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'The Blind Girl' Unveils a Gritty but Humorous Look at Bulimia

7 hours ago

Starve, binge, purge, repeat. This is the endless cycle of life for anyone suffering from bulimia. Since they always say ‘write what you know’, that’s exactly what actress-turned-creator Angela Gulner has done – twice. First, Angela launched the pilot episode of the dark comedy web series, Binge, late last year. The project gained much critical acclaim and public attention for its non-glamorous yet comedic approach to this very real topic. As a follow-up, Angela recently unveiled the prequel short film, The Blind Girl, providing a love-versus-bulimia backstory to her edgy eating disorder tale. To help her get both from script to screen, Angela turned to producing partner and director Yuri Baranovsky. They also brought in actor Drake Bell, the star of Nickelodeon’s Josh & Drake...

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Review: In Bokeh, It's a Nice End of the World

8 hours ago

Jenai (Maika Monroe) and Riley (Matt O’Leary) are an American couple vacationing in Iceland. One morning, they wake up to find that they are inexplicably the last people left in the place, and the world. With this simple setup, Bokeh resembles another in a long line of apocalyptic dramas, but directors and co-writers Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan do enough things differently to make it stand out from the rest. Unlike the typical apocalyptic protagonists who immediately assume the worst, Riley and Jenai don’t resort to panicking and breaking down into hysterics; after their initial confusion, they’re perfectly content to explore their surroundings and go on adventures together, at least until isolation starts creeping in. The idyllic surroundings are the perfect place for their relationship...

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Review: Angamaly Diaries, An Unexpected Assemblage Of Collateral Chaos (In a Good Way)

8 hours ago

There is no doubt that Indian cinema treads a lot of familiar ground year after year. The romantic musicals, the gangster epics, the over the top action blockbusters, the broad comedies, they all have a place on the revolving slate of film ideas at almost every major Indian studio. The trick in making this kind of thematic monotony palatable, and even exciting in many cases, is the execution. While many filmmakers and producers are perfectly happy to stay within the confines of the kind of films that find easy box office success, it's the outside-the-box thinkers and craftsmen and women who are able to create exciting new experiences in familiar places. Out of India's dozens of regional film industries, most with different languages and cultures,...

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10+ Years Later: Is Time Bandits Still One for the Ages?

10 hours ago

Going back through the time portal, there was a point when Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits was practically an obsession. It had most everything to do with the director. For my close friends and I, Gilliam was part of an impeccable shortlist of directors whose work we would never miss in the theater, placing him right alongside Scorsese, Tarantino, De Palma and the Coen Brothers. His second bona fide solo film, Time Bandits, (following 1977’s Jabberwocky) was considered to be the epochal and definitive example of how one dodges the "sophomore slump," in this case establishing himself aside from his former career as the reclusive animator and sole American member of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python. The terminal bleakness that would characterize most of his later...

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Calgary Underground 2017 Announces Lineup: Kaiju! Bigfoot! Booze! Headbangers! Sugar-Cereal! and The Shower Scene

11 hours ago

The Calgary Underground Film Festival (Cuff) has been quietly kicking ass for 13 years. Being overshadowed somewhat by larger festivals in larger Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, or even its bigger sister, the Calgary International Film Festival (Ciff), which runs in late September, Cuff nevertheless brings a solid line-up of edgy genre cinema to the city for its 14th edition, while the first signs of spring are still mired in the urban permafrost around the Bow River. ...

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Red Band Trailer Is Immediate, Essential Viewing

11 hours ago

Oh my! The first trailer for Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is frankly hilarious, confrontational, and very very very much not safe for work, due to its high degree of profanities. Here's the official synopsis: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between...

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SXSW 2017 Review: Tragedy Girls, Their Teenage Egos Have A Body Count

12 hours ago

The horror genre is one of the most forgiving there is. Fanatics regularly overlook low-budgets, no-name actors, questionable performances, and mediocre writing if a film delivers the kind of thrills that turn them on. The horror-comedy, however, is a far more fickle beast. For every successful film, there are a few dozen that weren't able to balance the seemingly disparate tones effectively. However, when the balance is right, these films are fantastic fun to watch, and Tyler MacIntyre's new social media slasher Tragedy Girls is one of the best in recent memory. Makayla and Sadie are the titular Tragedy Girls, a pair of high school seniors obsessed with their social media presence as the foremost authority on local crime, but with a twist. Their interest...

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"Holidead" - Crowdfunding For Springbreakers Vs Zombies!

12 hours ago

Writer and Director Dario Lonjak Starts FundThis Crowdfunding Campaign for His Upcoming Zombie Comedy HoliDead Zagreb-based film director Dario Lonjak and writer/producer Velimir Grgic are looking for funding support via FundThis for the making of his upcoming film HoliDead. The initial funding requirement for this English language horror comedy is $100,000. Dario Lonjak, an award-winning film director together with a famous writer (co-author of awarded zombie comedy book “Crisis”), producer and TV personality Velimir Grgic, both from Zagreb, have just launched a FundThis crowdfunding campaign to complete his upcoming feature film HoliDead. Velimir claims that this zombie comedy will be unique in its style, with sun, beach, alcohol, drugs and half naked girls meeting flesh eating zombies. Though it will contain all the common attributes...

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Review: Wilson, Wonderful Hilarity From Painful Darkness

14 hours ago

Ever since Wilson’s father passed away, he’s been feeling more lost than usual. The strangers he attempts to befriend, scene after scene, are no consolation as most people are suspicious of talkative types who behave too friendly too quickly. It’s easy to confuse an over-sharer, inept at picking up social cues, with a patient of mental illness, and yet for all the conversational rejection Wilson endures, he optimistically presses on, oblivious to any sense of character flaw. The hilarious character, conceived by graphic-novelist Daniel Clowes, came from a very dark place. During the unfathomably dark occasion of his own father’s slow passing, Clowes found himself drawing to escape the pain. At the Sundance premiere of his novel’s adaptation, which he also penned, Clowes confided that...

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Alien: Covenant Gets A Stunning New Poster

14 hours ago

Normally we don't put up articles just for new poster art (unless it's a batch of them), but the new one-sheet for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant has us partying like it's 1979! Seriously folks, click the image for a larger version and feast your eyes on it. At this point we have no idea whether the movie itself will be any good (the signs currently point both ways), but hey, at the very least we'll have this poster......

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Review: I, Olga Hepnarova, A Study in the Absence of Empathy

15 hours ago

At one point over the course of this haunting and difficult film, the lead character is reading the Graham Greene novel, The Quiet American. She highlights a passage from the novel that is the lynchpin to understanding the unanswerable questions left after the experience of watching the film. “Time has its revenges, but revenge seems so often sour. Wouldn’t we all do better not trying to understand, accepting the fact that no human being will ever understand another, not a wife with a husband, nor a parent a child?" One of the primary function of movies is to act as an empathy machine, a vehicle to allow us to understand and live in the skin of someone who we are not, or a situation so far...

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The Music of All Nighter: An Interview with Composer Alec Puro

22 March 2017 7:33 PM, PDT

Gavin Wiesen’s follow up to his Sundance hit “The Art of Getting By” is being released March 24 on VOD and is titled “All Nighter”. The comedy centers around a workaholic father (J.K. Simmons) who attempts to visit his daughter (Analeigh Tipton) during a layover in La, only to discover that she's disappeared, forcing him to team up with her awkward ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) in order to find her over the course of one transformative night. “All Nighter” marks Wiesen’s second collaboration with composer Alec Puro as Puro also scored “The Art of Getting By”. We had a chance to briefly talk with Puro about everything from the scoring process for “All Nighter” to what type of project he would like to score next. Fans...

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SXSW 2017 Dispatch: Coverage Wrap Up & Killer Poster Gallery

22 March 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

Reviews 68 Kill Review by J Hurtado Baby Driver Review by Peter Martin Bad Lucky Goat Review by Peter Martin California Dreams Review by Peter Martin David Lynch - The Art of Life Review by Zach Gayne The Disaster Artist Review by Zach Gayne Divine Divas Review by Peter Martin The Honor Farm Review by J Hurtado Hounds of Love Review by Tom Kiesecoms Infinity Baby Review by Zach Gayne Mayhem Review by Peter Martin Small Crimes Review by Peter Martin T2 Trainspotting Review by Peter Martin Interviews & Features The Big Sick Interview by Zach Gayne Preview 1: Headliners, Midnight, & Visions Preview 2: Documentaries Preview 3: Narrative Comp, Spotlight, & More SXSW Dispatch: Early Buzz by Ryland Aldrich SXSW Dispatch: Crime Films...

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Awesome Panels at Wondercon 2017 -- Meet The People Behind Your Favorite TV Shows!!

22 March 2017 2:13 PM, PDT

What's up Sa readers, got an email this morning notifying me about some really cool panels that will be happening at upcoming Wondercon 2017. Check out the info below, if you'll be in La or attending Wondercon definitely check these out!   From Stage To Screen: Rock Stars On Becoming Film & TV Composers Saturday, April 1, 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m., Room: 207 Music lovers rejoice! We've pulled together an incredible line up of musicians to talk about how they transitioned from famous rock stars to some of the most successful film & TV composers of our generation. They'll share stories from on the road, in the studio, and much more as they discuss the differences between working in the music, film, and TV industries. #FromStageToScreen...

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Shin Godzilla Sequel May Have Been Confirmed

22 March 2017 12:15 PM, PDT

Take this as a rumor for now, but after months of speculation, a sequel to Shin Godzilla may have been confirmed. The latest installment in the Japanese monster franchise generated very mixed reactions. I generally enjoyed it, especially the comic notes and the monster rampage sequences, though the bureaucratic angle got tiresome. Still, the idea of a mutating monster was quite appealing. According to Madman Entertainment, which distributed the film in Australia, director Anno Hideaki made an appearance at a concert performance of the "Shin Godzilla vs. Evangelion Symphony" in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Quoting from their report on the evening: The following text was displayed on the big screen: シンゴジラの次回作及び、シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版: || にご期待下さい。 'Please expect the next installment of Shin Godzilla, and Shin Evangelion Gekijōban:||' Anno...

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Based Upon a Popular Indian Short Story, The Black Cat Will Bewitch You

22 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

As ScreenAnarchy's readership is now well aware - thanks to the enthusiasm of our own associate editor, Josh Hurtado, the Indian film industry has been at a very interesting stage for the past decade, with its blooming and varied production. It is now not uncommon to get to see dark and critical films anymore, as well as blockbusters made in Bollywood (see what S.S. Rajamouli did with his epic Baahubali diptych). This of course didn't escape Netflix's gaze, which is now regularly fueling its lineup with Indian films. Indian short films, however, have yet to receive the attention they deserve, because unless you're a hardcore festivalgoer, you don't have much opportunity to see what's going on in that specific area. And believe me, there are...

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SXSW 2017 Review: From Small Crimes Come Big Troubles

22 March 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

Four years ago, Evan Katz made his directorial debut with the pitch-black comedy thriller Cheap Thrills, pitting Pat Healy against Ethan Embry in a diabolical, desperate game of survival. Now Katz has returned to the director's chair with Small Crimes, which takes a decidedly more relaxed, though no less diabolical, approach to pitch-black comic suspense. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as Joe Denton, introduced as he's released from prison and seeks to establish a new life in a small town where he was born and raised. But his old life casts a long shadow; no one looks happy to see him, not even his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert Forster). Gradually it's revealed that Joe was a police officer until he was busted for corruption and...

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Madame Bovary and The Handmaiden Big Winners at 11th Asian Film Awards

21 March 2017 10:23 PM, PDT

New films from Feng Xiaogang and Park Chan-wook shared the spoils in Hong Kong last night, as the 11th Asian Film Awards presented top honours to I am not Madame Bovary, naming the mainland Chinese drama Best Film. Its star Fan Bingbing won the Best Actress prize, while the film’s unique cinematography by Luo Pan was also rewarded.   Erotic South Korean drama The Handmaiden won four awards in total, including Best Supporting Actress for Moon So-ri, Best Newcomer for Kim Tae-ri, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.   Tadanobu Asano was named Best Actor for Harmonium, while Hong Kong favourite Lam Suet won Best Supporting Actor for Trivisa. Na Hong-jin took home the Best Director award for his supernatural thriller The Wailing, and...

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Short Film, Short Review: For A Good Time, Call...

21 March 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

What on Earth makes a man film a sex tape on a hidden camera, and post it on the Internet for all to see? Pride? Vanity? Stupidity? In Izzy Lee's short film For a Good Time, Call... you don't get the answer to that question. What you do get to see is such a scumbag, called Alex, who gets his comeuppance after being cursed by his victim. Alex (Sean Carmichael) tries to trivialize what happened, and doesn't understand why his victim is so upset with him. Then he spots a woman walking alone into some woods and decides to follow her... with interesting results. At eleven minutes, don't expect too much backstory or character development here, though Diana Porter does manage to bring a lot...

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Buckle up for King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen!

21 March 2017 4:45 PM, PDT

The makers of the upcoming feature-length Larry Cohen documentary, King Cohen, have just dropped their official trailer, along with a website, www.KingCohenMovie.com Watch the site and follow them at @KingCohenMovie for information on future events and special screenings! Buckle up for King Cohen, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen (Black Caesar, God Told Me To, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff). Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of...

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