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"A onetime yakuza turned jailbird turned filmmaking enfant terrible, the now-75-year-old Japanese director Kōji Wakamatsu has long been loved by cinema cultists for an outrageous string of 1960s provocations made under the guise of the pinku eiga — or 'pink' film." Steve Dollar at GreenCine Daily: "These typically low-budget sex romps could be as insane, surreal, or mind-bending as possible, as long as they included a minimum amount of nudity and softcore humping. Wakamatsu, seizing the opportunity, used the form to pursue the extremes, reveling in obsessive sex and violence as a leftist critique of Japanese society. Beyond the outrage and sleaze of The Embryo Hunts in Secret ; Go, Go Second-Time Virgin ; and Ecstasy of the Angels , was a form of perverse shock treatment. Wakamatsu took a break from the camera in 1977, and didn't return for 27 years. But he still wants to mess with your head."
Steve Erickson for Moving »
Last Friday in Spain we saw the opening weekend release for “There Be Dragons”, the new film from acclaimed and twice Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind “The Mission” and “The Killing Fields”. Budgeted at $35 million, the co-production between Spain, U.S and Argentina the film proved to be a moderate success already before its release as it grossed an impressive 300 000 Euros in pre-sold tickets, although we have to take in consideration big part of these tickets were part of a charity campaign for Doctors Without Borders as well as other non benefit organizations, a clever marketing campaign no doubt benefited the film's tally. Starring Charlie Cox (Stardust, Casanova); Wes Bentley (American Beauty, Ghost Rider); Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Max Payne); Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, La Brújula Dorada); Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II, Ever After), Rodrigo Santoro (300, Che), Golshifteh Farahani (Body of Lies) and Geraldine Chaplin; this also has a first rate crew »
And Soon the Darkness is released today, 7th March on DVD and Blu-ray and to celebrate, Optimum Home Entertainment have given us three copies of the movie to give away. And Soon the Darkness stars Amber Heard and Karl Urban.
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A contemporary remake of the cult 1970 British thriller directed by Robert Fuest (The Devil’s Rain; The Abominable Dr. Phibes) and written by Brian Clemens (Bugs; TheAvengers; creator of The Professionals) and Terry Nation (Dr. Who; creator of the Daleks; creator of Blake’s 7), And Soon The Darkness, director Marcos Efron’s debut feature, stars Amber Heard (John Carpenter’s The Ward; The Stepfather; Zombieland; All The Boys Love Mandy Lane), Odette Yustman (The Unborn; Cloverfield; Transformers) and Karl Urban (Star Trek; The Bourne Supremacy; The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King).
“A tight, well-executed suspense film” (BeyondHollywood. »
3 items from 2011
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