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Werner Herzog To Chat Up The Zellners At La's Sundance Next Fest

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Sundance has been up to some very cool things lately - even outside of their marquee January festival. Not the least of which is their Sundance Next Fest taking place August 7-10 in Los Angeles. The fest features six of the festival's coolest films including Life After Beth, The Guest, and Imperial Dreams. The headlining film each night also features a live performance from a hip musical act. Here's how Sundance is describing the fest: Fueled by the renegade spirit of independent artists, Sundance Next Fest is a new breed of festival experience celebrating the intersection of music and film. Next Fest kicks off with an outdoor screening of a classic Sundance film with Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and continues through the weekend...

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BBC's Terrifying The Boy From Space Finally Coming To DVD

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British readers of a certain age may well still be haunted by images from the BBC's incredibly disturbing children's TV show The Boy From Space. Created as part of the Beeb's educational Look And Read series, it was originally broadcast in 1971 and again in 1980 and follows the startling discovery of an extra-terrestrial being by two inquisitive young British children. While perhaps a niche nostalgia item that may seem alien to many, The Boy From Space was a hugely influential piece of work when it first came out, and its surreal style and imagery dug deep into the memories and imaginations of a generation, where they have lain dormant until now. The Boy From Space will be released in a 2-disc DVD set by the...

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Calling All Music Lovers! Sound + Vision 2014 Brings Various Sonic Delights to NYC

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Sound + Vision Film Festival, a showcase of music documentaries from world over, celebrates its second outing at Fslc, here in NYC. This year's festival consists of eclectic mix of new films, retrospectives and musical performances and more. The lineup includes spotlights on subjects like a Japanese trance didgeridoo player, seminal atmospheric bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s, a Mexican acoustic duo who combine thrash metal and flamenco, and music created on 1980s video-game hardware.Opening night selection is Beautiful Noise, a documentary on the rise of the influential 'wall-of-sound' scene that started with Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. The series concludes with Florian Habicht's Pulp, which follows iconic Brit band Pulp and the lead-up to their reunion...

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Destroy All Monsters: All The World Is Waiting For You, Wonder Woman

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What a difference a year makes. At last year's Comic Con, Wonder Woman was "tricky." At the 2014 event, she was the belle of the ball. Admittedly, it was a slow news year. Zack Snyder's reveal of Gal Gadot's costume for 2016's still horrendously titled Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was the loudest sizzle at an event that keeps itself carefully devoid of steak. Aside from a roaring Mad Max trailer and the announcement of a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, what did Wonder Woman have to compete with, news-wise? A King Kong prequel? Let's take a moment to doff our caps to Henry Cavill, who's having the sort of career ignominy we've come to expect of our Superman actors: he's now arguably...

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PiFan 2014 Review: My Ordinary Love Story Is Not Your Ordinary Rom-Com

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Expectations play a large role in how we consume and react to cinema, particularly in the commercial realm. Genre formulas are so clearcut than any deviation is immediately noticeable. Some variation is required to prevent things from getting stale but anything too jarring and you run the risk of alienating your audience. The new Korean romcom (or is it?) My Ordinary Love Story takes such a risk as it veers way off course, but this is one gamble that pays off in spades. Eun-jin has been unlucky in love throughout her life and just as she is about to give up, she meets the bumbling but sweet Hyeon-suk. Things go well between them, but not long after their engagement she begins to suspect that he...

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Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy

29 July 2014 7:00 PM, PDT

It starts with the soothing sounds of 10cc's "I'm Not In Love". Waves of reverb crash over the Rhodes electric piano riff, a building crescendo vocal harmonies that lead to the plaintive lead vocal line. Thus begins our look at "Awesome Mix 1", the cassette tape that serves as personal soundtrack for a young Peter Quill.The opening sequence of the film is a flashback, and it's one that pulls few emotional punches. Sure, it's heavy handed (literally), but it demonstrates that James Gunn and his writers are trying something a bit different over here in this corner of the Marvel universe, adding in a bit more pathos to the proceedings.Equally, there's a lot more overt silliness, and part of the charm of these characters is...

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Fantasia 2014 Interview: Talking The Midnight Swim And Emotional Pov With Sarah Adina Smith

29 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT

After directing a number of short films, The Midnight Swim is the first feature of young director Sarah Adina Smith. I detected a note of exhaustion and overwhelmed frazzle still lingering from the generous reception of the film the previous night. Sarah was generous enough to extend me some indulgence for an long cup of coffee on the eve of her exit from Montreal with her family (including her significant other and cinematographer pictured above.) With pale, diffuse light cascading in through the tall window of an empty hotel dining hall and eerie, almost absolute, silence outside of the tinkling our our stirring spoons, we casually chatted about her delicate and emotive film, and subjects both mundane and profound. Empathy, the art of listening, the nature...

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Fantasia 2014 Review: Cybernatural

29 July 2014 5:00 PM, PDT

Man, I hate Facebook.Sure, it's what the cool kids have been using these days, at least until Snapchat started taking over as the dominant way of communicating without your mom seeing. While for us old people it's a great way of stalking your ex or getting baby pics shoved down your feed, I dread to think what my high school experience would have been like with this kind of reciprocal social media. Sure, I'm a Twitter fiend (@filmfest_ca... *cough*), but in many ways that's a broadcast medium, pyrimidal in construction. I can tweet out, and not necessarily read what's coming in.I like it that way. Facebook by its very nature is is a two way street, it forces relationships upon its users. You do something...

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La Film Fans! Win Tix to The Guest at Sundance Next Fest

29 July 2014 3:30 PM, PDT

If you've been biding your time, waiting for a chance to see Adam Wingard's raucous You're Next follow-up The Guest ahead of its September 17 theatrical release from Picturehouse, then we've got some good news for you. Twitch is giving away three pairs of tickets to Sundance Next Fest screening of the film Sunday, August 10th, at 4pm at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Los Angeles. If you're in La and want to see the film one reviewer called "undeniable enjoyment," then shoot an email to contests@twitchfilm.net by 6pm Thursday, July 31 to be entered to win. Here's the official synopsis followed by the teaser trailer for your viewing enjoyment. A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend...

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The Dead Hearts Keep Beating In Trailer For Whimsical Horror Short

29 July 2014 2:30 PM, PDT

Ah, to be young, a mortician and in love. Such is the case in writer-director Stephen W. Martin's short film Dead Hearts and it would appear he's got quite the charmer on his hands.Dead Hearts is a whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, kung fu, and biker werewolves.Taxidermy, kung fu and biker werewolves? All in one place? Yes, please! The trailer for this one is an awful lot of fun, take a look below....

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Review: Sharknado 2: The Second One, A Silly Story In Which Every Moment Is Outlandish

29 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct and Thunder Levin returns to write another outrageous chapter of cult phenomenon Sharknado, with Sharknado 2: The Second One. Fans of the first one will be pleased to know they do not diverge much from the formula of the first one.  The film opens with Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and April Wexler (Tara Reid) flying back to New York for a bit of them time, family time and an appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael. April wrote a book about their encounter with the Sharknado in Los Angeles - How to Survive a Sharknado. I do not know how you fill an entire book with helpful hints to avoid a watery shark filled apocalypse. You can only write...

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Toronto 2014 Docu Lineup Announced

29 July 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

Finishing off a big day for the Toronto International Film Fest that included announcements of the fest's Midnight, Vanguard, and Masters slates, the good folks at Tiff also let us know what will be coming up in the Documentaries program unspooling September 4. The lineup includes films from such recognizable names as Fan Lixin (Last Train Home), Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing), and perhaps most surprisingly, Ethan Hawke. The full lineup is below. Beats of the Antonov Hajooj Kuka, Sudan/South Africa Beats of the Antonov follows refugees from the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan as they survive displacement and the trauma of civil war. Music, a cornerstone of their traditions and identity, becomes itself a vehicle for survival. World Premiere I Am...

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Fantasia 2014 Review: Indonesian Action Flick Guardian Frustrates

29 July 2014 12:15 PM, PDT

Marysa is getting pretty sick and tired of her mom, Sarah, haranguing her about her martial arts studies. She just wants to be a normal teenage girl and hang out with her best friend. But Sarah is insistent on these lessons, fearing what is to come. Sarah knows something but will not tell Marysa which only strains their relationship. Then that day comes and in an explosion of bullets Sarah and Marysa are off and running away from bad guys toting machine guns and rocket launchers. Not too far behind is Paquita and her crew. Everyone wants Marysa but she does not know why. Kardit's film certainly is entertaining. I laughed as much with it as I did at it. Guardian has no shortage of passion and...

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Winterbottom, Godard, Hong Sang-soo Anchor Toronto 2014 Masters Lineup

29 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

Along with today's Vanguard, Midnight, and Docs announcements, the Toronto International Film Festival also dropped word on their Masters program for the 2014 fest that kicks off September 4. There are some Twitch faves on the nine-film list. We'll get right to it with the full lineup. 1001 Grams Bent Hamer, Norway/Germany/France When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and love that ends up on the scale. Starring Ane Dahl Torp, Laurent Stocker and Stein Winge. World Premiere A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron) Roy Andersson, Sweden/Norway/France/Germany Like a modern-day Don Quixote and Sancho Panza,...

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Fear & Loathing At Comic-Con, Part 3: Reptilian Rape Culture

29 July 2014 11:01 AM, PDT

Chapter 6: Sell It To Me, Baby!Uzi is adamant that we get dinner immediately after finishing our session with the Landmark Forum. "What are you in the mood for, Greg? I could go for some Mexican. Scratch that, I Need some Mexican. How do you feel about tacos, Greg?""I like tacos, who doesn't?""Good. You can't talk shop on empty stomach. Follow me."Uzi tells me that he comes to San Diego often for business and that the Gas Lamp district is just a tourist wasteland of shitty chain restaurants and crappy fusion restaurants that cater to the hip artisan lunch truck crowds who worship at the altar of everything Austin. If we want good food, we need to travel. Uzi has to explain it to that we are...

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Archie Kao And Anita Yuen Visit The Deathday Party

29 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

You just know from the title that whatever Archie Kao and Anita Yuen find at The Deathday Party they're probably not going to like it very much. But they're going anyway, whether they want to or not, and we've got the trailer for director Hang Tse's mainland Chinese thriller to give you a taste.Helen and Danny are happily married and about to have a child.  Things take a turn when Danny is crippled in an accident whilst trying to save Helen and their unborn child.  6 years later, Danny is still not getting any better,... and he begs Helen to help him end his misery... or did he?  Using modern science, investigators go into Helen's subconscious and send her to The Deathday Party (死亡派对), to...

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Dave McKean, Moorhead / Benson, Strickland, Miike And Du Welz Head Toronto's Vanguard

29 July 2014 9:15 AM, PDT

Like a bit of art with your weird? Then get yourself to the Vanguard program at the Toronto International Film Festival, home to the edgy stuff with emotional heft. And what will you find there? Resolution duo Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson's sophomore effort, Spring, for one thing, alongside Dave McKean's Luna, Fabrice du Welz's Alleluia, Peter Strickland's The Duke Of Burgundy, Miike's Over Your Dead Body and the proverbial so much more. Check out the full announcement below.Peter Strickland, Takashi Miike And Fabrice Du Welz Lead Vanguard Programme Designed To Seduce Sophisticated Thrill SEEKERSThe Toronto International Film Festival Vanguard programme seduces audiences with a sensory experience full of mystery and boundary-busting madness, with bold international films that walk the razor's edge. International programmer Colin...

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NY's Totally Free Wassaic Project Film Fest Kicks Off This Friday

29 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

The hamlet of Wassaic, New York has long been a hub for the artist communities in the Hudson Valley. And for another year, the arts org known as the Wassaic Project is putting on its own film festival. This mini-fest runs August 1-3 as part of the broader Wassaic Project Summer Festival. A short train ride from the bustle of NYC, the Wassaic Fest gives city-dwellers a chance to escape and see some (free) flicks from some of the emerging voices in indie cinema. Wassaic Project Director of Film Liliana Greenfield-Sanders had this to say: We've created something I'm very proud to be a part of - an inclusive and free arts festival that's only a train ride away from NYC. We offer our audiences...

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Sono, Smith And Balaguero Anchor Toronto's Midnight Madness Lineup

29 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

Looking for the latest doses of cinematic insanity from Sono Sion, Kevin Smith and Jaume Balaguero? Anxious for the return of Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander? Lusting after Not Quite Hollywood director Mark Hartley's return to documentary? Well, get yourself to Toronto in September where all of those and more will be part of a sterling Midnight Madness lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival. It's surprising to see a pair of titles repeat from the midnight program in Sundance nine months previous, yes, but hey - when those two titles are the raved about The Guest from Adam Wingard and What We Do In The Shadows from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi it's awfully hard to complain. Check the full announcement below!Midnight Madness Packs...

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Review: War Story, A Devastating Study Of Conflict, From Within

29 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

Mark Jackson did not so much as burst forth onto the independent film scene in 2011 with his brilliant first feature Without. Rather he made a careful set of imprints and impressions, distinct and measured, over the entire year on the international festival circuit. I caught wind of this debut not too long after its premiere at Slamdance, intrigued by the images of Joslyn, a young woman distraught and nearly alone in a big house in the big woods -- nearly alone, for her only companion was a disabled old man she had to care for like an infant. A brilliant anti-cathartic piece of cinema on remorse and loss, Without became my favorite film of that year, and one that ranks for me amongst the...

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