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An extraordinary premise gets a slightly ordinary workout in Felix Randau’s meticulously mounted but narratively simplistic “Iceman,” an imagining of the last days in the life of the man we now know affectionately as Ötzi, whose mummified remains were found in the Alps in 1991, and were subsequently discovered to date back to 3300 B.C. It’s an anthropologically depressing but dramaturgically promising fact that the oldest European we’ve found apparently died a violent, unnatural death: He had an arrowhead lodged inside him, four different types of blood on his body and likely died from blunt force head trauma. But while Randau’s script might more or less account for these findings, there’s little additional texture or philosophy to the film. “Iceman” is a straight-up, linear revenge story, a kind of Chalcolithic “Taken,” in which our hero’s very specific set of skills include fire-building, deer-hunting and the economical reuse of arrows.
- Jessica Kiang
Join Golden Globe® winner Dame Joan Collins, Academy Award® nominee Pauline Collins and Italian heartthrob Franco Nero on a road trip like no other, by entering our competition to win one of three DVDs of Roger Goldby’s feel-good comedy The Time Of Their Lives, which releases on Blu-ray and DVD from 31 July 2017; pre-order now from Amazon.
Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral on the glamorous French hideaway of Ile-de-Ré, former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins) escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a dwindling marriage.
Pooling their limited resources, they hit the road in a race to get to Île-de- Ré, becoming entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive Italian millionaire (Franco Nero) along the way. On this unforgettable journey, they find true friendship in one another – and have the time of their lives. »
Review by Roger Carpenter
After cutting his teeth on a couple of spaghetti westerns (Django Defies Sartana; Death’s Dealer), director Pasquale Squitieri moved into the popular gangster genre with Gang War in Naples and Blood Brothers, this last film including the all-star cast of Claudia Cardinale, Franco Nero, and Fabio Testi. He then directed The Climber (1975) , a story about a young, cocky hood who climbs his way up the mafia ladder.
Cult actor Joe Dallesandro stars as the cocky hoodlum, Aldo. Dallesandro had just completed Warhol’s Dracula and Frankenstein films and had decided to stay in Europe. He was riding a crest of popularity and had no trouble finding work. Squitieri was happy to pick him up for this film, alongside co-star Stefania Casini (Warhol’s Dracula, Bertolucci’s 1900, as well as Suspiria).
The film opens with Aldo making off with a load of stolen cigarettes from the docks of Naples. »
- Movie Geeks
Author: Scott Davis
It seems Lionsgate wants in on the cinematic universe fad and looks set to turn its action series John Wick into the next big expanded franchise (well, they couldn’t do the same for La La Land could they?!)
The Hollywood Reporter has noted that the studio is looking at an outward expansion for the action thriller after it acquired the rights to a new action script called Ballerina. The female-driven thriller is written by up-and-coming writer Shay Hatten, who is currently working for Robert Downey Jnr’s production company as a writer’s assistant and who wrote the screenplay for Maximum King, a script he also wrote that recently was added to the Black List.
- Scott Davis
"They found a man, but not his story..." A trailer has debuted for a film titled Iceman, which is premiering at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland kicking off this week. This film could be described as an ancient Neolithic man version of The Revenant, about one man who angrily seeks revenge but must first survive the brutal Ötztals Alps. Jürgen Vogel stars as Kelab, with the full cast including Susanne Wuest, André Hennicke, Violetta Schurawlow, Sabin Tambrea, Martin Schneider, and an appearance by Franco Nero. The film uses an early version of the Rhaetic language. This actually looks damn good, with some impressive hair + beards and an intense story set entirely in the wilderness. I'm intrigued enough to watch. Here's the first official trailer (+ German poster) for Felix Randau's Iceman, direct from YouTube: 5000 years ago: A man lives with his woman and their children in the Ötztals Alps. »
- Alex Billington
Exclusive: Watch the first trailer for revenge movie about Neolithic man ‘Ötzi’.
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The epic survival and revenge story charts the fictional journey of a man who lived more than 5,300 years ago as the leader of a besieged Neolithic clan in the Ötztal Alps.
The enigmatic character has subsequently become the subject of one of the great unsolved historical murder cases.
Beta Cinema handles sales on the movie, starring Juergen Vogel (The Wave), Franco Nero (Django Unchained), André M. Hennicke (Victoria), Sabin Tambrea (Ludwig II) and Susanne Wuest (A Cure For Wellness).
The film was shot in an early version of the Rhaetic language. Dop is Jakub Bejnarowicz (Mercy).
Producers are Port au Prince Film and Kultur Produktion/Jan Krüger (Jack) in co-production with Echo Film, Lucky Bird Pictures »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s, to give the film it’s full title, is a welcome and affectionate look at the Italian poliziotteschi films of the 1970s, films such as High Crime, Milano Calibro 9, Street Law and Napoli Violenta which, whilst heavily influenced by 70s Us cop and gangster films like Dirty Harry and The Godfather, also touched upon real Italian issues – the Sicilian Mafia and the Red Brigade – and amped up the sex and violence to often ridiculous levels.
Those film fans familiar with Italian genre cinema will know that Italian cinema has a reputation of hitching itself to the nearest bandwagon and bleeding it dry. If Italian filmmakers could find a fad that people liked they’d stick with it. From »
- Phil Wheat
Review by Roger Carpenter
The spaghetti western subgenre is littered with series-headlining characters like Sabata, Sartana, and Ringo. But for sheer popularity as well as film volume, no one beats Django.
Director Sergio Corbucci introduced Django to an international audience in 1966. Starring Franco Nero as the titular character, the film was so immensely popular across the globe that it spawned at least 60 unofficial sequels with titles like Django the Bastard, Viva! Django, Django Kill…If You Live Shoot!, Django Kills Softly, and literally dozens of others. There was even a comedy western entitled Nude Django. The name continues to live on with Takashi Miike’s Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012), which not only sports the original “Django” theme song but also a small part for Django himself, Franco Nero, as a bettor during a Mandingo fight.
The Italians are famous for jumping onto any cinematic bandwagon, »
- Movie Geeks
The critics love The Lost City Of Z:
“One Of 2017’S Best Movies.“ -Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
“A Ravishment For The Senses.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”), Robert Pattinson (Twilightfranchise), Sienna Miller (Factory Girl), and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming) star in Amazon Studio’s The Lost City Of Z, the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett. Certified “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, the film centers on Fawcett (Hunnam), who disappeared in the Amazon while searching for a mysterious city. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in Writer/Director James Gray’s (We Own the Night) classic filmmaking style, The Lost City Of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.
- Tom Stockman
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Tobias Segal, John Leguizamo | Written by Derek Kolstad | Directed by Chad Stahelski
2014′s John Wick took pretty much everyone by surprise. The third in a trilogy of action movies Keanu Reeves made in 2013/4, John Wick succeeded where 47 Ronin and The Man of Tai Chi (in which Reeves played the villain) didn’t. And that’s not to say that either of those films were sub-par, far from it. However there was something about the stoic, unstoppable hitman John Wick that resonated with audiences across the globe. And so three years later we finally get a sequel.
From the same writer/director team as the first film, Derek Kolstad and Chad Stahelski respectively, John Wick: Chapter 2 picks up where the first film left off. Literally. John heads back to the gang who stole his »
- Phil Wheat
There can be few film festivals as eclectic as Slovakia’s Art Film Fest, where, this year, works by established and emerging local directors — such as Tereza Nvotova, with her mental health drama “Filthy” — vie for attention alongside white-hot Cannes titles such as Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Good Time” and Sergei Loznitsa’s “A Gentle Creature,” or Hollywood totems such as the 1942 Humphrey Bogart drama “Casablanca,” and Charlie Chaplin’s near-silent 1936 classic “Modern Times.” Festival runs June 16-24.
Now celebrating its 25th edition, the festival was founded in 1993 in Trencianske Teplice, a small spa town in West Slovakia. Back then, the festival was simply titled Art Film, screening short films on the subject of art. Tellingly, the guest of honor that year was the experimental British director, and digital film advocate, Peter Greenaway.
Two years after that, the festival inaugurated its annual Actor’s Mission award, with Franco Nero »
- Damon Wise
As special guests on the Shock Waves podcast, the fine folks at Scream Factory just gave horror fans four big reasons to look forward to September, as they announced Blu-ray releases for The Spell (September 5th), Dan O'Bannon's The Resurrected, aka Shatterbrain (September 12th), After Midnight (September 26th), and A Quiet Place in the Country (September 26th).
From Scream Factory: "We just announced four new upcoming titles on the Shockwaves podcast (which you can listen to and hear a lot more Scream Factory scoop @ http://www.blumhouse.com/podcast/ ). Here’s are the early details!
The Resurrected (also known as Shatterbrain) (1991) – Since the beginning of time, man has struggled with death. Now Charles Dexter Ward (Chris Sarandon, Fright Night), a wealthy scientist, may have found a way to beat it. Using an ancient diary and human remains, Ward begins a terrifying and bloody pursuit for immortality. By the »
- Derek Anderson
In 1996, Chris Carter and Fox released “Millennium”, which followed ex-fbi agent Frank Black, played by Lance Henriksen, and his adventures with the Millennium Group. The show, while starting off strong, only lasted three seasons as a result of declining… Continue Reading →
The post Millennium After the Millennium Documentary Focuses on Chris Carter’s Short-Lived Series appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Jonathan Barkan
Italian actor Franco Nero wants to reprise his role as the coffin-dragging gunfighter made famous in Sergio Corbucci's original 1966 spaghetti Western, Django. Django Lives! will be directed by Pandorum's Christian Alvart from a screenplay by legendary writer/director John Sayles (Lone Star, Battle Beyond the Stars). Myriad Pictures will handle international sales and present the project at Cannes next week, reports Screen Daily Django Lives! will catch up with the titular character in California in 1914, where he will encounter white supremacists. "Having Christian direct Sayles's powerful screenplay is a dream come true," said Nero. "Even Christian's third son is named Django. It was meant to be." Syrreal Entertainment's Sigi Kamml, Josef Brandmaier and Alvart will produce the film alongside Fast Draw Films' Carolyn Pfeiffer, Louis...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
Myriad will handle international sales and introduce the project to buyers in Cannes next week.
Django Lives! will star Nero as a drifter in California in 1914 who encounters White Supremacists.
“I’m excited and honored to be a part of this great project that will update us on one of the greatest archetype characters of movie history,” Alvart said.
“Having Christian direct Sayles’s powerful screenplay is a dream come true,” Nero, who appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 western Django Unchained, said. “Even Christian’s third son is named Django. It was meant to be.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
by Nathaniel R
Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave at Cannes '67Fifty years ago on this very day over in France the 20th annual Cannes Film Festival opened with the French film I Killed Rasputin directed by Robert Hossein. The jury was headed by the influential Italian director Alessandro and featured both Shirley Maclaine and Vincente Minnelli, two of our favorites.
When the festival closed that year the awards were spread out (as they should be) with lots of countries winning something. The Palme d'Or went to Michelangelo Antonioni's brilliant Blowup at the end of the festival (a film we tried to interest y'all in a few years ago to crickets. *sniffle*). Check out Vanessa Redgrave's frankly awesome full-body get-up on the red carpet with her then brand new lover Franco Nero (of Camelot fame). They finally married 11 years ago!
Both of the acting prizes went to young actors. »
- NATHANIEL R
Excuse the twisting of a beloved comedian’s signature tune, but this new film’s theme could be “Hooray for Captain Fawcett, the Bolivian explorer!”. That’s Captain Percy Fawcett, to be specific. He’s the newest movie jungle adventurer, in the vein of Jungle Jim and Indiana Jones, except he was a real person. And he was the subject of a recent best-selling book. Now his exploits from nearly one hundred years ago have finally made it to the big screen. So is his quest to find The Lost City Of Z worthy of a far less treacherous trek to the local multiplex?
In 1906 Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) was a respected member of the British Royal Artillery, especially after shooting a stag during a big hunting competition. He’s got a beautiful supportive wife Nina (Sienna Miller) and an adorable tot named Jack. Unfortunately his military career has stalled, »
- Jim Batts
Director and documentarian Mark Hartley scores both a film history and comedy success with this ‘wild, untold’ account of the 1980s film studio that was both revered and despised by everyone who had contact with it. The ‘cast list’ of interviewees is encyclopedic, everybody has a strong opinion, and some of them don’t need four-letter words to describe their experience!
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
On a double bill with
Machete Maidens Unleashed!
Umbrella Entertainment (Au, all-region
2014 / Color / 1:77 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date April 4, 2017 / Available from Umbrella Entertainment / 34.99
Starring: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Al Ruban, Alain Jakubowicz, Albert Pyun, Alex Winter, Allen DeBevoise, Avi Lerner, Barbet Schroeder, Bo Derek, Boaz Davidson, Cassandra Peterson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Charles Matthau, Christopher C. Dewey, Christopher Pearce, Cynthia Hargrave, Dan Wolman, Daniel Loewenthal, David Del Valle, David Paulsen, David Sheehan, David Womark, Diane Franklin, Dolph Lundgren, Edward R. Pressman, »
- Glenn Erickson
Anyone harbouring a lingering shred of nostalgia for the British Empire should take a good look at The Lost City Of Z. Some may want to get back to those days of colonies and economic expansion, but it’s wise to remember they were also a period of arrogance, oppression and outright ignorance.
This much is revealed in the film’s pivotal scene where soldier and explorer Major Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) lays out evidence for a previously undiscovered Amazonian civilisation before an incredulous Royal Geological Society. Fawcett’s assembled peers raucously laugh off the claims, since they would skewer their long-held belief that the jungles of South America are the homes of inferior ‘savages’, to use their own term. Empires, in short, are built on a sense of superiority and entitlement. »
There is nothing like a dame, and at the grand age of 83, Dame Joan Collins is still nothing like one — not by the Queen’s definition of the term, at least. Yet with the British honours system having finally smiled on her, the erstwhile star of disco-era smutfests “The Bitch” and “The Stud” has belatedly decided to emulate Dame Judi, Dame Maggie and the “Best Exotic” club with a respectably genteel geriatric comedy of her own. Enter “The Time of Their Lives,” a likably lame rattletrap of a road movie that gets what limited spark it has from the “Dynasty” diva’s still-lascivious on-screen charisma.
As a pair of lonely pensioners thrown together by chance on an episodic Gallic escapade, the strutting star is agreeably paired up with long-neglected namesake Pauline Collins; Roger Goldby’s narratively lumpy film shamelessly cribs from the latter’s Oscar-nominated breakout “Shirley Valentine” in espousing »
- Guy Lodge
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