8 items from 2012
French director Jacques Audiard is set to surprise fans by making his next film a musical. The film-maker who, through films such as The Beat That My Heart Skipped and A Prophet, has become one of the most exciting talents in world cinema, told me he'd been working on the idea for some years. "Oh yes, it will have big dance numbers, choreography, the whole thing. I have always loved the MGM films and also Jacques Demy – my problem is I don't write lyrics or music, so I have to rely on others." Audiard was at the Lff with Rust and Bone in the official competition, a film featuring a terrific performance by Marion Cotillard and a score by Alexandre Desplat as well as some »
- Jason Solomons
For years now Island Of Lost Souls has been DVD’s most glaring omission from the Golden Age of Horror. It won the Rondo Award several times for Film Most in Need of DVD Released or Restoration , but last October, classic horror fans rejoiced when Criterion finally released the film. They were not disappointed and this year, not surprisingly, Island Of Lost Souls won the Rondo for Best Classic DVD.
Island Of Lost Souls (1932), the first adaption of H.G.Well’s 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau was one several shocking horror films from the early 30′s that helped advance the enforcement of the Hays Code, Hollywood’s self-censoring rules deeming “no picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it.”. It wasn’t Island Of Lost Souls’s radical scenes of horror (like Freaks) or the deviant sexuality (like the Frederick March version of Dr. »
- Tom Stockman
The most anticipated and polarising film of 2012 is coming to Blu-ray later this year and details of the bonus content have been found on Amazon.fr.
Anyone hoping for a significant number of deleted scenes to fill in the film’s many plot holes will be disappointed as there are only 15 minutes worth. But the most exciting thing on the disc may be the inclusion of the first and final draft of the script by Damon Lindelof and Jon Spaihts.
Prometheus began as a straight Alien prequel written by Jon Spaihts until Damon Lindelof conducted a re-write that became the final product. If they do actually include Spaihts’ original draft, it will be fascinating to see how he originally planned to link it to Alien and if it would have actually made a better film.
You also get Ridley Scott providing an audio commentary so it will be very interesting »
- Amarpal Biring
- Ryan Adams
Thanks to Bob Burns for bringing this sad situation to our attention About 200 people staged a sit-in outside the National Film Board’s CineRobothèque in downtown Montreal Tuesday, blocking traffic »
- Ryan Adams
Alright Montreal, now is the time to support your local film scene. With so many of our best video stores and cinemas closing down, we need to support events like this. Grindhouse Wednesdays returns Tonight, April 11 2012 with the genre defining classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
When someone hears the title The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, they might just pass it off as just another inane slasher flick, but in fact Texas is much more; it’s a relentlessly agonizing, bleak masterpiece of horror cinema. Texas isn’t merely interested in scaring its audience; it’s an intelligent and visceral experience which examines the darker impulses found in people, a movie where unspeakably horrific acts take place mostly outside of the frame.
Shot on a tiny budget of $83,000, director Tobe Hooper’s stylish debut achieves maximum effect through a combination of Daniel Pearl’s appropriately gritty cinematography, shrieking sound design, and an »
Ask anyone about their first horror movie. Everyone responds differently, but you always see the same look in their eyes, a look of fear and awe I can’t even begin to articulate. That’s because our earliest horror movie experience leaves the boldest mark and, on a deep psychological level, ignites our passion for this kind of stuff. Nobody forgets their first time.
For me that film was Alien. I was ten years old and traumatized beyond belief. I watched most of it through my fingers, and it took several years and five more viewings for me to build up the gall to watch John Hurt’s chestburster sequence in its entirety. But during my first sleepless night, a strange thought popped into my head: I wanted more. I was born anew, transformed into what Bob Burns affectionately calls a “monster kid.” My love affair with fright blossomed with »
- Andrew Kasch
Surprising though it is, airports still allow people to bring outside foods onto planes with them. This includes pastries: cakes, cookies, pies and ... cupcakes. Sure, some extra security might be called into play but what's a little more radiation at this point?
Undoubtedly, traveler Rebecca Hains thought she was being efficient in not having to worry about her red velvet cupcake snack getting smooshed when she went with a cupcake in a mason jar rather than the traditional cupcake in a wrapper. Security at the Las Vegas airport, however, felt differently.
Deeming that the jar contained too much "gel-like" substance -- or to everybody else, "frosting" -- the dessert was confiscated.
Security allowed Hains to take a picture of her threatening food item and she's started a Facebook page called Rebecca and the Threatening Cupcake. And after the story hit the Internet, the Transportation Security Administration felt the need to »
8 items from 2012
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