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Mayhem Film Festival Presents The Created Woman Program In December!

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If you happen to find yourself in Nottingham, England during the weekend of December 5th through 7th then you should take some time out to attend the Mayhem Film Festival's program The Created Woman. Presented in partnership with Film Hub Central East and the BFI's nationwide Sci-Fi program 'Days of Fear and Wonder' this weekend long event will explore the theme of the created woman. It is a theme that gets explored a lot within the sci-fi genre, "through creating the "perfect" woman, creation gone wrong, constructing wives and daughters through to conjuring of the woman".Chris Cooke, Mayhem Co-Director and The Created Woman Co-Programmer, says: As part of an exciting science fiction strand we've put together an amazing programme of cult science fiction cinema. There is something for...

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Watch: Men In Funny Clothes In It's A Disaster Director Todd Berger's World Premiere Music Video For Maxie Dean's Tornado

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Nope it's not Kansas. It ain't Oz either. Instead it's La's trendy Echo Park neighborhood that plays home for this brand new music video for the band Maxie Dean's hit song Tornado. The world premiere of this stylized vid comes to us courtesy of director Todd Berger who you may know as member of the comedy troupe The Vacationeers and director of the 2013 apocalyptic laugher It's A Disaster. Here's what Mr. Berger had to say about his inspiration: We all know that L Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz was a satire of the 1890's Us economy with the Yellow Brick Road representing the reliance on the gold standard, The Scarecrow representing the plight of the American farmer, the Tin Man representing the...

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Meeting The Criterion: Heart And Minds

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It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collections great releases from the last year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or director there's a good chance you'll see some releases that are bound to end up on your must remember to get list. Older documentaries about war are easy to dismiss as old news, or bland history lessons. Indeed the endless spate of politicized docs makes it difficult for any film to rise above the white noise or do more than preach to the choir these days. But neither the passage of time or the now obvious point of view espoused by Peter Davis' Hearts and...

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Five Flavours 2014 Review: In The Dark, A Ridiculous Mess Of A Horror Film

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If there's one thing that may help the viewers at least partially understand why In The Dark is such a poorly executed and totally un-scary horror (or rather an accidental comedy masquerading as a supernatural horror), it's the following story: Promising Malaysian director Yeo Joon-han made a debut on the international film scene with a seemingly crowd-pleasing musical comedy Sell Out!. Despite successful festival run, the picture didn't gain much attention on home ground and became a huge box office flop, mainly because of various misconceptions regarding its concept and English-speaking cast. But the ambition-driven director didn't give up and immediately announced that his second feature will be a heartwarming family film. Unfortunately, the producers, worried that this particular project might also scare away potential ticket...

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Iranian Martial Arts Star Ramin Sohrab Kicks His Way Through The Malek Promo

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What's that? An Iranian martial arts star seems like an unlikely sort of thing to you? Well, I'd wager very few people were wondering where the next Iranian vampire story would come from before A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night sauntered through Sundance and that ended up working out just fine, so ...Meet Ramin Sohrab, the son of an Iranian martial arts master who spends at least part of his time in Finland - where he had some involvement in Aj Annila's Jade Warrior - but his focus now is on the Tehran set feature film Malek. With the film currently in development, Sohrab has released a promo reel which he directed and choreographed himself to show off both his skills and the look...

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The Stack: Holiday Gift Guide 2014, Episode One - Canfield Talks Squirm, Vincent Price, Werner Herzog, And More

17 hours ago

Happy Holidays from The Stack! I'm kicking off this year's massive holiday gift guide with a look at every single Scream Factory 2014 release. But do not worry I've got a ton of fun box sets and Se's to make the Blu-ray DVD lover in you squeal. The nice thing about Scream Factory releases is that they make great little stockin' stuffers. First up is Dolls (1987) directed by Stuart Gordon. It's a marvelous little fairy tale with gore shocker accents. Squirm (1976) directed by Jeff Lieberman finally hits blu-ray with a bait load of extras. Really exciting is the blu-ray release of the Vincent Price Collection II which contains beautiful transfers of seven Price classics; The Raven (1963), Return of the Fly (1959), House on Haunted Hill (1959), Dr. Phibes Rises...

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Trailer for Jurassic World Offers More of the Same (Dinosaurs)

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Can Star Lord (Chris Pratt) carry another Big Studio franchise title without Mixtape #1? If said franchise is heavy with dinosaurs, chase sequences and life finding a way, he may not have to carry much; only look up and grimace into the camera and then run. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), the fourth entry in the series is looking a lot like the first entry, sans any sense of wonder. Your mileage may vary in terms of desire to head back to the Park for another catastrophe at the hands of hubris, but nobody can be accused of re-inventing...

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Review: Death Metal Angola Rocks Our World

18 hours ago

Angola is the very definition of a war-torn African nation. The country endured almost constant war for the forty years prior to 2002. A lasting peace accord was finally reached, but four decades of violence have decimated Angola's cultural legacy, and left a populace deeply wounded by the ravages of war. This is the backdrop for Death Metal Angola, a documentary about the surprising, and thriving, death metal scene in the West African country. Anchoring this inspired film is an almost transcendental couple; Sonia Ferreira and Wilker Flores live and breathe hardcore rock and roll, and dream of holding the first-ever national rock concert in their war-torn city of Huambo. They also run the Okutiuka Orphanage, where Ferreira is "mother" to 55 children. These youths prove...

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Crowdfund This: Aussie Scifi Subject 14 Asks Who Is Contacting Us From The Future?

19 hours ago

The producers of writer-director Seth Larney's science fiction project Subject 14 have set an ambitious goal for themselves, aiming to raise a hundred thousand Australian dollars in a crowd funding campaign to get the project off the ground. But given the quality of the material, an unusual transmedia approach and the presence of Battlestar Galactica producer Michael Rymer on the team - as is Oscar nominated director Luke Doolan, serving here as editor - I very much hope they make their goal.From a dystopian future, where the planet has been deforested and an oxygen crisis consumes the lives of many on earth, a young man is forced into a newly developed time machine, when a message is received from the future with his name in...

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Latin Beat: Mexican Film Community United For Ayotzinapa's 43 Missing Students

20 hours ago

As I write this, the aftershock of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting and killing a man in Ferguson, Missouri, is dominating the news here in the U.S. Of course, angry protests are not limited to the U.S., and last week demonstrations were held in Mexico City. Why the protests, and how and why did the Mexican film community respond? Our own Eric Ortiz Garcia, who is based in Mexico City, reports. (See below.)...

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Meeting The Criterion: It's A Criterion Christmas And You Get Riot In Cell Block 11

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It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collections great releases from the last year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or director there's a good chance you'll see some releases that are bound to end up on your must remember to get list. First up I'm looking at Riot in Cell Block 11. Made in 1954 this is a treasure trove for classic cinema lovers . You get performances by a large number of highly recognizable character actors. Neville Brand the heavy in countless westerns and film noires like D.O. A. (1950) and great classics like Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and Stalag 17 (1953),  just shines here as the leader of...

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Crowdfund This: A Pilot For A Cannon Busters Animated Series

25 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST

Writer-director LeSean Thomas is primarily known for his work on famed animated series The Boondocks (which he co-directed), as well as working on Legend of Korra and Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Now, he wants to make an animated series based on his own graphic novel Cannon Busters, described as "What happened if The Wizard of Oz met The Hidden Fortress with influences derived from Escaflowne, hip-hop, and classic RPGs". Taking the official story synopsis: Follow the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship droid who's joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M's best friend, the heir to a...

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Hey Australia! Win Tickets To See Kwak Jae-young's Meet Miss Anxiety In Cinemas!

24 November 2014 7:00 PM, PST

South Korean director Kwak Jae-young is best known for his classic romantic comedy My Sassy Girl (2001). His latest film Meet Miss Anxiety has a predominatly Chinese cast that includes Zhou Xun, Tong Dawei, Wallace Chung and Zhang Zilin. It is the director's first film since 2008, when Cyborg She and My Mighty Princess were released.  Thanks to its distributor Magnum Films, we have Five double passes to give away to our readers. For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps:1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]twitchfilm.netMeet Miss Anxiety will open in Australian cinemas on December 5, and this competition will close at 3pm on December 2. -- Good...

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Shot Entirely On An iPhone, Check Out The Trailer For Indie Horror Jennifer Help Us

24 November 2014 1:00 PM, PST

Whenever I come across a project like indie horror Jennifer Help Us from writer / director Juan Ortiz I am reminded of an interview I read once with U2 guitar player The Edge. The interviewer asked about what sort of guitars The Edge likes, obviously wanting to get into a detailed conversation about gear. His answer? "I like black ones." The implication being that if you know what you're doing, and you know the strengths and limits of whatever equipment you're using, you can get a good result no matter what. Which is where I point out that Ortiz shot his entire feature film using only an iPhone 4s. But you'd never know it to look at it.Jennifer Help Us is a story about a...

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Benson And Moorhead's Spring Wins Paris International Fantastic Film Festival

24 November 2014 12:30 PM, PST

The 2014 edition of the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival has just wrapped up and while we await an English press release of the festival award winners, well ... we don't actually have to wait for the press release because they're all listed on the website. And at the top of the list as the Best International Feature Film is Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson's Spring. Also awarded in the features prizes is Fabrice du Welz's Alleluia, which takes the Cine+ Frisson Award with awarded short films including Spencer Brown's The Boy With A Camera For A Face, Remy Rondeau's Puzzle, and Lorenzo Recio's Shadow.[Full disclosure: I'm a credited executive producer on Spring so while Aaron and Justin (and Dave Lawson and a bunch of...

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First Images From Karyn Kusama's Dark Thriller The Invitation

24 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST

Away from the big screen for a few years now Girlfight, Aeon Flux and Jennifer's Body director Karyn Kusama makes her return with dark thriller The Invitation. Logan Marshall Green, Tammy Blanchard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Michiel Huisman star in the film, which is now in post production.Will and Eden were once a loving couple with a beautiful child. After a tragedy took their son from them, Eden disappeared suddenly, leaving her grieving husband behind. Three years later, out of the blue, she has returned with a new husband... and as a different person, profoundly and eerily changed.On a dark night in the Hollywood Hills, Will returns to the house in which they lived for a reunion with Eden, his new girlfriend, Kira, and the group...

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Descend Into Horror With Trailer For Aja Produced The Pyramid

24 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST

A long time collaborator with Alexandre Aja - for whom he wrote Haute Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Mirrors while also producing Piranha 3D - Gregory Levasseur steps into the director's chair for his feature debut The Pyramid, with Aja returning the favor and serving in a producer role.And what have they cooked up? If the trailer is anything to go by the duo is gunning for the sort of subterranean claustrophobia that drove Neil Marshall's The Descent with the action transposed to the inside of an ancient Egyptian pyramid. Yes, there's something still alive in there and it may not have been the best idea to crack it open.Take a look at the trailer below....

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Blu-ray Review: Street Fighter Assassins Fist Is Fueled By Passion

24 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST

Made on a relatively shoe-string budget with thanks to Kickstarter, this reimagined Street Fighter origin tale Assassins Fist came to fruition as brief twelve minute webisodes; ten in total. After its success on YouTube, the show was then turned into a proper film, exceeding two hours and cut from the webisode material. It is unfortunate then that this feature-length format does not work at all for the concept as the basic story and limited resources become major detriments as they are fully exposed.Director Joey Ansah, former stuntman, actor and fighting game devotee decided to create an authentic tale far beyond the basic idiocy of the currently existing live-action films. Ansah and Christian Howard (co-writer) take proceedings incredibly seriously and are dedicated to telling a...

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Get Eaten By A Dinosaur In Iron Sky 2!

24 November 2014 7:45 AM, PST

Now here's an opportunity that doesn't come around every day: The Iron Sky team have themselves a very hungry dinosaur that needs feeding and you could be lunch. Yup, they're throwing down with another crowd funding effort and the big reward on offer is one hell of a fantastic death. Fans To Get Eaten By A Dinosaur In Iron Sky 2 Iron Sky The Coming Race filmmakers have launched today a new perk to the fans and fan funders - to get eaten on the big screen by a dinosaur. Pioneering a new level of fan involvement, the director Timo Vuorensola and Iron Sky team offers fans a possibility to support the film and choose a way a dinosaur consumes them in the film. Three...

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Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Hunger Games, Homesman, Mike Nichols and Much More!

24 November 2014 7:30 AM, PST

There was another lag in getting video feeds for the last couple weeks, so here for your viewing pleasure are three Twitchvisions to gorge on!This week we look back at the career of Egot winner Mike Nichols, as well as the latest Hunger Games film and Tommy Lee Jone's Homesman.Last week I broadcast from the Starz Denver Film Festival, chatting up Overnighters, Rosewater and CitizenFour.The week before we discussed Interstellar and Big Hero 6, as well as some war films meant to commemorate Remembrance Day.Videos embedded below...

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