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The Criterion Collection Will Resurrect Night Of The Living Dead, Silence Of The Lambs With 4K Blu-Rays

The Silence of the Lambs and Night of the Living Dead, two bona fide horror gems, are officially joining the Criterion Collection.

Each film classic will receive a 4K restoration, along with scores of special features, which will be available from February 13th, 2018. Now how’s that for a Valentine’s Day treat?

On a more somber note, news of this re-release arrives at a difficult time for the horror community: Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme passed away back in April, while George A. Romero, the undisputed king of zombies, died in July. Indeed, it was difficult losing two legendary filmmakers in the space of three months, but this posthumous recognition ensures their finest achievements are ushered into the pantheon of great cinema.

Each release will come with different bonus features – Lambs, for instance, includes audio commentary from Demme himself, along with Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and screenwriter
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George A. Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead Criterion Collection Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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An absolute game-changer for the horror genre, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead introduced the modern zombie as we know it, packing in as much social commentary as it did gore. Now, nearly 40 years after its initial release, the influential horror film is getting The Criterion Collection Blu-ray treatment it so justly deserves. Criterion is coming to get us, Barbara...

Slated for a February 13th release, The Criterion Collection Night of the Living Dead Blu-ray features a 4K digital restoration that was overseen by the late, great Romero as well as John A. Russo, Gary R. Streiner, and Russell W. Streiner. The new Blu-ray is packed with bonus features both old and new, and you can get an idea of what to expect from the official release details and cover art below, as well as information on another February 13th Criterion Collection Blu-ray release: Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs.
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‘Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ and More Join Criterion Collection in February 2018

‘Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ and More Join Criterion Collection in February 2018
The Criterion Collection will be paying its respects to the late Jonathan Demme and George A. Romero in February 2018 by finally making “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Night of the Living Dead” members of its prestigious library. The two horror classics are joining famous titles from Kon Ichikawa, Satyajit Ray, and Tony Richardson as February additions to the Criterion Collection.

Read More:The Criterion Collection Announces January 2018 Titles, Including ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘I, Daniel Blake

Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of “The Silence of the Lambs,” which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring Demme, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas. “Night of the Living Dead” will also be released in 4K, with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature.
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The Silence Of The Lambs: the thinking person's monster movie

Ryan Lambie Nov 3, 2017

As The Silence Of The Lambs re-emerges courtesy of the BFI, we look at how it created one of the screen's most iconic monsters...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Silence Of The Lambs

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"Is it true what they're saying?" a cop asks FBI agent Clarice Starling around The Silence Of The Lambs' midpoint. "That he's some kind of vampire?"

The cop is referring, of course, to Hannibal Lecter, the former psychiatrist and serial killer played by Anthony Hopkins. Originally created by author Thomas Harris and making his first appearance in the 1981 novel Red Dragon, Lecter - otherwise known as Hannibal the Cannibal - has long since become a fixture on the pop culture landscape. The Silence Of The Lambs isn't specifically about Lecter - rather, it's about Starling (Jodie Foster) and
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‘The Silence of the Lambs’ and the Intuitive Feminism of Jonathan Demme

Jodie Foster once remarked, “My favorite female director is Jonathan Demme,” which was her way of saying that Jonathan Demme understood women. Her statement runs parallel to the fact that most of Demme’s best films are about women, including The Silence of the Lambs, Rachel Getting Married, and Beloved, among others. Demme’s movies gave women the space to be complicated, daring, unlikable, and vulnerable in equal measure. His filmmaking understood the gendered dynamics at hand due to his creative process opening itself to everyone involved in the making of the film. Demme isn’t so much a controlling auteur as much as he is a guiding hand for the narratives that are born out of a collaborative process. His films have certain hallmarks such as musical, rhythmic editing and an expansiveness that bends beyond the central narrative and — to paraphrase an idea from Pauline Kael — into characters who
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London Film School director to step down

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London Film School director to step down
Exclusive: Jane Roscoe leaves for University of West of England post after three years.

Jane Roscoe, director of the London Film School (Lfs), will leave the school at the end of this term to join the University of the West of England as professor, pro-vice chancellor and executive dean of the faculty of arts, creative industries and education.

Gisli Snaer, currently head of studies, will step up as acting director and Dan Lawson, head of Lfs open, as acting chief operating officer.

The school will launch a recruitment process for a successor director over the summer.

Roscoe served three years at the school, whose previous alumni include Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Mike Leigh, Duncan Jones and Tak Fujimoto.

Mike Leigh, Lfs chair, said: “There is never an easy time for a school to lose a director but Jane leaves us at a time of our greatest strength and we are very grateful for all that she has
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The Manchurian Candidate and Jonathan Demme's filmmaking style

Ryan Lambie Feb 20, 2017

Thriller remake The Manchurian Candidate is a great showcase for director Jonathan Demme's use of the camera to evoke fear and empathy...

Iraq War veteran Ben Marco wakes up on a train with a jolt. For a second, he sees an apparition from the past sitting directly opposite him. Marco blinks, and the figure vanishes.

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Jonathan Demme’s remake of The Manchurian Candidate is full of small yet jarring sequences like this: moments which take place in a familiar setting, but with something strange or somehow out of place thrown in. Not long after Marco wakes up on the train, he strikes up a begrudging conversation with a young woman, Rose (Kimberly Elise), who says she's seen him around. Rose appears to have taken
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Mindy Newell: I’m Twisted

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Friday’s latest plot twist in this year’s Presidential campaign – the announcement that the FBI was reopening its investigation into Hillary’s e-mails based on some suspicious correspondence found on Anthony Weiner’s computer – had all of us spinning our heads like Linda Blair in The Exorcist…sans pea soup vomit, I hope.

Well, none of us knows yet the results of the election – now only eight days away, as the media would say in its annoyingly obsessive countdown – but one more immediate result was that it had me thinking about great fictional plot twists that none of us, or at least most of us, didn’t see coming, the ones that made go Whoa, Nellie!!!!

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Darth Vader: “Obi-wan never told you what happened to your father.”

Luke: “He told me enough. He told me you killed him.

Darth Vader: “No. I am your father.
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Devil in a Blue Dress | Blu-ray Review

Director Carl Franklin followed the success of 1992’s break-out thriller One False Move with his most notable work to date, Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), a Los Angeles neo noir recuperating post-war racial tensions within the confines of the divisive city, filtered through a glop of familiar genre motifs and superb command of tone and mood. Starring Denzel Washington and based on a novel by Walter Mosley, the box office failings of the film curbed additional adaptations of the author’s work featuring reluctant private eye Easy Rawlins. Twenty years after its premiere, the film has maintained an unprecedented level of critical acclaim assisting its sterling reputation. As far as noir goes, we’ve seen this sort of narrative before, a beautiful woman with particularly damning information and labyrinthine connections involved in a dangerous mixture of sex and politics, but never from the perspective of a black private eye in a viciously segregated America.
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Devil in a Blue Dress

Carl Franklin scored with this exciting adapation of Walter Mosley's first 'Easy' Rawlins detective tale, starring a terrific Denzel Washington as the South Central resident who takes up snoop work to pay the mortgage. Don Cheadle steals the show as Easy's loose-cannon pal from Texas, Mouse Alexander; this really should have been the beginning of a franchise. Devil in a Blue Dress Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1995 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 101 min. / Ship Date October 13, 2015 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle, Maury Chaykin, Terry Kinney, Lisa Nicole Carson, Albert Hall, Mel Winkler. Cinematography Tak Fujimoto Production Designer Gary Frutkoff Costumes Sharen Davis Film Editor Carole Kravetz Original Music Elmer Bernstein From the book by Walter Mosley Produced by Jesse Beaton, Gary Goetzman Written and Directed by Carl Franklin

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Carl Franklin was cheated, Easy Rawlins was cheated and We
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Day of the Dead Movie List: Top 5 Most Freakish Living Dead, Undead, and Ghosts

Hell's Kitchen: Soul stew image likely from the 1922 Benjamin Christensen horror classic 'Häxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages.' Day of the Dead post: Cinema's Top Five Scariest Living Dead We should all be eternally grateful to the pagans, who had the foresight to come up with many (most?) of the overworked Western world's religious holidays. Thanks to them, besides Easter, Christmas, New Year's, and possibly Mardi Gras (a holiday in some countries), we also have Halloween, All Saints' Day, and the Day of Dead. The latter two are public holidays in a number of countries with large Catholic populations. Since today marks the end of the annual Halloween / All Saints' Day / Day of the Dead celebrations, I'm posting my revised and expanded list of the movies' Top Five Scariest Living Dead. Of course, by that I don't mean the actors listed below were dead when the movies were made.
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200 Greatest Horror Films (80-71)

Special Mention: Spirits Of The Dead (Histoires extraordinaires)

Written and directed by Federico Fellini (segment “Toby Dammit”), Louis Malle (segment “William Wilson”), Roger Vadim (segment “Metzengerstein”)

France, 1968

The first thing you should notice is the three directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim. Secondly, take notice of the cast, which includes Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp, Salvo Randone, James Robertson Justice, Françoise Prévost and Marlène Alexandre. Spirits Of The Dead is an adaptation of three Edgar Allan Poe stories, one of which demands to be seen.

The first segment of the film, Vadim’s “Metzgengerstein”, is unfortunately the least impressive, but is still great in its own right, and features a marvelous performance by Jane Fonda. Malle’s segment, which is the second of the three, turns Edgar Allan Poe’s 1839 story into an engrossing study in cruelty and sadism. This episode is an engaging enough entry,
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London Film School withdraws from Barbican move

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Exclusive: Private funding shortfall and tough economic climate halt move.

The London Film School has withdrawn from a deal with the City of London Corporation to relocate to the Barbican Centre in 2017.

The Lfs had secured a lease to convert Exhibition Hall 1 on Golden Lane/ Beech Street into a $19m-$22m (£12m-£14m) new film school. But a shortfall in private investment and the tough economic climate has led to the move being cancelled.

The proposed relocation was publicly announced in September 2013 with the lease signed in January 2015.

It is understood that the prestigious school, whose alumni include Mike Leigh, Michael Mann, Duncan Jones and Tak Fujimoto, had $2.8m (£1.8m) of pledged support from Creative Skillset and additional pledges from a number of private individuals and Trusts. However, it was unable to unlock the level of private funding required for the move.

A relocation from Covent Garden is still on the cards, according to Lfs
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Crime Classic: The Silence Of The Lambs

We're holding a free screening of a crime classic of your choice next week. Here's a look at another option: The Silence Of The Lambs...


On the 5th June, we're holding a free crime classic cinema screening to celebrate the launch of the videogame Murdered: Soul Suspect. You can find out details of the screening, and how you can vote for the film you most want to see, here.

For now, here's our look back at the first of the films you can choose from: The Silence Of The Lambs.

Nb: This article contains spoilers.

"I ate his liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti".

If anything, The Silence Of The Lambs became a victim of its own success in the 1990s.

Unlike Manhunter - Michael Mann's stunning 1986 adaptation of Thomas Harris' previous novel, Red Dragon - Silence Of The Lambs was released to immediate acclaim.
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14 Perfect Shots from the One Perfect Shot Twitter page

14 Perfect Shots from the One Perfect Shot Twitter page
Filmmaker Geoff Todd's Twitter account, @OnePerfectShot, is our new No.1 destination for a daily fix of movie geekiness.

The account's mission is to "honour cinema's past and (hopefully) inspire a new generation of perfect shots" and features stunning stills from classic movies. And Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.

Here are our personal 14 favourite shots:

1. North by Northwest

Perfect shot from North By Northwest (1959) DoP: Robert Burks | Dir: Alfred Hitchcock pic.twitter.com/q67FGcM6m9

— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 5, 2014

2. Badlands

Perfect shot from Badlands (1973) Cinematography:Tak Fujimoto (et al) | Dir:Terrence Malick pic.twitter.com/ufNKGp9EU4

— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 4, 2014

3. Reservoir Dogs

Perfect shot from Reservoir Dogs (1992) DoP: Andrzej Sekula - Dir: Quentin Tarantino pic.twitter.com/Zhrq1QjMK4

— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 4, 2014

4. Psycho

Perfect shot from Psycho (1960) DoP: John L. Russell - Dir: Alfred Hitchcock pic.twitter.com/3XEtsmadki

— Perfect Shots (@OnePerfectShot) May 2, 2014

5. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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The London Film School Announces New Director Jane Roscoe/ Six Cannes Selections for Lfs Graduates

Dr. Jane Roscoe has been recently appointed as the new Director of The London Film School. She will take over from current Director Ben Gibson in August.

Jane Roscoe comes to The London Film School with over 20 years experience as an academic and broadcaster in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. At the Australian Film, Television & Radio School, she launched the Centre for Screen Studies & Research, and led a number of large-scale industry-focussed research projects. She has been Network Programmer at Australia's Sbs Television, and was responsible for launching Sbs Two. More recently, as the UK-based Head of International Content at Sbs, she acquired world feature films in a wide variety of languages, and brokered an impressive slate of international co-productions. She is a regular industry and academic commentator, and has published extensively on screen audiences, documentary and mock documentary.

Mike Leigh, Chair of Governors, said, “Jane is passionate about film education and innovation, and we are delighted that she is to join us to lead Lfs into our exciting new phase."

Jane Roscoe said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Lfs as it approaches its 60th anniversary. The move to the Barbican will further enhance the School's ability to educate for creativity, and stay connected to a fast changing film industry. It's going to be an exciting and challenging journey .”

The London Film School combines its status as a major international conservatoire with its role as one of the two leading British graduate film schools supported by Creative Skillset and the BFI.

At the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, films by Lfs graduates are represented in all the official sections – in Competition, Mr Turner, written and directed by Mike Leigh; In Un Certain Regard, Xenia, directed by Panos H. Koutras and The Salt of the Earth, co-directed by Lfs graduate Juliano Ribeiro Salgado with Wim Wenders; in Shorts Competition, Lfs graduation film Leidi, directed by Simón Mesa Soto, one of only nine films chosen from 3,450 short films to compete for the Short Film Palme d’Or. Newton I. Aduaka is one of fifteen directors selected for the tenth edition of the Cinefondation Atelier co-production showcase, with his latest feature Oil on Water. Lfs graduate Aygul Bakanova, who was a participant on the Cannes Residence programme, is screening in Directors’ Fortnight, with the Nordic Film Factory short film Void, co-directed with Milad Alami.

In December, Lfs announced its first major funding from Creative Skillset towards the development of its plans to transfer its operations from Covent Garden to a new site within the Barbican Centre in the City of London. The move is planned for 2016, when the school will also celebrate its 60th birthday.

The London Film School

Founded in 1956, Lfs is one of the world's longest established graduate filmmaking schools. It is constituted as an international conservatoire with 70% of its Ma Filmmaking students coming from outside the UK. The School offers a core 2-year Ma Filmmaking , a 1-year Ma Screenwriting , a 1-year Ma International Film Business and a PhD Film by Practice with the University of Exeter, plus around 50 Continuous Professional Development courses each year as Lfs Workshops .

Lfs has been selected by Creative Skillset, the UK government agency for audio-visual training, as one of three ‘Film Academies’, accredited as a centre of excellence.

Lfs graduates are established in film and television production in more than eighty countries and include Mike Leigh, Michael Mann, Duncan Jones, Tak Fujimoto, Roger Pratt, Ueli Steiger, Iain Smith, Horace Ove, Ho Yim, Danny Huston, Franc Roddam, Brad Anderson, Ann Hui, Marius Holst and Bill Douglas.

In 2013, Lfs films had 232 festival entries across 179 events, winning 43 prizes, nominations or special mentions. The tally breaks Lfs records for global visibility and graduate success. The list covers Toronto, Venice, Tribeca, San Sebastian, Clermont Ferrand, The London Film Festival, San Francisco, the BAFTAs and the Student Academy Awards.

More info at www.lfs.org.uk

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Rome Film Review: ‘Gods Behaving Badly’

Rome Film Review: ‘Gods Behaving Badly’
The Greek gods always behaved badly, but in producer Marc Turtletaub’s remarkably feeble helming debut, they’re merely insipid, despite a heaven-sent cast grossly squandered on the kind of bland comedy reminiscent of 1970s TV series like “Love, American Style.” This Gotham-set update, about a couple of colorless mortals who save the world when a lovesick Apollo puts out the sun, has zero texture and negative charm: Tellingly, Athena, goddess of wisdom, is absent from the lifeless script. So wishy-washy it’s possibly unreleasable, “Gods Behaving Badly” is best relegated to airplanes and VOD.

Marie Phillips’ source novel focused on aging and loss; Turtletaub (a producer on “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Sunshine Cleaning”) and writing partner Josh Goldfaden ditch the serious stuff for romantic comedy, opening with narrator Zeus (Christopher Walken) at a gyro cart in New York, spoonfeeding background info to auds: “Greece was sublime, but we wanted to move on.
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Gods Behaving Badly: Rome Review

Gods Behaving Badly: Rome Review
Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken, John Turturro and Alicia Silverstone are among the cast of producer Marc Turtletaub’s directorial debut.

The deities of Mount Olympus descend to the streets of New York City, where they wreak havoc on mortals and much worse on the audience, in Marc Turtletaub’s myth-inspired comedy, Gods Behaving Badly. Rounding up a cast of stars -- many who had their heyday two decades ago -- this outdated, unfunny satire feels like an extended SNL sketch from the early ‘90’s, and one that probably would have been tossed into the wastepaper basket. Some bankable names and a mildly clever idea should send these immortals straight to VOD, with a small courtesy release in select cities.

Based on the book by Marie Phillips, the concept is simple: The Greek gods are alive and well, and currently living in a Manhattan townhouse, where they engage in endless petty
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London Film School details Barbican move

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Exclusive: Lfs outlines £14m relocation and upgrade to Barbican site by 2016.

After many years of searching, the London Film School has finally found a new home in London’s Barbican.

The Corporation of London has offered the Lfs a 50-year lease on Exhibition Hall 1, a 32,000ft2 space in Golden Lane, currently controlled by the Barbican Arts Centre.

The school, currently based in London’s Covent Garden, is hoping to move to the new venue in autumn 2015 or early 2016.

The Lfs’ proposed Barbican move has been well-known within the industry but has recently gained traction with Lfs director Ben Gibson recently speaking to ScreenDaily about the plans.

“This move is one of the worst kept secrets in the industry,” admitted Gibson. “We have been trying to re-house for six or seven years but this is the first time we have found the right deal in the right place.”

The estimated cost of the move is around $21m (£14m
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Move over, ‘Total Recall’: 10 more remakes you’ll want to avoid

Whether you measure your movies by box office, reviews, or popular appeal, Sony’s $125 million remake of the 1990 Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger interplanetary action fest Total Recall looks like a strike-out. The movie opened with a lethal softness; a $25.7 million first weekend meaning Recall won’t even come close to making back its budget during its domestic theatrical run. In fact, despite 22 years of ticket price increases, it’s doubtful the movie will even match the original’s $119.3 million haul.

And for those of you who think maybe the problem is Total Recall was outgunned opening while The Dark Knight Rises was still sucking up box office coin, entertain, at least for a moment if you will, the possibility the movie just plain sucks. According to Rotten Tomatoes’ canvas, almost 70% of reviewers – and over three-quarters of “top critics” – gave Total Recall a thumbs-down. Those who went to see the movie didn’t
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