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The Stanley Film Fest is the new kid on the block in the film festival game as 2013 was their premiere. We had the pleasure of attending and covering the genre-themed gathering last year, and in addition to the films that played the fest one of the biggest highlights was the location. The historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co hosts the festival, and as horror fans know it was an extended stay here that inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining.” The hotel and grounds are an architectural and atmospheric joy, and the surrounding mountains add a gorgeous sense of natural beauty. Basically, it’s a perfect setting for a horror film festival. This year’s list of films playing the fest is unfortunately light on premieres, but it features a fantastic bunch of critical darlings, new releases and genre favorites. It’s essentially a make-up fest offering a chance to see recent festival hits on the big »
- Rob Hunter
This rarely happens. Almost never do you look at a festival lineup and think, "I want to see (or already saw and loved) every single film that's playing." So kudos to the programming team at the Stanley Film Fest for really outdoing themselves on their sophomore fest. Filmmakers on the impressive list include such favorites as Miike Takashi, Kim Ki-duk, Ti West, Alex De La Iglesia, Nacho Vigolando, and Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement. Titles include Dead Snow, R100, Housebound, Starry Eyes, The Babadook, and Doc of the Dead. Plus, how about retrospective screenings of Gremlins, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Eyes Wide Shut? And all of that is only half the schedule. Can you tell I'm excited? A few words about the fest and...
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Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).
The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado »
- Steve Barton
The Stanley Hotel launched its first annual Stanley Film Festival last year and put together an impressive group of horror films and guests. After initially announcing Doc of the Dead as their opening film, we now have the full programming list, which includes screenings of The Sacrament, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, and much more:
“The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its full line-up and schedule. As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open Sff. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, »
- Jonathan James
Metrodome has finalised deals on five films for distribution in UK and Ireland, including a deal with K5 for Simon Helberg’s directorial debut We’ll Never Have Paris.
The film follows a neurotic young man rattled by a sudden declaration of love from an attractive co-worker moments before he is about to propose to his girlfriend.
Helberg comented on the deal: “After over 200 years of slightly underwhelming independence, I am proud »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The best film I saw this year at SXSW was not a documentary, but it was made in the style of one. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows is a hilarious mockumentary about a foursome of vampires living together as flatmates in Wellington, New Zealand. I mention it not only because I think most doc fans appreciate a good mockumentary but to note the irony since the best documentary I saw this year at SXSW was made in the style of a narrative. Actually, I’m trying to not make that claim these days. I should instead say that it was not made in the conventional documentary style. In general it felt like a weak year for the doc program. I didn’t love any of the jury award winners (some at least make my honorable mentions spotlight below), was disappointed in not only the quality of many premieres (especially the »
It's so simple a comedic concept that many filmmakers would walk past it due to sheer obviousness: a mockumentary about a handful of very old yet very childish vampires who sometimes try to assimilate into the modern world but mostly stay cooped up in their New Zealand estate so they can bicker about each other and bitch about the modern world.
But that's the beauty of an "obvious" idea: all it takes is a small infusion of creativity from a bunch of very funny people, and an obvious idea becomes something that will appeal to a wide array of movie geeks. That's what some pretty hilarious New Zealanders have pulled off with What We Do in the Shadows, a comedy that one could easily describe as a Christopher Guest-style mockumentary mixed with a very clever satire of reality shows like The Real World or Big Brother -- but that'd »
- Scott Weinberg
Given the subarctic winter we've been experiencing in the Northeast this year, South by Southwest (SXSW), which takes place annually in balmy Austin, Texas, was something we were looking forward to even more than usual. Warm weather, spicy Mexican food, and the hottest movies imaginable all added to create a thoroughly thawing experience.
There wasn't a single Omg-you-have-to-see-this movie like there was last year, when "Short Term 12" made its debut, but the festival's lineup was quietly powerful, full of movies that were easy to miss, but at your own peril. There were a handful of loud, shout-y debuts, but some of those missed the mark completely, leaving room for the smaller movies to reach in and steal my heart.
So, a rundown of all of the movies we saw at SXSW -- some were odious, some were wonderful, but all of them we were very happy to watch... and »
- Drew Taylor
Vampires are a particularly versatile cinematic creature, easily able to transform and readjust to the scenario or metaphoric requirement. Over the past few years they have shown up on the big screen in a number of guises—sparkly lovelorn teenagers, brooding old world counts, Colin Farrell—but a vampire comedy is a more difficult nut to crack (or vein to drain). In the summer of 2012, not even the combined might of Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, and the "Dark Shadows" television series could make a blood-sucking comedy connect with broad audiences. Thankfully, "What We Do In the Shadows," the new vampire comedy from "Flight of the Conchords" principles Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, is a refreshing, laugh-out-loud funny picture that is perfectly happy with its somewhat niche appeal. It goes in late, it gets out early, and it's a total hoot. A series of title cards set up the general premise »
- Drew Taylor
The group will now comprise Animal Logic Animation; Animal Logic VFX; and Animal Logic Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based feature film development arm that is nurturing a slate of animation, hybrid animation and live-action and director and VFX-driven films.
.The newly consolidated division will trade as Animal Logic VFX, incorporating the wealth of talent and technology under one roof, further strengthening its ongoing commitment to the Australian and international VFX industry,. Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian tells If.
.On the back of the success of The Lego Movie it is a logical step to have a clearer structure across the company. »
- Don Groves
Earlier today, SXSW announced the final eight additional features to screen at the festival this year, as well as announcing featured conversations with Jason Bateman, Mike Myers, Ralph Steadman, Robert Duvall and Tilda Swinton. Check out the line up below. SXSW Film Festival will open on Friday, March 7, 2014 with the world premiere of Jon Favreau’s Chef, and run through March 15 in Austin, Texas. The complete schedule is here.
May the Best Man Win
Two pranksters compete against each other in a series of increasingly outrageous stunts to win the affections of the girl they’ve both fallen for.
A river’s dreams and memories told from the perspective of the water that runs through it – a visual journey from »
- Kyle Reese
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
The Sundance Film Festival is one of the more recognized stops on the film festival circuit, a status that often sees it as the place for movies to make their North American and World premieres. With a number of intriguing and high-quality pictures screening over the course of the event, not every film that plays at the festival ends up securing a distribution deal. Here are ten films from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that ended the event without a distributor, but ones we hope will make it to a general audience at some point, be it via theatres, instant streaming, VOD, or other means. The list is in alphabetical order.
1) 52 Tuesdays
The story of transgendered and transsexual individuals is one that movies and television have yet to explore thoroughly, with some notable exceptions. Thus, any story looking at such individuals, and the impact »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A mock documentary about Wellington vampires, “What We Do in the Shadows” begins with a title card jokingly crediting the pic to “the New Zealand Documentary Board” — the first and nearly the last gag related to its would-be comic conceit. Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement direct themselves as, respectively, Viago, aged 379, and Vladislav, 862, amiable bloodsuckers who share a flat along with “bad boy” Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), 183, and the 8,000-year-old Petyr (Ben Fransham). Some genre fans who prefer the silly to the satiric may bite, but the anemic pic isn’t remotely weird or witty enough for cult immortality.
Characteristic of the movie’s sense of humor is a scene in which the fussy Viago, struggling to primp himself for a night on the town, looks to the camera and complains, “The bad thing about not having a reflection is that you don’t know what you look like.” Equally funny »
- Rob Nelson
One of the many great movies to premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival was writer-director Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's What We Do in the Shadows. The mockumentary is about a group of a group of vampires who live together in Wellington, New Zealand. Unlike some vampire movies that focus on young love, What We Do in the Shadows has the roommates struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts. Trust me, it's extremely funny and I'm confident someone will purchase domestic rights so hopefully you'll be able to see it sometime this year. The film stars Clement, Waititi, Jonathon Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford and Rhys Darby. The day after the premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with Clement and Waititi. They talked about how they wanted to premiere the film at »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
From the opening title card that reads "New Zealand Documentary Film Council," it's pretty clear that What We Do in the Shadows is not going to be your typical vampire movie. Co-directed by Taika Waititi (Eagle Vs. Shark, Boy) and Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords fame), this story of a group of vampires living together in Wellington, New Zealand is part Spinal Tap and part The Real World. What it definitely is, however, is all funny. Based mostly on improvisations, this mockumentary showcases the talent of some of New Zealand's most hilarious comedians and is sure to have you laughing until you bleed. Set mostly in an old mansion, the vampires take turns talking to the camera in good reality TV-show style. Taika...
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Finally, a great Sundance comedy that made me laugh my ass off from beginning to end! I've been waiting to see great comedy up at the festival, and What We Do In Shadows delivered a ton of hilarious laughs! Right off the bat, I'm going to tell you that this is a must see film for anyone looking for a good long non-stop laugh.
The movie is a mockumentary film that follows a small group of vampires that reside in Wellington, New Zealand, and how they live their lives. The movie was written and directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. This is the team that brought us the films Boy and Eagle Vs. Shark. It stars a great cast of fantastically funny actors, including Clement, Waititi, Jonathon Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Rhys Darby, and Stu Rutherford.
These vampires aren't the kind of vampires you would expect to see, though. Over »
- Joey Paur
Writer/director/actor Taika Waititi, who's been at Sundance before with Boy (2010) and Eagle vs Shark (2007), comes back with something altogether different. Co-written and co-directed with Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords), What We Do in the Shadows is a vampire mockumentary about four vampire flat-mates "living" it up in Wellington, New Zealand. If chatting with these two for 15 minutes is any indication of what it might be like to be on set with them, I'm going to offer myself as an unpaid Pa on their next film just to experience it. Here's more of Twitch's Sundance Speed Dating...Twitch: At what age did you know you wanted to be a filmmaker?Jemaine Clement: Is this the kind of thing you ask on a date?Taika Waititi: The...
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Synopsis: Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) - three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts. Written by Production
Joey Paur, Elijah Reyes, and Free Reyes review What We Do In The Shadows.
- Free Reyes
Park City - Going from the bruised beauty of Ana Lily Amirpour's "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" to the brutally silly majesty of the mockumentary vampires of "What We Do In The Shadows" only points up just how easy it is to start from similar places and still end up with very different movies. Before the film began at the Egyptian, co-directors Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi took the stage to talk about how the film came together. They said they were approached by the New Zealand Documentary Board about making this in 2010, asking them to look into »
- Drew McWeeny
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