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- Heather Wixson
Chis Marker's Chat écoutant la musiqueThere are dog people and there are cat people, this we know, and there are even people who claim to be of both—though latent sympathies remain unspoken, like with a parent and which child is their favorite. With the Vienna Film Festival welcoming me with a tumbling collection of dog and cat short films spanning cinema's history—the Austrian Film Museum, an essential destination each year collaborating with the Viennale, is hosting a “a brief zoology of cinema” throughout the festivities—it is clear that filmmakers, too, have their preference. Silent cinema decidedly prefers the more easily trained and exhibited canine, with 1907’s surreal favorite Les chiens savants as a certain kind of cruel pinnacle. For the cats, Chris Marker, already the presiding figure over so much in 20th century art, I think we can easily claim is the cine-laureate. One need not know »
- Daniel Kasman
The sole directorial outing of Noel Coward arrives on Blu-ray, the infamously troubled production, Roar. The 1981 film received a limited theatrical re-release earlier this year thanks to distribution from Drafthouse Films, which managed to take in over a hundred thousand for the initially maligned film, repackaged as ‘the most dangerous movie ever made.’ Though questionable as an actual piece of filmmaking, it is one of those rare jaw dropping accomplishments, an actual occasion for otherwise hyperbolized language. The lack of narrative hardly matters since you’ll be distracted nearly every single moment as you wonder what the hell everyone was thinking when they made the film.
If you don’t recognize Marshall’s name (this stands as his only directorial effort), it’s because he was actually the husband (initially agent) of actress Tippi Hedren, and they conceived the idea of the film eleven years prior while working on another film set in Africa. »
- Nicholas Bell
It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.
First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions:
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by Dan O’Bannon
UK / USA, 1979
Genre: Sci-Fi Horror
Boasting one of the greatest taglines of all time – “In space, no one can hear you scream” – Alien blends science fiction, horror, and bleak poetry into what could have easily turned into a simple B-monster movie. In fact, the movie was originally pitched to producers as “Jaws in space,” but thankfully Ridley Scott, who was stepping behind the camera for only the second time, took the film far more seriously. Like Steven Spielberg’s great thriller, most of the running time relies on the viewer’s imagination since Scott carefully restricts how little we see of the creature. Alien can certainly test a viewer’s patience. This is an extremely slow burn (something unusual for the genre) and despite the budget, stellar effects, and ambitious set design, Alien in a sense is a minimalist film »
- Ricky Fernandes
Whether you're a fright fanatic, a middle-of-the-row horror fan, or a "someone-dragged-me-here" who barely watches from between terrified, trembling fingers, you've probably noticed an interesting trend: a lot of recent horror movies are based on true stories. At least that's what the filmmakers would have us believe.
The all-too-common "based on a true story" or "based on true events," along with the less reliable "inspired by true events," have become ubiquitous additions to most horror movie marketing campaigns. But this is nothing new. Going all the way back to the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre's" iconic 1974 tagline -- "What happened is true. Now the motion picture that's just as real." -- the truth has always been an important tactic in upping the fear factor for audiences.
If events truly did happen, does that make it more frightening? The recent success of movies like "The Conjuring" (2013), "The Possession" (2012) and "The Haunting in Connecticut" (2009) point to a big "yes, »
- Matthew A Nelson
These stars sure know how to make an entrance! It was a night of fashion and fun as some of Hollywood's most beautiful ladies came together for Elle's 22nd Annual Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday night in Beverly Hills. Shailene Woodley stepped out on the carpet and looked super glamorous in a color blocked ensemble. The "Divergent" star chose a white one shoulder top which she paired with sophisticated black wide leg pants and tan pointy toed pumps. She finished the look with natural makeup and an effortless bun. Amy Schumer, who is one of Elle's eight cover girls for their November issue, went with a pop for color for the event. The funny lady wowed in a red hot Calvin Klein dress which perfectly matched her crimson lips and polished waves. And, Nina Dobrev was feminine in a nude strappy dress. The actress complimented her look with a berry hued lip, »
- tooFab Staff
Horror films are built on our voyeuristic impulses. Our desire to witness or experience the obscene, the taboo, and the grotesque draws us into films about crazed killers or unseen forces. We don’t just want to be shocked, we want to be vulnerable. The stalking scene is a staple of the genre because it involves us in the filmmaking process by providing us a point of view: usually third person from a victim or first person from a killer. Unlike a chase scene, where both parties are aware of the game, the stalking often involves an oblivious participant. These are the slowest and most methodical scenes. There’s no rush to where we’re going because there is no destination to get to. Once the participant becomes aware, there’s only four options: run, hide, fight, or die.
The Birds (1963) – Bird’s eye view
Although not as shocking as Psycho, »
This Sunday, actress Diane Baker will appear at Film Forum in New York to discuss her 50-plus year career in film and television with film historian Foster Hirsch. On Monday at 8:00pm she will again be at Film Forum to introduce a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 film Marnie.
Still just in her mid-twenties, actress Diane Baker found herself one morning in the unfamiliar surroundings of Alma and Alfred Hitchcock’s Brentwood kitchen. They ate peaches around the kitchen table and discussed director Hitchcock’s next picture – Marnie. “I was offered the part without reading the script,” Baker told me on the phone from an apparently sunny San Francisco. “I just happily accepted. Whatever it was, I was going to do it.” But looking back who can blame her? This was, of course, the director whose five previous films had been The Birds, Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo and The Wrong Man, »
- James Knight
The job of a movie poster is simple: it needs to invoke a sense of curiosity and excitement for the movie prior to release. Because of this, many movie companies often overcomplicate movie poster designs, jam-packing them with imagery, slogans and unnecessary marketing fodder. Every now and again, though, you see a movie poster that has a simple, refined design; it's usually these types of posters that go on to become iconic, well-known posters in the following years. We've rounded up some of our favourite, minimalistic movie posters below. Many of them are iconic and you'll likely recognise them, but there's sure to be a few in there that you haven't seen before (we hope). Remember, you can order them online if you like from poster printing companies such as FastPrint.
1. The Birds
- CineVue UK
The eighth entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin.***Cinephilia—in the form in which it can be shared by spectators and filmmakers alike—has two extreme poles, and both of them are associated with fierce, intense drives. There is the cinephilia aligned with love in all its manifestations: romanticism, desire, tenderness, hope. And then there is the cinephilia aligned with aggression, violence, a death-drive. Neither, in an important sense, should be regarded entirely literally: many things on the face of this earth slip under and between love and aggressivity, and these metamorphosing states can stand for, or become attached to, every kind of social, political situation. Samuel Fuller knew the score, in his famous pronouncement for Pierrot le fou (1965): “Film is like a battleground. Love. Hate. Action. Violence. Death. In one word…emotion.” And emotion can be never constrained or »
- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin
Janet Jackson got emotional as she performed a tribute to her late brother Michael Jackson on the opening night of her 'Unbreakable World Tour' in Vancouver, Canada, on Tuesday evening (01.09.15). The 49-year-old pop legend returned to the stage for the first time in four years at the Rogers Arena and wowed the capacity crowd with a 32-song set packed with her greatest hits. But when she sang the track 'Scream' - which she recorded as a duet with her brother Michael in 1995 - Janet broke down, showing she is still in pain over his death in June 2009 at the age of 50. Janet opened her show with an as-yet unnamed track - rumoured to be called 'Burn It Up' - from her new album 'Unbreakable' which featured Missy Elliott rapping. Before the music hit, a video of swarming birds, seemingly inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds', played on »
Lovers of "Marnie," Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 psychosexual pas de deux with Tippi Hedren that placed weirdly high on a recent BBC critics' poll of the best movies ever, are in for a treat at this year's Vienna fest. The quintessential Hitchcock blonde gets her very own tribute, titled Choreography of Desire, including screenings of that film, "The Birds" and her recently re-released film maudit "Roar," co-starring her daughter Melanie Griffith. Read More: 'Citizen Kane' Still the Best American Movie Ever, According to BBC Critics Poll The now-unspooling Viennale lineup also includes an ode to late filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, who died this year at age 106, presented by fellow Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa. Highlights of the feature film lineup include Sundance titles "Diary of a Teenage Girl," "Dope," "End of the Tour" and "Tangerine," as well as other festival faves such as Alex Ross Perry's "Queen of »
- Ryan Lattanzio
They're calling it a "Preview," but what the Vienna International Film Festival has unveiled today looks to be pretty much the bulk of its lineup for its 2015 edition. Tippi Hedren will be on hand for a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Other highlights include Pedro Costa's tribute to Manoel de Oliveira, special programs dedicated to Raúl Perrone and Federico Veiroj, documentaries by Thom Andersen, Les Blank, Adam Curtis and Frederick Wiseman, new features by Woody Allen, Corneliu Porumboiu, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sean Baker, Alex Ross Perry, Britni West and more. » - David Hudson »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
In other news: Doc Alliance winner revealed; Viennale boss signs to 2018; update to reports of Tunisian filmmakers pulling titles.
UK sales company Film Republic has picked up international sales for Brazilian director José Pedro Goulart’s feature debut Point Zero (Ponto Zero) - one of the films presented in Locarno’s Carte Blanche showcase dedicated to Brazil last year.
The co-production between Porto Alegre-based Minima and Okna Producoes centres on one fateful night when a young boy, faced with many challenges at home and in school, has to learn to grow up very quickly after stealing his violent father’s car to find a call girl whose number he found of the windscreen.
Film Republic’s managing director Xavier Henry-Rashid is in Locarno this week for the international premire at the independent Critics’ Week of Karolina Bielawska’s award-winning Polish documentary Call Me Marianna.
He is also handling two Swiss titles:
Claudia Lorenz’s first feature What’s »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills. »
- Andre Soares
My original plan was to publish a list of my ten most anticipated films screening at the Fantasia Film Festival but considering the incredible line-up this year, I find it near impossible to narrow it down to only ten. So instead I’ve decided to select one movie a day, or better yet, the movie that you should choose if you only had time for one.
Day 1. Tangerine
Christmas Eve in Tinseltown!
If you’re not familiar with director Sean Baker start taking notes. The man is a genius and one of the best indie American filmmakers working today. In Starlet, Baker spun an unlikely friendship between a young porn actress and an old lady in the San Fernando Valley. In Prince of Broadway, he chronicled the struggles of a hustler balancing fatherhood while working in New York’s wholesale district. Baker’s work avoids labels by refusing to adhere »
Every time it feels like Hollywood has decided to remake a property that couldn’t be more sacred, they one up the ante. Michael Bay has been prepping a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense/horror classic The Birds, and Variety reports that the project has now found its director: Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen. Van Rooijen has directed the thrillers Tape and Daylight previously, but never a film in the English language.
Hitchcock’s film from 1963, arguably his last great movie and the story of how birds terrorized a small town in Northern California, has never been officially remade, but its influences are everywhere. Heck, even Jurassic World has a scene with pterodactyls worthy of Hitch.
No details on additional plot points or when production is expected to begin have yet been revealed.
So far the list of movies based on board games includes Clue, Battleship, Jumanji, and maybe someday, »
- Brian Welk
The original film, based on the shorty story by Daphne du Maurier, followed a San Francisco socialite who moves to a small northern California town that suddenly comes under attack from various types of birds.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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