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At this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Mark Lee Ping-Bing’s photography in Yang Chao’s “Crosscurrent” won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Cinematography. The film follows Gao Chun (Qin Hao), who takes over his family’s courier ship and travels up the Yangtze River to deliver some cargo. At different ports, he comes across the beautiful prostitute An Lu (Xin Zhilei) in various identities and ages, and begins to wonder if she’s part of the supernatural or if he’s traveling through time. Watch a trailer for the film below.
Read More: Mark Lee Ping-Bing’s Layered and Luminous Cinematography Shows the Power Of Minimalism
Lee is best known for working with such acclaimed directors like Wong Kar-Wai and Hou Hsiao-Hsien. He received the Grand Technical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his photography in “In the Mood for Love.” His most recent »
- Vikram Murthi
Jason from Mnpp here seizing the moment with this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" -- well, seizing one of many moments, but not only moments, because if life were only moments then we'd never know we had one. You know how it goes. Anyway this moment, this one of many not only, is the birthday of the director Rob Marshall, who makes magical movies that, uh... defy description. Like Into the Woods, perhaps? Yes, we are in the right story.
Previously Here it is a week later and I'm still pretty shocked it took me over 125 editions of this series to get to my favorite movie Rosemary's Baby - but who won? Well you guys sided with the Devil, just like the Oscars did, and gave the prize to Ruth Gordon's Minnie Castavet and her eternally chalky undertaste - said Marsha Mason:
"I think Ruth had the greater acting accomplishment. »
Jason from Mnpp here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" -- you wanna know what's unlikelier than a young Catholic girl being impregnated with the Antichrist thanks to a pact with the Devil made between her role-seeking actor-husband and her elderly mousse-loving neighbors? Unlikelier than all that is the fact that I have never used my favorite movie, aka Rosemary's Baby, for this series before. Somebody call Dr. Shand to lure me off of this ledge with some of his sweet recorder music before I make myself the next Terry Gionoffrio over this.
Did I think the choice between Rosemary (never Oscar nominee Mia Farrow) and Minnie (Oscar winner Ruth Gordon) would just be too difficult a choice to subject our brains to? I must admit I find it personally impossible. I cannot! So I leave it to you. Just keep reminding yourself that this is no dream, this is really happening. »
Sarah Dobbs Oct 7, 2016
The director of the brilliant Under The Shadow chats to us about how his childhood memories and love of horror movies inspired him
Every now and then, a horror movie comes along that gets people excited. Not just horror fans, but critics and cinemagoers who aren’t normally into scares. Recently we’ve had The Babadook, with its story about grief and difficult relationships between parents and their kids, and The Witch, which grabbed attention with its authentic 17th century setting and hard-to-understand accents even before the devil worshipping kicked off.
Now, there’s another scary movie that’s racking up glowing reviews left, right, and centre – everyone from the Guardian to the NME to Variety and, well, Den of Geek has raved about Under The Shadow. A brilliantly scary portrayal of life in war-torn Iran, it’s got a claustrophobic atmosphere, stunning camerawork, and some excellent »
Curtis Hanson was my first interview with a fellow film buff and film journalist. He was nice enough to sit down with me twice, first at the Rose Cafe in Venice, then at a lunch spot in the Marina, the name of which has been lost to time. He was then kind enough to invite me to the world premiere of "L.A. Confidential" at the Chinese Theater as his guest, my first time on the red carpet at a real-life Hollywood premiere, and called me after this piece ran to thank me personally. A nice man. Hanson, and co-writer Brian Helgeland, would go on to win Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for "L.A. Confidential."
Years later, I ran into Hanson at a book signing party for Pat York that was held in Westwood. I approached him and reminded him of our interview a decade or so earlier. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Karyn Kusama had a rough go of this Hollywood business nearly from the beginning. After winning acclaim for her first feature, the independently-financed drama Girlfight starring Michelle Rodriguez, she moved on to studio filmmaking with the poorly-received 2005 live-action adaptation of Aeon Flux, which -- as she previously told Girls on Film co-hosts Miri Jedeikin and Roth Cornet -- was "very much a committee's film." After that came the 2009 Megan Fox vehicle Jennifer's Body, which didn't fare much better either critically or commercially (though it has become something of a minor "cult" film). Nonetheless, working on Jennifer's Body seems to have sparked in Kusama a love of telling stories through the lens of horror, and after several years spent away from the feature world (though she did helm episodes of series like Halt and Catch Fire and The Man in the High Castle in the interim), she returned to her indie roots to direct The Invitation, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Want to experience higher learning in horror? From September to December, Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum will host classes on horror presented by The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. Classes will be instructed by some of the most renowned experts and artists of the genre, including Jack Ketchum (author of the seminal The Girl Next Door), Dennis Paoli (co-screenwriter of 1985's Re-Animator), and longtime horror journalist Michael Gingold.
Press Release: With successful branches in London and Montreal, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies makes its first stateside stop at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum with a pilot semester of horror film, literature and pop culture classes, running from September through December 2016 and featuring classes by some of the most renowned voices in horror film, fiction and criticism.
- Derek Anderson
The new American Horror Story teaser might be the sixth season's most perplexing entry yet. Titled "Blind Date," it features a blond actress screaming as some kind of sea monster proceeds to pull her into a body of water. "I have to get back to my sorority," she yells between screams. The thing is, the new teaser positively reeks of vintage Hollywood vibes: the swelling horn-filled music, the classic "Hollywood bombshell" look, and what appears to be a direct homage to The Creature From the Black Lagoon. It's hard not to imagine that we're on a Hollywood film set. Then it hit us: we've been seeing plenty of allusions to classic horror films all along, and this new teaser could be a dead giveaway. The new season of American Horror Story could take us back to classic horror-based eras in Hollywood. The gilded age of Tinseltown has plenty of fodder, »
- Ryan Roschke
Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, Michael Haneke, a rabbit memory not from Alice In Wonderland, Danish fairy tales, Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Molière's Tartuffe and an Andrei Tarkovsky tracking shot pops up in my conversation with director/writer/actor Christian Tafdrup.
In a turn of events straight out of David Lynch's Lost Highway book of identity magic, Kjeld (Søren Malling of Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair) dreams to relive his younger days. This comes true in unexpected ways through Miri Ann Beuschel and Elliott Crosset Hove. With their son Esben (Anton Honik) leaving for college, Kjeld and Vibeke (Bodil Jørgensen of Cæcilia Holbek Trier's Agnus Dei and Anders Thomas Jensen's Men & Chicken) feel that their suburban house has become too big and empty for them. They »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
"Would you consider carrying my child?" IFC Films has unveiled a trailer for a psychological horror film called Shelley, about a woman who convinces her maid to get pregnant since she can't but there's obviously a dark side to the story. The baby seems to be growing faster than usual and their seems to be a creepy evil something growing inside of her. This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and is playing at Fantasia this month. Starring Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Cosmina Stratan, Peter Christoffersen, Bjorn Andresen, and Marianne Mortensen. There have been a many baby-related horror films (from Rosemary's Baby to Proxy recently to Species II) but this one seems to be particularly unsettling. If you're into this, take a look. Here's the official Us trailer (+ a poster) for Ali Abbasi's Shelley, found direct from YouTube: Louise and Kasper, a Danish couple, live in an isolated villa in »
- Alex Billington
Good horror seems so hard to come by. Why is that? Other genres of film don’t have quite the same stigma. Sure, everyone would rather turn the television off before watching most romantic comedies, but horror appears to have the smallest collection of fans. Ask most people if they like horror movies and you will receive a swift “nah, I scream like a girl.” And, we all understand. I look at horror movies like roller coasters. There's a rush of anxiety and maybe your stomach drops, but you keep coming back for more.
It feels like you are required to watch at least 20 horror movies before a true gem reveals itself. But, it’s worth sitting through The Cave, or Leprechaun Origins to discover a Rosemary's Baby. This may be an unpopular opinion, but thank goodness we don't have to go to midnight cinema to enjoy horror showings anymore. »
- Tyler Richardson
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but turns out Fox's The Exorcist is just another dumb Blumhouse movie, with a wasted Geena Davis to boot. Here's the new promo, which tries to scare us by flinging a CGI bird into a window: Is anyone surprised this thing looks bad? The writing was on the wall from the moment the project was first announced, and the promo only confirms my worst fears about it. While it wouldn't be fair to judge the show based on two and a half minutes of footage, this thing screams "Insidious sequel" to me (not a compliment). What I don't get is that The Exorcist was a very specific story based on a very specific case, and this series posits an entirely new demonic possession scenario, albeit one with very similar contours to the 1971 book and William Friedkin's film adaptation. So why »
- Chris Eggertsen
Robert Wagner as a social climbing psycho killer? I knew it! 'Mr. CinemaScope Smile' grins only once or twice in this movie, and then only to fool an unsuspecting woman. A great cast brings tension to Ira Levin's outrageous tale of murder. Joanne Woodward has a powerful role, but my heartthrob this time out is lovely Virginia Leith. A Kiss Before Dying Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date May 3, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith, Joanne Woodward, Mary Astor, George Macready, Robert Quarry. Cinematography Lucien Ballard Art Direction Addison Hehr Film Editor George A. Gittens Original Music Lionel Newman Written by Lawrence Roman from a novel by Ira Levin Produced by Robert L. Jacks Directed by Gerd Oswald
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSLa chinoiseSay what? The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius is slated to make a drama out of the relationship between French New Wave master Jean-Luc Godard and his actress/muse-one-time-wife Anne Wiazemsky around the time of Godard's 1967 film, La chinoise. Sounds potentially horrible, but it is officially based on Wiazemsky's memoir Un an après. In a bizarre generational echo, Louis Garrel, so well known for embodying his father, director Philippe Garrel, in is set to star as Godard.We keep waiting, and waiting, and waiting for Terrence Malick long-in-the-making IMAX documentary, Voyage of Time. Now The Film Stage has found reference to an October theatrical release date. We'll believe it when we see it, but here's hoping.After Gavin Smith left editorship of Film Comment magazine, the Film Society of Lincoln »
The Omen may be 40 years old this year, but it's somehow become the hottest property in horror in 2016. In addition to A&E's sequel series Damien (which, truth be told, isn't garnering the kind of ratings the network probably hoped for), an Omen prequel movie is now in the works with indie darling Antonio Campos -- whose 2016 biopic Christine, about tragic Florida TV reporter Christine Chubbuck, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival -- attached to direct. Fittingly titled The First Omen, the film is being produced by David Goyer for 20th Century Fox, the studio behind both the original film and its three less-successful sequels, including the made-for-tv stinker Omen IV: The Awakening. I actually rewatched The Omen fairly recently, and truth be told, I'd forgotten how hokey the thing is. The fact that it grossed boatloads of money in 1976 makes sense: it's broadly entertaining, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Bodies of mutilated women, children in peril, distraught mothers and mysterious sects are ripe fodder for horror films, and are tropes that writer and directors return to frequently. As such, with this ground being tred frequently, it's hard to come up with a concept or perspective that is original, or at least compelling. Such is the case with Sacrifice; director and writer Peter A. Dowling (who wrote Flight Plan) has created a combination of The Stepford Wives and Rosemary's Baby, with the locale and twisted religious rites of The Wicker Man thrown in. The result is a film that's neither great nor terrible; treading old paths can be comforting, but the end result is relatively forgettable. After several miscarriages, Dr. Tora Hamilton (Radha Mitchell) and...
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While the pro wrestler Kane starred in two forgettable "See No Evil" movies in 2006 and 2014, neither had anything to do with Mia Farrow's 1971 thriller of the same name. It might not be the most popular flick of the genre to emerge from that decade, but it is cherished by some, so of course it's getting remade. Read More: 7 Things You Should Know About Roman Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby' Sony is dusting off the title and has decided to give it a fresh coat of paint. The Richard Fleischer-directed original followed a blind woman who goes to her uncle's home, only to discover that her family has been murdered —she must then escape the maniac responsible for the killings. Mike Scannell will pen the new version, but there's no word yet on what his take on the concept might be. If you have any ideas about who should direct, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Acting neighborly has deadly consequences in playwright and theater director David Farr's feature directorial debut “The Ones Below.” A contained thriller with heavy nods to Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby," the movie may not reinvent the wheel, but it has lots of fun playing in a similar sandbox as the horror classic. Read More: Tiff Review: 'Rosemary's Baby'-Esque Thriller 'The Ones Below' Starring Clémence Poésy Starring Clémence Poésy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore, and Laura Birn, the story follows a young couple, eagerly awaiting their first child, who become involved in a psychological battle of wills with the tenants in the apartment downstairs. And it's one that only intensifies when the couple below lose their own baby-to-be in a freak accident. "The Ones Below" opens on May 27th. Watch the trailer and a clip from the film below. »
- Edward Davis
Look out! Here come two A.I.P. horror pix from the soggy end of the Poe cycle: the first features Jason Robards, an impressive cast and a disorganized storyline. The second is an almost-good Lovecraft horror with interesting performances from Dean Stockwell and Sandra Dee. Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Dunwich Horror Blu-ray Color Scream Factory Street Date March 29, 2016 / 26.99
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Scream Factory's new double feature disc finishes off two different American-International horror series. The first picture is the last fright film made for the company by the directing and writing team of Gordon Hessler and Christopher Wicking. It's no gem, but it's a lot more interesting on a second viewing. The second is the company's final try to make that old joker H.P. Lovecraft into a filmic horror icon, like Edgar Allan Poe. It has a lot going for it, but also its own set of problems. »
- Glenn Erickson
10 Cloverfield Lane has been shrouded in secrecy. Produced by Paramount and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, the details of the film have been carefully guarded. The full trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane was released just two months before it opens this Friday. Nothing specific about the plot has leaked; just that it is a sequel of sorts to that hit monster movie from 2008, Cloverfield.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Michelle, a young woman who wakes up after a car accident in a survival bunker. Disoriented and terrified, her captor or possibly savior, is Howard (John Goodman). He tells her that they have survived an apocalypse. Michelle's also surprised to find another occupant, Emit (John Gallagher Jr). That's all you really need to know before seeing the film. There are more than a few twists in 10 Cloverfield Lane.
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