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Flickering Myth Film Class: The Audio/Visual depiction of mental breakdown

In the latest instalment of Flickering Myth’s film class, Tom Jolliffe looks at the audio and visual tools a film-maker can effectively use to portray a characters descent into madness…

In previous film classes (which I should say are merely showcases for films that excel in whatever subject springs to my mind before writing) I’ve covered a range of aspects from the technical to the aesthetic and more. However in this instalment I want to delve deeper into character, and in particular the audio and visual tools a film-maker can use in order to effectively portray a descent into madness.

It’s particularly important that these tools are used creatively when the character in question is generally quiet. When he seems inactive until that inevitable moment when he fully unravels into explosive behaviour. I’ve covered films in previous instalments (and other articles) which I could easily have focused on here.
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The Man with Two Brains

Steve Martin brings down the house with this adoring, hilarious pastiche of mad doctor and disembodied brain motifs — surely the epitome of cultured comedy. Under Carl Reiner’s direction Martin is marvelous, and he’s aided and abetted by the daring sexpot-turned comedienne Kathleen Turner — who has a better handle on outrageous sexy comedy than they do. It’s class-act nonsense and inspired silliness. Where else can a crazed surgeon proclaim his special screw-top skull surgery method, and utter the immortal words, “Scum queen?!”

The Man with Two Brains


Warner Archive Collection

1983 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 90 93 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict, Richard Brestoff, James Cromwell, George Furth, Peter Hobbs, Jeffrey Combs.

Cinematography: Michael Chapman

Film Editor: Bud Molin

Production Design: Polly Platt

Original Music: Joel Goldsmith

Written by Carl Reiner, George Gipe, Steve Martin

Produced by William E. McEuen,
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4 Great Films About Loners (That Look At The Darker Side of Loneliness)

Graeme Robertson with four great films about loners…

Do you ever feel lonely dear readers? Do you ever sometimes feel that you just don’t quite fit in with the rest of the world?

I’ll admit that I sometimes I feel this way in certain situations. Often at a social event like a party or whatever, I’m the guy who stands quietly in the corner, saying little and drinking excessively to try and calm my nerves, all the while panicking that everyone else at the party is secretly muttering things about me behind my back and that they all might just dislike me intensely.

Now I’d like to think that this is not an unusual feeling to have. After all, I’m sure that everyone feels a sense of loneliness from time to time, but most of us are able to soothe that discomfort with the love
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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Cinematographers and the Films that made them great

Author: Dave Roper

So, we come to the end of this particular series. We’ve covered a number of aspects of the creative input into film-making, including actors, actresses, writers composers, and directors (in two parts). We’ve stopped short of costume, make-up, special effects, art design and others, however our final stop is Cinematography. The Dop exerts plenty of influence over the look of the film. Yes, lighting, production design and the director’s vision are key too, but the consistency and persistence with which certain directors stick with and return to a trusted Dop shows just how much they contribute.

Darius KhondjiSeven

Seven has a unique visual aesthetic. Plenty of films have gone for the “always raining, always dark” approach, but contrast Seven with something like AvP: Requiem for a shining example of how hard it is to pull off effectively. And contrast is the word. Seven
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Holy Overkill! Are there Six ‘Batman’ Films Planned for 2019?

All six are on the slate but not all scheduled.Courtesy DC

Update: This one’s been seemingly debunked by Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, two guys who would definitely know. Dig the tweet chain below. But regardless of when the films are being released, they are still all in various stages of production, so you’re getting them, the question is just when. Thanks to Adam Hlavac for politely correcting me.

Hey @geoffjohns why didn't you tell me we were releasing 4 Batman movies in 2019? Can we increase that to 10?

— @thejonberg

In 2019, Batman will celebrate his 80th year of costumed crimefighting, and if you believe rumors started on the Reddit Dceu board (and as reported by Screen Rant), Warner Bros. is gonna do it up big, like, six films big.

According to the report, all four live-action Batfilms currently in development — The Batman, Gotham City Sirens, Nightwing, and Batgirl — will all drop in 2019, along with two animated
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Taxi Driver review – Scorsese's sleaze is still the bee's knees

The rereleased 1976 shocker in which Robert De Niro roams night-time New York is fixed firmly in the past – but its visceral horror remains undimmed

Martin Scorsese’s 1976 neon-lit ordeal shocker Taxi Driver is back once again to deliver another punch to the solar plexus, with screenplay by Paul Schrader, superlative jazz score by Bernard Herrmann, cinematography by Michael Chapman – revived in UK cinemas as part of the Scorsese retrospective at London’s BFI Southbank. It was last rereleased here six years ago for its 35th anniversary and five years before that for the 30th.

It has become a critical tradition to muse on how much has changed in New York since Travis Bickle, unforgettably played by the livewire Robert De Niro, roamed the night-time streets in his checker cab. He’s the insomniac ex-marine, traumatised by Vietnam, so hardened he doesn’t mind going to scary rough places such as … Brooklyn.
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The Wanderers (1979) Screens This Weekend at Webster University

“I don’t blame you. When I was your age, I was knockin’ ’em off left and right; but I never did it with nobody’s daughter.”

The Wanderers (1979) screens Friday December 16th through Sunday December 18th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts at 7:30 all three evenings.

The Bronx, 1963. The 50’s style greaser gang the Wanderers find themselves becoming obsolete as the world changes all around them. The beginning of the Vietnam war and the assassination of President Kennedy signify the end of innocence while these lovably macho and rugged Italian-American lugs deal with gang fights, racial conflicts, finishing high school, and the awkward, yet inevitable transition from adolescence to adulthood. With the 1979 film The Wanderers, based on Richard Price’s cult novel, Director/co-writer Philip Kaufman delivered a vivid, funny, moving and sometimes even surreal evocation of a magical period in time. He
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Why the Band's 'The Last Waltz' Is the Greatest Concert Movie of All Time

Why the Band's 'The Last Waltz' Is the Greatest Concert Movie of All Time
"This film should be played loud!" It's a cliché now, a concert-movie disclaimer that's become the equivalent of that hippie-dippy tagline from those Freedom Rock compilation ads ("Well, turn it up, maaaaan.") But in the late Seventies, when it first flashed onscreen in all white font against a stark black background before the credits of The Last Waltz, you knew it meant business. Keep moving that volume knob clockwise, folks. Let the needle swing into the red.

And then we begin at the end, with the weary members of the
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American Cinematheque Unveils Three-Day Tribute to Iconic Filmmaker Irwin Winkler

American Cinematheque Unveils Three-Day Tribute to Iconic Filmmaker Irwin Winkler
Los Angeles’ American Cinematheque has announced it will host “A Tribute to Irwin Winkler,” celebrating the legendary filmmaker whose frequent collaborations with Martin Scorsese have led to several critically acclaimed and iconic films over nearly four decades spent together. The pair have worked together frequently — and quite successfully — over the years, and their shared credits include “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The three-day event will feature showings of their past films, capped off by a rare, in-person conversation between the two Oscar winners. On Saturday, December 3, Winkler and Scorsese will be on hand at the Egyptian for an 80-minute conversation about their past work together, along with discussion about their latest project, “Silence,” which arrives on December 23 after a twenty-eight-year development period.

Read More: Awards Roundup: Jeff Nichols Honored by Austin Film Society, Iwrin Winkler to Receive PGA Achievement Award and More
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Michael Chapman Talks Restoring ‘Taxi Driver’ and the Problem with Modern Cinematography

Had he only worked for a period of roughly ten years, Michael Chapman would still be among the best-regarded cameramen of his time. How else to qualify the man who acted as operator on Klute, Husbands, The Landlord, The Godfather and Jaws, as well as cinematographer on The Last Detail, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Hardcore, The Last Waltz, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers? (The decades-blurring Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is no small achievement, either.) But then he’d go on to helm All the Right Moves (a key early point in Tom Cruise’s career), then photographed (to name but a few) The Fugitive, Scorsese’s video for Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” and, of course, Space Jam. How many people in his trade can lay claim to that wide a berth?

Chapman’s been retired for nearly ten years — his last feature, Bridge to Terabithia, was released
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Taxi Driver 40th Anniversary Blu-ray

“How’s everything in the pimp business?”

Taxi Driver returns to Blu-ray as a two-disc set, presented in high-definition stemming from the film’s 4K restoration, which was supervised by Director Martin Scorsese and Cinematographer Michael Chapman.

You can win the new 2-disc Taxi Driver Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has a copy to give away. All you have to do is answer this one Taxi Driver trivia question: What are the first and last names of the parents of the character played by Jodie Foster. Leave a comment in the comments section with the answer. It’s so easy!

We’ll pick the winner next week.

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

No purchase necessary

Special Features:

Disc One

All-new: 40-Minute Taxi Driver Q&A – Featuring Martin Scorsese,
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‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Raging Bull’ Cinematographer: ‘Great Cinema Need Not Be Beautiful’

‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Raging Bull’ Cinematographer: ‘Great Cinema Need Not Be Beautiful’
Cinematographer Michael Chapman, best-known for “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” and feted at Camerimage next week with a lifetime achievement award, advises young would-be master lensers that great cinema need not be beautiful.

Visual splendor can be “a terrible mistake,” says the former ‘50s-era New York beatnik and later freight brakeman. “It shouldn’t be beautiful — it should be appropriate.” And the most impressive visual images “are often things shot on people’s cell phones,” he adds, whether natural disasters or Isis atrocities.

That approach was key to Chapman’s breakout film as a young cinematographer, the now-iconic 1973 Hal Ashby pic “The Last Detail,” which followed two foul-mouthed sailors on a nonsensical cross-country assignment to hand over a young seaman to the brig.

The low-budget film, shot on street locations with available light, often “bars, railway stations and lunchrooms,” showed off an early-career Jack Nicholson “and maybe Jack’s best role in a weird way,
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Indignation,’ ‘Taxi Driver,’ ‘Morris From America,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Indignation (James Schamus)

After helping filmmakers such as Todd Haynes, Ang Lee, and Todd Solondz shape their careers, James Schamus has finally made the leap from producer to director with an adaptation of Philip Roth‘s 2008 novel Indignation. The 1951-set feature follows Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a Newark-bred Jewish teenager heading to his first semester at a Lutheran college in Ohio. In doing so, he avoids the draft for the Korean War, which is claiming extended family and friends as victims.
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‘Taxi Driver’: Scorsese’s Masterpiece Returns to Theaters for 40th Anniversary

‘Taxi Driver’: Scorsese’s Masterpiece Returns to Theaters for 40th Anniversary
We’re talking to you, “Taxi Driver” fans.

To celebrate it’s 40th anniversary, Martin Scorsese’s iconic 1976 film “Taxi Driver” is returning to theaters for a limited two evening run. According to Entertainment Weekly, the psychological thriller will return to theaters in a new 4K restoration, overseen by Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Chapman. The program will be held Sunday, Oct. 16, and Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m through Fathom Events.

In addition, the newly restored “Taxi Driver” will be released on Blu-ray Tuesday, Nov. 8. The two-disc set will feature a Q&A with Scorsese, the film’s star Robert De Niro and screenwriter Paul Schrader recorded at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Additional bonus features include commentaries, a making-of documentary, storyboards, and animated photo galleries. The theatrical screenings will also include a 10-minute excerpt from the Tribeca Film Festival’s Q&A.

Loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The conflicted Paul Schrader works out some hellacious personal issues, in a feverish tale of a Michigan Calvinist searching for his daughter in the porn jungle of L.A.. A disturbingly dark modern-day cross between The Searchers and Masque of the Red Death, it was meant to be even darker. Hardcore Blu-ray Twilight Time 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date August, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95 Starring George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent, Leonard Gaines, David Nichols. Cinematography Michael Chapman Production Designer Paul Sylbert Art Direction Edwin O'Donovan Film Editor Tom Rolf Original Music Jack Nitzsche Produced by Buzz Feitshans, John Milius Written and Directed by Paul Schrader

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I'm not sure that the word 'controversial' has the same meaning it once had. There has to be a consensus on what is 'normal' in society for some topics to become edgy. These
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Son of a Pod! or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Macabre!

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“Help! They’re coming! They’re coming!” Those screams echoed like a desperate siren across the street from my mother’s house down in The Tenderloin, notoriously known as the roughest part of San Francisco in the late ’70s. Oblivious to the situation and ready to help a stranger in need, she dashed down her stairs in a panic and ran towards the street to find none other than Kevin McCarthy (1956’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Howling) filming his iconic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) cameo for filmmaker Philip Kaufman. That’s the story I was told growing up, anyway. According to my late mother, Signe Ruth McClannahan, Donald Sutherland was immediately stricken with her hypnotic energy and personality, though as she put it, Brooke Adams came off as a bit of a snob.

I remember vividly that she chose to show me her proud work in Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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Blu-ray Review – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1978.

Directed by Philip Kaufman.

Starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright.


Philip Kaufman’s 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a minor classic that has received a nice Collector’s Edition treatment on Blu-ray by Shout! Factory, who commissioned a new 2K scan of the film, along with some new interviews. They’ve also included the bonus features found on previous North American home video releases.

For some reason, the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with Matthew (Donald Sutherland) and Nancy (Veronica Cartwright) confronting each other, has stuck with me ever since I saw it as a kid. (I’ll avoid spoiling the specifics of the ending in case you haven’t seen the movie.) I’ve also always remembered it as a commentary on the strife of the 1970s, although the bonus features on this new Blu-ray from Shout!
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August 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include High-rise, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Bite

August’s home entertainment releases are off to a strong start this Tuesday, as horror and sci-fi fans have a lot to look forward to this week. Scream Factory is keeping busy with a trio of releases—Bite, The Binding, and the Collector’s Edition release of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)—and Anchor Bay has a pair of indie genre offerings, Viral and Lazer Team, coming out on August 2nd as well. Ben Wheatley’s stunning adaptation of High-Rise is also coming home on Tuesday, and if you missed it last month, Most Likely to Die makes its way to DVD this week, too.

Other notable releases include DVDs of Panzer, Summer Camp, The Suffering, and the Blu-ray release of The Night Visitor.

Bite (Scream Factory, Blu-ray & DVD)

Your Fear Is Her Appetite.

While on her bachelorette party getaway, bride-to be Casey (Elma Begovic) gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect.
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‘Taxi Driver’ Receives 40th-Anniversary Re-Release and New Preview

Considering how fine the Martin Scorsese-approved Blu-ray looks, it’s worth asking what, if anything, had been done to supplement Taxi Driver‘s somewhat inevitable 40th-anniversary release — and so it’s fitting that the 1976 classic hasn’t been given a new coating for some 2016 showings. Along with a preview, Screen Daily offers word that the traveling tour that begins in Austria and Switzerland this month “will take place from the 2011 digital restoration of the film carried out by Sony Pictures, following a full 4K workflow from the original camera negative under the guidance of Martin Scorsese and Michael Chapman.”

All of which only means that those who want to see the Taxi Driver they know and love in a theater (and those who aren’t 35mm purists) should have an opportunity — supposing it comes their way. Theatrical and festival showings are to hit other sections of Europe, Australia, and Latin America this year,
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Contest: Win Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

With aliens walking around in disguise, it’s difficult to trust anyone in Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but you can confidently know that you’ll have a good time with Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the 1978 film, and to celebrate its upcoming August 2nd debut, we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.


Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Invasion of the Body Snatchers Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on August 5th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
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