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Forget The Hangover, this hardcore 1971 offering from the Australian New Wave shows the true hell of outback violence
It comes from the age of Straw Dogs and A Clockwork Orange, but none of those movies can match the sheer hardcore shock of the Australian New Wave nightmare Wake in Fright from 1971, known at the time in the UK under the title Outback, lost for many years and now on re-release.
It is adapted by Evan Jones from the 1961 novel by journalist and author Kenneth Cook and directed by Ted Kotcheff. The film is a lost weekend in the dark heart of white Australia, which it sees as a whole nation of booze, loneliness and anxiety in the endless outback: its title is a three-word haiku about the beginning of a hangover (although taken from the adage "dream of the devil and wake in fright").
This is a world of blokes fanatically offering each other drinks, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Sure, P.L. Travers might be the most publicly known disaffected author (at least as it applies to the full-scale cinematic and, on her end, utterly despised imagining of her beloved “Mary Poppins” by Walt Disney — what, did you miss Saving Mr. Banks?), but she’s far from the only one. Stephen King is notoriously not a fan of The Shining, Anthony Burgess so disliked the movie version of his A Clockwork Orange that he regretted writing his own book, Bret Easton Ellis almost roundly dismisses movie takes on his novels, and the list goes on and on (we’re betting that Mark Helprin isn’t too excited about the recent spin on Winter’s Tale), but it doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, it’s sort of fun when it’s not. The Ya genre has been mostly lucky when it comes to author-approved movies – at least when it comes to its most »
- Kate Erbland
“It’s impossible to tell you what I’m going to do except to say that I expect to make the best movie ever made.” – Stanley Kubrick, Oct. 20, 1971.
There are few unrealized projects in the history of cinema more tantalizingly fascinating than Stanley Kubrick’s planned feature about Napoleon. Even in 1967, at the time of its initial pre-production (the first time around), it seemed like a potentially great idea. But now, looking back with Kubrick’s entire body of work as a reference point, it truly does stand as a project this legendary filmmaker should have been destined to make. Thanks to a mammoth and comprehensive collection of materials fashioned into Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made, edited by Alison Castle and published by Taschen, we can for the first time see how Kubrick prepared for the film and what he had in mind for its ultimate big-screen presentation. »
- Jeremy Carr
Blu-ray Release Date: May 13, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Directed by Stuart Cooper, who seamlessly interweaves archival war footage and a fictional narrative, the 1975 war drama Overlord is an immersive account of one twenty-year-old’s (Brian Stirner) journey from basic training to the front lines of D-day. Along the way, the film brings to life all the terrors and isolation of war with jolting authenticity.
Impressionistically shot by Stanley Kubrick’s late, great cinematographer John Alcott (A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon), Overlord is both a document of World War II and a dreamlike meditation on human smallness in a large, incomprehensible machine.
This Critierion Blu-ray edition of Overlord ports over the bulk of the bonus features included on Criterion’s previously issued DVD edition.
Here’s a complete list of features:
• Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Stuart Cooper, with uncompressed »
A different film from the Mischief Night that was released by Image Entertainment, After Dark Original’s Mischief Night will be released to DVD and digital services in May and we have details on the upcoming release:
“The seventh film in the After Dark Originals 2 series brings home the twisted tale, Mischief Night, arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD and Video on Demand May 20 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Brooke Anne Smith (MTV’s “Awkward”), Marc Valera (TV’s “Melrose Place”) and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Mischief Night follows the unexpected relationship between a predator and his prey the night before All Hallows Eve. The Mischief Night DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
- Jonathan James
After Dark Originals will be releasing the long talked about flick Mischief Night on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, and Video on Demand May 20th. Check out details and new artwork right here, right now.
The seventh film in the After Dark Originals 2 series brings home the twisted tale Mischief Night, arriving on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, and Video on Demand May 20 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Starring Brooke Anne Smith (MTV's "Awkward"), Marc Valera (TV's "Melrose Place"), and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Mischief Night follows the unexpected relationship between a predator and his prey the night before All Hallows Eve. The Mischief Night DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
- Uncle Creepy
Director: Brian De Palma
Running Time: 92 minutes
Being a massive fan of writer and director Brian De Palma even since those early years and it soon became apparent his approach to filmmaking is unique. Visually, he’s been one of the best for decades with camerawork often dizzying to the point of breathlessness. Like most, he is prone to a few career missteps along the way in his distinguished career. De Palma does however, weave between mainstream and independent eccentricity like no other with many of his features fusing those two aspects. He’s a director that you look at and think, that guy directed Carrie and Scarface; Raising Cain and Mission: Impossible; Body Double and Carlito’S Way. Really? Cinema so far apart in scope and personality, yet intrinsically and artistically linked in style and substance. »
- Craig Hunter
Sometimes, half the fun of being a horror fan is indulging in phenomenal cover art... especially the gory, often hand-drawn imagery of the classic horror films from the VHS era (when more than a handful of horror films boasted cover art better than the movies they represented). While we love fancy artistry, it’s hard not to appreciate the growing number of fan-created minimalist poster designs that are popping up online. There are a plethora of minimalist poster designs out there that are not trying to outdo the originals, but instead manage to communicate their message with one central theme and a background composed mainly of negative space. Sometimes less is more, and that point is really driven home in these five simple but shockingly effective designs. Hellraiser Summed up as a single nail, this poster is delightfully simplistic but completely effective. Anyone who's seen the film (and probably most »
- Tyler Doupe
Amazon has two great deals going on right now for a couple of impressive Blu-ray collections. The first is the Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection, which also includes Skyfall along with over 120 hours of extras, including "World of Bond", "Being Bond", "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" and "Skyfall Videoblogs" for only $119.99, which is 60% off the $300 list price. This week's deal also includes three HD digital copies of past Bond movies. If you're interested, click here to buy it. Next is the Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection, which includes the following 50 titles along with Ultraviolet digital copies of each with the * noting Best Picture winners. Grand Hotel* (1932) Mutiny on the Bounty* (1935) Wizard of Oz (1939) Gone with The Wind* (1939) Maltese Falcon, The (1941) Mrs. Miniver* (1942) Casablanca* (1942) Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948) Streetcar Named Desire, A (1951) American in Paris, An* (1951) Singin' in the Rain (1952) Gigi* (1958) North By Northwest (1959) Ben-Hur »
- Brad Brevet
Some actors like to chew the scenery. Hamming it up is mostly a fun alternative to grimly spewing out dull lines, but even Shakespeare’s plays can work well with an actor who’s prepared to commit to the most overdramatic interpretation possible (take Richard III). Still, there’s a difference between overacting on occasion and playing all your roles as if you’re in a Warner Bros. cartoon, and all of these actors crossed that line a long time ago.
When you see these actors onscreen, you aren’t seeing the character they’re playing but waiting impatiently for the bizarre line reading or grandiose monologue which you know is coming. It’s sometimes a welcome distraction and sometimes it takes you right out of the film. Some of these actors have made a whole career out of their stylised performances, and others are wasting their talent »
- Grace Murray
I think it’s fair to say that my movie tastes can be quite diverse at times, but my true love is for the movie that looks at the darker side of the psyche. This tends to push me into the horror genre quite a bit, but give me a film like A Clockwork Orange and I’ll be hooked. This is probably why Filth in many ways is a perfect movie for me as James McAvoy’s character Bruce Robertson is in many ways a more grown up and dangerous version of Alex DeLarge.
- Paul Metcalf
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
James Watkins had written »
1971. The year that John Lennon released Imagine, The French Connection beat A Clockwork Orange to the Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and platform shoes became a popular fashion accessory in certain parts of the world. In the meantime, Northern Ireland was in turmoil, as the ethno-nationalist conflict reached a critical boiling point. Yann Demange’s powerful drama ’71 offers an alternative take on this impactful year, with The Troubles growing more vicious and destructive with every passing day.
Jack O’Connell plays Gary, a young soldier who is sent out to Belfast on his first assignment, though within a mere matter of days he is separated from his unit during some dangerous street riots, and after his compatriot is brutally murdered, Gary finds himself abandoned and on the run from a chasing pack of republicans, lead by the uncompromising James Quinn (Killian Scott). Though Gary’s lieutenant (Sam Reid) and »
- Stefan Pape
Variety—as they say—is the spice of life, and god help you if you can’t admit that Ben Wheatley is one of the spiciest. Through his first three films he’s managed to jump between storylines and genres with a freshly diverse ease, and yet still keep an ominous auteur-tinged through-line that has made the films distinctly his very own. His fourth—and best—feature, A Field in England, fits into this mold nicely, culling together aspects of his previous efforts while also swirling into something dark, brooding, funny, psychedelic, and wholly unique.
The set-up is very minimal and, when it all boils down to it, doesn’t really matter. Four men escape the English Civil War in the 17th century, one is an alchemist’s assistant named Whitehead, while the other three are soldiers named Jacob, Cutler, and Friend. Before they can make it to a nearby tavern, »
- Sean Hutchinson
We've been very vocal around these parts regarding how we feel about poster art today. Yesterday was just so much better, man. Apparently there are plenty of people out there who feel the same way. Namely, the fans. Wanna see some kick-ass examples? Look here!
An Imgur user named MyCoToxicity has created a gallery of artwork that we'd be proud to hang on any wall in our house. The user doesn't indicate whether or not these are his personal creations, but man, you have got to see these bad boys.
Industry folks, take note. This is how you do it!
Included below are retro posters for classics such as Psycho, Alien, The Prestige, Battle Royale, Poltergeist, Nosferatu, The Evil Dead, American Psycho, Jurassic Park, Friday the 13th, The Thing, Moon, The Shining, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Clockwork Orange.
Take That floating head designers! In yer, friggin' mouth!
- Uncle Creepy
The years 1968 to 1973 saw the release of such seminal taboo-busting films as “Midnight Cowboy,” “Barbarella,” “If…,” “Women in Love,” “The Damned,” “Trash,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Carnal Knowledge,” “Performance,” “The Devils,” “Straw Dogs,” “Last Tango in Paris,” “Deep Throat” and, of course, “A Clockwork Orange.” In this excerpt, Malcolm McDowell confronts a skittish Anthony Burgess while the two men do press chores for “A Clockwork Orange” — and Stanley Kubrick stays behind in England “controlling everything.” “Sexplosion” goes on sale today. * * * Anthony Burgess, author of “A Clockwork Orange,” harbored doubts about Stanley Kubrick’s screen adaptation of his »
- Robert Hofler
If you have a movie buff in your life we know how hard it can be to find the perfect gift, so we put together a list of gifts that are sure to please!
1. Tarantino Xx: 8-Film Collection - $98 on Amazon
2. Steven Spielberg: A Retrospective - $24 on Amazon
3. Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities - $32 on Amazon
4. The Wes Anderson Collection - $27 on Amazon
5. Cinelinx: A Card Game For People Who Love Movies - $20 on Kickstarter
6. The Godfather 40th Anniversary Collection - $79 on Amazon
7. The Big Lebowski Silhouette T-Shirt - $26.99 from NBC
8. Star Wars: The Complete Saga - $90 on Amazon
9. A Clockwork Orange Poster - $9.99 on MoviePosterShop.com
10. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - $147 on Amazon
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- email@example.com (Gabriel Barboza)
There’s no arguing that Vincent Price is a horror icon, a prolific character actor whose performances are synonymous with the genre. From his earlier work with schlockmeister William Castle to the Edgar Allen Poe-themed films directed by Roger Corman, Price was a titan that can be mentioned among greats like Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi. Towards the beginning of the seventies, he starred in a crop of solid cult horrors under the keeping of American International Pictures. The Abominable Dr. Phibes is the most popular among them, an epic and bizarro revenge story with Price playing the eponymous ghoulish anti-hero. Phibes is a cult touchstone for his later years and was a surprise hit. Intended to become a franchise, only one sequel was made. Following the Phibes sequel, »
- Justin Edwards
This is rather cool! Ireland’s first banned Film Festival is to take place from Feb 9th in The Park Cinema in Clonakilty, Co. Cork in association with the Clonakilty Film Club. Film censorship as it was called back in the day, nowdays its called classification was a very different beast way back in the day, where three passionate and prolonged kisses were one of many cuts that were made to Gone with The Wind. Its a great idea and the full listings are below. The Banned Film Festival 9th-13th February All movies were once banned in Ireland but have been rerated and approved for release. Sunday 9th Gone With The Wind PG 7.00 Monday 10th Life Of Brian 15A 7.00 A Clockwork Orange 18’s 8.45 Tuesday 11th A Streetcar Named Desire PG 6.35 Wednesday 12th Casablanca G 6.35 Natural Born Killers 18’s 8.30 Thursday 13th The Great Dictator PG 7.00 The Night of The Hunter »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Swedish director, producer and journalist Tarik Saleh got his start in the early 1990s as one of his country’s most prominent graffiti artists. Since then, Saleh has gone on to co-direct documentaries including 2001’s “Sacrificio – Who Betrayed Che Guevara” and “Gitmo – The New Rules of War” in 2005. “Metropia,” the animated feature Saleh directed in 2009, premiered as the opening film at the critic week in Venice. Saleh is also a co-founder of the Swedish production company Atmo. His current thriller, “Tommy,” starring Ola Rapace and Lykke Li, switches gears as Saleh transitions from the docu format to fiction. Based on actual events, “Tommy” tells the story of a robbery at an airport and offers a more in-depth portrayal of the women in Sweden’s crime world. The flick will close the Goteborg Int’l film festival and bows in Swedish theaters in March. Variety talked to Saleh during the festival. »
- Andrea Seikaly
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