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In this episode of CriterionCast Chronicles, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee, Scott Nye, and Keith Enright to discuss the Criterion Collection releases for September 2016.
This will be the last episode of Chronicles for 2016.
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Links to Criterion Night Train to Munich (1940) Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939) Cat People (1942) Blood Simple (1984) Dekalog (1988) Valley of the Dolls (1967) Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) Links to Amazon Night Train to Munich Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum Blood Simple Cat People Valley of the Dolls Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Dekalog Episode Credits Ryan Gallagher (Twitter / Website) David Blakeslee (Twitter / Website) Scott Nye (Twitter / Website) Keith Enright (Twitter / Website) »
- Ryan Gallagher
Quentin Tarantino‘s brand of fetishism — the non-foot kind, I mean — is, in some part, an exploration of the cinema on a genre-by-genre basis, and so his filmography has, to my mind, been missing a certain something without a documentary. While he’ll claim there are (maybe) only two features left in him, there’s a chance that one will take that path — or at least have a documentary-like reserve of research behind it.
The subject? 1970. No, not the cinema of the 1970s, a medium-specific topic that’s been covered as much as any, but 1970, a time Quentin Tarantino considers the takeover point for New Hollywood — and it’s fascinated him so much that he’s been poring over and pondering material for four years. So he revealed during a recent masterclass held at Lyon’s Lumière Festival, where the “work in progress” was given this noncommital classification: “Am I going to write a book? »
- Nick Newman
Quentin Tarantino for the past four years has been delving deep into the year 1970 in the movies, as he’s been telling audiences at the Lumière Festival in Lyon, run by Cannes general delegate Thierry Fremaux. At the fest Tarantino is presenting a 15-feature retrospective titled “1970,” that includes “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Love Story,” Russ Meyer’s “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” and “Zabriskie Point.”
Here are eight things Tarantino said about that year to Fremaux when they took the stage in front of some 2,000 cheering French fans.
– How his passion for 1970 started
It started because I read the book Mark Harris wrote “Pictures at a Revolution” that takes place in 1967. That’s the year that chronicles the real emergence of New Hollywood. The point that he makes in the book is that by the end of 1967 New Hollywood had won, only they didn’t know it yet. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Quentin Tarantino, the beloved and often controversial filmmaker, held a masterclass at the Lumiere Festival in Lyon, France earlier today, where he teased his new project, which may or may not be an actual film. The filmmaker revealed that he has spent the past four years researching the films that came out during the year 1970, and how it represented a turning point in both American and worldwide cinema. While he wouldn't offer too many specifics, he did have this to say to the crowd, "testing out" this premise publicly for the first time.
"Am I going to write a book? Maybe. Is it going to be a six-part podcast? Maybe. A feature documentary? Maybe. I'm figuring it out."
Quentin Tarantino was joined by Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux at the Lumiere Festival, which primarily features retrospectives on restored classics and also obscure gems for others to discover. This year, »
Lyon, France — Presenting Russ Meyer’s “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” part of his 1970 retrospective at Lyon’s Lumière Festival on Sunday, director Quentin Tarantino outlined a bizarre attempt, led by Fox, to take erotic cinema mainstream in 1970.
It is a story of multiple ironies, of an embarrassed establishment and a maverick vindicated over time. In other words, it is a story that Tarantino warms to.
He told it with relish to a large crowd at the Pathe Bellacour in Central Lyon, despite a screening time that coincided with that most sacred of French Sunday traditions: lunch.
“New Hollywood became the Hollywood” in 1970, Tarantino said – flanked by Cannes festival chief Thierry Fremaux, who translated – reprising one centerpiece idea behind his whole 1970 showcase.
“Old Hollywood, which had existed since the ’20s, was no more. If there is any movie that illustrates how Old Hollywood is no more,” Tarantino said, it »
- John Hopewell
Lyon, France — Greeted with a standing applause by the 5,000-strong audience at Lyon’s Lumière Festival, Quentin Tarantino took to the stage Saturday night to talk about 1970, an idea which he’s been kicking around for four years.
No, it’s not a movie project. It could be a book one day, or a symposium, Tarantino said. Right now, however, it’s the title of a film program of 15 Hollywood movies selected by Tarantino, all made in or around 1970, which screen this week at France’s Lumière Festival.
Tarantino provided the climax to a 90-minute festival opening gala show hosted by Lumiere Fest head Thierry Fremaux, mounting the stage for a 15-minute introduction to the first film in the retro, George Roy Hill’s “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, which opened the Lumière Festival Saturday night.
And Tarantino did so with his customary emphatic lapidary style, »
- John Hopewell
One festival might be enough for most, but after wrapping up Cannes in late May, artistic director Thierry Frémaux goes straight to work on his other passion project, the Festival Lumière, organized under the aegis of the Institut Lumiere, which this year takes place Oct. 8-16.
Situated in Lyon, where the Lumière brothers shot their pioneering 1896 short “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat,” the festival acts as a kind of extended version of the Cannes Classics sidebar, shining a spotlight on films from the recent and distant past, with a steady stream of current stars and filmmakers to front the behind-the-scenes work of archivists and historians.
Frémaux’s famous hospitality puts him in good standing here. Though only in its eighth edition, the Festival Lumière has already presented its main award, Le Prix Lumière, to a litany of star names, starting with Clint Eastwood in 2009 and followed by Milos Forman, »
- Damon Wise
In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of September 27th, 2016.
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Links to Amazon 7th Victim, The/Shadows in the Dark An American Werewolf in London Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Collection Blood Diner Central Intelligence Chopping Mall Dekalog Guyver Highlander : 30th Anniversary Howard Lovecraft And The Frozen Kingdom Hunt for the Wilderpeople Isle of the Dead/Bedlam Kamikaze ’89 Leopard Man, The/Ghost Ship, The Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Milky Way Neon Demon Patterns The Shallows The Shape of Things to Come Slugs Two Films By Douglas Sirk Double Feature Valley of the Dolls Warcraft Credits Ryan Gallagher (Twitter / Website / Wish List) Brian Saur (Twitter / Website / Instagram / Wish List) Donate via PayPal »
- Ryan Gallagher
John Waters has never made any secret of his admiration and love for the films of Russ Meyer, the breast-obsessed auteur behind such berserk B-movie classics as Vixen, Mudhoney, and the immortal Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Those exploitation classics had an enormous impact on Waters’ own sex-and-violence-drenched films, especially the early star vehicles for the cross-dressing Divine like Pink Flamingos and Mondo Trasho. When the Criterion Collection released its own edition of Meyer’s 1970 opus Beyond The Valley of The Dolls, Waters was more than happy to share his thoughts about both the movie and the music featured in it. Criterion is currently highlighting some excerpts from Waters’ interview on its website. Scripted by a young Roger Ebert, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls was the film that was supposed to bring Meyer into the mainstream. Unlike his previous independent pictures, this was a major studio production bankrolled by »
- Joe Blevins
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Dekalog (Krzysztof Kieślowski)
Despite passing away at the all-too-young age of 54, Krzysztof Kieślowski invoked a sense of humanity that even today’s greatest directors might need a lifetime to achieve. What would be his defining masterwork (if he didn’t make a number of films that could also easily fall under the definition), the 10-part Dekalog, has been restored thanks to Janus Films and is now available on The Criterion Collection after touring the country. Also including interviews with those involved and more, »
- The Film Stage
Brand new from the Criterion Collection this month is a pair of whacked out features that chronicle the decay of the American Dream in glorious high definition. Mark Robson's Valley of the Dolls is an adaptation of Jaqueline Suzanne's best selling novel about a trio of young women who take a swing at stardom, only to find that it hits back. Three years later, exploitation auteur Russ Meyer trained his expert lens on another threesome (and thensome) of ladies bound for the big time in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, this time with even more spectacularly bizarre results that catapulted his sequel into the weirdo hall of fame. In 1967 the American consciousness was in the incipient stages of revolution. The civil rights movement...
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Here at The A.V. Club, we recognize the realities of contemporary movie-watching, and so we try to keep you updated on what’s coming to and going from the major streaming services each month. But we also like to nerd out on deluxe Blu-ray editions of classic films. Therefore, welcome to the first of a series of monthly dispatches on what’s coming soon from The Criterion Collection. This fall’s slate of Criterion releases included some odd and exciting picks, like Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls and the Lone Wolf And Cub boxed set. But December’s picks, while still exciting, are more conventional (i.e., highbrow) Criterion fare.
First, there’s a Blu-ray edition of Frederico Fellini’s 1972 love letter to his home city, Roma. Currently out of print and available only on an expensive import Blu-ray, Roma blends documentary and Fellini’s signature flights ...
- Katie Rife
Join me in the confines of my house on the hill, where every week I’ll be sharing with you a seemingly random review of a movie that’s come across my horror-nerd radar in the middle of the night. So come join my on the couch. It may give you some insight into the way our referential minds connect films, it may introduce you to something you never knew existed, or it may give you a rash that requires a 7-day ointment treatment. Or, maybe none of that matters in the end–because this is Arbitrary Cinema..
The Laughing Woman (1969)
It’s no secret that the horror film is often accused of being misogynistic. There are examples in nearly every sub-genre that certainly can validate that argument. The scantily-clad women murdered at the gloved hands of a killer in Giallos, the big breasted nympho victims of the Slashers, the »
- Josh Soriano
Beginning today, Scream Factory is taking viewers into the creepy confines of Ashland Sanitarium with their high-def release of Pierre De Moro’s Hellhole, and we’ve been provided with three Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Hellhole.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “Hellhole Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on August 1st. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
- Derek Anderson
July 26th has an eclectic assortment of horror and sci-fi offerings for fans, including a pair of cult classics—The Boy Who Cried Werewolf and Hellhole—from the fine folks at Scream Factory. Severin Films resurrects Doctor Butcher M.D. and Zombie Holocaust in HD this week, and Karyn Kusama’s superb psychological thriller The Invitation comes home on Tuesday courtesy of Drafthouse Films.
Richie Bridgestone’s parents are getting a divorce, but that’s the least of his problems at the moment. Richie is hoping his parents will reconsider and on a visit to his father’s secluded cabin, he witnesses his dad being attacked by a werewolf. Much like the tale of the boy who cried wolf, »
- Heather Wixson
On July 26th, fans of Pierre De Moro’s film can take as many visual trips to Ashland Sanitarium as their little hearts can manage with Scream Factory’s Blu-ray / DVD release of Hellhole (1985). Do a brief stint there now, if you dare, with two Blu-ray clips and the official trailer for the film courtesy of Scream Factory.
Hellhole Blu-ray: “Having witnessed her mother’s brutal death, Susan (Judy Landers, Dr. Alien) gets amnesia from a fall while being pursued by the killer, Silk (Ray Sharkey, The Idolmaker). Awakening in Ashland Sanitarium, she is once again terrorized by Silk, disguised as an orderly. To pry an incriminating secret from Susan’s brain, Silk forms an uneasy alliance with Dr. Fletcher (Mary Woronov, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School), a psychotic scientist who has been testing a new lobotomy technique, using helpless inmates as her guinea pigs. These vicious experiments are carried out in the “Hellhole, »
- Tamika Jones
Anna Biller’s delightful 2007 “Viva” seemed to be the result of many years of exhaustive thrift-store scavenging, at the end of which the writer-director-star at last had every last pair of bell-bottom pants and Naugahyde living-room sets she needed to craft the ultimate satirical homage to late-’60s/early-’70s sexploitation cinema. It’s taken nearly a decade for her to create followup “The Love Witch.” No doubt much of that time was again spent meticulously accruing every tacky bauble of decor and dress necessary to recreate another semi-forgotten subgenre: the early- to mid-’70s occult thriller, in which glam suburban housewives frequently dabbled in black magic, casting spells that invariably went very wrong.
Their floodgates having opened for a while by the success of “Rosemary’s Baby,” such exercises were occasionally major-studio releases (“The Mephisto Waltz,” “The Pyx”), but more often grade B to Z (“Simon King of the Witches, »
- Dennis Harvey
Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t court controversy and outrage so much as revel in it, and his latest hallucinatory nightmare The Neon Demon is no exception. A surrealistic and increasingly shocking tale of the fashion industry crossed with elements of vampirism and necrophilia, it’s a visually luscious throwback to the exploitation movies of which Refn is so fond. Descending into a neon hell with Refn once again is Drive and Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez – and the results are spectacular. Here are several key moments from what is assuredly one of 2016’s most distinctive and striking soundtracks.
Although not strictly a themes-and-variations score, this dreamy and beguiling opener does introduce what could be described as its principal idea. An undulating, deceptively tranquil and innocent pulsating »
- Sean Wilson
“When we met at his house he asked what I thought of the script and I was honest about what wasn’t working for me,” Braier told IndieWire in a recent interview. “Nicolas smiled, ‘Oh, you got the fake script.’ Apparently he is very cautious about sending his real scripts out into the world.”
On her drive home from Refn’s, Braier’s agent called saying she’d been offered job.
“I said that I’d love to work with him, but I don’t really know what the movie is about,” Braier recalled with a laugh. Her agent asked if she wanted to wait for Refn to send her the real script. Feeling she had made »
- Chris O'Falt
This time on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee and Keith Enright to discuss the September line-up from Criterion, a number of the phantom pages that have gone up recently, and a few other pieces of news.
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- Ryan Gallagher
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