Sliff 2017 Review – Coyotes Kill For Fun

Blake Eckard’s Coyotes Kill For Fun screens Saturday, November 4th at 7:00pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here.

In “Coyotes Kill for Fun,” the latest from Northwest Missouri indie filmmaker and Sliff favorite Blake Eckard, a backwoods babysitter agrees to help an abused mother of two escape her lunatic boyfriend, but his psychotic brother is headed back to the area, and he has a fraught history with everyone involved. Filmed over three years in Missouri, Montana, and La, “Coyotes” had a long gestation: Two-thirds was first shot back in March 2014, and a trio of cinematographers — Eckard, St. Louisan Cody Stokes, and American-indie legend Jon Jost — passed the baton behind the camera. Despite the prolonged production, “Coyotes” maintains a totally consistent — and utterly original — vision. The film features such Eckard regulars as Tyler Messner,
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Annabelle: Creation – Review

One of Andrew Wyeth’s most famous paintings is “Christina’s World.” It depicts a woman immobilized, lying on a grassy hill, reaching out towards a farmhouse that sits isolated in the distance. There was a young girl in Wyeth’s town who suffered from Polio, which forced her to crawl about. Emotions of loneliness, desperation, and fear are expressed even though the subject’s face is turned away from the viewer. This famous painting that has now traveled the world in exhibitions and as a postage stamp served as inspiration for Tobe Hooper’s 1974 cinematic masterpiece, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Director David F. Sandberg (last year’s Lights Out) seems to have also been influenced by this striking and haunting painting. Annabelle: Creation feels like a southern-gothic folktale, not unlike Pumpkinhead. And like the aforementioned painting, the main lead girl also suffers from Polio, causing her to walk slowly in a leg brace.
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Wang Xuebo’s “Knife in the Clear Water” follows in the footsteps of “Tharlo”

Having worked as a producer in Pema Tseden’s (who is among the producers of this film) “Tharlo”, Wang Xuebo seems to have picked quite a lot from the Tibetan master, in a movie that moves along the same, utterly art-house, but incredibly beautiful and meaningful lines.

In the remote steppe of Ningxia, in western China, lies a community of Muslim Hui people, who live of their land in extreme poorness. In this setting, old Ma Zishan has just lost his wife, one of the most beloved people in the village. As he and his son are about to host a number of relatives for the 40-day ceremony of her death, his son, who had his mother in very high regard, insists that they should sacrifice their bull, in order to honor her properly, and make a big ceremony, to satisfy their many guests. The old bull however, is the
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Film Review: David F. Sandberg’s ‘Annabelle: Creation’

Film Review: David F. Sandberg’s ‘Annabelle: Creation’
A prequel nobody asked for to a spin-off nobody needed, “Annabelle: Creation” fills in the demonic backstory for the creepy doll seen in “The Conjuring.” Sort of. Instead of enriching this universe in any meaningful way, director David F. Sandberg’s gimmick-driven nail-biter effectively serves just to push the $800 million franchise past the $1 billion mark. Debuting at the Los Angeles Film Festival nearly two months prior to its Aug. 11 release, this effective yet empty-headed horror movie goes to show how eager audiences are to be scared, and how even an unsightly doll can do the trick when the spirit is willing.

Working backwards in time, this fourth film in producer James Wan’s fast-expanding “The Conjuring” franchise (which already has two more installments on the way) takes place in the mid-’50s, following a 12-years-earlier prologue through which we discover the tragedy that inspired heartbroken dollmaker Samuel Mullins (Anthony Lapaglia
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How History’s Greatest Paintings Inspired 39 Amazing Movie Shots — Watch

How History’s Greatest Paintings Inspired 39 Amazing Movie Shots — Watch
Last year, Vimeo user Vugar Efendi published a side-by-side supercut entitled “Film Meets Art.” The goal was simple – to show how great paintings inspired some of the best shots in cinema – and the result was a rather beautiful side-by-side study of just how painterly filmmaking can be.

The first installment put Thomas Gainsborough’s “Boy in Blue” next to Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” and it showed how the works of American artist Andrew Wyeth rubbed off on Terrence Malick for “Days of Heaven.” The video proved popular enough that Efendi turned it into a series, which was just completed this month with the release of a third installment (via No Film School).

Read More: ‘Arrival’ Video Essay Examines How the Script Helps Us Further Understand Ourselves — Watch

“Film Meets Art III” features 16 more shots and their painterly origins (via No Film School). Movies included in this final go-around are “Moonrise Kingdom,
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Busan Film Review: ‘Knife in the Clear Water’

An old farmer has difficulty giving up his bull for sacrifice in “Knife in the Clear Water,” a somber elegy richly lensed like a rotating gallery of oil paintings. While news related to Muslim ethnic groups in China has largely focused on Uighurs and their separatist movement, this minimalist debut by Wang Xuebo affords a rare glimpse into the Hui, a Chinese-speaking Muslim group, as well as their faith and docile views about destiny. While the downbeat, sparsely-plotted yarn risks turning into an ethnographic pastoral at times, it also observes their dire poverty and probably disappearing agrarian lifestyles. Some audiences may understandably tune out the film’s sleepy rhythm, but those who rate imagery over dialogue or drama may buy it’s earthy simplicity.

According to Wang, who produced Tibetan helmer Pema Tsedan’s “Tharlo” before making his own directorial debut, he decided to frame for a 4:3 aspect ratio
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Telluride Film Review: ‘Maudie’

Telluride Film Review: ‘Maudie’
Like many a North American folk artist, Maud Lewis’ oeuvre — which consists of countless paintings of fuzzy cats, crude-looking flowers, and flat country landscapes — could easily be dismissed as being no better than the work of a child. The difference is that most children don’t have to contend with rheumatoid arthritis, which left Lewis partly crippled from an early age, and required her to work far harder than other untrained artists to bring beauty and color to her grim existence.

Though such characters offer obvious appeal to actors, “Maudie” isn’t nearly as preoccupied with its subject’s physical impairment as, say, a movie like “My Left Foot” or “Frida.” If anything, director Aisling Walsh downplays Lewis’ arthritis to such a degree that she seems almost able-bodied at times. What interests Walsh and screenwriter Sherry White isn’t Lewis’ disability, but the other obstacles that stood between her and
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Mean Dreams’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Mean Dreams’
No sooner had Terrence Malick taken up the terse, parched genre poetry of “Badlands” in 1973 than he abandoned it in favor of lusher cinematic experimentation. Perhaps he knew that in the ensuing half-century, more than enough eager imitators would keep that style in regular, albeit less revelatory, rotation. Which brings us to “Mean Dreams,” an unconvincing, autumn-clothed youth-in-peril thriller so in thrall to Malick’s debut that even the cadence of its title seems a homage.

Notwithstanding its decorous widescreen shots of rippling grass and drying laundry, Canadian helmer Nathan Morlando’s sophomore feature seems at first to have a soul of its own as it sketches the sweet, immediate bond between two lonely teens in a yellowed belt of unspecified American farmland. But as the film pulls them into a hot-and-hoary plot involving corrupt cops, motel hideouts, a mustachioed Bill Paxton and (what else?) a duffel bag full of stolen cash,
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David O Russell interview: Joy, Three Kings & more




As his new film, Joy, lands in UK cinemas, we chat to writer/director David O Russell about the movie, geeky stuff, and Three Kings.

There's a marked bit in this interview which has spoilers for the film Joy.

David O Russell's latest film, Joy, lands in UK cinemas on New Year's Day. Ahead of its release, he spared us some time for this chat about the film...

So how’s the day been? How have all the interviews been?

It’s actually been – I always have a little bit of trouble adjusting to the sleep when I get here, but – it’s actually been, I don’t know why – there’s been something very alive and stimulating about it. I’ve enjoyed the conversations. And half of that, I think, is because when you make a film that you like to talk about, or there’s
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Ventana Sur: Cesar Acevedo on the Values of Land and Families

Ventana Sur: Cesar Acevedo on the Values of Land and Families
After a number of years as a production assistant at leading Colombian shingle Burning Blue, Colombian tyro filmmaker Cesar Acevedo, 28, burst onto the film world at the Cannes Film Festival no less, taking home not one but four prizes this year, including the prestigious Camera d’Or, for his exquisitely shot feature debut “Land and Shade” (La Tierra y la Sombra”).

It’s an auspicious beginning for this serious young man who talks about the rupture of his family as the inspiration for this somber film about a family coming to terms with the loss of their land to sugarcane fields and renewing long lost ties. Working closely with his Dp Mateo Guzman who shot Acevedo’s two previous shorts, “Los Pasos del Agua” and “La Campana,” Acevedo drew on the oeuvre of artists Jean Francois Millet and Andrew Wyeth to inform his painterly compositions.

Aside from Diana Bustamante’s Burning Blue,
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David O. Russell, Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson Dish on Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Joy’

David O. Russell, Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson Dish on Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Joy’
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson and director David O. Russell revived ‘70s style with “American Hustle,” scoring respective Oscar noms in the process. For their next collaboration, they ambitiously chart a woman’s evolution from college student to matriarch over 30 years — and by way of 45 costume changes — in “Joy,” out Dec. 25.

How did you begin working together?

David O. Russell: Michael was brought in on “American Hustle” and had an amazing vision and passion for what we wanted to do together. … He’s not only very bold and creative, but he’s also very collaborative and kind and enthusiastic and that all shows in the work.

Michael Wilkinson: My agent had set up a meeting with David at the Greenwich Hotel in New York. Within two minutes of talking, I realized that we shared the same passion for characters. … It became apparent very quickly that, although we’re from different backgrounds,
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200 Greatest Horror Films (170-161)

Special Mention: Shock Corridor

Written and directed by Samuel Fuller

USA, 1963

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Shock Corridor stars Peter Breck as Johnny Barrett, an ambitious reporter who wants to expose a killer hiding out at the local insane asylum. In order to solve the case, he must pretend to be insane so they have him committed. Once in the asylum, Barrett sets to work, interrogating the other patients and keeping a close eye on the staff. But it’s difficult to remain a sane man living in an insane place, and the closer Barrett gets to the truth, the closer he gets to insanity.

Shock Corridor is best described as an anti-establishment drama that at times is surprisingly quite funny despite the dark material. The film deals with some timely issues of the era, specifically the atom bomb, anti-communism, and racism. It features everything from a raving female love-crazed nympho ward,
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Watch: Tense, Unnerving Trailer For Horror 'Goodnight Mommy'

Following its Venice premiere last year, “Goodnight Mommy” has gained some well-deserved kudos on the festival circuit (we praised it in our review from Karlovy Vary) and we can finally see why in this new trailer. Austrian filmmakers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala take us to a sequestered home in the woods — an Andrew Wyeth painting gone astray — where two young brothers question the authenticity of the woman (their mother, or is she?) in their home. Her entire face bandaged from serious reconstructive surgery, this pulsating clip delves into the minds of confused youths yearning for a sense of normalcy. Read More: Karlovy Vary Review: Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala's Stylishly Sick 'Goodnight Mommy' The film will be in theaters on September 11th, so check it out, if this trailer isn't terrifying enough to deter you from seeing the whole thing. We hope it doesn’t, because this is sure
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Andrew Wyeth Painting ‘Ice Storm’ Caught in Legal Tsunami Over Fraud

Andrew Wyeth’s bucolic painting “Ice Storm” is at the center of a legal dispute evolving out of a 20-year-old New York City art scandal perpetrated by disgraced art dealer David Ramus, who swindled clients out of millions of dollars. Among his victims is Reed Galin, a former TV news anchor, who was a life-long friend of Ramus and college roommate. [...]

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Fantasia 2015: ‘The Reflecting Skin’ a gothic masterpiece that is criminally overlooked

The Reflecting Skin

Directed by Philip Ridley

Written by Philip Ridley

1990, USA

The Reflecting Skin is not your average vampire movie. I’m not even sure if it is a vampire movie, nor am I sure the movie knows what it wants to be. Although, most people easily label it a psychological horror film, The Reflecting Skin is not a film that is easily pigeonholed. It appears to be a film about the trauma of growing up and more importantly, growing up with a dysfunctional family that is haunted by their past. And it’s all told in a series of twisted events.

This independent feature was the directorial debut of Philip Ridley, a British painter-illustrator-novelist who had supplied the script to Peter Medek’s mesmerizing 1990 gangster film The Krays. The Reflecting Skin was celebrated as one of the unique films of its year and received a good deal of favorable reviews.
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2015 Sundance Trading Card Series: #28. Karrie Cox (Tangerine)

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2014 discoveries” …

Karrie Cox: 1. Red House Painters, “Cruiser”. 2. Andrew Wyeth, “Christina’s World” @ Moma NYC 3. East Village, Manhattan.

Lavallee: You come from a background in acting, so I’d like to have your perspective on Sean’s working process with actors and non-actors alike….how would you describe the synergy that he creates?

K. Cox: Sean has a talent and sensitivity in creating a space for humanity and inspired moments in a story to pour through. So whether he is working with a seasoned actor or not there is a safe place that he creates for one to feel they are protected while being vulnerable.

Lavallee: After Tiff (Ross Katz’s Adult Beginners) and now Sundance, this is back to back major film festivals for your Through Films venture. How do both features fit into your philosophy/mandate?

K. Cox: Our company
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Event Report: Texas Chainsaw Screening with William Friedkin & Tobe Hooper!

Monday evening, July 21st, 2014 was a very special night for horror fanatics based in the Los Angeles area! The Vista Theater in association with the fine folks over at the Cinefamily held a very special screening of the legendary horror classic ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre‘ to celebrate it’s 40th (!) anniversary. This version boasts a brand new 4K scan of the original 16 mm film elements, coupled with a new impressive & monstrous 7.1 sound mix, seeing this Dcp presentation was like experiencing Chain Saw for the first time all over again! The icing on the cake? Chainsaw writer/director Tobe Hooper would be in attendance to take part in a pre-show Q & A moderated & hosted by acclaimed filmmaker William Friedkin! How’d this pairing happen?! We’ll explain momentarily.

As lines of fans waited outside the theater, both for the doors to open and to get a glimpse of the famed director,
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Best of Fest: Caitlin’s Top Five Films of Sundance 2014

#5. Love Is Strange

Big-screen romance has moved far beyond cigar smoking gentlemen with obscenely chiseled jaw lines holding doors for iconic beauties that don’t mind being called “darling”. Slowly but surely, cinema has come to honor the wonderfully varied ways in which we connect. Yet there remains an obsession with aggressively youthful lovers (critically acclaimed Blue is the Warmest Color being a recent example). Ira Sach’s Love Is Strange portrays lifetime lovers Ben and George, beautifully performed by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina respectively, who finally tie the knot in a quaint lower Manhattan ceremony. The heartfelt portrait does not earn its praise simply because older gay couples have been underrepresented, but for capturing, with honesty, the tender intimacies shared by people that have spent 39 years in love. With the warmth of its domestic settings and slice-of-life sensibility, Love is Strange maintains its subtlety while delivering an emotional wallop.
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Michael Palin to return to TV drama in BBC1 thriller Remember Me

Monty Python star will play care home resident who witnesses death in three-part series – his first lead TV role since 1991

Michael Palin will take his first leading role in a TV drama for more than 20 years in BBC1's supernatural thriller Remember Me.

Palin, who will reunite with the rest of Monty Python later this year, plays a mysterious care home resident who is the only witness to a violent death in the three-part series, which began filming in Yorkshire this week.

The star's last leading role in a small screen drama was as a headteacher in Channel 4's acclaimed Alan Bleasdale series GBH, co-starring Robert Lindsay, in 1991.

"This is my first lead role in a TV drama series since GBH. It's also a return to Yorkshire, where I was born, brought up and learned my acting in amateur dramatics," said Palin. "I was attracted to Remember Me not only by the northern setting,
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Moonfleet; Michael Palin in Wyeth's World; Endeavour: Everest by Canoe – TV review

With Ray Winstone, I just can't suspend memories of previous performances. But Moonfleet was good fun all the same

"It's all about the inplay, Raimondo. The next musket, the next heaving bosom, the next yokel with blackened teeth. Bet in play. The latest odds. 4/1 The squire to get it in the head." "Thanks bruv. You're the daddy." I can't watch Ray Winstone these days without seeing Ray Winstone. In particular the Bet365 adverts that bookend almost every break in live football on TV. Winstone started out as a geezer tough guy character actor and he's now morphed into a geezer tough-guy character actor playing himself. It's all quite unsettling – not least when I'm trying to immerse myself in some escapist hokum.

Moonfleet (Sky1) was adapted from the 19th-century children's classic by J Meade Falkner and though the screenwriter took a few liberties with the original by merging two baddies into
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