4 items from 2011
I’m going to start by boldly/naively stating that I am not as big a fan of horror as I could be or indeed as many of you are likely to be. Yet I do have faith in the genre, I believe it to have the possibility and potential to make classic cinema, the obvious likes of Alien and The Shining are fine examples of that. As horror continues on into the 21st century there are one or two pieces of cinematic gold for every dozen appalling slasher sequels, monster mash-ups and vampire flicks.
Below is a list of 10 filmmakers, writers and actors who I guestimate could be crucial to the future of horror. So here it goes, a horror rookie looking into the possible future crystal ball of the genre with some very safe predictions (filmmakers that have already proven their craft) and a few more riskier suggestions. »
- Adam Lock
DVD Playhouse June 2011
Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) Robert Aldrich’s 1955 reinvention of the film noir detective story is one of cinema’s great genre mash-ups: part hardboiled noir; part cold war paranoid thriller; and part science- fiction. Ralph Meeker plays Mickey Spillane’s fascist detective Mike Hammer as a narcissistic simian thug, a sadist who would rather smash a suspect’s fingers than make love to the bevvy of beautiful dames that cross his path. In fact, the only time you see a smile cross Meeker’s sneering mug is when he’s doling out pain, with a vengeance. When a terrified young woman (Cloris Leachman, film debut) literally crossed Hammer’s path one night, and later turns up dead, he vows to get to the bottom of her brutal demise. One of the most influential films ever made, and perhaps the most-cited film by the architects »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about what I consider to be the greatest thing since sliced bread… Netflix streaming movies instantly to your computer and/or compatible home theater. As Netflix makes movies titles available in their already vast and eclectic catalog of rentals via online streaming technology, I’ll spotlight the one’s I feel are worth taking note of as they become available.
In this, the first edition of Netflix Nuggets, we’ll feature five films; two brand new and wildly unique foreign films, one new documentary, and two classics from master filmmakers.
The Ballad Of Cable Hogue (1970)
[streaming of Ballad Of Cable Hogue available only until 1/31/2011]
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Synopsis: Abandoned in the desert, prospector Cable Hogue survives his ordeal when he discovers a freshwater spring. Transforming the oasis into a much needed pit stop on the local stagecoach route, the resourceful Hogue sits back to wait for his double-crossing former partners. »
- Movie Geeks
As sites around the blogosphere post their end-of-year film favorites, we point you to those including films from Tff's past. Awarded the #1 spot on Pop Matters' list of The Top 10 Films of 2010 That You Never Heard Of: The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia! The doc was also listed as one of 16 straight-to-dvd films worth adding to your queue by Gary Thompson (Philadelphia Daily News). In this shocking, eccentric and often moving documentary, executive producers Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine (Jackass) present a-year-in-the-life of the Whites of Boone County, West Virginia, a legendary family known for its gas-huffing, drug dealing, pill popping and even famous mountain dancing members, including Jesco White, the star of the cult classic documentary Dancing Outlaw. Catch this outlaw gang in action on DVD or on demand via Tribeca Film. Clocking in at #8 on Moviefone's Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of 2010, we applaud »
4 items from 2011
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