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With a career marked by controversy and tragedy, triumphs and disasters, that Roman Polanski has shaken off personal obstacles and professional setbacks is a feat in itself. But that he has become a legendary and influential filmmaker in the process, speaks to his remarkable strength and skill behind the camera no matter how you feel about the man personally. Polanski is well known as a craftsman of stylish thrillers, most notably the informal "Apartment Trilogy" of "Repulsion," "Rosemary's Baby," and "The Tenant," films that trade on nightmarish images, claustrophobic spaces, and creeping paranoia. But looking back over his filmography one is immediately struck by the breadth of genres he has tackled, from the psychological potboilers above, to literary adaptations (“Oliver Twist”), swashbuckling adventure (“Pirates”), World War II drama (“The Pianist”) and sizzling noir (“Chinatown”). »
I'm a big fan of David O'Daniel's movie posters. I dig the designs and the metallic and iridescent inks really make the image pop. He also takes on popular movies as well as art house fare. This time he's got new posters for The Birds (edition of 250), The Exorcist (edition of 200), The Shining (edition of 200), Metropolis (edition of 300), Repulsion (edition of 200), The Third Man (edition of 150 and each Third Man poster comes with a free poster for Brighton Rock), Rosemary's Baby (edition of 200) Taxi Driver (edition of 200), and Shoot the Piano Player (edition of 150). All posters are 18x24, cost $40 plus $9 domestic shipping or $15 international shipping. Hit the jump to check out the posters and the purchase link. All posters can be purchased on David O'Daniel's website. [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] »
- Matt Goldberg
A version of this review originally ran as part of our coverage of the 2011 New York Film Festival.
Nobody makes a trapped-in-a-house-slowly-going-insane movie quite like Roman Polanski. You've got "Repulsion," "Rosemary's Baby," "The Tenant," "The Ghost Writer," and now "Carnage," the first out-and-out comedy of the bunch. The film, based on the Tony Award-winning play by Yasmina Reza, is sort of Polanski's version of Buñuel's "The Exterminating Angel:" one Brooklyn couple comes to another Brooklyn couple's apartment to resolve a squabble between their two children. Though the matter is seemingly cleared up minutes into the film, the visiting couple can't quite leave; every time they make a move for the door some other petty disagreement, or offer of cobbler, or inability to schedule a return visit with kids in tow pulls them back in. They're trapped by good manners and bad conversation, and the camera and the audience is trapped right along with them. »
- Matt Singer
Sigh....Polanski in the sixties. Knife in the Water(1962), Repulsion (1965), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) and Rosemary's Baby (1968) are all on that list. But so is the not oft remarked on Cul-de-sac (1966). Cul-de-sac trades effectively in Polanski's modern noir Gothic but amongst the elemental chills is a smart, heartbreaking, very funny, satire of failed aristocracy, would be intellectualism and decayed gangster myth. A pair of hoods on the lam descend on a remote and somewhat decrepit beach property castle inhabited by a decidedly eccentric couple. George (Donald Pleasance) is a scholar, his much younger wife, Teresa (Francoise Dorleac), is a flighty woman who may or may not be in love with him. They meet the intrusion into their home with equal parts moral »
Tiff will also host a retrospective looking back at specific films during Polanski's career, tracing the recurring themes that have shaped his vision.
"Roman Polanski" runs December 17 - December 25, 2011, including special screenings of the features "Knife in the Water", "Cul-de-sac", "Chinatown", "Repulsion", "The Tenant", "Rosemary's Baby", and "The Ghost Writer" :
"...In a career spanning more than fifty years, Roman Polanski has firmly established himself as one of the contemporary masters of cinema with his nerve-wrackingly suspenseful and darkly comic portraits of cruelty, violence, claustrophobia and madness.
"Often confining his characters within suffocatingly cloistered locations—a sailboat on a lonely lake, a crumbling castle, an isolated beach house and a succession of ominous apartment houses—Polanski observes with cynical, diabolical glee as the thin pretenses of civilization are quickly stripped away in the face of human vanities, »
- Michael Stevens
Actress Mia Farrow has criticised U.S. school administrators who refused to enrol a student diagnosed with HIV.
The 13-year-old boy, who is HIV positive, was denied a place at Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania over concerns for the safety of other pupils.
A statement from Connie McNamara, the school's Vice President of Communications, reads, "We cannot accommodate the needs of students with chronic communicable diseases that pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.
"The reason is simple. We are serving children, and no child can be assumed to always make responsible decisions that protect the well being of others. That is why, after careful review and analysis, we determined we could not put our children at risk."
But Rosemary's Baby star Farrow is fuming over the decision and has taken to her Twitter.com page to vent her frustration.
She tweeted, "Shame on the Milton Hershey School in Pa which has denied admission to a 13 year old because he is HIV positive." »
The makers of this fourth film in the series based on Stephenie Meyer's vampire bestsellers follow the example of another lucrative franchise, the Harry Potter pictures, both in offering no helpful synopsis to newcomers and in filming the final novel in two parts. Breaking Dawn Part Two will be an explosive treatment of the vampiric Armageddon launched by the evil black-clad elders known as the Volturi, led by a grinning Michael Sheen. They figure briefly in Part One, the second time during the end credits as a curtain-raiser for next year's finale. Otherwise this part deals exclusively with matters matrimonial and obstetric as 18-year-old, small-town sheriff's daughter Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) from Washington State marries pale, ageless vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and surrenders her virginity on a honeymoon in Brazil. It turns out to be not a consummation devoutly to be wished, but a horror story realising every »
- Philip French
The Five Most Terrifying Pregnancies in Cinema History Brace yourself for Breaking Dawn. By Andrew Osborne Impending parenthood is scary enough, but the real white-knuckle moments are typically associated with the anxieties and complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Thus, as a public service to Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's nervous, mopey vam-parents in this week's Breaking Dawn (Part One), we've compiled a list of the five worst-case scenarios to expect when you're expecting. (And no, we didn't include Eraserhead — bonus points for the first commenter to figure out why.) 1. Rosemary's Baby (1968) The mother of all terrifying pregnancy flicks features Mia Farrow's title character cooped up in a spooky Manhattan apartment building (realistically portrayed by The Dakota, which later achieved infamy as a setting for real-world evil with the murder of John Lennon in 1980). No expectant mother has ever received worse pre-natal care [...] »
- Andrew Osborne
Despite her marriage to the vampire Edward, a pregnancy for Bella sparks a new round of angst for all still concerned. This franchise, meanwhile, feels like it will live forever
Ohmigodohmigodohmigod. Just when we thought the Brokeback-style drama of Jacob and Edward couldn't get any more intense – they decide to have a child together! With Bella as the surrogate! This new ultra-emotional episode of the Twilight drama turned some Twihards into Twisofts at the screening I attended, and the person next to me was openly sniffling. So was I. For different reasons. The ongoing emo-operetta of this drama now sweeps us away on a new riptide of mawkish euphoria.
The deal is that Edward and Bella, played of course by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, have decided to get married. It's happening. It's on. And so, at first glance, the agonised abstinence debate would finally – finally – appear to be over. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Sufferin' sweetbreads - as though murders, miscarriages, and affairs weren't enough, this week American Horror Story hit us with suicide, an extremely disturbing school shooting, and evil pig-men. It was like watching Fox News! Okay, okay - maybe it wasn't that scary...
Ding-dong. Constance (Jessica Lange) answers the door of the Murder House to find the only thing worse than Mormon missionaries on her doorstep: a Swat team looking for Tate. It's 1994, and Tate just shot up Westfield High.
And they're going to make us watch it.
Evan Peters as Tate
At the library, the group of students we met last week as ghosts barricade themselves in with a teacher when they hear shots in the hallway. Okay, I have to give a nod to Violet's ironic accuracy in dubbing the ghost kids "the Dead Breakfast Club", considering that they all died in the library. Judd Nelson Type says »
- Brian Juergens
Director Darren Lynn Bousman burst onto the horror scene in 2005 with Saw II, which lead to the subsequent sequels Saw III and Saw IV. After leaving Jigsaw behind, the director made one of his passion projects, Repo! the Genetic Opera!, based on his 2006 short of the same name. The filmmaker is back with 11-11-11, which hits theaters nationwide on, of course, 11/11/11, i.e. November 11. The movie centers on an American man visiting Spain, who delves into the mysterious conspiracy of 11-11-11, when Heaven's 11th gate will reportedly open. I recently had the chance to speak with Darren Lynn Bousman over the phone about this horror tale, and here's what he had to say below.
How long has this idea been brewing in your head for, and when »
As long time fans know, Ryan Murphy – the co-creator of American Horror Story which starts on FX tonight – isn't afraid to go a little over the top. This after all is the writer who gave us both high school bitchfest Popular and Nip/Tuck, a plastic surgery drama with plotlines featuring transsexuals, mime bandits and the injection of Botox into a man's penis. Even the sweet-natured Glee is prone to the odd bizarre moment, such as the recent episode featuring Emma's "ginger separatist" parents.
But American Horror Story tops them all. Murphy, a horror fan who admits he was disappointed not to be born on Halloween, starts with the basic horror trope of a haunted house and foolish family »
- Sarah Hughes
Director: Sean Durkin Writer: Sean Durkin Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Brady Corbet, Louisa Krause, Julia Garner, Christopher Abbot, Maria Dizzia Critics seem to be pretty split on Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene, and I cannot seem to understand why. Other than its title, which I for some reason find impossible to remember, I can find very little to be wrong with Mmmm. I have not read Dave Wilson's review of Mmmm yet, but I did notice that we both gave the film the same rating (a lofty 9 out of 10). I suspect that Dave W.'s review is less tangential than mine promises to be; in fact, I am opting for avoiding any discussion of the plot in order to stay completely clear of spoilers... I know there are many readers out there who want to know more about a film before deciding »
- Don Simpson
Remember yesterday, when I hoped that The Innkeepers would be an actually scary, well-made horror film but was sadly informed that it actually wasn't very good by one of our commenters? Maybe We Need To Talk About Kevin, the upcoming film starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly based on the book of the same name, can fill the void created yesterday. Because if this trailer is any indication, it's like The Omen but without the Antichrist. Rosemary's Baby without the Satanic cult. Three Men and a Little Lady but without two of the men or the little lady plus one woman and a maladjusted teenager driven to commit an unspeakable act of violence: The film is directed by Lynne Ramsay, the woman behind Morvern Callar and Ratcatcher, which gives it good directing pedigree on top of its stellar leading actors. It opens in a limited [...] »
Editor's Note: This is the final entry in our Oscar Horrors miniseries. We really hope you enjoyed all 17 entries -- full index at the bottom of this post. Should we do it again next year? (Yes, there are more nominations afforded to the creepy-crawly films. The Oscars have been around for 84 years after all...) -Nathaniel
Robert here, with a look back at one of Oscar's best Best Supporting Actress decisions. You probably already know that Ruth Gordon was a real Hollywood veteran when she won her Oscar for Rosemary's Baby, having been in the showbiz business ever since appearing as a picture baby in 1915 and taking a stage role as one of Peter Pan's lost boys. Even if you didn't know that, it's the sort of thing that seems right. »
Happy Halloween! This month Team Film Experience has been celebrating those rare Oscar nominations given to horror films. Here's a true oddity from Robert Gannon. This mini-series was his idea! Take it away, Robert.
Here lies...the original costume designs of The Swarm. Three time Oscar nominated costume designer Paul Zastupnevich earned his second nomination for the epic killer bee film from 1978. As silly as the film is, the costume design is no joke.
Zastupnevich designed very detailed costumes for the entire cast of the film. They fall into three broad categories. The first is military uniforms, including the imagined design for the killer bee response team in orange and white jumpsuits. The second is business attire, worn by a large cavalcade of performers and professionals woven throughout the running time of the film. The third is casual civillian wear, designed in an American-hued palette of various reds, whites, and blues. »
- Robert G
Alright all you Twi-hard fans, we are now officially only two weeks away from the Breaking Dawn premiere. Last week, we covered how an undead bloodsucker like Edward Cullen gets it up for, ya know, the Brazilian honeymoon biz (don't tell us you never thought about that yourself). And what comes after one roll in the hay? A baby, duh! And what better way to congratulate the new parents Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart—uh, we mean Bella and Edward—on their supernatural newborn than by counting down the most fabulously freaky babies of all time: 1. A Chip Off The Old Satan: Rosemary's Baby First up on the dribble list is Rosemary's Baby. This is a horror movie classic »
Oscar Horrors continues...
Here lies...the 1992 Oscar for Visual Effects – err, here he would be lying, lamenting his fate as a reward to the f/x folks behind Batman Returns or Alien 3, had he not been bewitched by Isabella Rossellini's youth potion. Now, he stands immortal on a mantle shared by Ken Ralston, Doug Chiang, Tom Woodruff Jr. and Douglas Smythe, who brought you the butt-tightening, head-twisting, belly-blasting cinemagic of Robert Zemeckis's Death Becomes Her.
Kurt here. I Love this movie – or should I say, I'm "Mad as Hel" for it. Regardless of what it might say about me, it's a major film of my youth. Prepping for this post, I planned to just skip around and watch the expensive effects scenes, but by the time a grossly overweight and psychotically vengeful Goldie Hawn was twisting her hankie and growling through gritted teeth, "I want to talk about Madeline Ashton, »
- Kurtis O
A conversation with filmmaker Devi Snively is its own beast. It whips around wildly, to and fro, from subject to subject, like a snake whose head has been detached. But unlike that poor snake, there's always a keen intelligence at play.
During a typical chat, myriad eclectic references — from politics and literature to microbiology, music and, yes, even film — fly by at an exasperating pace, accompanied by an ever-present sly sense of humor. It's a vastly entertaining, yet slightly exhausting experience.
Luckily, when I contacted Devi last week for Planet Fury's Halloween Memories series, I was able to set the parameters of our dialogue. We would be talking about Halloween. Just Halloween. And only Halloween. Let's see how that went, shall we?
We're discussing Halloween Memories today, Devi. I was just talking to a friend who doesn't enjoy Halloween. How about you? Are you a Halloween person?
In my world, »
Mommy's little monster. The imagery, and specifically posters, released for Lynne Ramsay's unsettling, dark, eerie, chilling new film We Need to Talk About Kevin have all been very creepy, in a twisted sort of visual way, but that's why I love them. There was that Rosemary's Baby-esque one, and the stylized but creepy UK one, along with some others. HitFix has just debuted the latest poster and it's definitely got an eerie touch to it as well, but that's the exact atmosphere and feeling of the film captured. We're still waiting to see the official Us trailer, in the meantime here's another creepy Tilda Swinton look. See it in full below. We Need to Talk About Kevin stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller as their son Kevin. Our own Tim & Jeremy gave the film rave reviews at Fantastic Fest as well. A film to keep »
- Alex Billington
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