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The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Asia’s largest genre film festival, announced a huge 302 title lineup for its 20th edition.
American actor-director Matt Ross’s Cannes prize-winning family drama “Captain Fantastic” will open the festival on Jul. 21. Closing the festival will be Yeon Sang-ho’s latest animated feature “Seoul Station,” a prequel to Yeon’s Cannes live action film “Train to Busan.”
In celebration of the 130th anniversary of Korea-France bilateral relations, the festival will dedicate a showcase to French company Gaumont. Other special programs include a David Bowie tribute, and a Nakashima Tetsuya retrospective.
BiFan will also take a look back on its own past twenty years through a program titled “20 Years, 20 Favorites.” The section features earlier works of major film makers including Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” and Na Hong-jin’s “The Chaser.”
The festival’s industry program, BiFan Industry Gathering, »
- Sonia Kil
The opening minutes of the Cannes competitor The Neon Demon try but fail to fully warn you about what’s in store. The music is suspenseful and electric, almost as if neon had been transformed into a sound. The colors are dazzling and deliberate, signaling the beautifully shot experience that awaits. And, in the first scene, a dazzling Elle Fanning lies on a sofa with her throat slit and piles of blood pouring down. It’s a staged photo shoot, but this combination of tingling lighting and what’s-going-to-happen horror is the best way I can think of summing the whole thing up. And then some.
Directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (who also helmed the critically adored Drive and Only God Forgives), The Neon Demon, while mostly thin on plot, is nonetheless a masterpiece. At least for its first 100 minutes. The premise is simple: Jesse, a young aspiring »
- J Don Birnam
My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1988 Dutch–French film The Vanishing. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
The director, George Sluizer, didn’t really direct much else besides this film and its remake The soundtrack definitely has a Tears for Fears vibe to it, which is 100% ok with me Herb checked with his Dutch parents to make sure we pronounced Spoorloos correctly Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu is basically perfect as the villain in this film If you enjoy this film, you’d probably also love Alfred Hitchock’s The Lady Vanishes The actress who plays the second girlfriend Lieneke, Gwen Eckhaus, was randomly in a television series in the Netherlands called Spoorloos verdwenen, which I assume is unrelated Getting a compliment on your film from Stanley Kubrick is a big »
- Arik Devens
Once I got stuck in the Belle Reve Prison. I got sent to DC Comics' supermax prison for a combination of jaywalking, ripping the tag off a mattress, committing tax fraud with a volleyball named Wilson, trolling comic book movie companies, and breaking my paladin's alignment in Dungeons and Dragons. Yeah, I'm a pretty harden criminal. It did afford me a wonderful opportunity to meet the cast of the government's newly commissioned Task Force X. Will Smith was there for Wild Wild West and Jayden Smith, Cara Delevingne was there for streaking through the woods, Jay Hernandez was there because Kirsten Dunst's dad in Crazy/Beautiful had political connections, and Jared Leto was there because of what happened at the end of Requiem For A Dream. Good times! What I did learn from that experience though is the existence of the SuperHeroStuff Suicide Squad HeroBox! So intense! The Suicide Squad HeroBox is a hand picked and specially crafted mystery gift box inspired by »
The 2nd Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is happening right now in beautiful Mammoth Lakes California, and their programming, yet again, is nothing short of spectacular (thanks to Festival Director Shira Dubrovner and Director of Programming Paul Sbrizzi).
One of the more powerful films that I have seen thus far is the feature film by director/writer Robert G. Putka, Mad. In this tragicomedy, daughters Connie (Jennifer Lafleur) and Casey (Eilis Cahill) are trying to navigate their own lives and relationships while also dealing with their mother, Mel’s (Maryann Plunkett) nervous breakdown after her recent divorce, on top of her bi-polar disorder. Mel finds herself abandoned in a psych ward after her daughters decide they would rather not deal with her, and is now faced with navigating through her mental health. Meanwhile, perfect daughter Connie and ‘fuck up’ Casey can’t seem to find a common thread other than »
- Melissa Howland
The Vampire Diaries season seven finale is the least eventful in the show's history...
This review contains spoilers.
7.22 Gods And Monsters
So we've finally reached the end of our first Elena-free year of The Vampire Diaries, and it's been a perplexing year for the show. Not a series that could ever be described as consistent, season seven has been more up and down than most (which beats completely down), and this finale really just sums up that journey.
Gods And Monsters is such an odd episode for season seven to end on, because it's actually a very average episode of the show. I'd go as far as to say that it's the least eventful finale of the entire series, and that's even stranger when you consider that the penultimate episode featured the kind of big, sweeping emotional moments that we've come to expect. Here, it's one big »
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSLiam Neeson in Martin Scorsese's SilenceWe're still waiting for Martin Scorsese's new film set in 17th century Japan, Silence (an adaptation of the same book Masahiro Shinoda's 1971 film is based on), but things may be moving quickly for his next project, the long-in-gestation The Irishman, set to star Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. We'll believe it when we see it, but we sure want to see it!Cannes begins! If this week's Rushes seems a bit threadbare, it's because we've arrive at the Cannes Film Festival and can't think of anything else. Stay tuned on the Notebook for our festival coverage.Recommended VIEWINGOur very favorite video essayist, Tag Gallagher, has made a new one for Sight & Sound on Raoul Walsh's classic noir western, »
Bonnie's rehabilitation and a very heightened emotional situation make for an interesting episode of The Vampire Diaries...
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7.21: Requiem For A Dream
Nothing impresses me more than when a television show can bring a character back from the depths of audience hatred - when the writers finally wake up to an actor's talent or a character's potential and craft them some good material. The opposite of this has happened a lot of The Vampire Diaries (Matt, we'll get to you later), but it's rare for a show to really pull it off as well as these guys have with Bonnie.
Damon's speech at the end of Requiem For A Dream, in which he recounts all of the things Bonnie has had to overcome since season 1, and how much he admires her for it, was thus a high point of the whole series for me. »
If anyone actually thought that saving Bonnie with a plan that involved Rayna was a good idea and that nothing would go wrong, well, you clearly have never watched The Vampire Diaries.
"Requiem for a Dream" sees Bonnie's friends trying to appeal to her to not kill them, even with her brain rewired to "see vampire and kill vampire." But in doing so, they give her the opportunity to mark them, and even when they do find a way to possibly save her, it just means a lot more trouble. But nothing can ever be easy for them.
In this episode, the consequences of Damon's attempt to save Bonnie force everyone to band together to help her pull through. When a new threat leaves Caroline's life in jeopardy, Stefan makes a rash decision that forces them to face the fallout from their relationship. Also, Enzo tries to hold it together while watching Bonnie in the fight of her life, and Matt takes matters into his own hands to save one of his closest friends.
A movie that approaches and separates itself from a familiar storyline.
Self-destruction has been a popular cinematic theme since the silent era. One of the first examples being Charlie Chaplin’s The Cure from 1917, a film about a drunk who goes to a spa hoping to cure his addiction. Almost 100 years later, the most recent contribution to this popular narrative is Krisha, Trey Edward Shults’s first feature film. The film stems from Shults’s short film released the year prior titled Krisha, and, spanning over a single day, tells the story of a woman returning home after having disappeared for a number of years.
Krisha isn’t the first film to screen addiction, as stated above. To name a few movies of this genre: Miles Ahead (2016), Trainwreck (2015), Thanks for Sharing (2012), Shame (2011), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Man With a Golden Arm (1955), The Lost Weekend (1945), and Sadie McKee (1934). Yet since its festival circuit and (limited) release as of »
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Pierce Brosnan stars in head-spinning drug thriller Urge. Pierce Brosnan, the man formerly known as James Bond, plays an evil overseer to a drug-fueled bacchanalia from Hell in Urge, director Aaron Kaufman’s berserk thriller that also co-stars That 70s Show Danny Masterson. Lions Gate Films have picked up the insane looking flick, which looks…
- Chris Alexander
The San Francisco Film Society has selected Ellen Burstyn as the recipient of its Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting.
The award will be presented at the April 25 awards night for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion.
“Ellen Burstyn’s extraordinary career in film and television has provided some of cinema’s most indelible performances,” said Noah Cowan, the festival’s executive director. “She has collaborated with some of the medium’s finest directors over many years and in a remarkable range of genres. Her recent performance in Todd Solondz’s ‘Wiener-Dog’ is perhaps her bravest yet — caustic, sincere and unforgettable.”
Burstyn will also be publicly honored at An Afternoon with Ellen Burstyn at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from Burstyn’s notable acting career will be followed by a screening of »
- Dave McNary
Plus: IFC MIdnight acquires Us rights to Let’s Be Evil; and more…
Ellen Burstyn, a rare triple winner of an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy, will collect the honour during the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 25.
Burstyn will also take part in an on-stage interview and screening of Requiem For A Dream, for which she earned a best supporting actress Academy Award nomination.
IFC Midnight has taken Us rights from Submarine to Martin Owen’s Let’s Be Evil. The film centres on a learning programme for gifted children that spirals out of control.Magnolia Pictures head of worldwide sales Christina Rogers and vp »
For centuries, annual holidays have been widely celebrated as a time to put aside one’s worries and responsibilities in order to come together with loved ones and enjoy each other’s company. Holidays are magical, not only because they represent a time of love and harmony, but also because many of them are commemorated on a global scale, making them not only a positive junction, but a universal one that can be shared by nearly all of humankind.
Although we can all look back on our happy moments as a collective people, we can also all relate to the sense of dread that often goes hand-in-hand with an approaching festivity. Holidays like Valentine’s Day can be ridiculously expensive, Christmastime can mean grueling hosting duties for many, as well as fights with family. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can bring emotional baggage with it if a person has a lost parent, »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Ah, nostalgia. I can still remember rushing home from school on a Friday and having my grandmother drive my best friend and I over to Blockbuster Video. We’d always rent two movies (and overdose on candy and popcorn, no doubt), immediately go home and watch them back-to-back and maybe, if we were lucky, sneak in another viewing on Saturday before having to rush back to the Quik Drop. This is how I came to see films like Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream,” and how I came to fall in love with old movies like “The Thin Man” and everything Hitchcock. Read More: 15 Great Directorial Debuts By Actors Sure, now, everything is at our fingertips –– and inching closer to our cerebrums by the second –– but there is something to be said about enjoying that evening with your family or friends, passing the time together strolling around the store »
- Samantha Vacca
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.News Jan Němec, the Czech director of Diamonds of the Night (1964), has died. Keyframe has an overview of his work. Above: the Czech poster for Němec's 1966 film, A Report on the Party and the Guests, via Adrian Curry's blog Movie Poster of the Day.Speculation around the 2016 Cannes Film Festival selection is raging, but Variety is pretty sure it will include several new American films, including new movies directed by Sean Penn, Woody Allen and Jeff Nichols.The Criterion Collection has announced its next lineup of releases, which includes Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Olivier Assayas's Clouds of Sils Maria, and Michelangelo Antonionio's Le amiche.New issues of Cinema Scope and Senses of Cinema are out. Yes, »
Loving Vincent is recounted through the Dutch post-Impressionist’s paintings and the characters that inhabit them. The cast includes Douglas Booth in the lead role and this year’s Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan.
Noelter’s team at Cinema Management Group have closed deals in France (TF1), Middle East (Front Row), Switzerland (Praesens), China (Bright East Films), Taiwan (Way Sent international), Hong Kong (Sundream), and Thailand (M Pictures).
Further deals closed in Portugal (Outsider), South Korea (First Run Pictures), Argentina (Impacto Cine), former Yugoslavia (2i Film), Czech/Slovak Republics (Bohemia Motion Pictures), Philippines (Solar Motion Pictures), Greece (Cine Trianon), and airlines (Captive Entertainment.)
Noeltner expects a Us deal to close in the next few weeks and said over the past few weeks a short teaser had been viewed more than 70million times. Silver Reel, run by »
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The rise of Clint Mansell's career has been impressive to watch. Breaking out by tuning up the dread in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem For A Dream," in addition to becoming the director's go-to composer, the artist has logged impressive credits with Park Chan-Wook ("Stoker"), Duncan Jones ("Moon"), Joe Carnahan ("Smokin' Aces"), and more, and this year sees him add another auteur to his belt: Ben Wheatley. Mansell has penned the score for the director's upcoming "High-Rise." Read More: Tiff Review: Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise' Starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans & Elisabeth Moss Based on J.G. Ballard's book, the starry movie — featuring —Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Peter Ferdinando and Keeley Hawes — tells a wildly surreal tale of a luxury apartment complex that is soon overcome by disorder and madness. Mansell's score slides right in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The loose network of hackers known as Anonymous recently declared all-out war on Donald Trump, and today it has released what it claims is Trump’s personal information. The release of the info was announced in a YouTube video (above) in which a sternly anti-Trump statement is given by a crudely animated figure in a Guy Fawkes mask and spoken by a text-to-speech vocalizer. An orchestral version of the theme from the film “Requiem for a Dream” plays in the background. The statement makes numerous comparisons between Trump and Nazi Germany, asserting that “Donald Trump is an enemy of the »
- Phil Owen
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