6 items from 2011
#72. The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga - Jessica Oreck Jessica Oreck was at last year's festival with her short film, Venus - but she broke onto the docu scene with Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo. She continues in the format but leaves the bugs at home with the fresh Cinereach funded docu with a unique title, The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga (which she discussed in our interview with her). This could either fit in the World Docu Comp or Spotlight Doc section. Gist: This examines man’s interaction with the mythic woodlands of Eastern Europe, detailing the bloody history and complex psychologies that transformed the forest from a conceptually sinister space into a realm of precious security. Mushroom hunting provides a passageway into the history of the region and helps reveal the roles that woodlands play in the psychology and sociology of fear, imagination, and survival. For generations of Slavic peoples, »
Right, so from now on I guess we’ll need to keep a knife by our side each time we watch Lost Girl. No, not because of some terrifying Fae creature that might try to eat us. But instead we need the knife to cut the ridiculously, ridiculously thick sexual tension between Bo and Lauren. Oh delicious, delicious, sexual tension – how we’ve missed you. Of course judging by the end of this week’s episode, we’ll also need to keep a large bucket of cold water by our side. Because all that sexual tension turned into sexual frustration when it left us hanging. You glorious, terrible tease you. Sometimes the shower is just too far away.
Afterellen Bait (What enticement did the episode use to reel in gay lady viewers?)
Lauren wants Bo to try her cupcakes. And that’s only not a euphemism in the most literal sense. »
- Dorothy Snarker
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“In The Perfect House, newlyweds Mike and Marisol (Will Robertson and Andrea Vahl), are given the tour of their dream home by a perky real estate agent (Monique Parent) and they soon find out their perfect house might just have a foreboding past. The ugly horrors of this house are revealed through three original tales of terror detailing the grim circumstances of the previous occupants. Done as an anthology, each short story in this homage to horror emulates the story and shooting styles of specific time periods in cinematic horror history. The film is directed by Kris Hulbert and Randy Kent and stars Monique Parent, »
- Jonathan James
When I first heard about Deathless, I was very excited to read it, mainly because, while I enjoy reading and studying folklore and fairy tales on my own time, I am not very familiar with any of the stories from Russian or Slavic cultures. I knew that it was going to be a story entirely new to me, or at least, I was really hoping that it would be.
Koschei the Deathless is a character used in Russian Folklore; he’s usually a very cruel character, made even more frightening because he cannot die. His soul is housed sepearately from his body, in a needle in an egg in a duck in a hare in a chest that is buried. Unless someone crushes the egg, Koschei will never die. Other creatures and characters make appearances, as well. I was most familliar with Baba Yaga because of my own research, and »
The new issue (#6) of One+One: The Filmmakers Journal is now out with articles on the Zeitgeist Movement, Imperfect Cinema, Exploding Cinema and offers a filmmaking challenge. Oh, and Mary Poppins.Not sure how much longer these are going to be up, but you can watch some experimental shorts from the Images Festival on Mubi for free.The Lunch Movie recaps some of the wonders seen at this year’s Boston Underground Film Festival, which apparently included lots of vomiting.MediaBeat has notes from a discussion with Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman in which he advocates for media piracy. I don’t agree with what he says, but he has some interesting points.Time to rejoice! The Man Who Would Be Polka King is now streaming on Netflix. This hilarious true-life story is not to be missed if you have Netflix.Job Opening: The Austin Film Society is looking for a Director of Development. »
- Mike Everleth
Fables Volume 14: Witches
“In the wreckage that was once Fabletown, the sinister Mister Dark is building a web of fear and anger that threatens to ensnare any Fable that strays too close. Cut off from the Woodland building’s business office and its trove of magical weapons, the exiled free Fables now must turn to their oldest and most powerful members – the witches and warlocks who once occupied the Woodland’s 13th floor – to defeat this latest adversary. But even as those still trapped within the business office struggle against a legion of uncaged foes, rivalries within the Fables’ sorcerous community threaten to fracture their united front – and open them up to destruction.”
Fables Volume 14: Witches collects issues 86 to 93 of the multiple Eisner award winning Vertigo series, »
- Baron Fornightly
6 items from 2011
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