Scottish musician John Maclean makes a handsome directorial debut with Slow West, a period western set mainly in 19th century Colorado. But if Sergio Leone’s famed retro genre films earned the moniker ‘spaghetti western,’ than Mclean’s recapitulation and relocation is worthy of its own unique label, perhaps an Anzac (or kiwi?) western. Maclean’s pan-Euro flavoring is exactly what gives this familiar genre piece a high dose of unexpected flair, at times comedic and bloody, while maintaining a fatal romantic fixation for a societally primordial period.
Sixteen year old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has fled his family’s privileged heritage in Scotland to pursue his love interest, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius), a young woman of meager means who left for America with her father (Rory McCann). Alone and running out of money as he wanders through the woods of Colorado to find the Ross’ homestead,
Pfft bugger that – I’m going to crow til the cows come home.
Day 2 here at Tff 2015 kicked off with a literal bang and has kept me on my toes for the rest of the day. I’ve had violent delights with John Maclean, experienced a mid-morning bout of melancholy thanks to Jeppe Rønde and his thought provoking film (which
When three young women take a trip into the country to get away from the hectic city life they find themselves taking a wrong turn straight into the hands of a strange family run by Mother (Beatrice Pons). Keeping the women captive Mother instructs her sons Ike (Fredrick Coffin) and Addley (Michael McCleery) to practice situations for her to criticise wherein they attack their victims for her amusement. When the girls escape though and decide to get revenge, mother soon finds the tables are turned against her.
Mother’s Day is interesting, especially with its connection to Troma. Directed by Charles Kaufman the brother of Lloyd there is a recognisable Troma style on display, but less hectic and if anything somewhat more mature.
Take these tips and use them as best you can... and Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there!
Ms. Vampy says: Put the Past in the Past-Sure, we are all a little effed up from our childhood, aren’t we? :) So, on Mother’s Day choose to live in the present and let go of the mistakes your mother or your sister made when you were growing up! Rather than allowing yourself to feel like that 12-year-old kid again, be an adult and come from a place of Love!
Dr. Gash says: Of course, it's always best to put negative things in the past and move forward,
Read on… and eat your vegetables for chrissake!
Okay, so not all the moms on this list are psychotic killers; some are heroes, and some fall somewhere in between. But they're all great for their own reasons. As usual, we'll start out with some honorable mentions, and we certainly have some remarkable moms to speak about. We'll start with Estelle Collingwood (played by Cynthia Carr) in the original Last House on the Left. Only a mother's love could drive a person to bite a guy's Johnson off as an act of revenge! Another great justice-seeking mother was Kate (played by Vera Farmiga) in Orphan.
Greetings from the apocalypse! This is an exciting week for me, since I'm making my art gallery debut and all — I'm celebrating with two docs covering cool artistic subcultures (gig posters and tattooing), as well as a hella ton of Mother's Day recommends. Let's get to it, shall we, old sport? Yep yep.
Friday, May 10
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Glam filmmaker Baz Luhrmann's reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald's timeless Jazz-age romance "The Great Gatsby" looks like my 11th grade book report had sex with a disco ball, but that's par for the course. Luhrmann had previously razzle-dazzled "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" and reunites with Leonardo DiCaprio as enigmatic rich dude Jay Gatsby, clinging to the memory of a past dalliance with Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). Clinging tragically,
Three ex-college roommates set off for an annual surprise get together. Each year, one of them chooses an activity that the others aren’t aware of and for this particular year, they are venturing into the pine barrens of New Jersey. As is required of films of this type, the trip is anything but relaxing. Not long into their vacation, they’re kidnapped by two men and gifted to their mother for some “family fun”.
For a low budget film, it’s an entertaining, if slow going,
Mother's Day (1980) Anchor Bay Blu-ray & DVD Available Now
Though the company had yet to be formed, Mother’s Day was the first unofficial Troma film. Written and directed by Charles Kaufman (Loyd’s brother), it’s a violent, cheapjack revenge film with several of the patented Troma ingredients already in place. Uneasy comedic elements, amateur performances, sketchy scripting and aggressive misogyny abound. In spite of all this, Mother’s Day is also a fairly engrossing little exploitation film that seems to get better with age. Featuring the late, great Beatrice Pons as Mother Rose.
Special Features Include:
* Feature Length Audio Commentary with director Charles Kaufman and assistant art director Rex Piano
* Behind the Scenes of the Original Mother’s Day: includes Super 8 footage of screen tests and special effects (with Charles Kaufman commentary)
Who.s up for a .thrill-a-minute, body-piercing, computer sex, sapphic, car-crashing extravaganza.? Then come check out the next Troma Night At The Way Out Club on May 18th when we.ll be showing the 1996 classic Tromeo And Juliet. Set in New York City, the tale centers on the Ques and the Capulets. The bitter feud begins when father Capulet steals father Que’s Silky Films production company. As enemies, the two warring clans are always doing horrible things to each other. Tromeo Que is a computer nerd who spends much time fondling himself in front of his favorite sexy CD-ROMs until he falls in love with lovely Juliet and proposes to her while she sits upon a toilet. Warning: this film features violence, considerable gore, tattooed hellions, hardcore punkers, nymphomaniacs, profanity, vulgar situations (featuring buckets of fake vomit), and
Coincidentally, Mark Savage posted up an excellent analysis of the film just a few months ago on his Phantom of Pulp blog, so it’s been on my mind recently. Mother’s Day is another one of those films that came out at the height of the slasher movie craze,
Lloyd Kaufman has made a living out of being able to brand that particular sentiment even when Troma's movies have been truly awful. In fact at times the studio has been so well known because of it’s boob baring antics that it itself has threatened to become a bigger product than any of it's films. This despite there having been some real classics, movies that I would
Hopefully, you are now feeling sufficiently guilty and are currently handcrafting the world’s largest and most extravagant Mother’s Day card. But before you head down to the craft store for a crate of construction paper and a wholesale bag of pipe cleaners, lets reflect on that special breed of celluloid madre, the horror mother.
May we present our count of the top 10 horror mothers:
10- Betsy Palmer as Mrs. Voorhees in Friday The 13th - Mrs. Voorhees avenges the mistreatment of her son by killing off camp counselors, warning us all
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