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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

29 June 2017 6:58 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli »

- Andre Soares

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Film Review: ‘Fall’

8 February 2017 2:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even if you devote your own life to comforting others, is it ever possible to atone for a mortal sin that may have wrecked someone else’s? What if you don’t remember, or have forced yourself to disremember, the particulars of that transgression? Those are among the questions that weigh heavily on the consciousness, and the conscience, of the Catholic priest Michael Murphy portrays in “Fall,” writer-director Terrance Odette’s rigorously spare 2014 Canadian-produced drama, now available on VOD and other home formats.

As he steadily follows his conflicted protagonist through a wintry stations of the cross in and around his parish in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Odette edges viewers toward consideration of moral complexities, and places them in the uncomfortable position of observers who are by turns instinctively sympathetic and darkly suspicious. All in all, this may actually be a film that benefits from being contemplated, if not during the »

- Joe Leydon

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'Fall': Film Review

1 February 2017 8:49 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Michael Murphy’s quietly intense, mesmerizing performance is the principal asset of Terrance Odette’s glacial-paced drama about an aged priest struggling with guilt over an incident of sexual abuse he may or may not have committed in the distant past. Straining mightily for a Bergmanesque somberness but mainly smacking of pretension, Fall suffers from its overly determined subtlety.

The veteran character actor, best known for his frequent collaborations with Robert Altman, plays the lead role of Father Sam, who tends to his small Niagara Falls flock in dedicated fashion. But as he goes about his day-to-day activities, Father Sam exhibits an »

- Frank Scheck

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Horror Highlights: Creepy & Creative Creature Mugs, Chuck Hank And The San Diego Twins, Legion, The Expanse Season 2

25 January 2017 6:45 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“The best part of waking up” is drinking a beverage in a creepy creature mug! We have six photos plus release information for these beauties from Scravis Mugs at the top of today’s Highlights. Also: Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins teaser trailer, interactive art initiatives for FX’s Legion, and Alamo Drafthouse premiere details for The Expanse Season 2.

Six Creepy & Creative Creature Mugs Photos: From Scravis Mugs: “We make handmade beer mugs that feature all sorts of creepy creatures – zombies, skulls, devils and other assorted creatures. No molds are ever used which makes each one of a kind.

Each is made on a pottery wheel and hand sculpted from stoneware. Once dry enough, they are painted with underglaze paints and fired in a kiln. They’re dishwasher/microwave safe.

A unique gift – and a great conversation piece for any beer lover. Prices range from 75.00 – 150.00 depending on size and detail. »

- Tamika Jones

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Review: "The Front" (1976) Starring Woody Allen; Twilight Time Blu-ray Release

25 January 2017 5:41 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“Don’T Mess With Huac”

By Raymond Benson

Perhaps the first film we saw that convinced us that Woody Allen could actually act—i.e., not be his nebbish, nervous comic persona from his early directorial efforts—was Martin Ritt’s 1976 comedy/drama, The Front, which appeared a year before Allen’s Annie Hall.

The Front was perhaps the first Hollywood film to tackle the subject of “the blacklist” that occurred in the movie industry in the late 1940s and throughout most of the 50s. This abominable practice was due to the investigation of “Communist infiltration” in Tinsel Town by Huac—the House Un-American Activities Committee. It was truly a dark time in U.S. history, one in which friends were pressured to “name names” or face the prospect of unemployment or worse, such as jail time. Note that the Hollywood studio heads were responsible for the actual blacklisting. The »

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FX to Celebrate Upcoming Legion Premiere with Immersive Where?House Art Exhibit in Brooklyn

18 January 2017 6:51 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Based on the teaser videos we've seen so far for FX's new series Legion, the Marvel comics-based show is going to feature plenty of mind-bending scenarios. To celebrate the upcoming series premiere, on January 27th–29th, FX will open the doors to the Legion Where?House, a special art exhibit in Brooklyn that will embrace the show's unique, surreal style.

Press Release: Enter the headspace of one of the world’s most powerful mutants and embrace the fractured reality of FX’s Legion. Legion Where?House at Villain warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, will host a mind-bending gallery inspired by the unpredictable world of Legion. Installations from artists Michael Murphy, Clemens Behr, Kumi Yamashita, and David Flores will challenge audiences and bring the unfathomable power of the series to life.

The Power is Real. Look closer. See differently. Question everything.

The exhibit will feature a series of art-installations inspired »

- Derek Anderson

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)

7 January 2017 11:45 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

As the ‘60s gave way to the ‘70s, vampires on film were stuck in a rut of crumbling castles and cotton candy cobwebs. It was time for an update; to rid the screen of the stagecoaches and street lamps. It was time for Count Yorga, Vampire (1970), a fun little romp brought into the modern age by a world class turn from Robert Quarry as the titular bloodsucker.

Yorga was released by American International Pictures (we’re back in Aip territory – and it’s a glorious place to be) in June stateside, with a rollout around the world shortly thereafter. But that wasn’t the easiest thing to do; the filmmakers had to submit Yorga a few times to the MPAA to achieve their desired rating – a Gp (equivalent to a PG at the time), which they eventually received. And wouldn’t you know it? The film was very successful, especially on the drive-in circuit. »

- Scott Drebit

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