4 items from 2014
Like the megalomaniac in a one-dimensional Hollywood blockbuster, Takashi Murakami won’t be satisfied with anything less than world domination. So what better way for the influential Japanese artist to expand his grip on the popular imagination than by making a children’s movie with massive commercial appeal? That was the idea anyway, although Murakami’s “Jellyfish Eyes” failed to connect with local auds when released in April 2013, leaving the likably dopey pseudo-Spielbergian pastiche — which blends Godzilla movies, Pokemon cartoons and other stock fantasy elements with disappointingly generic results — to do the rounds of special-event screenings at international film festivals and museums.
Often likened to Andy Warhol in the way his output attempts to elevate low culture to a position of artistic respect, Murakami couldn’t have chosen a more different entree into filmmaking from his idol. Whereas Warhol’s first cinematic forays were edgy, sexually transgressive works that played »
- Peter Debruge
Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.
New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.
Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.
View the whole press release of additional announcements below:
Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »
- Brian Welk
Texas Frightmare Weekend is proud to reveal its 2014 schedule that jam packed with things to do, people to see, and screams to be had! Read on for all of the latest, and if you're gonna be in attendance... consider us officially jealous!
From the Press Release
Just when fans didn't think Texas Frightmare Weekend could get any more epic... it does - in a huge way! America's largest horror convention is proud to announce several new free film screenings, guests, and events to take place at Dallas, Texas' Dfw Hyatt Regency this May 2, 3, and 4 - cementing Tfw's reputation as the biggest and best gathering of horror fandom in the USA!
In addition to our numerous previously-announced free screenings, Tfw is also proud to host the World Premiere of Billy Pon's Circus of the Dead and the North American Premiere of the Japanese splatter anthology Zombie TV - from Maelie Makuno, »
- Steve Barton
Kimyô na sâkasu (Strange Circus)
Written by Shion Sono
Directed by Shion Sono
Twists and turns have been a point of contention for many a cinephile for some time now. There are countless blog posts about how much of a hack M. Night Shyamalan is simply because of his usage of twists in his films. The truth of the matter is that there’s no problem whatsoever with a twist within the narrative of a film as long as it is handled well. In Kimyô na sâkasu there isn’t just a twist, there are a series of twists that culminate in one mamma jamma of a twist ending. Again, judgment of a twist comes down to how it is executed and how it affects the story. Kimyô na sâkasu is a film where every one of its twists is merited and makes for a far more interesting viewing experience. »
- Bill Thompson
4 items from 2014
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