4 items from 2015
For this Wednesday’s Criminal Minds (CBS, 9/8c), cast member Matthew Gray Gubler again stepped behind the camera, directing a script by three-time collaborator Breen Frazier, which means viewers can count on an especially “out there” installment.
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Having directed the crime drama on seven previous occasions — including Season 8’s infamous “human marionettes” case — Gubler this time brought to life the mystery of several people with no apparent connection who are haunted by the titular “Mr. Scratch,” a talon-wielding “shadow monster.” Here, the actor/director previews his latest twisted effort and »
Cédric Anger wrote two of the films in the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York, both starring Guillaume Canet. Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart (La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai Le Coeur), he also directed, and André Téchiné's In The Name of My Daughter, aka French Riviera (L’Homme Qqu’on Aimait Trop), co-stars Adèle Haenel and Catherine Deneuve. Both films take place in the Seventies.
Guillaume Canet as gendarme Franck Neuhart: "He is not the same guy in daylight. He is a man of the night."
- Anne-Katrin Titze
If you’re a diehard horror fan, you no doubt recognize the strides that “classic” horror films took to get us where we are today. While these films are indeed respected, they are often considered hokey, now that the bar for our tolerance of fear has climbed so high in the last 85 or more years. Naturally, as we change as human beings, so do the fears and expectations of each passing generation, be it the result of advances in science, social norms or the general state of humanity. A great example, as much as I find the subtle shadow play and slow-burn dread of John Carpenter’s Halloween terrifying, younger folks may find Rob Zombie’s loose remake/revision to be a much more frightening and socially-relative film with its abrasive depiction of graphic violence. A quality horror film, and what is often recognized as a “classic”, is one that »
- Josh Soriano
Our obsession with big screen vampires dates back nearly a century since the blood-sucking undead Nosferatu stalked his way through the shadows in F.W. Murnau’s 1922 film. An unliscensed version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu paved the way for every vamp from Blacula and those vamps slayed by Buffy to Edward Cullen and co.
Now we’re getting a look at a whole new crop of vampires in Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s uproarious mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. The hilarious film focuses on four vampires – Viago, Vladislav, Petyr, and Deacon – who are flatmates in Wellington, New Zealand. Along with their human friend Stu, the immortal souls struggle with the mundane everyday tasks like paying the bills and the covering their share of household work via the chore wheel, because vampires! They’re just like us!
The riotous film has been touring the festival circuit for over a year, »
- Rachel West
4 items from 2015
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