4 items from 2016
Photo by Donnacha Kenny"Congratulations, Tom; you're one of the lucky eight per cent!" —Stir of Echoes (1999)Joliet, Illinois is probably the American city which more people have dreamed more fervently of escaping than any other. But after spending four hours in 'Prison Town'—long synonymous far and wide with incarceration—I was sad to leave; I'll be glad one day to return. Fortunately, such matters are questions of personal choice. Many of the area's residents, including those not serving custodial sentences, have little realistic option but to remain—trapped by personal, social and/or economic circumstances that can feel as confining as any 6-by-8 cell. "Joliet, or "J-Town", is racially diverse and is known as a crime-ridden city, although the area has shown much improvement since the 1990's... The east side is generally known as the ghetto side and the west side is known as middle class, even though »
- Neil Young
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the first image from the upcoming revenge thriller Tomboy, a Revengers Tale, which features Michelle Rodriguez doing her best Lara Croft impression…
Tomboy sees Rodriguez as a male hitman who is turned into a woman by a rogue plastic surgeon, played by Sigourney Weaver. Naturally, the hitman isn’t best pleased about this, and sets out for revenge.
- Gary Collinson
Hell hath no fury like a... demon scorned? In this round-up, we have a look at the official poster for Fury of the Demon. Also: an I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday poster, a new Alienween trailer, details on the screening of Romero's vampire film, Martin, Frankenstein on Blu-ray / DVD, and Director's Cut.
Fury of the Demon: "An investigation that takes us on the traces of violent riots having taken place throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, caused by a rare, fascinating and dangerous film: Fury of the Demon (La Rage du Démon), attributed to French cineaste Georges Méliès. Through conversations with journalists, filmmakers, historians, experts and psychologists, this documentary pulls back the veil on the most cursed and disturbing movie ever made. From mysteries to mysteries, from questioning to questioning, discover the truth about the lost movie that has been shaking the film world for over a century! »
- Tamika Jones
Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale
Director: Walter Hill
Following a remarkable year in cinematic transgender representation with films like Sean Baker’s Tangerine, Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, and Gaby Dellal’s About Ray, not to mention prolific public figures such as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox maintaining notable visibility, positive depictions of the transgender community have marked 2015 as a watershed year. But not unlike the first wave queer theory which bitterly criticized historically negative depictions of Lgbt characters prior to the early 90s New Queer Cinema movement, Trans representation is under increased scrutiny, which results in severe cultural policing. One of the reasons we fail to see queer characters utilized in contemporary genre film is due to an exploitative history we’ve been unable to divorce ourselves from, those unseemly memories of demeaning cinematic representation. Comedy and horror were once the only ‘low »
- Nicholas Bell
4 items from 2016
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