11 items from 2014
Written by Justin Benson
Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead
Following their mildly acclaimed 2012 effort Resolution, directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead further establish themselves as some of the most promising gruesome genre mechanics to be observed – if from a safe and secure distance. In their new film Spring they turn their gaze to a beloved titan of the macabre, channeling an eternal struggle of the ancient ones that H.P Lovecraft would enjoy, with creatures most cryptic dwelling among an unsuspecting population.
With little to lose and in desperate need of a life kick-start, American Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) flees his dead-end life for Italy after his mother dies from a prolonged bout of cancer, his uncommitted and unfocused career as a chef also failing to warm up. Listlessly following the boozy backpack trail, he meets the stunningly beautiful Louise (Nadia Hilker) in a sleepy sun-dappled beach town, »
While the first of two weekends of the Austin City Limits Festival will create an influx of out-of-towners and even more traffic than usual, local theaters offer more choices than ever for those of you not braving Zilker Park. There are no less than 10 new releases opening, but first I want to focus on this week's specialty screenings.
The Austin Film Society is kicking off their "Art Horror" series for October with Andrzej Zulawski's Possession. Released in 1981, the film stars Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani and plays out like a paranoid fever dream. Beautifully shot with an incredible score, it's screening in 35mm at the Marchesa tonight, Sunday afternoon and again on Tuesday evening so there's no excuse for missing this one! On Wednesday, Doc Nights will feature Las Marthas with director Cristina Ibarra in attendance for a Q&A and Essential Cinema's "The Films Of Satyajit Ray" series »
- Matt Shiverdecker
(It's a psychological art-house drama, but with rather more gore, explosions and tentacle-sex than is usual in this genre...) Ever since Criterion coined the term "Special Edition" for some of their laserdiscs, over two decades ago, the concept has caught the imagination of fans. Everyone will have one movie in their heart, one which they would want to get "special treatment". But it's rare to see it actually done, at least in such a way that all your wishes for that film are granted. Well, if you are a fan of Andrzej Zulawski's film Possession, I have some great news for you: Mondo Vision has released an edition of the film which is so special, extensive, and thorough, that I cannot imagine fans of...
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Exclusive: Veteran producer to adapt Joseph Conrad’s novel.
Written in 1897 and drawing on his own experience in the Congo, it deals with two European men who are assigned to a trading post in a remote part of the African jungle. But as isolation demoralises the pair and diseases weaken them, the story ultimately ends in tragedy.
The film will shoot in Angola, close to the location in which Conrad wrote the story, and will be directed by Hugo Vieira Da Silva. The cast is led by Nuno Lopes. It will be made through Leopardo Filmes and Amour Fou Vienna as a Portuguese-Austrian coproduction.
Meanwhile, together »
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Like many film enthusiasts, I love the Criterion Collection. I scoff at some of their selections—I won’t name names—but for the most part, I anticipate new releases with excitement and glee (June’s slate is particularly amazing). Of course, due to lack of finances, I can’t buy as many as I would like – though someday, I will own the entire collection, despite the current economy offering little to no financial opportunity for an individual with my interests and skill set, but I digress.
I do, however, have a minor beef with Criterion. While admiring most of their titles, I’d love to see more emphasis on genre stuff—especially horror. And don’t get me wrong, Criterion boasts some excellent titles—Carnival of Lost Souls, Sisters, The Vanishing, Godzilla, The Devil’s Backbone, Repulsion, plus the highly anticipated release of Scanners being not far off—but they need more. »
- Griffin Bell
Mondo Vision is poised to bring the haunting Possession, starring Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani and directed by Andrzej Zulawski, to Blu-ray in North America for the first time. The '81 film is going to see both a special edition and limited edition release, the latter of which features sundry bonus features that die-hard fans will go nuts for. Here are the specs for this limited edition (neither release has a street date yet, by the way).
- Ryan Turek
Director: Joachim Trier
Producers: Memento Films Production, Motlys, Nimbus
U.S. Distributor: Rights available.
While filming was supposed to commence in Fall of 2013, we were crushed to learn that Trier was not able to cobble together all the necessary funding and the project was said to be shelved, indefinitely. How lovely it was to hear in early 2014 that Arte France Cinema decided to back the project as well, which will now film in Autumn 2014 in the Us. The director of two widely celebrated, excellent films (Reprise and Oslo, August 31), Trier’s exciting cast, headlined by none other than the glorious Huppert (who may finally be in an English language role worthy of her talents) also stars the formidable Gabriel Byrne and Jesse Eisenberg, and is bound to be one of the most anticipated art house »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Writer: Andrzej Zulwaski
Producer: Marcin Wierzchoslawski
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
We’re trying to keep hope alive on this project, which would be the first film helmed by Andrzej Zulawaki since 2000′s La Fidelite, which starred his then wife, Sophie Marceau. Twin 2012 retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles saw a resurgence in interest in Zulawski’s thrilling and overlooked filmography and some traction on this new project was underway that year. However, there’s been little else detailed about the status of the project, until the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival honored Zulawski with a Lifetime Achievement Award where the director also participated in Fantasia’s Frontieres Co-Production Market. We’re sincerely hoping he got the backing he needed for Zulawski is true cinematic anomaly, a director whose strange visions are unlike any other.
Gist: A noir tinged plot featuring a metaphysical »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Ludovic Bergery
Writer: Ludovic Bergery
Producers: Les Films Pelleas
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Isabelle Huppert
Heretofore known as a character actor, Ludovic Bergery has written and will direct a strange sounding feature starring none other than Isabelle Huppert in role that sounds tailor made for her. While it’s currently seeking a German co-producer and actor, this is set to film in summer of 2014, and we can’t wait to hear more about it.
Gist: The screenplay focuses on a woman who lost her husband two years ago. After a disappointing relationship, she starts having one night encounters that lack emotion before slowly giving in to an insatiable sexual desire that will expose her to all kinds of dangers and a violence through which her rebirth will however eventually take place.
Release Date: Headlining Huppert, we’re thinking this will bow in a Cannes sidebar, »
- Nicholas Bell
By Todd Garbarini
Scream Factory continues their winning streak of releasing horror film favorites with their double feature Blu-ray release of 1988’s Bad Dreams and 1982’s Visiting Hours. They originally released these films together on DVD in September 2011.
Bad Dreams opened on Friday, April 8, 1988 and is, in hindsight, eerily prescient of David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidian religious sect who met a horrific end when the FBI closed in on him and his compound ignited into a conflagration on April 19, 1993 in Waco, TX. Jim Jones and the Jonestown deaths in 1978 also come to mind. In this film, the late Richard Lynch plays a cult leader named Harris who convinces a group of people that love and unity are the only ways to live, and he shows that love by dousing them all in gasoline and lighting them on fire. Jennifer Rubin plays Cynthia, a confused and reluctant holdout »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Bombardment: textures. If you, like many, have been waiting so many years for Soviet/Russian master Aleksei German (My Friend Ivan Lapshin; Khrustalyov, My Car!) to finish what, upon the director's passing last year, has ended up being his final film (with finishing touches by his wife and co-writer Svetlana Karmalita and his son Aleksei German Jr.), you will have to embrace muck. You will have to swim in shit, slather yourself with grime, dirt, and water, enrobe yourself in filthy fog, feel roughened leather, splintered wood, caked and hardened cloth, rusted and creaky iron armor; you will have to embrace the damp, dank, dirty opus of cinema that is Hard to Be a God. It is cinematic texture taken to an extreme.
Based on a 1964 novel by the Strugatsky brothers (literary sources for Tarkovsky's Stalker and Aleksandr Sokurov's Day of Eclipse, among other adaptations), its barely sci-fi »
- Daniel Kasman
11 items from 2014
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