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Come Sunday, a.k.a. Oscars night, we'll all be tipping our hats to the year's winners. But before we do that, here's to the "losers" – the worthy ones of 2016 that, for whatever cockamamie reason, didn't even get a nomination.
In an effort to do right where the Academy effed up, I give you the Travers Awards – my own personal version of the Alt-Oscars. (For those of you playing along at home, the award is an engraved image of a critic screaming.) It's one last chance to single out the »
What a refreshing hour of Supernatural!
Right from the outset of Supernatural Season 12 Episode 12, there was something different. The camera shots, the pacing, the soundtrack.
It was during the slow motion scene with Sam, Dean, Mary and Wally that I had to check on the director.
Turns out, Richard Speight Jr., who played Gabriel on the show, was at the helm. Though, it wasn’t his first time directing Sam and Dean Winchester, as he also directed Supernatural Season 11 Episode 8, “Just My Imagination.”
Some of the episodes for Supernatural Season 12 have left me unimpressed, and I haven’t been wowed by the storylines so far, but something was reinvigorating about this particular hour.
There was some real excitement and tension. There was diving into the lore with the Prince of Hell and the return of the Colt. And though I’ve grown tired of Lucifer this season, there was something »
- Sean McKenna
Welcome to another episode of our web-series, Where It Was Made, in which we revisit the actual filming locations for some of the most popular films ever made and see how they're holding up today, all while examining just how these locations were used in the finished film. Our latest episode takes a look at the real-world locations for 1992's Reservoir Dogs, the first effort from director... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
In the early ’90s, George A. Romero and Dario Argento came together for Two Evil Eyes, a film featuring two short films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, with one segment directed by Romero and the other helmed by Argento, and now Scorpion Releasing is working on a Blu-ray release of the movie made by horror royalty.
Romero’s segment, “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar,” reunited The Fog co-stars Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Atkins, while Argento’s “The Black Cat” featured the likes of Harvey Keitel, Sally Kirkland, and Julie Benz.
We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more information is revealed, and in the meantime, check out the film’s synopsis and trailer:
Synopsis (via Blu-ray. »
- Derek Anderson
Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” took more than $200 million on an $8 million budget in 1994, making it one of the biggest surprise hits of the 1990s. As the Av Club points out, that type of return on investment “generally leads to the immediate announcement of three sequels, a prequel TV miniseries, and a webcomic that tidies up loose ends from the interstitial video game franchise.”
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Despite the fact that Tarantino previously expressed an interest in making both a prequel to “Pulp Fiction” featuring John Travolta’s character of Vincent Vega and a sequel about Samuel L. Jackson’s Jules Winnfield, neither project has come to fruition. One reason is that the former idea became increasingly tough to pull off due to Travolta’s age. Playing a younger version of yourself isn’t really viable once a decade has passed since the original movie. »
- Graham Winfrey
Upon its release in 1994, Pulp Fiction was an immediate pop culture phenomenon, its various catchphrases and plot points burbling into the mainstream even among people who hadn’t seen the film. It earned over $200 million on an $8 million budget, the sort of Roi that generally leads to the immediate announcement of three sequels, a prequel TV miniseries, and a webcomic that tidies up loose ends from the interstitial video game franchise. Even Tarantino has expressed a desire to revisit those characters and that world. A new video from Looper explores all the many reasons why that hasn’t—and probably won’t, at this point—come about.
Tarantino’s original vision for a Pulp Fiction sequel was the storied Vega brothers movie, combining Michael Madsen’s character from Reservoir Dogs and John Travolta’s from Pulp Fiction for a prequel jaunt through Amsterdam. But as the actors ...
- Clayton Purdom
Paris-based company Indie Sales has acquired “The Insult,” Lebanese-born filmmaker Ziad Doueiri’s follow up to “The Attack,” and will start pre-selling the movie at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
A modern-day fable about dignity and justice set in Lebanon, “The Insult” turns on a trivial incident between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee which degenerates into a highly publicized trial and ends up dividing Palestinians and Lebanese Christian communities.
“When we first read the script, the force of the story penned by Doueiri and Touma blew us away,” said Nicolas Eschbach, the founder and CEO of Indie Sales. “We are happy and proud to work with such brilliant producers that year after year dedicate their time to producing strong »
- Elsa Keslassy
Twenty-five years after premiering his “Reservoir Dogs” to a mixed reception at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, Quentin Tarantino returned to Park City on the last weekend of the Sundance Film Festival to screen a new 35mm print of his first feature and to reflect on his roots at the festival. After the film, Tarantino was accompanied onstage by his long-time producer Lawrence Bender and actor Michael Madsen (who played Mr. Blonde), as the three men took part in an eye-opening 50-minute Q&A.
Tarantino’s immediate reflection after having watched the film for the first time in a while was that he was surprised about its 100-minute length. “I can’t believe I made a movie that short,” joked Tarantino, whose last film, “The Hateful Eight,” was over three hours long.
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Although not often associated with the festival proper, »
- Chris O'Falt
It’s hard to believe, but Reservoir Dogs is twenty-five years old. On the anniversary of its world premiere at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, none other than Quentin Tarantino, with producer Lawrence Bender and star Michael Madsen in-tow, showed up at an anniversary screening of a brand-new 35Mm print, run on a dual system so you could get the full effect with cigarette burns (likely per... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Hazing rituals, with their elitist foundations and untold mysteries, have long captured the imaginations of storytellers both comedic and dramatic. Most recently explored in the Nick Jonas vehicle “Goat,” but the topic is basically a subgenre at this point — from Todd Phillips’ documentary “Frat House” to the soapy thriller “The Skulls,” for comedic effect in the Zac Efron vehicle “Neighbors,” and, perhaps most famously, in Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused.”
“Burning Sands,” Gerard McMurray’s entry in the hazing canon, is set at a fictional Historically Black College (Hbcu) called Frederick Douglass University. McMurray, an associate producer on Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station,” draws from personal experience to make his directorial debut. (McMurray co-wrote the script with Christine Berg). From the film’s overtly dark tone, it is safe to assume McMurray is critical of the most brutal hazing rituals, even if he glorifies them with his camera. The »
- Jude Dry
He brought Fright Night and Child’s Play to life on the big screen, and now director Tom Holland is returning to give horror fans new nightmares with his latest movie, Rock Paper Dead. The film began production in September, and we’ve been provided with a set of behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the movie to share with Daily Dead readers.
Starring Michael Madsen, Rock Paper Dead is expected to come out sometime in 2017, and we’ll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime, we have the official press release and batch of behind-the-scenes photos below.
Press Release: Rock Paper Dead is the story of serial killer Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, who returns to his ancestral family estate after being released from the state’s hospital for the criminally insane after twenty years – a “cured” man. Once inside the old house, »
- Derek Anderson
The dramatic comedy of manners was written by Mike White and stars Salma Hayek as a health practitioner in Los Angeles who butts heads with a real estate developer, played by John Lithgow, at a dinner. The film co-stars Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny and David Warshofsky.
Roadside Attractions and FilmNation also acquired distribution rights for the film in Australia and New Zealand. Wme, CAA and UTA negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.
“Miguel and Mike have assembled a cinematic dream team to tell the hilarious and unforgettable story of Beatriz,” Roadside’s Howard Cohen, Eric d’Arbeloff and FilmNation’s Glen Basner said in a joint statement. “Their collaborations include many of the great independent films of the last two decades. »
- Graham Winfrey
“It Felt Like Love” was a no-to-low budget film that announced the arrival of major filmmaking talent. Premiering in the Next category at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Hittman shot it using available light and a skeleton crew (often just cinematographer Sean Porter) and delivered a film filled with visual poetry grounded in a working-class Brooklyn rarely seen onscreen.
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Recognized as a directing talent to watch, it might be assumed Hittman would have little difficulty making another independent feature on a slightly bigger canvas.
“The murky period between films is very challenging,” said Hittman when she was a guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit. “On one hand, I made a film that was a festival success, but it wasn’t a box-office success and it didn’t have [name] cast, so I wasn’t attracting a certain level »
- Chris O'Falt
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — otherwise known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis — receives little exposure in the media and often goes misdiagnosed, even as it afflicts tens of thousands of people worldwide. Jennifer Brea’s stirring documentary “Unrest” goes a long way toward explaining the nature of the disease and the devastating impact it can have on family life, deriving much of its power from her own encounter with it.
Brea’s diaristic approach combines a snapshot of her own struggles as she grows increasingly weak and wheelchair-bound while leaning on her husband for support. There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about this approach, which has the rough, collage-like structure of a first feature. But “Unrest” works particularly well once Brea looks beyond the limitations of her own bedridden experiences to document other cases worldwide, providing a stirring collage of stories to illustrate the destructive impact of the disease and why it remains widely neglected by the medical community. »
- Eric Kohn
Sometimes I’m sure people think I’m just being contrary in my reviews – there are films I like that Many don’t (if you remember the first Frightfest I covered in 2009 you’ll know what I’m talking about); and there are films that are critically acclaimed, be it by other movie blogs, big name film critics, whomever, that just don’t resonate with me. One such film was Mickey Keating’s previous film Pod. However, not to be put off by one bad experience, and thanks to good word of mouth I decided to give his latest film, Carnage Park, a go…
Carnage Park sees two criminals rob a bank and go on the run. However things don’t go to plan »
- Phil Wheat
Sanjay Gupta’s tale of a blind dubbing artist avenging the ghost of his wife is the sort of nonsense the Indian film industry stopped churning out 20 years ago
Set against the prospect of Shah Rukh Khan playing a mobster in this weekend’s other major Hindi release, Raees, this teeth-grinding, mouth-foaming melodrama is destined to appear Bollywood trad, proceeding from the kind of innately preposterous premise a screenwriter might have tried to get away with 20 years ago. Here – no word of a lie – is the story of a blind dubbing artist (honey-eyed pin-up Hrithik Roshan) who embarks on a kill-crazy rampage after his equally sightless beloved is driven to self-sacrifice by well-connected thugs. It’s not good, exactly, but I can’t say it’s not watchable on some far-out level.
- Mike McCahill
“I don’t have religion, but if I did it would be probably be the Sundance labs,” said “Patti Cake$”writer/director Geremy Jasper.
“Patti Cake$” is one 20 films premiering this week at the Sundance Film Festival that got their start, at least in part, at the Sundance Institute. (In Jasper’s case, he participated in both the Feature Film Screenwriting and Directing labs.)
The labs are the highest-profile aspect of the Institute. Filmmakers find it invaluable to be in Utah for two to three weeks, removed from their day to day concerns and immersed in their films while getting advice from some of the most talented instructors and filmmakers in the world. In Jasper’s case, the first person he sat down with to discuss the problems in his script’s second act was none other than his hero Quentin Tarantino, who workshopped “Reservoir Dogs” at the Sundance Labs 25 years ago. »
- Chris O'Falt
The Sundance Film Festival has been the launching pad for some of the greatest indie films ever made. The likes of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and last year’s “Manchester by the Sea” all got their starts at the mountainside festival. That track record of finding new talent and fresh stories is what keeps studio executives and fan lovers flocking to Park City. So as Sundance gets ready to kick off on Thursday, hope springs anew.
There are a number of films that are already generating massive buzz, sight unseen. They range from Oscar contenders to crowd pleasing comedies to ripped-from-the-headlines documentaries. If they live up to the hype, all of them should score big paydays. Here’s a look at the films that are most likely to spark all-night bidding frenzies.
Director: Dee Rees
Sales agent: Wme »
- Brent Lang
A new video looks at how failures make for the finest features.
Behind every great filmmaker there’s a really shitty filmmaker, and spoiler alert, they’re the same person. That’s because there’s no such thing as an overnight success when it comes to film, there are no film savants, no film prodigies. While it might be something people have a natural passion for, there’s simply no such thing as a natural talent for filmmaking, it is a skill both technical and creative and as such it must be learned and practiced and progressed over years through a series of small attempts, a lot of which are abject failures.
See, we judge filmmakers by what they put up on the silver screen, and that’s fair, but it’s not complete. A first feature is very, very rarely a director’s first time using a camera, the path to it is paved by shorter »
- H. Perry Horton
Quentin Tarantino is many things. Above all of them he is one of America's most important living directors. In a day and age when everything is a prequel, sequel or part of some tentpole, popcorn extravaganza, Tarantino is someone who has created his own tentpole extravaganza from scratch. He has his own genre: Quentin Tarantino movies. That he is able to make them personal and a piece of art in the process, is further testament to just how special this director is.
Apparently, we aren't going to have him around making movies for too much longer. This isn't some hard and fast rule he's putting out there (if the right project comes along he's not going to not do it), he just seems to feel that 10 is a nice round number and it would be a good place to stop. While it might not make much sense to even announce you're quitting, »
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