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David Opie sits down with director David Spaltro to talk about his new horror movie In the Dark…
David Opie: Hi David. Thanks for talking to us at Flickering Myth. In the Dark is a great indie horror, something’s that all too rare these days. What inspired you to make a horror film for your third feature?
David Spaltro: It was sort of just fortuitous timing, really. I had been in development on a third feature film Wake Up in New York, and slated to go into production in Spring 2014, but that Winter hit a financing snag that sort of put the breaks on it at the time. I was a little burned out after all that work, and not sure if I should take a break and go back to trying to get that back up again, or look at a different project, when I was contacted »
- David Opie
We’ve all had them; but I dare say not many like this as Joakim and Sam Hutchinson from Cinema Etc talk about Billy Wilders The Lost Weekend.
From Masters of Cinema:
Directed by Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot), this gut-wrenching adaptation of Charles Jackson’s The Lost Weekend horrified its studio, was rejected by test audiences, and was lobbied by temperance groups, yet went on to huge success and became the awards sensation of its year.
Ray Milland stars as Don Birnam, a New York author struggling with years of alcoholism and writer’s block. Trying to keep him on the path to rehabilitation are his straight-laced brother Wick (Philip Terry) and devoted long-time girlfriend Helen (Jane Wyman). When Don absconds from a country excursion, he embarks on a four-day binge, spiralling towards rock bottom.
Winner of the Grand Prix at the first ever Cannes Film Festival, »
- Tom Jennings
The Toronto International Film Festival’s prominence on the festival circuit has only grown over the years, with films from numerous different fields having gone on to critical and commercial acclaim. Among the festival’s different categories are Tiff Docs and Vanguard. Tiff Docs allows documentaries to get their own spotlight at the festival, giving acclaimed documentarians such as Michael Moore and Frederick Wiseman a platform for their films. The Vanguard section, on the other hand, showcases films that aren’t easily categorisable into a specific genre. With the Canadian Films lineup announcement having revealed the first set of films playing in each group, Tiff today revealed more of the lineup in each section. The list of newly announced films, with their official synopses, is as follows.
Amazing Grace, directed by Sydney Pollack, making its International Premiere
- Deepayan Sengupta
Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home of barbiturate poisoning on this day in 1962, but her status as the Hollywood sex symbol hasn't died. What was it about her? Billy Wilder, who directed her arguably most iconic performance in "Some Like It Hot," said she had a "certain indefinable magic"—and that's what lingers in her very best films ("Gentleman Prefer Blondes" and "Hot" among them) and even in the lesser pictures. As unpacked in Liz Garbus' moving HBO documentary "Love, Marilyn," the actress kept a cache of personal diaries and letters that revealed a woman in trouble, a far more tormented interior life than reflected in the blonde comic persona audiences (and scripts and directors) sometimes ascribed to her. "The fuzzy end of the lollipop," as it were. Read her 1962 obit, and watch some of our favorite Marilyn clips below: She spent her last day alive sunbathing, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
August 5 marks the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death in 1962. Few Hollywood stars have created such a powerful legacy based on such a small, brief output: starring roles in 11 films, released during a nine-year period.
Fox ran an ad in Daily Variety in 1952, the year Monroe starred in “Don’t Bother to Knock,” proclaiming her “a new star.” Studios often took out ads to promote contract players and 20th Century Fox was building her career, so the promo wasn’t unusual. However, in her case, the words sound more factual than hype.
Her big breakthrough occurred in 1953, when she starred in “Niagara,” “How to Marry a Millionaire” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” all for Fox. From that point until her death, at age 36, she was the hottest thing in Hollywood.
- Tim Gray
When the most recent Sight & Sound Top 100 list came out in 2012, there weren’t many surprises beyond the headline-ready replacement of Citizen Kane by Vertigo at the #1 spot. There was a brief, furious flash of articles contemplating what it really meant to be the best movie ever made and whether Hitchcock’s story of obsession masquerading as love really qualified. Being called the greatest makes you an easy target. Landon and I worked our way through the first fifty films on the list, exploring the Holden Caulfield of Paris, the secret gay agenda of Some Like it Hot, the unfathomable history of Shoah, a silent superhero movie, the bleakest movies about childhood and many, many more. It took us two years, and that was at least partially aided by the fact that I’d seen almost all of them already (Landon may have already seen all fifty). Finding something “new” was a rare treat, a »
- Scott Beggs
BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
How do you make a compelling documentary about a deceased subject for whom little archival material exists, without overegging textbook techniques like talking heads and zooming in on old photographs? It’s a challenge Gillian Armstrong has taken on before.
When the veteran film-maker set out to document the colourful life of Florence Broadhurst – a Queensland-born socialite and designer famous for her beautiful hand-printed wallpaper, whose 1977 murder remains a mystery – there wasn’t much pre-existing material to work with.
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- Luke Buckmaster
This is a golden era for Australian feature documentaries as typified by the five critically-acclaimed titles in contention for the best feature doc prize at the fifth Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.
The Aacta Awards will be presented in Sydney in December, with the Seven Network telecasting the major awards on December 9.
Also revealed today were the nominees for best short animation and best short fiction film. In the running for the former are Adam Elliot.s Ernie Biscuit, Joe Brumm.s The Meek, Mikey Hill.s The Orchestra and Janette Goodey and John Lewis. The Story of Percival Pilts.
- Don Groves
Warner Bros.’ Archive Collection has been doing quite the job giving genre and non-genre fans an extensive amount of DVD and Bluray releases of classic horror, crime noir and comedy films, some of which are available for the first time. Sure there are Quite a lot of new genre films to keep us busy for ages, but it does feel good to sit back and watch classic films that not only inspired today’s film-making, but paved the way for a lot of recent films.
We thought it would be nice to write a bit about some of our favorite releases from WB’s Archive Collection, thanks to the gang over there for sending a few titles my way to check out. Read on!
The story of a series of murders being investigated by a detective and his new partner (Albert Finney and the absolutely gorgeous Diane Venora), Wolfen suffered, »
- Jerry Smith
The Seven Year Itch, 1955.
Directed by Billy Wilder.
Married man, Sherman, has to contend with the gorgeous woman upstairs when his family are away over the summer.
That shot. A train whirrs past beneath the vent and wind blows her dress up as she struggles to hold it down. She doesn’t move away from the revealing situation and instead tells he male companion, “isn’t it delicious?”. Her white, pleated dress design and platinum blonde hair means that this is Marilyn Monroe. A crowd had gathered, between 52nd and 53rd Street in New York City. Billy Wilder is in production of The Seven Year Itch, and photographer Sam Shaw is snapping the icon of the 1950’s. This became the moment that became a 26ft tall statue by Seward Johnson in Chicago, California and New Jersey, in Forever Marilyn. It is also the unforgettable, »
- Simon Columb
The Misfits, 1961.
Directed by John Huston.
Roslyn – wounded, shivering and cynical after her divorce – meets experienced cowboy Gay and move in with him. Harm to innocent creatures is a recurring theme as Roslyn becomes increasingly distressed by the masculine aspects of Gay’s lifestyle, and is evident when Gay’s friend Perce is injured in a brutal rodeo.
Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift and Clark Gable seem to exist in an era, whereby Hollywood is all glitz and glamour. Studio stars dress impeccably and look perfect. The iconic Monroe of Some Like it Hot; the cheeky charm of Gable in Gone with the Wind; the boyish sincerity of Clift in From Here to Eternity. The extended run of The Misfits at the BFI puts all three together in a different dusty landscape, at a point whereby their stars were beginning to fall and tragically, »
- Simon Columb
Quite a few, apparently, from the identity of her birth father, to the nature of her fatal overdose at age 36 -- was it suicide, accident, or murder? In 2012, on the 50th anniversary of her death, Moviefone previously published "25 Things You Didn't Know About Marilyn Monroe." Turns out that list barely scratched the surface. Here, then, are 25 more.
1. Monroe's birth certificate from 1926 lists her birth name as Norma Jeane Mortenson. The last name was a misspelling of the surname of her mother's second husband, Martin Mortensen, who separated from Gladys before she became pregnant. Soon after, she reverted to her first married name, Baker, and gave that name to her daughter.
2. Gladys later told Norma Jeane that her father was Gladys' boss, Charles Gifford, who looked like »
- Gary Susman
Kim Kardashian is having an epic Marilyn Monroe moment. No, she's not nearly suffering a windy wardrobe malfunction on the streets of Beverly Hills, but is instead channeling the curvaceous icon on the cover of Vogue Brazil, which sees the E! beauty sporting platinum blond locks—a la the Some Like It Hot star. Flaunting her killer cleavage, big lips and Hollywood pin-up curls, Kanye West's missus looks absolutely gorgeous while cementing her status as a fashion icon. This cover marks the third time she has covered the style bible (she previously covered Vogue Australia's February issue as well as the U.S. cover in 2014). Photos: Kim's 33 best looks »
Some Like It Hot! Kim Kardashian put her platinum blonde hair phase to good use and channeled Marilyn Monroe for a shoot with Vogue Brazil. The E! reality star’s two covers for the magazine’s June 2015 body issue were released on Tuesday, May 26. On one cover, Kanye West’s wife, who shocked the Internet when she went bright blonde this past March, dons a pair of sexy black leather gloves while reclining on a leopard blanket, showing off her ample cleavage a la the 1960s sex icon. The [...] »
Movie tourism is a big deal for a lot of cinema fans, with people making trips all over the world just to visit shooting locations and landmarks seen in their favorite films. Sometimes they can get some help from a map or an app or an official tour. When a spot used for a set is a hotel, that makes the stay so much easier. From California's Hotel del Coronado of Some Like It Hot to Connecticut's Yankee Peddler Inn of The Innkeepers, there are plenty of places you can stay the night and feel like you're in the actual movie filmed there. Now we can add the Juvet Landscape Hotel, which is seen in the new sci-fi movie Ex Machina as Oscar Isaac's character's secluded residence and A.I. research lab. Built in 2009 and located in the Vallstad valley of...
- Christopher Campbell
Grace Lee Whitney, who played the loyal Janice Rand, the personal assistant who served Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) aboard the USS Enterprise during the first season of Star Trek, has died. She was 85. Whitney, who reprised her role as Rand in four Star Trek films and in a 1996 episode of Star Trek: Voyager, died Friday at her home in Coarsegold, Calif., her son told The Fresno Bee. The attractive blond also appeared in two Billy Wilder films that starred Jack Lemmon: 1959’s Some Like It Hot (as one of the members of the all-
- Mike Barnes
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