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The Great Wall Interview: Zhang Yimou on Its Meaning and Misconceptions

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When the man who gave us such critically acclaimed, award-winning epics as Red Sorghum, Hero, and Raise the Red Lantern makes a self-described “popcorn flick,” it’s a pretty big deal. Director Zhang Yimou had a brief chat with me about some of the misconceptions and challenges of his internationally-produced “monster flick,” The Great Wall, and what it was like to make a film that his teenage sons could finally enjoy.   The Lady Miz Diva:  After A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop, I believe this is the second time you are working from a story written by Americans.  As those characters in that film were transformed into Chinese, was there any discussion with The Great Wall to have William and Tovar be Asian,...

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Why Aren't Writers Thanked at the Oscars?

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Ah, the Academy Awards. A time when the Hollywood elite come together to celebrate the best artists in show business, and each of the night's winners get the opportunity to climb the stage and thank all the people who've helped them achieve success and the professional approval of their peers. Spouses, agents, producers, directors, cinematographers, God, even Meryl Streep will all be praised and thanked, each for their amazing support. But, as you listen to the list of individuals who are thanked this year, please consider one important figure in the creative process who will, once again, go unsung: the writer. I know the trope of the "forgotten writer" is as old as a wife-in-peril plot, but it's also a stereotype because it's true. Rarely...

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Without Name: Watch The Full Trailer For Lorcan Finnegan's Hypnotic Debut

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We're big fans of Irish director Lorcan Finnegan in these parts and with his debut feature Without Name - an exercise in hypnotic, atmospheric dread - coming up on theatrical release in its native land the full trailer has arrived to whet the appetite. Without Name centers around land surveyor Eric (Alan McKenna) who travels to a remote and unnamed Irish woodland, to assess its suitability for a new development project. Here, he sets up temporary residence, in old unused house, right in the midst of the forest. Eric learns about the man who once occupied the house and begins to discover that all is not what it would appear to be in the woods. The idyllic backdrop almost seems to speak back to him...

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Crowdfund This! Bobby Miller's End Times Is A Comedy About Death And Squirrels.

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Following his debut feature The Master Cleanse, acclaimed indie oddity Bobby Miller is returning to the world of shorts with his upcoming End Times - a film Miller describes as a surreal and absurd short film about death. And if you're familiar with either The Master Cleanse or Miller's previous Sundance selected short Tub, then you know he's not kidding on those descriptions. When my step-dad passed away in 2011, I wrote a funny, bizarre short film called End Times about a man who finds a dying squirrel in a park and has a comedic existential crisis. But, I was so focused on getting my first feature film, The Master Cleanse made that I made excuses for myself not to make the short. While finishing...

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Review: Fabricated City, Mediocrity Hidden Behind Big-Budget Thrills

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Twelve years after the success of Korean War comedy-drama Welcome to Dongmakgol, director Park Kwang-hyun is finally back in theaters with the action-thriller Fabricated City. A tale of gamers and conspiracies in modern Seoul, Park's latest presents itself as a high concept twist on a familiar story but quickly abandons its ambitions and proceeds as a gratingly by-the-numbers effort. Unemployed Kwon Yoo spends his days in internet cafes as an ace gamer until one evening he is framed for a young woman's rape and murder in a motel room. The court case draws plenty of media attention and it doesn't take long for him to wind up behind bars for life. In prison, he has to learn to fight back as he faces daily beatings...

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Trapped: Watch the Trailer for Vikramaditya Motwane's Urban Isolation Thriller

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Mumbai is a city of around 25 million people, so it's hard to imagine a person ever being truly alone. However, in director Vikramaditya Motwane's (Lootera) new film Trapped, that's exactly the situation that Rajkummar Rao (Shahid, Aligarh, Kai Po Che) finds himself in after making a simple but tragic miscalculation, which leaves him locked inside his apartment at the top of one of the city's many high-rise apartment blocks. I was fortunate to see a first cut of this teaser last summer when I was in Mumbai and was more or less sworn to secrecy regarding what I'd seen. I'm glad I can finally share what looks like a terrifying urban version of Castaway with our Screen Anarchy readers. I even tried to program...

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Rest In Peace, Suzuki Seijun

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Cult Japanese filmmaker Suzuki Seijun has died at the age of 93. Best known for avant-garde yakuza masterpiece Branded to Kill, the director made his name turning out features for Nikkatsu studio throughout the 1960's. Starting his career at Shochiku, Suzuki moved to Nikkatsu in 1954. Stepping into the director's chair in 1956, he was highly productive over the next decade, putting out several titles a year, including such classics as Youth of the Beast, Gate of Flesh and Tokyo Drifter. The relationship between director and studio would eventually turn sour, with Suzuki earning the ire of his employers for his surreal and wildly imaginative takes on the studio's B-movie and yakuza material. Eventually he was fired and found himself struggling to get work for...

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Forzani And Cattet Offer A Fistful Of Bullets In New Laissez Bronzer Le Cadavres Image

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Fans of Amer and The Strange Color Of Your Body's Tears have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet's third feature - the fabulously titled western Laissez Bronzer Les Cadavres (Let The Corpses Tan) - and with production now wrapped we should expect to see the PR machine starting to kick into gear. The Mediterranean summer: blue sea, blazing sun….and 250 kg of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang! They had found the perfect hideout: an abandoned and remote hamlet now taken over by a woman artist in search for inspiration. Unfortunately surprise guests and two cops compromise their plan: the heavenly place where wild happenings and orgies used to take place turns into a gruesome battlefield….Relentless and mindblowing. Elina...

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'Red' receives L.A. premiere at North Hollywood CineFest

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The gritty and edgy thriller 'Red' will have its Los Angeles premiere on March 27 at the 4th annual North Hollywood Cinefest. The directorial debut of Branko Tomovic (24: Live Another Day, Fury, The Bourne Ultimatum) starring Dervla Kirwan (Ondine, Interlude in Prague) with Francesca Fowler (Doctor Who, Macbeth), is set in the underground world of illegal organ smuggling, the so-called red market.  It tells the story of a damaged and guilt-ridden man (Branko Tomovic) who works in this dangerous underground world but is trying to find a way out of it. The 20-minute film, produced by Kaissar Film and London based House Kino, has already won numerous awards and nominations on the international film festival circuit, including San Diego International Film Festival, Tangier International Film Festival, the European...

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Shimizu Takashi Unleashes His Little Nightmares

21 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST

It has been a while since Ju-On, Marebito and The Grudge director Shimizu Takashi has managed to make much of an impact with international audiences but for those of us who remember the raw power and impact of his early work there is a continuing hope that he may yet have a little bit left in the tank. Will Little Nightmares be the film to vault Shimizu back on to the international horror A list? Realistically, probably not given how rooted in a specifically Japanese pop culture aesthetic quite a lot of this imagery seems but there's quite a lot here to like for fans. With a story line that reads something like the bastard child of The Ring and The Pied Piper, Little Nightmares...

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Monsterfest 2017: Seventh Edition Now Open For Submissions And The Travelling Road Show

21 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST

Monsterfest 2017 is around the corner and we are pleased to announce that the festival Down Under is now accepting submissions for the seventh edition next Australian Spring, November 22nd through 26th.  Monster Fest, Australia’s premier genre film festival celebrating cult, horror and the fantastic, returns for its seventh edition November 22-26, 2017 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne, mounted with the support of Screen Australia. These dates include the festival’s industry component, The Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy, which will kick off the festival November 22 and 23.   Submissions are now open for Features, Short Films and Expanded Cinema Projects, with an Early Bird Deadline of April 21, a Regular Deadline of June 16 and a final, Extended Deadline of August...

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Enter the Nightmarish Vision of The Void With Pair Of Trailers

21 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST

Are you prepared to gaze deep into The Void? When directors Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie boldly declared that theirs was a vision worse than hell in their original pitch material they were, to a certain degree, throwing down the gauntlet to themselves. Have they delivered? Now's your chance to find out with a pair of wildly Nsfw trailers for the film having recently arrived to support the upcoming UK and Us releases. When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a barebones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads...

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Raven Banner Releases Don't Knock Twice And Stake Land II in Canada Today

21 February 2017 8:30 AM, PST

While we await word on what those plucky lads from Raven Banner picked up while over in Berlin at Efm two recent acquisitions are available to Canadians starting today.    We will start with Caradog James' horror flick Don't Knock Twice (above) starring Katee Sackoff is out today on iTunes and VOD.   “Knock once to wake her from her bed, twice to raise her from the dead…” So goes a disturbing urban legend involving an abandoned house supposedly inhabited by a vengeful, child-stealing witch. When troubled teen Chloe (Lucy Boynton) raps at the door one night, she has no idea the horror she’s about to unleash. Fleeing to the country home of her estranged mother (Katee Sackhoff)—a recovering addict who’s turned her life around to...

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Handsome Devil: Watch The Trailer For John Butler's Coming Of Age Drama

21 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST

Irish writer-director John Butler won a lot of love in these pages with his debut feature The Stag - later released on these shores as The Bachelor Weekend - and he has followed that crowd pleasing comedy with an equally strong second effort in Handsome Devil. Here's how the film was described on its premiere at the Toronto Intenrational Film Festival: With his dyed hair, willowy build, and penchant for sexually ambivalent pop and rock from generations past, 16-year-old Ned (Fionn O'Shea) has never fit in at the rugby-mad boarding school his father insists he attend. Determined to simply keep his nose down and weather another year of loneliness and bullying, Ned is pleasantly surprised when he develops a friendship with his dashing new roommate,...

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AnarchyVision: I Am Not Your Negro, A United Kingdom, Get Out

21 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST

In this week's video, we look at a couple films that provide very different views of mixed-race relationships, the historical drama A United Kingdom and the horror/dark comedy from Jordan Peele Get Out. We also consider I Am Not Your Negro, an extraordinary doc that takes the writings of James Baldwin about his friends and civil rights icons and brings the words to life. Finally, a brief tribute to Sharkwater director Rob Stewart, who recently died while shooting another of his nature films....

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Have Your Say: What's The Best Theatrically Released Documentary Ever?

21 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST

Theatrically released documentaries are a strange sub-class of film. Sometimes they can get away with not having a narrative or (other) technical merits, when the subject is interesting enough to just point a camera at. Sometimes, they take a mundane subject but manage to create a work of art through interpretation, juxtaposing, narration and editing. Documentaries are also often regarded as news rather than entertainment. With that in mind, documentaries are not often what we have in mind when we think of blockbusting crowd-pleasers. Interestingly, these films do have the potential to become hugely popular at film festivals though. Looking through the audience favorites at the International Film Festival Rotterdam reveals that there are no less than three documentaries in the top 5: It Hurts...

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NoHo Cinefest announces exciting 2017 program

21 February 2017 6:33 AM, PST

The North Hollywood CineFest just published their program for their highly anticipated 4th edition. This year's festival will run from March 24-30 in Los Angeles and the fantastic line-up includes new work from established and fresh filmmaking talent. Look out for Speak Now by Melissa VitelloGhost in the Machine by Brock HumphreyThe Lady Killers by Phil LeirnessDespite The Falling Snow by Shamim SarifRed by Branko Tomovic, Welcome to Willits by Trevor RyanToY by Patrick ChapmanAmerican Fango by Gabriele AltobelliHouse By The Lake by Adam GieraschH.O.M.E. by Daniel Maldonado and many more...   The festival kicks off on March 24 with I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker by Clayton Cogswell and offers many La and world premieres in the following days, including American Fango, Bear with Us, The Big Day and Speak Now. The...

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The Right To Live Receives Amazon Release.

20 February 2017 11:45 PM, PST

    Raystar Film Release's it's Latest film about domestic violence, Told  Through The Life of three heterosexual married couples and one lesbian couple.  Michele Frantzeskos and Nancy Vazquez founders of Raystar Film And Production Inc. Two women who come from two different walks of life, both come from abusive backgrounds, that came together and shared the same vision to help save lives. Both are the Writers, Directors, Producers, Editors and Songwriters for the film called “The Right To Live”. The message seeking film is about Domestic Violence and all types of abuse.   The Film Makers are hoping that their message will educate, and empower women to talk about what they have been through in hopes that it will help them heal so that they...

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Melbourne Queer 2017: Full Program and Guests Announced

20 February 2017 6:38 PM, PST

The sexually charged, dynamic and fun full program for the 2017 edition of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival has recently been announced. This diverse cocktail of loud and proud cinema guarantees to be eye-opening and represents the pinnacle of queer voices in contemporary cinema. See the official announcement below. Now in its 27th year, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival launched its massive 2017 program tonight encompassing 135 films from 30 countries, including 47 features and 15 documentaries. “With this year’s Festival we wanted to showcase the films that have won top honours for the biggest queer film awards around the world, including Tomcat, the Berlin Teddy Award winner, and the Cannes Queer Palm winner, The Lives of Thérèse,” said Mqff Program Manager Spiro Economopoulos. The...

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Crowdfund This: In Skywatch, Corporations Abuse Their Power

20 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST

Updated: Mea culpa. Looks like I misread the Skywatch teaser entirely, according to the filmmakers, and so I apologize to them and to all readers for my misleading original headline and opening paragraphs. To avoid confusion, I have deleted my opening two paragraphs. I remain firm in my belief that the teaser looks quite good and the project is very promising, so please don't allow my mistake to dissuade you from investigating further. Here's a new description, followed by the remainder of the original post. Skywatch is "about corporations abusing their power to surveil and control the population and how some kids playing a prank on the girl next door unwittingly stumble into the middle of a massive conspiracy," according to producer Andre Danylevic. Uriah...

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