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Above: Radio Raheem And The Gentle Giant by Spike Lee
In 1993, the curators of the Whitney Biennial mounted one of the most politically charged exhibitions ever to grace a major American art institution. Granted, up to that point the Biennial had become a bit of a lightning rod for critics of all persuasions, since the show’s fundamental charge—showcasing the best new American art of the previous two years—would always put it in the crosshairs of certain traditionalists, as well as those who found the choices to be too tame by half. In short, it’s a guarantee you’ll never please anyone.
But ’93 was a bit of a benchmark. The show was dominated by artwork that directly engaged problems of social justice—feminism, race, queer politics, economic disparity, and various intersections of those categories. A lot of the work was quite strong, and many of those »
- Michael Sicinski
It is now time for my complete list of The Suck In Today’s Film Biz. Earlier this week, I’ve dropped some bits on Keyframe and Filmmaker Mag. IndieWire picked it up. There’s so much that is wrong, it is easy to share the wealth. But here is all of those combined lists plus many more. Can’t you hear everyone screaming “Omg, there is so much too fix! It is time we made this really work for ambitious and diverse film once and for all!”? We wish, right?
I have been chronicling the negative in our film industry for sometime now — six years in these type of posts, but my original rant goes back to 1995 for Filmmaker Magazine. Much of what I have stated in years’ passed remains still in need of getting done. Dig in to my past lists and when you combine them you will »
- Ted Hope
Elric Volume 1: The Ruby Throne may just be an introduction to the Albino Emperor of Melnibone but what an introduction it is. Julien Blondel, Didier Poli, Robin Recht and Jean Bastide have converted Michael Moorcock’s Elric to a graphic novel, and what we get is an orgy of blood, violence and nudity that would make Game of Thrones just a little jealous.
Elric sits on his throne seemingly at the end of his life, his energy spent and enthusiasm to rule waning. Typical of Melnibone’s decadent nature war is not far away and as barbarians make their way towards the city Elric’s advisers implore him to destroy the invaders with haste. Rising for battle and calling on gods and demons for strength he may win the battle, »
- Phil Wheat
One of the most fondly remembered eras in fright-film history is the golden age of Italian gore – a prolific period that brought such directors as Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Lucio Fulci to international attention and acclaim. Spawning all number of surreal sub-genres, including black-gloved killer-thrillers and stomach-churning cannibal adventures, this is a time that continues to crib a fresh generation of fascinated fans.
As such, 88 Italian have announced the UK Blu-ray release Zombi Holocaust (1980) and Burial Ground aka Nights of Terror (1981) – a pair of plasma-packed pot-boilers that could only have been dreamt up during the bygone boom in Euro-terror eccentricity.
In Burial Ground, the carcass-crunching action comes thick and fast as veteran director Andrea Bianchi (Strip Nude For Your Killer) evokes the sinister spirit of Lucio Fulci and George Romero. Also known as The Zombie Dead, Bianchi’s bout of bloodstained brilliance has a pack of ghoulish predators entrap »
- Phil Wheat
Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.
For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.
And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The »
- Phil Wheat
Titan Comics has announced The Tenth Doctor and The Eleventh Doctor comic series.
The publisher has revealed its first titles following its acquisition of the Doctor Who licence.
Nick Abadzis (Laika) and Elena Casagrande will deliver the first arc, with writer Robbie Morrison (Nikolai Dante) coming aboard after the first five-issue arc.
Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and Rob Williams (The Royals: Masters of War) will be joined by artist Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante) on Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, starring Matt Smith's iteration of the Doctor.
Alice X Zhang is providing the covers to the comics.
Idw Publishing previously held the licence for Doctor Who comics.
6 items from 2014
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