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What The Film Festival 2017: A Japanese Evil Dead Remake, A Gorilla in Sunglasses And Cats Making Carrie

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Hey, Toronto. If you are in the mood to have your mind blown without the aid of recreational pharmaceuticals this Saturday then you will want to check out the What The Film Festival happening at The Royal this Saturday.   Hosted by the Laser Blast Film Society, a monthly curated series of VHS action oddities at the cinema, the programmers Peter Kuplowsky and Justin Decloux have a knack for finding cinema that runs outside of the norm. They pick the best of the crop each year and we willingly subject ourselves to their selections.   Of the three selections this year, I have only seen She’s Allergic To Cats, but I am looking forward to seeing the Japanese version of Evil Dead, Bloody Muscle Body...

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10+ Years Later: Can The Mummy Returns Withstand The Test Of Time?

18 hours ago

When I saw Stephen Sommers' fun creature feature Deep Rising, back in 1998, I immediately added him to the list of directors to keep an eye on. That was because I had an absolute blast with the film, warts and all, even though many of my friends thought it was garbage. Two things in particular had tickled my fancy: I liked that it contained characters who had a fun chemistry with each other, and I loved that the film deployed a strange timing with regards to the jokes. Especially bad jokes depend on timing and delivery, and apparently Stephen Sommers and I just happened to share the same sense of rhythm. So when early reports on Aint-It-Cool-News told that Sommers' next film The Mummy looked...

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Cybertronic Warrior: Steve Kostanski's Awesome Music Video For The Cybertronic Spree!

19 hours ago

Stop everything you are doing, right now. The Cybertronic Spree, the hair metal band that dresses up like the classic Transformers and plays songs from the animated movie, have just dropped their first original single, Cybertronic Warrior, and it is a sight to behold. If you are a fan of the animated Transformers show/movie and hair metal then this is your lucky day! We have the brand new music video below, directed by Manborg and The Void's Steve Kostanski!  Turn up the volume and raise your Unicron Horns to the sky!...

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany in Stronger: Watch First Trailer

19 hours ago

Hollywood's first attempt to dramatize the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Patriots Day, did not turn out so well in the eyes of local resident -- and our associate editor -- Michele "Izzy" Galgana. (Read her complete article as to why.) Will the next do any better? Stronger tightens its focus to tell the true story of one victim, played by Jake Gyllenhall, with Tatiana Maslany as his ex-girlfriend. David Gordon Green directed. The official synopsis supplies context: Stronger is the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become the symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff, a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at...

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First Soundtrack Trailer Heads to the Arctic for Eco-Drama

20 hours ago

The first trailer for Soundtrack sets up a very cold premise, starting with its setting: the Arctic. Its very strong, serious, dramatic tone suggests that something more is going on under the surface. The official synopsis provides more details: The Soundtrack of a life. Cris (Selton Mello), a young artist still trying to find his place on the tough world of arts, gets from Brazilian Government special permit to stay a month in an isolated international research station surrounded by nothing but ice. His goal is to prepare an exhibition mixing music and photography. Cris will go against his own defined concepts and values, as he spends time with other researchers discovering Planet Earth on an never seen perspective. This shock will result on this...

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Review: The Big Sick Skillfully Tackles Weighty Themes With a Light Comic Touch

20 hours ago

Whenever The Simpsons offered moments of unexpectedly touching sweetness, the writers would refer to these moments as "Jimmys", as in, showrunner James L. Brooks, who enjoyed providing the family with bouts of humanity. Walking the line of comedy and drama is something Brooks excelled at throughout his entire career, both in television and film, and you might say the greatest descendants of this craft are filmmakers like Judd Apatow, and lately, Michael Showalter. Thus, it is lovely to see these two great minds teaming up to collaborate on Kumail Nanjiani and wife, Emily V. Gordon’s autobiographical, The Big Sick, which tells the uniquely true story of their own troubled courtship. The Apatow produced, Showalter directed film stars Kumail as an outsider comedian struggling to rise...

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Marshall Trailer Transforms Social Justice into a Modern Thriller

21 hours ago

A biographical movie about the early days of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice? Ho-hum, not for me. Or so I thought until I watched this galvanizing trailer for Marshall. Chadwick Boseman, who will soon be known primarily as Black Panther, plays the titular character, surrounded by the likes of Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell. Here's the official synopsis: Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days - a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a...

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Sound Design Tutorial: The 5 Five Steps of Audio Post Production:

21 hours ago

Sundance-winning film sound mixer reveals the power of dialog editing, sound design, and audio mixing. https://youtu.be/Jb2RRoEt4_M The 5 Five Steps of Audio Post Production: 2:20 Sound Editing 3:05 Spotting Session 3:37 Dialog Editing 7:03 Sound Design 11:08 Sound Mixing Ugo Derouard is a Sound Designer & Supervising Sound Editor and has been successfully working in Hollywood since 2006. Over his career, Ugo has worked with A-List Directors and Music Composers, on Award-winning Films, TV Shows, Commercials and Documentaries since 2002. Ugo’s work as a Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer has been featured many times at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2012 for the film "The End of Love" featuring Mark Webber & Michael Cera, again in the 2014 “Life After Beth” with Aubrey Plaza as well as the 2015...

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Review: The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola's Gorgeous and Campy Romp

21 hours ago

Sofia Coppola is a filmmaker whose work I've appreciated from a distance. I know she's a great director, but apart from Marie Antoinette, her stories of rich white people and their troubles has held little interest for me. But as a fan of the gothic, horror, and period film, The Beguiled certainly would seem to fit in my wheelhouse of film love. And while not without some problems of gender representation, the film is a gorgeous and campy romp, disguising itself as a period piece with just the right touch of horror. Three years into the Us Civil War in the Virginia countryside, Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) maintains what little normalcy she can at her school, with her five young charges and teacher Edwina Dabney (Kirsten...

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Jackie Chan's The Foreigner Gets Brooding U.S. Poster

22 hours ago

Jackie Chan remains as busy as ever. Within the past year, we've seen the Chinese period piece Railroad Tigers and the modern Chinese/Indian fusion Kung Fu Yoga, which both showed him in his familiar guise as a heroic action figure. The Foreigner promises to show him in a different light, as a man seeking vengeance for his family. Reportedly, it will emphasize the action in the premise; Chan plays a restaurant owner in London whose family is victimized by Irish terrorists. It's based on Stephen Leather's novel The Chinaman (?!), first published in 1992. Pierce Brosnan, who's done quite a variety of colorful roles since his days as James Bond, is Chan's costar, along with Katie Leung and Tao Liu. Speaking of Bond, Martin Campbell,...

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Review: The Bad Batch, Left Behind by the American Dream

22 hours ago

Real credit where it’s due, Ana Lily Amirpour’s self-confessed "Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western" A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night must have been a hell of a tough act to follow, so props to Amirpour for pulling it off in such style. Her latest offering is a very different beast too, and never looks back over its shoulder unnecessarily. Gone is the gorgeously stylized black-and-white footage and tense, cocaine-fuelled atmosphere of that last masterpiece. In their place comes much more of an LSD aesthetic, full of neon lights and a vibrant colour palette that wouldn’t seem out of place on California’s Long Beach. The Bad Batch also has an absolutely killer soundtrack, including stuff like Die Antwood’s Fish Paste, which is certainly not the kind...

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Review: Bertrand Tavernier's My Journey Through French Cinema Proves to Be an Invaluable Resource Guide

23 hours ago

Obviously My Journey Through French Cinema is a lot to take in one sitting. It's also a goldmine for any cinephiles as an invaluable resource guide. Tavernier is doing us a great service here through his experience as a cinephile and a filmmaker. I am eager to check out more films that are featured in this documentary for years to come.

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Rare Uncut 35mm Print of Dario Argento's Suspiria Discovered! Us Tour Imminent

21 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Fans of Dario Argento's witchy masterpiece, Suspiria, have a couple of reasons to be excited in the coming months. Not only is the film currently being prepared for home video release by cult film restoration and preservation experts Synapse Films, but for those of us who are more analog inclined, a newly discovered uncut 35mm Italian print of the film is about to make its way around the country. Recently acquired by the Chicago Cinema Society, this 35mm print of the original Italian cut of the film appears to have been relatively untouched since the film's original release 40 years ago. We've been provided with several clips from the print and they look quite good considering the film's age. As a fan of Suspiria, I've...

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Interview: Listen to Music On Screen - Da Pennebaker and the 50th Anniversaries of Don't Look Back and Monterey Pop

21 June 2017 9:07 AM, PDT

It’s safe to say that this Music On Screen podcast wouldn't exist if not for Da Pennebaker. I’m not even sure if music documentaries or the “rockumentary”, at least as we know the genre today, would exist if not for Da’s towering yet understated influence. Thankfully it does, and even all these years after its creation, films like Dont Look Back and Monterey Pop, both of which have recently turned 50 years old, remain at the very top of the heap. There are countless rockumentaries of superb quality, of course, all cherishable for a variety of reasons - the compellingness of subject, the approach to filming that subject, etc. - but I can honestly say I haven’t seen any of them as many times as...

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Destroy All Monsters: That's Fine, There Never Should Have Been A Han Solo Movie Anyway

21 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

I'll get my biases out of the way right at the top: I think, and always have thought, that a Han Solo prequel movie is a terrible idea. There's the Patton Oswalt joke where he filibusters his way through the Star Wars prequels and lays bare the dread of encountering Boba Fett as an 8-year-old in Attack of the Clones; this is a little like that. There is precisely zero value in unveiling a wholly different context for a character whose allure is based in large part on the absence of that context. But Disney, Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy can, and have, disagreed with me, and so Whatever The Han Solo Movie Is Going To Be Called: A Star Wars Story is going to be...

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Crowdfund This! London Needs A Deep Clean!

20 June 2017 3:30 PM, PDT

Director Matt Harlock (American: The Bill Hicks Story) has teamed up with notorious artist and graphic novelist Krent Able (just google him) for what sounds like a fantastic UK horror short in Deep Clean. 16 year old Alex is a troubled kid, excluded from school for fighting and for his weird drawings, evidence to some of a disturbed mind. To keep him out of juvenile detention, he is forced into doing a boring work placement with his loser Uncle Brian who works for the council.  

What he doesn’t know is that Deep Clean is a secret council unit whose job is...blocking up demon portals.   Imagine a horror film, but set in a world created by Mike Leigh or Ken Loach ... The creative team...

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Exclusive Interview: Edgar Wright on Baby Driver

20 June 2017 1:00 PM, PDT

It’s always nice when a director complements you on your thematically on-point Simon & Garfunkel shirt, but Edgar Wright is nothing if not perceptive. He’s one of those rarified directors who clearly has a vision, managing within studio pictures, indies and even TV series to inject so much of his own voice and passion. The creator of what amounts to modern genre classics, Wright really is in a league of his own, consistently turning out films that are both entertaining and highly literate, employing echoes of earlier works while always feeling fresh. Like Scorsese and Tarantino, directors of the same iconoclastic ilk with a fiercely personal vision, Wright’s films have employed music in iconic ways. Take the use of Queen in Shaun of the Dead...

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Down Under Director To Unleash His Little Monsters

20 June 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

I'm just going to come right out and say this, okay? Down Under writer-director Abe Forsythe is kind of a genius. While Down Under itself has proven to be one of those films that distributors are afraid of - as will happen when you use an actual race riot as the starting point of a biting comedy about race politics in the current day and age - it has gone on to a rousing reception wherever it has been seen, including picking up awards at the 2016 edition of Fantastic Fest. Which makes the following very good news, indeed: Forsythe will begin production on his newest opus, Little Monsters, in October witht he backing of Screen Australia and You're Next and Anomalisa producers Keith Calder...

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Undead Girl Meets Blind Boy In First Images From The Dark

20 June 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

Director Justin P Lange looks positioned to make a bit of a splach with his debut feature The Dark, a character driven horror tale that aims to put a unique spin on the zombie mythos. Having stayed under the radar throughout production The Dark presented a fifteen minute reel of footage at the Frontieres presented Work In Progress screenings at the Cannes Marche du Films where North American sales rights were picked up by Xyz Films [where I work as head of international acquisitions so, yes, these were effectively snapped up by me, so full disclosure / conflict of interest / do with that what you will] and now a trio of remarkable images have been released to whet the appetite. The Dark is the...

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Song Kang-ho is A Taxi Driver in New Korean Drama

20 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

Korean mega star Song Kang-ho (Snowpiercer, The Good The Bad And The Weird) puts a very human face on the events of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising in Jang Hoon's upcoming Korean drama A Taxi Driver. May, 1980. Man-seob (Song Kang-ho) is a taxi driver in Seoul who lives from hand to mouth, raising his young daughter alone after his wife past away with high hospital bills behind. One day, he hears that there is a foreigner who’s willing to pay big money for a drive down to Gwangju city and back. Not knowing that the foreigner is a German journalist (Thomas Kretschmann) with a hidden agenda to investigate the strange rumors of Gwangju, Man-seob takes the job and the two start off on their journey...

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