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16 items from 2014


A Turbulent Tale, Soft in the Head Is Never Less Than Thrilling

15 April 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Nathan Silver's last feature, Exit Elena, earned the Brooklyn-based director comparisons to John Cassavetes, with whom he shared an almost perverse affection for domesticity at its most volatile. And yet for all the discomfort its familial warfare sometimes provoked, Elena nevertheless remained a basically good-hearted film, exuding warmth and sweetness even as hostility threatened to take hold. Not so for Soft in the Head.

Silver's latest finds the sweetness of its predecessor curdled, its warmth set ablaze, the result altogether possessed of a fiercer sensibility. Silver has gravitated away from Cassavetes, it seems, and toward the influence of another Hollywood maverick: Samuel Fuller, whose idiosyncratic riff on the hooker with the heart of gold, Th »

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Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Sam Fuller's White Dog

14 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

One of Hollywood's true maverick filmmakers, Sam Fuller was never a man to shy away from tackling important social and political issues in his films. Famously, he was the first American filmmaker to tackle the Korean War, in The Steel Helmet, mental illness (among other issues) in Shock Corridor, and child abuse in The Naked Kiss. So when Paramount executives Jon Davison and Don Simpson were scrambling to get a bunch of projects through production ahead of an upcoming writers' strike in 1981, who better to take on the long-gestating White Dog than Fuller, hot again after the recent success of The Big Red One.White Dog is adapted from an autobiographical novel written by Romain Gray, which told the story of how he and his...

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5 Horror Films Criterion Should Release on Blu-ray

13 April 2014 9:04 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Like many film enthusiasts, I love the Criterion Collection. I scoff at some of their selections—I won’t name names—but for the most part, I anticipate new releases with excitement and glee (June’s slate is particularly amazing). Of course, due to lack of finances, I can’t buy as many as I would like – though someday, I will own the entire collection, despite the current economy offering little to no financial opportunity for an individual with my interests and skill set, but I digress.

I do, however, have a minor beef with Criterion.  While admiring most of their titles, I’d love to see more emphasis on genre stuff—especially horror.  And don’t get me wrong, Criterion boasts some excellent titles—Carnival of Lost Souls, Sisters, The Vanishing, Godzilla, The Devil’s Backbone, Repulsion, plus the highly anticipated release of Scanners being not far off—but they need more. »

- Griffin Bell

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‘White Dog’ Blu-ray Review (Eureka MoC)

12 April 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Kristy McNicholPaul Winfield, Jameson Parker, Helen Siff, Christa Lang, Vernon Weddle, Paul Bartel | Written by Samuel Fuller, Curtis Hanson | Directed by Samuel Fuller

In 1982, the late Massachusetts film-maker, Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One, Shock Corridor) took his place behind the camera to tell a story of racism, hope, neglect and terror in the wonderful, chilling, poignant and ruthless film, White Dog.

Based on a true life story that was published at one time in Life Magazine in the 1970′s, White Dog follows the character of Julie Sawyer (Kristy McNichol) who accidentally hits a dog with her car while on a night drive in a secluded forest-heavy area of the Hollywood hills. She takes in the dog after being informed that the pound would put him to sleep, and soon finds that the dog, a white German Shepard, though loyal to her, has a dark and violent tendency »

- Chris Cummings

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Blu-ray Review: 'White Dog'

9 April 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆In an alternate history of American cinema, Samuel Fuller would stand shoulder to shoulder with John Ford and Howard Hawks. If the latter pair constitute the heart and the soul, then Fuller would be its insatiable id. He's a director almost overcome with ideas, yet manages to channel them through lean, genre-defying works that excel in their blazing energy and passionate devotion to the art form. White Dog (1982) is an odd work, even for Fuller. Ostensibly an allegory about racism in America, it's a work that layers disparate ideas onto the B-movie form, ending up as an ambitious cross-breed; a biting social satire and Hollywood elegy.

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Jeonju to open with 3D zombie film

4 April 2014 3:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 15th Jeonju International Film Festival (Jiff) has announced its line-up with Opening Film to be the world premiere of Mad Sad Bad, a 3D zombie omnibus directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, Han Ji-seung and Kim Tae-yong.

Part of the Korean Academy of Film Art’s “Kafa+” project, the film brings together three noted local directors creating 3D-version reflections of popular culture in, respectively, an urban setting, the future and in the mountains.

Jiff will run May 1-10 with its awards ceremony on May 7 and repeat screenings afterwards. The fest will screen 181 films from 46 countries (142 features, 39 shorts) with 40 world premieres (of which 28 are features) and 4 international premieres (all features).

This year, the festival has revamped its signature Jeonju Digital Project - originally a triptych of shorts produced by the fest each year with well-known directors from around the world - and brought in outside funding to start making a trio of feature films instead. The inaugural »

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Jeonju opening with 3D zombie film

4 April 2014 3:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 15th Jeonju International Film Festival (Jiff) has announced its line-up with Opening Film to be the world premiere of Mad Sad Bad, a 3D zombie omnibus directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, Han Ji-seung and Kim Tae-yong.

Part of the Korean Academy of Film Art’s “Kafa+” project, the film brings together three noted local directors creating 3D-version reflections of popular culture in, respectively, an urban setting, the future and in the mountains.

Jiff will run May 1-10 with its awards ceremony on May 7 and repeat screenings afterwards. The fest will screen 181 films from 46 countries (142 features, 39 shorts) with 40 world premieres (of which 28 are features) and 4 international premieres (all features).

This year, the festival has revamped its signature Jeonju Digital Project - originally a triptych of shorts produced by the fest each year with well-known directors from around the world - and brought in outside funding to start making a trio of feature films instead. The inaugural »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Competition: Win 'White Dog' *closed*

3 April 2014 12:38 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

One of the most controversial American films of the 1980s, Samuel Fuller's White Dog (1982) was withheld from release in the States at the time and has rarely been seen since. This head-on examination of racism remains a riveting and startlingly powerful film experience, with superb performances and a brilliant score by the great musical master, Ennio Morricone. To celebrate the film's Dual Format release this Monday (31 March), we have Three copies of White Dog to give away, courtesy of Eureka Entertainment and Masters of Cinema. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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Dog Watches TV, Bites Rapist In Clip From Sam Fuller's White Dog

13 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Sam Fuller's classic thriller White Dog gets the Masters of Cinema treatment later this month, with a brand new dual format Blu-ray/DVD release hitting UK shelves on 31st March. The film stars Paul Winfield and Kristy McNichol in the story of a stray dog that is discovered to have been conditioned to attack black people. Fuller's controversial film, which questions whether racism is a treatable condition, or an untreatable problem, will be making its Blu-ray debut, courtesy of those good people over at Eureka Entertainment, and you can check out a clip from the newly restored version of the film below, to whet our appetites....

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Criterion Collection: Breathless | Blu-ray Review

25 February 2014 11:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless gave France’s nascent La nouvelle vague a solid international underpinning and it has remained a vibrant, stylish and entertaining influence on filmmakers for 54 years. Largely improvised and capriciously photographed, Breathless tore away the final threads that bound films to novels – and the formal elements of novels – leaving each medium a little freer to reach their own respective potentials. The narrative of Breathless, and unlike some later Godard films it does have one, is not dispensed through written dialogue designed to advance plot points but rather a capturing of fleeting ideas and quickly dissolving moments in time. Like life itself, some of these moments are big and important while others simply banal markers on the timeline of existence. Breathless gives equal dramatic weight to the climactic and the mundane, throwing a greasy yet elegant monkey wrench into 1960‘s accepted orthodoxy of what a movie was supposed to be. »

- David Anderson

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Movies This Week: February 14-20, 2014

14 February 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

 

The Austin Film Society's Godard Vs. Truffaut series continues on this weekend with a 35mm print of Godard's A Woman Is A Woman tonight and Sunday afternoon at the Marchesa. There's also an austin premiere on tap Sunday afternoon for The Big Shootout with director Mike Looney, Edith Royal and members of the 1969 Ut football team in attendance. The Q&A will be moderated by Klbj's Ed Clements.

On Monday night, you can head back over to the Marchesa for "An Austinite's Guide To The 2014 SXSW Film Festival." It will feature a Q&A with festival programmers Janet Pierson, Jarod Neece and Claudette Godfrey as well as a happy hour and a filmmakers' chat about how to make the most of the fest. On Wednesday, Richard Linklater will be hanging out with a 35mm print of Sam Fuller's White Dog and Essential Cinema is bringing you a newly restored »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Check Out The Pulpy Cover For Sam Fuller's Lost Novel 'Brainquake,' Coming To Shelves In 2014

13 February 2014 7:55 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Sam Fuller is best known for being the filmmaker behind such classics as "Naked Kiss," "Pickup On South Street," "Shock Corridor," "The Big Red One" and more, he was also an author. Not only did he pen novelizations for some of his films, he also wrote a small handful of original works too, and one that has never seen the light of day in the English language is now coming. Titan and Hard Case Crime are bringing "Brainquake" to shelves this September. It was penned by Fuller while he was in self-imposed exile in France, fighting with Paramount over the cut of "White Dog." And it sounds like another perfectly pulpy tale from the writer/director. Check out the synopsis and artwork for the book below. And be sure to check out our feature on Fuller's essential films. The bagmen who transport money for organized crime live by a »

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Blu-ray Review: Feeling of Timelessness in ‘La Vie de Bohéme’

11 February 2014 1:48 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – What is amazing about the texture of this 1992 film version of the 1848 Henri Murger novel, “La Vie de Bohéme,” is that it looks like it could have been filmed during the French New Wave period of the late 1950s/early ‘60s. The Criterion Collection offers a stunning new Blu-ray transfer of a now classic adaptation.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki (“Le Havre”), a Finnish filmmaker, but co-produced by France, Italy and Sweden as well, this version of “La Vie de Bohéme” – there have been over a dozen versions, including the opera “La Bohéme” and the Broadway musical “Rent” – has an international cast and beguiling black & white cinematography by Timo Salminen. It plays like a verité documentary, as all of the performers have such a naturalistic virtue in their portrayals. They are desperate but free, and even a woman searching for love cannot resist their slovenly grace. Each ne’er »

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Criterion Collection: La Vie De Boheme | Blu-ray Review

28 January 2014 5:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

As an entry into Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismaki’s filmography, his 1992 film La Vie De Boheme, which is loosely based on Henri Murger’s Scenes De La Vie De Boheme, (the basis for the famed opera La Boheme), is an excellent starting point. His first French feature, Kaurismaki’s absurdist, deadpan tone is in high gear with this lively look at a trio of disheveled outcasts eking it out as artists on society’s fray.

Three struggling creative types (composer/writer/painter) live together for support and necessity as they try to peddle their own original output. Marcel Marx (Andre Wilms) is an aspiring playwright and magazine editor, and has had considerable difficulty getting someone to publish his latest work, “The Avenger: A Play in 21 Acts.” Rodolfo (Matti Pellonpaa) is an Albanian painter illegally living in Paris, though lucky enough to have found at least one patron to purchase his works. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Lone Survivor is a classic platoon flick

27 January 2014 7:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Berg's depiction of a botched Afghan war mission has upset critics left and right. But whatever its politics, there's no denying its impact

Boy, has the surprise-hit war movie Lone Survivor got 'em up in arms. On the left and on the right, it's the political football of the week. Salon's Andrew O'Hehir (I'm a fan) called it "a jingoistic, pornographic piece of war propaganda", while Amy Nicholson of La Weekly called it "a jingoistic snuff film". I found their remarks a little ripe, if mostly well argued, although Nicholson's characterisation of the characters' default mindset as "Brown people bad, American people good" rather misses the obvious retort: "They wanna kill me, I wanna live." But I felt a little differently after roly-poly multimillionaire Glenn Beck (and which branch of the military did he serve in?) started tearing strips off Nicholson in an egregiously bumptious and sexist fashion. »

- John Patterson

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Review: Lone Survivor Offers An Intense, Visceral Depiction Of The War Experience

10 January 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Samuel Fuller, who directed some of the best war movies ever made, and who was a combat veteran himself, famously stated, "To make a real war movie would be to fire at the audience from behind a screen." Peter Berg's latest film, Lone Survivor, of course, stops well short of this hypothetical method of bringing the brutal realities of war home to the audience. However, writer-director Berg seems to have taken the ethos behind Fuller's statement deeply to heart in his presentation of warfare. Lone Survivor is based on the memoir of the same name by Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of the ill-fated Navy Seal "Operation Red Wings" military mission in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of 19 U.S. soldiers in June 2005. More than any...

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