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Sordid Cinema Podcast #70: Peter Jackson’s early career

14 December 2013 9:12 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Before he turned all respectable – New Zealand’s enfant terrible Peter Jackson made his mark on the cult-movie world with three cheerfully gory movies. This week, we review his ultra low-budget directorial debut, Bad Taste – the hilarious gross-out take on The Muppet Show, Meet the Feebles – and the greatest gore-fest ever put on celluloid, Dead Alive.

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The Remnants – “Bad Taste

Drake “Started from the Bottom”

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Tiff’s 25 Years of Midnight Madness: Best of the Fest #2

17 September 2013 9:17 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Tiff’s Midnight Madness program turned 25 this year, and for two and half decades, the hardworking programers have gathered some of the strangest, most terrifying, wild, intriguing and downright entertaining films from around the world. From dark comedies to Japanese gore-fests and indie horror gems, the Midnight Madness program hasn’t lost its edge as one the leading showcases of genre cinema. In its 25-year history, Midnight Madness has introduced adventurous late-night moviegoers to such cult faves as Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. But what separates Midnight Madness from, say, Montreal’s three and half week long genre festival Fantasia, is that Tiff selects only ten films to make the cut. In other words, these programmers don’t mess around. Last week I decided that I would post reviews of my personal favourite films that screened in past years. And just like the Tiff programmers, »

- Ricky

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Toronto’s Midnight Madness Delivers Hot Product

5 September 2013 7:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While the rest of the fest generates awards season talk, Toronto’s Midnight Madness plays to what’s hot at the current box office.

With films such as “Mama,” “The Conjuring” and “The Purge” beating out big-budget studio fare, Midnight Madness gives auds thrills, chills, and fills coffers for buyers.

For 25 years, the tight, highly curated sidebar has presented mostly world preems in a screening context that feels like a hyperkinetic concert event, and delivered the festival’s wildest, most unpredictable red-carpet antics. This year’s edition opens with Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s enticingly titled “All Cheerleaders Die,” and includes films from Midnight vets Eli Roth and Alex de la Iglesia, and feature-helming newcomers Joe Begos and Juno Mak — a slate that will attract an ever-expanding array of aggressive buyers hoping to turn a low-budget aud-pleasing chiller into mainstream gold, or seeking fare with strong VOD potential.

“It »

- Jennie Punter

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An Open Letter To Peter Jackson (Please Come Back)

9 August 2013 11:44 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Dear Peter Jackson,

First of all, I would like to say Thank You. Thank you for choosing filmmaking as your profession and bringing some brilliant movies into the world. Thank you for having the conviction to think you can actually make The Lord of the Rings into something that the cinema going public will enjoy and finally. Thank you for producing some of the best unknown splatter movies ever!

This letter is not just for me to brown nose and gush about how brilliant you are though, Peter. I know it must be difficult after the success of Lord of the Rings to remember where you came from, but everyone must remember their roots from time to time. Even after Hugo, Martin Scorsese came back with The Wolf of Wall Street.

What I am trying to say is, please return to the films that got you your original fan base. »

- Jack Morris

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Ticket to Ride rolls with The Little Death

28 July 2013 3:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Shooting started in Sydney today on The Little Death, the debut film from Ticket to Ride, a low-budget production and financing offshoot of See Pictures. Jamie Hilton and Michael Petroni.

Marking the feature directing and screenwriting debut of Us-based actor Josh Lawson, the comedy explores the lives of five seemingly normal couples and their five eccentric desires.

The ensemble cast includes Lisa McCune, Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany, Kim Gyngell, Kate Box, Alan Dukes, Patrick Brammall, Tj Power, Tasneem Roc, Josh Lawson and his brother Ben Lawson, Lachy Hulme and newcomer Erin James. .It.s a comedy that looks at sex in a very contemporary way, it.s daring but it has a heart,. said Lawson. .I am so thrilled to work with such a talented cast of actors, and we have a great team behind us. Directing has always been a priority for me and I.m really »

- Don Groves

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Special Features - Less is More: Why Creative Freedom Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

7 July 2013 3:47 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras thinks that creative freedom isn't all it's cracked up to be...

I’m under the working theory that every filmmaker does their best work when they are given certain limitations. Every great filmmaker had a time when they were forced to be creative because of budget concerns or limited technologies.  Rather than just throw money at the problem or manufacture something in post production, our greatest filmmakers were forced to come up with creative solutions to make their visions a reality.   And I think the films are better for it.  Friction and conflict are not always the start of a problem, but an opportunity to find a spark.

The first phase of being filmmaker involves dealing with constraints. How do you get around the limits? What creative solutions do you come up with to make things excellent?  Maybe you're making a movie about a killer shark and your »

- Flickering Myth

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8 Awesome Movies That Were Totally Out Of Character For Their Director

27 May 2013 2:18 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

One of the most enjoyable elements of cinema is how diverse it truly is as an artform. The myriad of genres that are open for a director or writer to explore is utterly fascinating, if a bit daunting for many. For this reason the majority of directors prefer to stick with one genre for the majority of their careers given that it is usually easiest to find something that you’re good at and continue doing it.

This has yielded some amazing results over the years. Think of Wes Craven making a career out of evolving the horror genre, Guillermo del Toro exploring fantasy and Brad Bird progressing animated film to new heights before directing the latest Mission Impossible film. The fact that these directors stick very close to well worn subject matter should be a hindrance to their creativity, but instead film as a whole has greatly benefited.

However, »

- Dolan Reynolds

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Tribeca Review: Kiwi Cannibal Comedy 'Fresh Meat' Is A Silly, Tasty Treat

25 April 2013 1:57 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There’s a certain expectation that comes with attending a horror-comedy with a ridiculously on-the-nose title. And in that respect, “Fresh Meat” delivers on its promise as a deliriously off-the-wall splatterfest with absolutely zero pretension. You could guess that Kiwi director Danny Mulheron was a Peter Jackson acolyte (he worked on Jackson’s puppet classic “Meet The Feebles”) by just closing your eyes and listening: the smack of slabs of meat slapping against each other, the screams of proudly ridiculous mega-acting, and the perfectly-calibrated physical violence that suggests a silly symphony of onscreen slapstick are all strengths that used to be exhibited in the work of Mr. Jackson, before he traded his integrity for some elf ears in Hollywood. This restless stab-fest lacks nuance and depth for the most part, which the film wears as a strength during its breathlessly paced first forty-five minutes. Two clans are in a collision »

- Gabe Toro

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Tribeca Serves Up 'Fresh Meat' Trailer

5 April 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Danny Mulheron, better known to some as Heidi the Hippo from Meet the Feebles, has a new horror comedy Fresh Meat premiering at the Tribeca Films Festival on April 23, 2013. FEARnet has a first look at the very fun trailer and one sheet here.

Synopsis: When a dysfunctional gang's prison breakout goes violently wrong, they need a hideout in a hurry. Picking the McMansion of a middle-class family in the suburbs seems like a safe bet, until it becomes clear that this particular family has reintroduced some very old-fashioned cuisine to their table. Will the Tans escape the trap, or is there gangster in the casserole tonight? A gruesomely funny, no-holds-barred comedy with style to burn, Fresh Meat will leave you hungry for more.

Fresh Meat - Trailer

Fresh Meat is available nationwide on VOD beginning April 16.

 

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- Sara Castillo

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In Honor of Evil Dead - The Top Five Heinous Household Horrors

3 April 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Evil Dead. The remake we've all heard so much about. We've seen the impressive trailers, we've read the glowing reviews. We're all waiting with bated breath for the April 5 release of Evil Dead. In celebration of the film, we've got a new list for you to chew on.

Sure, chainsaws and axes are scary implements of murder, but there are plenty of items of death, doom and destruction that can be found right in the home. Just look around your kitchen and you'll see plenty of things that can separate a man from his breath in a big hurry. Read on for our Top Five Heinous Household Horrors!

Microwave Oven-Gremlins

Joe Dante's holiday-themed romp was memorable for so many reasons: the cute and cuddly Mogwai, Gizmo; the sinister and scaly Stripe, who was as devious as he was ugly; and the humor and F/X that are laced throughout this horror-comedy film. »

- Scott Hallam

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10 Films The Irish Censors Hated

5 March 2013 9:53 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Britain was often given stick for having the strictest film censorship in the Western World, but Ireland was pretty slapdash with their censor cutting scissors too. Tons of movies were heavily cut for cinema release or video release or else the film classification age was put ridiculously high. To see unexpurgated or banned films, one had to be a member of a private cinema club.

The tide turned in the mid 1990s with the increased liberalisation of Irish society. Nowadays, there is little in the way of film classification and films are rarely cut.

In the run up to St Patrick’s day, it is time to take a nostalgic look back to the dark old days of Irish film censorship and the films that got the censors in a twist.

 

10. Meet the Feebles (1989)

The Lord of the Rings future director Peter Jackson had a long hard slog cutting his »

- Clare Simpson

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5 Reasons To Go And See Avenue Q

26 February 2013 3:13 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Originating in America as a rejected concept for a TV programme that became an Off-Broadway musical and moved to Broadway within four months, Avenue Q is the story of two young people who fall in love and their quirky neighbours. Sounds pretty standard, doesn’t it. Well it would be if the majority of the characters weren’t puppets

Described by many as “Sesame Street on acid”, Avenue Q takes the broad tropes of Sesame Street and similar productions and proceeds to affectionately rip them to shreds with the puppet characters getting drunk on absinthe cocktails, having one-night-stands (Before you ask, yes you do see the sex), and contemplating suicide among other things

The show came to the West End in 2006 after several Tony Awards and massive critical acclaim in the Us and ran regularly until October 2010 when it left the West End and began to tour annually. Sadly there »

- James T. Cornish

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Women in Horror '13: Q+A with Adele Hartley of Scotland's Dead by Dawn Festival

24 February 2013 11:06 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I am a big fan of Scotland, and that I would move there in a heartbeat if we didn't have these dumb things called international borders. Edinburgh in particular is a breathtaking city that still has architectural remnants of the middle ages, with windy little cobbled streets, claustrophobic closes and even a castle atop the hill right in city centre.

It's also a city proud of its morbid history bodysnatchers Burke and Hare have a bar and a strip club named after them (not to mention a booklet made out of Burke's skin on display at the Royal College of Surgeons), a sprawling, noticably lumpy city park sits atop masses of graves left over from plague times, and the ghost-walk business is booming.

But as if this weren't enough to lure me to Auld Reekie every year, it's also home to »

- bigsmashproductions@gmail.com (Kier-La Janisse)

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Women in Horror '13: Q+A with Adele Hartley of Scotland's Dead by Dawn Festival

24 February 2013 11:06 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I am a big fan of Scotland, and that I would move there in a heartbeat if we didn't have these dumb things called international borders. Edinburgh in particular is a breathtaking city that still has architectural remnants of the middle ages, with windy little cobbled streets, claustrophobic closes and even a castle atop the hill right in city centre.

It's also a city proud of its morbid history bodysnatchers Burke and Hare have a bar and a strip club named after them (not to mention a booklet made out of Burke's skin on display at the Royal College of Surgeons), a sprawling, noticably lumpy city park sits atop masses of graves left over from plague times, and the ghost-walk business is booming.

But as if this weren't enough to lure me to Auld Reekie every year, it's also home to »

- bigsmashproductions@gmail.com (Kier-La Janisse)

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5 Films That Would Win Oscars In A Bizarre Parallel Universe

20 February 2013 5:10 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Not all films are polished masterpieces with excellent scripts and cinematography. Some are slyly subversive or positively wallow in their own crapulence. It may not be accepted practice for the Academy to recognise such films and probably most people would prefer to watch something boring like Brokeback Mountain or Lincoln.

However there is a select group of us who would love to see our favourite movies given the recognition that they deserve. How much more cool would it have been to see Peter Jackson collect Best Director award for Meet the Feebles than The Lord of the Rings? Could you imagine the outrage if Zombie’s Lake had been voted Best Picture? It could only happen in a parallel world inhabited by people like me (and the other one).

So I present a mercifully short list of 5 films that would win an Oscar in a freaky parallel universe.

 

5. La Grande Bouffe »

- Clare Simpson

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