7 items from 2015
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Written by: Ana Lily Amirpour
Directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour
Cast: Sheila Vand (The Girl), Arash (Arash Marandi), Marshall Manesh (Hossein the Junkie), Mozhan Marno (Atti the Prostitute), Dominic Rains (Saeed the Pimp), Rome Shadanloo (Shaydah the Princess), Ray Haratian (The Boss), Pej Vahdat (DJ Porno), Ana Lily Amirpour (Skeleton Partygirl), Masuka (Masuka the Cat)
There are two things that have inhibited me in the past from broadening my horror film horizons. Those things would be subtitles and anything filmed in black and white. I’ve conquered my perceived drudgery of reading subtitles, and after many forced exercises to multitask my watching and reading simultaneously, I can get lost in a really good horror movie, and the subtitles come as second nature. I’m still struggling with the black and white. Even established classics such as “Night of the Living Dead »
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Running time: 101 minutes
With an exciting and unique take on the vampire genre, A Girls Walks Home Alone At Night is a stylish and riveting debut feature from Iranian-American film director Ana Lily Amirpour.
Set in a town that thrives on depravity, a lonely vampire stalks its less than savoury inhabitants. Beyond the creature that hunts at night tale, here there is a story of romance in an unusual love story. Boasting stunning performances by Shelia Vand as ‘The Girl’, Arash Marandi as hipster Arash and Mozhan Marno as the prostitute Atti.
The genre of late has been overdone with Twilight fandom igniting a new found love for the bloodthirsty creatures. Ana Lily Amirpour manages to stylise her take towards a more adult audience whilst reigniting an interest for me by offering »
- Ciham Messouki
The phrase “first Iranian vampire western” will follow A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and its director Anna Lily Amirpour, until the end of cinema itself. A year and a half after it glided sexily into Sundance, the movie has made waves for its genre play, for Sheila Vand’s already iconic vampire look, and for its incredible, eclectic soundtrack. The movie has been in vogue ever since, even though there appears to be little beneath its chador-clad exterior to chew upon. Part of the explanation is never mentioned in its buzzy tagline, but most of the attraction is really down to its story of misfit rebellion, a James Dean tale with a Donnie Darko-esque soundtrack, by way of Iran.
- Liam Ball
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour.
Running Time: 99 minutes
Synopsis: Arash (Marandi), a lonely gardener struggling to aid his drug addict father (Manesh), falls for a mysterious woman who haunts the streets of Bad City.
Already top contender for most interesting film of the year, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, has one of those unique descriptions that will make viewers both wary and delighted in equal measure. Described as a black and white, Iranian western with vampires, there is nothing quite like Amirpour’s debut feature length film, but it is also a film that is demonstrating talent and excellence, rather than offering a cohesive whole.
The glorious black and white cinematography brings to life a desolate and confusing wasteland. Much like the original Mad Max, it is impossible to gauge exactly what period of time we are in, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Hailed as one of the best new cinematic discoveries in 2014 is director Ana Lily Amirpour with her debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a moody vampire noir that premiered in the Next section at the Sundance Film Festival. Scooping up the Gotham Award’s Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and picking up a pair of Indie Spirit Award nominations (including Best First Feature) and wins at international film fests such as Deauville and Sitges, the film opened theatrically in the fall of 2014 to a barrage of critical acclaim. Credited as the first Iranian Vampire Western, Amirpour is operating with a mash-up of vintage tropes, creating an inspired concoction.
With all its characters speaking Farsi, yet filmed in California and set in the fictional locale of Bad City, there is an enigmatic, surreal aura to Amirpour’s exciting debut. An exploration of loneliness utilizing a set of nighttime creatures »
- Nicholas Bell
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The film’s Blu-ray brings over two hours of special features (138 minutes), as well as a collectible version of the first two issues of the comic book, written by Ana Lily Amirpour and drawn by Michael DeWeese, being published by Radco.
After grossing over $420,000 in Us theaters and playing in more than 75 markets, Ana Lily Amirpour’s feature debut is ready for its home media release. »
- Michelle McCue
Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' among Library of Congress' Packard Theater movies (photo: Mary MacLaren in 'Shoes') In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – aka the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to Robert Zemeckis' 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Another Packard Theater highlight next month is Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Also, Howard Hawks' "anti-High Noon" Western Rio Bravo (1959), toplining John Wayne and Dean Martin. And George Cukor's costly remake of A Star Is Born (1954), featuring Academy Award nominees Judy Garland and James Mason in the old Janet Gaynor and Fredric March roles. There's more: Jeff Bridges delivers a colorful performance in »
- Andre Soares
7 items from 2015
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