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Review of neo-giallo The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears

30 July 2014 11:38 PM, PDT

With The Strange Color of Your Bodies' Tears, as with their previous film, 2009's Amer, directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani have crafted an extraordinarily intense and striking visual experience, but one which is so completely void of depth and narrative structure that the average film-goer will likely find it a frustrating and ultimately patience testing affair. I wanted to like this film, and had hoped that Cattet and Forzani might have grown out of their tendency to simply pay homage to other directors' work at the expense of adding anything of their own to their films - a tendency which was exhibited so profoundly in Amer - but it was not to be. In their first film, we saw a paean to the giallo genre, specifically the thrillers of Dario Argento, but in [Continued ...] »

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Video: George Miller Talks Mad Max: Fury Road

30 July 2014 2:51 PM, PDT

Remember that eye melting trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road? Well, it premiered at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 where director and creator of the Mad Max series George Miller also appeared to discuss the forth film in the Mad Max series.

Interestingly enough, Mel Gibson was originally cast until 911 happened and the production crumbled. Goes to show you how long film projects gestate before coming a reality.

Mad Max: Fury Road is scheduled for release in theaters on May 15th, 2015.

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Kickass First Look at The Possession Experiment! [Trailer]

30 July 2014 11:39 AM, PDT

Generally speaking, possession movies are all the same. Some evil entity possesses an individual and one or a group of people are usually trying to save the poor soul by performing an exorcism. Occasionally we see a slight change to the formula but generally speaking, they're all cookie cutter exactly what you'd expect. Then there's The Possession Experiment which, rather surprisingly, appears to have a completely different approach to the exorcism story.

Co-written by Mary Dixon and Scott B. Hansen (who also directs), the story here is that for his final assignment, a theology student, with the help of a medium, a priest and a camera crew, offers himself up for possession and streams the entire thing online. He's set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to put together his [Continued ...] »

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More Drama & New Worlds Revealed in Latest Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

30 July 2014 11:09 AM, PDT

Though the first trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar suggested beautiful things to come, it was a bit difficult to tell what was going on beyond Matthew McConaughey going into space in some attempt to save humanity.

This new trailer offers up a little more footage and is cut in such a way that the story seems far more obvious than before. The earth is dying and the dust bowl is slowly spreading throughout the world. McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are astronauts tasked with finding another world for resettlement while Jessica Chastain and Casey Affleck play the grown up versions of McConaughey's kids. Seems like daddy wasn't ever meant to com [Continued ...] »

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First Poster for Tarantino's Hateful Eight

30 July 2014 10:19 AM, PDT

Despite threats to the contrary, Tarantino will make The Hateful Eight his next film. Another film that riffs on a classic spaghetti western set-up (even the title seems influenced by Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent's Cut Throats Nine), the story sees a group of mistrustful ne'er-do-wells trapped together after a blizzard diverts their stagecoach.

At the bottom of the poster, it reads that the film will be presented 70mm Super Cinemascope by engagement. Some speculate that Tarantino is planning a release similar to what Paul Thomas Anderson did with The Master.

The film is scheduled for release sometime in 2015.

Synopsis:

The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a bliz [Continued ...] »

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FFM5: The Real Science of Beyond The Spheres

30 July 2014 9:12 AM, PDT

This year's edition of the Festival du Film Merveilleux was as entertaining as ever, but... There's always a but isn't there?

On one hand, the visual quality of the shorts on schedule was in overall higher than before, sadly this was in many cases plastered over a non-existent script. Only a few had a real story going on, and of that group fewer even were feeling like a complete work and not a teaser to get budget for the feature film they were hinting about.

Based on that it's no wonder Strange Fruit, being next to the only one combining real art direction and a story (a preachy one yes, but story nonetheless) was hailed as winner by the jury.

You can as always check the whole list of winners [Continued ...] »

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FFM5: The Real Science of Beyond The Spheres

29 July 2014 12:11 PM, PDT

This year's edition of the Festival du Film Merveilleux was as entertaining as ever, but... There's always a but isn't there?

On one hand, the visual quality of the shorts on schedule was in overall higher than before, sadly this was in many cases plastered over a non-existent script. Only a few had a real story going on, and of that group fewer even were feeling like a complete work and not a teaser to get budget for the feature film they were hinting about.

Based on that it's no wonder Strange Fruit, being next to the only one combining real art direction and a story (a preachy one yes, but story nonetheless) was hailed as winner by the jury.

You can as always check the whole list of winners [Continued ...] »

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Tiff 2014: Sibling Rivalry Leads to Horror in Álex de la Iglesia Produced Shrew's Nest [Trailer]

29 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT

There's little doubt when you see the name Álex de la Iglesia, that you're in for something unusual so it's no surprise that Shrew's Nest, which is presented by de la Iglesia, looks like a twisted bit of horror.

Macarena Gómez and Nadia De Santiago star as shut-in sisters, one of whom despises the other. When the upstairs neighbour falls down the stairs and drags himself to the sisters' door, he's brought into the sisters' sanctum though from the looks of it, he would have been better off leaving himself on the stairwell to be found by a passerby. These sisters aren't planning on letting him go any time soon and judging from the trailer, Shrew's Nest devolves into a mix of Misery and Boxing Helena with Carlos in a pickle he's unlikely to emerge [Continued ...] »

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Tiff 2014: Road Trip Gets Surreal in They Have Escaped [Trailer]

29 July 2014 10:49 AM, PDT

J.-P. Valkeapää's "contemporary road movie" They Have Escaped looks a little more complicated than the average road movie. This is no trip of self discovery but rather a trip of escaping reality.

Two teens meet at a center for problem youth. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl takes advantage and manages to run away with the nameless boy. The pair play at romance, have a drug induced party in the forest and eventually end up in trouble with the law. It all sounds rather run-of-the-mill but They Have Escaped looks anything but typical. I particularly love the nightmare-like peek at the drug sequence sandwiched between teen drama in this trailer.

They Have Escaped will have its North American [Continued ...] »

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Fantasia 2014: Mysterious Structure Spells Trouble in Canuck Horror Black Mountain Side [Trailer]

28 July 2014 3:13 PM, PDT

The concept of finding something in the snow that you shouldn't mess around with isn't a new one. The concept has been at the center of any number of horror movies, most famously The Thing, but that's not to say there isn't mileage left on the idea. At least that's what writer/director Nick Szostakiwskyj is hoping for.

Black Mountain Side stars Shane Twerdun, Michael Dickson, Carl Toftfelt, Marc Anthony Williams and Andrew Moxham as a group of researchers who uncover a stone structure which features archaic writing none of them recognize. When the group begins to research where the structure came from, things start to go wrong: some expedition members go Awol while the rest are struck by a mysterious illness which begins to spread through camp.

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Fantasia 2014: Severed Hand Takes Revenge in Bloody Knuckles [Trailer]

28 July 2014 2:29 PM, PDT

A couple of weeks ago we had a chance to peek a first look at Matt O'Mahoney's horror comedy Bloody Knuckles which tells the story of an underground comic book artist whose latest comic offends a Chinatown crime boss who decides to strike back by cutting off the artist's hand only to have the severed limb retaliate.

It sounded like it could be good fun and our first look at a trailer for Bloody Knuckles doesn't disappoint. Though it doesn't do much in the way of explaining the premise, it gives a glimpse at some pretty interesting looking situations which could bode well for bloody fun.

Bloody Knuckles recently premiered at Fantasia.

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Norman Reedus & Djimon Hounsou Keep Humanity Alive in Pa Thriller Air [Trailer]

28 July 2014 1:05 PM, PDT

Earlier this year, a Vancouver location was turned into a top secret set. Security was so tight that at any given time there were a handful of personnel guarding the stars and producers. You'd think Tom Cruise was on set but instead, it was Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou. The movie they were shooting? Air.

Though it sounds like a bunch of other movies we've seen before, much of the recent buzz around Air comes from the fact that the movie is being produced by "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman. Big name alert...I guess.

The teaser isn't exactly earth shattering but it sets up an interesting premise: Reedus and Hounsou are custodial workers whose job is to maintain the equipment that keeps the underground bunker that houses the remnants of humanity.

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Darkly Comedic New Look At Alexandre Aja's Horns [Trailer]

28 July 2014 12:08 PM, PDT

It's been a few weeks since the release of the first trailer for Horns and while that trailer suggested good things, it had nothing on the newly released trailer for the adaptation of Joe Hill's best selling novel.

In case you've missed the hubbub to date, Daniel Radcliffe stars as a guy whose girlfriend turns up dead and everyone thinks he's responsible. Inexplicably, he grows horns that give him some sort of special powers which he then uses to solve the mystery of his dead girlfriend's murder.

Unlike the first trailer which played as a great mood piece, this one has a load of dark comedy sprinkled throughout which has me even more excited to see what Alexandre Aja has in st [Continued ...] »

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See More Red in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For [Trailer]

28 July 2014 11:39 AM, PDT

A new trailer has emerged for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the much anticipated, and long gestating, follow up to Sin City. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, the new movie features another all star cast (including some returning faces) to weave together a bunch of Miller's stories.

I wasn't particularly impressed with the first trailer and this new red-band trailer isn't doing any more to excite me for the project. The first movie was interesting as a curiosity and now that that appeal is gone, there's very little to keep me interested. That is, beyond Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the always great Rosario Dawson and neither of them are quite enough to entice me to a theatre to s [Continued ...] »

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Kevin Smith's Tusk Gets a Very Creepy Trailer

28 July 2014 9:24 AM, PDT

Kevin Smith is back with a new film, and it's another horror film! And it looks completely messed up!

Tusk stars Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment.

Synopsis:

When his best friend and podcast co-host goes missing in the backwoods of Canada, a young guy joins forces with his friend's girlfriend to search for him.

Tusk debuts September 2014.

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