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Last month we took a trip to Nottingham, England's cinephile haven Broadway Cinema for four days of eclectic genre programming at the 2013 Mayhem Horror Film Festival. Check in right here for a look at some of the sights and reviews from the East Midlands' premier horror fest.
The festival kicked off on Thursday 31st October with a special screening of director Nicholas Roeg's Don't Look Now and Puffball, taking place in the special environs of St. Mary's Church with Roeg himself in attendance to introduce and officially open this year's event.
While we weren't around for that particular evening's events, the following three days saw a schedule packed to the gills with guests, impromptu trivia-based giveaways, and screenings unfolding before and behind the Broadway's gorgeous red curtains, including:
- The cinematically sumptuous, but disappointingly perplexing The Strange »
Two events in November had all the hopefuls stepping up their Oscar game: the Academy's 2013 Governors Awards and the 2014 Independent Spirit Award nominations. Both helped put this year's Oscar race into sharper focus.
The Governors Awards are the honorary Oscars for career achievement and humanitarianism, which were presented during the main Academy Awards ceremony up until five years ago. Since then, the Academy has handed out these trophies in November instead, in an untelevised ceremony, so awards-hopeful schmoozing can go on away from the prying eyes of the press. (Although Deadline's Pete Hammond took notes on who schmoozed with whom.) On November 16, as honorary Oscars were handed out to the likes of Steve Martin (a frequent Oscar host who, amazingly, has never been nominated in competition »
- Gary Susman
The veteran actor who plays tyrannical president Coriolanus Snow in the blockbuster series talks about films as political activism – plus cinema villains and happy marriages
Donald Sutherland wants to stir revolt. A real revolt. A youth-led uprising against injustice that will overturn the Us as we know it and usher in a kinder, better way. "I hope that they will take action because it's getting drastic in this country." Drone strikes. Corporate tax dodging. Racism. The Keystone oil pipeline. Denying food stamps to "starving Americans". It's all going to pot. "It's not right. It's not right."
Millennials need awakening from slumber. "You know the young people of this society have not moved in the last 30 years." With the exception of Occupy, a minority movement, passivity reigns. "They have been consumed with telephones." The voice hardens. "Tweeting."
We are high up in a Four Seasons hotel overlooking Beverly Hills, sunlight glinting off mansions and boutiques below, »
- Rory Carroll
David Thomson's book of his favourite film moments is highly subjective and full of wit and insight
Born in London in 1941, resident in America since the early 1970s, David Thomson has been one of the liveliest, most literate, productive, provocative and daring movie critics for more than 40 years, his books ranging from a definitive biography of David O Selznick to an intrusively speculative monograph on Nicole Kidman. He has studied whole careers, single films and now he's down to choosing single key moments.
This would have pleased the gloriously named John Bickerson "Binx" Bolling, narrator of The Moviegoer, Walker Percy's philosophical novel that won the 1962 Us National Book award. Binx is a laid-back Louisiana stockbroker from old New Orleans money, and is, he says, "quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie". In fact, movies are more memorable to him than so-called real life. "Other people," he observes, »
- Philip French
Halloween is creeping up on us once again. I've featured great horror movies in my last couple of columns (here and here) but there's still a glut of terrifying chillers awaiting your eyeballs. The most unsettling thing of all is that many of the films I would have chosen aren't available On Demand or, for that matter, anywhere: Andrezj Zulawski's masterpiece "Possession" (which distributor Mondo Vision claims they're still tweaking for a stateside Blu-Ray release), Roman Polanski's "The Tenant" or Takashi Miike's "Visitor Q," to name a few. But you can still satisfy your taste for the weird, disturbing and life-scarring with these 10 classic, indie and cult horror films that will melt your brain and rot your soul."Don't Look Now" (1973) While the twitchy jump cuts and LSD-tinged montages are dated, Nicolas Roeg's elegant chiller about a grieving couple adrift in Venice remains one of the most »
- Ryan Lattanzio
As movies like Child's Play, Don't Look Now and Pet Sematary have shown us, there's just something undeniably creepy about evil that comes in small packages - be it a doll, a dwarf or a child. There's a fine line between cute and nightmare-inducing, and the video we've got in store for you today most definitely walks that line!
Though he by all means never intended to turn his young child into the stuff of nightmares, a man who goes under the name Visual Burrito over on YouTube uploaded a video of his 22-month-old daughter, modeling the Halloween costume he made for her. While most parents go out to the store and pluck a cheaply made costume off the rack, Visual Burrito went several steps further - rigging up a Diy Led costume that turned his daughter into a glowing stick figure.
While we should all be praising Mr. Burrito's commitment to Halloween, »
- John Squires
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Peter Bradshaw on horror
Horror crashes through boundaries and challenges the prohibitions of taste and thinkability in a way few other genres can match. Classics of the genre were produced in cinema's very earliest days – the vampire nightmare Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari from the world of German Expressionism.
Later, Universal Pictures had smash hits with iconic versions of Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein. Roger Corman's movies would demonstrate the sheer trashy power of horror, and Hitchcock tapped into this B-picture aesthetic with his own low-budget masterpiece, Psycho, which popularised the psychological horror film, taking the genre away from its supernatural roots – although William Friedkin's masterpiece, The Exorcist, took it right back there again. »
An all-new Halloween themed episode of SpongeBob debuts on Nickelodeon on Monday, Oct. 14th at 7:00p.m. (Et/Pt). Here's the exclusive trailer of "Spongebob Scarepants": Here's the synopsis: Spongebob's nautical escapades continue when Nickelodeon brings viewers a spooky night of ghostly fun. First in, "Don't Look Now," Mr. Krabs gets trapped in Bikini Bottom's brand new bank, and it’s up to SpongeBob and Patrick to save him. Then in, "Seance Schmeance," SpongeBob and Patrick go to see the latest horror film, only to be seemingly stalked by the villain. SpongeBob holds a seance at the Krusty Krab to learn the recipe for a long-lost sandwich. In other Spongebob news - beginning Oct. 14th, Bikini Bottom fans can visit Nick.com to play an all-new game, SpongeBob's Gone Missing. There’s a Halloween party on the Dutchman’s Ship and Patrick has to bypass the ghosts using his trusty flashlight and try. »
- Jerry Beck
British folk horror at its best – and rereleased again to become a gilt-edged classic
Ben Wheatley's A Field In England awakened interest in "folk horror": here is the superb precedent. This new 40th-anniversary re-release of Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man written by Anthony Shaffer (which arrives five years after its last UK cinema re-release) appears to signal an official upgrade from cult status to gilt-edged classic. Once ignominiously chopped to form a B-feature below Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now – what a double-bill – it has been fully restored to the length originally conceived by Hardy, and this means an even richer and more potent presence for Christopher Lee as the sinister Lord Summerisle, ruling over a remote island where a young girl has gone missing.
- Peter Bradshaw
Robin Hardy, director
I was making commercials in the Us and doing very well. Then a film company sent the writer Anthony Shaffer out to lure me back to the UK. When I opened my door in Manhattan, he said: "I am with the FBI and we are investigating you to see if you have communist sympathies." It was the first of many jokes.
We spent a weekend devising the plot, about a policeman called Howie who is lured to a Scottish island to investigate a missing girl; he is ultimately sacrificed by the pagan locals to save their apple crop. Paganism gave us lots of ideas, like the little girl being given a frog to put in her throat to stop it hurting. »
- Dave Simpson
It's a couple of months away still but Francis Lawrence's ('I Am Legend') sci-fi action sequel 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' isn't dwindling just yet. And let's hope this new international trailer revealed by Yahoo! Movies helps heat things up once more. Jennifer Lawrence ('Silver Linings Playbook'), Josh Hutcherson ('Red Dawn'), Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson ('Seven Psychopaths'), Philip Seymour Hoffman ('Red Dragon'), Elizabeth Banks ('Slither'), Jena Malone ('The Ruins'), Sam Claflin, Liam Hemsworth, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Donald Sutherland ('Don't Look Now'), Toby Jones ('The Mist'), Lenny Kravitz and heaps more all star in the follow-up. Check out the new trailer below. »
So, turns out you are going to be in Nottingham, UK, this Halloween and you're wondering to yourself, 'Self? What am I going to do this Halloween? And how do I keep that Halloween spirit alive throughout the following weekend?' Never fear, citizen of cinema, for the Broadway Cinema and Mayhem Film Festival are here to save you from an evening of handing out candy at your mum's house, then giving you a reason to stay out late for the entire weekend. The stars have aligned and the Mayhem Film Festival begins on Halloween night this year, Thursday, October 31. The fest kicks off with screenings of Nicolas Roeg's Puffball followed by a screening of Don't Look Now at the oldest parish in Nottingham, St. Mary's Church!...
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It's a quote that's been repeated thousands of times, but it feels especially relevant here. I'm speaking, of course, about this bit of correspondence from Benjamin Franklin to John Adams in 1774:
"John, I know movie posters aren't 'alive,' like you or me or the night when I bring a lady of the eve to my stead, but it almost appears as if some movie posters have a libido of their own, like they're pointing right at me and saying, 'Ben, it is you I wish to bed.' Doth this make me a crazy fellow?"
John, I'll take this one: It certainly doth not, Ben. It makes you a person with feelings.
Don't look now, but the following 20 movie posters are eyeing you »
- Nick Blake
Instead of heaps of more images and character posters it seems Lionsgate is satisfied this time around to simply chuck on all The Quarter Quell participants onto one single new banner for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'. It comes less than 2 months ahead of its 22 November opening and features Jennifer Lawrence ('Silver Linings Playbook') and Josh Hutcherson ('Red Dawn') amongst many others. The Francis Lawrence helmed sci-fi action sequel also stars Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson ('Seven Psychopaths'), Philip Seymour Hoffman ('Red Dragon'), Elizabeth Banks ('Slither'), Jena Malone ('The Ruins'), Sam Claflin, Liam Hemsworth, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Donald Sutherland ('Don't Look Now'), Toby Jones ('The Mist'), Lenny Kravitz and many more. Check the banner below. »
Your daily movie bulletin bringing you the lowdown on 29 August, including more coverage from the Venice film festival
All-round lovely guy Matt Damon dominated the news this morning. The Elysium lead announced his directorial debut. It's a conspiracy thriller called A Foreigner that will see Damon star and has been written by Argo's Chris Terrio. Meanwhile Damon has also signed to Christopher Nolan's Interstellar And chipped in on the Batffleck debate. He's sure his old friend will do a great job of playing the caped crusader. "He's not playing King Lear," Damon told the Times of India. "Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people."
Other news today:
- Leave my dad alone: Michael Reagan called The Butler's depiction of his dad, Ronald, "a bunch of lies".
- Henry Barnes
• Ben Wheatley: 'I don't think I'll ever be a Hollywood guy'
The Oscar-winning British producer Jeremy Thomas, garlanded when Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor took best film in 1988, has been vying to bring Ballard's book to the big screen for more than 30 years. With his penchant for splicing horror genre tropes with searing social realism, Wheatley looks the perfect fit to adapt a novel that sees the denizens of a luxury high-tech tower descend willingly into a murderous melee of chaos and destruction. He will direct from a screenplay by his wife and regular collaborator, Amy Jump (Kill List, »
- Ben Child
Your daily movie bulletin bringing you the lowdown on 28 August, including all the action from the first day of the Venice film festival
Well the big news is that the Venice film festival kicks off in Italy today, in space, with Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Xan Brooks and Andrew Pulver. Stand by for news, reviews and video on the opening night film, Gravity, as well as galleries and much more. It'll be almost like you're actually there. Almost.
Other than that, the headlines rocking our gondalas today are:
• Like Goldy(finger): Daniel Craig hoping for more irony in next Bond movie
• Pacific Rim is Us propaganda against China, says People's Liberation Army officer
• You got served: Obama loves The Butler.
• Russian film »
- Catherine Shoard
• Philip French on Don't Look Now
I remember first seeing Don't Look Now as a student and really enjoying it. But it wasn't my favourite Nicolas Roeg film. Performance and The Man Who Fell to Earth were top of the pile. I've watched Performance dozens of times, each time seeing something new. I saw The Man Who Fell to Earth at the Everyman cinema when I was 20 and it was etched on my mind for ever more.
But Don't Look Now was something I knew I had to watch, as it had such a reputation. It was already firmly established in the culture: the red coat of the child, the sex scene, »
- Ben Wheatley
Rialto Pictures has announced the upcoming Us release of "The Wicker Man -- The Final Cut," the definitive version of Robin Hardy's 1973 cult horror classic of Pagan worshippers on a remote Scottish island, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The new StudioCanal cut is the culmination of a long, Facebook-conducted search for the complete director's version.As a bit of background, the 1973 released cut of "The Wicker Man," shown on a double bill with Nicolas Roeg's "Don't Look Now," was significantly shorter than director Hardy's original vision. The negatives disappeared from storage at Shepperton Studios, and were allegedly used as landfill in the construction of the nearby M4 motorway, and have been deemed lost. In May of this year, StudioCanal launched a worldwide appeal to film collectors, historians, programmers and fans to come forward with any information relating to whereabouts of the fim's original materials. "I never thought that, »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Genius he may be, but film-maker Nicolas Roeg's memoir largely falls flat
How many wannabe movie-makers would look to Nicolas Roeg for counsel? Roeg's career is a textbook example of the disasters that await the film director who aspires to be anything more than a hack. His debut picture, Performance – the best visual record we have of countercultural London – had its release delayed by two years, during which time the moneymen cut it to ribbons. The Man Who Fell to Earth was butchered for its Us release, and Rank took its name off Bad Timing, so appalled was it by the picture's near necrophilic sex scenes. In the third of a century since that masterpiece, Roeg has struggled to find work – and little of what he has made has lived up to his early promise. Yet here he is in The World Is Ever Changing offering up what the »
- Christopher Bray
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