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Now On DVD: Downtown 81 Captures A Lost New York, For Good And For Bad

6 hours ago

In its best moments, Downtown 81 achieves a rare state of transcendence, wiping away the mists of time and making the Manhattan that existed in 1981 come alive once again. Too bad those moments are few and far between. Written by Glenn O'Brien, directed by Edo Bertoglio, and starring Jean Michel Basquiat in his only dramatic performance, Downtown 81 is structured around 24 hours in the life of an artist who gets locked out of his apartment and then spends the day rambling around the city, wondering what to do with his life. The narrative is loosely assembled, with all the dialogue apparently added and synched in post-production. To be kind, I'll note the low, low budget, and pass on to what holds the greatest...

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Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2015 Part 1

7 hours ago

I'm just going to come out and say it: 2015 has been a really disappointing year for Asian Cinema so far. I didn't get to go to Cannes, so I have yet to see promising offerings from the likes of Hou Hsiao Hsien, Jia Zhangke, Koreeda Hirokazu and Apichatpong Weerasethakul among others, but what has made its way to screens in Hong Kong so far in 2015 has been a meagre selection of notable works.Before I dive into my Top 10 for the first half of the year, I will give special mentions to Jiang Wen's Gone With The Bullets, Herman Yau's Sara, Yoo Ha's Gangnam Blues, Adrian Kwan's Little Big Master and Narushima Izuru's Solomon's Perjury - all of which displayed elements of interest,...

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Heil: Watch The Trailer For German Neo-Nazi Satire

8 hours ago

While you may not expect a broad comedy from the normal super serious director of Stations Of The Cross, that is exactly what Dietrich Brüggemann has delivered with his latest effort Heil. Already in wide release in Germany and a selection at the ongoing Karlovy Vary festival in the Czech Republic, Heil is a go-for-broke political satire about a neo-Nazi group who capture a black, amnesiac left wing writer and brainwash him to go out delivering their white supremacist message. Because what could be better than a white-power spouting black man on daytime television, right?This is obviously very touchy subject matter in Germany and after so many uber-serious treatments of the nation's past it's more than a little refreshing to see someone give the whole...

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Because In Finland Dinosaurs Mean Metal. Heavy Metal. Behold The Heavisaurus.

9 hours ago

Oh, Finland, you're just wacky. While their Norwegian neighbors seem to prefer their heavy metal music to be of the dark and serious variety, the Finns like to dress things up a bit. There's Lordi, of course, the Eurovision-winning metal act whose members dress in elaborate demon makeups for their performances. But popular as Lordi may be they may be a bit too extreme for the youngster set and so cue up Heavisaurus, a heavy metal act for the kiddie crowd whose members are all dinosaurs.And now, like Lordi, Heavisaurus have a feature film to call their own. Story? It's got dinosaurs playing heavy metal. Check out the trailer below....

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Interview: Adam Elliot On Being An Animator, Winning An Oscar And Feeling Like An Outsider

10 hours ago

Adam Elliot, Oscar winner for the short film Harvie Krumpet and director of the beloved feature Mary And Max, has recently released his latest film Ernie Biscuit. I got the chance to chat with Adam about his films, his characters and his life.Hugo Ozman: Ernie Biscuit is the first film that you have made since Mary And Max came out in 2009. What took you so long to give audiences another film?Adam Elliot:There are quite a few reasons why it has taken me so long to make another film. The main reason is after Mary and Max, I was mentally and physically spent and despite the wonderful successes of the film, I lost my sense of self and became quite depressed. Having to live up...

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Review: Self/Less Wants To Be Something More, Whatever That Means

11 hours ago

No one in sound mind and body wants to die, and that includes Ben Kingsley in the new film by Tarsem Singh. The director made his feature debut with the visually-striking The Cell in 2000, which raised expectations for bizarre and ambitious The Fall (2006), which was also sumptuous in appearance, if narratively lacking. Since then, he has made Immortals (reviewed here) and Mirror Mirror (reviewed here), two films that continued to demonstrate his preference (and reliance) for imagery and motion over story and sense. As far as the visuals are concerned, Self/Less represents the director's most reality-bound effort yet, following along as the very wealthy New York real-estate developer Damian (Kingsley affecting a New Yawk accent) comes to a decision about his future. Damian...

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Bartkira Arrives In Neo-Springfield! Watch The Trailer Now!

11 hours ago

It was back in March that we first caught wind of Bartkira, the animated fusion of Akira and The Simpsons from Ryan Humphrey and James Harvey. And while the duo always intended their fan generated project as a simple trailer to see if it could be done the artwork that spread back in the spring created such a stir that you can't help but wonder if they've given any thought to expanding the scope of their creation. And hopes for that will only rise further now that the full trailer has arrived as well.Humphrey and Harvey have created something pretty remarkable here, a fusion clearly based out of a deep love and respect for both properties that is pretty much pitch perfect to both. This...

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Hey, Canada! Win Hit Indie Horror It Follows On Blu-Ray!

12 hours ago

Hey, Canada! David Robert Mitchell's hugely acclaimed hit indie horror It Follows hits Blu-Ray, DVD, digital and on demand July 14th from Mongrel Media and they want you to have a copy of your very own!For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.We've got two DVD / Blur-Ray combo packs to give away and all you need to do for a chance to win is email me here and say...

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Antigang: Jean Reno Anchors New French Action Comedy. Watch The Trailer!

12 hours ago

Throughout his long career, iconic French star Jean Reno's films have tended to fall into one of two camps. On the one side - the side that tends to export the most and be most seen by foreign audiences - there are his serious action pieces, films that capitalize on the success of Luc Besson's Leon: The Professional with Reno as an often violent antihero. And on the other side - the side that really pays the bills back in France - Reno is a highly sought after comedic lead. The two sides of Reno seldom meet but director Benjamin Rocher looks to be delivering the comedic and the action oriented Reno in equal measure with the upcoming Antigang.The formula here looks familiar enough with...

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New York Asian 2015 Interview: It's Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong Stars Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg And Director Emily Ting Capture The Romance Of The City

13 hours ago

It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is director Emily Ting's love letter to Hong Kong. With breathtaking panoramas and a Before Sunrise-style romance between two ex-pats, played by rising stars and real-life couple, Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg, the trio spoke with me about how actual experience and creative location shooting formed this portrait of the Pearl of the Orient.The Lady Miz Diva:  Tell us about the inspiration for this project? Emily Ting:  I had lived in Hong Kong for five years as an ex-pat, so I know the city very intimately, not like I just plucked Hong Kong out at random.  When I lived there, I really wanted to make a movie there.  When I was living there, I was always lamenting, 'Oh, I...

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Spl 2 Is Coming To Australian Cinemas!

13 hours ago

We have some great news for action fans in Australia: Spl 2: A Time For Consequences, the much anticipated sequel to the 2005 Hong Kong action classic Spl (aka Sha Po Lang or Kill Zone), has been picked up by distributor Madman for release in Australian cinemas.Directed by Soi Cheang (Accident, Motorway, The Monkey King) and starring Tony Jaa, Wu Jing, Max Zhang, Simon Yam and Louis Koo, Spl 2 has smashed box office records in China and is expected to become a major box office hit across Asia.Spl 2 will be opening in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide on July 30, followed by New Zealand on August 13. You can check Madman's official website for full details....

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Scandinavian 2015 Review: Young Sophie Bell, A Beguiling, Sublime Mystery

21 hours ago

Obsession, mystery, murder and betrayal culminate in a fragile coming-of-age story unlike any other in Amanda Adolfsson's stunning Swedish debut feature Young Sophie Bell.The titular Sophie (the radiant Felice Jankell) has just graduated high school and celebrates with her 'bestie' Alice (Hedda Stiernstedt) surrounded by the sea, the sun and a coquettish array of teenagers, the two girls plan their post-graduation lives together. Amidst young love and petty jealousies, theirs is a wistful relationship more intense than any other, but after a particularly regretful tiff Alice leaves to reside in Berlin alone.Their grudge is maintained and they do not even speak to each other as stubbornness prevails, but when Sophie suddenly receives the jolting news that Alice is found dead in Germany she is overcome...

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Donnie Yen Joining Star Wars Episode VIII?

22 hours ago

Following the massive success of Furious 7, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Jurassic World at the Chinese box office this summer, Hollywood is really seeing the importance of the Chinese market. A number of key productions are now scrambling to cast Chinese actors with the hope of maximizing their potential desirability with Chinese audiences in the years to come. Hong Kong tabloid Apple Daily is reporting this morning that Donnie Yen has signed on to join Star Wars Episode VIII, and will be jetting off to London next month to start filming. The article also talks about Yen joining Harrison Ford on screen, even though currently only Oscar Isaac is confirmed to be appearing in Rian Johnson's film. Reportedly other actors being considered for the...

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