6 items from 2015
By Todd Garbarini
Just after the school year ended in June 1984, I went to a friend’s house on a Friday night to watch the premiere of Carlin on Campus, an HBO concert of one of my favorite comedians, the legendary George Carlin. When the concert was over, my friend switched around until he reached NBC-tv. They were airing When A Stranger Calls, a 1979 thriller starring Carol Kane, Charles Durning, and Colleen Dewhurst. I saw the film from the beginning, and the first twenty or so minutes had me utterly captivated. It presented a scenario that I found to be terrifying, and apparently so did Rex Reed, whose proclamation “some of the most terrifying sequences ever filmed” was used in the newspaper ads. I thought it was so original – until I saw Bob Clark’s frightening Black Christmas (1974) four years later and saw where the “inspiration” may have come from. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Theater group Rude Mechs wants you to stop hitting yourself; the Dallas Symphony Orchestra does Broadway; and “Rumors” abound in San Antonio. It's this week's Texas Events Roundup. “Stop Hitting Yourself”The At&T Performing Arts Center describes it best when they say, “With ‘Stop Hitting Yourself,’ [theater company] Rude Mechs is embracing the fundamental beliefs underlying late-stage capitalism and indulging in our version of 1930’s Hollywood glamour. Rude Mechs borrows from the plots of 1930’s musicals to dig into the contemporary conservative dilemma: how to honor steely individualism without disavowing the virtue of charity. Tap dancing, fine dining, and the missionary position will be employed in order to help all Americans to stop hitting yourselves.” Running through May 30 at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas. Dallas Symphony Orchestra: On Broadway!“Sylvia McNair's hauntingly beautiful vocals bring out the best and greatest of Broadway. I could get used to this kind of ecstasy, »
The Outback-set drama was lost for many years until Buckley, its editor, located the negatives in a Pittsburgh film vault labelled "For Destruction..
The print was digitally restored by the National Film and Sound Archive and screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, 38 years after it played in competition at the festival.
.It has since been re-released in multiple territories including the Us, the UK, France and Japan, sold internationally by Madman Entertainment.
Us critic Rex Reed declared, "In the final analysis, it may be the greatest Australian film ever made."
The Wake in Fright Trust gave Buckley a cheque at a function at Aftrs last Thursday to recognise his work in recovering the film and his lifetime contribution to the film industry. »
- Staff writer
Its source material (Robert Marasco's 1973 novel) influenced Stephen King's The Shining, it featured one of the most unnerving "what's behind that door?" onscreen mysteries, and its creepy hearse driver has been the stuff of nightmares for decades. Dan Curtis' Burnt Offerings has a lot to offer viewers fond of the haunted house sub-genre. For a long time, fans of the 1976 film have been waiting for it to come out on Blu-ray, and with their recent announcement, Kino Lorber is making sure all those years of patience will pay off. Thankfully, by the time trick-or-treaters knock on your door, Burnt Offerings will be available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Boasting a brand new high-definition transfer, Kino Lorber's Burnt Offerings Blu-ray / DVD is slated for an October release. No special features have been revealed at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements regarding this much-anticipated home media release. »
- Derek Anderson
Angelina Jolie added a dose of star power to the 40th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. awards, which honored achievements in independent and world cinema.
Jolie, whose appearance had been whispered about but not announced in advance, was on hand Saturday night at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City to present career achievement honors to acting legend Gena Rowlands. The pair co-starred in 1998’s “Playing by Heart” and 2004’s “Taking Lives.”
Jolie followed an effusive and heartfelt speech from Lafca member Chuck Wilson, who proclaimed Rowlands the equivalent of Marlon Brando for her impact onscreen acting. Wilson then called on Jolie to introduce Rowlands, and the actress and “Unbroken” director delivered some very personal remarks, noting that she had studied Rowlands’ work when she was starting out in the biz.
She also nodded to Rowlands’ famed collaborations with her late husband, filmmaker and actor John Cassavetes, observing, “Every artist »
- Geoff Berkshire
How can you tell when Harvey Weinstein is really serious about an awards campaign?
When that campaign finds new messages along the way, shifting gears as it unfolds.
That’s what’s happening this week with the Weinstein Company’s push on behalf of “The Imitation Game,” the World War II-era drama that has become one of the top contenders for Best Picture in a wide-open year.
What’s curious here is that the new message of the ads shifts the focus completely away from the movie itself and onto the subject of the film. Instead of finding a new »
- Steve Pond
6 items from 2015
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