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“Just as there are movies that entertain, there should be films that depict real life,” director Kim Jin-moo told Korea Joongang Daily. “People may find it disturbing, but I think those who witnessed the horror are often the ones that can lead the change.”
The films listed below provide an astonishing glimpse into the brutality of life in North Korea and the plight of North Korean refugees. Even if you think you know what’s coming, these brim with suspense and surprise.
Crossing (2008), Kim Tae-gyun
Yong-soo, his tubercular wife and their young son live in dire poverty in the isolated country — where medicine is in perilously short supply and it’s not unusual to die of tuberculosis. When his wife hovers between life and death, Yong-soo is determined to slip across the border into China in search of food and medicine, only to find himself on the run. His son, »
- Lady Jane
In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services have put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time. Since I'm not doing a summer rewind this year, I thought I would, from time to time, offer up a primer of a show you can stream, whether an older series available in full, or a new arrival to one or more of the services. And since the CW just made official its deal to move all its shows' streaming rights from Hulu to Netflix(*), I wanted to start with what's »
- Alan Sepinwall
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, whose dazzling and innovative visual effects work on fantasy adventure films such as Jason And The Argonauts and The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad passed away in 2013 at age 92. In 1933, the then-13-year-old Ray Harryhausen saw King Kong at a Hollywood theater and was inspired – not only by Kong, who was clearly not just a man in a gorilla suit, but also by the dinosaurs. He came out of the theatre “stunned and haunted. They looked absolutely lifelike … I wanted to know how it was done.” It was done by using stop-motion animation: jointed models filmed one frame at a time to simulate movement. Harryhausen was to become the prime exponent of the technique and its combination with live action. The influence of Harryhausen on film luminaries like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and »
- Movie Geeks
Release the Kraken! They're only now releasing this Blu-ray in the U.S.. The patron saint of every special effect fan gets the royal treatment in this career overview capped with industry testimonials and rare film items from a cache of 35mm outtakes found packed away in Rh's storeroom. Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Region B Blu-ray Arrow Video Us 2011 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date June 28, 2016 / 19.95 Starring Ray Harryhausen, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Randy Cook, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Tony Dalton, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Ray Bradbury, Ken Ralston, Martine Beswick, Vanessa Harryhausen, Caroline Munro, Guillermo del Toro, Joe Dante, John Lasseter, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Henry Selick. Original Music Alexandre Poncet Produced by Tony Dalton, Alexandre Poncet Written and Directed by Gilles Penso
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
The time has long passed that Ray Harryhausen was merely a cult figure. By the release of Golden Voyage »
- Glenn Erickson
Futurism by Forster, colonising space with Ballard and gleaming white hospitals designed by Ridley Scott – thank goodness it wasn’t all wiped
But this programme, which ran from 1965 to 1971, ticks just about all the boxes for lovers of older British genre TV: creepy title sequences; “radiophonic” music and soundscapes; plenty of appearances from soon-to-be familiar faces – from George Cole to David Hemmings, from Lesley-Anne Down to Burt Kwouk and Geoffrey Palmer.
Related: Radiophonic Workshop: the shadowy pioneers of electronic sound
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- Phelim O'Neill
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Looking for some otherworldly films to check out before you head out to the cinemas on Friday? Have a look at Wamg’s list for Alien Invasion Movies To See Before Independence Day: Resurgence!
Earth Vs »
- Movie Geeks
The so-called Golden Age of Television, with its two and one-half channels of network programming, produced an astonishing number of great writers, directors and talent. To name but a very, very few: Barbara Bel Geddes, Paddy Chayefsky, George Roy Hill, Ron Howard, Ernest Kinoy, Jack Lemmon, Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Boris Sagal, Rod Serling, Rod Steiger, Gore Vidal, Joanne Woodward… my fingers won’t hold out long enough to type even a “best-of” list.
You’ll never guess which of the above pioneers is my favorite.
When Scottish engineer John Logie Baird first demonstrated television in January 1926 (six years before Philo Farnsworth demonstrated the first electronic television), Rod Serling was just a few days over one year old. Baby boomers think we grew up with television; Mr. Serling actually has that honor. And he did a lot more with the medium than we would.
His worldview was clearly »
- Mike Gold
David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:
My quick take on 2001: A Space Odyssey is that, after carefully rewatching the film and reading a fair amount about it over this past week or so, I arrived at the conclusion that it’s my favorite movie of all that have ever been made. I have said the same thing in the past, but that was many years ago, long before I had become familiar with so many classics of world cinema and Hollywood’s past that preceded my birth. My deep immersion over the past decade into a self-directed study of film history led me to temporarily suspend judgment on so momentous a question as what I consider to be “the greatest film ever made,” but now I’m pretty comfortable with saying that it’s this one, without any doubt on my part. That’s subjectively speaking, »
- David Blakeslee
Fahrenheit 451 takes place in a future American society where firemen are employed to destroy the most illegal of all commodities, the printed book. However, when fireman Guy Montag meets an eccentric young neighbour called Clarisse who shows him a past where people didn’t live in fear and oppression, he begins to question everything he’s ever known.
- Gary Collinson
Whether you’re a grownup who read Ray Bradbury‘s Fahrenheit 451 in high school and loved it, or a current student who tends to watch movie adaptations at the last minute instead of actually cracking open the book, HBO Films has good news for you. They’ve put into development a new Fahrenheit 451 movie, setting 99 Homes helmer Ramin Bahrani […]
- Angie Han
I thought about starting this with some note about living in a world where literature is increasingly unappreciated — but nobody really needs that so I’ll instead just relate The Wrap‘s story that Ramin Bahrani is looking to follow 99 Homes with an adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s perennial sci-fi classic Fahrenheit 451. The project has been in WB’s pipeline for some time, in semi-recent years attracting the likes of Mel Gibson and Frank Darabont with its dystopian future and central figure, Guy Montag, a “fireman” whose main task is to burn the written word.
Unadaptable this text is not, judging solely by François Truffaut’s great adaptation. While that one’s a bit more off-kilter than what I expect HBO Films and Warner Bros. to deliver — unless they’re really putting their chips down here — Bahrani’s eye for social issues of this current day should make him »
- Nick Newman
Ray Bradbury's classic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 is getting the Hollywood treatment once again. It's been about 50 years since the book has been turned into a feature, and to be honest, it's quite overdue.
According to TheWrap, Ramin Bahrani, who co-wrote and directed 2014's 99 Homes, is set to write and direct the movie for HBO Films. There is no word on whether or not this film will receive a theatrical release. For the most part, HBO Films keeps their movies to their cable network, but every so often, they partner with a distributor to get their films out on the big screen. Such films have included the Entourage movie, and the more recent My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. It'll all likely depend on the budget and scope of the picture, so we'll have to wait and see.
For those who didn't pick up the book in high school, »
- Joseph Medina
According to The Wrap, 99 Homes and At Any Price filmmaker Ramin Bahrani has been hired by HBO to write and direct an adaptation of the classic Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451. Bahrani will also executive produce the project with Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen. Bradbury's dystopian tale has only been adapted once for the screen, back in 1966 by director François Truffaut, however it has... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
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About the project:
Set in an oppressive future, “Fahrenheit 451” follows Guy Montag, a fireman who begins to question his duty to destroy all books after meeting a young woman.
An adaption of the Bradbury's book was directed by François Truffaut in 1966.
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The story is set in a totalitarian future where Guy Montag, a fireman of the future who goes around burning books on Government orders, becomes disillusioned with the society which has become anti-social, hedonistic, and suppresses critical thought.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The Hollywood Horror Museum presents two very accomplished visionaries in horror as board members, directors John Carpenter and Greg Nicotero. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: details on the all-female directed anthology, Xx, a Toxic Avenger marathon on El Rey Network, and Nitehawk Cinema’s screening of both Wicker Man movies in New York.
Hollywood Horror Museum Members: Press Release: “The Hollywood Horror Museum is proud to announce today, that legendary directors John Carpenter and Greg Nicotero are its two newest board members. The museum which has been showing up at various conventions will be touring later in the year before it finds it’s permanent home in 2017. The interview will be made (if available) upon request.
John Carpenter is the writer, producer, and director of many genre classics including Halloween, Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing and They Live. Greg Nicotero is director and producer of The Walking Dead, »
- Tamika Jones
Ray Bradbury's classic "Fahrenheit 451" was both perfectly of its time and chillingly ahead of its time. While books aren't literally being burned in the street, it speaks to the culture at the moment that we have an annual Banned Books Week. And with knowledge increasingly politicized (see the ongoing battle of evolution vs. creationism in classrooms), Bradbury's book still resonates, and now it's getting ready for a brand new cinematic treatment. HBO has tapped Ramin Bahrani ("99 Homes," "At Any Price") to write and direct a new adaptation of the novel. Francois Truffaut previously brought his vision of Bradbury's work to cinemas in 1966, telling the story of Guy Montag, a fireman tasked with burning contraband material, who suddenly has a crisis of conscience. Here's the book synopsis: Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“99 Homes” filmmaker Ramin Bahrani is set to write, direct and executive produce a new take on Ray Bradbury‘s classic novel “Fahrenheit 451” that is in development at HBO Films, TheWrap has learned. Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen will executive produce the project along with Bahrani. Set in an oppressive future, “Fahrenheit 451” follows Guy Montag, a fireman who begins to question his duty to destroy all books after meeting a young woman. Also Read: Sundance: Director Ramin Bahrani, Michael Shannon on New Drama '99 Homes' (Video) Francois Truffaut previously brought “Fahrenheit 451” to the big screen in a 1966 version that starred. »
- Jeff Sneider
What horrors will we find on the planet Yoo-rah-nuss? A cyclopean dinosaur? Nasty spider monsters? A megalomaniac cerebellum that can turn our X-rated sex fantasies into flesh and blood people? Let's go! Sid Pink's flashy and slightly idiotic adventure stars space cadet John Agar as an average guy willing to have sex with a phantom from his own imagination. Say, doesn't Woody Allen make dirty jokes about that? Journey to the Seventh Planet Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1962 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 77 min. / Street Date April 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring John Agar, Carl Ottosen, Ann Smyrner, Greta Thyssen, Peter Monch, Ove Sprogoe, Louis Miehe-Renard, Ulla Moritz, Mimi Heinrich, Annie Birgit Garde. Cinematography Aage Wiltrup Visual Effects Krogh, Wah Chang, Jim Danforth, Ronny Scheemmel. Art Director Otto Lund Editor Tove Palsbo Original Music Jerry Capeheart, Ib Glindemann, Mitchell Tableporte Written by Ib Melchior & Sid Pink Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff & Sid Pink »
- Glenn Erickson
When I was just a boy I had a paperback that included Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson in one volume. There were certain books I would reread every year, that was one. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury every summer, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens every December and that three in one book every October. I read it so many times I knew how to parcel it out daily up until Halloween, starting the first page of Dracula on October 1st up to the last page of Jekyll And Hyde on October 30th. That reading was just to get in the mood for Halloween.
- Sam Moffitt
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