7 items from 2014
*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by the filmmakers. **there are minor spoilers here. Director: Hank Braxtan. Writers: Dan Sinclair, Hank Braxtan, Arielle Brachfeld, and Natalie Victoria. Cast: Natalie Victoria, Arielle Brachfeld, Stephanie Greco and Lacy Fisher. Chemical Peel is a smallish horror feature. This title was released earlier in the year (Oct. 14th, 2014), through Lions Gate Entertainment. A film about a toxic chemical spill, Chemical Peel spends most of its ninety-five minute runtime with bickering characters. Several so-called friends, at a bachelorette party, are more toxic than the mist outside. Shot almost entirely inside one location, the film is an exercise in what not to do in a catastrophe. Characters act in cowardly and idiotic ways, which makes Chemical Peel a difficult watch. A group of girls gather for a night of drinking and celebrating. Fifteen minutes into the story, it is finally revealed that the girls have come together. »
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Slovenian film Karpotrotter wins best documentary; No One’s Child gets audience awardScroll down for full list of winners
The 12th Zagreb Film Festival (Oct 19-26) ended with Georgian director Levan Koguashvili’s Blind Dates winning the main award of the festival, the Golden Pram and €4,000.
The Berlinale title, which also scooped prizes at Wiesbaden and Sofia, beat ten other first or second films by their directors.
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s Difret and Benedikt Erlingsson’s Of Horses And Men received special mentions from the jury comprised of producer Čedomir Kolar, director Konstantin Bojanov, and cinematographer Cesar Charlone.
The same jury also awarded Romania’s Andrei Creţulescu the Golden Pram for Best Short Film and €1,000 euro for his 18-minute Kowalski.
In the documentary competition, the jury made up of film theoretician Alice Bardan, and directors Željka Suková and Petra Seliškar, gave the Golden Pram for Best Documentary and €1,000 to Slovenian film-maker Matjaž Ivanišin’s Karpotrotter, a lyrical »
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You feel completely in control at the beginning of your first Yoga class: settling comfortably into that Lotus and feeling quite the Zen deity. Fifteen minutes later – you’re in an awkward side plank with arms vibrating faster than a bulleting train’s windows; a seductive line of sweat accruing on your upper lip. Yup, it really isn’t as easy as it looks.
As a Yoga lover, you’re part of an ancient and beautiful stream of tradition that originated in India around 5000 years ago; although you’d never think it from Hollywood’s portrayal: which usually shows perverted male instructors drooling over women’s bums while they’re busy checking out their toes in Downward Dog poses.
What they never show, of course, are those flexible faun-like ladies accidentally letting a long, abrupt fart slip through their Yoga pants. We’re a twisted bunch, us »
- Nina Cresswell
There’s no denying the cultural magnitude of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 grindhouse classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Inspiring legions of seminal directors, as well as providing the framework for a growing horde of derivative copycats (not to mention a gaggle of flaccid sequels, prequels, and rehashes), it’s now reached its 40th year anniversary. Necessitating a half-year transfer process, the brand new 4k transfer was showcased at genre fests such as 2014′s SXSW & Fantasia Film Fests and a prestige re-showing at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight. Though decades of horror films have refurbished Hooper’s methods to such a degree that the more infamous episodes of violence may seem less horrific by today’s torture porn standards, the film has lost none of its ambient potency. In all the glorious reconstitutions, no one has been able to outdo the gritty, grainy, and bizarre levels of unease accomplished here.
By now, we all know the well-tread story. »
- Nicholas Bell
Very few of Andy Warhol's anointed "superstars" managed a long shelf-life. They simply were too wild, too beautiful, and too damned. There were the poor little rich girl Edie Sedgwick, the transgender icon Candy Darling, and the husky, glacial, heroin-swamped charm of Nico. All gone, along with a cavalcade of others; too soon and in the 20th century. Ultra Violet survived into this one, and originally arrived as a somebody already in the anybody everybody world of The Factory.
Often compared to Vivien Leigh, she was a striking beauty, a privileged French girl from a chateau via a host of reform schools. A muse to the surrealist eccentric Salvador Dali, she was also his muse, assistant, and confidante, although theirs was a decidedly platonic affair begun after she'd entranced him after delivering him a present in New York from a mutual friend. By the time she encountered Warhol, she »
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The 86th annual Academy Awards are almost here. At 5:15 p.m. Pt, the doors will close at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Fifteen minutes later, the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted show will begin. And here at E! News we're breaking down the Oscars—by the numbers. Take a look... 1959: Year of the shortest Oscar telecast, one hour and 40 minutes 2002: Year of the longest Oscar telecast, four hours and 23 minutes 19: The times Bob Hope hosted the Oscars, making him the person who has hosted the show the most 289: Feature films eligible for Best Picture, up seven from last year's 282 6,028: Voting members of the Academy 40.3 million: Number of »
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 14 Jan 2014 - 06:26
Our occasional series of journeys back into the weirder films of the past continues with 1992's Vr horror thriller, The Lawnmower Man...
As a document of the early 1990s, The Lawnmower Man serves as a colourful time capsule. Aside from its big shirts, tight jeans and unaccountably buoyant hair, it's also a snapshot of the era's technology and fascination for virtual reality.
At a time when the media was gripped by images of people wearing cumbersome headsets and gloves pawing eerily at the empty air in front of them, virtual reality was widely considered to be the emerging technology which could transform life as we know it. And while this may yet come to pass - Oculus Rift has recently seen Vr back in the news - we're no nearer to having our daily lives transformed by it than we were 20 years ago.
7 items from 2014
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