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Review: 'Slow West' Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, & Ben Mendelsohn Is Worth Treasuring

Even those that lived in the more unforgiving 19th century were apparently hopeless romantics. In writer/director John Maclean’s evocative fairy tale Western-adventure starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the heart leads and the head follows further behind. And in the trail of dead that mark the hard journey to reunion, unlikely families form. In the cruel and merciless landscapes of the Western frontier, a young man has traveled great distances for love. Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) has made a grand pilgrimage from Scotland across America in pursuit of his lost love, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Having fled the country to America with her father, John (Rory McCann, the Hound from “Game Of Thrones”), the two are wanted for a tragedy that’s more accident than crime. Read More: Watch A New International Trailer And Clip For 'Slow West' With Michael Fassbender And Ben Mendelsohn Life is cheap
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Slow West | Review

Western Dreams: Maclean’s Accomplished, Stylized Debut

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,
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Tribeca: Slow West, a Mythical Neo-Western, and Far From Men, a Desolate Algerian War Drama

Tribeca: Slow West, a Mythical Neo-Western, and Far From Men, a Desolate Algerian War Drama
A neo-western that operates in purely mythic terms, Slow West evokes an 1870 America steeped in isolation, heartbreak, suffering, and misery. Expertly written and directed by John Maclean, this spartan story recounts the efforts of well-to-do young Scotsman Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who travels to America — and westward, ho! — to find the girl he loves (but does not love him back), Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Along his journey, he is saved by, and then forced to pay for, the bodyguard services of Silas (a stoic Michael Fassbender), a quiet-spoken roughneck with a cigar perpetually stuck in the corner of his mouth and a curious interest in Jay’s quest that, it’s soon revealed, stems from his own desire to find Rose — who, unbeknownst t...
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Tff 2015: Game Day Kicks Off With Bangs, Hangs, Schlongs and Unreal Goings-on

It’s early Friday morning here in New York and rather than living it up in the city that never sleeps, I’m sitting here… at my computer, staring – no that’s not right, glaring sounds more like it – hoping that the words to sum up the experiences of Day 1 at the Tribeca Film Festival will magically appear on screen for me, doing justice to the films I’ve seen today and not coming across like I’m gloating about viewing some amazing films yet to slated in the UK.

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
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Trailer for Michael Fassbender's Slow West Western Thriller

A24 just unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "Slow West" western thriller, starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-Mcphee and Ben Mendelsohn. Check it out below. Plot: Set in late 19th century Colorado, "Slow West" follows Silas Selleck (Fassbender), a mysterious and inscrutable stranger acting as the paid protector to 16-year-old Scottish aristocrat Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee), who is on a reckless journey through the American Wild West. They cross paths with Payne (Mendelsohn), the leader of an intimidating posse of outlaws on their journey to find Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius), the humble farmer's daughter who fled from Jay's life. The new movie is written and directed by John Maclean and is set to be released in select theaters and on iTunes on May 15th. Trailer:
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‘Mother’s Day’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

Stars: Tiana Pierce, Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Frederick Coffin, Michael McCleery, Beatrice Pons, Robert Collins, Peter Fox, Marsella Davidson, Kevin Lowe | Written by Charles Kaufman, Warren Leight | Directed by Charles Kaufman

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.
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Film Review: ‘Slow West’

Film Review: ‘Slow West’
A dark river of fatalism courses beneath the beautifully photographed vistas of “Slow West,” an intriguingly off-center Western that brings a bevy of European talent to bear on an American frontier story. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee as a young Scotsman who’s made the journey to Colorado in search of the woman he loves, and Michael Fassbender as a wily companion who turns out to be hunting the same quarry, John Maclean’s impeccably crafted writing-directing debut at times has a distinctly Coen-esque flavor in its mix of sly intelligence, bleak humor and unsettling violence, exuding fierce confidence even when these qualities don’t always cohere in the smoothest or most emotionally impactful fashion. Winner of the grand jury prize in the international dramatic competition at Sundance, this U.K.-New Zealand co-production should travel far on the strength of its critical reception and cast names; A24’s Stateside release date has yet to be announced.
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Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn

Even those that lived in the more unforgiving 19th century were apparently hopeless romantics. In writer/director John Maclean’s evocative fairy tale Western-adventure starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the heart leads and the head follows further behind. And in the trail of dead that mark the hard journey to reunion, unlikely families form. In the cruel and merciless landscapes of the Western frontier, a young man has traveled great distances for love. Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) has made a grand pilgrimage from Scotland across America in pursuit of his lost love, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Having fled the country to America with her father, John (Rory McCann, the Hound from “Game Of Thrones”), the two are wanted for a tragedy that’s more accident than crime. Life is cheap in this remorseless setting and it’s a miracle that Cavendish has gotten as far as Colorado without being killed.
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Ms. Vampy and Dr. Gash Offer Some Helpful Hints to Make the Most of Mother's Day

What is the most important holiday? Christmas? Halloween? If you know what's good for you, you'll say Mother's Day; and this year Ms. Vampy and Dr. Gash have teamed up to bring you some pointers to help make the most of it!

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,
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Celebrate Mother's Day with Horror's 11 Most Memorable Moms

It's that time of year again when we take a moment to honor our moms. And how great they are, right? Well, here at Dread Central we can turn even the most loving moms into something horrific, and in celebration of Mother's Day, we bring you Horror's 11 Most Memorable Moms!

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.
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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'The Great Gatsby' & More

"And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy." ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby"

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

Pow! In Theaters

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,
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Review: Mother’s Day (Blu-ray)

In the late 1970′s Lloyd Kaufman, who would become known for his own gross-out horror/comedy films, produced Mother’s Day for his brother Charles. Revered as a classic of its kind, and era, it’s got a nasty mix of uneasy comedy, low rent special effects, and a genuinely creepy concept that make it much better than it has any right to be.

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,
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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for September (Part 1)

A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for the first two weeks of September.

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)

*Original trailer

* "Ike,
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Mother’S Day and Tromeo And Juliet Friday Night – Troma Night at The Way Out CLub

“Get your goddamn tongue out of my goddamn cousin’s mouth!”

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
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Exclusive Mother's Day Poster

Exclusive Mother's Day Poster
Horror remakes may be two a penny these days but in Mother's Day we could have a retread with real spike. There’s nothing Hallmark-approved here. It's directed by Saw veteran Darren Lynn Bousman who's attempted to twist the cult Troma original into something slicker but no less scary.Dominating this new quad poster is the titular mom – a welcome return to frightsville for Rebecca De Mornay – who takes the role played by Beatrice Pons in the 1980 version, Natalie 'Mother' Koffin. Think Ma Jarrett spliced with the Lord of Darkness himself and you’re on the right track. In the Charles Kaufman original, her sons rape and murder to impress her. Here, Scott Milam’s script gives them a motivation that stretches beyond the Freudian – the three boys, Matt O'Leary, Warren Kole, Patrick John Flueger, return to their childhood home to reclaim it from the new residents. And possibly moiderise them.
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Feature Film Online: Mother’s Day

Lloyd Kaufman’s Troma Entertainment has posted a bunch of their classic horror films on Hulu, but the one to really watch is the demented 1980 flick Mother’s Day. That’s it embedded above, which you can view in its entirety. Alas, the film is littered with advertisements, but at least it’s shown in all it’s full gory glory. Even if you don’t end up watching the entire film, the opening five minutes are a must see with it’s goofy parody of the E.S.T movement that was popular back in the day and, more importantly, the ambitious decapitation stunt.

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,
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Back Catalogue #2 Troma

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Troma sounds a lot like trauma and without knowing how they came up with the name I can't but help think it's on purpose. After all they've spent more than thirty years making sure there was something to offend somebody in virtually every movie they've made. Maybe that's why Troma is still around thirty years later. They bring a smile to the face of anyone who likes seeing sacred cows splattered even if at the end you feel a little messy yourself.

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
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Mothers Day Salute: A Tribute to the Horror Moms

Well, congratulations. It’s Mother’s Day, and you’re playing on the Fangoria website instead of calling your poor mother. But why should you worry? I mean she only fed you, clothed you, and let you know when you were slouching. You just go on about your day, and don’t worry about your poor mother.

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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