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Short Film: Saute ma ville, by Chantal Akerman

7 July 2014 1:59 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

In 1968, at the age of 18 and six years before the release of her masterpiece, Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Chantal Akerman made this short film, which announces themes and strategies she continues to this present day. From Amber Frost at Dangerous Minds: Akerman actually dropped out of film school before completing a single term in order to make it, selling stocks and working in an office to fund the twelve and a half minutes that eventually paved the way for her three hour plus opus. As with Jeanne Dielman, intense, oppressive boredom and domestic isolation […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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Watch: Lars von Trier Short 'Why Try To Escape From Which You Know You Can’t Escape From? Because You Are A Coward!'

3 July 2014 7:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We’ve come to the conclusion that Lars von Trier has always been a little bit off compared to the average person, even in his formative years. The short film von Trier made when he was 11 remains the safest entry in his entire filmography and it ends with a Danish word that definitely has a different meaning and connotation in English, an unintentional language and culture gap that perversely predicts the Danish director’s affinity for assaulting his audience’s good taste. With “The Nymphomaniac” hitting Blu-ray next week, let’s head back to the internet’s time machine and look at what else the Danish enfant terrible was up to when he was just a youth. The eagle eyes over at Dangerous Minds have found another early von Trier short, this time made when the director was 14, a year before this short. Continuing his one-film tradition of long-winded titles, »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: Tim Burton's 1983 30-Minute 'Hansel & Gretel' For Disney Channel Halloween

20 June 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

We’re only disappointed by the increasingly self-parodying direction in which Tim Burton’s career has gone because we are so enamored of his earlier work, which, despite his gothic and weirdo affectations, are buoyed by a great soulful vibrancy that’s sorely lacking in his recent work. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at one of the director’s lesser known early works. Dangerous Minds have uncovered this obscure gem—it’s likely many Burton fans are unaware this even exists, as this writer didn’t—from 1983: an adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm tale "Hansel and Gretel" that aired as a half-hour Halloween TV special for the then-nascent Disney Channel. The very weird (obviously) Burton-directed short film had a budget of $116,000, was shot on 16mm and starred a cast of unknown Japanese actors. There’s kung fu fights and stop-motion animation in the »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: Tim Burton's 1983 30-Minute 'Hansel & Gretel' For Disney Channel Halloween

20 June 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We’re only disappointed by the increasingly self-parodying direction in which Tim Burton’s career has gone because we are so enamored of his earlier work, which, despite his gothic and weirdo affectations, are buoyed by a great soulful vibrancy that’s sorely lacking in his recent work. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at one of the director’s lesser known early works. Dangerous Minds have uncovered this obscure gem—it’s likely many Burton fans are unaware this even exists, as this writer didn’t—from 1983: an adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm tale "Hansel and Gretel" that aired as a half-hour Halloween TV special for the then-nascent Disney Channel. The very weird (obviously) Burton-directed short film had a budget of $116,000, was shot on 16mm and starred a cast of unknown Japanese actors. There’s kung fu fights and stop-motion animation in the »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: Lars von Trier's 1967 Stop Motion Cartoon 'The Trip To Squash Land'

17 June 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The ever-controversial Lars von Trier had a busy spring, dropping the two volumes of “Nymphomaniac,” and while we wait for fearless duology to hit Blu-Ray and DVD next month we may as well take a look back at the inauspicious origins of the Danish provocateur using the internet’s deep well of memory. Yesterday Keyframe Daily brought attention (via Dangerous Minds) to von Trier’s earliest known work, a roughly two-minute long stop-motion cartoon made on Super 8 in 1967. The director made “Turen til Squach land… En Super Pølse film” – aka “Trip to Squash Land… A Super Sausage film” – when he was only eleven. The surreal short – an anthropomorphized sausage rides a whale with bunnies – is startlingly technically proficient for anyone, let alone for a child. It’s a short watch and while it’s definitely safe for work, watch out for a certain word that closes out the film which »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Watch: Lars von Trier’s First Short, an Animated Movie Made When he was 11

16 June 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

A hat-tip to Amber Frost at Dangerous Minds, who’s drawn attention to Lars von Trier’s first effort The Trip to Squash Land: A Super-Sausage Adventure, which appears to have been online for a few years. There seems to be no English-language information on the internet about how or why an 11-year-old von Trier made a two-minute animation centering around rabbits and some kind of sausage creature, but the effect is suitably disorienting and bracingly unenlightening. Here we have two minutes of a strummy folk song backing a stop-start story of some kind of nature utopia or other without the faintest […] »

- Vadim Rizov

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‘Too Cool for School’: Top 10 Random Films Making the Grade

6 June 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

June 2014. So what does the month of June usually remind one of during this time of year? Well, besides Father’s Day and possible scheduled weddings this sixth month in the calendar year marks the celebrated occasion for the ending of the school semester. Whether students are simply looking forward to their summer vacation or managed to complete a milestone in graduating from said grammar school, middle school, high school or college the month of June is closely identified with the school season coming to a close (unless one can escape the doldrums of a summer school session).

So to mark this auspicious occasion we should take a look at some random films with an educational theme. Hence, “Too Cool for School: Top 10 Random Films Making the Grade” will briefly examine a selection of higher education ditties that taught us something (or perhaps nothing) during our heyday of cramming for tests. »

- Frank Ochieng

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Danny Strong makes directorial debut with Jd Salinger biopic

30 April 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Danny Strong will make his directorial debut with a Jd Salinger biopic.

The actor and screenwriter will direct Salinger's War - based on Kenneth Slawensk's biography of the Catcher in the Rye author - according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor wrote Lee Daniels' The Butler and is working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 and 2.

The film will follow Salinger's career from struggling outsider to literary giant, including his experiences during World War II.

Strong has also been seen in Justified, Mad Men, Pleasantville, Dangerous Minds and a recent episode of Girls.

He wrote HBO's Emmy-winning miniseries Game Change and Recount.

Strong used his own money to option Slawensk's Jd Salinger: A Life as the basis for Salinger's War. »

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LILFs: Links I'd Like To...

11 April 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

LILFs: Links I'd Like To... This week: drugs, booze, and comedy. by Liam Mathews Top 6 Worst Kind of Kisses "The Fish Tank," "the Zoolander," and more gross kisses from Em & Lo. The Soapbox: The ’80s Called And They Want Their Sex Wars Back From The Frisky, "each story and experience I hear is like another layer in a Van Gogh painting, adding depth, and detail and context." What Tiny Drunk Mammals Can Tell Us About Our Sex Lives The real takeaway from this Refinery29 article is that voles like to do shots! shots! shotsshotsshotsshotshotsshots! Comedians on Psychedelic Drugs Standups go around the bend and report back to us, compiled by Dangerous Minds. Look At Me Now: Ep. #1 Coco Velvett Porn stars watching themselves have sex on Wood Rocket is awkwardly funny. The Internet’s Endless Argument and the New Shape of [...] »

- Liam Mathews

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See the First-Ever Kiss Caught on Film, Dating All the Way Back to the Late 1800s

17 March 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

By now you’ve probably learned that the First Kiss viral video that was floating around the Internet last week was a fake. The clip of strangers kissing for the first time was actually an ad, but there were a pair of “strangers” making out for the camera back in the 1800s. Dangerous Minds recently called attention to the very first kiss shot on film, between two women circa 1872 to 1885.  Did we mention these Victorian-era women happened to be nude and were photographed by a convicted murderer? We’re talking about pioneering English photographer Eadweard Muybridge, whose studies of motion and projection led to the development of cinema as we know it. So how did this scandalous photoshoot come about? While the Victorians were extremely sexually prudish...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Vivian Kubrick, Stanley’s Daughter, Posts Photos of Her Young Life on the Set

11 March 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

As detailed at Dangerous Minds — and originally in this Reddit thread — Stanley Kubrick’s reclusive and estranged daughter Vivian has posted via Twitter a series of photos detailing her childhood in and around her father’s films. As Paul Gallagher at Dangerous Minds speculates, “The pictures may be viewed as a possible attempt at some form of reconciliation as Vivian has been allegedly out of touch with her family since joining the Church of Scientology in 1999.” Gallagher links to a Raw Story article, which has more: In fact, some knowledgeable folks have theorized that some of the pain that […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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Michelangelo Antonioni on the Utility of Mystery

5 March 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Michelangelo Antonioni’s work is known for, in addition to many other things, a certain open-endedness in its exploration of theme and narrative. But, you may be surprised to learn that the writer/director could be a bit more on-the-nose in his scripts. At Dangerous Minds, Paul Gallagher references a 2005 interview in The Guardian with Peter Bowles, who plays a drunk partygoer in Antonioni’s Blow-Up. In the original script, he had a monologue that nailed the themes of the movie. However, before shooting, Antonioni decided to cut it. The actor, feeling the speech was “essential to the film,” confronted Antonioni, pleading […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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Africa's 'Dust Devil' Ghost Town is Slowly Being Devoured by the Desert

19 February 2014 1:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

If you've seen Richard Stanley's surreal, thought-provoking and experimental horror film Dust Devil (if not, seek it out; it's well worth watching), you no doubt remember the haunting, sandblasted landscapes of the abandoned Namibian mining town of Kolmanskop, where many of the film's key scenes were shot.   Photo: Jonas Kisselbach   While over two decades have passed, those deserted locations are still standing... though not for long, it seems; Nature has a way of taking back what's hers, and in the case of this eerie ghost town, the dust storms have been steadily consuming what's left.   Photo: Romain Veillon   Founded by German miners in 1908, Kolmanskop was once a thriving community, but in 1954, it lost its final battle with the constantly drifting sands once the last occupants deserted. Since then, it's been converted by the Namibian government into a tourist attraction, and is still sought out by photographers drawn to its incredible alien landscapes. »

- Gregory Burkart

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5 Movie Educators That Were Actually Awful

18 February 2014 1:11 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Movies about teachers are a dime a dozen. Every year the moviegoing public is treated to some flick or another about a hard-nosed educator that is just trying to reach these kids. They can range anywhere from “academically astute” to “criminally incompetent,” though we are often meant to be inspired by the courageous actions of these (mostly) fictional characters regardless.

Today, we’ll examine the lives of five educators who, within the world of their respective scripts, are considered outstanding contributors to the development of America’s youth. Unfortunately, the outlooks of America’s brightest seem a bit dimmer with these teachers at the helm.

Note: Any criticism listed in this article only pertains to the fictional characters represented in their respective films.

 

5. LouAnne JohnsonDangerous Minds

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What makes her a good educator?

Former U.S. Marine LouAnne Johnson, armed with a master’s degree in English, »

- Adrian Centeno

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Trailer Watch: Lance Bangs’ Slint Doc, Breadcrumb Trail

17 February 2014 8:28 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Epochal post-rock pioneers Slint are the subjects of a new documentary, Breadcrumb Trail, by Lance Bangs. In 1991, the Louisville-based band made the now-classic Spiderland for Touch and Go and, just before its release, promptly disbanded. In the years since, the album has remained enormously influential, making its mark on math rock, post-hardcore and various other sub-genres with out-of-date critical sobriquets. As Ron Kretsch notes at Dangerous Minds, one thing pops out of this trailer: these guys were young when they laid down this thing! “So, how’d You change the world before you finished school?” he asks. Here’s director Bangs […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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Tammy Gets A New Trailer

13 February 2014 3:38 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

With movies such as “The Heat,” “Bridemaids,” and “Identity Thief,” Melissa McCarthy has seen a lot of success over the years. McCarthy new comedy is called “Tammy” and it look like it will be another top grosser for the famous actress. Her husband and comedian Ben Falcone directed the new film, as Warner Bros released the movie’s first teaser trailer. “Tammy” looks hilarious!! It’s the best use of Coolio’s “Gangster’s Paradise” since “Dangerous Minds.” “Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) thinks she is living a nice, steady life, until she loses her job and then learns that her husband has been unfaithful. This causes her to set off on a road trip with  [ Read More ]

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- Rudie Obias

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Melissa McCarthy is Tammy In First Trailer And Poster

12 February 2014 6:49 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

It’s about to get all kinds of hot on July 2nd. Oscar-nominee Melissa McCarthy is Tammy in this hilarious first teaser, complete with “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio featuring L.V. from the movie Dangerous Minds (1995).

Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day. She’s totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It’s time to take her boom box and book it.

The bad news is she’s broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), is her only option – with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind.

But on the road, with grandma riding shot gun, it may be just what Tammy needs.

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- Michelle McCue

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Watch: David Lynch's Home Pregnancy Test Commercial & PSA About New York City's Rat Infestation

27 January 2014 2:16 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Sure, he's best known for his catalog of distinct, surreal and terrifying pictures, but David Lynch is a man of many artistic hats. He's a painter, musician, weatherman, coffee enthusiast, transcendental meditation advocate, nightclub entrepreneur and more. But sometimes you need a bit of pocket cash as you jump from endeavor to endeavor, and like so many before (and after) him, Lynch has sometimes found his working on commercials. A couple of Lynch's more intriguing sideline ventures have come to light over the last few days. First, Open Culture pointed us in the direction of the brief 1997 ad for a home pregnancy test (yes, really) that manages to be informative and yet still kinda creepy. And fitting with that spirit, a few years before, in 1991, Lynch got behind the camera for a PSA about New York City's rat problem, with Frederick Elmes ("Wild at Heart") lensing the spot that will definitely get under your skin. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: David Lynch's Home Pregnancy Test Commercial & PSA About New York City's Rat Infestation

27 January 2014 2:16 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sure, he's best known for his catalog of distinct, surreal and terrifying pictures, but David Lynch is a man of many artistic hats. He's a painter, musician, weatherman, coffee enthusiast, transcendental meditation advocate, nightclub entrepreneur and more. But sometimes you need a bit of pocket cash as you jump from endeavor to endeavor, and like so many before (and after) him, Lynch has sometimes found his working on commercials. A couple of Lynch's more intriguing sideline ventures have come to light over the last few days. First, Open Culture pointed us in the direction of the brief 1997 ad for a home pregnancy test (yes, really) that manages to be informative and yet still kinda creepy. And fitting with that spirit, a few years before, in 1991, Lynch got behind the camera for a PSA about New York City's rat problem, with Frederick Elmes ("Wild at Heart") lensing the spot that will definitely get under your skin. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Switched at Birth' Season 3 premiere: Changes abound in 'Drowning Girl'

13 January 2014 9:30 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

With the return of "Switched at Birth" on Monday (Jan. 13) for Season 3, ABC Family's groundbreaking series finds itself in a world of change.

The biggest change? Bay (Vanessa Marano) and Daphne (Katie Leclerc) are entering into their senior year at Carlton, which is undergoing some change of its own. After surviving the threat of closure thanks to the protest in Season 2, Carlton and its students are forced to face the reality of the slight victory and accept the plethora of new hearing students bused in after their under-performing schools were shut down. Things quickly escalate to "Dangerous Minds" territory when Daphne's English class erupts into a fight over reading aloud. It could veer into ridiculous and over-the-top territory, but it mostly worked in the premiere.

Carlton isn't the only place of change. There's a palpable shift in the Kennish-Vasquez home following Daphne getting caught blackmailing Senator Coto. John (D.W. Moffett »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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