3 items from 2013
Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers, »
★☆☆☆☆ The ignominious face of pornography has slowly become a multi-billion dollar commodity, constructing an image of collective tolerance that undermines the social perception of achieved gender equality. In Stephen Elliott's Cherry (2012), the seedy underbelly of porn is captured in soft hues, painting a pastel portrait of a business it fails to comprehend. Charting the migration of the industry from the sordid shadow of the San Fernando Valley to the vibrant streets of San Francisco, we observe 18-year-old Angelina (Ashley Hinshaw) as she goes from discontented alcoholic's daughter to liberated adult starlet.
A beautiful and innocent teen ready to blossom under the bright lights of the camera, Angelina represents the corruptibility of a generation challenged with the global economic downturn. Yet, through her vapid and exasperating demeanour, she instead comes to symbolise a vacuous nation of self-entitled consumerists, driven by money, fame and superficial beauty. Throughout Cherry, we're given no »
- CineVue UK
The trailer for Cristina Voros' James Franco-produced documentary "Kink" has just been released. The film is a behind-the-scenes look at Bdsm porn mega-studio Kink.com, the studio in San Francisco's Armory where Franco shot Stephen Elliot's film "About Cherry," about a woman entering the porn industry. The trailer for "Kink" sets out on the road to normalize Bdsm (Bondage, Discipline, Dominance/submission, and Sadomasochism) through beautiful shots behind-the-scenes of Kink shoots and talking head interviews with the men and women who make the site's content. Read More: James Franco Teams With Gay Art-Porn Director Travis Mathews For a 'Cruising'-Inspired Film Franco has a thoroughly sex-themed year at Sundance 2013. Not only is "Kink" in the fest's midnight section; his co-directing effort with Travis Mathews, "Interior. Leather Bar." is in the fest's New Frontiers section. »
3 items from 2013
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