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Watch: Terry Gilliam's Animated Title Sequence For 'Cry Of The Banshee' Starring Vincent Price

11 February 2015 9:27 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Pop quiz – what is Terry Gilliam’s earliest credited work on a feature film? If you guessed anything “Monty Python” related, you’re actually a tad off. A year before “Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus,” and five years before “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the actor/writer/director/everything man proved just how much of a film factotum he really is. Though he’d been working in TV since the late '60s, Gilliam’s first feature credit came in 1970 in the form of title designer for “Cry of the Banshee.” If you’re thinking, “Cry of the what?” you’re probably not alone. At all. Directed by Gordon Hessler — whose credits also include “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park” and twelve episodes of “CHiPs” — the film stars Vincent Price as Lord Edward Whitman, an evil Elizabethan nobleman who tries to exterminate an entire coven of witches. (An »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Review: 'Seventh Son' is fantasy fun for anyone who hates Harryhausen films

6 February 2015 12:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sometimes, you know with one shot, one line, one choice. With "Seventh Son," it happened for me the moment Jeff Bridges opened his mouth. He's made a choice here that takes him further down that Rooster Cogburny RIPDy road with that gravel voice mush mouth thing, and it's genuinely ill-advised. It is embarrassing. It's like someone's grandfather wandered onto the set, and no one has the heart to tell him he's not in the movie. He is Grandalf. And it does not work. Now, if everything else about "Seventh Son" was exemplary, there's a chance it wouldn't matter, or there's a chance it might make the Bridges performance somehow work better in context. But this is tone-deaf train crash from start to finish, cast poorly, shot in a way that might as well include title cards reading "Meanwhile, On A Soundstage" at the start of some scenes, and packed with »

- Drew McWeeny

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Notebook Reviews: Aleksei German's "Hard to Be a God"

29 January 2015 6:28 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A publicity still from Hard to be a God

If you, like many, have been waiting so many years for Soviet/Russian master Aleksei German to finish what, upon the director's passing in 2013, has ended up being his final film (with finishing touches by his wife and co-writer Svetlana Karmalita and his son Aleksei German Jr.), you will have to embrace muck. You will have to swim in shit, slather yourself with grime, dirt, and water, enrobe yourself in filthy fog, feel roughened leather, splintered wood, caked and hardened cloth, rusted and creaky iron armor; you will have to embrace the damp, dank, dirty opus of cinema that is Hard to Be a God. It is cinematic texture taken to an extreme.

Based on a 1964 novel by the Strugatsky brothers (literary sources for Tarkovsky's Stalker and Aleksandr Sokurov's Day of Eclipse, among other adaptations), its barely science fiction premise »

- Daniel Kasman

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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Empire's Taraji P. Henson

10 January 2015 8:20 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Taraji P. Henson

The Show | Empire

The Episode | “Pilot”

The Airdate | January 7, 2015

The Performance | In the one-hour premiere of Empire, protagonist Cookie Lyon pulls an Alexis Carrington Colby and crashes a board meeting of a major record label; schemes her way into a seven-figure salary mere days after finishing a 17-year prison stint; alternately threatens, flirts with and rails against the ex-husband Lucious (Terrence Howard) who rose to fame and fortune thanks to her sacrifices; and — for good measure — beats down her disrespectful rapper son with a broom.

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