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[Tiff Review] Salt and Fire

13 September 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Many lament the “meme-ification” of Werner Herzog, a name once synonymous with masculinist, bravura filmmaking that risked the lives of cast and crew for the sake of art, but now the name only draws Borat– / Austin Powers-level of vocal impression saturation. But with Herzog, maybe it’s always been a case of “print the legend.” As wonderful as Stroszek, Fitzcarraldo and Lessons of Darkness may be, his self-aggrandizing “personal brand” has always been apparent: not so much the bravest of film artists as one who just simply has all the right ingredients to appear to be. This seems especially the case coming off two films that were widely derided as for-hire gigs, Queen of the Desert and Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, which this writer admits he couldn’t even bare himself to watch. Putting aside his public personality, could we simply get another good film?

Almost instantly does his newest work, »

- Ethan Vestby

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DVD Review: Embrace of the Serpent

12 September 2016 1:43 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ Embrace of the Serpent is a film about the Amazon like no other. While Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, Wrath of God depict white European explorers losing themselves in the jungle, Ciro Guerra's masterpiece is uniquely centred on the experience of an indigenous protagonist visited by white travellers. Through undertaking extensive research on the Amazon's cultural history and using indigenous actors with knowledge of its ancestral languages and customs, Guerra respectfully and authentically evokes an understanding of the world radically distinct from that of Western modernity. At the core of this understanding is a nonlinear view of time and space in which events are perceived in parallel rather than chronologically.


- CineVue

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Horror Highlights: Roseanne Halloween Shirt, AC/DC Stern Pinball Vr Game, Zombies!!! Board Game Soundtrack, Salt And Fire

9 September 2016 8:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Available for only 24 hours starting at midnight tonight, Fright Rags presents a Conner family Halloween shirt of epic proportions featuring the "original Becky"! Also in today's Horror Highlights: Stern Pinball Arcade virtual reality AC/DC experience details, Zombies!!! Board Game Soundtrack release details and cover art, and details on XLrator Media's acquisition of Werner Herzog's Salt and Fire.

Fright Rags' Roseanne Halloween Midnight Madness Shirt: This new Fright Rags shirt shows the Conner family from Roseanne getting into the Halloween spirit.

Priced at $18.00, the new shirt will be available for a 24-hour period beginning at 12:01 am Edt on Saturday morning and ending at midnight on Saturday night.

It will never be reprinted by Fright Rags, so if you're interested in purchasing this latest Midnight Madness shirt, then keep an eye on Fright Rags' official website this weekend.


Stern Pinball AC/DC Vr Game: Press Release: "Elk Grove Village, »

- Tamika Jones

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XLrator Media Acquires Werner Herzog’s Salt And Fire; Release Coming Spring 2017

8 September 2016 3:33 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

XLrator Media, known for putting out some excellent genre titles and films that tend to be somewhat outside of the box, have acquired filmmaking legend Werner Herzog’s new film Salt And Fire. The film, an Eco-thriller starring Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres & Gael Garcia Bernal is targeted for a spring 2017 release and from the press release we were sent, sounds like quite the film. Read on for additional info!

Written and directed by Werner Herzog inspired by a story by Tom Bissell, Salt And Fire tells the story of a corporate CEO and a group of scientists who must band together despite their ideological differences to try to avoid a looming environmental catastrophe. The film was shot in Bolivia at the stunning Uyuni salt flats (the world’s largest) and Germany. The film was produced by Nina Maag, Werner Herzog, Michael Benaroya and Pablo Cruz.

At age 74, German filmmaker Herzog »

- Jerry Smith

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Into the Inferno’

5 September 2016 9:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Werner Herzog plus volcanoes. That combo alone should be enough to attract the intrepid filmmaker’s fan base to “Into the Inferno,” another expeditionary documentary from the director whose adventures have taken him from Alaska (“Grizzly Man”) to the Amazon (“Fitzcarraldo”), from distant prehistory (“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”) to outer space (“The Wide Blue Yonder”). Here, the globe-trotting continues, this time with the vaguely defined goal of trying to ponder the spiritual aspect of volcanoes from as close to the fuming magma as possible — and yet, much of what Herzog finds has an overly familiar feel, as if he is excavating his own past as much as that of the civilizations living at the feet of these volatile sites, and the results are considerably less explosive than one might hope or expect from this Netflix release.

Among the “Encounters at the End of the World” described in Herzog’s 2007 Antarctica »

- Peter Debruge

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Werner Herzog’s ‘Into The Inferno’ Is A Red Hot Return To Form — Telluride Film Festival Review

3 September 2016 6:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Werner Herzog, the singularly solemn-voiced German auteur who has been a major force in world cinema for almost 50 years, has forged his legend by laughing at death. A prophet of darkness and a showman who would bungee jump into hell so long as he could come back with the footage to prove it, Herzog has survived everything from the lifeless tundras of Antarctica to the impassably dark jungles of Peru; from the burning oil fields of post-war Kuwait to the raging anger of his best fiend, Klaus Kinski.

And yet, for all of the suicidal adventures that he’s survived with a droll smile, film’s ultimate daredevil seemed to have met his match when he was discovered by an upstart tribespeople known as “millennials.” Galvanized by the genius of “Grizzly Man” and tickled by Herzog’s affectless nihilism, a new audience of moviegoers glommed on to the filmmaker’s »

- David Ehrlich

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The Future More Vivid: "Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World"

1 September 2016 12:39 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

When word came from Sundance that Werner Herzog had made a documentary about the internet, it sounded like an appropriately Herzogian joke. Herzog's documentaries tend to enthusiastically explore how human consciousness is anything but rational, how it comes saddled with obsessions and impulses and strange imperfections and unbridgeable psychic isolation—and really, where better to look for all of that than the internet? Go to the online comments section of any news story about Black Lives Matter, and you'll get a deeper glimpse into the abyss than anything in Grizzly Man (2005). In truth, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World is only partly about internet communication, and dwells on its dark side only briefly. The film is more about the explosion of information technology writ on a cosmic scale: it is one of Herzog's most expansive documentaries—and one of his best in recent years—with its eye on »

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Werner Herzog Tells Conan O’Brien That Breaking the Law Can Make for Great Film

28 August 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Werner Herzog — world-renowned auteur, global treasure and cinematic spirit animal — appeared on “Conan” this week to discuss his new documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.” Like most exchanges involving the filmmaker, the interview contained a distinctly Herzogian anecdote — this one about breaking the law in order to make a film.

Read More: James Franco’s Movie Column: What Werner Herzog’s Documentaries Teach Us About Humanity

“There are too many things you cannot teach in school, and it’s way too long. Young people waste three, four years of their lives on the basics of filmmaking. You can learn in a week,” says Herzog, who founded the Rogue Film School (where he teaches students how to pick locks and forge shooting permits) and recently taught a MasterClass. He then recounts an experience he had while making “Fitzcarraldo,” production of which inspired Les Blank’s essential documentary “Burden of Dreams. »

- Michael Nordine

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Frank Ocean Shares His Favorite Films, Including Tarkovsky, PTA, Kurosawa, Lynch, Kubrick & More

23 August 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After a few delays, Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange follow-up, Blond, has now arrived and, with it, not only an additional visual album, but Boys Don’t Cry, a magazine that only a select few were able to get their hands on. (Although, if you believe the artist’s mom, we can expect a wider release soon.) In between a personal statement about his new work and a Kanye West poem about McDonalds, Ocean also listed his favorite films of all-time and we have the full list today.

Clocking at 207.23 hours, as Ocean notes, his list includes classics from Andrei TarkovskyDavid Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Orson Welles, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Fritz Lang, Werner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, Ridley ScottBernardo BertolucciSergei Eisenstein, F. W. Murnau, Luis Buñuel, and more.

As for some more recent titles, it looks like The Royal Tenenbaums »

- Jordan Raup

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Werner Herzog Has Some Thoughts on Internet Trolling and Virtual Reality

21 August 2016 11:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Werner Herzog’s “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” is now in theaters, meaning we finally have the chance to hear the singular auteur wax rhapsodic about the internet as he once again reveals the ecstatic truth about his chosen subject. Vice spoke to him about virtual reality, how humanity’s future will be impacted by our increasing dependence on the internet and even online trolls. Among several highlights from their discussion is Herzog’s description of the first time two computers “spoke” to one another: “a beautiful vision of the future, like a biblical event: lo and behold, there was internet.”

Read More: ‘Lo and Behold’ Exclusive Promo: Werner Herzog Dives Into The Heart of The Internet

Asked about virtual reality and the potential impact it could have on his work, the director says that Vr is “not an extension of documentary filmmaking” but “a tool that »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Lo and Behold’ Exclusive Promo: Werner Herzog Dives Into The Heart of The Internet

19 August 2016 2:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Internet is all around us, connecting humans with each other and providing the world with more information than ever before, but what is its existential impact? How has it changed our worldviews? Director Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches in his new documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.” Containing interviews with such luminaries as Bob Kahn, Elon Musk, and Sebastian Thrun, Herzog explores the digital landscape with his trademark curiosity and sparks a number of provocative conversations about how the online world has immeasurably transformed our real world, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and even our personal relationships. Watch an exclusive promo for the film below.

Read More: Sundance Review: Werner Herzog’s ‘Lo and Behold’ Will Make You Experience the Internet in New Ways

Werner Herzog is one of the more acclaimed film directors of the 20th century. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Coming Distractions: Mubi celebrates Werner Herzog’s “Ecstatic Fictions” in a month-long tribute

17 August 2016 3:32 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Werner Herzog gets a lot of accolades as a documentary filmmaker these days, but his fiction work is a pretty big deal, too—it’s just that once you make a movie about a real guy getting eaten by a bear, people tend to forget about the other stuff. Arthouse streaming service Mubi still cares about Herzog’s fiction films, though, so it’s holding a month-long tribute called “Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions” that will temporarily add five classic Herzog films—several of which feature his best fiend, Klaus Kinski—to Mubi’s ever-changing collection. The five films are Nosferatu The Vampyre, Woyzeck, Stroszek, Heart Of Glass, and Fitzcarraldo, and you can see glimpses of each one in the trailer Mubi put together up above. To learn more about Mubi’s Herzog collection (or to learn more about Mubi’s curated approach to movie streaming), you can go to »

- Sam Barsanti

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Iconic Filmmaker Werner Herzog Critiques Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video:’ ‘I Have Never Seen Anything Like This’

12 August 2016 2:07 PM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

Kanye West has a personal invite to attend Werner Herzog’s film school. The legendary German filmmaker behind cinematic classics  like “Fitzcarraldo” and documentaries “Grizzly Man” and “Cave Of Forgotten Dreams”, has high praise for West’s “Famous” music video.  Website The Daily Beast asked Herzog to analyze and dissect West’s controversial music video depicting wax figures of […] »

- Rachel West

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Fantastic Fest 2016’s First Wave, Alan Cumming Meets Stanley Kubrick, Pasolini’s Eye Contact, and More

2 August 2016 1:27 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury will reteam with Ex Machina director Alex Garland to score Annihilation, Pitchfork reports.

See a video essay on imitation, contamination, and dissolution in Bong Joon-ho‘s Memories of Murder:

Fantastic Fest 2016 has announced its first wave of programming including films from Andrea Arnold, Werner Herzog, and more.

Read an extensive profile on Mike Mills and the making of 20th Century Women at Semi Permanent:

When it came to shooting 20th Century Women, he actually welcomed the chance to revisit his adolescence, and commune with the spirit of his mother who, he says, was a bit too thorny for that when she was alive. »

- The Film Stage

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Werner Herzog’s Way of Life: How He Makes a Living and Why He Teaches Filmmaking

15 July 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Werner Herzog is not your average film school teacher. A self-taught director, his globe-trotting adventures and chaotic man-versus-nature dramas are not the easiest projects to transform into a curriculum, but that hasn’t stopped him from giving it a shot.

Whether it’s through his Rogue Film School or, most recently, as one of the A-list instructors featured on online learning empire MasterClass, Herzog has no interest in teaching the technical elements of moviemaking. The German-born filmmaker, whose career includes epics like “Fitzcarraldo” as well as idiosyncratic documentaries such as “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”  wants to create what he calls “soldiers of cinema,” and the path to victory can be stoking his students’ appetites for experiencing life.

Read More: 12 Things I Learned at Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School

He finds his lessons in obscure corners: Herzog touts Icelandic poetry for its ability to teach editing, and believes digging a »

- Dana Harris

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6 More Filmmaking Tips from Werner Herzog

13 July 2016 11:56 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

6 More Filmmaking Tips From Werner Herzog

If there’s anyone who deserves a second Filmmaking Tips column, it’s Werner Herzog. It’s been almost four years since we posted the first list of his advice to fellow soldiers of cinema, and there’s just so much more to learn from the legend. He actually has his own Rogue Film School, where he directly imparts his wisdom to students during weekend seminars. He also leads a new online course at MasterClass, which began this week, where he talks about all facets of fiction and nonfiction filmmaking in a six-hour video course. He does many interviews (this week he participated in a Reddit Ama) and shares his philosophies and strategies often. Not even two of these columns properly sums it all up.

So, as is often the case, this is just an introduction to some essential tips from a unique artist and craftsman. Herzog »

- Christopher Campbell

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Werner Herzog On How He’s Changed Over the Years and How Film Hasn’t

12 July 2016 3:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s not often that one can ask a legendary director like Werner Herzog questions, but Reddit users had exactly that opportunity as the 73-year-old German filmmaker held an Ama earlier this afternoon. In accordance with the launch of his filmmaking MasterClass today, the director behind “Aguirre, the Wrath of God,” “Nosferatu the Vampyre” and Oscar-nominated “Encounters at the End of the World” opened up on topics ranging from what scares him about mankind’s capabilities to how he prepared the curriculum for his MasterClass to how he’s developed as a filmmaker while filmmaking itself has developed over the past 40-plus years. Things began with a rather simple question about what film he’s most proud of, something that Herzog unsurprisingly gave a profound answer to.

Read More: Watch: Werner Herzog Rips Three Act Structure Screenwriting, Calls It ‘Brainless’

What film are you most proud of?

Well, you cannot really ask a mother, »

- Kyle Kizu

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‘Lo and Behold’ Exclusive Posters: Werner Herzog Examines The Virtual World

7 July 2016 3:41 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Werner Herzog’s latest documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” chronicles the virtual world from its unlikely origins to its outermost reaches, examining the modern, malleable digital landscape with a curious, keen eye. Aided by his indelible voiceover, Herzog speaks with such tech visionaries as Bob Kahn, Elon Musk, and Sebastian Thrun to explore how the virtual has completely changed the physical, and the ways in which our lives are forever altered by our connection to the Internet. Herzog probes the philosophical questions that lie not so far beneath the surface and takes a harsh look at the benefits and pitfalls of our new world. See some exclusive posters from the film below.

Read More: Sundance Review: Werner Herzog’s ‘Lo and Behold’ Will Make You Experience the Internet in New Ways

Herzog has directed numerous acclaimed fiction and documentary films, some of which are considered the very best in cinematic history. »

- Vikram Murthi

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June 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Return Of The Killer Tomatoes

27 June 2016 5:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

June is ending on a quiet note for horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, as we only have six titles coming our way on June 28th.

Blue Underground has shown some love to two cult classics with their Blu-ray double feature of Circus of Fear and Five Golden Dragons, and Arrow Video is resurrecting another cult classic (albeit one that is a bit more recent) with their Return of the Killer Tomatoes Special Edition Blu-ray.

Other notable titles being released this Tuesday include Alien Strain, Shark Exorcist, Forgotten Tales, and Hotel Inferno.

Alien Strain (Mti Home Video, DVD)

After his girlfriend vanishes without a trace on a camping trip, he quickly goes from witness to suspect. Now, a year later, she returns to the very spot from which she was taken, but not like she was before.

Circus of Fear/Five Golden Dragons Double Feature (Blue Underground, Blu-ray)

Circus Of Fear »

- Heather Wixson

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Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions - A Feature Film Retrospective

3 June 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions, a retrospective dedicated to Werner Herzog's fiction filmmaking, will be running on Mubi in the United States from May 28 - July 29, 2016.My Best Fiend: A metaphor for...something "It’s a great metaphor,” Werner Herzog declares proudly towards the end of My Best Fiend, his autobiographical reflection on fifteen years of cinematic collaboration with actor Klaus Kinski. The metaphor in question is visual. Herzog and film set photographer Beat Presser are looking at a black and white photo hanging in Presser’s apartment. It’s a striking tableau and gripping enough that it would become the poster image for Herzog's 1982 collaboration with Kinski, Fitzcarraldo. The titular character stands in the foreground, yet with his back to the camera. His emotions are unavailable, but he is undoubtedly preoccupied with the 300 ton steamboat high above him at an impossible 90 degree angle, as it disappears up »

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