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First wave of films announced for A Night of Horror & Fantastic Planet Festival(s)

Presented by Deadhouse Films, the 11th annual A Night of Horror International Film Festival and Fantastic Planet, Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival announce the first wave of programming for the 2017 event today. Both festivals will run concurrently at Dendy Cinemas Newtown, from November 29th to December 3rd 2017. Says programming director Dean Bertram:

The festivals’ programmers are delighted to announce a stunning array of frightening, bloody, and awe-inspiring cinema from around the world. This first wave is an international cinematic buffet. It includes the freshest and best of this season’s fantastic genre fare: incredible films from Australia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa.

The first eight feature films announced by the two festivals – all of which are Sydney, Australian, or international premieres – are below. More program details and guest announcements will be revealed at the end of the month when tickets also go on sale.

Bad Black (dir: Nabwana I.G.G.,
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New to Streaming: ‘Something Wild,’ ‘Beatriz at Dinner,’ ‘Lemon,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

All These Sleepless Nights (Michal Marczak)

Blurring the line between documentary and fiction like few films before it, Michal Marczak‘s All These Sleepless Nights is a music-filled ode to the ever-shifting bliss and angst of youth set mostly in the wee hours of the day in Warsaw, Poland. Marczak himself, who also plays cinematographer, is wary to delineate the line between narrative and nonfiction, and part of the
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel this August

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This August will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Tuesday, August 1

Tuesday’s Short + Feature: These Boots and Mystery Train

Music is at the heart of this program, which pairs a zany music video by Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki with a tune-filled career highlight from American independent-film pioneer Jim Jarmusch. In the 1993 These Boots, Kaurismäki’s band of pompadoured “Finnish Elvis” rockers, the Leningrad Cowboys, cover a Nancy Sinatra classic in their signature deadpan style. It’s the perfect prelude to Jarmusch’s 1989 Mystery Train, a homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the musical legacy of Memphis, featuring appearances by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Joe Strummer.
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Neil Stryker And The Tyrant Of Time – First Look!

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Screened at three of the top 5 genre fests in the world: 37th Fantasporto (Portugal) and 35th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifff) in 2017 and A Night of Horror and Fantastic Planet Film Festival in 2016. The biggest indie film from Portland, Oregon, USA in years.Neil Stryker And The Tyrant Of Time official website: …

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Movie Poster of the Week: Now Showing on Mubi

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Above: Soviet poster for The Ghost That Never Returns (Abram Room, Soviet Union, 1929). Designed by the Sternberg Brothers.Have you seen what’s playing on Mubi lately? Many of you who read my column may not often partake of the best of what Mubi has to offer, which is a beautifully curated, constantly changing selection of films which amounts to a top-notch repertory cinema on your laptop and in your living room. Now that Mubi is on the Roku app too there is even more reason to subscribe to the best film streaming deal on the internet. I know, I know, there is always too much to see and too little time, but for me what elevates Mubi over other streaming services—and I’m not just saying this because I write for them—is the 30-day model which offers you a new surprise every morning as well as the
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Episode 180 – Criterion Collection Favorites of 2016

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To celebrate The Criterion Collection’s 2016 releases — and there’s a lot to celebrate — Arik Devens, David Blakeslee, Keith Enright, Scott Nye, and Trevor Berrett gather to talk about the past year in Criterion, including their favorite three Criterion releases of 2016.

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Episode Notes Arik’s List

– Favorite Cover: A Brighter Summer Day

– Favorite Packaging: Trilogia de Guillermo del Toro

– Favorite Releases:

3) Fantastic Planet

2) Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy

1) Night and Fog

David’s List

– Favorite Cover: Lady Snowblood

– Favorite Packaging: Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

– Favorite Releases:

3) The Executioner/Death by Hanging

2) Chimes at Midnight

1) The Emigrants/The New Land

Keith’s List

– Favorite Cover: Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams

– Favorite Packaging: Valley and Beyond the Valley

– Favorite Releases:

3) Valley of the Dolls and Beyond the Valley

2) One-Eyed Jacks

1) The Kennedy Films of
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New to Streaming: ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Operation Avalanche,’ ‘Hugo,’ ‘Tower,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson)

As we await Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next film later this year, one now has the chance to see his sprawling second feature about the world of pornography in a 70s and 80s Los Angeles on Netflix. Boogie Nights, which features much of the ensemble — including Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Heather Graham — at their best,
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The 10 Best Criterion Collection DVDs and Blu-rays of 2016

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The 10 Best Criterion Collection DVDs and Blu-rays of 2016
While everyone else is busy asking if the movies are dying or not, the Criterion Collection — year after year — is quietly devoting themselves to making sure that the medium will live forever.

Widely accepted as the gold standard of DVD, Blu-Ray, and beyond (2016 saw the company expand their grasp on the world of home video with the launch of FilmStruck, a streaming platform that’s largely dedicated to their roster of films and the cinephiles who can’t live without them), Criterion operates in a gilded bubble of their own design — it doesn’t matter if physical media is on the decline, people who swore off buying DVDs years ago still find themselves stockpiling those beautifully packaged Criterion editions like they’re building a library of precious volumes, like their homes would be glaringly incomplete without them.

The Best of 2016: IndieWire’s Year in Review Bible

2016 was business
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New Midwestern film festival celebrates weird cinema

Dr. Dean Bertram, the founder and director of Australia’s two leading genre film festivals: A Night of Horror International Film Festival and Fantastic Planet, Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival is expanding his reach to the Us with the announcement of the founding of a new film festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin… the MidWest WeirdFest.

The inaugural MidWest WeirdFest will run March 3-5, 2017 at the Micon Downtown Cinema in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Says Bertram:

MidWest WeirdFest is a cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, alternative and just plain weird. A film festival that not only champions and showcases independent genre cinema – horror, sci-fi, fantasy and thriller – but one that welcomes all types of underground film. From experimental and avant-garde to offbeat documentaries.

The festival is currently accepting film submissions until January 20, 2017. For more details visit the festival’s official website: www.midwestweirdfest.com
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Program announced for Sydney’s 10th annual Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival

Presented by Deadhouse Films, The 10th annual A Night of Horror International Film Festival, and Fantastic Planet: Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival, screen simultaneously at Dendy Cinemas Newtown from November 24 to December 4, 2016. Says festival director Dean Bertram:

The 10th annual festival is going to be our biggest event yet. Featuring over 100 films, several international filmmaker guests, multiple parties and a horror filmmaking master class; Sydney’s genre fans and filmmaking community are going to be treated to eleven days of the best and freshest horror, sci-fi, and fantasy from around the globe.

The festival opens on Thursday November 24, with the Australian premiere of the international festival hit Peelers, plus a Q&A with special international guest: Canadian director Sevé Schelenz. And in keeping with the spirit of the bloody hilarious film, the screening will be followed by a “zombie and strippers” themed after party.

The closing night film,
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Watch an Exclusive Clip from The Demolisher

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"When he finds you... run." Those words of advice are taken to heart by a woman being pursued by the titular character in our exclusive clip from The Demolisher, which comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD today from Mpi Media Group.

Press Release: New York, NY (September 2, 2016)- Like the stylistically brutal films of Nicolas Winding Refn, The Demolisher, from Canadian director Gabriel Carrer, is an unapologetic portrayal of what can happen when a fragile mind is pushed too far. Winner of the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival's Silver Audience Award, this "powerful jolting entry in the vigilante genre" (Bloody-Disgusting) will be available on Digital HD and Blu-ray/DVD starting October 4, 2016.

The Demolisher stars Ry Barrett (Kingdom Come, Ejecta), Tianna Nori (Bite), Jessica Vano (Crackerhead), and Duncan McLellan ("Arrow"). Along with Carrer and Barrett, the film's producers include Christian Burgess, Andrew Bussey, Martin Buzora, Duane Frey, and Angus McLellan, who also served as editor.
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Sydney’s 10th Annual Horror and Sci-Fi Film Fest First programming Wave

  • Horror News
A Night of Horror International Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Australia’s longest running horror film festival screens with Fantastic Planet: Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival at Dendy Cinemas Newtown from November 24 to December 4, 2016. Presented by Deadhouse Films, the two festivals are now announcing the first wave of feature programming …

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Fantastic Fest 2016: Nova Seed Review

There are networks that play cartoons 24 hours a day. There's a daunting amount of animated fare available to stream, and high-profile CG animated family films are among the biggest box-office hits year after year. There is, quite honestly, an embarrassment of animated riches available to modern audiences. So it seems almost pedantic to pine for the halcyon days of Saturday morning cartoons, to get all nostalgic for an era when the wide theatrical release of a fully-animated adult film like Heavy Metal” was a big, big deal.

But I do, dammit, because there was a time when us science fiction fans (at least in the West) were lucky to get one animated film or TV show a year, making the likes of “Heavy Metal, “Fantastic Planet, “Rock & Rule, “Akira, and &l [Continued ...]
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Horror Highlights: Funko’s Alien Pocket Pop! Keychain, The Demolisher, Harrow County #16

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Funko's Pop! keychain line is adding the fierce Alien Queen to its ranks. Also in today's Highlights: The Demolisher release details as well as preview pages and cover art for the 16th issue of Harrow County from Dark Horse Comics.

Funko's Alien Pocket Pop! Keychain Release Details: From Funko: “The newest Pocket Pop! Keychains are coming soon!

Decorate your key ring with Happy of the Fairy Tail Guild, Inside Out's resident odd couple Joy and Sadness, Dragonball Z's Goku and Vegeta, or the Alien Queen!

Coming this fall!”

Image from Funko:

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The Demolisher Coming to Digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD: Press Release: "New York, NY (September 2, 2016)- Like the stylistically brutal films of Nicolas Winding Refn, The Demolisher, from Canadian director Gabriel Carrer, is an unapologetic portrayal of what can happen when a fragile mind is pushed too far. Winner of the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival's Silver Audience Award,
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Love Streams,’ ‘Tanner ’88,’ ‘Medium Cool’ & More

Since any New York 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.

Metrograph

The “Cassavetes/Rowlands” series ends on a real high note.

This Saturday, Dead Man plays with Jim Jarmusch and Chris Eyre in-person. It also screens on Sunday as part of “Native to America,” a series that brings the latter’s Smoke Signals on the same day.

Lucio Fulci‘s A Cat in the Brain screens on Saturday.
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CriterionCast Chronicles – Episode 5 – June 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up

In this episode of CriterionCast Chronicles, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee, Arik Devens, Aaron West and Scott Nye to discuss the Criterion Collection releases for June 2016.

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Episode Links Le amiche (1955) Amazon.com: Le amiche Le amiche: Friends—Italian Style Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) Amazon.com: Here Comes Mr. Jordan Here Comes the Angel of Death La chienne (1931) Amazon.com: La chienne La chienne: He, She, and the Other Guy Fantastic Planet (1973) Amazon.com: Fantastic Planet Fantastic Planet: Gambous Amalga Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Amazon.com: Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Criterion Designs: Dr. Strangelove Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) Amazon.com: Clouds of Sils Maria iClouds of Sils Maria Episode Credits Ryan Gallagher (Twitter / Website) David Blakeslee (Twitter / Website) Aaron West (Twitter / Website) Arik Devens (Twitter / Website
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Off The Shelf – Episode 95 – New Releases for the Weeks of June 21st & 28th, 2016

In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the weeks of, June 21st and June 28th 2016.

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Follow-Up No episode last week Wrath of Khan exchange program Arrow, Twilight Time, and Criterion sales News Kino Lorber: No Retreat, No Surrender, The Lodger Warner Archive: To Have and Have Not, Silk Stockings Disney: Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Criteron: Pan’s Labyrinth, September Line-up Arrow: Woody Allen Box Set Olive Films: September titles Code Red: Highpoint Family Honor, Headhunter (Diabolik preorders) Studio Canal: Leaving Las Vegas Saturn Awards: Winners Links to Amazon

July 21st

99 River Street Anesthesia Appointment With Crime Cornbread Earl and Me The Crush Embrace Of The Serpent Fantastic Planet Hidden Fear Home of Our Own Knight of Cups Midnight Special Nikkatsu Diamond Guys: Vol. 2 Return of a
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New to Streaming: ‘Everybody Wants Some!!,’ ‘Fantastic Planet,’ ‘The Fundamentals of Caring,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Aferim! (Radu Jude)

Leave it to a Romanian director to make a movie that best expresses the dangers of the dyed-in-the-wool mindset of modern America. Culled partly from historical documents, Aferim! is a twisted history lesson whose messages transcend its insular time period of 19th-century Romania. Its story concerns Constable Costandin (Teodor Corban) and his son, Ionita (Mihai Comanoiu), who chase after a wanted Gypsy slave
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Knight of Cups,’ ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ 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.

Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)

With its focus on the effects of exploration by white men on foreign lands, Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent will inevitably be compared to Werner Herzog’s stories of savage nature, and while Guerra is investigating some of Herzog’s most well trodden themes, the chaos of man exists in the background, while the unspoiled sit front and center here. Embrace of the Serpent centers on two explorers, separated by decades in time,
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Fantastic Planet

René Laloux's marvelous animated Sci-fi tale is still in a class of its own, mainly because the creative level of its imagination is so high. Who would have thought that limited animation could look this good? The designs are by the impressive artist Roland Topor. Fantastic Planet Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 820 1973 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 72 min. / La plènete sauvage / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date June 21, 2016 / Starring Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Sylvie Lenoir, Jean Topart, Jean Valmont (voices). Original Drawings Roland Topor Character and Scene Animation Josef Kábart, Josef Váňa Original Music Alain Goraguer Written by Roland Topor, René Laloux from the novel Oms en série by Stefan Wul Produced by Simon Damiani and André Valio-Cavaglione Directed by René Laloux

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

What a fine introduction to an excellent movie. The animated Sci-fi tale Fantastic Planet played frequently in Los Angeles in the middle 1970s, but I
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