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The Crimson Kimono

Another great Samuel Fuller film on Blu-ray — this one is a crime tale set in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, that forms an interracial romantic triangle. It’s risky for its year because of the sexual dynamics — a Japanese-American man falls in love with a Caucasian woman. Fuller’s approach is years ahead of its time, even if Columbia’s sales job was a little weird.

The Crimson Kimono

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Twilight Time

1959 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 81 min. / Street Date July 18, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee, Paul Dubov, Jaclynne Greene, Neyle Morrow, Gloria Pall, , Barbara Hayden, George Yoshinaga.

Cinematography: Sam Leavitt

Film Editor: Jerome Thoms

Original Music: Harry Sukman

Written, Produced and Directed by Samuel Fuller

“What was his strange appeal for American girls?”

Believe it or not, there was once a time when Samuel Fuller was a fringe figure,
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Cannes 2017: 9 Hot Acquisition Titles That Will Have Buyers Chasing Foreign Films

Cannes 2017: 9 Hot Acquisition Titles That Will Have Buyers Chasing Foreign Films
If you’re a buyer, the Cannes Film Festival isn’t where you go to catch a break. Including festival sidebars like Critics’ Week and Director’s Fortnight, there are more than 75 films at Cannes from all over the world — but when it comes to English-language movies, most are already spoken for.

Read More: The Cannes Film Festival Buyers Guide: Who’s Buying the Movies You’ll Watch

Netflix took the rights to Noah Baumbach’s family drama “The Meyerowitz Stories,” while Amazon has both Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck” and Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled.” A24 has never bought a completed film at Cannes, but the company is launching four titles at the fest, including Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and the Safdie brothers’ “Good Time.”

What’s left are mainly foreign-language films from some of the most respected indie auteurs in world. Most of these filmmakers are
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Podcast: Over/Under Movies Looks At Criterion Titles ‘The Burmese Harp,’ ‘Nights Of Cabiria’ & ‘White Dog’

Welcome to another edition of Over/Under Movies, the podcast in which we pick one overrated film and one underrated film — similar in tone, genre, style, or however we see fit — and we discuss them.

We’re doing things a bit differently on this chapter, as my co-host Oktay Ege Kozak has chosen three underrated or hard-to-find titles from The Criterion Collection. We start with Kon Ichikawa’s 1956 anti-war film “The Burmese Harp,” about a pacifist soldier who becomes a monk after Japan surrenders in World War II.

Continue reading Podcast: Over/Under Movies Looks At Criterion Titles ‘The Burmese Harp,’ ‘Nights Of Cabiria’ & ‘White Dog’ at The Playlist.
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Cannes: New Films From Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola Expected; Will Brad Pitt Return to the Croisette?

Cannes: New Films From Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola Expected; Will Brad Pitt Return to the Croisette?
Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” with Jake Gyllenhaal, and John Cameron Mitchell’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” with Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning are strongly tipped to world premiere as official selections of the 70th edition of Cannes Film Festival.

Although Netflix has acquired films from Cannes in the past (including 2016 Camera d’Or winner “Divines”), “Okja” could be the first project produced by the company to bow in Cannes. “Okja” also attracted the support of Brad Pitt’s Plan B as a producer. Korean stylist Joon-ho’s film “Mother” premiered in Cannes in 2009.

In terms of pedigree and timing, “The Beguiled” couldn’t be better situated. Coppola is a Cannes vet after premiering “The Bling Ring” in 2013 and “Marie Antoinette” in 2006, and Focus plans to release the Civil War-set film June 23 in the U.S. A re-adaptation of Thomas Cullen
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RoboCop 2

It’s ugly, it’s violent, it’s graphic novelist Frank Miller’s nasty vision through and through. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition brings out the amazing backstory of the production of this stop-motion- intensive first sequel to RoboCop. Druglord Caine is a menace, but we’re just as appalled by the film’s vivid depiction of a greater terror: Predatory Privatization.

RoboCop 2

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Shout! Factory / Scream Factory

1990 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 117 min. / Collector’s Edition / Street Date March 21, 2011 / 34.93

Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Robert DoQui, Tom Noonan, Gabriel Damon, Belinda Bauer, Felton Perry.

Cinematography: Mark Irwin

Production Design: Peter Jamison

Original Music: Leonard Rosenman

Special Effects: Phil Tippett, Rob Bottin, Peter Kuran, Rocco Gioffre.

Written by Frank Miller, Walon Green from characters created by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner

Produced by Jon Davison

Directed by Irvin Kershner

I wish I could say that 1990’s RoboCop 2 has been
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Nordisk at 110: Scandinavian Giant Looks to Its Past for Future Success

“Storytelling, entrepreneurship and adaptation to changing industry environment have always been part of the DNA of Nordisk Film. That — together with owners like Egmont that have a long-term view on the film business — are some of the components for the long-term success,” says CEO Allan Mathson Hansen, of Denmark’s Nordisk Film. This year the country’s leading film company celebrates its 110th anniversary on top of Nordic production and distribution.

When Hansen took over as CEO in 2008, he launched a restructuring of the company.

”We sold parts of our TV format and our music businesses,” he says. “It was all about getting back to the profitable core of the company and then develop from there. Today Nordisk Film is standing on four pillars: we produce and distribute content, we run leading cinema chains, we distribute Sony’s PlayStation, and we have ventured into a range of new adjacent businesses,
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Director Curtis Hanson Dies at Age 71

One of the most celebrated film makers of the last four decades has died. Here’s how the New York Times reported it….

Curtis Hanson, the film director whose adaptation of the James Ellroy noir novel “L.A. Confidential” won him an Academy Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.

The death was confirmed by Officer Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. She said that officers had been called to the house shortly before 5 p.m., and that Mr. Hanson had died of natural causes.

Julie Mann, his business manager, said Mr. Hanson had been struggling for some time with a form of dementia.

Let’s take a look at his long career. His first screen credit is for helping to adapt H.P. Lovecraft’s short story in the 1970 American International Pictures’ The Dunwich Horror starring Sandra Dee and Dean Stockwell.
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Curtis Hanson Rip: 1945-2016

Curtis Hanson--Confidentially

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Alex Simon

Curtis Hanson was my first interview with a fellow film buff and film journalist. He was nice enough to sit down with me twice, first at the Rose Cafe in Venice, then at a lunch spot in the Marina, the name of which has been lost to time. He was then kind enough to invite me to the world premiere of "L.A. Confidential" at the Chinese Theater as his guest, my first time on the red carpet at a real-life Hollywood premiere, and called me after this piece ran to thank me personally. A nice man. Hanson, and co-writer Brian Helgeland, would go on to win Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for "L.A. Confidential."

Years later, I ran into Hanson at a book signing party for Pat York that was held in Westwood. I approached him and reminded him of our interview a decade or so earlier.
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Fixed Bayonets!

Samuel Fuller's first picture under his Fox contract is a fine Korean War 'suicide squad' tale, filmed on a sound stage but looking quite authentic. Richard Basehart leads a fine cast. Lots of cigars get chomped, and Gene Evans is actually named Sgt. Rock. Plus an excellent commentary from Trailers from Hell's new guru Michael Schlesinger. Fixed Bayonets! Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1951 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 92 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea, Richard Hylton, Craig Hill, Skip Homeier, Neyle Morrow, Wyott Ordung, John Doucette, George Conrad Cinematography Lucien Ballard Art Direction George Patrick, Lyle Wheeler Film Editor Nick DeMaggio Original Music Roy Webb Written by Samuel Fuller from a novel by John Brophy Produced by Jules Buck Directed by Samuel Fuller

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Sam Fuller's third independent film The Steel Helmet was a risky proposition
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Leth, Zandvliet team for skinhead drama

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Leth, Zandvliet team for skinhead drama
Project comes from Land Of Mine’s producer and writer duo.

Danish director Asger Leth (Man On A Ledge) will direct the timely, politically-minded Us-set drama White Dog, from a story by Land Of Mine writer/director Martin Zandvliet.

Nordisk’s Mikael Rieks, who also produced the likely Oscar-contender Land Of Mine, will produce. Zandvliet co-wrote the script with Anders August.

The film is described as “an eye-level portrait of two skinhead brothers at a point in their lives where their paths are pointed in very different directions.”

The team expects to shoot the film in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“The film will take place in Pittsburgh, USA, but it is just as easily a portrait of a time where populist politicians everywhere are appealing to the worst in us,” said Asger Leth, whose credits also include Ghosts Of Cite Soleil.

Meanwhile, Zandvliet is currently in pre-production in Japan on his English-language debut The Outsider starring Jared Leto.

“I
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Cannes: Hungarian Film Fund Backs Kornel Mundruczo’s ‘Superfluous Man,’ Gyorgy Palfi’s ‘The Voice’ (Exclusive)

The Hungarian National Film Fund, which backed this year’s foreign-language Oscar winner “Son of Saul,” and is overseen by Hollywood producer Andy Vajna, has revealed the latest tranche of projects it has backed. The films receiving funding include Kornel Mundruczo’s “Superfluous Man,” which was granted $2.54 million. Mundruczo’s “White Dog” won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard award in 2014.

Gyorgy Palfi’s crime story “The Voice,” which is based on Stanislaw Lem’s cult novel “His Master’s Voice,” received $2.22 million. Palfi won best director for “Free Fall” at Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2104. Nimrod Antal’s crime drama “The Whisky Robber” was given $4.06 million. Antal’s 2004 film “Kontroll” played in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

Among projects in post-production to receive funding include Janos Szasz’s “Bridge of Sighs,” which is a period love triangle thriller. Szasz’s credits include “Woyzeck,” “Opium” and “The Notebook,” which won Karlovy Vary Film
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Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street

The irrepressible Sam Fuller fashions a crime thriller for German TV with his expected eccentricity: old-fashioned hardboiled scripting, freeform direction and bits of graffiti from the French New Wave. Christa Lang is the femme fatale and Glenn Corbett is the twofisted American hero, whose name is Not Griff. And yes, a pigeon does bite the pavement on Beethoven Street, and I tell you, that's one dead pigeon. Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Blu-ray Olive Films 1974 / Color / 1:33 flat full frame (for German TV / 127 min. / Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße / Street Date April 19, 2016 / / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Glenn Corbett, Christa Lang, Sieghardt Rupp, Anton Diffring, Stéphane Audran, Alexander D'Arcy, Anthony Chinn. Cinematography Jerzy Lipman Film Editor Liesgret Schmitt-Klink Original Music The Can German dialogue by Manfred R. Köhler Produced by Joachim von Mengershausen Written and Directed by Samuel Fuller

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Not that it helped Sam Fuller's career much,
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16 Scariest Horror Movies Coming This Year

16 Scariest Horror Movies Coming This Year
Another year brings many movies to the multiplex. Romantic comedies, action flicks, superhero blockbusters and Oscar Bait. But perhaps most exciting of all are the new horror movies! Making 2016 even more special than past years is the amount of scary thrillers that are continuing stories from this millennium. And if that weren't cool enough, we're even getting an all-new remake from a movie that just came out this past decade.

Horror movies are special because no matter how many times we're scared by something, we can still be scared by the exact same thing again! The fact that we willingly subject ourselves to this is also a curious phenomenon. They have a word for people who put themselves through this type of pain, but for some reason, as far as horror movies are concerned, it is a forgiven practice. In fact, horror movies are probably the only place where people
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Blu-ray Review – Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

Fixed Bayonets!, 1951.

Directed by Samuel Fuller.

Starring Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O’Shea, Richard Hylton, Skip Homeier and James Dean.

Synopsis:

The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno’s superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

Here’s a tightly wound ball of suspense with the duality of fatalisms and heroism at the heart. It’s the Korean War and there’s snow up to the knees, and for an hour and half Samuel Fuller puts us amongst the American platoon who have the unenviable task of acting as the rear guard, and fooling the enemy into thinking they are in fact the whole damn regiment; with a little subterfuge, planning, and a whole lot of courage these brave few show us it can be done. Heroes will be made and heroes will be lost.
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The Best Films of 2015 (So Far)

The Best Films of 2015 (So Far)
With the year half over, our three critics have each selected their five favorite U.S. releases of 2015 so far.

Scott Foundas

Ex Machina

Novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland’s brainy, precisely calibrated chamber drama was that rare piece of contemporary sci-fi filmmaking worthy of mention in the same breath as “Blade Runner” and “The Terminator.” Whatever this modestly scaled film lacked in budgetary heft, it more than made up for in sleekly expressive production design, provocative ideas about the fine line between man and machine, and knockout performances from Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander (as the Pinocchio-like android yearning to be a real, live girl).

“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”

A young Japanese woman obsessed with the Coen brothers’ “Fargo” travels to the wilds of Minnesota in search of buried treasure in this comic gem from another sibling director team, ‎David and Nathan Zellner. With deadpan elan, the
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White God | Review

All Dogs Go To: Mundruczo’s Sad Trumpet Ballad an Allegory of Inhumanity

Terminology is key to deciphering the shaggy subtext of Kornel Mundruczo’s allegorical film, White God, a film about the monstrousness that humans create due to a seeming hardwired cruelty that demands the obliteration of difference and diversity. Technically assured and boasting an impressive array of multiple canine performances, Mundruczo’s interspecial balancing act is unfortunately a bit one sided, with his human characters are relayed less effectively and generally as one-note. Though it speeds through its two hour running time, it still manages to feel a bit too long in the tooth, and perhaps less time spent on the overwhelmingly execrable humans tends to lessen the empathetic impact.

Thirteen year old trumpet player Lili (Zsofia Psotta) is forced to live with her surly father Sandor Zsoter) after her mother leaves with her new beau. Lili is accompanied by her dog,
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White God Interview: Director Kornél Mundruczó

White God,Kornél Mundruczó’s riveting film about a courageous young girl (Lili/Zsófia Psotta) and her beloved dog, Hagen, is both a cautionary tale about our presumed superiority over lesser beasts and a powerful metaphor for the increasingly acrimonious cultural and political tensions in Europe today over immigration and identity. When Hagen is abandoned on the streets of Budapest because his mixed breed makes him an undesirable pet, his perilous journey incites a revolution. One of contemporary Hungarian cinema’s most original voices, Mundruczó plays with genre and tone in fascinating ways and elicits strong performances from his unique cast of human and canine actors. In an exclusive interview, Mundruczó revealed why the film was very personal, how he wanted Lili’s relationship with Hagen and Hagen’s betrayal to act as a mirror reflecting societal pressure and the inequity between majorities and minorities, the connections between his film
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Review: White God, When Dogs Inherit The Earth

Doggedly heavy on allegory, Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó's White God (originally Fehér Isten) has a relatively simple premise: beware the comeuppance for those that treat badly those they believe to be inferior. At its heart, the film plays as if Samuel Peckinpaw [sic] directed The Incredible Journey, that Disney Animal film referenced in last year's Cannes hit Inside Llewyn Davis. The title was at first a mystery and mere pun, but appears to at least partially be a play on White Dog, Sam Fuller's 1982 canines-and-racism flick. A revenge fantasy from the canine perspective, this is part political polemic, part action thriller, with a climax that is equal parts hyperbolic and effective. The archetypes abound, be they in the notion of the denigration of those...

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Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies

The human condition. It is a tricky and complicated concept for us mortals to grasp in terms of our ugly, unpredictable behaviors. However, when one applies a revealing spotlight on the animal kingdom and takes a look at their on-screen aggression against humans it becomes a whole new ballgame. Occasionally, the source of frustration embedded in these wayward creatures is often times triggered by the psychological prompting of the bad seed humans responsible for their behavioral tirade against nature and man.

In Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies we will look at the bombastic beasts gone ballistic in cinematic society. Maybe you have your own selections of haywire critters out to cause random havoc? If so then they probably would suffice within the theme of this movie column when detailing the animals that run amok on land, by sea or in the air.

The selections for
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