15 items from 2013
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes multiple teaser trailers, a call of submissions for the Hollywood Horrorfest, a Fear Clinic casting update, a Q&A with Hannah Cowley from Haunting of the Innocent, and much more:
Hollywood Horrorfest Details: “From the man who brought you both The Los Angeles Animation Festival and the Boobs & Blood Film Festival, comes the first annual Hollywood Horrorfest (March 28-29, 2014).
Hhf not only showcases new films in competition, but also helps guide filmmakers through the new digital age of filmmaking – from new approaches to financing and production to how to get sales and distribution.
Screenings, awards, red carpet photo opps, industry panels and networking – Hhf has it all, and under one roof, the legendary and now Quentin Tarantino owned, New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.
“Our focus is on the filmmaker. »
- Tamika Jones
All This and World War II! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing harrowing 1980s international arthouse classic "Come and See," from director Elem Klimov.Klimov’s powerful, near-surrealistic battle fantasia nearly made it into Tfh’s “More Movies You Never Heard Of” category. The title is an invitation to view the destruction caused by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The movie, from the Soviet Union, is a fixture on many critics’ Ten Best of All Time lists. Its obscurity is hugely out of proportion to its accomplishment. Commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Soviet victory in Ww II, it’s the glasnost version of Apocalypse Now. The director, having made his point, never made another film.The film made it on to cinematographer Roger Deakins' greatest films of all time list. »
- Trailers From Hell
It's been way too long since we last got dosed with the pitch-black sonic evil of extreme industrial metallers Psyclon Nine in the form of their 2009 studio album We the Fallen (check out our review here), and after a couple years of silence I feared they might drop off the map completely. They eventually resurfaced for some new live performances, including co-headlining shows with kindred evil spirits Dawn of Ashes, and frontman Nero Bellum contributed guest vocals to DoA's latest album Anathema. At last, Nero and company returned to the studio to tackle the ambitiously epic follow-up Order of the Shadow: Act I. According to an August interview with Nero in ReGen Magazine, this record is intended to be the band's final full-length release – and while that's very sad news to long-time fans like myself, the pure naked insanity bottled in these tracks makes for a suitably apocalyptic finale »
- Gregory Burkart
War is hell, for sure, but war can make for undeniably brilliant movie-making. Here, the Guardian and Observer's critics pick the ten best
• Top 10 action movies
• Top 10 comedy movies
• Top 10 horror movies
• Top 10 sci-fi movies
• Top 10 crime movies
• Top 10 arthouse movies
• Top 10 family movies
As the second world war thriller became bogged down during the mid-60s in plodding epics like Operation Crossbow and The Heroes of Telemark, someone was needed to reintroduce a little sang-froid, some post-Le Carré espionage, and for heaven's sake, some proper macho thrills into the genre. Alistair Maclean stepped up, writing the screenplay and the novel of Where Eagles Dare simultaneously, and Brian G Hutton summoned up a better than usual cast headed by Richard Burton (Major Jonathan Smith), a still fresh-faced Clint Eastwood (Lieutenant Morris Schaffer), and the late Mary Ure (Mary Elison).
Parachuted into the German Alps, they have one »
Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell (Curzon Film World, 12) needed all the glowing reviews it deservedly got, presenting as it did a distinct marketing challenge. "Come and see a documentary about Sarah Polley's family" isn't the most alluring of invitations, however much you like the gifted Canadian actor-director. Meanwhile, what makes Sarah Polley's family special – or at least cinematically compelling – is hard to describe without giving the game away. Stories We Tell may arrive on DVD shorn of some mystery, a little like a rewrapped Christmas present, but it's no one-trick doc. If anything, home viewing enhances its one-on-one intimacy.
Like her fiction features Away from Her and Take This Waltz, it's an affecting domestic drama in which the stakes keep shifting. Beginning as a simple elegy for Polley's late mother Diane, it becomes, »
- Guy Lodge
Keira Knightley has revealed she doesn't plan on singing on film again in the future.
The actress explained how she was nervous about performing on screen for the upcoming project Can A Song Save Your Life?.
Knightley plays a folk singer named Greta in the drama, but found the experience rather tough to handle.
She told E! Online: "I literally was given the songs for this about a week before we started shooting. We had to go straight into the studio, and I had never sung before and I had to just kind of try and figure it out.
"So that's what I did. I'm not going to do it again, that was it. No, no, no, that was my one and only. Come and see this film, that'll be it."
• Philip French on Don't Look Now
I remember first seeing Don't Look Now as a student and really enjoying it. But it wasn't my favourite Nicolas Roeg film. Performance and The Man Who Fell to Earth were top of the pile. I've watched Performance dozens of times, each time seeing something new. I saw The Man Who Fell to Earth at the Everyman cinema when I was 20 and it was etched on my mind for ever more.
But Don't Look Now was something I knew I had to watch, as it had such a reputation. It was already firmly established in the culture: the red coat of the child, the sex scene, »
- Ben Wheatley
With The World’s End having just opened in Us theaters, I had a chance to sit down recently with a handful of journalists to speak with Simon Pegg about the movie. Not only does he talk about why he feels this is the best of the Cornetto Trilogy, but he also talks working on The World’s End script, his thoughts on Hot Fuzz, and the chances of them all working together on another film:
I understand that The World’s End had a pretty tight shooting schedule. Were you able to get everything from the script into the movie and, after seeing the final version, is there anything you would have done differently?
Simon Pegg: As far as I’m concerned, it’s the best it can be. It would have been nice to have had another two weeks to shoot the movie. We could have used »
- Jonathan James
Premiering at Sundance in January, and headed to theaters this summer, "The Way, Way Back" is not only riding high with strong notices out of Park City (including our own) but it's also bringing with it a pretty nice little soundtrack for the coming-of-age tale. The tracklist mixes hip, young actors like electro popsters Young Galaxy and Wild Belle, and the pleasant Ben Kweller, with veterans like Edie Brickell (sans the New Bohemians it seems), Robert Palmer, Mr. Mister and Inxs. Talk about your flashbacks. But overall, it's well rounded with the songs suggesting they've been chosen more to evoke a certain mood, rather than sign up whoever Pitchfork is hot for this month. "The Way, Way Back" soundtrack drops on July 2nd with the movie rolling into theaters starting on July 5th. Details below. [Film Music Reporter] "The Way, Way Back" Soundtrack Tracklisting 1. For the Time Being – Edie Brickell 2. Kyrie – Mr. Mister »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When a Nazi collaborator is led into the Belarusian forest to be executed, why doesn't he protest? Sergei Loznitsa's chilling drama explores the agonies of war and puts European history on trial
The fog of the title is the fog of war, the fog of fear and the abysmal fog of European history: it is a kind of residual pall of smoke across the field of battle – maybe it also means the obliteration brought by death itself. This is the chilling and mysterious historical parable from film-maker Sergei Loznitsa, based on the 1989 novel by the Belarusian author Vasili Bykov, resembling Elem Klimov's Come and See. (Bykov also wrote the 1970 novel The Ordeal, filmed by Larisa Shepitko as The Ascent.)
Its subject is the Nazis' invasion of the Soviet Union, and in particular the poisonous shame of collaboration that they disseminated in every part of the Reich. An important »
- Peter Bradshaw
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
The Place Beyond the Pines is a sprawling film from co-writer/director Derek Cianfrance about the connections between fathers and their sons, with drastic life decisions rippling through generations. The ambitious movie stars Ryan Gosling as circus performer-turned-bank robber, Bradley Cooper as a man of justice, Eva Mendes as a disturbed mother, Ray Liotta as a corrupt cop, and Dane DeHaan as the ultimate product of all of these characters’ decisions.
Cianfrance previously directed Gosling in Blue Valentine, the 2010 aching relationship drama starring Gosling and Michelle Williams. For her performance in the film, Williams was nominated for an Oscar.
I sat down with Cianfrance to discuss his film, why shooting is living but editing is death, how his failed first film was a blessing, his uncanny facial resemblance to Gosling, and more.
The Place Beyond the Pines opens in Chicago on April 5.
Something striking about your films is the concept of maturity within your characters, »
- Nick Allen
Lore is director Cate Shortland’s long-awaited follow-up to Somersault, her acclaimed 2004 drama and feature film debut that was also an international breakthrough for stars Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington. A UK/Australia/Germany co-production, the new film is similarly concerned with a young female protagonist. Following the defeat of the Nazis, teenager Lore must guide herself and her destitute siblings through Germany in the dying days of the Second World War. Her parents having been arrested by Allied Forces for their Nazi ties, Lore has assimilated many of their anti-Semitic values, and must come to terms with the horrors of Hitler’s rule now coming to light for the German population.
Ahead of its recent Glasgow Film Festival showing prior to the film’s theatrical release in the UK, I spoke to one of Lore‘s producers, Paul Welsh, about the film’s interesting, lengthy production process, its influences, »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Before any political or societal context enters the brutal cinematic depictions seen in “Come and See” and “City of God,” each effort can first speak clearly enough from the image of a child holding a firearm. Gawky, nervous, and with an expression of terrified power, the isolated sight holds many questions to a decayed rationality and natural order, but as Canadian director Kim Nguyen shows within his searing look at African child soldiers, “War Witch," those two aspects are the first to be excised in warfare. Blending a surrealist perspective of battle-tinged faith with the harrowing tale of one girl's resilience, the film is a laser-focused fable threatened occasionally by its drifts into character shorthand, but equaled by a wrenching lead performance by Rachel Mwanza that results in one of the finest of the year. As clear and evocative a picture of Sub-Saharan Africa that Nguyen paints, the film (only »
- Charlie Schmidlin
15 items from 2013
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