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This Mad Max: Fury Road Theory will Blow Your Mind

20 May 2015 2:26 PM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Spoiler Warning, obviously...

So there's this theory floating around about Mad Max: Fury Road that I find compelling enough to share here. I guess what I'm saying is I buy it and I kind of like it - even if George Miller himself didn't intend it.

First, let's consider this: In a recent interview, Miller stated that the Mad Max films aren't necessarily "sequels" in the traditional sense, but “they’re kind of like standalones exploring the whole world – like Westerns.”

I think that's very true. The Mad Max films are a series in the same way that Clint Eastwood's Sergio Leone films are a series where the only throughline is "The Man with No Name". The films themselves don't have any major connections other than him.

So the theory g [Continued ...] »

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A Moon In The Water conversation with Gay Talese, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

18 May 2015 3:18 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Gay Talese in China: Through The Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in front of Anna May Wong's Travis Banton dress from Alexander Hall's Limehouse Blues. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Grandmaster director Wong Kar Wai, as artistic director of China: Through The Looking Glass, magically merges film with fashion and the museum's collection. Michelangelo Antonioni's Chung Kuo - Cina, Jiang Wen's In the Heat Of The Sun, Yonggang Wu's The Goddess, Zhang Yimou's Hero, Ang Lee's Lust, Caution, Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Flowers Of Shanghai, D.W. Griffith's Broken Blossoms, Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time In America, Richard Quine's The World Of Suzy Wong, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, Vincente Minnelli's Ziegfeld Follies and Wong's The Hand From Eros, are among the clips selected that tie in beautiful layers of meaning.

John Galliano for House of Dior Haute Couture yellow »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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A Look Back at the Original Mad Max Trilogy

15 May 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Max Max trilogy, which began with the eponymous 1979 film (the 20-year Guinness World Record holder for the most profitable movie ever made), continued with 1982’s Mad Max 2 — aka The Road Warrior — and concluded with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985, is a series of films not only about the end of civilization, but also about its rebirth. The original film finds the world torn down. Lawlessness reigns supreme and the nuclear family — specifically Max’s family — is destroyed. In Mad Max 2 it’s all been laid to waste, a post-apocalyptic landscape ruled by freaks and marauders who take what they like and steal what they don’t. And while bands of survivors have formed their own camps and taken steps towards rebuilding, it’s not until Thunderdome that a new kind of society has sprung up in place of the old. 

That new society, called Bartertown and run »

- Patrick Bromley

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‘Slow West’ Review: Michael Fassbender Rides the Range Well in This Understated Western

15 May 2015 9:37 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“In a short time, this will be a long time ago,” notes a character in “Slow West,” and that pretty much encapsulates the tone of this offbeat, minor-key Western. While the film tells a fairly straightforward tale of love and betrayal set against the big skies and sweeping vistas we’ve come to expect in this sort of movie (courtesy of its New Zealand locations), it also subverts and comments upon the stories we tell ourselves about the Old West. That sort of commentary has been going on for decades, at least as far back as Budd Boetticher and Sergio Leone in. »

- Alonso Duralde

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Win A DVD Bundle With ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ – Out May 22nd!

13 May 2015 12:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

To mark the release of Ana Lily Amirpour’s ultra stylish A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, in UK cinemas on May 22nd, we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a copy of the beautiful new UK poster alongside a DVD bundle that includes Under The Skin, Pan’s Labyrinth, Byzantium and Blancanieves.

The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is released in UK cinemas on May 22nd.

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- Dan Bullock

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Slow West | Review

11 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Western Dreams: Maclean’s Accomplished, Stylized Debut

Scottish musician John Maclean makes a handsome directorial debut with Slow West, a period western set mainly in 19th century Colorado. But if Sergio Leone’s famed retro genre films earned the moniker ‘spaghetti western,’ than Mclean’s recapitulation and relocation is worthy of its own unique label, perhaps an Anzac (or kiwi?) western. Maclean’s pan-Euro flavoring is exactly what gives this familiar genre piece a high dose of unexpected flair, at times comedic and bloody, while maintaining a fatal romantic fixation for a societally primordial period.

Sixteen year old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has fled his family’s privileged heritage in Scotland to pursue his love interest, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius), a young woman of meager means who left for America with her father (Rory McCann). Alone and running out of money as he wanders through the woods of Colorado to find the Ross’ homestead, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Movies This Week: May 8-14, 2015

8 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

This weekend, the Austin Film Society is bringing She's Lost Control back to town. Caitlin caught the film on opening night at SXSW 2014. She reported: "An intense and dark slice of life, the film focuses on a woman who works as a sex surrogate while she finishes a Master's degree in psychology in New York City. Often hard-hitting and true but sometimes a little frustrating, I can't fully call this a "must-see" but I know this movie will definitely stick with me..." It plays tonight and again on Sunday afternoon at the Marchesa.

On Sunday evening, Afs will be presenting the work of two master animators. Don Hertzfeldt's award-winning short World Of Tomorrow is being paired with Cheatin', the most recent feature film from Bill Plympton. Richard Linklater's schedule last week didn't allow him to be in attendance for the Sid & Nancy screening, so another screening has been »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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'It Follows' movie review

4 May 2015 6:49 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

by Grace Fontaine

You gotta love indie horror. There is something so warm and comforting about genre entries that fly under the radar, it's like a fluffy duvet while sitting on a couch drinking hot cocoa on a cold winters' eve when the snow falls outside, the rain drives against the windowpane and the wind whirls outside.

It Follows despite being made in 2014 has only recently been released after swimming around the depths for a while trying to find a distributor and thankfully, RADiUS-twc took a chance on David Robert Mitchells' delicious bastard child of 1980s' supernatural horror with a taste of 1970s' grindhouse. In that could essentially be as PSA against unsafe sex and STDs. It Follows is a swift, loving piece of the throwback and an optimistic window into the future of potentially great horror fare and not a slap across the face with a mackrel. »

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'A Fistful of Yojimbo', A Visual Examination Where Words Won't Hardly Do

4 May 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964) is at once dramatically different and very much the same as its inspiration, Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961). In the simplest of terms, the two follow a stranger into a corrupt town where they eventually play two rival gangs against one another, freeing the town in the end. Kurowsawa's film, in my opinion, is one of his best, mixing comedy, action and plenty of dramatic tension, boiled down to a brisk 110 minute feature I could sit down and absorb at a moment's notice. amz asin="B00HZN8TBC" size="small"Leone's A Fistful of Dollars is just as wonderful as the translation from samurai to lone gunman is almost a no-brainer, but what's truly amazing is how it doesn't feel like a remake, but merely a different adaptation of the same story. Leone made the film his own, the casting of Clint Eastwood as »

- Brad Brevet

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Time Machine: Veterans Wallach and Coppola - Godfather 3 in Common - Are Special Oscar Honorees

24 April 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »

- D. Zhea

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Clint Eastwood on Michael Moore Feud, Why He Won’t Do Comic Book Movies

22 April 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Clint Eastwood may be cinema’s best known avenger, but the “Dirty Harry” star won’t be donning a cape and tights to fight crime.

“I read comic books when I was a kid; I don’t read them now,” said Eastwood during a question and answer session about his life and career at the Las Vegas exhibition trade show CinemaCon on Wednesday.

That means he won’t be appearing in a Marvel movie anytime soon. “I prefer adult-oriented pictures,” Eastwood said. “I mean that in the PG-13 or R sense, but that’s as far as it goes.”

Eastwood also revealed that even though he’s world famous, he still buys tickets to see movies on the bigscreen. He most recently made the trip to the multiplexes to see “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and plans to support his son Scott by paying full freight to see “The Longest Ride. »

- Brent Lang and Dave McNary

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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April 21st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Escape From New York, Ghoulies, Everly

20 April 2015 6:48 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

April 21st is another big day for genre fans looking to add to their home entertainment collections, as we’ve got a bounty of titles heading our way this Tuesday. The good folks over at Scream Factory are keeping busy with the release of several great Blu-rays, including their Collector’s Edition of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and their Ghoulies double feature. Joe Lynch’s Everly and the film fest sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night are also making their way to Blu-ray and DVD this week, and we’ve got a Ton of indie titles arriving Tuesday to look forward to, including the latest from the great Jeffrey Combs, Motivational Growth.

Escape from New York (Collector’s Edition) (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

A thrilling landmark film that jolts along at a breakneck pace, Escape From New York leapt to cult status with high-octane action, edge-of-your-seat »

- Heather Wixson

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Film Review: 'The Salvation'

17 April 2015 1:23 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ The first film in over eight years for director Kristian Levring, The Salvation (2014) was a much-needed outlier on the festival circuit. A rare genre piece in a field of arthouse heavyweights, it served as a timely reminder of cinema as the ultimate medium of pulp. Outside of this context it may not prove itself to be as much of a palette-cleanser, but it's still an enjoyable, down-and-dirty western. Though it talks loftily of Westward expansion and the pioneer spirit, it is in essence a picture in thrall to the masters of pulp; from the combustible Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone to the unfussy American grit of Walter Hill, no reference point is left unchecked. The Salvation is, like so many of its predecessors, a tale of revenge.


- CineVue UK

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‘Day of Anger’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

16 April 2015 7:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Giuliano Gemma, Walter Rilla, Christa Linder, Yvonne Sanson, Lukas Ammann, Andrea Bosic, Ennio Balbo, José Calvo, Giorgio Gargiullo | Written by Ernesto Gastaldi, Tonino Valerii, Renzo Genta | Directed by Tonino Valerii

When it comes to cult Italian movies we tend to know them for two things, horror and the Spaghetti Western.  This is probably why Arrow Video looked to the western for one of their latest releases with Day of Anger.  Starring Lee Van Cleef who had somewhat of a career comeback with the Italian westerns is it about time to take another look at this movie?

Scott Mary (Giuliano Gemma) is at the bottom of the social ladder in the perfect little town of Clifton.  Bullied and made to do the jobs like cleaning out the toilets, picking up trash and sweeping the floors he dreams of a better life.  When an ageing gunfighter Frank Talby »

- Paul Metcalf

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Interview: The Salvation director Kristian Levring

16 April 2015 5:41 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release tomorrow, director Kristian Levring discusses The Salvation

Were you a fan of westerns growing up and what is it about the genre you love?

Yes, my love of westerns came from my childhood. In Denmark where we grew up, we only had one television channel so my first encounter with films was westerns, and of course at that age the first movies you watch stays very strongly with you. I think every person is attracted to different things, but I think there was something in westerns, a combination of these landscapes but also a certain simplicity in the tales that attracted me. Westerns are moral tales, and the morals are quite easily accessible. I’ve made films which were much more psychological, yet westerns are not deeply psychological at all, they’re more mythical and more simplified and I think that I find that very attractive to work with, »

- Gary Collinson

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Justified Series Finale Recap: “The Promise”

15 April 2015 10:07 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

“We dug coal together.” - Boyd Crowder Justified has come to an end. Damn. With all of the open-ended plot points left hanging at the end of “Collateral,” this could’ve easily been a 90 minute episode. Instead, Graham Yost and his longtime writers Fred Golan, Dave Andron, and Benjamin Cavell crafted a finale that wrapped up everything early and left plenty of time for a glorious epilogue. The pace of the finale revealed a lot about what has been going on this season as far as Markham goes. He was never meant to be a big baddie – just a side note to Boyd and Raylan’s inevitable showdown. For the moments where he did disturb things in Harlan, Sam Elliot was flawless. His range from being so cool as Raylan sat across the desk from him to putting a gun to Ava’s throat – Christ, Elliot nailed it. [caption id="attachment_443277" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via FX[/caption] Speaking of guns, »

- Patrick Cooper

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Actors-turned-directors: The good, the bad and the unwatchable

11 April 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?

We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.

The career-changers

Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.

As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »

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15 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Remakes

10 April 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Fox & Amlf

One of the most common complaints about Hollywood these days is that nothing’s original anymore: how often does a filmmaker burst onto the scene with an idea as unique as, say, Inception or Looper? It’s all sequels, reboots, remakes, re-imaginings and any other marketable term producers might use to dress their laziness up.

This article is specifically focusing on remakes, and, to their credit, these 15 movies have done a pretty splendid job concealing the fact that they’re remakes at all. This is largely because the source material is so niche and little-known, so enterprising Hollywood execs have taken advantage of this fact by taking decades-old product, giving it a modern sheen with a popular new cast and milking the results all the way to the bank.

These remakes vary wildly in quality: some are terrible, some are mediocre remakes of mediocre movies, and some vastly »

- Jack Pooley

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Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Film Franchise, TV Series in Works

10 April 2015 7:10 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Every so often, "The Dark Tower" series rises as a potential TV or movie project, then falls again. But this time it might actually work. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony and Mrc are teaming up to produce and co-finance an adaptation of Stephen King's epic series in what's hoped to be a franchise that combines both a movie series and a complementary TV series. Boom!

Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Huggins are producing, and a new script, written by Goldsman and Jeff Pinkler, adapts the first book, "The Gunslinger."

There are eight novels in "The Dark Tower" series, which follows the story of Roland Deschain, "Mid-World's last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World's post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower." As King's own site describes it, "Inspired in equal parts by Robert Browning's poem, 'Childe »

- Gina Carbone

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