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Interview with Sam Neill; talking Sweet Country

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

In his incredible forty year career, legendary Northern Ireland and New Zealand raised actor Sam Neill has starred in a multitude of both mainstream movies and independent films, spanning continents, characters, genres and budget sizes. His latest film, Sweet Country, is an Australian frontier drama inspired by true events that embraces traits from the Western genre.

Australian native Warwick Thornton adapts Steven McGregor and David Tranter’s screenplay which tells the tale of Aboriginal farmhand Sam Kelly (Hamilton Morris), who accidentally kills an irate white bigot tormenting his family. Kelly goes on the run from law enforcement which takes the shape of the affable Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown), accompanied by his Good Samaritan employer Fred Smith (Neill) who wishes to guide Kelly home to safety.

Before Sweet Country, Neill featured in critically acclaimed commercial thrillers (Dead Calm, The Hunt For Red October), prestige dramas (A Cry in the Dark,
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Catalog From The Beyond: The Invisible Man (1933)

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After a little over a year of doing this column, I think you and I have a pretty good thing going. If you’ve come this far and are still willing to follow my incessant ramblings, I think our relationship can survive a wee confession: hard as I try, I just cannot get into the Universal Monsters movies. Don’t get me wrong, I value them for laying the foundations of the horror genre, but when it comes to actually watching them, I just don’t find them as engaging as more modern films.

Take, for example, James Whale’s iconic Frankenstein. This is a movie that defined gothic horror and created the look for Frankenstein’s monster that would be ingrained in our collective consciousness for generations. I’m a huge fan of the film’s visual aesthetic and the notion of a sympathetic villain is one that always resonates with me.
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Crypt of Curiosities: Something Fishy – A Look at “Gillsploitation” Films

Every horror fan has their favorite type of monster. Some people love shambling zombies, others prefer squid-faced aliens from beyond the stars, and I’m sure there are a few people out there who would swear that The Mangler is the greatest beast to grace the silver screen. But for me, one archetype has always reigned supreme: the scaly fish-man.

I can’t explain why, but ever since I was a kid, sea life has always interested me, so it should come as no surprise that as far as famous monsters go, the Gill-man’s always been my favorite. Unfortunately, being a fan of the Gill-man can lead to some issues. Unlike Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, the Gill-man was an original creation of Universal, and as such, was not in the public domain. So, while there are many great films bearing those iconic names, the Creature from the Black Lagoon only has three,
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Films that led to other films being cancelled

Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017

Had Tomorrowland been a hit, we might have had a Tron sequel. We look at movies whose fate had a knock-on effect on other films...

You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback. In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.

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The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own,
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Directors' Trademarks: John Carpenter

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What better way to prepare for Halloween than look back at one of the most iconic horror film directors of all time! Join us as we examining the trademark style and calling signs of John Carpenter, aka. The Master of Horror, as director.

John Carpenter is a filmmaker best characterized by his work in genre films. He became fascinated by film at a young age and attended film school at the University of Southern California before dropping out in 1974 to film his feature debut, Dark Star. That film didn’t get much commercial traction, but caught the attention of many in the industry who admired Carpenter’s ability to make the film on a shoestring budget. His follow-up was 1976’s Assault on Precinct 13, which didn’t receive much attention upon release, but after a showing at several festivals in 1977 became a critical hit and received a strong cult following.
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Blu-ray Review: John Carpenter’s Village Of The Damned

By 1995, it was safe to say that John Carpenter’s best days as a filmmaker were behind him. He had made the last of his many masterpieces one year earlier with 1994’s In the Mouth of Madness and would, in fact, direct only four more theatrical features in his career (as of this writing, at least). It would be difficult to argue for any of the four as being his best work.

Though his filmography boasts a handful of detours, most were movies Carpenter made to demonstrate his ability to do something other than horror—the romantic drama of Starman, the would-be commercial FX comedy Memoirs of an Invisible Man. He’s only ever made two movies that feel like dispassionate for-hire gigs. One is The Ward. The other is Village of the Damned, new to Blu-ray from Scream Factory.

A remake of the 1960 film of the same name, Village of the Damned
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Johnny Depp Is "The Invisible Man"

Johnny Depp is set to star in the reboot of "The Invisible Man" at Universal Pictures.

H.G. Wells penned the classic novel which was the basis of the original 1933 film starred Claude Rains as the scientist who finds a way to become invisible for devious purposes.

Various screen adaptations of Wells' work have taken place over the years from the most faithful version with the 1984 BBC mini-series, to more elaborate cinematic spins such as John Carpenter's "Memoirs of an Invisible Man" and Paul Verhoeven's "Hollow Man".

The project currently has no director or writer attached, but is a part of the studio's attempt to build a new cinematic universe around its classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.

Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are spearheading that initiative which kicks off with "The Mummy" reboot starring Tom Cruise. That film opens June 2017.

Source: Deadline
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Creature From The Black Lagoon: the unmade Carpenter film




Universal's classic monster movie Creature From The Black Lagoon was almost remade by John Carpenter in the 1990s. So what happened?

It's one of the great suspense scenes in 50s genre cinema: a woman swims in the clear cool water of an Amazonian lagoon, blissfully unaware of the grotesque creature emerging from the depths beneath her. The score builds to a crescendo as the monster closes in, reaching out with a clawed, webbed hand...

Director Jack Arnold directed some of the best American sci-fi movies of the post-wwii era, and Creature From The Black Lagoon is perhaps his most famous. About a team of scientists investigating the fossilised remains of a strange man-fish hybrid - and discovering the thing still very much alive in the depths of the Amazon - the movie was a sizeable hit for Universal when it came out in early 1954.

The cultural impact
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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck,
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Edward Aiona, Clint Eastwood’s Prop Master, Dies at 83

Edward Aiona, Clint Eastwood’s Prop Master, Dies at 83
Edward Aiona, the prop master for 31 feature films, including three that won Academy Awards for best picture, “Ordinary People” (1980), “Rain Man” (1988) and “Unforgiven” (1992), as well as 28 episodes of network series television, died March 31 at Tarzana Hospital of lung cancer compounded by chronic heart trouble. He was 83.

Aiona was closely associated with Clint Eastwood: Aiona made his debut as property master on Dirty Harry film “Magnum Force” in 1973 and then worked on every Eastwood film until Aiona’s retirement in 1996.

Between films with Eastwood, Aiona also collaborated as prop master with directors including Martin Scorsese (“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”), John Milius (“Big Wednesday”), Sydney Pollack (“The Electric Horseman” and “Absence of Malice”), Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) and John Carpenter (“Memoirs of an Invisible Man”).

“He was extreme in getting what was required for the screenplay,” said Mike Sexton, Aiona’s assistant before becoming prop master at Eastwood’s
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John Carpenter's Deep Cuts

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Writing on John Carpenter’s cinema usually adheres to a few safe subjects: his pulsating synth scores, his ingenious use of negative space, his signature 2.35:1 frame, (specious) comparisons to Howard Hawks, etc. Ideally, his oeuvre is ripe for analysis, so formally and tonally consistent is his cinema, so rigorous the progression of his favorite themes and subjects. Phases begin and end, roughly. Experiments can be recognized, one-offs noted, dozens of through lines traced. And yet Carpenter, among the most coherent of filmmakers in a variety of contexts, is seldom subject to thoughtful criticism, and if so, is largely marginalized to a handful of admittedly excellent but overly-canonized and under-representative works.

If clung to for bruising, relentless films like Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Prince of Darkness, and They Live (1988), Carpenter comes off rather severe, even despairing. One cannot deny this element in his work, a powerful vein
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What Would It Take to Become ‘The Invisible Man’?

One of the most common fantasy powers to have – arguably right up there with flying and super strength – is the power of invisibility. Long before Harry Potter got his invisibility cloak or Susan Storm was given the ability to make herself invisible, H.G. Wells introduced modern popular culture to the double-sided coin this power could hold. Years after Wells wrote his book “The Invisible Man,” Universal Studios adapted the story into a film with Claude Rains, which spawned several inferior sequels. Throughout the years, our fascination with invisibility continued to show, in modern versions of the story by John Carpenter (Memoirs of an Invisible Man) and Paul Verhoeven (Hollow Man) as well as elements of other films like the goofy sci-fi invisible Aston Martin in Die Another Day. In fact, invisibility shows up so much in movies that it got me thinking about it more than I ever did walking past the girls’ shower room while I
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John Carpenter: Cult Horror’s Pre-eminent Renaissance Man

John Carpenter grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky and emerged as one of the world's most distinguished cult movie directors. Although he’s had his share of misfires, including The Ward (2011) and Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), he's still considered a “master of horror” thanks to his famous films like Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987). Yet he also deserves acclaim for his less recognized works like Dark Star (1974), a low budget ($60,000 ) sci-fi comedy film that he created as a film student at USC. After film school, Carpenter wrote, scored and directed Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). The film told the story of a stakeout between the police and a street gang in an abandoned police precinct. The film outraged some for scenes of graphic violence, but it is still regarded as a an effective (although terse) thriller. It reinforced the notion that Carpenter could accomplish much with a small budget and unknown performers.
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A Look Back At: John Carpenter’s Vampires

John Carpenter is one of the greatest directors of all time, but you already knew that. Is there a more influential director that has transcended genres with such ease, all the while creating massively iconic characters and becoming a “master of horror” in the process? A director who’s scores you can play on loop and never tire of, or films you can seasonally watch year after year with the same delight as the first time? Carpenter is the definition of an auteur, which is highly evident throughout the majority of his oeuvre. Director; producer; writer; actor; composer; editor; it’s this unity that makes his vision truly realized to create the masterpieces we hold so dear still to this day. However, that doesn’t mean the now 66-year old director hasn’t had his share of missteps. For every shining diamond, there exists something not quite so lying in the rough.
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The Nostalgia Files: ‘Memoirs of an Invisible Man’ (1992)

Memoirs of an Invisible Man

Directed by John Carpenter

Written by William Goldman and Robert Collector

1992, USA

Chevy Chase is something of a mystery. In the mid-1970s through the late-1980s, the quirky comedian starred in a number of well-known films. Many of said films highlighted Chase’s strongly unique comedic style. Cynicism and goofy charm were the actor’s best attributes and this very appealing personality even seemed to inspire actors today like Jason Lee and Ryan Reynolds. This suave funnyman persona suited Chase well, but as the 80s started winding down, audiences and critics seemed to have grown tired of the actor’s predictability and somewhat stale brand of humor. He did manage, however, to squeeze out one fun little performance in 1992’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man.

Based loosely on H. F. Saint’s 1987 novel of the same name, Memoirs tells the harrowing story of Nick
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The Overlooked Hotel – Stephen Tobolowsky

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The Overlooked Hotel is a new column in which we throw the spotlight behind the front line, champion those unfairly lost in the shallow focus of fame and feed the hungry underdogs.

Our maiden guest in the Hotel is character actor and master storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky.

There are plenty of superstars out there. The Tom Cruises and Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of this world who, with a sprinkle of their magic pixie dust, can get a film made, with their name above the title on the poster and a big cut of the profits to boot. Likewise, hundreds of films (deservedly or otherwise) have their moment in the sun, awards and box office success lavished upon them as they are admitted to the ranks of “The Acclaimed”.

Then there are the other guys. The other films. Actors who always add something great to the films they appear in, but
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New on Video: John Carpenter’s ‘Assault on Precinct 13′

Assault on Precinct 13

Written and directed by John Carpenter

USA, 1976

With his filmmaking career beginning in the midst of the new Hollywood and its touchstones in American film history, it’s perhaps easy to see why the work of John Carpenter has been somewhat overshadowed by more celebrated filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, or Francis Ford Coppola. He found a niche in the horror genre with the landmark Halloween, and he proceeded to make one idiosyncratic, wholly original, and generally skillful film after another. Some were rather uneven, particularly in recent years, but for every Memoirs of an Invisible Man, there has been The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, or They Live. Carpenter’s list of credits boasts some exceptional work — inventive, daring, visually, and technically creative — but amongst these titles, one film stands out as a favorite of many cinephiles in general and Carpenter fans in particular.
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Music in Film: Shirley Walker

Feature Ivan Radford 31 Jul 2013 - 06:22

The work of one of cinema's unsung talents, Shirley Walker, comes under the spotlight in this week's Music in Film...

When I started this soundtrack column, I knew I wanted to talk about some of the most overlooked people in the soundtrack industry: female composers.

Not dissimilar to directing, there are surprisingly few females compared to the number of men in the scoring field, but they’ve done some superb work. Les Mis wouldn’t have happened without Anne Dudley's additional music, Never Let Me Go’s gentle tragedy stemmed in a large part from Rachel Portman, while Lisa Gerrard co-wrote arguably the most influential score of modern times: Gladiator. Lisa won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for her work with Hans Zimmer. The Oscars, on the other hand, only nominated Hans.

But it’s impossible not to start with the one
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All Shitters Must Die! A Review Of Twilight Time’s Blu Ray Release Of John Carpenter’s Christine

In case someone forgot to tell you, we’re huge fans of John Carpenter, here at The Liberal Dead. In 2012, resident podcast expert Jeff Konopka, myself and several other guests, recorded a retrospective podcast series, examining all of carpenter’s films. Already being fans of Carpenter, it was quite an experience to study his filmography. Being that the series was less about actually reviewing Carpenter’s films, and more about studying the director’s career as a whole, and how each film fits into his body of work. I wasn’t able to appear on the episode of the series that covered Christine, but Jeff and Tld homeboy, Jesse Bartel did a fine job covering this part of Jc’s career.

Christine finally arrives on Blu Ray, courtesy of Twilight Time. I know that some of you will groan when you read that, as that means there is little to
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John Carpenter Retro: Ep 17 – Remake of the Damned

In this installment of the John Carpenter retrospective series Shawn and Jeff tackle what might be arguably the worst John Carpenter movie ever made (that would include Memoirs of an Invisible man even though Carpenter disowned it). Village of the Damned is just about the most hokey piece of overdramatic garbage. It feels very much like the Italian exploitation version of a great American action movie or at least the score feels that way. For those of you unfamiliar with the original, it was released in 1960 and has been seen as one of the pioneer horror movies in the “communists are coming” subgenre that flourished in the wake of McCarthyism and has been a fan favorite to this day (although in recent years it has been relinquished to cult status). The remake starring Mark Hamil, Kirstie Alley and Cristopher Reeve is far from a serious effort. The casting appear to
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