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Q&A: Co-Writer/Director Can Evrenol on Baskin

7 April 2016 2:42 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

IFC Midnight recently released one of the more unforgettable foreign horror films of the year, Baskin, a nightmarish shocker that follows a group of Turkish police officers who encounter a hellish cult with some gruesomely abhorrent plans for the unsuspecting lawkeepers.

Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to ask Baskin co-writer/director Can Evrenol about the project. Here’s what he had to say about the inspirations behind the story and much more:

What inspired the story of Baskin?

Can Evrenol: Dreams and whispers from the beyond.

Your approach to this film is grotesquely beautiful and I loved the use of color in many of the scenes (the red/blue imagery was very striking)—can you discuss your approach to the look of Baskin?

Can Evrenol: Thank you. I am mesmerized by the visual style of such masters as Fulci, Argento, Kubrick, P.T. Anderson, Spielberg, Ozu, Haneke, and Zemeckis. »

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April Showers: Kurosawa's Dreams

4 April 2016 7:45 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In April Showers, Team Tfe looks at memorably soaked moments in the movies. Here's Lynn Lee on Dreams (1990).

The sun is shining, but it’s raining.  Foxes hold their wedding processions in this weather.

But they don’t like anyone to see them – if they catch you watching, they’ll be very angry!

Dreams (1990) may be the most personal of Kurosawa’s films, and has always struck me as one of his most underrated.  It’s uneven, yes, but at its best it really does capture the vivid yet elusive, disorienting nature of a recurring dream that always seems to slip just out of your grasp – the kind of dream that can turn on a hair from a beautiful vision to a nightmare and back again »

- Lynn Lee

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Watch: Akira Kurosawa Directs Martin Scorsese Playing Vincent Van Gogh In 10-Minute Segment From 'Dreams'

14 March 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Great minds may not necessarily think alike, but they are certainly drawn to other great minds. No matter the medium, an auteur in any field is at once recognizable and respected by their intellectual peers, and that is just the case with the celebrated Akira Kurosawa and his 1990 film “Dreams.” Read More: Watch: Trailer For Akira Kurosawa’s Newly Restored Classic ‘Ran’ “Dreams” marks the first film solely written by Kurosawa, with the magical realist drama spread across eight vignettes. And in "Crows," we follow an art student (a proxy Kurosawa) as he at first admires three very famous paintings by the post-impressionist master, Vincent van Gogh, and is then drawn inside of one — the brilliance of Van Gogh’s succinct brushwork brought to life. It’s the only vignette not in Japanese (in English and French, another rarity for Kurosawa here) and eventually we find another auteur, Martin Scorsese, »

- Samantha Vacca

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Poster and trailer for Akira Kurosawa’s Ran 4K restoration release

27 February 2016 6:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A new UK poster and trailer have arrived online for the 4K restoration cinema release of director Akira Kurosawa’s 1985 epic Ran; check them out below…

Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai – Yojimbo, Kagemusha) an ageing warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom amongst his three sons, Taro (Akira Terao – Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu – The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryû – Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). When Hidetora’s youngest son Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father’s plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, Hidetora mistakes these comments for a threat and banishes him. This allows Taro and Jiro to take the reigns of power unopposed, leading to a brutal and bloody struggle to win absolute power.

Ran is set for release on April 1st.


- Amie Cranswick

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Akira Kurosawa’s Ran returning to UK cinemas fully restored in 4K

18 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Studiocanal has announced that it will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UK release of Akira Kurosawa’s Ran with a special, fully restored 4K theatrical re-release of the 1985 classic.

The final masterpiece from legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, Ran, which translates as ‘turmoil’, is Kurosawa’s meditation on Shakespeare’s King Lear crossed with the history of Japan’s 16th century Civil Wars and the legend of Morikawa, a feudal warlord with three sons.

Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya NakadaiYojimbo, Kagemusha) an ageing warlord who, after spending his life consolidating his empire, decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom amongst his three sons, Taro (Akira Terao – Letter from the Mountain, Dreams), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu – The Man in White, Red Shadow: Akakage) and Saburo (Daisuke Ryû – Tono monogatari, Gojo reisenki: Gojoe). When Hidetora’s youngest son Saburo voices concerns about the wisdom of his father’s plan, claiming that treachery within the family will be inevitable, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Newsstand – Episode 52 – The April 2015 Criterion Line-up, Janus Films’s new Homepage and more!

21 January 2016 5:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This month on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by Aaron West, Mark Hurne and David Blakeslee to discuss the April 2016 Criterion Collection line-up, update a few theories on the wacky New Year’s drawing, as well as discuss the latest in Criterion rumors, news, packaging, and more.

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Shownotes Topics Wacky New Year’s Drawing Follow-up The April 2016 Criterion Collection Line-up Teases: Kurosawa’s Dreams, Mike Leigh’s High Hopes, Antoine Doinel Phantom Pages: King Hu, some names related to Tampopo Chimes at Midnight poster Artificial Eye announces Tarkovsky titles. Maybe an end to the Andrei Rublev drum? Arrow splits up Fassbinder set, releasing The Marriage of Maria Braun. Janus Films’ new homepage Dragon Inn, A Touch of Zen, The Story of Last Chrysanthemums on Janus new page. Ettore Scola passes away at 84. Episode Links Help Send »

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