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The only way is ethics for Man Bites Dog, a pseudo-documentary, which focuses its lens on the media’s obsession with on-screen violence and so-called “Reality TV” and our obsession with watching it. It is probably the most controversial film in Belgian history, and it continues to repel and intrigue audiences in equal measure.
Written, directed and produced by Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel and Benoit Poelvoorde (all of whom play starring roles), Man Bites Dog is a cross between mock-cinema verité, à la Spinal Tap but with the violence turned up to eleven, and the ultimate reality TV show. The film shows an amateur film crew who are following a loquacious and charismatic serial killer named Ben. Ben kills to make a living. Strangely he is not seeking revenge or attempting to surmount a past trauma, in fact an interview with his mother reveals that as a child he was »
- Will Roberts
Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »
The times may have changed, but the heroin subculture of New York’s Upper West Side remains largely the same to judge by Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Heaven Knows What,” which revisits much of the territory mapped by director Jerry Schatzberg in 1971’s stark junkies-in-love drama “The Panic in Needle Park,” and finds it occupied by a new generation of addict drifter-dreamers spiraling towards oblivion. Far from a conventional “drug movie,” the Safdies’ third narrative feature tackles more overtly dramatic subject matter than the kleptomania rom-com “The Pleasure of Being Robbed” and the seriocomic family chronicle “Daddy Long Legs,” but with the same sharp sense of anxious characters catching as catch can on the unforgiving city streets. While the film’s unpredictable narrative rhythms and desire to jar audiences from their comfort zones will limit its exposure, “Heaven” feels like a sizable step forward for these scrappy, fiercely independent filmmakers. »
- Scott Foundas
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
Each week HeyUGuys will take a primary focus on the site. This could be a genre of movie, an aspect of the industry, a specific person or part of the movie making process we want to explore further. This week our focus is the divisive issue of film censorship. We began yesterday with a debate of the necessity of the BBFC, and today Beth Webb explains the censorial milestones we have passed. Tomorrow Cai Ross lists the scenes which caused the censors a headache and on Friday we’ll be looking forward to the future of film censorship.
Since 1912 the British Board of Film Censors has been standardising films for its audiences, sifting through the obscene, the violent and the suggestive to ensure that movies receive the classification seen fit. Today, as part of our Film Censorship week, take a look at some of the landmarks in both the British »
- Beth Webb
At an early Academy screening of The Wolf of Wall Street, a screen-writer approaches Martin Scorsese after the movie and screamed at him, “how could you? You’re disgusting.” We can only imagine that Scorsese’s first thought was, “No, I’m Martin Scorsese.” Whether it be mob politics, child prostitution, the weighing of show girls, or highly controversial interpretations of some fairly important religious texts, the director has always handled morally dubious material. The only difference with The Wolf of Wall Street was that this time it looked like a lot more fun.
The critic’s point was that the movie seemed to glamorize the hedonistic, grotesque lifestyle of these men, who had made their money dirtily and who didn’t treat each other or their families any better. But really, what else did he expect? For one thing, The Wolf of Wall Street was based on actual events »
- Rachel North
Even though scripts play an incredibly important part of the movie making process, sometimes a little improvisation is just what a movie scene needs to take it from good to great. CineFix has put together a fantastic video that highlights the 10 greatest improvised scenes in film history. I think they did a great job putting this together, and I can't think of anything that I would add to it. Check it out! I've included the list of films mentioned in the video below.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Marlon Brando’s performance as Col Kurtz was largely made up on the spot. And while we don’t endorse actors not learning their lines, we can’t fault what came of it in this instance… »
- Joey Paur
By Fred Blosser
I approached the 2013 Blu-Ray edition of André Téchiné’s “The Bronte Sisters” (1979) with mild interest, which was mostly piqued by the powerhouse casting of the three leading young actresses of 1970s French cinema -- Isabelle Adjani, Isabelle Huppert, and Marie-France Pisier -- as Emily, Anne, and Charlotte Bronte. Imagine a 2014 U.S. film teaming Scarlett Johanssen, Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley. With vague memories of “Devotion,” Hollywood’s melodramatic 1946 Bronte biopic, I was doubtful that the film itself would be particularly compelling. But I was pleasantly surprised. Relating the formative events in the lives of the three sisters and their brother Branwell (Pascal Greggory) in straightforward, episodic form, Téchiné’s interpretation is first-rate: excellently acted, emotionally moving, and visually striking with starkly beautiful cinematography by Bruno Nuytten on the Yorkshire moors where the Bronte siblings lived their sadly short lives.
In a new documentary about the making of the film, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Malek Akkad has spent decades involved with the Halloween franchise (his father, Moustapha helped bring audiences the original and their sequels until his untimely passing in 2005) and while he still has a hand in that series, Malek is set to bring horror fans his directorial debut with Free Fall, a film that aims to make people scared of elevators (its press release mentioned wanting to do to elevators what Psycho did to showers). Dealing with a woman finding out some corporate secrets and having to escape a killer assigned to kill her, Free Fall is set to be released this fall, when Anchor Bay releases the film to Bluray/DVD on October 28th, just in time for well,…Halloween. Free Fall stars Sarah Butler (I Spit On Your Grave remake, The Demented), D.B. Sweeney (Taken 2, A Fire In The Sky), Ian Gomez (TV’s “Cougar Town“) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, »
- Jerry Smith
The director of Starred Up takes us through the release of the film, and adapting Journey Into Space...
An indie movie that broke out earlier this year was David Mackenzie's extraordinary prison drama Starred Up. Powered by a superb performance from Jack O'Connell, it's a brutal, unflinching look at the prison system, albeit with human light shone in there. As it arrives on DVD and Blu-ray, director David Mackenzie spared us some time to look back at the movie, and what he was looking to achieve with it...
Going back to the cinema release of Starred Up. You got strong reviews, and a relatively wide release. Given the subject matter of the film, it seemed like your distributor backed it quite hard.
When you started it, you can't really have envisaged it'd be a huge commercial project. But Starred Up ended up with a relatively high profile.
I was »
“You could have dinner with us… my brother makes good head cheese! You like head cheese?”
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre screens this Friday and Saturday nights (August 1st and 2nd) at midnight at the Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave, St. Louis) as part of Destroy the Brain’s Late Night Grindhouse series.
Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre may or may not be the scariest horror movie ever made (I think it is) but it’s certainly one of the most referenced, imitated, ripped off, and influential. It opened in October of 1974 when I was 13 and I read about it in a few monster mags, but could not initially talk my dad into taking me to see it (hew was usually pretty cool about that kind of thing – he’d already taken me to French Connection and A Clockwork Orange). About 6 months later, in April of 1975, the Italian horror film »
- Tom Stockman
Good news: Lisa and Louise Burns grew up to be normal adults, not super creepy dead children! The twin sisters that helped drive Jack Nicholson insane in “The Shining” didn't do much more acting after that classic film hit theaters, but they did pop up to visit the Stanley Kubrick traveling exhibit's Krakow stop over the weekend. Now 46 years old, the twins had a merry old time, posing for photos in corridors and taking snaps of their old costumes, among other things. Also read: How ‘A Clockwork Orange’ Author Anthony Burgess Soured on Stanley Kubrick (Book Excerpt) They also saw the movie on. »
- Jordan Zakarin
In the Sept. 28 season premiere of The Simpsons, a familiar character from the animated comedy will meet his/her maker. Is it Homer? Of course it’s not—that would be dumber than… well, Homer in pretty much any situation.
But in this scene from the episode, which was screened at the Simpsons’ Comic-Con panel on Saturday, he looks to be in pretty rough shape. See for yourself in the video below and then begin wildly speculating about who will be six feet under by the end of the episode, titled… “Clown in the Dumps.”
D’ohn’t just sit there scratching your head. »
- Dan Snierson
For a while, Lady Gaga was one of the most fascinating music stars that had come in a while, primarily because of her unapologetic bombast. Too often, though, she may have been written off as “weird”, from her odd fashion decisions, her performance art appearances on TV, and, of course, her music videos. Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta, through her strange videos presents a vision, often of powerful women and the subversion of fame, through each of her music videos. Sometimes straddling the line between film and music video, Lady Gaga, though not always the director of these videos, is always the auteur behind them.
Lady Gaga’s early music videos are nothing if not promotional material, with “LoveGame” and “Poker Face” being, for the most part, entirely generic within the context of her career. It was not perhaps until she employed the use of music video director Jonas Åkerlund that »
- Kyle Turner
Over at the website of the Bob Moog Foundation, electronic music historian Thom Holmes has an interesting post about some lesser-known cinematic uses of the Moog, the pioneering analog synthesizer popularized by Wendy Carlos with 1968′s Switched-On Bach album, which introduced the public at large to the idea of electronic sounds as more than simple novelties. Carlos would go on to the soundtracks for A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Tron, but many other movies in the ’60s and ’70s were quick to latch onto the instrument’s possibilities. Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause were among the Moog’s most productive practitioners […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Part of the reason why The Simpsons remains so beloved by adults and kids alike is because it offers something for everyone. While children get a kick out of the amusing residents of Springfield and the ridiculous scenarios they get themselves into each and every episode, eagle-eyed adults can be on the lookout for satisfying Easter Eggs and cultural references. In its 25-season lifespan every new episode has been meticulously interwoven with an insane amount of references. Matt Groening and his crack team of creatives have been furiously winking at the audience since 1989 and we’ve appreciated every single one (of the ones we’ve spotted at least).
The problem with The Simpsons being so littered with Easter Eggs and generally allusive is that it can be difficult to pick out the best. You think one reference is awesome but then another crops up to divert your attention. We »
- Sam Heard
Fifteen years have passed since Stanley Kubrick’s death, but the legendary and reclusive director remains a source of continuing interest for fans of cinema. In fact, this year alone we’ve had nearly a dozen posts on the late filmmaker and since we never tire of hearing stories about Kubrick, here’s another one for the archives. The fine folks over at Dangerous Minds have tipped us off to the ongoing “Stanley & Us” project on YouTube which originally began filming interviews back in 1997 with some of Kubrick’s family, friends and collaborators. The filmmakers – Mauro di Flaviano, Federico Greco and Stefano Landini – have been uploading excerpts from their interviews with the late critic Alexander Walker, Kubrick’s daughter Katharina, his wife Christiane and Darth Vader himself, David Prowse, who appeared in “A Clockwork Orange,” among many others. We’ve embedded quite a few of the excerpts below, but if you’re. »
- Cain Rodriguez
From the moment he laid eyes on her, Ben Falcone knew Melissa McCarthy was one-of-a-kind. The couple met as students at the The Groundlings Theatre & School in California, though Falcone already knew who she was. "She was a couple years older than me. She was in college in my hometown where I went to high school [and] she was this goth person," the Tammy director/co-writer said on E!'s Chelsea Lately Monday. "She had blue hair and she was really scary. In a good way! Scary and pretty!" At the time, he said, "I had long bangs and a couple of earrings and A Clockwork Orange shirts and Tevas. I had a whole situation...I was light-alt...The girls that I knew were also light-alt, and they would »
Binge is the new black: Amazon Studios is taking a cue from streaming rival Netflix in its release of an upcoming series. The TV studio division of the online retailer plans to make available all 10 episodes of its new dark comedy Transparent at the same time this fall. Transparent creator Jill Soloway announced the move to reporters at the show’s Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour panel in Beverly Hills on Saturday.
When Amazon released its first round of major shows — comedies Alpha House and Betas, which debuted last year — the company rolled out new episodes on a staggered basis, »
- James Hibberd
Before becoming a cinematic icon as Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick's blistering adaptation of A Clockwork Orange, a cocky Yorkshire lad by the name of Malcolm McDowell made his screen debut as the equally rebellious Mick Travis in Lindsay Anderson's seminal If.....A savage attack on outdated tradition and authoritarian regimes, If.... takes place in an archaic English public school, where the growing insubordination of a small group of rebellious students, led by Travis, ultimately explodes in a violent assault on the institution and its pompous leadership. That is not to say that the film in any way condones violence in schools, or should be reprimanded for depicting such scenes of celebratory mayhem. Anderson's film speaks to a larger notion of rebellion and anti-establishment sentiment that...
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