19 items from 2013
Editor's Note: The La Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema film series tour continues its travels, making its final stop in Atlanta (Ga), running October 25 through November 24, 2013. The Atl installment of the series is sponsored by Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies, liquid blackness, for Georgia State University’s Department of Communication, and the Atlanta Film Festival, in association with UCLA Film & Television Archive. There are two filmmakers named Larry Clark, and this is Not about the Larry Clark whose ephebophiliac imagination has given us films like Kids, Bully, and Wassup »
- Brandon Wilson
It's been 15 years since the release of "American History X" (on October 30, 1998), and to this day, the movie stands as a riveting and brutal drama about the persistence of white-supremacist racism in America. It cemented Edward Norton's reputation as the premier Method actor of his generation, and it included at least one scene (the infamous curb-stomp sequence) that's been copied by everyone from "The Sopranos" to "Family Guy."
Yet to this day, many viewers still don't know the often even more dramatic story that went on behind the scenes of the film, in which first-time feature director Tony Kaye fought with Norton and distributor New Line over the final cut of the film. He ultimately filed a $200 million lawsuit because he preferred to be credited as Humpty Dumpty rather than allow the studio's cut to be released under his name. Read on to learn more about Kaye's epic and »
- Gary Susman
After watching Impact wrestling last night I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed as a wrestling fan, by the product and by admitting I even watched it. Tna is crumbling before our eyes.
The best possible thing Dixie could do is Not resign Hulk Hogan but unfortunately she doesn’t know how to make good business decisions, so she will.
Her “heel” turn is painful to watch. Dixie may own Tna but she sure as hell shouldn’t be the face of it. Not only was her promo horrible, it wasn’t even believable.
Aces and Eights is a laughing stock. »
- David Noriega
Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision have teamed with Artsploitation for writer/director Jason Banker’s look at contemporary youth, in which the lines between perception and reality become blurred for those travelling down Toad Road. Merging a dark urban legend of a local pathway leading directly to hell with that of group of drug-fuelled partygoers, Toad Road will soon lead them on a nightmarish journey that some will never return!
The film is Banker’s first feature film after a number of acclaimed documentaries and he sites Gus Van Sant and controversial filmmaker Larry Clark (Kids, Bully) as the inspiration. Fusing found-footage and documentary elements to create a terrifying examination of a doomed, hypnotic odyssey dripping with dread.
Source: Artsploitation Films
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- Craig Hunter
Controversial American film director Larry Clark, who is making his first film outside the Us in French in Paris over the summer, is to receive a tribute and showings of his complete works at next week’s Deauville Festival of American Cinema.
The new film The Smell Of Us is about “self-destructive skateboarders” in the City of Light. The idea stemmed from poet Mathieu Landais whom he met during an exhibition in Paris and who ended up co-writing the screenplay.
Rocker Pete Doherety apparently plays a role in the film, but, as usual, the main focus for the Kids director is on messed up adolescents. Clark's sojourn at the Festival is geographically convenient as the Normandy watering hole is only two hours from Paris.
- Richard Mowe
It's a horror story that any movie fan can relate to, Twi-Hard or not: You're watching TV and you see the name of your favorite movie listed on your channel guide, only to flip over and discover that the "Twilight" they're showing doesn't have Edward and Jacob battling for the love of Bella — but instead Gene Hackman and Paul Newman fighting over Susan Sarandon.
You were just punked by Same Name Syndrome. (Hey, at least it also includes a topless Reese Witherspoon.)
It happens often. In fact, just this week, "The Butler" hits theaters ... except it's officially titled "Lee Daniels' The Butler," 'cause the rights to the title "The Butler" belong to a 1916 silent short film that no one's ever seen (yes, really). Read all about that silly saga here.
Anyway, here's our guide on How to Differentiate Movies With the Same Title (That Are Not Remakes).
'Savages' (2012) vs. »
- Scott Harris
Montreal’s sprawling Fantasia Festival wrapped up a stellar 17th edition this week. With over 120 madcap features and a slew of special events, the festival once described by Quentin Tarantino as "the most important and prestigious genre film festival on this continent" didn’t disappoint fans of macabre live theatre, martial arts musicals, and other unruly selections. Highlights included a lifetime achievement award presented to subversive Polish master Andrzej Zulawski ("Possession") and an artist talk with "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer, who's currently shooting his anticipated mutant sequel in Montreal. Indiewire waded through an impressive crop of apocalyptic, slapsticky or boundary-busting premiere titles to elect our 10 festival favorites. Doomsdays Obnoxious hipster "Dirty Fred" (Justin Rice) and his abrasive, eco-conscious buddy Bruho ("Kids" and "Bully" alum Leo Fitzpatrick) cherish their vagabond grind: they break into strangers’ affluent abodes, steal »
- Michael-Oliver Harding
Larry Clark (Kids, Bully) is branching out a bit for his upcoming film, The Smell of Us, which takes place in France and is co-written by a French poet he met at an exhibition in Paris, Matthieu Landais. Emphasis on "a bit," though, since the plot supposedly concerns teenage "self-destructive skateboarders."Rocker Pete Doherety will apparently play a role in the film, but, as usual, the focus is on messed up adolescents. And now, courtesy of a new web series, you can meet them and take part in their summer shooting a movie with Clark. Directed by Thomas Kimmerlin, A Summer With Larry Clark's Kids will apparently document the lives of the four principal skaters, Théo, Hugo, Diane and Lucas as they act in the...
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"Terminator 3" star Nick Stahl -- who's struggled with drugs, alcohol and other personal issues -- says he's finally focused on turning his life around ... telling TMZ, "Everything's getting good."The 33-year-old actor was leaving the Dmv in L.A. yesterday -- after Passing a driving test -- when we asked him if he's making any progress in the battle with his personal demons. Fyi -- Stahl appeared in tons of big movies like "Sin City, »
- TMZ Staff
This week’s Impact from Indiana, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh saw the roster pairing up together in a lot of different ways. Everyone seemed to be uniting in the cause of getting rid of Aces and Eights. However, was it full of outrageous fortune or did it not come together in the end?
The show began where we left off last week with aces and eights running roughshod over security and superstars alike. After, getting in the building The first victim was James Storm, who congratulated Aj styles on his new finisher family the rather un-phenomenal named Calf Killer. (I guess it’s the baby version of Cattle Mutilation).
Storm then proceeds to call out the Aces and Eights instead Bad Influence comes out and appeals to Aj about forming Fortune again and going against Aces and Eights. This leads to a fight between the two in which Daniels »
- Paul Jordan
Israeli cinema has finally come up with its own Larry Clark. Similarly bearded and mustachioed, director Jonathan Gurfinkel, with an unrestrained vigor, showcases how secular teens residing in the affluent beachfront suburbs of Tel Aviv are every bit as horny, lonely, self-centered, and destructive as their fresh-faced American cousins grinding up against one other in the likes of Kids and Bully.
Six Acts is divided into six episodes. We first meet 16-year-old Gili (Sivan Levy) after she's transferred to a new high school and is uploading photos of herself onto a local social web site in hopes of making friends. The self-taken shots do gain attention, but not of the right sort. Poor, unstylish, and not attractive enough, Gili seems like an easy plaything to exploit by the "in" boys in town -- and that's exactly what they plan to do.
Tomer (Roy Nik) desires a hand-job, his pal "Why-don’t you-shave-it? »
- Brandon Judell
After last week’s Full Metal Mayhem, I was interested to see the second dose of Impact from Corpus Christi. There was a lot more action and a lot less Hogan. Although, the hand we were dealt with the Aces and Eights might not have been the strongest no matter how many beat downs they do. But I’ll explain soon enough.
Impact Wrestling began with a video package detailing the events of last week and that Jeff Hardy would not be appearing on this weeks episode. Then we go backstage and see the Sergeant in arms for Aces and Eights Devon talking to be younger, Garrett Bischoff and Wes Brisco that they need to take their match with Kurt Angle very seriously because he’s dangerous.
Wes and Garrett make their way to the ring but before we see Angle they give us a video package detailing the whole »
- Paul Jordan
Chicago – I may never know how “In Their Skin” came into being, but I have a pretty good theory. Screenwriter/star Josh Close was so appalled by the unapologetic bleakness of Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games” that he took it upon himself to make the exact same movie, more or less, but with a much happier ending. It’s a noble effort but every bit as pointless as Rod Lurie’s proudly non-misogynistic remake of “Straw Dogs.”
Perhaps Close was so offended by the killers’ blasé approach to offing a rich family in Haneke’s film that he wanted to illustrate how white upper class folk are every bit as prone to suffering as the rest of us. “We’re not perfect!” shouts Close at his captor, a ruthless madman hell-bent on stealing his identity. Instead of finding their home invaded by two creepy male sociopaths, the innocent trio of »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Home invasion movies scare the hell out of me. Just the idea of someone invading your personal space and threatening you and/or your family scares me much more than monsters, aliens or any other type of creature that might inhabit a horror film. With that being said, like most horror fans, I’m drawn to what scares me. Anytime a home invasion movie comes my way, you can definitely color me interested and optimistic. I loved 2008′s The Strangers, both versions of Haneke’s Funny Games, 2006′s Ils and pretty much most of any other entries into the subgenre. Luckily, Jeremy Power Regimbal’s In Their Skin (formerly titled Replicas), lives up to most of the standards set by previous films of the sort.
Hellgate: On a visit to Bangkok, American Jeff (Cary Elwes, Saw, The Princess Bride), his Thai wife Sua and their son Kyle are hit by a truck as they drive to the home of Sua’s father. Jeff awakens from a coma six weeks later and learns that Sua and Kyle did not survive the crash. He also discovers he is able to see the specters of people who have died horribly. Seeking peace of mind, Jeff is led to a spiritual adviser (Oscar winner William Hurt, A History of Violence, Into the Wild, Kiss of the Spider Woman), who explains that these souls are trapped in a shadow world, forced to relive their own deaths for eternity – and that Jeff »
- Jonathan James
Some quick DVD news has come in for two new titles from IFC Midnight, Hellgate and In Their Skin, and we have the artwork and the skinny on what you need to know. Look for both titles on March 12, 2013.
On a visit to Bangkok, American Jeff (Cary Elwes, Saw, The Princess Bride), his Thai wife Sua and their son Kyle are hit by a truck as they drive to the home of Sua's father. Jeff awakens from a coma six weeks later and learns that Sua and Kyle did not survive the crash. He also discovers he is able to see the specters of people who have died horribly. Seeking peace of mind, Jeff is led to a spiritual adviser (Oscar winner William Hurt, A History of Violence, Into the Wild, Kiss of the Spider Woman), who explains that these souls are trapped in a shadow world, forced to relive »
- Uncle Creepy
Editor's Note: The retro is being rebooted for runs in Philly, Toronto and New York through February. We're revisiting our reviews/write-ups/interviews on the series (from Brandon Wilson and Nijla Mumin) when it begun in Los Angeles over a year ago... here's another. The overview and complete lineup speak for themselves, so click Here to head over to the home site for the series. There are two filmmakers named Larry Clark, and this is Not about the Larry Clark whose ephebophiliac imagination has given us films like Kids, Bully, and Wassup Rockers! Just so we’re clear, this Larry Clark is Black, a Cleveland native who went to UCLA along with Charles »
- Brandon Wilson
When Rolling Stone met Larry Clark in Rome, he was sitting in the bistro section of the art-house film club Kino, chewing through his vegetable platter and sipping on freshly squeezed fruit juices as part of a new, vegan cleanse. It wasn't exactly what one would expect from the controversial director of Kids and Bully.
However, things are changing for the cult filmmaker, who was preparing that day to talk with director Claudio Giovannesi before an audience of independent film fans as part of the Rome Film Festival. One week later, »
In this roundup from the Encore and Mumbrella Annual, we look back at the best radio ads of 2012.
1. Earphone Bully
Winning a Gold Radio Lion at Cannes this year for radio specialist Eardrum and Sapient Nitro Brisbane, Earphone Bully is an anti-bullying campaign best listened to with headphones. In a bully scenario, it beats the listener around the head with harsh thuds, cracks and theatre of the mind.
Listen to the ad
2. Seek Volunteer
To promote charity seekvolunteer.com.au, Leo Burnett Melbourne wrote a script and posted it in radio studios asking voiceover artists, engineers, music composers and stations to donate their time to record and broadcast the spot. The ad was then put together from hundreds of recordings and has been shortlisted for a Siren award.
Listen to the ad
3. Yoyo, Ikea
Following on from 2011’s swearing child, The Monkeys delivered another great Ikea ad in YoYo. This time, »
19 items from 2013
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