17 items from 2016
Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle, their first international co-production (handled in conjunction with Wild Bunch), screened at this year’s Filmfest Hamburg, and we had the good fortune of sitting down with the its director, Michaël Dudok de Wit. The feat he’s achieved with this picture is significant. As we said in our review at Cannes, “De Wit excels at producing compelling drama from such extreme self-imposed limitations. Indeed, despite there being no dialogue and very few characters, the film consistently celebrates the excitement of exploration and invention while also keeping the audience aware of the man’s growing frustrations, like the awful finality of falling down whens there’s no rope or ladder or hand to help you up.”
For a look into the creation of 2016’s finest animated endeavor, read on below.
The Film Stage: This is Studio Ghibli’s first international co-production. How did it come about? »
- Zhuo-Ning Su
With stories by Jeff Provine and illustrations by Ellis Goodson, the new anthology book series 31 Ghost Stories has launched on Kickstarter. Flip through one hundred pages of scares... if you dare. Also in today's Highlights: a Freddy Krueger mask by Halloween Costumes, a Scare Campaign, details plus a new clip for Doug Liman's Invisible Vr series, and a trailer for The Charnel House.
31 Ghost Stories Kickstarter: Press Release: "31 Ghost Stories is a new anthology for those who loved Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Goosebumps. Each story by Jeff Provine is illustrated with the haunting shadowy of Ellis Goodson, concept artist for games like Jurassic Park. The book launches on October 10 through Kickstarter, and every copy purchased will be matched with a copy donated to a library.
“Stories are meant to be shared,” Provine said.
Through one hundred pages, 31 Ghost Stories explores new twists through the old tropes of haunted tales. »
- Tamika Jones
Summer's all about reading on the beach, but when it comes to Fall, it's all about picnics in the park and walks through pumpkin patches. I'm Brenda Janowitz, author of The Dinner Party, and I've got a great list of books to read while you're waiting in line for that hay ride. Ghost stories? Check. Mysteries? Check. There's even a little something for those of you who are ready for Christmas. So read on, and get ready to order! Related Stories:12 New Books That Ensure Your September Is Full of Great ReadingThe 25 Books You're Going to Want to Curl Up With This Fall »
- Brenda Janowitz
Want a nine-hour dose of the truth of existence so harrowing that it will make you feel grateful no matter how humble your situation? Masaki Kobayshi's epic of the real cost of war boggles the mind with its creeping revelations of cosmic bleakness. Yet all the way through you know you're experiencing a truth far beyond slogans and sentiments. The Human Condition Region B Blu-ray Arrow Academy (UK) 1959-61 / B&W / 2:35 anamorphic widescreen / 574 min. / Ningen no jôken / Street Date September 19, 2016 / Available from Amazon UK £ 39.99 Starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima, Keiji Sada, So Yamamura, Kunie Tanaka, Kei Sato, Chishu Ryu, Taketoshi Naito. Cinematography Yoshio Miyajima Art Direction Kazue Hirataka <Film Editor Keiichi Uraoka Original Music Chuji Kinoshita Written by Zenzo Matsuyama, Masaki Kobayashi from the novel by Jumpei Gomikawa Produced by Shigeru Wakatsuki Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
The first Blu-ray of perhaps »
- Glenn Erickson
There’s nothing like a good ghost story, and now, according to Screen Daily, we’ll be getting several of them from the UK! According to the site, Ghost Stories, the film adaptation of the chilling stage production that has been seen… Continue Reading →
The post Ghost Stories Set to Be Told at the End of October appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
The Penguin Book of the Undead: Fifteen Hundred Years of Supernatural Encounters, edited by Scott G. Bruce, taps into stories, religious texts, and personal letters / accounts from various peoples and periods throughout history concerning the supernatural. Dive into the obsession humans have with the spirit world when Bruce’s book is released on September 27th by Penguin Classics.
“Ghost stories, as we commonly conceive of them, did not come into being until the late 19th century, when the Victorians popularized the idea of the haunting: a soul reaching from the beyond to expose secrets, avenge an untimely death, or otherwise meddle in the realm of the living to mysterious or malevolent ends. But ghosts have been fixtures of our collective imagination as potent cultural forces since pre-modern times.
Spanning from the Hebrew scriptures to the Roman Empire, the Scandinavian sagas to medieval Europe, the Protestant Reformation to the Renaissance, The »
- Tamika Jones
There’s no need to look hard for your favorite Asian movies online these days. The rise of streaming services is a boon to movie-lovers worldwide, especially for those who love hard-to-find Asian art-house films.
You’ll find these gems and more at sites such as Archive.org, Mubi.com, and Fandor.com among others, here’s a list of some of our favourite award winning movies you can watch online right now.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
This Zhang Yimou film is one of the director’s many collaboration with the lovely Gong Li. Based on the novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong, it tells the story of a young woman who agreed to be a wealthy man’s fourth wife. Complications ensue as bitter rivalries rise between the man’s four wives. Gong Li’s acting in this movie is superb and the movie captures the atmosphere of 1920s China. »
- Kat Meneses
Lionsgate U.K. has acquired U.K. distribution rights to “Ghost Stories,” based on the Olivier nominated supernatural stage production, co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, and set to star Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” franchise, “Captain America: Civil War,” TV’s “Fargo”) and BAFTA award-winner George MacKay (“Pride,” “Sunshine on Leith”), with Andy Nyman reprising his role as Professor Goodman. Principal photography will start in September.
Phillip Goodman, professor of psychology and arch-sceptic has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave. His mentor Charles Cameron, the “original” TV parapsychologist, went missing 15 years before, presumed dead and yet now he writes to Goodman saying that the pair must meet.
Cameron, it seems, is still very much alive. And he needs Goodman to find a rational explanation for three unsolved cases that have shaken Cameron to his core. As Goodman investigates, »
- Leo Barraclough
Lionsgate has acquired UK rights to Ghost Stories, based on the Olivier-nominated supernatural stage production. The project stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), and is co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, who also reprises his role as Professor Goodman. Will Clarke’s Altitude is handling sales. Claire Jones and Robin Gutch produce for indie production company Warp Films. Warp produced Berlin hit ’71, the brilliant feature directorial debut from Yann… »
Exclusive: The Woman In Black distributor Tmg/Concorde picks up thriller for Germany.
The pact marks the first collaboration between the two companies. Tmg/Concorde previously did well in Germany with similarly pitched horror The Woman In Black.
Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman (The Hobbit franchise), George MacKay (Pride) and Andy Nyman (Death At A Funeral) are to star in the feature version of well-received supernatural stage production Ghost Stories, co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen) and Nyman, who will reprise his role as professor Goodman.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Screen Daily is reporting that Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) and George MacKay (Pride) have joined the cast of Ghost Stories, an adaptation of the supernatural stage production from Andy Nyman (Death At a Funeral) and co-writer and director Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen). Nyman will also reprise his role as Professor Phillip Goodman.
In Ghost Stories, Phillip Goodman (Nyman), professor of psychology and arch-skeptic has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave. His mentor Charles Cameron, the ‘original’ TV parapsychologist went missing fifteen years before, presumed dead and yet now he writes to Goodman saying that the pair must meet.
Cameron, it seems, is still very much alive. And he needs Goodman to find a rational explanation for three unsolved cases that have shaken Cameron to his core. As Goodman investigates, he meets three haunted people, each with a tale more frightening, »
- Gary Collinson
Coldplay’s seventh studio album, which was released last year is a promising continuation of the British rock band’s new colorful identity established with the explosive Mylo Xyloto (2011) and the more balanced Ghost Stories (2014). The new album, which the band will promote on their upcoming European and North American tour this summer, takes us on a vibrant […]
The post ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ by Coldplay Album Review: A Familiar Palette of Sounds appeared first on uInterview. »
- Antonia Georgieva
I remember catching the stage show Ghost Stories at the Lyric in Hammersmith many years ago, before its successful couple of runs in the West End, and couldn’t believe how amazing it was – and how scary. Well, now it seems like a Ghost Stories film is on the way courtesy of Andy Nyman, the genius that co-created the original play.
Nyman, an accomplished actor (he appeared in Severance, Black Death and Death At A Funeral), and frequent collaborator with TV mentalist Derren Brown, will direct and reprise his role of Professor Phillip Goodman from the original play, a character described as ‘a psychology academic and skeptic who sees his belief in the rational tested when his old mentor, Charles Cameron, sends him a letter. »
- Paul Heath
Jeremy Dyson, best known for his screenwriting work on British TV series The League of Gentlemen, crafted a bona fide scarefest with 2010’s stage show Ghost Stories in tandem with co-writer Andy Nyman. More than half a decade later and Dyson and Nyman are primed to reunite once more, this time to transition the play from the boards to the silver screen.
That’s according to Screen International, revealing that the production has already tapped Sherlock and The Hobbit actor Martin Freeman along with George MacKay. They’ll star opposite Nyman himself, who assumed the role of Professor Phillip Goodman in the original stage show. Described as a “professor of psychology and arch-skeptic,” Goodman is a character that has “rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave.” Very spooky indeed.
What really drives home the fear factor for Nyman’s character is that »
- Michael Briers
Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman (The Hobbit franchise), George MacKay (Pride) and Andy Nyman (Death At A Funeral) are to star in a feature version of well-received supernatural stage production Ghost Stories, co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen) and Nyman, who will reprise his role as professor Goodman.
Principal photography is due to get underway in September with Claire Jones (Sightseers) producing alongside Warp Films’ Robin Gutch (’71). Altitude Films has boarded sales on the thriller and will introduce buyers to the project at the Efm.
His mentor Charles Cameron, the ‘original’ TV parapsychologist went missing fifteen years before, presumed dead and yet now he writes to Goodman saying that the pair must »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Samurai Rebellion (original title: Joi-uchi: Hairyo tsuma shimatsu)
Written by Shinobu Hashimoto
Directed Masaki Kobayashi
In 18th century Edo Japan, long-time friends Isaburo Sasahara (Toshiro Mufine) and Tatewaki Asano (Tatsuya Nakadai) of the Aisu clan joyfully anticipate a fast approaching annual festival, but all is not well. Isaburo’s son, Yogoro (Go Kato), needs to be wed soon, yet the perfect bride whose status would respect their family honour has yet to be found. This weighs on Isaburo’s wife, the severe Sugo (Michiko Otsuka), even more so than on Isaburo himself. Familial recognition and pride is at stake, two important factors put to the test when the Aisu clan lord, Masakata Matsudaira (Tatsuo Matsumura), decides that his former mistress, Ichi (Yoko Tsukasa), is to be given to them. Controversy stems from the fact that Ichi was actually dismissed from their lord’s court following a rather unorthodox and unexpected emotional outburst. »
- Edgar Chaput
[Editor's Note: We want to wish Daily Dead readers a Happy 2016! Continuing our Favorites of 2015, Monte shares his list, which includes movies, vinyl releases, and more.]
Bone Tomahawk: An absolutely impressive film from S. Craig Zahler, “Bone Tomahawk” is the western film I always wanted. It’s a mix of unusual humor with touches of thoroughly effective and satisfying horror and beautifully rendered western era compositions. Add some rather stunning performances from an impressive cast, Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and especially Richard Jenkins, and you have one of the most unique horror, western, drama mash-ups you’ll experience.
Turbo Kid: Some call it a guilty pleasure while others, like myself, wholeheartedly defend the action, science fiction, and horror films of the 1980’s. “Turbo Kid” is a loving homage to all the era specific qualities you’d see from these guilty pleasure films combined into one. The fact that it gets nearly everything in tune with the 80’s is remarkable; the fact that it is also has an earnest and humorous story is an unexpected plus. »
- Monte Yazzie
17 items from 2016
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