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This was the second time that Clint Eastwood sat in the director’s chair and the first ever Western he directed. For some reason a lot of people seem to overlook this film in favor of movies like The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, Unforgiven, For a Few Dollars More, and so on and so forth. Why is that? High Plains Drifter wasn’t the typical western in that it was more of a revenge story crossed with a ghost story. So what? It was still set in the wild west and catered to those that loved the genre. The ghost
High Plains Drifter: One of the Most Underrated Westerns Ever »
Grimmfest, Manchester’s Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back; bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever before. As the Printworks once again find itself under siege by blood-soaked hordes of horror enthusiasts and film freaks, as Team Grimmfest unleashes…the Ninth Configuration! The festivals latest and greatest line-up yet of dark, dangerous, wild, weird, witty, thrilling, chilling, blood-spilling movies, every one of them a premiere or cult classic of one kind or another.
Highlights include: World Premieres!
Grimmfest is proud to be presenting the world premiere of the remarkable and utterly unique Borley Rectory. Using an elaborate mixture of live action, stills, paintings, and model work, it’s an immersive, eerily atmospheric, and elegantly retro-styled exploration of the Most Haunted House in Britain. Over six years in the making, it’s a real labor of love for its creator, Ashley Thorpe. Featuring a score by Ex-Banshee Steve Severin, »
- Phil Wheat
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
“’77” celebrates a seminal cinematic year in proper fashion, with a loaded first weekend that includes Friedkin, Cronenberg, Argento, Herzog and more.
A career-encompassing Jonathan Demme retrospective is now underway.
Concert films continue.
Scorsese, Mann, Wiseman and more in “Films that Inspired Good Time.”
- Nick Newman
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 »
By Hank Reineke
The blending of two disparate but popular film genres – in this case, the horror/sci-fi film with the saddle opera - was hardly new when The Valley of Gwangi hit the big screen in 1969. This film’s most identifiable predecessor, one pitting cowboys against a prehistoric monster, might be The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956), but truth be told Hollywood had been combining these two genres almost from the very beginning. In the 1930s and ‘40s, audiences thrilled to the ghostly monochrome exploits of such western serial heroes as Ken Maynard, Buffalo Bill Cody, and Buster Crabbe with such films as Tombstone Canyon (1932), The Vanishing Riders (1935), and Wild Horse Phantom (1944). Universal’s Curse of the Undead (1959) was a later but no less interesting experiment for Hollywood’s preeminent fright factory. The studio removed the vampire from the usual atmospheric Gothic trappings of old Europe and dropped him onto the sagebrush plain. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Ever watch someone in a movie do something that made you think, “did he really just do that?” Well, it happens a lot, but because said someone is usually the film’s main character and we want them to win, we let stuff like catastrophic destruction or murder – you know, the little things – slide.
With that said, that doesn’t make what they do right, and the following is a list of 8 movie characters whose choices could be interpreted as either a positive or a negative act. Keep in mind, what we’re looking for here are not necessarily all antiheroes, and that in a lot of these cases, we’re not suggesting that we’re ignorant of the emotional circumstances that prompted the protagonist’s actions. We’re simply playing the devil’s advocate.
The kind of characters that will be featured on this list are protagonists that, for the most part, »
- Luke Parker
6 items from 2017
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