6 items from 2011
Slung back into a green plastic chair, director Mateo Gil explained his lifelong love of American westerns, the inspiration for “Blackthorn,” his fictional feature film about legendary bandit Butch Cassidy’s final years in Bolivia. The 98-minute film, which took roughly a year to shoot and edit, premiered over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Born in the Canary Islands, Gil’s first exposure to the western film genre took »
- Alexandra Cheney
Celebrating its tenth year, the Tribeca Film Festival begins tonight and runs until May 1. Over the course of 11 days, 93 feature films will be shown as well as 60 shorts: that’s 153 curtains.
To ease some of the burden for festival goers, Speakeasy has previewed the films, trailers and featurettes available to us to offer up educated advice on the most promising offerings. Because–and it’s just us talking here, right?–there are only so »
- Alexandra Cheney
After a 12-year absence (“Nadie Conoce A Nadie” aka Nobody Knows Anybody), Alejandro Amenábar's longtime collaborator Mateo Gil has officially returned to his directing duties. His comeback film “Blackthorn” which is a western starring Eduardo Noriega (“Thesis”) and American playwright and actor Sam Shepard has been named to the Tribeca Film Festival's World Narrative section line-up. The western written by Miguel Barros and shot in Bolivia, revolves around the legendary Butch Cassidy whom, after twenty years later after his supposed death and under the new name of James Blackthorn teams up with a spanish mine robber. This is a co-production between Spain, France and Bolivia. Gil is a well renowned screenwriter in Spain where he is remembered for his script collaborations for Alejandro Amenábar´s films such as “Thesis”, “Open Your Eyes”, Oscar winner “The Sea Inside” and recently “Ágora”. He debuted in 1999 with the box office hit thriller »
The title of the 1996 Spanish thriller Tesis (“Thesis”) refers to the project that drives the film, a research paper on media violence by a graduate student who’s simultaneously repulsed and seduced by the topic. But it could apply just as much to the film itself, a precocious debut feature by 23-year-old writer-director Alejandro Amenábar, who later made a name for himself with smart, stylish genre revampings like 1997’s Open Your Eyes (remade as Vanilla Sky) and 2001’s The Others. For better or worse, Tesis feels very much like the product of a movie-crazed film-school grad »
Well fiends, it is another week for us to plop down our hard earned dollars for some ghoulish digital entertainment. The week we have an exploitation classic hitting Blu-Ray as well as its remake plus more! Check it out beyond the break.
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Alice in Murderland
From IMDb.com – It’s Alice’s birthday and her sorority girlfriends throw her a themed party. Everyone comes as their favorite, »
- Andy Triefenbach
A look at what's new on DVD today:
Directed by Alejandro Amenabar
Released by Widowmaker Films
"Alice in Murderland" (2011)
Directed by Dennis Devine
Released by Brain Damage Films
A year after Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" scared the bejeezus out of kids in multiplexes everywhere, this horror take on Lewis Carroll's classic fairy tale aims to do so intentionally on DVD players around the country.
"America, America" (1963)
Directed by Elia Kazan
Released by Fox Home Entertainment
Elia Kazan's most personal film based on the story of his uncle's immigration to the United States from Turkey, where as a Greek his family is persecuted, was already released as part of last year's Kazan boxed set, but now will be »
- Stephen Saito
6 items from 2011
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