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If Frank Pavich's wonderful Jodorowsky's Dune exposes even one person to the director's legacy of work then I consider it a success. Whether anyone thinks that Jodorowsky's version of Dune would have been the transcendent experience that he believes it would have been, I think we can all agree that it would have been something unique indeed and the world is kind of a worse place for the lack of it. Personally, I'm a fan of Lynch's Dune, warts and all. Not so much the Toto soundtrack, but that's another story.
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Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. For film fans, a quality feature can come out at any time, from any one, and discovering an enjoyable and well-crafted feature is truly a pleasure. As we reach the halfway point of the year, many excellent films have already made their way to theatres, films that are well worth a watch. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2014 to date, a list that ranges from science fiction thrillers to period dramas.
A few notes to keep in mind when reading our entry: Certain films from our 2013 list make a second appearance on this list. This is because the movies, while technically released this year, were seen by a select few in time for last year’s list, due to the benefit of film festivals and press screenings. The list itself is in no particular order, »
Alejandro Jodorowsky, the eccentric Chilean filmmaker behind surreal works like El Topo, Santa Sangre, and The Holy Mountain, has finally returned this year. He was the subject of a documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune — one of the year’s best — which chronicled the artistic vision of his never-realized adaptation of Frank Herbert‘s sci-fi epic. That mythical production included collaborations with Orson Welles, Mick […] »
- Zade Constantine
Yes, Rock & Shock, the legendary Worcester, Mass., horror and metal festival, is still four months away, but organizers have released a tiny taste of what festival-goers can expect this October 17-19. Read on to learn what celebrity guests and musical acts are already lined up for the show.
Rock and Shock is not only Doctor Gash's favorite weekend of the year, but it's one of the coolest and most intimate festivals one can attend. And the first wave of celebrities should have everyone marking their calendars and making plans to head to Worcester this October.
Brad Dourif, who's done everything from voicing Chucky in the Child's Play series to Lord of the Rings, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and "Deadwood" just to name a few, will be making a rare festival appearance. Additionally , Dourif's daughter, Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, "True Blood") will be appearing as well.
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- Scott Hallam
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 23, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
In Macbeth, Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby) imbues his unflinchingly violent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy of ruthless ambition and murder in medieval Scotland with grit and dramatic intensity.
Co-adapted by Polanski and the great theater critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan, and shot against a series of stunning, stark British Isle landscapes, this version of Macbeth is among the most atmospheric and authentic of all Shakespeare films.
Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions of Macbeth contain the following features:
• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with director Roman Polanski, »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 16, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
David Lynch’s (Blue Velvet, Dune) 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey remains one of American cinema’s darkest dreams.
Yeah, yeah, we’re just running Criterion’s press release write-up for the film but, jeez, there’s been so much said about it over the years, that we’ll wait for our review to lay on some editorial gravy…!
Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD releases of Eraserhead contains the following features:
• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New high-definition restorations »
We play games to escape from the stress of contemporary society with its commutes, phone bills and income tax, so it seems only natural that a destination of escape favoured by many gamers should be a sci-fi universe. With their hordes of aliens, advanced robots, scintillating spacecraft and arsenals of formidable weapons, it comes as no surprise that we should want to get away to these universes which are so unlike our own for a few hours.
It is fascinating to see what has become of humanity in the minds of sci-fi games’ developers. Have we progressed to some enlightened state where technological advancements have allowed us to thrive or have we devolved into a species struggling to survive against a powerful alien life form? The best sci-fi games featured on this list often feature human characters which bare similar character traits to those shown by our species today – there »
- Sam Heard
Title: The Dance of Reality Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky Starring: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits The year 2014 is proving to be something of an unlikely renaissance for 85-year-old surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, who was the central subject of a documentary detailing his vision of a collapsed adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” and now sees the release of his first film in more than two decades, ”The Dance of Reality.” A deeply personal and characteristically weird curated trip through his recreated adolescence, this one-of-a-kind period piece is swollen with mythology, metaphor (political and social), visual poetry and elliptical tedium. Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town along the edge of the Chilean [ Read More ]
The post The Dance of Reality Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
No matter what you think of his movies, it’s hard to deny that Alejandro Jodorowsky is a living legend. This is a man whose beautiful, dreamily surreal films helped usher in the popularity of the midnight movie (with things like “El Topo” and “Holy Mountain”) and whose visionary work has inspired a whole generation of filmmakers, artists, and technicians (as exemplified in this year’s wonderful documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” about his failed attempt at adapting Frank Herbert’s sci-fi odyssey for the big screen). His newest film, “Dance of Reality,” is the Chilean director’s most personal work to date, a luminous coming-of-age tale inspired by Jodorowsky’s own autobiography and starring members of his family. We got to sit down with the director during this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, where we talked about the philosophy behind “Dance of Reality,” why it took so long »
- Drew Taylor
A long, long time ago George Lucas approached David Lynch, who had been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for The Elephant Man in 1980, to helm Return Of The Jedi. Lynch declined with "next door to zero interest" and went on to direct Dune. If you already knew that, turn off the caps and don't be mad, I'm just reiterating the tale as it helps with this here video I’m about to share. A YouTube user named C-spit uploaded a clip that »
- Graham McMorrow
After a hundred-year absence, Alejandro Jodorowsky is back with a new film that promises to be as inventive and visually adventurous as his earlier work. The autobiographical Dance of Reality waltzes through the filmmakers childhood in Chile, although it’s doubtful that it moves in a straight line. After all, Jodorowsky is the kind of storyteller who would make Dali blush. Alongside the recent Jodorowsky’s Dune, which chronicles the failed attempt to bring Frank Herbert’s sci-fi series into bizarre filmic reality, it feels like we’re in the middle of a small Renaissance for the man behind El Topo, Santa Sangre and more. Fortunately, we got our hands on a clip from his latest work, and if there’s anything weirder than watching a Jodorowsky movie, it’s watching a scene from one without any context. Enjoy: There’s the old magic. It’s too rare that a movie fits into both the “biography” and »
- Scott Beggs
Renewed for a fifth season at the start of the year, due to air in a few months’ time, Lost Girl arrives on our shelves today with its fourth season on DVD.
Led by Anna Silk as the succubus Bo, the show is one of many supernatural shows – its added crime/drama nature gives it a different flavour amongst its competitors – currently on the air, and to celebrate its release, we take a look at some of the most influential cult TV shows, without many of which Lost Girl might well not be here today.
10. Twin Peaks
As someone who was born when the show first went on the air, reminiscing about the immediate impact of Twin Peaks is of course not something I can do. I know that it sparked conversations on both sides of the Atlantic and an eager viewership across its short-lived two seasons, but even more than that, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Alejandro Jodorowsky is back on movie screens this year, and that’s a wonderful thing. The documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, chronicling the director’s ’70s attempt to film Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, has been making its way through art house theaters for a couple months. And now The Dance of Reality, Jodorowsky’s first film as a director in […]
The post Exclusive Clip: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘The Dance of Reality’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Thanks to the excellent documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, director Alejandro Jodorowsky has become well known over the past year for a film he did not make (that would be his abortive attempt to adapt Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune). Now it’s time to turn our attention to a movie he has actually succeeded in bringing to the screen.
The Dance of Reality is in fact the El Topo director’s first film in 23 years and details — with what seems to be his usual hallucinatory verve — Jodorowsky’s own childhood in Chile. The film arrives in cinemas on »
- Clark Collis
We pay tribute to the work of the late artist Hr Giger, and follow the making of his masterpiece of design, the Alien...
It’s the summer of 1978, and the UK’s Shepperton Studios simmers in the heat. Secreted away in his own personal workshop, a Swiss artist works feverishly on his paintings and sculptures, either fashioning strange shapes from gigantic blocks of styrofoam or spraying them with his airbrush.
This is 38-year-old Hr Giger, and he cuts an unusual figure. His shock of black hair is slicked back away from his pale forehead. He refuses to take his leather jacket off despite the searing heat. On a bench sits row after row of human and animal bones - skulls, femurs, vertebrae - plus a weird assortment of ribbed hoses, wires and mechanical parts taken from old Rolls Royce motorcars. Quietly, obsessively, Giger is building his Alien.
The story »
For students of cinema, several films-that-were-never-made have been the subject of articles, books, and documentaries. Historians enjoy imagining just what movie delights almost happened, that were stopped by different circumstances, often budgetary. I recall seeing production art for Willis O’Brien’s teaming of titans in “King Kong Meets Frankenstein”. Before George Pal produced the definitive big screen version, Ray Harryhausen shot test footage for a proposed “War of the Worlds”. And animation buffs have wondered at the pencil test sequences Looney Tunes wildman Bob Clampett whipped up to try to sell MGM on a cartoon short series based on “John Carter of Mars”. And in this “what if” study, there would need to be a sizable sidebar on the unfilmed works of Orson Welles. Years before Coppola, Welles tried to adapt Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” for the movies along with comics’ “Batman” and “Don Quixote” (Terry Gilliam’s »
- Jim Batts
One of the most critically panned science-fiction films in history is Dune, directed by David Lynch in 1981. The rights to the film version of Frank Herbert's novel changed hands several times before Lynch's adaptation, with potential producers including Arthur P. Jacobs (Planet of the Apes) and Dino De Laurentiis.
In 1975, arthouse cult filmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky secured the rights the Frank Herbert's Dune and began working on what would have been the most epic science fiction film ever created. Jodorowsky assembled creative geniuses and cultural icons from all over the world for the cast and music, creating his personal group of "spiritual warriors" for a two-year massive undertaking. Unfortunately, Jodorowsky's planned film and his story never truly made it beyond the storyboards until now.
- Debbie Cerda
With the major cast of Jj Abrams's Star Wars: Episode VII confirmed at long last, the hyperactive rumour mill isn't likely to wind down so much as shift focus - who are these people playing? How many roles are still to be cast? How involved is George Lucas, exactly?
But in the meantime, let's take a look at the seven actors that have been confirmed. While many of them couldn't be described as unknowns, a few of them do fall squarely into the "that guy" category - you've seen them in a handful of movies, but you may not know their name.
Hover over the image above to see who's who in Star Wars: Episode VII
Digital Spy takes you through the new recruits' CV highlights below...
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast announced (photo: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ cast member Max von Sydow in ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members have been announced. The world had been waiting with bated breath. Who will The Force be with? Well, not with humankind and its fellow Earth dwellers (apart from cockroaches and various types of worms) — if news reports about the eventual fate of the planet are accurate. But don’t despair. The End credits for Planet Earth should come after Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios (instead of former Star Wars film distributor 20th Century Fox) amass a few more billion dollars following the release of a whole array of new Star Wars sequels in the coming years. So, the announced (mostly European) Star Wars: Episode VII cast members are, to date, the following: Oscar Isaac (Sucker Punch, widely praised for his performance in Joel »
- Zac Gille
Anyone who knows David Lynch’s work is familiar with his penchant for messing with the audience. One only has to look at how he ended his popular series Twin Peaks, or pretty much any part of the mind-bending Eraserhead, to realize this. Even though in the early 1980s, Lynch had been courted as a potential director for some major films (including Return of the Jedi… wouldn’t you have liked to see the Ewoks in that version?), he had his big studio break with the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. While it was a commercial and critical failure, Dune also represents Lynch’s subversive filmmaking nature, more than some people even realize. At the time, Hollywood was looking for the next Star Wars, much like how they are furiously searching for the next Hunger Games now with films like Divergent and The Maze Runner. Dune had been in development since the early 1970s, and »
- Kevin Carr
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