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'Life's a Breeze' the latest film from writer and director Lance Daly (The Good Doctor, Kisses) started filming in Dublin last week. It is scheduled to film in Dublin for four weeks until Christmas before moving to Sweden to shoot for a further two weeks. The film, which follows the lives of a family as they search for a lost fortune, stars Fionnula Flanagan (The Guard, The Others), Eva Birthistle (Wakewood, Breakfast on Pluto), Pat Shortt (The Guard, Garage) and new comer Kelly Thornton. »
Monthly Movie Preview – December 2011
When we’re lucky, the directors of the world align their release schedules to create special years for movie lovers. 2011 has certainly felt like one of these occasions, having seen films by Almodovar, Malick, Eastwood, Verbinski, James, Refn, Payne, Lonergan, Wright, and more. And what fitting way to end the year of 2011 than with another heaping of films from A-list directors, a few Oscar potential films, and even an Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel?
This month alone boasts the releases of films by directors like Jason Reitman (Young Adult), Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method), the elusive Lynne Ramsey (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Brad Bird, (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Cameron Crowe (We Bought a Zoo), Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), David f**king Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and Two movies from Steven Spielberg »
- Nick Allen
For Gabriel Macht, his new USA Network show "Suits" had particular charms he was seeking for a return to television. "I wanted to look at material that was really smart and had a vision of what it was and was slightly different from other stuff on television," revealed Macht in a video interview with senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum. Macht plays Harvey Specter, a senior partner at a top New York law firm who decides to hire an extremely bright associate (Patrick J. Adams) even though his office isn't aware that the young man is actually a college dropout and not the Harvard graduate they wanted. Macht calls Specter a man with: "a real steel armour...that was Steve McQueen meets Cary Grant in this modern version. He was a man's man that could talk his way out of anything and underneath, deep inside, he got's a bit of a heart. »
This supernatural thriller in the style of The Others is creepy and disturbing, but is let down by a contrived ending
Here is a supernatural melodrama in the tradition of The Innocents, or Alejandro Amenábar's The Others. Rebecca Hall plays Florence Cathcart, a campaigning rationalist and hoax-buster in 1919, exposing phoney spiritualists who prey on credulous souls tormented with postwar grief. Then schoolmaster Robert Mallory (Dominic West) asks her to investigate a tragic case at his boarding school: a sickly boy has reportedly died of fright at seeing a ghostly child with a "twisted face". Florence accepts, suspecting some deception, or group hysteria. But naturally things are not as clear as that. I have to say I found the final, colossal revelation to be contrived, but there are some nicely creepy moments, and director and co-writer Nick Murphy interestingly dramatises some of the neuroses feeding the appetite for ghostly phenomena – repressed sexuality, »
- Peter Bradshaw
By Todd Garbarini
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Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others (2001) is a brilliantly scary film. Almost as scary is realizing that ten years have transpired since this film played in theaters. Released just one month prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, The Others is the flipside of Peter Medak’s The Changeling (1980), a glorious ghost story with enough style and substance to draw comparisons to the genre’s crown jewels: Jack Clayton’s The Innocents (1961) and Robert Wise’s The Haunting (1963), both of which are in dire need of Blu-ray upgrades.
The film opens with a series of hand-drawn images that segue into the house where all of the action takes place. This is a device used many times in films, but it is particularly striking in The Others. It is 1945 and off the coast of France on the island of Jersey lives Grace, played skillfully by Nicole Kidman, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
With the recent reopening of Hammer Horror’s crypt, cinemas are soon to be experience a steady deluge of classic British horror. The Awakening holds many of the Hammer hallmarks, but is not from the old Hammer catalogue; it is an original horror concept, something of a rarity to see in recent cinema, and even rarer to see done well. Rebecca Hall gives a scintillating performance, with superb support from an all-British cast in what is the best ‘ghost movie’ since Nicole Kidman’s ‘The Others’.
Independently wealthy cynic turned investigator Florence Cathcart has made it her mission in life to disprove the paranormal; in 1921, London was rife with people wanting to believe in the existence of ghosts following the heavy death tolls of the Spanish flu and World War I – indeed the opening roller asserts “This is a time for ghosts” – so Miss. Cathcart is never short of work, »
- Adam Rayner
This isnt exactly new news, but if classy, suspenseful, slow burn dread-building chillers are your bag (count us in there) then Nick Murphy’s The Awakening needs to go on your radar right this minute. Starring new it girl on the block - Rebecca Hall - the movies set in post-World War England in 1921, it follows a sceptical woman who travels to a countryside boarding school to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting. We haven’t seen a really decent British period chiller since Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others, so we are well overdue a fresh fix. The Awakening opens in the UK on Nov 11, and current word is its will get a Us release in the new year. Synopsis: A ghost-debunker comes to a boy's school to disprove the existence of ghosts, only to find her own beliefs challenged. Haunted by the death of the fiancé, Florence spends her time debunking supernatural claims, »
Choosing my favourite horror films of all time is like choosing between my children – not that I have children, but if I did, I am sure I would categorize them quite like my DVD collection. As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. Also, it was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried. I based my list taking into consideration three points:
1- Technical accomplishments / artistry and their influence on the genre.
2- How many times I’ve revisited the films and how easily it makes for a repeated viewings.
3- Its story, atmosphere and how much it affected me when I first watched them.
42 – Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Directed by F.W. Murnau
1922 – Germany
The earliest surviving film based on Dracula is Nosferatu, an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. One of the first vampire movies, it is perhaps on one of the best vampire movies ever made. Generally creepy from beginning to the last frame.
Federico Fellini (segment Toby Dammit)
Roger Vadim (segment Metzengerstein)
1968 – France
First thing to notice is the three directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle and Roger Vadim. Second you need to take notice in the cast which includes Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp, Salvo Randone, James Robertson Justice, Françoise Prévost and Marlène Alexandre. Spirits Of The Dead is an adaptation of three Edgar Allan Poe stories that amount to one mixed bad, but with one incredible segment that needs to be seen. »
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch.
This week in honor of the release of Paranormal Activity 3 and in anticipation for Halloween, we’re dedicating the entire column to all things horror. Whatever your preferred Halloween watching — be it satanic scares, ghoulish ghosts, creature features or humorous horror — we’ve got you covered with the spookiest movies streaming online.
Is it spawns of Satan that scare you most? Then pregame for Paranormal Activity 3, by taking in the prequel’s sister flicks…or visiting with another little brunette girl plagued by dark forces.
Paranormal Activity (2007) Shortly after moving in together, Katie and Micah begin to experience strange late night phenomenon. Initially amused, Micah decides to set up a camera to record the paranormal activity, never realizing he’ll shoot his own demise. This »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
The Others‘s plot synopsis: “A woman named Grace retires with her two children to a mansion on Jersey, towards the end of the Second World War, where she’s waiting for her husband to come back from battle. The children have a disease which means they cannot be touched by direct sunlight without being hurt in some way. They will live alone there with oppressive, strange and almost religious rules, until she needs to hire a group of servants for them. Their arrival will accidentally begin to break the rules with unexpected consequences.”
One winner will »
When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline. Synopsis The Others begins with a scream when Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman)awakens from a nightmare. Grace and her children Anne and Nicholas live in isolation in a fog shrouded house on the Jersey Islands in 1945. She and the children had been living under German occupation, but even though the war has ended and the occupation is over life is still fraught with tension. The children are so photosensitive they will die if exposed to sunlight. The »
- Robin Ruinsky
Ghost stories have been a strong staple of entertainment and folklore for centuries. The existence of life after death and the supernatural seem to fascinate and often times frighten people. Spirits that neither end up in heaven or hell linger around on Earth because they have unfinished business to take care of and usually that unfinished business encroaches on the daily activities of the living. Nicole Kidman seems to be stuck in this type of paranormal dilemma in 2001’s horror-thriller The Others now out on Blu-ray.
- Randall Unger
For those of you that have recently upgraded to Blu, you know that there are some flicks that need to be upgraded and there are some you might be on the fence about. The Others was a good old fashioned ghost story told right. Amazon.com has the The Others and Blu-Ray for under $6!
Academy Award © winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Moulin Rouge!) delivers an utterly unforgettable performance in this chilling and stylish suspense thriller! While awaiting her husband’s return from war, Grace (Kidman) and her two young children live an unusually isolated existence behind the locked doors and drawn curtains of a secluded island mansion. Then, when three mysterious servants arrive it becomes frighteningly clear that there is far more to this house than meets the eye. Acclaimed by critics everywhere, the unpredictable twists and turns of this compelling hit will keep you guessing!
Buy it below! »
- Andy Triefenbach
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
The Buzz: Correct me if I’m wrong, but has there ever been a really great baseball movie? Yes, there have been a few, like Major League, Bull Durham, and A League of Their Own. Those are comedies though, so let me rephrase the question: has there ever been a really great baseball drama? Hmm, The Natural was decent, albeit dated and a consequently a bit cheesy. »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
On September 30, Universal Studios brings us the newest offering in mind-bending thrills with the release of Dream House, directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz. It's the tale of family relocated from the bustle of New York City to a serene New England town. Once moved into the perfect home, the family soon sees everything begin to come unraveled as the past comes back to haunt them.
Filled with mystery, murder and plot twists, Dream House is reminiscent of some of our favorite past movies where things were not exactly as they appeared. The intrigue of the mind-bending movie has long been an American favorite, as audiences seem to be thoroughly entertained by filmmakers toying with their perception of reality.
The director that first comes to mind when we think of trick of the brain plot twist is M. Night Shyamalan. And he was »
- Doctor Gash
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
Boccaccio ’70 (1962)
Synopsis: Four legendary filmmakers direct some of Europe’s biggest stars in Boccaccio ’70, a landmark anthology film. Mario Monicelli (Big Deal on Madonna Street), Federico Fellini (8½), Luchino Visconti (The Leopard) and Vittorio De Sica (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) direct Sophia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider and more through four stories of unashamed eros. Modeled on Boccaccio’s Decameron, they are comic moral tales about the hypocrisies surrounding sex in 1960s Italy. Monicelli’s “Renzo e Luciana” (cut out of the original American release) is a frothy tale of young love and office politics in the big city. Fellini’s notorious “Le tentazioni del dottor Antonio” features Ekberg as a busty model in a milk advertisement whose image begins to haunt an aging prude. Visconti’s “Il Lavoro” stars Romy Schneider as a trophy wife enduring her husband’s very public affairs, »
- Travis Keune
You know what’s missing from the Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” TV show? A classy, pretty lady with a British accent. Nick Murphy’s period-set horror film “The Awakening” takes care of that with Rebecca Hall (“The Town”) in the lead, here exploring a haunted boys school. Our heroine is a non-believer, which means she’s in for a rude awakening when ghost boys start appearing. Lucky for her, a hunky Dominic West (“300″) is there to lend a shoulder or two. The setting and characters remind me a bit of Alejandro Amenábar’s very underrated horror flick “The Others”, minus Nicole Kidman’s frozen face. 1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she knew in unravels as the ‘missing’ begin to show themselves. Starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, »
DVD Playhouse—September 2011
By Allen Gardner
In A Better World (Sony) Winner of last year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, this Danish export looks at two fractured families and the effect that the adult world dysfunction has on their two sons, who form an immediate and potentially deadly bond. Director Susanne Bier delivers another powerful work that maintains its drive during the films’ first 2/3, then falters somewhat during the last act. Still, well-worth seeing, and beautifully made. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Deleted scenes; Commentary by Bier and editor Pernille Bech Christensen; Interview with Bier. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
X-men First Class (20th Century Fox) “Origins” film set in the early 1960s, traces the beginnings of Magento and Professor X (played ably here by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy), and how the once-close friends and colleagues became bitter enemies. First half is slam-bang entertainment at its stylish best, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
#17. The Awakening The Gist: The Awakening is set in 1921, a post-war world of loss where the bereaved seek solace in spiritualism. Haunted by the death of her fiancé, Florence Cathcart is on a mission to expose all séances as exploitative shams. However, when she is called to an English boarding school to investigate a case of the uncanny, she is gradually forced to confront her scepticism in the most terrifying way, shaking her scientific convictions and her sense of self to the very core. Director: Nick Murphy (Feature film debut)Sales Agent: StudiocanalSelling Point:/Suited For:a drop dead gorgeous acting lead (Rebecca Hall) with strong acting creds might do a lot for this horror thriller and Tiff are mentioning this title and Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others and Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage in the same sentence. Might be a winner. »
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