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Navajo Joe | Blu-ray Review

1 September 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Kino Lorber brings the infamous 1967 Spaghetti western Navajo Joe to Blu-ray, an overlooked gem of the genre that’s long been shadowed by its troubled reputation and the continual disparagement of its lead star, Burt Reynolds. In retrospect, this Italian/Spanish co-production promises to be a bit too politically incorrect to be taken seriously considering the casting of American star Reynolds as a Navajo Indian (he is, in fact, partly of Cherokee descent, though not enough to avoid the necessity of bronzer and a black wig).

It’s hardly the first or last time we’ve seen whitewashed casting of Native Americans (Audrey Hepburn in John Huston’s 1960 western The Unforgiven comes to mind), and to many the casting seems to compromise the integrity of the title. Instantly reviled and dismissed by Reynolds in his second starring role during his transition from television to film, it is, nevertheless, a very »

- Nicholas Bell

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Actor Woods Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Targets Twitter Users: Slander Case or Attack on Freedom of Speech Online?

31 August 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James Woods in 'Videodrome.' James Woods in $10 million Twitter lawsuit feud: Crassly vocal right-wing actor goes after two crassly vocal users who attacked him In a letter dated Aug. 21, '15, Twitter attorney Ryan Mrazik ridiculed Surf's Up and Scary Movie 2 actor James Woods, while also highlighting the potentially dangerous precedent of a $10 million lawsuit the 68-year-old entertainer filed against a Twitter user last July. The lawsuit was followed by a subpoena demanding that the social media giant reveal the user's identity and that of another user with whom Woods has been embroiled in the (generally) no-holds-barred Twitterverse. In case you're unfamiliar with the name, these days the two-time Oscar-nominated Woods is best known for a supporting role as a right-wing sociopath in Roland Emmerich's thriller White House Down, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx (as a liberal-minded U.S. president despised by Woods' character), and for his relentless, »

- Zac Gille

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China: Through The Looking Glass breaks record by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-08-30 16:37:38

30 August 2015 8:37 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Wong Kar Wai In The Mood For Love in China: Through The Looking Glass Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition China: Through The Looking Glass, with The Grandmaster director Wong Kar Wai as artistic director, has been extended to run through Monday, September 7, 2015. The exhibition includes clips from films by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Zhang Yimou, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jiang Wen, Yonggang Wu, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergio Leone, Richard Quine and Vincente Minnelli that are expertly edited and placed throughout three floors of galleries, including the Anna Wintour Costume Center, which magically merge film with fashion and the museum's collection.

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations in 2012 with Baz Luhrmann as creative consultant was not nearly as popular. Up until this point, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was the most attended and the only other Costume Institute exhibition to be extended. China: Through The Looking Glass, also curated by Andrew Bolton, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Review: Tales Of Halloween

26 August 2015 12:12 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

As a devoted lover of the current indie horror scene, there is no horror movie I was anticipating more this year than Tales of Halloween, an anthology film with contributions from 11 of the strongest voices working in the genre today. This is my event film. This is my Avengers. And it does not disappoint. Tales of Halloween isn’t just one of the best anthologies of the last 30 years, but also among the best Halloween-themed horror movies ever made. It’s funny and bloody and wicked and affectionate towards the genre in a way that few other films are. It’s the most fun I’ve had at a horror movie in a long, long time.

Taking place all on the same Halloween night, Tales offers up ten stories of slashers, aliens, killer kids, monsters, ghosts, witches, and the devil as played by Barry Bostwick. The list of talent »

- Patrick Bromley

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Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule

20 August 2015 10:29 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule. Ever since I came up with the quizzical, whimsical (quizzimsical?) name for my blog way back in 2004, I’ve been asked how I settled on such an odd one. The answer is fairly simple: as originally envisioned, I supposed that I would split blog time between writing about movies and writing about baseball, therefore I wanted something that would effectively, fancifully evoke both worlds. But it wasn’t long before I realized that I was a much better baseball fan than I was a literary observer or analyst of the sport, and soon I stopped writing much about the game at all. Yet the name remained—it had become ingrained, and I liked it, yet I felt new readers might now find it puzzling, and for a while I flirted with the idea of changing it. Thankfully, one of those early readers of »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Film Review: ‘Assassination’

19 August 2015 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anyone hungering for the sort of Hollywood-produced, period-set adventure stories that once were a mainstay of Saturday matinee cinema will take special delight in “Assassination,” a sensationally entertaining mash-up of historical drama, “Dirty Dozen” style shoot-‘em-up, spaghetti Western-flavored flamboyance, and extended action setpieces that suggest a dream-team collaboration of Sergio Leone, John Woo and Steven Spielberg. Never mind that helmer Choi Dong-hoon (“The Thieves”), working from a script he co-wrote with Lee Ki-cheol, doesn’t always make it crystal-clear just who’s really allied with whom, and why Character A is (or is not) killing, or at least trying to kill, Character B. This propulsively paced and lavishly mounted South Korean production, already a smash hit in its home territory, is sufficiently potent in its overall impact to make profitable incursions into global markets.

To offer any sort of detailed plot synopsis for “Assassination” is to risk spoiling twists — some predictable, »

- Joe Leydon

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Face to Face |Blu-ray Review

18 August 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Kino Lorber brings the 1967 spaghetti Western Face to Face to Blu-ray this month, one of director Sergio Sollima’s most notable titles, previously released on DVD as a box-set with the two other titles in Sollima’s trilogy The Big Gundown (1966) and Run, Man, Run (1968). Noted for imbuing his work with a bit of actual social and historical context, there’s a bit more substance than usual for a film relegated to the periphery of a movement dominated by a mere handful of notable names. Though it’s ultimately not at the same level as iconic works by Sergio Leone and hasn’t reached the same level of reappraisal as several other retroactively recuperated directors, it features more nuanced characterizations in its complex narrative structure than is usually evident in other titles of the era.

Boston professor Brad Fletcher (Gian Maria Volonte) is suffering from poor health, and is forced »

- Nicholas Bell

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How Jon Watts Went from Sundance Indie 'Cop Car' to 'Spider-Man'

14 August 2015 12:36 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

While "Cop Car" was unveiled to strong reviews at Sundance 2015, by the time I viewed it I was seeing it through the prism of a Marvel executive checking out the chops of a would-be director for "Spider-Man." And you can see how they would think that Jon Watts has the right stuff--he clearly knows how to write (with partner Chris Ford) and shoot, build laughs, characters and tension. And there are several superb set pieces worthy of a serious student of Steven Spielberg, Sergio Leone and William Friedkin. In "Cop Car" two ten-year-old two boys in Colorado come across an abandoned cop car and take it on a lark. They embark on an adventure. They don’t think about consequences. Watts reveals strategic bits of info, like a beer bottle placed on the hood of the car, measures out details we need to know, like a cache of guns in the back seat, »

- Anne Thompson

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In Defense of the Neeson/Collet-Serra Duo

13 August 2015 6:24 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Some of the best things in life come in pairs, and film is no different. No, I don’t mean sequels and/or remakes, because I think we all know how those often turn out. Instead, I mean those actors and directors who very frequently collaborate on films, so much so that it feels odd when the actor does not appear in one of the director’s films.

There have been some incredible collaborations throughout cinema history; Kurosawa Akira and Toshiro Mifune brought the samurai film to life, Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone breathed new life into the dying western in the 1960s, and Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro brought audiences some of the best films to come out of New Hollywood in the 1970s and into the 90s. And of course there are amazing collaborations in modern cinema: Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson, Wes Anderson and his troupe of actors, »

- William Penix

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Looking back at The Phantom

12 August 2015 4:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sergio Leone and Joe Dante at one stage were linked with The Phantom. We look back at Billy Zane's moment in the superhero spotlight.

“Where’s your spirit of adventure?” asks Drax, the film's villain, before setting off in search of the final skull of Touganda. This sums up The Phantom nicely. It might not work, but they went on an adventure and tried something interesting and different. Cinema would be richer with a greater sense of adventure. That said, the spirit of the film being expressed by the villain does serve as an example of what a muddle the team behind The Phantom movie got themselves into.

The 1996 film The Phantom is a bit of an oddity. It gets a lot of stuff really wrong, yet there are other areas where it comes up with a really interesting approach to the challenge of making a comic adaptation. It »

- simonbrew

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Win: The Burning On Blu Ray

11 August 2015 3:51 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Arrow Films

To celebrate the release of The Burning, available now on Blu Ray and DVD, we are giving 3 lucky readers the chance to win a copy.

Honing the spirit of Sergio Leone and echoing shades of Rambo First Blood, Argentinean director Pablo Fendrik’s slow-building thriller is essential viewing for all fans of world cinema. Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) joins forces with Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium) in this tale of unfolding revenge.

Kai (Garcia Bernal), a mysterious and mystical figure, emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue Vania (Braga), who has been kidnapped by mercenaries. Together they face off against the men who have ruthlessly murdered Vania’s father, a poor farmer, and taken over his land.

Part love story, part western, Fendrik turns this latter genre on its head as so-called civilisation becomes a destructive force over both the rich jungle setting and the communities living within it. »

- Laura Holmes

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Locarno: Legzouli’s ‘God’ Presented at Locarno’s Open Doors

10 August 2015 10:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno — Moroccan Hassan Legzouli is pitching his third project, “Dieu reconnaitra les siens” (“God Will Know His Own”), at Locarno’s Open Doors, the fest’s minimart for independent projects from countries where movie productions face sometimes daunting difficulties.

The only genre item among Open Doors projects, “Siens” presents the story of Hamid, 10 years in the service of “Islamiste Internationale” who travels worldwide. Though his family thinks he was killed in Bosnia, he returns to his birthplace in northern France, where all his family is going to be reunited. But he also has a mission.

“I wanted to tell the story as a thriller, with all the codes of this genre. The story itself is very suited for it; as matter of fact, I didn’t want to make a social thesis or political movie,” Legzouli told Variety.

The project is at a writing/development status; the budget is $2.1 million, »

- Emilio Mayorga

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water DVD Review

9 August 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Paul Tibbitt

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Mr. Lawrence, Carolyn Lawrence, Roger Bumpass, Clancy Brown, Bill Fagerbakke, Matt Berry

Certificate: U

Running Time: 90 mins

Special Features: Four ‘making-of’ featurettes

If nautical nonsense be something you wish, then drop on the deck and flop like some sort of sea dwelling creature because The SpongeBob Movie: A Sponge Out Of Water is extremely funny. It is strange, clever, will surprise non-Squarepants fans and delight those of us who love the show. is the strangest, silliest and funniest film ever to be catapulted out of the ocean by a laser headed space dolphin. Which actually happens.

The eye-meltingly surreal imagery perfectly complements the anarchic script which sees our heroes take a trip, in every sense, through time and space in search of the missing Krabby Patty formula. En route, the movie pays tribute to Stanley Kubrick and Sergio Leone, notching up »

- John Sharp

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Exclusive: Icons of Fright talks Blood Moon with Director Jeremy Wooding

8 August 2015 6:45 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Referee the ultimate showdown between gunslinger and lycanthrope when acclaimed western-horror Blood Moon hits DVD and Digital September 1 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

The old west howls when a town is overtaken by skinwalkers. Knowing they’ve got to combine forces if they want to survive the night, the passengers of a stagecoach unite with a heroic gunslinger and a couple of outlaws to battle the beastly enemy under the blood moon. Only the second ever western to be filmed in the UK, the award-winning film stars The Woman in Black’s Shaun Dooley, George Blagden (TVs Vikings), Anna Skellern (The Descent II) and Corey Johnson (Captain Phillips). Jeremy Wooding directs from an Alan Wightman script.

We caught up with director Jeremy Wooding to talk his film’s unique mesh of horror and wild west thrills, favorite horror movies and the potential of a sequel.

Okay, tough questions first : Favorite horror movie? »

- Jerry Smith

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Dismal 'Four': Worst domestic opening weekend of big budget superhero movie in recent memory?

7 August 2015 11:30 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Fantastic Four' 2015 with Miles Teller, Kate Mara, The Thing (Jamie Bell) and Michael B. Jordan. 'Fantastic Four' 2015 box office: A costly domestic flop in the making? Fantastic Four 2015, a 20th Century Fox release “in association with Marvel Entertainment,” is about to become the biggest big-budget superhero(es) dud at the domestic office since at least The Green Hornet (not to be confused with the equally underwhelming Green Lantern) four years ago. Directed by Josh Trank, who dissed the film's final edit on Twitter (see more details below), Fantastic Four stars Kate Mara (Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman), Miles Teller (Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm / The Human Torch), and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm / The Thing). A while back, Fantastic Four became the subject of ardent arguments because of Michael B. Jordan's ethnicity: unlike the Fruitvale Station actor, the comic books' Johnny Storm is white. »

- Zac Gille

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Watch an exclusive clip from ‘The Burning’

7 August 2015 5:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Arrow Films has just provided The Hollywood News with an exclusive clip from The Burning, which arrives on the home formats in the UK on Monday 10 August, 2015. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal in a film that premiered in Official Selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Here’s a little more about it.

Honing the spirit of Sergio Leone and echoing shades of Rambo First Blood, Argentinean director Pablo Fendrik’s slow-building thriller is essential viewing for all fans of world cinema. Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) joins forces with Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium) in this tale of unfolding revenge.

Kai (Garcia Bernal), a mysterious and mystical figure, emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue Vania (Braga), who has been kidnapped by mercenaries. Together they face off against the men who have ruthlessly murdered Vania’s father, a poor farmer, and taken over his land.

Check out our exclusive clip below. »

- Paul Heath

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Arrow Video's Cemetery Without Crosses is only for Euro Western Completists

6 August 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Right out of the gate I should say that Cemetery Without Crosses is notable for a number of reasons. First off, it's one of the only, if only, French westerns from the 60s and it was directed by Rififi actor Robert Hossein who also starred in the film. Hossein, a huge fan of Italian westerns (who can blame him?), dedicated the film to his friend, Sergio Leone who also makes an appearance in the film and directed one of its better scenes. The film's opening theme is sung by legendary British crooner Scott Walker, so there's that, but I struggle to recommend this Euro western to anyone other than the most die [Continued ...] »

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Locarno 2015. The Traitor and the Hero

4 August 2015 7:10 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

This article by Fernando Ganzo is an excerpt from Capricci's monograph Sam Peckinpah, edited by Ganzo, which accompanies this year's retrospective at the Locarno Film Festival.Warren Oates in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. © Park Circus / MGM“Don’t ever ruin your career as a loser with a shitty success.”—Jorge OteizaThere is only one thing that can be said about a person as erratic, contradictory, mythomaniac, complex and profound as Sam Peckinpah: here is a director who was made in the image of his characters, those men who belong to a different era, born too late, in a world that opposed all freedom and eccentricity. We like to describe Peckinpah as one of the fathers of New Hollywood, of the baroque aesthetic of the 1970s, as someone who had a primordial and often regrettable influence on that particular style. This is not completely false. However, this »

- Notebook

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Win The Burning on Blu-ray

3 August 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of The Burning on 10th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Honing the spirit of Sergio Leone and echoing shades of Rambo First Blood, Argentinean director Pablo Fendrik’s slow-building thriller is essential viewing for all fans of world cinema. Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries)

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Cemetery Without Crosses | Blu-ray Review

28 July 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Filmed during the height of the Euro Western craze of the late 60’s, Robert Hossein’s Cemetery Without Crosses is an obscure gem rejuvenated by Arrow Video. A French production, the title was actor/director Hossein’s first Western, obviously influenced by Sergio Leone, whom the film is dedicated to (Leone was in the midst of production on Once Upon a Time in the West when Hossein was underway with his feature). A simplistic and familiar narrative is enhanced by its inspired set designs and notable production value, featuring a winning score. Existing on the bleak end of the Spaghetti Western spectrum (or perhaps more aptly the ‘Baguette Western,” an Alex Cox coined term Ginette Vincendeau discusses in an included insert essay), it’s an entertaining bit of style over substance, and is an uncommon French entry in otherwise familiar climate. However, as much as Hossein pays homage to Leone, »

- Nicholas Bell

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