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10 Great Directors Who Should Make Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

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10 Great Directors Who Should Make Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What filmmaker would you most like to see try their hand at a horror movie?

Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko), Pajiba/Riot Material

I struggled with this question, because a lot of the directors I have adored have worked in horror, be it Tim Burton (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Robert Zemeckis (“Death Becomes Her”), Edgar Wright (“Shawn of the Dead”), Frank Oz (“Little Shop of Horror”), Guillermo del Toro (“Crimson Peak”), Bong-Joon Ho (“The Host”), Jim Jarmusch (“Only Lovers Left Alive”), or Taika Waititi (“What We Do In the Shadows”). Part of what I love about the genre is the way is can be reshaped with vision, color,
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Eddie Izzard interview: Victoria And Abdul, acting, Robin Williams and more

Ben Mortimer Sep 13, 2017

Eddie Izzard on his acting career, Victoria & Abdul, Clint Eastwood, Robin Williams, directing films and more...

Eddie Izzard is back on the big screen this weekend in Victoria & Abdul. It's the new film from director Stephen Frears, a sort-of follow-up to Mrs Brown that sees Dame Judi Dench playing Queen Victoria in a story that's recently been discovered about her later life. We got a chance to chat with Eddie Izzard about his role in the movie, and potentially directing...

Could you clear something up for me, as I swear I heard a hint of it in the film - did you give Bertie a slight German accent?

Maybe mentally. He did have a tapped ‘r’, because his first years there was German in it, but it was only the hint of it, I didn’t overtly push it.

I was watching your interview this morning on This Morning,
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The Beguiled review – woozy does it

Sofia Coppola’s dreamy, ‘woman’s eye’ adaptation of a Us civil war story brings the battleground indoors

Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 novel The Beguiled (Aka A Painted Devil), about a wounded Union soldier taken into a southern girls’ academy during the Us civil war, was first brought to the screen by director Don Siegel in 1971. With posters declaring that leading man Clint Eastwood “has never been in a deadlier spot!”, Siegel’s film was a horror-inflected psychodrama, full of sinewy interior monologues, and foreshadowing some of the male paranoia themes of Eastwood’s directorial debut Play Misty for Me. Now, writer-director Sofia Coppola revisits this story with a sly, sensuous adaptation that earned her the best director award at Cannes, making her the first woman to take that prize since Yuliya Solntseva won for Chronicle of Flaming Years in 1961. Despite closely mirroring the narrative of Siegel’s film (the screenplay
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Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting

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Clint Eastwood Is Returning to Acting
Clint Eastwood is one of those rare Hollywood stars who is a legend both in front of and behind the camera. While he's best known to most audiences as an actor, with decades of iconic performances, but he has also established himself as one of our finest filmmakers as well. In recent years, the multi-hyphenate has focused his energies more on filmmaking and less in acting, with his last on screen performance coming in his 2012 baseball movie entitled Trouble With the Curve, where he played an aging baseball scout. During an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, the Hollywood icon suggested that he eventually will make his return to acting.

Variety attended a master class being put on by the actor-filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival, where he discussed a variety of topics. The filmmaker stated that he does miss performing "once in a while but not often," while hinting
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Clint Eastwood to Direct 'The 15:17 to Paris,' True-life Terrorist Train Thriller

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Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut by helming The Beguiled: The Storyteller, a 12-minute documentary about director Don Siegel that was shot on location during production of The Beguiled, released in 1971. Sadly, it's not been made available publicly since then. Eastwood directed his first feature, Play Misty for Me, later that year and steadily honed his talents on the big screen, even as he took on a wide variety of projects that reflected his personal interests. As both producer and director, he earned Academy Awards for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby. In recent years he's been increasingly attracted to real-life stories, such as Invictus, J. Edgar, Jersey Boys, American Sniper and Sully. Now he's ready to take on another project that is drawn from...

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Clint Eastwood to Direct 'The 15:17 to Paris,' True-Life Terrorist Train Thriller

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Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut by helming The Beguiled: The Storyteller, a 12-minute documentary about director Don Siegel that was shot on location during production of The Beguiled, released in 1971. Sadly, it has not been made available publicly since then. Eastwood directed his first feature, Play Misty for Me, later that year and steadily honed his talents on a wide variety of projects that reflected his personal interests. As both producer and director, he earned Academy...

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Clint Eastwood Dons The Man With No Name's Legendary Poncho One More Time

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By Lee Pfeiffer

It's a photo that will bring back many great memories for countless retro movie lovers across the globe. Participating in a centenary parade to honor his hometown of Carmel, California, Clint Eastwood shocked the crowd by leading a parade atop an old-time Western stagecoach and dressing as The Man With No Name, the character he made famous (and who made him famous) in the classic trilogy of films directed by Sergio Leone in the mid-1960s.  For a man of 86, Eastwood stills looks might tall in the saddle. It appears that the hat he is wearing might be the one he wore in his 1992 Oscar-winner "Unforgiven". Eastwood became enamored of the Carmel area in the late 1960s. He filmed his first directorial effort, "Play Misty For Me" there in 1971. In 1986 Eastwood took a hiatus from acting to run for mayor the town. He was elected
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Directors' Trademarks: Clint Eastwood

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Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Clint Eastwood as director.

Clint Eastwood became an american film star in the 1960’s thanks to his acting performances in a number of western films. As he began to branch out with new roles in front of the camera, he sought out to have more creative input into the types of film projects that he would be involved in. One way he was able to accomplish this was by creating his own production company which eventually allowed him to work behind the camera as director. His first film as director was 1971’s Play Misty For Me, which was well received by critics and did well at the box office. HIs second film as director was High Plains Drifter (1973), in which he also starred.
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Review: "Number One" (1969) Starring Charlton Heston; MGM DVD Release

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Charlton Heston fans will appreciate the fact that one of his few major films not to be released on home video has finally made it to DVD through MGM. "Number One" (released in certain countries under the title "Pro") is an off-beat vehicle for the superstar, who was then at his peak of popularity. The fact that the movie under-performed at the box-office and failed to score with critics didn't diminish Heston's status as a leading man. He would go on to star in such hits as "The Omega Man", "Skyjacked", "Soylent Green" "Earthquake", "Midway"and "Airport '75"- with cameos in the popular "The Three Musketeers" and "The Four Musketeers". The poor response to "Number One" doesn't diminish its many merits - and the fact that Heston was willing to play against type in a largely unsympathetic role. For the film, he reunited with director Tom Gries,
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The Mist: Spike TV Orders Stephen King Novella Series

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Play Misty for Me. Spike TV has ordered The Mist TV series, based on the Stephen King novella of the same name. For the first season the network has ordered 10 one-hour episodes. Production begins this summer, with an eye toward a 2017 premiere. Spike ordered The Mist TV show pilot in February, but the series pitch and script were so strong, the network decided to go straight to series.

Christian Torpe is executive producing The Mist. Megan Spanjian oversees the project for TWC-Dimension TV with Matthew Signer, and Keith Levine. Sharon Levy, Ted Gold, and Lauren Ruggiero, oversee The Mist for Spike.

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Harry Potter, Eastwood and the Decline of Western Civilization: Packard in April

'Play Misty for Me': Rabid fan Jessica Walter makes life difficult for disc jockey Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood, 'Harry Potter' and 'The Decline of Western Civilization': Packard Campus movies Movies set in the world of music and/or radio are among the April 2016 highlights at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia. Packard Campus Recorded Sound Curator Matt Barton selected the documentaries and narrative features in this particular program, which, according to the Theater's press release, includes “several rarely projected films in original release prints from the Library's holdings.” Radio/music titles include: Clint Eastwood's 1971 feature film directorial debut, the thriller Play Misty for Me, starring Jessica Walter as a woman obsessed with both a late night disc jockey (Eastwood) and the song “Misty,” jazzily played by Errol Garner at the piano. Also in the cast: Donna Mills, frequent Eastwood director Don Siegel (Dirty Harry,
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Recommended Discs & Deals of the Week: ‘Tangerine,’ ‘Je t’aimie, Je t’aime,’ ‘Code Unknown,’ and More

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.

Code Unknown (Michael Haneke)

Along with very possibly being Michael Haneke’s greatest work, Code Unknown so impresses in combining the helmer’s typically “austere” dressings and grim worldview that even many of his vocal detractors are left stunned. (Not all, of course, but there’s just no getting to certain people.) A freer work than, say, The Piano Teacher or Amour, it uses the well-known hyperlink form (which he himself worked with in 71 Fragments) but elevates above
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November 10th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Bound To Vengeance, Self/Less, Terminator: Genisys

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This week, genre fans have an eclectic array of home entertainment titles to look forward to that feature both new and classic titles. Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have teamed up for the release of the revenge thriller Bound for Vengeance this Tuesday and for those of you Manimal fans out there (yes, I’m sure there are a few!), the entire series arrives on DVD tomorrow as well.

Several recent titles are also being released on November 10th, including Terminator: Genisys, Self/Less, and Pay the Ghost, and for those of you looking for something a bit older, we have Blu-rays of Play Misty for Me and Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. arriving on Tuesday. Additionally, Warner Bros. is dusting off a true cult classic this week, The Strangler—a film I highly recommend checking out if you’ve never seen it before.

Other notable titles being released this Tuesday include Queen of Blood,
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“Two Girls Coming into your House and Unleashing Havoc”: Eli Roth on Knock Knock

Eli Roth’s Knock Knock is to Fatal Attraction what that film was to Play Misty For Me: an homage that expands upon its source and intersects with the zeitgeist in immensely entertaining, provocative ways. Like both Attraction and Misty, Knock Knock is a cautionary tale and a male fantasy turned nightmare: Keanu Reeves plays a husband and father who, when left alone on Father’s Day, answers the door to find two gorgeous young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) stranded in the rain and looking for help. He invites them in and eventually succumbs to their erotic overtures, quickly […]
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Film Review: 'Just Jim'

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★★★☆☆ It's always interesting to learn that an actor has taken on the directorial challenge. What makes Just Jim (2015) pretty remarkable is unlike those who had spent a considerable time performing before making the leap (under the tutelage of Don Siegel and Sergio Leone, Eastwood had hit forty when he directed Play Misty For Me in 1971), Craig Roberts is a fresh-faced 24 year-old who first made an impact as an actor five years previous in Richard Ayoade's teen comedy Submarine (2010).
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Joel Edgerton Reveals the Thrillers That Inspired Him to Make The Gift

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Joel Edgerton wrote, directed, and stars in The Gift as Gordo, a stalker so creepy that he earned a place on our list of the creepiest movie stalkers of all time. He enlisted Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall to play Simon and Robyn, a couple who each have their own questionable pasts. When they move back to Simon's hometown, they suddenly find themselves being followed by Simon's old classmate, Gordo. At first he appears to be flattering them with personalized gifts, but then, as all good stalker movies do, it gets creepy. I got a chance to sit down for some one-on-one time with Edgerton and found out about the thrillers that inspired him to make The Gift and what was important to him to include in the movie. Popsugar: What thrillers can you remember having a deep impact on you? Joel Edgerton: The one that really rattled my
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“Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies

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Sure, we have all seen our share of an “Unstable Mabel” in cinema throughout the years. Some, more than others, do stand out in craziness, chaos and curiosity. These furious females in film–at least the ones that we will spotlight in this particular movie column–have something to their off-kilter filter that dares to dig deep on so many psychological levels of frivolity and fury.

In Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies we will examine some of the warped women on the big screen that have a sense of demented diva-like dimensions to their cockeyed characterizations. These mistresses of misbehaving all demonstrate various kinds of detachment and dysfunction that capture our puzzling imaginations. Are there perhaps even stronger and more memorable bombastic she-beasts that have a certain score to settle against their detractors or society as a whole? Of course. However, the
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Poorly Cast Hoffman as Polemical Stand-Up Comic and Free Speech Advocate in Timorous Biopic

Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic (Oscar Movie Series) Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is only sporadically thought-provoking or emotionally gripping; in fact, Lenny is a major artistic letdown, considering all the talent involved and the fertile material at hand. After all, much more should have come out of a joint effort between director Fosse, fresh off his Academy Award win for Cabaret; playwright-screenwriter Julian Barry, whose stage version of Lenny earned Cliff Gorman a Tony Award; two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy); and cinematographer Bruce Surtees (Play Misty for Me, Blume in Love). Their larger-than-life subject? Lenny Bruce, the stand-up comedian who became one of the
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'Welcome to Me' gets Borderline Personality Disorder wrong in one irreparable way

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'Welcome to Me' gets Borderline Personality Disorder wrong in one irreparable way
"Come on, not the crazy bitch." -- Dawn Hurley (Joan Cusack) in "Welcome to Me" Shira Piven's "Welcome to Me" has been in limited theaters and on iTunes since the first of the month, and it's racked up praise from a number of critics, including Variety's Justin Chang ("A strange and often startlingly inspired media/mental-illness comedy") and the New York Times' A.O. Scott ("Defies expectations and easy categorization, forgoing obvious laughs and cheap emotional payoffs in favor of something much odder and more interesting"). Given that this is one of the few movies ever to specifically name Borderline Personality Disorder (Bpd) as the cause of its lead character's troubles, I wanted to be on board with it. I really, really wanted to be. I'm no Bpd expert, but I've tried my best to educate myself on what is an extremely complex, destructive, deadly (the suicide rate of patients
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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s
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