12 items from 2015
Rock legend David Bowie is no stranger to movies. In fact, he’s acted in quite a few: they range from campy cult favorites like “The Labyrinth” to Tony Scott’s underrated vampire flick “The Hunger.” He’s also made appearances in Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ” (as Pontius Pilate), Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige” (as inventor Nikola Tesla), in addition to popping up randomly in everything from “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” to a cheeky cameo in “Zoolander,” where he plays himself. With his gaunt, skeletal physique and otherworldly aura, it’s not a surprise that filmmakers remain attracted to him as a visual subject (one day, someone will cast Tilda Swinton in a biopic of the singer… mark my words). And yet it is Bowie’s unknowable, alluring alien nature that remains his chief quality as an entertainer and a pop culture icon. This »
- Nicholas Laskin
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
I’ve written on more than one occasion how many subsets there are of zombie films. In most cases, you know what you are going to get. Straight up purist zombie films, contagion zombie films, zom coms, and even zom rom coms (That’s zombie romantic comedy. I don’t know if it’s fully made it into the horror lexicon yet, so I felt that I needed to elaborate) The vampire film has its own unique evolution, and exactly what any vampire film is about is much more difficult to decipher. It could be anything from gothic period pieces, showdowns between a Van Helsing protagonist and a Dracula antagonist, »
Combining the sensual approach to vampirism with the angle of treating it like a drug addiction, Tony Scott’s 1983 film The Hunger is now availble on Bluray, giving fans both new and old a chance to see one of the best vampire films of all time in HD. While somewhat bare when it comes to supplemental material, it’s still very much a film you should look for, if you haven’t seen it before.
Revolving around Miriam and John Blaylock (Catherine Denevue and David Bowie), a vampire couple, who spends their nights picking up potential victims at goth bars by night (Bauhaus is featured performing in the film’s opening) and living a wealthy lifestyle by day. John has been Miriam’s partner for hundreds and hundreds of years, and soon finds himself, like many of Miriam’s former companions, suddenly not sleeping and aging quite rapidly.Trying to stop the aging, »
- Jerry Smith
Roundly dismissed upon its release by critics in 1983, Tony Scott’s classy, stylish art-house vampire film The Hunger arrives on Blu-ray as a demure addition to the Warner Bros. Archive Collection. A notable cult item still lacking of a deserving reappraisal for its significant merits, the film has long languished in obscurity with the exception of its references to the explicit lesbian sex scene shared between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon (featured in a first-wave resurgence of interest in Lgbt cinematic themes with the documentary version of Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet, 1991). It represents one of three cinematic adaptations from horror writer Whitley Streiber, following the also forgotten Wolfen (1981), starring Albert Finney.
Miriam Blaylock (Deneuve) is an ancient yet breathtakingly beautiful vampire. Her lover of the past three centuries, John (David Bowie) has suddenly begun to age and decay, apparently something that has eventually happened to all of her past lovers, »
- Nicholas Bell
August 18th is bringing horror and sci-fi fans a bounty of home entertainment choices this week, especially if you’re into cult classics and indie genre films. Titles arriving on Tuesday include newer movies like Cub, Ejecta and Closer to God as well as the latest from the Soska Sisters, Vendetta. Several older films are getting an HD overhaul on Blu-ray too, including Nomads, The Hunger, Nightmare Castle, The Wife Killer and the supernaturally-infused Burn, Witch, Burn which was also co-penned by Richard Matheson.
And while it may not necessarily be a full-on genre movie, it’s worth noting that Shout! Factory is also releasing the criminally underrated cyber-adventure/thriller Hackers onto Blu-ray this week to celebrate its upcoming 20th anniversary.
The powers of dark magic rule the night in this chilling masterpiece of supernatural horror as a
college campus turns into a nest of evil. »
- Heather Wixson
When did you first become an Lgbt ally?
If you’re involved in the arts in any way, shape or form, your whole life is completely integrated with gay artists, and creative people who are gay. I started speaking in public in the early days of the AIDS epidemic when there were huge demonstrations that didn’t even find their way into the New York Times. Having lost a lot of very close friends, who were given the message to die in shame somewhere out of sight, that activated me very quickly.
Did you know it would be controversial to play a lesbian in 1983’s “The Hunger”?
I never went in anticipating the reaction it caused. I thought it was an interesting project. Who wouldn’t »
- Ramin Setoodeh
London — Berlin movie studios and production services company Studio Babelsberg has been celebrating the four Oscar wins for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Wes Anderson’s pic, which was co-produced by Babelsberg, won for score for Alexandre Desplat, production design for Adam Stockhausen, costume design for Milena Canonero, and make-up for Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier.
Filming took place entirely in Germany, mainly in Görlitz and other locations in Sachsen, and at Babelsberg. The pic world premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.
The film was supported by the German Federal Film Fund (Dfff) and the local film funding institutions Mitteldeutsche Filmförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Mfg Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg.
Christoph Fisser, COO of Studio Babelsberg and an executive producer on the film, said: “These prizes are especially an honor and award for the film production location, Germany. Therefore the congratulations go to the 350 members of the Babelsberg film crew — to the numerous scenery and construction workers, »
- Leo Barraclough
Youngsters and oldsters alike…here is the reel deal: The New York International Children’s Film Festival (Nyicff) will be making its presence known in the upcoming days. On tap for the 18th annual event will be a noted variety of creative animated films and shorts for all ages to enjoy and relish. The New York International Children’s Film Festival promises to serve up an array of animated showcases that boasts all styles and formats that should prove imaginative and appealing to our past and present childhood memories.
Please note that the Nyicff will run its operation from February 27, 2015 to March 22, 2015. Additionally, the majority of these impressive feature-length and short films have experienced critical acclaim overseas. Therefore, the impact of the Nyicff’s cinematic selections should be rewarding for ardent fans of animated film fodder designed to capture the spirit of its enthusiastic viewers.
Among the films being displayed »
- Frank Ochieng
2014 was a fantastic year for yours truly! I saw so many great films (and not-so great), met wonderful celebrities, and worked with interesting folks with various backgrounds as we travailed through this thing we call life.
So as part of our yearly tradition, I made a new demo reel for my Best of 2014, and boy oh boy, it came out splendidly! Hope you like it, and just remember one thing, this was made with love! Thank you for being a friend!
These are some of the celebrities/movies/stories you.ll see on this Manny Mashup we call Mtmg 8.0:
Wendy McLendon-Covey -- Blended
Bryan Cranston . Go »
The winners will be announced Feb. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the guild’s 17th annual awards show. Previously announced award recipients include “Boyhood” director Richard Linklater for the Distinguished Collaborator Award; Aggie Guerard Rodgers, to receive an honorary career achievement award; and Deborah Nadoolman Landis, who’ll draw the 2015 Edith Head Award.
The complete nominations list follows:
Excellence in Contemporary Film
Excellence in Period Film
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Excellence in Fantasy Film
- Dave McNary
So is “Selma,” which ended a 0-for-5 drought and picked up its first guild nomination of the year.
The guild chooses nominees in three separate categories: Excellence in Contemporary Film, Excellence in Period Film and Excellence in Fantasy Film. In recent years the Cdg has typically nominated three or four of the films that will go on to receive Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design – and in virtually every case, they’ve come »
- Steve Pond
Birdman, Boyhood, Gone Girl, Interstellar and Wild are the contemporary film nominees for the 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards. The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Inherent Vice, Selma and The Theory Of Everything have nabbed the period film nominees announced today. Outstanding contemporary television nominees are House Of Cards, Ray Donovan, Saturday Night Live, Scandal and True Detective. Winners will be announced February 17 in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Special honorees include producer, director and screenwriter Richard Linklater (who recently collaborated with costume designer Kari Perkins on Boyhood) will receive the Distinguished Collaborator Award in recognition of his support of Costume Design and creative partnerships with Costume Designers. An Honorary Career Achievement Award will be presented to Costume Designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers for her outstanding work in film. The 2015 Edith Head Award for the Advancement of the Art of Costume Design will be presented to costume designer, »
- Denise Petski
12 items from 2015
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