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The delights of genre cinema are born from human imagination. The stories are nurtured by individuals who optimistically hope and believe across the years of their lives that a single film will devour that their tales arrive at the intended destination – to discover and touch the sensibilities of the audience.
If films are born out of the imagination then so the same could be said for the festivals that showcase them – festivals such as FrightFest that are crafted according to an ethos shared by four men who genre cinema continues to owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude – “‘Run by fans for the fans”, to find those great new voices in genre and see what difference they can make, and to ensure the FrightFest spirit of community endures.
But those who champion and showcase films, supporting their endeavours to find an audience on their ongoing journey from the intimate confines of its maker’s world, »
- Paul Risker
So…what do I mean by “What the F**k?” Movies? These are the films that, upon completing your viewing, you seriously worry about the director’s sanity. Or you can’t really comprehend what you just saw. Or you know what you watched was something magical, but can’t really put the pieces together in your mind. Or, worse, you know what happened, but certifiably it’s insane. But with this “definition” comes a few caveats: no horror films and no fully animated films. Those genres lean a little too crazy to begin with – it’s more fun to look at films that force a sense of realism, even if it’s just on the surface.
50. Southland Tales (2007)
Directed by: Richard Kelly
- Joshua Gaul
A few weeks ago we brought you the first teaser and poster for Vincent J. Guastini's "The Future Executive" segment of Hellevator Man, and now we're back with lots more news, including who'll be playing the anthology's title character.
Blanc/Biehn Productions (Bbp) has completed principal photography with first-time director Vincent J. Guastini on “The Future Executive,” the latest installment of Bbp’s elevator-themed anthology Hellevator Man, which was filmed in Los Angeles.
Bbp has also announced that Scott Schirmer (Found) will be doing a segment entitled "Tear," and WWE Hall of Famer, New York Times best seller, and successful comedian Mick Foley, aka Mankind (pictured above right), is coming on board as the "Hellevator Man" and storyteller himself.
- Debi Moore
Director: Brian McGuire
Synopsis: WiNdOw LiCkEr, the journey of Ben Wild, into a new form of insanity, that no man has ever experienced before. Through addiction to prescription drugs, reality television, video games, & cam girls, can Ben Wild get to the root of himself?
Ever watched a film so bizarre that you thought you might have been on drugs while watching it? That’s how you feel when watching Brian McGuire’s latest Window Licker, but don’t worry, if you do not feel like that by the end then you really did not get the film at all.
Even though McGuire’s films don’t take on traditional narrative anyway, Window Licker breaks down the narrative as more of a spiral rather than an easy step-by-step look. In the film we »
- Lucy Cave
Films based on the Holy Bible are as popular now as they were in the 1950s and 1960s when studios gave us epics like The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, The Greatest Story Ever Told, King of Kings, Samson and Delilah, and many others. Recently, Son of God made quite an impact in cinemas and there’s plenty more coming our way. Ridley Scott’s Exodus tells the tale of Christian Bale’s Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt. Nicolas Cage will help those seeking answers to the disappearances of loved ones and face the disastrous consequences of being Left Behind.
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah hits Blu-ray and DVD giving those who didn’t watch the movie in theaters an opportunity to see the latest Hollywood Biblical saga. Many might not know that it was actually based on a graphic novel Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel made with Canadian artist Niko Henrichon. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Alexa here with your weekly arts and crafts. Nathaniel's banana Bond boredom from last week reminded me of a project that Seattle-based artist Kris Garland/Rakka Deer did back in 2008. Titled Suspect and Fugitive, the series involved making one item a day from suspect (questionable) and fugitive (non archival) materials. This involved Rakka combining pop culture portraiture with food (and sometimes other materials) in new and clever ways every day for one year.
Like this pancake Cate Blanchett...
As we all begin to snuggle up to Netflix streaming through our tablets, video-on-demand placing films in our living rooms at the same time as the cinemas, and a brave few decided that Amazon Premium Video is going to actually stick around and be a viable contender in the market, we’ve all but signed the death warrant for DVD. Time was that home video was the only way to, well, watch movies and TV shows in your home between the cinema and the inevitable syndication a couple of years down the line (or every Christmas, in the case of the Harry Potter series).
We’d already settled with video tapes as the ideal way to revisit the magic of the big screen in the comfort of our own homes, but then DVD came along and offered so much more. The picture was so much clearer, the audio crisp, and »
- Tom Baker
Suppose you are in high school, and your interest in movies has begun to run deeper than multiplex fare. You may find yourself gravitating to a particular kind of intellectual film: the dour, the twisty, and the ostentatious must be regarded as the pinnacle of the form, because, you feel, you are a serious person who only has time for serious films.
A good movie, in your estimation, is one you had to think hard to solve, as you did with, say, Donnie Darko or Memento, which made you feel smart for working them out. Mike Cahill's I Origins owes a lot to this tradition, and it's easy to imagine many high school minds quite enjoying the self-contained puzzles of story and meaning its plot affords.
The film concerns the efforts of two scientists, played »
Junkie life is as chicly miserable as its most vapid chroniclers have always had us believe in “Asthma,” a feature directorial debut from actor Jake Hoffman that is sorely in need of its own inhaler. Taking a perversely slow approach to fast living, Hoffman’s film glumly examines the trail of all-purpose destruction left by New York heroin addict Gus (Benedict Samuel) on a weekend bender, but can’t resist having it both ways, as his scuzzily narcissistic lifestyle is also shown to have improbable sexual allure to at least one clear-headed woman (Krysten Ritter) with better options. Ritter’s performance is the liveliest thing in a callow, shallow cautionary tale, which wears its influences on its artfully frayed sleeve and no closer than that to its heart. A sprinkling of cameos from past-prime names is unlikely to make distributors breathe any easier around this dull-eyed downer.
Most recently seen »
- Guy Lodge
In an ideal world, all movies ought to make us ponder the more important questions in life, such as: why we are here? What’s it all about? Does God exist? And just what the hell is going on with Keanu Reeves’ acting?
Yet life’s very deepest questions can also be levelled at some of the more straightforward movies to have graced our screens in recent years, too. Viewers could hardly be blamed for questioning the existence of a God who would allow not just one but four Transformers movies to be green lit. But their success is proof, if proof were needed, that one man’s existential nightmare is another man’s adrenaline-filled bounty. »
- Keith Tomlinson
The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »
- Phil Wheat
Before VH1′s I Love the 2000s special began on June 17, I polled my roommates (whom I forced to watch with me) about their favorite pop culture moments from the year 2000. For about three minutes, everyone was stumped—what’s actually from the year 2000, instead of just under the umbrella term “the 2000s”? It turns out that remembering specific years is a lot harder than you think.
That’s why there’s a saving grace to VH1′s nostalgia-bait series, a 10-part anthology spread out over five days this week. It’s hugely entertaining to hear no-name comedians praise specific »
- Marc Snetiker
Mean Girls has been adapted into an 8-bit video game.
Cinefix's 8-Bit Cinema has released a video which recounts the classic teen film as a point-and-click adventure.
Mean Girls celebrated its tenth anniversary this year.
Mean Girls cast 10 years on - then and now
Fey has shot down rumours that there could be a Mean Girls reunion movie.
Gallery: Mean Girls' 20 greatest quotes »
Jake Gyllenhaal is headed to Broadway. The actor, best known for his big screen roles in films like “Donnie Darko,” “Brokeback Mountain” and Prisoners,” will star in the Broadway transfer of Nick Payne's hit West End play, “Constellations.” The show will open for previews at Manhattan Theater Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on December 16, and then begin a limited engagement on January 13 of next year. Also read: Jake Gyllenhaal in Talks to Star in Jean-Marc Vallée Drama ‘Demolition’ The show won great acclaim in the UK, earning an Olivier Award for Best Play thanks to the performances of Sally Hawkins and Rafe. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Calm down, calm down. Back To The Future isn’t really being rebooted (make that yet) but in our on-going Ultimate Recast Reboot series on the podcast, we’ve put together a new cast that we reckon, while sacrilege, is worth a watch. Besides Tom starting a potential war with Mexico and Vic attempting to run Marvel Studios, we’ve got lots more besides including Tom’s Trivia Three – Awesome movie trivia. This week it includes Domino Builders, Twilight and a language invented by Luc Besson Reviews – 22 Jump Street, Grace Of Monaco A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week our acclaimed actor takes on Donnie Darko Ultimate Recast Reboot – This week we recast and reboot Back To The Future News – This weeks big stories discussed including Mark Hamill’s beard and the new Ant-Man director And as per usual, we have »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Dallas Buyers Club swept the award season this year with leading men Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both scooping the big acting prizes at the Oscars. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée who is now underway on his next project Demolition.
The film will focus on a young investment banker who suffers an emotional disconnect after the death of his wife. The script has been described by Vallée as follows:
“Demolition is such a powerful and touching story, written with a strong and sincere desire to try to understand the human psyche, what makes us so unique, so special, what makes us love. This is a script of a rare quality, of a beautiful humanity.”
The plot calls for an actor who can portray disinterested detachment in a believable manner, and Vallée and his production team think that they have found this quality in Jake Gyllenhaal.
Gyllenhaal was sky-rocketed »
- Kat Smith
It’s Donnie Darko, but without Donnie’s impassioned Smurfette monologue and with 8-bit graphics — the result looks like a very, very mad world, indeed.
CineFix regularly turns beloved movies, like The Big Lebowski and The Shining, into shortened, 8-bit videogame-style versions of themselves, and 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko is the latest creation. Darko fans won’t be disappointed by this retro version of the intense film: The three-minute video is complete with a still-terrifying Frank the rabbit, an appropriately modified “Mad World,” and Donnie’s fiery, self-inflicted demise. Disturbing? Slightly. Really cool? For sure.
Check out the video below: »
- Ariana Bacle
What true geek doesn't love a great science fiction film? Ever since I saw E.T. in the movie theater as a kid I was hooked on sci-fi. Over the years I've gone back and watched a ton of older films before my time, and continue to enjoy the awesomeness of this genre. Vimeo user 60fotogramas created a fantastic supercut that pays homage to the best sci-fi movies ever made. He calls it "Sci-Fi: Since 1902," and says:
This is a montage of some of the best science fiction films ever made. A total of 62 films ordered by release year, from 1902 to the present. Thanks for watching, enjoy.
I've included a list of all the movies in the video below:
1902- Voyage dans la lune
1929- Fraud in Mond
1933-The invisible Man
1936-The Devil Doll
1953- The War of the worlds »
- Joey Paur
Films would be nothing without their accompanying scores, lets face it, would we all love Jurassic Park as much without John Williams’ rousing theme? What would Star Wars be without it’s catchy opening music? As part of a season celebrating the wonder of classical music and film, The Royal Albert Hall have been showing famous films with a live orchestra – the fantastic 21st Century Symphony Orchestra. We were lucky enough to attend one of the Star Trek performances, and what an evening it was.
The evening kicked-off with Star Trek actor Simon Pegg taking to the stage to tease the audience with what lay ahead. He spoke briefly about what an honour it was to make the film and admitted that he didn’t really know much about scoring a film and so swiftly brought on Michael Giacchino, the film’s composer.
Giacchino told of growing-up in New Jersey, »
- Kat Smith
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