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8 items from 2014

The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

13 April 2014 9:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We move into the top 20 now, where the films become incredibly spiritual. One major component seen in many of these religious films: the overtones meant to instill a sense of mystery and wonder. You see it in films set in both sweeping landscapes and intimate settings. Whether or not any of the films on this list are condoning the acceptance or rejection of faith and religion is almost beside the point. The real point is that it is so influential on our culture that movies will always be made about it.

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20. Babette’s Feast (1987)

Directed by Gabriel Axel

The 1987 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner (beating Au Revoir Les Enfants), Babette’s Feast is the story of two devout Christian sisters whose father – the leader of a small Christian sect in Denmark – has died. Unfortunately, Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodjil Kjer) find they have no way to gain new members, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Magnetic Fields Frontman Stephin Merritt Will Return to Sf International Film Fest

20 March 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The San Francisco International Film Festival, now in its 57th year, will pull several silent treasures out of the vault to accompany live performances by indie pop band Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt, and by Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.On Tuesday, May 6, Merritt will present a new original score to "Freaks" director Tod Browning's mind-bending, circus-set crime classic "The Unknown" (clip below). A match made in heaven for Merritt who, back in 2010, performed a wonderful live score to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." A week earlier, on Tuesday, April 29, Thao Nguyen and her band will perform alongside a selection of silent shorts, with a presentation of her own short films. Both musical events will go down at Sf's beloved Castro Theatre.This year's edition of Sfiff runs April 24 to May 8. We'll be there covering films and festivities. It was previously announced that Richard Linklater will »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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The Top 10 Carnival Horror Movies!

18 March 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Word on the interwebs is that American Horror Story season 4 is going to be set in a Carnival or play with the idea of a Circus-theme.  I’ve been craving the Ahs touch on a carnival ever sense the appearance of ‘Pepper’ in Season 2.  If you don’t think she was modeled by something out of Tod Browning’s Freaks, you need to do your homework.  While there is still no “official” word from Ryan Murphy confirming the season’s theme, the Internet is already swarming with theories, fan art, and dream casts.  Circuses and Carnivals play a very prominent role in the history of American entertainment, but it’s sadly becoming a dying art form.  I can’t even remember the last time a carnival came to town and allowed me to get funnel cake drunk before trying to pretend I couldn’t see the missing screws on the Tilt-a-Whirl. »

- BJ Colangelo

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'American Horror Story' Announces the Season 4 Theme

17 March 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

The rumors were right, or nearly so. Season four of American Horror Story will be: Carnival. 

Technically, it won't necessarily be called American Horror Story: Carnival. Writer/producer Douglas Petrie confirmed: "Yes. It doesn't have a title, but that's the idea. Very roughly, that's the idea."

Naturally, I am excited about the idea of setting the show in a carnival. Since this is Ahs, I imagine that they will take a path similar to Tod Browning's Freaks in that I suspect the show will be filled with real "freaks," humans with genetic anomalies. Let the casting calls for conjoined twins and glass eaters begin! Maybe we will see Naomi Grossman reprise her role of Pepper the Pinhead from Asylum.

Okay, let the theorizing commence!


- Alyse Wax

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Film Review: ‘Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart’

16 March 2014 8:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A boy born on the coldest day on earth survives only by the grace of a magical ticker in “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart,” a steampunk-rock musical reverse-engineered from an album by French band Dionysos and the popular tie-in book written by its frontman, Mathias Malzieu. Co-directed by Malzieu and musicvideo helmer Stephane Berla, this charming, yet oddly miscalibrated computer-animated fairy tale combines gothic, Tim Burton-esque elements with a younger-skewing porcelain-doll look, confusing auds as to who’s being targeted exactly. The answer: no one in particular, as Malzieu seems to be making this idiosyncratic, overly precious film mostly for himself.

After saving infant Jack’s life by installing a mechanical apparatus where his frozen heart had been, a well-meaning witch makes clear that he must closely follow three rules or risk irreparably damaging the high-maintenance thingamabob that’s keeping him alive. First, Jack should never touch the hands of his heart. »

- Peter Debruge

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Slapstick Festival, CarnyVille: this week's new film events

17 January 2014 11:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Slapstick Festival | The Loco London Comedy Film Festival | Rybczynski: Exploring Space | CarnyVille

Slapstick Festival, Bristol

With Buster Keaton back in cinemas (The General is on reissue and there's a retrospective at London's BFI), it's a good time to brush up on silent comedy, and this festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary, has done much to spread the word, or maybe the subtitle. This year Charlie Chaplin takes his turn in the spotlight and marks the 100th anniversary of his Little Tramp incarnation, with Omid Djalili introducing an orchestra-backed screening of City Lights at Colston Hall on Friday. The seen-it-all crowd will be more intrigued by celebrations of forgotten stars such as Constance Talmadge, Raymond Griffith and Max Davidson. More up to date, Tim Vine explains why he loves Benny Hill (Watershed, 26 Jan), and Phill Jupitus asks Paul McGann and Ralph Brown about the making of Withnail & I (Bristol Old Vic, 26 Jan).

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- Steve Rose

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10 Criminally Underrated Horror Movies

5 January 2014 7:46 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

There is such a ton of rubbish out there in the horror cinema realm, it can be a very hard job to separate the wheat from the chaff. I see a lot of McHorror films on specialist satellite channels – real yawn fests that are as interesting as watching a nice shade of beige dry on a wall. On the other hand, little gems get lost in the mulch and may lie dormant for decades.

Tod Browning directed one of Horror’s great classics – Freaks – back in the 1930s. A pioneering movie which was far ahead of its time, critics were shocked and appalled when they watched it and it wasn’t for many decades that Freaks’ full artistic greatness was appreciated.

The films on this list are not as dramatically neglected as Freaks, but on the other hand they deserve more appreciation than they get. Some of them, I would »

- Clare Simpson

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This Abandoned Castle is a Gothic Horror Movie Waiting to Happen

3 January 2014 1:30 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Designed by British architect Milner in 1866, Castle Miranda became the opulent home to a wealthy French family in the Belgian village of Celles. Sadly, today it lies in ruins... but amazing ruins.

Photo © David Herreman via Flickr

After World War II, the castle became the residence for children of Belgian railway workers, and it remained open as a children's home until 1991. From that point, the castle's condition quickly deteriorated; with no one in charge of its upkeep, the once palatial estate fell victim to the elements and vandals, including some with a macabre sense of humor, who “accented” some of the rooms with creepy mannequins and dolls... as if the place weren't creepy enough already.


Despite its many structural dangers – including collapsing stairways and ceilings – Castle Miranda remains one of the most popular destinations for urban explorers and photographers, and we can definitely see why.

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- Gregory Burkart

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