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Ellen Ripley in all her butt-kicking glory is kicking off today's Horror Highlights. Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy collectible will hit stores soon! Also: details on Splathouse podcast's Hobgoblins (1988) discussion, Alamo Drafthouse and Kodak's first-ever Reel Film Day, and release details for Bigfoot the Movie.
Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy Collectible: From Funko: "A Pop! and ReAction just aren't enough - Ellen Ripley will be joining the Rock Candy line soon!
Splathouse Podcast Presents a Hobgoblins Discussion: From Splathouse: "For your consideration: Our four panelists (Sarah, Mike, John, and Jim) are joined by a Twitter friend (@parkerandcooley), an Academy Award nominee (Christopher Walken), a quiet coyote, and Rick Sloane (writer/director of The Visitants and Vice Academy). Can the gang survive the chaos or will they be seduced by the evil, mind-altering Hobgoblins? Find out this week!
Plus! All the regular bullshit you love: What Do Ya Know? »
- Tamika Jones
We live in a pixelated world. Much of our day is spent staring at watches, laptops, desktops, iPods, and iPads that offer up digitized video, newsfeeds, and Facebook posts. These pixels are even dominating the biggest screens of all, as more and more movie theaters abandon film for the convenience and cost savings of digital projection. But there remain purists, for whom the flicker and luster of film remains a vital component of the movie-going experience. Quentin Tarantino, for instance, once blasted digital projection, dismissing it as “just television in cinema” and predicting it would lead to the death of movies.
Well the “Pulp Fiction” director and his partisans should mark their calendars. Alamo Drafthouse is partnering with Kodak on the first-ever “Reel Film Day,” a celebration of 35mm film. Both companies say they see the advantages of digitization, but they also want to celebrate the look, flavor, and art of celluloid. »
- Brent Lang
“Have you ever heard somebody say, ‘I can’t watch black-and-white movies?'” asks the creator of the Now You See It YouTube channel in his latest video. Said video essayist takes issue with that mindset, and he’s here to explain why in just four minutes. “Black and white can do just as much as color,” he contends, and for Exhibit A he turns to film noir.
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Our intrepid host uses examples of both good and bad parodies to make a point: “Saturday Night Live” got it wrong by using low-contrast black and white in a recent skit inspired by “Casablanca,” while an old “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip mimicked the style much more skillfully. The poor imitation demonstrated by the likes of “SNL,” he argues, is why some consider black and white to be boring — they »
- Michael Nordine
This murder mystery isn't as simple as it looks.
Of course, Cheryl knew more about Jason's disappearance. (Scratch that, it's a murder!) She's his twin And the last person who saw him. It's not looking good for her...
First and foremost, do you think Cheryl killed him? (Or is somehow involved?) I'm not sure.
The signs are all there though: She's meaner to Betty than usual, the guilt is getting to her, and she's already lied. Cheryl is the poster child for someone with a secret. I could see her being the killer, but it's too easy.
She's also actively trying to find the killer. The look she gave Betty while interrogating her was terrifying, but she's not exactly "killing twin" evil. »
- Justin Carreiro
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Riverdale recap here.
In its first episode, Riverdale gave us a nice, juicy murder-mystery to chew on with the death of Jason Blossom. And in its second episode, it… revealed the killer?!
Rather than save the big reveal for the season finale, Riverdale came out guns blazing on Thursday night, with the sheriff arriving at school to haul in — Jason’s twin sister Cheryl. But is Riverdale’s queen beyotch really responsible for her beloved brother’s death? Let’s take a closer look at her actions this week.
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“The hit song ‘Sugar, Sugar’ has always been a huge part of Archie’s history, so we knew we had to include it in Riverdale in some way,” said executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “Since Archie’s just starting his musical journey when we meet him, we thought it would be a fun reinvention to have Josie and the Pussycats perform an updated version of ‘Sugar, Sugar’ — with an assist from Riverdale High’s cheerleaders and resident mean girl Cheryl Blossom.”
Secrets Unraveled — As new details of Jason’s death begin to emerge, Archie (Kj Apa) pleads with Miss Grundy (guest star Sarah Habel) to come forward with what they heard at Sweetwater River. Betty (Lili Reinhart) makes »
- Amie Cranswick
The death of Jason Blossom doesn't look like it's stopping Archie and friends from living their lives on Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2.
Friendships still need to be repaired, hookups are bound to happen, and the team is gearing up for the big game. It's never a quiet day at Riverdale High. And yet, there's still a murder investigation going on.
After the drama of last week's season premiere, it looks like Archie and friends are getting along this episode. But is everything as it seems? Why does Cheryl look like she's ready to kill? And what is being planned at the big game?
And don't forget, you can watch Riverdale online via TV Fanatic to get caught up on all the drama!
1. The Big Game - Riverdale Season 1 Episode 2 Archie is »
- Justin Carreiro
Dr. Orloff’s Monster
Redemption / Kino Lorber
Cinematography: Alfonso Nieva
Film Editor: Á Serrano
Produced by: Marius Lesoeur
Directed by Jesús Franco
Arguing the merits of Jesús Franco seems a blind alley to me. I know academic film writers that have seen dozens of his films and who assure me that they perceive an artist amid all the exploitation and pornography. Why not? I continue to see Franco as a fringe filmmaker of little talent and less interest. Keep anything up long enough and it »
- Glenn Erickson
Following last night’s season premiere, The CW has released a trailer and a batch of promotional images for the second episode of the live-action Archie series Riverdale, entitled ‘A Touch of Evil’; take a look here…
See Also: Read our review of Riverdale’s series premiere here
Secrets Unraveled — As new details of Jason’s death begin to emerge, Archie (Kj Apa) pleads with Miss Grundy (guest star Sarah Habel) to come forward with what they heard at Sweetwater River. Betty (Lili Reinhart) makes an effort to mend her friendship with Archie but takes a different stance with Veronica (Camila Mendes), who is trying to make up for her actions. With rumors around her brother’s death running rampant, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) deals with the pressure in true Queen Bee fashion, while tensions boil over when Jughead (Cole Sprouse) stumbles upon a secret Archie was hoping to keep hidden. »
- Amie Cranswick
Last night’s premiere of Riverdale received stellar reviews. While many people initially got excited for a revival of the Archie Comics, any kind of remake that would resemble the hokey 50s like style was squashed immediately upon some of the first images of production a few months back. The show has taken on a much darker tone more appropriate for the 21st century. In fact some critics have compared the show to David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.” Others have said it mixes Lynch’s elements with that of a show like “Dawson’s Creek.” While it remains to be seen just how integral
Riverdale Spoilers: Trailer for “A Touch of Evil” »
- Nat Berman
If you’ve seen Touch of Evil in its restored 1998 edition and never bothered to learn its history, you might be shocked that a work so deftly orchestrated — one that deserves to so often be cited as one of Orson Welles‘ supreme works — has behind it a deeply troubled history, and might only exist because of Walter Murch‘s considerable devotion.
The surprise will be compounded when exploring “Behind the Edit: The Orson Welles Memo,” a well-studied video essay comparing and contrasting Touch of Evil’s multiple iterations via film clips and archival material, chief among them a 58-page memo Welles sent to Universal as a sort of instruction manual. Long disregarded, it now stands as a testament to his passion, Universal’s arrogance, and the 1998 cut’s worthiness of Welles. This video essay is worthy of that legacy.
Watch the video below (via The Av Club) and read my »
- Nick Newman
The story of Orson Welles is famously tragic: A wunderkind who made what many consider to be the greatest movie right out of the gate at 25, Citizen Kane, his career was then squandered through a variety of studio battles, so that he only wound up with a handful of masterpieces instead of the many he surely had in him. One of his later efforts, which he wrote, directed, and co-starred in, was 1958’s Touch Of Evil. The gritty late-era noir has Charlton Heston playing a Mexican drug-enforcement official at the U.S. border, and features Janet Leigh as Heston’s wife, a young Dennis Weaver, Marlene Dietrich as a madam, and Welles as corrupt sheriff Hank Quinlan. Welles was in his 40s by this time, and grossly obese, but his work behind the camera on Touch Of Evil (including the still-famous three-minute opening tracking shot) convinced him that »
- Gwen Ihnat
Kl Studio Classics
1951 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 99 min. / Street Date February 7, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95
Starring : James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Glynis Johns, Jack Hawkins, Janette Scott, Niall MacGinnis, Kenneth More, Ronald Squire, Elizabeth Allan, Jill Clifford, Felix Aylmer, Dora Bryan, Maurice Denham, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Bessie Love, Karel Stepanek.
Cinematography: Georges Périnal
Film Editor: Manuel del Campo
Original Music: Malcolm Arnold
Produced by: Louis D. Lighton
Directed by Henry Koster
A few years back, whenever a desired title came up on list for a Fox, Columbia or Warners’ Mod (made-on-demand) DVD, my first reaction was disappointment: we really want to see our favorites released in the better disc format, Blu-ray. But things have changed. As Mod announcements thin out, we have seen an explosion of library titles remastered in HD. »
- Glenn Erickson
Aside from a prequel comic and Free Comic Book Day offering, those eagerly anticipating Riverdale have much to look forward to. Up until recently, not much information regarding the series has been divulged beyond the pilot episode, but now, that’s thankfully changed.
In the synopsis for “Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil,” two things quickly become apparent: Archie Andrews’ life is extremely complicated and the murder mystery gripping the quaint town does indeed seem to serve as the backdrop for the inaugural season. Although we expect interesting developments each week, our better judgment says the unraveling of this enigma will be a marathon, not a sprint.
Speaking of the official description, you can check it out below:
- Eric Joseph
A letter found inside a book at the Lilly Library at Indiana University has revealed that, while living in Europe in the early 1950s, Orson Welles was contemplating working on several films and stage projects.
The signed, two-page letter, which was typed on Welles’ stationery, was found by Liana Meeker, a catalog specialist at Lilly Library. It was folded inside a copy of Whit Materson’s “Badge of Evil,” which was the basis for Welles’ 1958 film “Touch of Evil.”
It is unknown how the letter ended up in the book, said Craig S. Simpson, Manuscripts Archivist at Lilly Library.”It was just a random item found in a random book,” he explained.
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The letter, dated March 11, 1953, is believed to have been addressed to Welles’ longtime friend and columnist Leonard Lyons. In it, the actor and filmmaker asks Lyons to publish a column about an »
- Yoselin Acevedo
The Love Witch has promptly become requisite sustenance for cinephiles. As the obligatory end of the year lists come churning out, you’d be damned if you didn’t catch The Love Witch on most of them. It’s made the Best of 2016 lists of the New Yorker, Timeout, L.A Weekly, Sheila O’Malley (of rogerebert.com), Rottentomatoes 100 Best Horror Films of All Time, The Rolling Stones Best Horror Films of 2016, The Thrillist’s sexiest movies of 2016, Filmschoolrejects Best movie Fashion/Best Movies of 2016, and Business Insider’s 24 Best Movies you probably haven’t seen this year, etc…. etc...
The Love Witch looks like film’s just aren’t able to anymore. It’s a glammed up homage to its Vistavision/Technicolor idols -- its flawless aesthetic is pivotal and helps ascend the label of a love letter. I talked with, and learned much, from its veteran cinematographer M. David Mullen »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Aaron Hunt)
16 items from 2017
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