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In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2017

In Memoriam: Movie Stars We Lost in 2017
The past year saw the loss of some renowned character actors, including John Hurt, Bill Paxton and Harry Dean Stanton. We were both shaken and stirred by the death of Roger Moore, who played James Bond more than any other actor. On the other side of the camera, directors Jonathan Demme as well as horror masters Tobe Hooper and George A. Romero died in 2017.

Here’s a month-to-month look at some of the biggest names in the film world who died in 2017.

In January, “The Elephant Man” star Hurt died on Jan. 27. The 77-year old actor also starred in “Alien” and “Midnight Express.” Emmanuelle Riva, the French star of “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and more recently, “Amour,” died on Jan. 27 at 89.

Bill Paxton, who appeared on TV in “Big Love” and in films including “Titanic” and “Aliens,” died Feb. 25. He was just 61.

The Silence of the Lambs” director Demme, who had been suffering from cancer, died April 26 at
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Blacula

Blaxploitation films burst onto the scene in 1971 with the huge success of Gordon Park’s Shaft. By 1972, audiences were clamoring for more, and filmmakers and studios were keen to jump on the bandwagon. While most of the majors were focusing on the Shaft formula of hot chicks and cool Dicks, American International Pictures saw a void that no one had filled yet: the black horror film. And so, with as little money as they usually invested, they sent forth into the world Blacula (1972), and wouldn’t you know it? Audiences loved it.

Just don’t call it Blaxploitation—because it isn’t. Blacula, surprisingly, showcases little of the developing tropes already established by Shaft. There is no "jive" talk, no gratuitous nudity or overwhelming violence. And I say "surprisingly", because it would have been so easy (not to mention profitable) to follow the formula set in motion by Shaft, Superfly,
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Disc Deals: 50% Off Criterion Blu-rays at Amazon

The Barnes & Noble sale may have ended a couple of weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still buy some Criterion Collection releases for 50% off. Best Buy is currently having a 50% off sale on a number of Criterion releases, and Amazon has begun to match their prices.

Thanks to everyone for supporting our site by buying through our affiliate links.

A note on Amazon deals, for those curious: sometimes third party sellers will suddenly appear as the main purchasing option on a product page, even though Amazon will sell it directly from themselves for the sale price that we have listed. If the sale price doesn’t show up, click on the “new” options, and look for Amazon’s listing.

I’ll keep this list updated throughout the week, as new deals are found, and others expire. If you find something that’s wrong, a broken link or price difference,
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Mar del Plata: Energia Entusiasta Takes ‘Kryptonite’ (Exclusive)

Mar Del Plata– Buenos Aires-based distributo-sales agent Energia Entusiasta, headed by Alejandro de Grazia, has taken all rights to local superhero tale “Kryptonite,” the fifth feature from Argentina’s Nicanor Loreti.

“Kryptonite” is produced by Crudo Films and will open in Argentina Dec. 3.

An Argentina Competition entry at the 30th Mar del Plata Fest, the three screenings of the awaited “Kryptonite,” world which world premiered at the Festival were sold out.

Based on the same titled novel by Leonardo Oyola, which won at Spain’s Semana Negra de Gijon, “Kryptonite” tells the story of Gonzalez, a doctor working in a hospital in the Buenos Aires suburbs doing his best to balance a healthcare system that hardly protect people living in the margins. A violent gang turns up at the center demanding treatment for its its leader.

“Kryptonite’s” cast includes Juan Palomino, Diego Velazquez, Pablo Rago, Diego Capusotto and Nicolas Vazquez.
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Deadly Pleasures: Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive

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Let me start off by saying this: I am keenly aware that Maximum Overdrive is not a very good movie at all. In fact, it's a downright terrible movie if you take into consideration its various plot holes and nonsensical conditions established in the film coupled with some very awkward performances and characters that couldn’t be more stereotypical if they tried.

But, for me, what ultimately saves Maximum Overdrive from itself is the fact that at the end of the day, the story as a concept is ridiculous fun, the action is over-the-top crazy with tons of destruction and explosions, and it just seems like director Stephen King had a helluva lot of fun making it (he has since admitted to being under the influence of drugs throughout production, which explains a lot). Despite its imperfections, I still adore this deeply flawed film and you have to admit, there
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Listen: 40-Minute Talk Between Cult Directors Ben Wheatley And Alex Cox

Ben Wheatley is quickly making a name for himself. The writer-director-editor’s first feature, “Down Terrace,” opened in 2009, garnering awards at the Austin Fantastic Fest, British Independent Film Awards, and other festivals. He honed his skills on a few made-for-tv movies over the next couple of years, then, in 2011, he awed and terrified audiences with his horror thriller, “Kill List,” which has already been touted as one of the best horror films of recent memory. (Here at The Playlist, it placed tenth out of the Top 25 Horror Films of the 21st Century So Far”). A not at all shabby feat for a relative newcomer. Of course, Wheatley’s success is probably due—at least to some small degree—to the friendships and mentors he’s cultivated along the way. One such person who believes in Wheatley is Alex Cox. The writer-director-actor, best known for “Repo Man” and “Sid and Nancy
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Daily | Listening | Wheatley, Cox, Hong

Topping today's roundup of movie-related podcasts is a conversation between Ben Wheatley and Alex Cox about High-Rise, Tombstone Rashomon, Repo Man and more. Also: Laura Poitras, Charlotte Cook and A.J. Schnack discuss their new initiative, Field of Vision. Karina Longworth looks back in the lives and careers of John Gilbert and Greta Garbo. Zach Lewis and Nick Newman discuss Hong Sang-soo. Peter Labuza interviews Stephen Cone (Henry Gamble's Birthday Party). Guy Maddin, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg are guests on Filmwax Radio. Plus discussions of Sam Peckinpah, Mikhail Kalatozov's I Am Cuba and more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Listening | Wheatley, Cox, Hong

Topping today's roundup of movie-related podcasts is a conversation between Ben Wheatley and Alex Cox about High-Rise, Tombstone Rashomon, Repo Man and more. Also: Laura Poitras, Charlotte Cook and A.J. Schnack discuss their new initiative, Field of Vision. Karina Longworth looks back in the lives and careers of John Gilbert and Greta Garbo. Zach Lewis and Nick Newman discuss Hong Sang-soo. Peter Labuza interviews Stephen Cone (Henry Gamble's Birthday Party). Guy Maddin, Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg are guests on Filmwax Radio. Plus discussions of Sam Peckinpah, Mikhail Kalatozov's I Am Cuba and more. » - David Hudson
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Masters of Cinema Cast – Episode 43 – Repo Man

The podcast returns with Joakim being joined by Ian Schultz to discuss Alex Cox’s Repo Man.

From Masters of Cinema:

Arguably the defining cult film of the Reagan era, the feature debut of Alex Cox (Sid & Nancy, Walker, Straight to Hell) is a genre-busting mash-up of atomic-age science fiction, post-punk anarchism, and conspiracy paranoia, all shot through with heavy doses of deadpan humour and offbeat philosophy.

After quitting his dead-end supermarket job, young punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) is initiated as a “repo man” after a chance encounter with automobile repossessor Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). An illicit, high-voltage life follows, including an adrenalised search for a mysterious ‘64 Chevy Malibu loaded with radioactive – and extragalactic – cargo… With an iconic soundtrack (Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies), stunning Robby Müller cinematography, and iconoclastic direction, Repo Man remains one of the great debuts of the 1980s.

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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1984

The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...

It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.

This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which
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Alex Cox on Why It's a Great Time to Be an Independent Filmmaker

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Iconic indie filmmaker Alex Cox, best known for his cult hits "Repo Man," "Sid and Nancy" and "Straight to Hell," has turned to Indiegogo to raise money for his latest project, "Tombstone Rashomon," a re-telling of the Gunfight at the Ok Corral in "Rashomon"- style. Veteran special effects supervisor Phil Tippett ("The Twilight Saga") and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer ("Two-Lane Blacktop") have also signed onboard for the project. Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: 4 Tips to Help you Connect with Your Audience and Build Your Brand Cox is aiming to raise $200,000 to produce the project, which will be released as a five episode-long web series which will form a complete film. "I was thinking it would be a conventional western, but Rudy [Wurlitzer] wants to give it a science fiction angle -- from the perspective of time-traveling women historians from the future. They'll time-travel back in time to film at...
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Blu-ray Review: Class of 1984

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Around the time I brought this Vestron Video release home from my local video store, I had an adolescent fascination with how the punk rock subculture that influenced my development had been portrayed in the media. In everything from video games to television and films, punk rockers were mostly portrayed as villains. There was a mythological aura surrounding the way these rebellious thugs were portrayed and it's clear in Class of 1984 that filmmaker Mark L. Lester (Commando) had a similar fascination and knew that pushing the legend made for better cinema.

Lester proudly declares now that he was prophetically making a film that bares important social significance and considers it to be the best film he's ever made, but let's be honest and admit that this movie is pure sleazy exploitation. Don't get me wrong, I love some good fun exploitation and as far as that's concerned there's no
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Rob Zombie’s 31 Acquired for North American Distribution

We're one big step closer to entering Murder World, the main setting of Rob Zombie's upcoming horror film, 31, as the North American rights have been picked up for the Halloween-set movie in which five kidnapped people fight against the likes of Doom-Head, Death-Head, and many more demented denizens of a place that even the bravest of trick-or-treaters likely wouldn't visit.

According to Indiewire, Alchemy (formerly known as Millennium Entertainment), has acquired the North American rights for Rob Zombie's 31, which has been filming with the following impressive, eclectic cast in front of the camera:

Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, 2007's Halloween) as Father Murder, "the owner of Murder World." Tracy Walter (Repo Man, The Silence of the Lambs) as Lucky Leo. Pancho Moler (2005's Bad News Bears, American Horror Story: Freak Show) as Sick-Head. Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem, Halloween 2) as Roscoe, "the
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What happened to the cast of Breakfast Club? John Hughes classic is 30

What happened to the cast of Breakfast Club? John Hughes classic is 30
30 years ago today, John Hughes's teen movie The Breakfast Club opened in the Us, and although it wasn't a runaway box office hit, in the years since it has rightly claimed a place as a screen classic.

Buoyed by brilliant performances, a sharp script and direction from Hughes and that Simple Minds track, this is a film we return to again and again. But what happened to its stars? We go then and now with the cast to find out what happened to the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal.

Anthony Michael Hall - Brian Johnson

A staple of John Hughes movies in the '80s, Hall brought endearing geeky charm to National Lampoon's Vacation , Sixteen Candles and Weird Science.

As he grew out of child star roles, Hall sought to shed his established screen persona with a diverse selection of character parts across film and TV.
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Watch: Alex Cox's Bill The Galactic Hero

Created by students of the Film Studies and Theatre & Dance Departments of the University of Colorado at Boulder under the guidance of famed cult director Alex Cox (Repo Man), Bill The Galactic Hero is a chaotic and ambitious project worth checking out.

Simon admired the film passion despite it's micro-budget nature, calling out the passion on display.

Since the project was always intended as a not-for-profit endeavour, Cox has made the film available online for free. You can either watch it below, or download it.

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Renegade Director Alex Cox (Repo Man) Talks New Movie, Iggy Pop & Future Projects! [Interview]

Having recently completed post-production on his new feature, Bill, The Galactic Hero, Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy, Walker) is almost ready to release the film for free online. Adapted from Harry Harrison's novel of the same name, and funded through Kickstarter, the project has been a collaboration between Cox and students at the University of Colorado, where Cox currently teaches production and screenwriting. Blending science-fiction with satire, it's a micro-budget feature, shot in black and white, and incorporating Cox's own brand of dark comedy, and politically conscious, counter-culture attitude.

Having taken almost 30 years to get the film into production (studios considered it "too anti-war") it's fantastic that he has finally been able make the f [Continued ...]
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Supernatural: an episode roadmap for beginners

Been meaning to catch up with Sam and Dean Winchester, but just haven't found the time? Our Supernatural tips for beginners may help...

Maps To TV Shows: Is there a popular show you’d really like to watch but you just don’t have time to wade through years of it all at once? Do you just want to know why that one character keeps turning up on Tumblr? Do the fans all tell you ‘season one is a bit iffy but stick with it, it gets great!’, leaving you with absolutely zero desire ever to watch the boring/silly/just plain weird season one? Then Maps To TV Shows is for you!

In these articles, we’ll outline routes through popular TV shows focusing on particular characters, story arcs or episode types. Are you really into the Klingon episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you want to
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Notebook's 7th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2014

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How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?

Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch
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Watch: 23-Minute Masterclass With Famed Cinematographer Robby Müller

Dutch-born D.P. Robby Muller has never been a household name in the way that someone like, say, Roger Deakins is. And yet his influence on cinema, particularly of the independent and world variety, is impossible to deny. Known primarily for his work with Wim Wenders (“Alice in the Cities,” “Kings of the Road”) and Jim Jarmusch (“Down by Law,” “Mystery Train”), Muller has also offered his considerable talents to filmmakers like William Friedkin (in his neon-slicked sleazebag thriller “To Live and Die in L.A.”) and Alex Cox (in the watershed proto-punk classic “Repo Man”). His is a relaxed, understated style of shooting. Whereas someone like Deakins plays with visual artifice to achieve something akin to cinematic mythology, Muller’s approach is naturalistic and pared-down. It’s also far from simple. For the most part, Muller prefers working with independent filmmakers and rarely, if ever, says the words “that’s not possible.
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‘The Crow’ Victims, aren’t we all

If the tragic mythology of Brandon Lee’s on-set death or one of the best 1990s soundtracks isn’t enough to have turned you onto The Crow in 1994, then maybe the current resurgence of comic book and graphic novel adaptations will do the trick. For a film steeped in a dingy combination of mid-90s grunge, steam punk, and goth culture The Crow has a surprising amount of staying power.

Alex Proyas released one of his two best films (alongside 1998’s Dark City) in 1994 and for impressionable comic book nerds, this author included, around the world it proved a watershed, picking up where another Alex – Alex Cox – left off in the early ‘80s with the punk rock wackiness of Repo Man and dystopia of Sid and Nancy.

Proyas’ music video background shows through in The Crow. Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, and Pantera were not only staples of the decade,
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