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"Beyond Godzilla" Highlights Lesser-Known Japanese Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films

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"Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures and Fantasies in Japanese Cinema," a film series screening at Japan Society from March 24 through April 8, looks at the long history of Japanese tokusatsu eiga, or special effects films. On the heels of Shin Godzilla, the latest entry in the long running franchise, sweeping the Japan Academy Awards, this series goes beyond that huge shadow-casting series of films to look at lesser known examples of Japanese science fiction and fantasy films. The series is curated by Variety and Japan Times critic and author Mark Schilling, who brings to New York a modified version of the program he presented at last year's Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy. It's a fascinating selection of films spanning from the 50s through the 90s, and it...

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Broad Green Lands Ciarán Foy To Direct Horror Pic, Eli

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Ciarán Foy (Sinister 2) is moving on with horror thriller, Eli, directing for Broad Green Pictures. The news comes two years since the film landed on the Black List in 2015 from scribe David Chirchirillo and now has Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing onboard for rewrites with Intrepid Pictures's Trevor Macy and Bellevue Productions's John Zaozirny producing. Intrepid's Melinda Nishioka will co-produce with Gabriel and Daniel Hammond executive producing for Broad Green. Filming begins this summer for Eli which tells of a young boy who undergoes treatment for a rare disease, only to witness the secluded clinic he is in becoming a haunted prison with no way out. Casting remains pending for the film while Foy has a number of projects in the works with...

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Salt And Fire: Check Out This Exclusive Clip From Werner Herzog's Thriller

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Werner Herzog's eco-thriller Salt and Fire will be made available on VOD and iTunes on April 4th then released in U.S. cinemas on April 7th. XLrator Media is handling North American distribution of the film. ScreenAnarchy has an exclusive clip to share with you which you may find below.    Salt and Fire is about a mysterious hostage-taking where the leader of a small scientific delegation is deliberately stranded with two blind boys in an area of gigantic salt flats.    Shot in Bolivia, the film stars Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres and Gael García Bernal and was written and directed by Werner Herzog, based on the story “Aral” by Tom Bissell.  ...

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North Hollywood CineFest 2017 kicks off tonight

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The highly anticipated 4th edition of the North Hollywood CineFest kicks off tonight in Los Angeles. This year's festival will run from March 24-30 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 LeirnessBear with Us by William J. Stribling, Red 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 4th annual film festival will take...

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Let Me Be Frank: Episode 6 “Learning the Trickster’s Art”

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Episode 6, “Learning the Trickster’s Art”, of the Let Me Be Frank web documentary series, has just come out. This episode features readings by poet/musician Kirk Lumpkin and poet/artist Daniel “Attaboy” Seifert, both frequent guests on Frank Moore’s Shaman’s Den show.  This episode also features “I Have My Ways”, the next installment of a new animated segment, “How To Handle An Anthropologist”, which features interviews from the upcoming book by the same name, a collection of 12 years of conversations between anthropologist Russell Shuttleworth, PhD and Frank Moore. This episode also includes an audiovisual journey through Frank’s piece, "An update of the last 37 years of my life" and features music by Frank Moore, Vinnie Spit Santino, Spirit In Flesh, Sander Roscoe Wolff, Barbara Golden,...

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

23 March 2017 3:30 PM, PDT

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

23 March 2017 3:00 PM, PDT

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)

23 March 2017 2:30 PM, PDT

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?

23 March 2017 1:00 PM, PDT

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

23 March 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

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

23 March 2017 11:37 AM, PDT

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

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

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!

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

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

23 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

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

23 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

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

23 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

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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