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Electronic music maestro Giorgio Moroder is a hit maker, megaproducer and all-around cool guy. An icon of ‘70s disco and dance era, Moroder stepped back in time to the ‘20s when he composed a unique restoration and edit of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in 1984. Moroder’s cut featured color tinting, special effects, subtitles, a faster frame rate and an electronic soundtrack with music by Pat Benatar, Billy Squier, Adam Ant and Freddie Mercury. Website Open Culture recently highlighted the film and you can watch it below if you're curious. Lang’s influential film about a class struggle in a dystopian society has timeless appeal, so while Moroder’s blend of pop and art doesn’t exactly fit perfectly with Lang’s vision, it is a truly...
- Alison Nastasi
Metropolis (entire movie, above), the 1927 silent film directed by Fritz Lang, is regarded as one of the most important and influential films of all time. The world’s first epic science fiction movie, it continues to serve as inspiration for countless films, and forced humanity to look critically at it’s increasingly complex relationship to industrial and technological growth. In cinematic terms, evidence of its influence can be seen everywhere from to Soylent Green to Snowpiercer.
Aesthetically, it's influence is still present in popular culture, with contemporary artists like Guy Maddin and Tim Burton liberally borrowing stylistic elements from Metropolis is also a film that contains serious cultural and political messages. For example, the dystopian society it portrays was direct commentary on the possible result of the industrial revolution. Metropolis has also proved itself to be prophetic, as many of the themes it explored almost a century ago are as relevant, »
- Brandon Engel
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details from Kadence and soon-to-be feature length film, Headless, a new Phantasmagoria poster, a teaser video for Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, a review of The Well, and more:
First Details on Kadence: “Still reeling from the loss of his mother, a damaging and complex relationship with his father, and a relentless battle with his own inner demons, Kadin’s  grip on reality is loosening by the day. Amid this struggle comes an enigmatic and brazen new neighbor, Marissa , who, along with the promise of a budding new friendship gives Kadin an ancient voodoo doll. Her reassurance is seductive and the promise of a brighter future leads Kadin to make a sinister choice.
Kadence, a short film blending psychological horror with a chilling character drama that could »
- Tamika Jones
When I spoke with Bong Joon-ho the week of his Us release for Snowpiercer, we discussed not being able to escape from Fritz Lang's Metropolis, not even Ridley Scott with Blade Runner. I was treated to the visual inspiration behind Tilda Swinton's look in Snowpiercer and a personal story of political protest in Korea in the Eighties that found its way into the aquarium sushi bar scene. We talked about climate weapons, dreams of an eternal engine, re-casting Ah-Sung Ko and Kang-ho Song from The Host and why John Hurt's character relates to Buddha. The catastrophe that turned the world to ice in Snowpiercer's background story, takes place on a date less than a week away.
Anne-Katrin Titze: July 1, 2014 is coming up fast. Are you at all superstitious? »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Shanks FX’s latest instructional video centers on the in-camera effect of projection mapping. Beginning with the “beam of light ” effect, created by cinematographer and VFX artist Eugen Schüfftan (Metropolis, Eyes Without a Face), Joey Shanks demonstrates how with a camera, a one way mirror, a projector and a computer at the controls, you can create the illusion of a three-dimensional conic light. Shanks also explains how to render a light tunnel on an one-dimensional black board. Good low-budget techniques to keep in your backpocket for sci-fi, dream sequences and the like. »
- Sarah Salovaara
The term “robot” must not have existed when they first proclaimed that a dog is a man’s best friend, at least where cinematic depiction is concerned. While robots in real life are a relatively new phenomenon that rarely do anything other than exactly what they are programmed to do (except perhaps in mechanical failure), robots in movies tend to be very warm and loyal compatriots, good for a chuckle and game for an adventure. There has been a very wide variety of types of robots depicted on the big screen, from the futuristic personal butler to a bloodlusting psychopath to an oversized rock-em sock-em toy. This list will be focused on yet another type- the friendly kind.
- Joe Sippy
Remember just a couple of weeks back, when our favorite Diy special effects guru Joey Shanks shared an introductory crash course into Projection Mapping? His intro video laid out some of the technical groundwork of this effect, including how to use the software, and now, Shanks is back with the follow-up video. In this one, he shows you how to replicate the 100 year old "Beam of Light" effect from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" and more projection mapping illusions that will wow your friends. Check out Shanks' instructional video from PBS Digital Studios below and try it out for yourself: »
- Paula Bernstein
Eureka Entertainment has announced the UK release of Fritz Lang's silent science-fiction epic Frau Im Mond (Woman In The Moon) on dual format Blu-ray and DVD on 25 August. Previously available in the Masters of Cinema series as a DVD-only release, this newly remastered version will join other Lang masterpieces including Metropolis, M, Die Nibelungen and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse on the boutique Blu-ray label. The package will include a new 1080p transfer of the F.W. Murnau-Stiftung restoration, original German intertitles with newly-translated English subtitles and The First Science-Fiction Film - a German documentary on the film from Gabriele Jacobi.From the press release:Frau im Mond. [Woman in the Moon.] is: (a) The first feature-length film to portray space-exploration in a serious manner, paying close attention...
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Robots have been a part of cinema since its creation and still make for intriguing on-screen presences. With RoboCop set for a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray release on 9th June 2014 from Studiocanal, we count down the most memorable movie cyborgs to have graced our screens.
Evil Maria – Metropolis (1927)
Fritz Lang’s classic sees an inventor, who has created a robot to resurrect his deceased wife, apply the likeness of a popular female worked named Maria (played by Brigitte Helm) in an attempt to ruin her reputation amongst her peers. Once completed, the robot is an evil incarnation of Maria and wreaks havoc in the dystopian future depicted by Lang.
Not only are these two of the most beloved robots in cinematic history, but one of the most revered fictional filmic double acts to adorn the screen. R2-D2 (played by »
- Phil Wheat
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Release Date: June 27 (select theaters)
Distributor: The Weinstein Company (USA)
I’ve always been of the opinion that “original material” is overrated, especially in Hollywood. Every great movie ever was based on a book—or at least pieces of stories that came before it. If you take some basic science fiction tropes and make a better movie than anybody else, how is it somehow inferior to something that’s “never been done”? I would much rather watch a familiar masterpiece than a revolutionary load of tripe.
Thus with Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, a tale of post-apocalyptic class warfare aboard a massive train, which is not only based on a graphic novel (La Transperceneige) but also draws from a number of classic science fiction stories. The dystopian confinement scenario has been done many times (The Matrix, »
- Holly Interlandi
It’s always fun when we get a chance to see the things that didn’t make it into our favorite movies, be they alternate endings or deleted scenes. Even better is when things assumed lost to time are rediscovered like Clive Barker’s intended version of Night Breed or Fritz Lang’s full Metropolis. Then there are the things that we knew existed, but just assumed we wouldn’t see. An example would be the recently released footage Jean-Claude Van Damme as the Predator. Adding to this last category over the weekend was Rick Baker. The effects master took to his twitter account and provided us with some of his creature work on the Steven Spielberg project Night Skies. That film was ultimately scrapped but some of the pre-production work made its way into E.T.
As requested The Night Skies alien. Not finished, no eyes. Cover the top of »
- Chris Connors
3Epkano in association with the Goethe Institut present:
With live musical accompaniment National Concert Hall July 17th at 8pm.
Tickets €15 available from www.nch.ie or 01 4170000
3epkano celebrate their 10th anniversary with a presentation of the most unique cinematic achievement from the silent era, Metropolis. Fritz Lang’s sci-fi epic will be screened in its original format, as seen by German cinema-goers in 1927. 3epkano’s original score will provide a contemporary musical accompaniment to this great modernist classic.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Flicks News)
Star Wars is important not just as a pop culture phenomenon, but also because the original trilogy was so innovative in its storytelling and production. Here is a list commemorating the top 25 aspects of movie making that Star Wars has forever changed.
Movies that usher in a new era of filmmaking are very rare. They exceed expectations not just because they are entertaining or have memorable stories, but because they expand our expectations as far as what movies are capable of. The original Star Wars trilogy is one collection of such films. A New Hope especially was a film that effectively raised the bar as far as what movies were capable of. The following is a list of the most important things that Star Wars has taught us about making movies. Audiences everywhere are forever indebted.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Certainly no one would accuse me of being shy about offering an opinion. There are times, though, where that opinion isn't welcomed by a reader, and that's normally when I'm writing up a news story and I can't resist a wee bit of cynicism. I know that any time there is news about "Alice In Wonderland 2," I am openly skeptical of the need for that film. I understand that the first one made a billion dollars, but I'm not sure I actually know anyone who enjoyed it. I recently wrote about that when they picked a release date for the film, and I got several angry e-mails from people who resented my attitude, claiming once again that I was being too rough on the movie. Taking a second look at what I firmly believe may be Tim Burton's worst film, I was struck by two things. First, it is a terrible movie, »
- Drew McWeeny
Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21
From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...
Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.
When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.
The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly »
Imitation of Life: James’ Sci-Fi Thriller Plumbs Dark Recesses of A.I.
While its ingenious ideas are sometimes marred by obvious budgetary limitations, director Caradog W. James’ second feature, The Machine is a highly enjoyable and brooding sci-fi flick in the philosophical vein of Blade Runner, with a smattering of other similarly minded or styled classics, such as Lang’s Metropolis heavy on its mind. Even though it sometimes looks like a film that seems tailor made for the Syfy Channel, James still manages to create an appropriate atmosphere with its cavernous, dimly lit underground bunkers. An arresting and ambient score reminiscent of Vangelis and early John Carpenter is complimentary to its simple yet hypnotic spell.
In the not too distant future, the UK seems to be languishing in the throes of the preapocalypse as the Western world is heavily engaged in a Cold War with China. The government »
- Nicholas Bell
The King and the Mockingbird (French: Le Roi et l’oiseau), 1980.
Directed by Paul Grimault.
A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.
The modern animation industry is very much a business, as opposed to an art-form or creative industry. Looking at recent uninspired projects and unnecessary sequels such as Monsters University and Planes just to name a few, it’s easy to come to some clear conclusions about the state of contemporary animation. If it’s not highly merchandised, franchised or derivative, it doesn’t seem to get made, at least by the likes of Disney or Pixar.
The recent retiring of the masterful Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame only helps further cement this uninspired era in animated history. To bring this seemingly irrelevant introduction full circle, »
- Sam Thorne
With almost 40 years of history - encompassing films, TV, comic books, video games and novels - there's a wealth of interesting facts and information about the vast universe hatched by George Lucas.
Here are ten fast facts we've discovered from a galaxy far, far away…
1. Inspired by the swashbuckling Flash Gordon adventures that began in the '30s, a young George Lucas initially wanted to bring that serial to the big screen, but found the rights to the character difficult to untangle. From there he began to fashion his own space epic - a project that would eventually become the Star Wars we know and love.
However, things could have been a lot different as Lucas's first draft script was »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “A Tale of Two Cities: Rebuilding a Metropolis” — Christopher Runyon at Movie Mezzanine profiles a Japanese descendant of Fritz Lang’s epic sci-fi classic which made a powerful impact of its own. “Do we really need all these set photos?” — We’ve reached a point where studios are faking their own leaked set photos, authorizing unauthorized pics that get sent out into the ether to be copied and pasted all over the place. Matt Singer at The Dissolve asks the natural question and scratches his head over why people are excited by visual spoilers while recoiling at the textual kind. “Whose Brooklyn Is It, Anyway?” — A.O. Scott at The New York Times follows the way a neighborhood full of neighborhood has shifted over a half-century in art. “Spike Lee »
- Scott Beggs
Without prefatory contextualization, Matías Piñeiro’s dreamily conceived Viola doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. We’re dropped into the production of an all-female Argentinian take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night where the character of Viola is tasked with finding the fancy of Olivia in the name of Duke Orsino, in doing ultimately blurring the lines of emotional truth between the trio. With the production title itself the only given, the implied narrative is something you’re expected to know going in and it’s ultimately the key to the elegantly compounded mystery written within. Strangely, you’ll likely be swept up in its perplexing hypno-theater whether you’re in on the narrative subtleties of Piñeiro’s film or not.
The production soon ends and we find ourselves in the dressing rooms, the cast of women peeling off their fake eyelashes and recounting their awkward eye-locking line deliveries from the night’s performance. »
- Jordan M. Smith
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