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Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.
Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »
- Eric Lavallee
Park City might get a blast of 1979′s The Warriors if filmmaker Jonathan Keevil and his clan manage to do what Bellflower (2011′s Next section selected item) did before them. Once again featuring Tyler Dawson and Evan Glodell, Keevil’s Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins appears to be unapologetically trashy, but kudos are in order for spending a good amount of time finessing the film’s final cut, for adding value supporting players in David Arquette and Paz de la Huerta, and for making a kick ass crowdfunding plea (see below).
Gist: A turf war has been raging in Oldtown for generations. On one side, The Syndicate – an evil gang of crank-head misfits, who has been set on muscling the San Diego family out of the parcel of land they own in the center of town. On the other side, the San Diego family: Tony and Johnny – twin brothers, »
- Eric Lavallee
Here are two films from the Chicago International Film Festival that couldn’t be more different.
First up I was Miss Julie, based on the play of the same title by August Strindber, directed by Liv Ullmann and stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, and a pug. The general plot is simple, but the drama and themes, are rich and complex as it focuses on a single night where the daughter of a wealthy aristocrat seduces on of her servants. I’m not just saying this because of Ullmann’s legendary collaborations, but the film really does feel like a modern Ingmar Bergman film, particularly Through a Glass Darkly and Cries and Whispers. It is a highly emotional film about the dichotomy between sex and love and the pressures of class based societies. It is also an excellent actor’s showcase, with three powerful performances.
The next film I »
- Max Molinaro
According to The Wrap, the actress filed suit in New York on Tuesday (October 16).
de la Huerta alleges that she suffered "severe injuries and considerable pain and suffering" on set in Toronto on October 15, 2011. She claims that an unnamed stunt driver "caused his ambulance to strike [her] and knock her to the ground".
In her legal filing, the actress also says that she "sustained severe injuries and considerable pain and suffering, was confined to hospital, bed and home, was caused to undergo medical treatment and surgery in an attempt to alleviate her injuries".
The lawsuit notes that she "was caused to incur expense for treatment, »
Here's a bit of irony: An actress working on a movie titled “Nurse 3D” has filed a lawsuit claiming she was hospitalized after being run over — by an ambulance, no less — while filming the movie. “Boardwalk Empire” alum Paz de la Huerta filed a lawsuit against Lionsgate on Tuesday, alleging that she sustained “severe injuries and considerable pain and suffering” after being struck by the emergency vehicle during a stunt. See photos: 10 ‘True Detective’ Acting Teams We Want to See Next (Photos) According to the lawsuit filed in the supreme court in New York, de la Huerta says that »
- Tim Kenneally
The FrightFest All-Nighter 14 returns to its spiritual home, The Prince Charles Cinema, on Saturday October 25th, with five killer titles, including the world premiere of Anthony Diblasi’s Last Shift.
The evening kicks off with a special preview of The Vicious Brothers Extraterrestrial, a fine blend of Close Encounters and Communion with “some of the most extraordinary special effects and camerawork you’ll see in 2015″. Next up, The ABC’s of Death 2 needs no introduction. The first was a huge draw at FrightFest Glasgow and now attendees can scream along to 26 more deaths by 26 handpicked filmmakers. This is followed by the world premiere of Anthony Diblasi’s demonic horror Last Shift, which had to be dropped from the August line-up because of altered release and completion dates as did the next film – the highly anticipated sequel The Pact II, which has its UK premiere. And Giallo fans will not want »
- Phil Wheat
Rey Ciso (Adam Brooks) was once the most celebrated film editor in the world, but ever since a lapse in judgement while working on the longest film ever made left him four fingers short he’s been relegated to cutting trashy genre movies for no-talent hacks. When cast members on his latest project start turning up dead the cop investigating the crimes, Det. Peter Porfiry (Matthew Kennedy), immediately sets his sights on Rey forcing the editor into a race against time to identify the real culprit before it’s too late. His efforts are complicated by several factors including the possibility that he may be the murderer after all. The list of suspects is as long as Dario Argento’s Giallo is terrible and includes Rey’s wife Josephine (Paz de la Huerta), an actor named Cal (Conor Sweeney) who’s benefiting from the newly available roles, Rey’s eager new assistant (Samantha Hill) and the head »
- Rob Hunter
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. I’m at Fantastic Fest this weekend, so all of my movie watching has been focused on fest titles. It’s been more of a mixed bag this year than expected, and so far my favorite films playing here are still a handful of ones I saw previously elsewhere including Blind, The Babadook and No Man’s Land. I’ve seen some strong contenders though this weekend including the new one from the boys at Astron-6, The Editor. It’s an over the top homage to Italian horror and giallo films, and »
- Rob Hunter
Devoted fans of the Italian giallo genre — those hybrid murder-mystery/horror mellers that flourished from the mid-’60s to the mid-’80s — will get a hoot out of the precision with which “The Editor” satirizes their clumsier conventions. Unfortunately, no one else is likely to get the joke. Winnipeg collective Astron-6’s prior features “Manborg” and “Father’s Day” were equally insular homages-cum-spoofs, but had the virtue of sending up more widely familiar exploitation idioms. Less laugh-out-loud funny than those predecessors even for those in the know, this overlong homage will delight serious horror geeks at appropriate festivals, but in commercial terms won’t do much to raise the talented group’s profile.
Rey Cisco (Adam Brooks) is the longtime editor to a veteran Italian director who’s filming his latest schlock horror film circa 1980. But starting with the leading man, someone starts wreaking bloody havoc on the cast and crew. »
- Dennis Harvey
Xyz will represent domestic rights and Australia and Germany on behalf of the producers.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Music festivals have never appealed to me. Especially the ones that involve camping in the dead of summer. The bands that are booked for festivals either don’t register or elicit a chuckle. Being around hundreds to thousands of people for that long sounds like one of the ten Chambers of Hell not mentioned in Big Trouble in Little China. Not to mention chronic swamp ass for days.
Six friends are headed to the Free Love Festival nestled deep in the Red Wood forest. Samantha (Jamie King) is hoping to have a good time and put her psycho right wing ex-boyfriend, and bad acid trip behind her. Samantha is excited to spend the time Not everyone is thrilled about the annual freak show. While the Mayor (Rick Overton) is eager for the revenue to fill the town coffers, Sheriff Buzz Hall (Thomas Jane) smells a rat. And they don’t »
- Jeremy Jones
The post The Editor Gets a Really Great Poster appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Now what would the medical profession be like without the dependable skills of nursing in cinema? Sure, the doctors get their lion’s share of representation in the movies but what about the nurses that serve them? What is so interesting about the portrayal of nurses in film is that they can be characterized beyond the compassionate medical maidens that the public associates them with on a whim. Motion pictures allow for big screen nurses to show some complexity beyond loving bedside manners and juggling bedpans. Cinematic nurses can be caring, comical, crazed, confused or corrupt.
Whatever the complication or consideration of these celluloid servers of health care rest assure that they are a glorified bunch in their devotion to the medical field. Whether flawed or favorable we will take a look at some of the top-notch nurses in film as cited in The Healthy Helpers: The Top 10 Movie Nurses. »
- Frank Ochieng
Bondage chic, the Bride of Frankenstein and a ripped bodysuit -- stars are rocking all the wrong trends this week! Emily Blunt walked the red carpet at the "Edge of Tomorrow" premiere in Paris, rocking a half-sheer, half-leather, high-neck top and pencil skirt. While the actress' body looks amazing just three months after giving birth to baby Hazel, this edgy ensemble looks cheap, instead of chic. Pamela Anderson raised some eyebrows at the World Music Awards, where she sported a white gown that was ill fitting, way too long and like a scene out of an "I Love the 90's" special. Not to mention, she traded in her cute pixie cut for a bleach blonde wig that made her look like the Bride of Frankenstein.Sorry Pam, it's time to step back into the 21st century again!And, Paz de la Huerta landed on our worst dressed list for wearing »
- tooFab Staff
The term "acquired taste" was made for movies like Nurse. It brazenly wears its exploitation status on its sleeve, daring critics to condemn it and then laughing in their faces when they do. It's not overtly camp -- the wit is too sly and the jokes too subtle for that -- but it knows exactly what it is, and that knowledge serves it extremely well. Naturally any movie about a homicidal nurse who seduces philandering men before disposing of them in creatively violent ways won't tickle everyone's fancy. But for those attuned to such grindhouse depths, the treats on display are far too tasty to resist. Hit the jump for my full review. Chief among them is leading lady Paz de la Huerta, whose sole task here is to look good naked while spattered in blood, and who performs that duty (if no other) with style and panache. Her character »
- Rob Vaux
Paz's tweets are below - let us know what you thought of the original and if it merits another installment.
Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski (The Day), Nurse 3D stars de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, and Judd Nelson in a scintillating horror film about a nurse with a secret double life as a murderous vixen.
Nurse 2 is on its way
— Paz De La Huerta (@PazDeLaHuerta) April 20, 2014
Rt if u want a Sequel to Nurse 3D
— Paz De La Huerta (@PazDeLaHuerta) April 20, 2014
By day nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni (Bowden), a young, »
- Debi Moore
Ever since Nurse Ratched terrorized Chief Bromden and Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, nurses have been slotted into two categories by Hollywood writers. There’s the battle axe, like Ratched and Sister Jude in American Horror Story: Asylum (to give a more recent example), and the naughty nurse, like Dakota Block in Planet Terror, Elle Driver in Kill Bill and any number of adult actresses. To my knowledge, however, no film has ever combined the two with such nutty results as Nurse 3D.
Paz de la Huerta proves an inspired choice to play Abby Russell, a devoted nurse by day who stalks through clubs at night, murdering men she seduces into cheating on their wives. When Abby goes out drinking one night with new nurse Danni (Katrina Bowden) and finds herself intensely attracted to the young woman, she spends the night with her and begins to pursue her romantically. »
- Isaac Feldberg
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What's It About? Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), and the dwarves are back for the second film in this Tolkien cycle. Bilbo goes toe to scaly toe with Smaug, a dragon voiced by Freeman's "Sherlock" co-star Benedict Cumberbatch.
Why We're In: Even if you don't spring for the fancy Blu-ray set, you'll still get some goodies in this 2-disc package -- including the option to press pause while you take a bathroom break.
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What's It About? Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern are Sailor and Lula, two crazy, star-crossed lovers in David Lynch's tribute to "The Wizard of Oz," Elvis, road movies, and much more. Sleazy, crazy, and sexy.
Why We're In: This Blu-ray is packed with extras that are sure to please everyone who's wild at heart. »
- Jenni Miller
Fear can be a strange thing. It can pop up at unexpected moments, and for unexplainable reasons. While some people can have irrational fears of things like clowns and spiders, there are a select few who fear places meant to be a safe haven for people in their time of need. A place that always seems to garner a mixed feeling of either dread or serenity is a hospital. They’re big buildings full of many individuals, and yet they always feel so empty. It could be the dull colors, the odd silence, or the cold that drifts down its many dark hallways that makes one uneasy. Or maybe it’s the aroma of rubbing alcohol and latex that triggers an unpleasant past experience for a person. All of these things are enough to make one think of a horror movie, because they are the perfect setting for disastrous events. »
- Amanda Tullos
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