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Scarecrow and The King of Marvin Gardens – quirky, unstylised films made in the 60s and 70s that refused to smooth their rough edges. This bravery, Adam Mars-Jones argues, is what film-makers are missing today
The label "independent film" doesn't mean what it once did, and the Sundance festival is part of the reason. The moment aspiring film-makers realised there was a potential shortcut to distribution and acclaim, they started smoothing off their rough edges – consciously or without even noticing – or at least they began to stylise themselves. Either way, the overall effect of the festival has not been to promote individuality but to erode it. So it's a mild beneficial shock to watch two American films of the early 1970s on re-release – not because they're masterpieces, exactly, but because they give the flavour of a different set of assumptions.
- Adam Mars-Jones
In this shit economy families have to do whatever they can to get by. Case in point: two lovable loonies with a penchant for beauty in the upcoming flick Slink. Move over, Bonnie and Clyde... this husband and wife team are far more ghoulish!
Below you'll find your first look at Slink, which was written and directed by Jared Masters. Art Roberts, Julia Faye West, Danika Galindo, Paul Tirado, Dawna Lee Heising, Anthony Del Negro, and Jade Bryce star.
In the rural town of Wickenhaven, a psychotic tanning salon owner is responsible for the disappearances of many young, innocent girls, while his wife, an exotic purse designer, is willing to overlook his evil nature.
After the unexplained death of their Uncle Arlo, Kayla Nunez and her sister venture to his home in the rural town of Wickenhaven. They plan to claim their share of his estate, but their trip »
- Uncle Creepy
Fast and Furious 6 may be yet another zany movie about adult bumper cars starring the familiarly furious Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster (who, juding by her cinematic output and striking resemblance, should be officially nicknamed Gasoline Ali MacGraw), but it got me thinking: Can you name any car chase movies you actually care about? And if so, what’s your favorite film in the genre?
Here are my top five.
4) Back to the Future: Chiiiiiild, when Biff is after Marty on his makeshift skateboard? So unexpected and hilarious.
- Louis Virtel
Lifetime, History Channel, and A&E are set to air the four-hour miniseries "Bonnie & Clyde" later this year and have released the first promo photos of Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger in character. [Source: The Live Feed]
ABC is set to burn off its four remaining episodes of both its cancelled series "666 Park Avenue" on Saturdays at 9/8c from June 22nd through July 13th.
The network has also put the eight unaired episodes of the second season of "Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23" on its website. [Source: EW]
"The Americans," "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "The Good Wife" and "Homeland" are all up for the Best Drama Series award at the 2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Conspicuously absent: "Mad Men".
"The Big Bang Theory, »
- Garth Franklin
In a rather surprising development, Amazon plans to start selling fanfic. Really. The online retailer will let fanfic writers sell their Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars or Vampire Diaries-inspired stories and keep a portion of the sale. All three series are based on books brought to TV by Alloy Entertainment and Amazon says its working to get more properties into the mix. Now, anyone knows if they’ve banned crossovers? It would be fun to see how “A” and Gossip Girl would react to each other.
Why aren’t there more hosting gigs that include moments of shirtlessness?
It’s taken nearly a year, but TLC has picked up the Bukudroos-produced celebrity genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?. The new season will include episodes focusing on Zooey Deschanel, Chris O’Donnell and Christina Applegate. »
- Lyle Masaki
Legendary bank-robbing couple Bonnie and Clyde are back, this time shooting up the small screen. Emile Hirsch ("Into the Wild") and Holliday Grainger ("The Borgias") will star as the 1930s lovers on the run in the upcoming two-night TV event "Bonnie and Clyde," from director Bruce Beresford and Executive Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The all-star cast also includes Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Sarah Hyland, Elizabeth Reaser, and Dale Dickey. A&E has released three brand new photos from the mini-series, showing off the project's stars, guns, getaway cars and vintage fashions. "Bonnie and Clyde" will air on three cable networks simultaneously »
- Dave Lewis
It's like Christmas in May for Austin classic film fans. Last week the schedule for the summer classic film series at Paramount and Stateside was announced. Movies from various decades will screen in 35mm at Paramount and digital HD projection at the Stateside from late May through early September. The lineup this year is lighter on the screwball genre than I would prefer, but there is still oh-so-much to choose from. There's sure to be something for everyone.
Tickets for each film are $8 (this covers double features as well) online. If you expect to see many, buying Flix-Tix or becoming a Film Fan could be a worthwhile investment. [Pro tip from Jette: The higher-level Film Fan memberships include free garage parking during the movies.]
Here are some of the selections we Slackerwood contributors find noteworthy:
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) -- Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty rob banks in Arthur Penn's game-changing crime romp that blazes through north Texas [my Lone Star Cinema post]. (Wed 5/29 at 10 pm, Stateside)The Wild Bunch (1969) -- »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Screen Australia has committed almost $360,000 in funding to assist 15 filmmaking teams and three new internships.
The announcement, made earlier today, confirmed eight new projects will receive Screen Australia support while another seven teams will benefit from continued funding..
Three internships, developed through Screen Australia.s Talent Escalator Project, will send Australian filmmakers overseas to further develop their chosen crafts..
Natalie Lindwall will gain six months experience in the UK working with Ecosse Flims as a development producer, and producer Raquelle David will spend six months in Toronto working with Niv Fichman at Rhombus Media..
- Staff Writer
This story comes courtesy of La Weekly
By Siran Babayan
"It seemed like something somebody would make up," author Nancy Jo Sales says on the phone from her New York home. "If you had pitched this as a movie, nobody would've bought it. It would've been too unbelievable." But the story of a bunch of young suburbanites who burglarized a string of celebrity homes in 2008 and '09 did happen. And somebody did buy it — director Sofia Coppola, whose upcoming film "The Bling Ring" (out June 14) is inspired by the Hollywood crime spree. It's also the subject of Sales' new book, likewise titled "The Bling Ring."
Coppola hired Sales as a consultant on the film after optioning her 2010 Vanity Fair article, "The Suspects Wore Louboutins." Realizing she had enough material on the case for a book, Sales started writing "The Bling Ring" last summer. It hits bookstores next week.
The Bling Ring had already had a smattering of clandestine screenings before its Cannes premiere last night, in the presence of its cast and director, and the advance word was lukewarm on Sofia Coppola's latest. Though low-key (as ever), it is, however, deceptively smart, and possibly one of Coppola's most complete and intelligent films, perfectly capturing the bizarre madness of modern pop culture. Nominally starring Emma Watson, it's actually an ensemble piece that features some superb performances by virtual unknowns (notably Katie Chan and Israel Broussard) and, with its shimmering cinematography, makes great use of digital video to tell a very American story. Based on a Vanity Fair story about a group of wayward teenagers, it begins with Rebecca (Chang) and Marc (Broussard) becoming friends when the latter is transferred to a new school in La. Marc slots into Rebecca's social group, which includes Emma Watson's Nicki and Claire Julien's Chloe, »
Interview Duncan Bowles 15 May 2013 - 07:08
Ever since her major breakthrough as infamous Bond villain Xenia Onatopp, Famke Janssen has remained a constant presence in the world of geekdom. Yet despite roles in such high profile blockbusters as the superb GoldenEye and the mostly great X-Men franchise, she’s managed to avoid typecasting and continues to mix mainstream movie hits with both TV and independent features.
While GoldenEye may rank among the best Bond movies of all time, it’s one of my absolute favourites. It put the great Famke Janssen firmly on my radar and I’ve remained a fan of her work ever since, through the underappreciated fun of schlock-fest Deep Rising, the duality of her Miss Burke in The Faculty, to »
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Either Ben Wheatley is a boiling pot of pent-up rage, or he is the complete opposite and thus finds perverse pleasure in humouring the rage fantasies and violent tendencies of the frustrated working-class white English male. Even last year’s grit-fest, Kill List, is not entirely void of something approximating humour, even at its bleakest, blackest moments. But with this his third narrative feature, humour takes centre stage and everything springs forth from and brings forth comedy: the gory violence, the psychotic romance, the meat-and-potatoes relationship drama, the deranged road trip through northern England with a caravan in tow.
Thirty-something Tina (Alice Lowe) lives with her possessive, borderline personality mother in a house filled with countless photographs and sketches of their beloved deceased terrier Poppy, whose death by knitting needle »
Love is a funny thing, am I right? It makes us do crazy things, things we wouldn’t normally do like take risks, be adventurous, think outside the box, kill people – wait, what? Yes, Sightseers is an incredibly dark romantic comedy from director Ben Wheatley (Kill List), written by our lead actors Alice Lowe (Tina) and Steve Oram (Chris), which plays right into Wheatley’s horror wheelhouse. Sure, it’s not about an obvious hack and slash serial killer or evil monster, but there’s still plenty of horror surrounding this seemingly mundane road-trip vacation.
As I’d stated, Lisa and Chris are a new couple looking for a nice vacation away from their own lives. Lisa lives with her overbearing mother who smothers her every chance she gets and requires constant attention, and Chris claims he’s looking for inspiration regarding a novel he’s writing, but needs a sabbatical to clear his head. »
- Matt Donato
Penis imagery: Like love, it's all around us.
Really, though, in movies, it's everywhere. And most likely, depending on the director, it's completely intentional. Yes, most of the directors you casually enjoy are actually perverted creep shows. Like Bruce Hornsby once so eloquently put it, that's just the way it is, folks. You had to learn sometime.
Don't believe us? Here are 20 not-so-subtle examples of phallic movie stills that will have you saying to yourself, "Wow, I didn't realize that Jean-Claude Van Damme with a Jheri curl could get any creepier."
'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' (2013)
'Full Metal Jacket' (1987)
'Hard Target' (1993)
'The Expendables' (2010)
'Planet Terror' (2007)
'Bonnie and Clyde' (1967)
'Conan the Barbarian' (1982)
'Green Lantern' (2011)
'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope' (1977)
'King Kong' (1933)
'Tron: Legacy' (2010)
'The Amazing Spider Man' »
- Nick Blake
Multiplexes and chain cinemas get a pretty bad rap from basically all but your most casual of film goers, thanks to everything from their role to encouraging 3D to their block booking of the latest Transformers film in favour of that micro-budget indie film you and your friends have been dying to see ever since it entered development years prior.
However, one of our biggest chains, Vue, is eschewing this image of uncaring monolith to get back to its roots and give cineastes a real treat that even the smaller-screened art house theatres would struggle to provide. Throughout April, Ma,y and June, Vue is putting on a veritable feast of cinematic treats as part of their Back In Vue season.
The seven cult classics being screened are: Little Shop of Horrors, Evil Dead (aptly chosen with the remake currently occupying screens across the country), Labyrinth, Stand by Me, Bonnie and Clyde, »
- Matt Clough
Last Friday at the TCM Film Festival in Hollywood, I conducted an in-depth interview with the legendary writer-director Robert Benton, a three-time Oscar winner whose first film credit was for co-writing, with David Newman, the now-classic Bonnie and Clyde (1967). In light of the recent gun rampages at a political gathering Tucson, Ariz., a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and the fact that some have blamed them, in part, on the depiction of guns in the movies, I asked Benton whether he felt that films like Bonnie and
- Scott Feinberg
A host of classic cult films spanning the past 50 years will be making a special comeback at Vue Cinemas throughout April, May and June thanks to the 'Back in Vue' strand. The season will run for eight weeks and includes hallowed fan favourites The Evil Dead, Labyrinth, Stand By Me, Trainspotting, A Clockwork Orange and the digital cinema premiere of Bonnie and Clyde. In honour of the season, we have a pair of tickets to give away to a cult film screening of your choice. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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- CineVue UK
Written by Erin Levy
Directed by Michael Uppendahl
Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on AMC
There is a shot in the middle of “To Have and To Hold” that recalls the towering heights of Mad Men’s fifth season, when form seemed to outweigh all other concerns. A slow, swooping take begins with two silhouettes imposed on a hypnogogic background of swirling color as Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot’s “Bonnie and Clyde” provides a fitting accompaniment. The camera comes down to reveal Joan’s friend Kate underneath the man she met at the soda fountain, while Joan sits idly by. A friend of the man approaches and joins Joan on the sofa. Expressing a bemused indifference, she begins to make out with him as the camera continues moving and returns its focus to the psychedelic background.
Joan’s indifference »
- Justin Wier
Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon star in the upcoming dramatic thriller Mud from Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols. Already a favorite on the festival circuit, this edgy adventure follows two teenage boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who discover a fugitive from the law named Mud (McConaughey) hiding out on a small island in the Mississippi. Mud mesmerizes the youngsters with his fantastic yarn about the man he killed in Texas, and the bounty hunters that are now hot on his trail. The two boys soon learn that Mud plans to meet with his former lover, Juniper (Witherspoon), and escape into the sunset. While skeptical, Ellis and Neckbone decide to help the killer meet up with Juniper, only to find themselves trapped in a dangerous and deadly struggle for survival. In the end, its love that saves the day.
In theaters April 26, we've culled together 11 awesome movies that »
Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
A towering figure departed the scene last week: said their long goodbye, dropped into the big sleep. No, we don't mean Margaret Thatcher, though her decease prompted ruminations about her cinematic era and the effect it's had since. Roger Ebert, the avuncular critic of the Chicago Sun Times – famous for all that two-thumbs up stuff, but also a lucid, always-readable reviewer of the highest calibre – died aged 70, shortly after announcing a "leave of presence". The great and good – all the way up to President Obama – paid tribute, while our own critic Peter Bradshaw offered the respect of a direct peer to his critical abilities.
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