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In one of my all-time favorite films, Ghost World, there is an exchange between the two lead characters at the lame party celebrating their recent high school graduation that I think is an apt description of the two ways I tend to feel about low-budget horror:
“This is so bad, it’s almost good.”
“This is so bad, it’s gone all the way past good and back to bad again.”
Goofy, gory B-movie horror tends to fall into one of those two buckets. It is either so fantastically, over-the-top bad that it becomes almost good (or at least entertaining), or it goes so far that it passes that very fine line by and becomes just bad. Gingerclown, alas, is one of the latter. A shame, given that it boasts a cast that includes cult all-stars like Tim Curry and Brad Dourif, not to mention some of the most outrageous »
- Lee Jutton
Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.
Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
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It is as much a part of Halloween as pumpkins, trick or treating and stuffing your face with candy. Halloween just wouldn't be Halloween without an annual viewing of the Disney spook-fest that is Hocus Pocus.
Firmly established as a cult classic, the 1993 movie was a surprise hit, taking 8 years to get made and originally being planned as a straight-to-tv project titled Disney's Haunted House.
21 years on from its release, we look back at the film's stars and find out where they are now.
1. Bette Midler as Winnie
What did Better Midler do after Hocus Pocus? She spent the next 21 years being Bette bloody Midler, isn't that enough for you? If you want more specifics, she's been nominated for three Grammys, produced a stage show, starred in her own self-titled sitcom, been on 7 tours, released 7 albums and starred in movies such as Parental Guidance, The Women and The Stepford Wives. »
Female friendships are a thing of beauty. Robust, complicated, endearing, intense, and any other adjective you can think of. Sure, a lot of movies revolve around girlfriends talking about men and the various heartaches, hardships, and passionate feelings menfolk bring, but it’s those movies that feature genuine relationships that pass the Bechdel test that we love the best. The test is simple, really: Have a movie with at least two female characters who talk to one another about something other than man. Surprisingly – or perhaps not – many mainstream films fail this simple test. For those that do pass with flying colours, they’re likely to end up on our list of the top 10 movies that deal with female friendships in its many forms.
- Rachel West
First, a brief recap: Mary and Nostradamus tricked Catherine into thinking she has the plague to prevent her from killing an innocent man; Narcisse, the man who requested the murder, ended up killing Leith’s girlfriend Yvette by mistake; Francis met his distant cousin Conde, before deciding to bring Lola and their son with him back to Court; and Pascal, »
Raindance Film Festival announced its’ 2014 programme today in central London and Thn was there to check out the line-up. This year’s festival will take place from 24th September – 5th October and will screen 100 feature films and over 150 short films.
Now in its 22nd year, the festival has a strong legacy of showing alternative films and uncovering the hottest new filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene. Raindance-premiered hits include Memento, Old Boy, The Blair Witch Project, Pusher, Ghost World and Love Exposure.
The opening night gala film, taking place on the 24th September, will be Mike Cahill’s sic-fi drama I Origins starring Brit Marling. Cahill’s debut feature, Another Earth (co-written by and also starring Brit Marling) premiered at Raindance in 2011. I Origins follows the story of a molecular biologist and his laboratory partner who uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it. The film premiered »
- Victoria Bull
It’s hard to believe that 2001 was 13 years ago. People that were born in 2001 are 13 years old! Actual teenagers! How wild is that?
The 13 year olds of today have at least one thing going for them: They were born in a pretty good year for movies. 2001 was the year of literary adaptations making their way to the big screen for the first time (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), mind-bending thrillers (Mulholland Dr., Donnie Darko), and off-the-wall comedies (Wet Hot American Summer, A Knight’s Tale).
2001 also saw the release of a couple indies that have since gone on to gain cult status. We’re looking at you, Ghost World. We are Also looking at you, The Royal Tenenbaums. This gem is still considered by many to be Wes Anderson’s biggest triumph, and has influenced countless other filmmakers »
- Amanda Wood
We all have touchstones in adolescent life that end up shaping who we become. I’m sure we all share a few of them. Maybe it’s Holden Caulfield. Maybe it’s Kurt Cobain. Maybe it’s The Smiths or Fight Club or Ghost World. All of those had an effect on me, but I’m not ashamed to say that the one who had the biggest effect was Seth Cohen, a character in the early 2000s Fox teen soap opera The O.C.
Seth Cohen was awesome. He was awkward and read Chuck Klosterman and drew superheroes and wore the coolest t-shirts. He brought comic books, twee indie rock and snarky internet knowingness to a show few would associate with geekiness, and blasted all those things into the mainstream. »
2014 has turned out to be a landmark year for Scarlett Johansson. The double whammy of Spike Jonze's Her and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin saw her doing the best work of her career, in both cases playing a non-human being who develops consciousness and a soul through her contact with the world.
Then there was her fourth and best outing yet as Marvel's Black Widow. Her role in The Winter Soldier was so significant that the film could justifiably have been called Captain America & Black Widow, if not for the fact that that's a rubbish title.
And to cap things off this summer, Johansson's solo sci-fi Lucy debuted at number one at the Us box office, far outstripping the week's other major release Hercules.
With Lucy reaching UK screens this week, Digital Spy looks back on Johansson's five best roles to date.
Ghost World (2001)
While the role of »
Trevor Hogg chats with Kurtis Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins about transforming a literary icon into a swashbuckling World War II hero…
“My family is very musical, but I’m the only one who’s ever shown interest in creative writing,” explains Kurtis Wiebe (Green Wake) who won a Shuster Award for Outstanding Comic Book Writer in 2012. “But, we grew up with stories very much being part of our lives.” Comic books were not part of reading childhood itinerary. “Not until my mid-twenties when a friend bought me an issue of Walking Dead. I had no idea comics could be anything other than superhero stories, so it was a huge eye opener. I was never into superheroes; it never really caught my attention. The idea that you could tell any story you wanted with the medium was a huge appeal to me.” The desire to take the comic book beyond the »
- Trevor Hogg
Thanks to Marvel, post-credit sequences are not just a nice surprise, but now they’re a cinematic prerequisite. They have evolved from extra perks to a completed story, to world-building links that piece seemingly disparate movies together. Even when they take a completely different approach, like Guardians of the Galaxy does, it’s in the interest of showing Marvel’s reach, rather than nodding to the magic of the film in question. Being the glue to future films is always a risky proposition. Movies like Masters of the Universe and Young Sherlock Holmes used these sequences to tease a future that would never come. And some, like Dogma, portray promises not delivered, like Alanis Morissette’s God in that movie literally closing the book on the View Askewniverse. Will we get to a future where superheroes fall and a post-credits sequence nods to a Marvel future never realized? I don’t know. But »
- Monika Bartyzel
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Scarlett Johansson is one of the hottest women on the planet, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t once have some awkward years. This week’s Transformation Tuesday is all about Scarlett’s evolution from precocious child actor in movies like Manny & Lo to self-conscious teen in Ghost World and the sultry-voiced woman we know from Lost In Translation. Now, Scarlett is ruling the box office with latest thriller, Lucy.
While Scarlett’s career has been on a steady rise for more than a decade, her fashion and beauty choices have been all over the map. From in-between teen to funky fashion mullet to dark and sultry locks and back to blonde bombshell again, Scarlett’s looks have run the gamut. We admire her for taking risks and always looking amazing. How does she do it? Enjoy this look back on Scar Jo’s style transformation. »
- Lauren Elizabeth Thompson
Comic-book movies have mostly focused on the superhero world as of late, but in the early 2000s Hollywood was taking bigger chances on darker and more independent comics such as Road To Perdition, Ghost World and arguably the biggest of the bunch, Frank Miller’s Sin City. As a twisted anthology of noir tales set in the fictional Basin City, it gave us a cruel and violent world which brought the comic to life via the use of excessive green screen, allowing director’s Miller and Robert Rodriguez to stunningly recreate the graphic novels.
This latest TV spot seems to try and convince us of a more heroic feel with the line “When outlaws become heroes.” The big stars of the original’s impressive cast return with few changes, the late Michael Clarke Duncan and the pregnant Devon Aoki are absent while Michael Madsen and Clive Owen have been replaced »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
She’s been turning heads on and off screen since her role in 2001’s Ghost World caught the attention of indie movie lovers everywhere. And with her breakthrough role in Lost in Translation, Scarlett Johansson jumped into mainstream consciousness and launched her career in the spotlight.
It’s hard to believe that it’s only seen a decade since Johansson wandered the streets of Tokyo with Bill Murray in Lost in Translation. Since then, Johansson has chosen roles in everything from rom-coms to action flicks, became Woody Allen’s muse, and slipped into skin-tight leather and held her own with the men and mutants of The Avengers and its upcoming sequel.
Johansson’s latest on screen incarnation sees the actress as the titular Lucy, a woman who is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob in Taiwan. When a massive quantity of the smuggled drugs inadvertently leak into her system, »
- Rachel West
Under the Skin, 2013.
Directed by Jonathan Glazer.
A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.
Opening on an aligning of planetary activity, darkness shimmering against the beaming light of the intergalactic, it is evident from the very first frames that Under the Skin is unlike anything you’ve seen. As the planets align and then fade into the very darkness they first appeared, the camera moves slowly away to a screen of white, purposely taking its time to reveal the eye of our protagonist, in this case an alien being, who is seemingly in some sort of human “training” before being released onto the third rock from the sun.
As you can tell, this is no-compromise cinema from the outset, the sort »
- Scott Davis
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
10. Instruments »
Based on John Green's ginormously popular Ya novel, this is a sweet, simple, dignified movie about young lovers whose every move is chaperoned by death. It seems safe to say that it will have millions of people verklempt between now and forever. When they meet in a cancer support group, Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) share a sense of gallows humor, but she considers her foreshortened life with pointed intensity, and he stays afloat (sometimes desperately) with gallant charm. Where they connect - and the pair do connect, wholly - is on a level of existential and romantic bliss. »
- Tom Gliatto
It is with great sadnesss that we report that actress Anna Berger died aged 91 on the 26th May this year.
With a career spanning more than six decades, Anna was best known for her small but memorable parts in many hit films and television shows such as The Sopranos, Ghost World and NYPD Blue. The actress had a long and varied career, even performing on Broadway. She began acting as a child and was often playing older roles at a young age.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters, one of which is actress Joanna Sanchez and two brothers and two sisters. At Thn, we’d like to send our condolences to her family and friends and also celebrate her wonderful life.
Source: NYTimes »
- Lucinda Holt
The characters on The Vampire Diaries are stuck in an eternal loop. Besides the never ending love triangle between Elena (Nina Dobrev) and the Salvatore brothers that has become the backbone of the series, there’s also the viscous cycle that Elena and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) are engaged in that hovers on the edge of the narrative as if on repeat. Elena goes back and forth between being the harbinger of heartbreak and the poster child for humanity, but somehow still finds time to be the constant center of unsolicited drama.
When the dust settled after Elena became a vampire and the sire bond between her and Damon was unceremoniously disabled, the couple fell back into the familiar pattern of push and pull. Fast forward through almost two seasons and they are still smack dab in the same position. They are madly in love with each other, but suffer from »
- Lindsay Sperling
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