!
- Amie Cranswick
The makers of the upcoming feature-length Larry Cohen documentary, King Cohen, have just dropped their official trailer, along with a website, www.KingCohenMovie.com Watch the site and follow them at @KingCohenMovie for information on future events and special screenings! Buckle up for King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen (Black Caesar, God Told Me To, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff). Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of...
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Ryan Lambie Feb 6, 2017
Ahead of this year's Alien: Covenant, we delve into a longstanding question: just how smart is the xenomorph, really...?
See related Katee Sackhoff interview: Battlestar, Haunting, Statham
But one of the reasons why these ageing films remain so compelling is because they imply as much as they show: 1979’s Alien may be infamous for its graphic birth sequence, but it raises so many questions that, at present, remain unanswered. How long had the crashed alien ship sat undiscovered on Lv-426, as the planet later became known? What were all those eggs doing in its belly? And foremost, just how intelligent is the creature we see emerge from John Hurt’s torso? Ridley Scott may be busy rootling »
“Daughters of the Dust”: Bam
Cinephiles, your February just became a whole lot busier. Brooklyn Academy of Music (Bam) recently announced its “One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970–1991” exhibition, which commemorates the theatrical and Blu-ray re-release of Julie Dash’s “Daughters of the Dust” with screenings of films from black women directors. According to the exhibit’s website, this event was designed to honor the “black women directors who blazed the trail for that landmark film.”
“One Way or Another” features a variety of film (long-form, short-form, documentary, narrative, and animation) and explores a wide cross-section of topics, especially those specific to black women’s culture, including body image, identity, the role church plays, the complexities of black hair, colorism, representation in the media, Zora Neale Hurston’s work, and black feminism.
Screenings of “Daughters of the Dust” will kick-off the event on February 3. Other films to screen include Dash’s shorts (“Standing at the Scratch Line,” “Four Women,” “Illusions,” and “Praise House”), Debra J. Robinson’s “I Be Done Was Is,” Liz White’s “Othello,” Cheryl Chisholm’s “On Becoming a Woman,” Elena Featherstone’s “Visions of the Spirit: A Portrait of Alice Walker,” and Euzhan Palcy’s “Sugar Cane Alley.”
Below is the full list of films that will screen at “One Way or Another,” courtesy of Bam. Visit the Bam website to buy tickets or find out more. The exhibit will run from February 3–23.
Feb 3 — Feb 5, 2017
Julie Dash’s shimmering, dreamlike evocation of early-20th century Gullah life (which was a key influence on Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade”) is a sumptuous celebration of folk traditions and black womanhood.
Feb 3 — Feb 5, 2017
A married couple experience a reawakening on a summer idyll in upstate New York. This revelatory comedic drama is one of the first films to explore sexuality from the perspective of a black female director.
“I Be Done Was Is ”— Directed By Debra J. Robinson
Feb 4 — Feb 9, 2017
Director Debra Robinson profiles four black female comedians, offering insight into what it means to be a sharp-witted woman navigating the male-dominated world of stand-up.
Julie Dash Shorts
Feb 5 — Feb 6, 2017
This program surveys Julie Dash’s (“Daughters of the Dust”) remarkable career from the 1970s to the present, including her breakthrough work, “Illusions,” which explores black representation in 1940s Hollywood.
“Standing at the Scratch Line”
A look at the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
A dance film set to the music of Nina Simone.
Explores African-American representation in 1940s Hollywood via the story of a black studio executive passing as white.
A performance piece made with Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.
Camille Billops Program
Feb 6 — Feb 15, 2017
The films of Camille Billops are heartrending, fearlessly personal meditations on a range of emotionally charged subjects. This program brings together a cross section of Billops’ documentary work.
A harrowing portrait of a woman processing her abusive father and her own drug addiction.
An autobiographical record of the filmmaker’s reunion with the daughter she gave up for adoption.
Billops’ examination of slavery and cultural theft.
“Zora is My Name! ”— Directed By Neema Barnette
Feb 7, 2017
The great Ruby Dee scripted and stars in this tribute to visionary writer and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston.
Performers and Artists
Feb 7, 2017
This shorts program spotlights several extraordinary black women artists, including dancers Syvilla Fort and Thelma Hill; sculptor Valerie Maynard; and drag king and activist Stormé DeLarverie.
“Valerie” — Directed by Monica J Freeman
Monica J. Freeman’s 1975 portrait of sculptor Valerie Maynard.
“Water Ritual #1: An Urban Rite of Purification ”— Directed by Barbara McCullough
An experimental performance film by Barbara McCullough, inspired by Afro-diasporic ceremonies.
“Syvilla: They Dance to Her Drum” — Directed by Ayoka Chenzira
Ayoka Chenzira’s 1979 tribute to dancer-choreographer Syvilla Fort.
“Remembering Thelma” — Directed by Kathe Sandler
“Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box” — Directed by Michelle Parkerson
“Visions of the Spirit: A Portrait of Alice Walker ”— Directed By Elena Featherstone
Feb 8, 2017
This revealing portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker offers essential insight into the experiences that shaped her perspective as an outspoken black feminist.
Twice as Nice + A Minor Altercation
Feb 8, 2017
Jackie Shearer’s 1977 docudrama, about two girls during the desegregation of Boston’s public schools, screens alongside Jessie Maple’s portrait of twin college basketball players.
“Twice as Nice” — Directed by Jessie Maple
“A Minor Altercation ”— Directed by Jackie Shearer
Jackie Shearer’s docudrama catching the tensions between two girls — one black, one white — during the desegregation of Boston’s public schools.
A Different Image + Perfect Image?
Feb 9, 2017
An art student sets out to reclaim her body and self-worth from Western patriarchal norms.
“Perfect Image?” — Directed by Maureen Blackwood
Two actresses, one light skinned, one dark skinned, in a series of freewheeling, sometimes musical, sketches exploring black beauty standards
Feb 13, 2017
Created by an entirely black cast and crew, including Yaphet Kotto in the title role, Liz White’s rarely screened adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy offers incisive commentary on the play’s racial dimensions.
Feb 13, 2017
These psychologically rich films are fully realized portraits of black female consciousness, offering unusually complex depictions of the experiences and inner-thoughts of African-American women.
The film revolves around an African-American woman reporter for a local television station who must seemingly compromise her political principles to keep her job, just as a former Black Panther Party member gets out of prison, only to realize that the old comrades in the struggle have moved on with their lives. It is also a plea for community development in Watts and other black L.A. neighborhoods, a concern that connects many of the L.A. Rebellion projects.
“Killing Time” — Directed by Fronza Woods
An offbeat, wryly humorous look at the dilemma of a would-be suicide unable to find the right outfit to die in, examines the personal habits, socialization, and complexities of life that keep us going.
“Fannie’s Film ”— Directed by Fronza Woods
A 65-year-old cleaning woman for a professional dancers’ exercise studio performs her job while telling us in voiceover about her life, hopes, goals, and feelings. A challenge to mainstream media’s ongoing stereotypes of women of color who earn their living as domestic workers, this seemingly simple documentary achieves a quiet revolution: the expressive portrait of a fully realized individual.
Feb 15, 2017
Two heartrending portraits of black childhood: a hip-hop-infused South Bronx fantasy about teen suicide and a young girl’s perspective on her struggling single mother.
Neema Barnette’s hip-hop-infused South Bronx fantasy that tackles the issue of teen suicide with a surplus of cinematic imagination.
“Your Children Come Back to You” — Directed by Alile Sharon Larkin
Alile Sharon Larkin’s first film is a contemporary allegory about values and assimilation. The film literalizes the meaning of a “mother country” by means of the story of a young girl, Tovi, torn between two surrogate mothers: one comfortably bourgeois, the other nationalist.
Cycles + On Becoming a Woman
Feb 16, 2017
Two films exploring the relationships of black women to their bodies: a woman performs Caribbean folk rituals in Zeinabu Irene Davis’ “Cycles” and Cheryl Chisholm addresses reproductive rights in “Becoming A Woman.”
Rasheeda Allen is waiting for her period, a state of anticipation familiar to all women. Drawing on Caribbean folklore, this exuberant experimental drama uses animation and live action to discover a film language unique to African American women. The multilayered soundtrack combines a chorus of women’s voices with the music of Africa and the diaspora — including Miriam Makeba, acappella singers from Haiti, and trumpetiste Clora Bryant.
“On Becoming a Woman ”— Directed by Cheryl Chisholm
This documentary provides rare insights into some important health issues for African American women. Filmed primarily during the National Black Women’s Health Project workshop sessions, this historic film also demonstrates models for trust and communication between mothers and daughters.
I Am Somebody + The Maids
Feb 16, 2017
This program mines the complicated relationship between black women, capitalism, and the workplace as documented by a 1969 hospital workers’ strike in Charleston and the history of domestic service.
This civil rights documentary tells the story of black female hospital workers going on strike to demand union recognition and a wage increase.
“The Maids” — Directed by Muriel Jackson
Offering a sophisticated analysis of the racial and sexual division of labor in this country, this intriguing and articulate documentary looks at the history of domestic work since slavery and the ambivalence felt by African American women towards it.
Feb 18, 2017
Pioneering Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez’s radical narrative-documentary hybrid delivers a complex critique of regressive machismo in a post-revolutionary Cuba.
A Dream is What You Wake Up From
Feb 18, 2017
This program of films about black families, neighborhoods, and home life in the 1970s includes portraits of African-American communities in Harlem and Hamilton Heights.
The everyday lives of three Black families with different approaches to their struggle for survival in the United States are represented through a mix of fiction and documentary scenes, a docudrama style inspired by the work of Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez. Filmmakers Larry Bullard and Carolyn Y. Johnson relied on a mix of documentary and drama to record families engaged in their day to day activities at home, at work and in school.
“A Sense of Pride: Hamilton Heights”— Directed by Monica J. Freeman
Monica J. Freeman’s serene portrait of Hamilton Heights at the peak of its brownstone revival is a testament to the cohesion and spirit of an African-American middle class fighting hard for its place in a depressed city, and, in the process, returning a grand old neighborhood to its rightful splendor.
“Black Faces ”— Directed by Young Filmmakers Foundation
A montage of faces from the Harlem community in early the 1970s.
Feb 19, 2017
The contributions of black women to the art of animation are celebrated in this program of shorts about African-American hair, identity, love, and more.
“Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People”— Directed by Ayoka Chenzira
A musical satire on the politically charged subject of African-American hair.
“Zajota and the Boogie Spirit”— Directed by Ayoka Chenzira
A rhythmic celebration of African dance with a score by Mino Cinelu.
A young girl navigates her identity as a black Native American.
An inventive mix of live-action and animation exploring sex, love, and relationships.
Feb 20, 2017
This urgent, eye-opening documentary, shot inside refugee camps in Zambia and Angola, is an essential record of the role that women played in the struggle for South-West African liberation.
The Cruz Brothers and Miss Malloy — Directed By Kathleen Collins
Feb 21, 2017
This lost treasure from Kathleen Collins, whose 1982 film “Losing Ground” was one of the major rediscoveries of 2015, is a magical realist tale of three Puerto Rican brothers and their father’s ghost.
Feb 23, 2017
A teenage orphan sets out to make something of himself in acclaimed director Euzhan Palcy’s gorgeous vision of black life in French colonial Martinique.
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- Rachel Montpelier
14 items from 2017
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