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Another Tuesday, another round of Fright At Home to give you the lowdown on this week’s must-have DVD & Blu-ray releases! November 12th is filled with an eclectic mix of genre titles, and in some cases making their way to both formats for the first time! Such an example is shot-on-video classics Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone. Both films from director Chester N. Turner are some of the rarest and obscure tapes in circulation, and have been known to fetch hundreds of dollars. Massacre Video was able to track down the thought dead director, and bring it back into print to melt the minds of a whole new generation.
Scream Factory has saved John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper’s horror-anthology Body Bags from its long-oop DVD release, reissuing the film onto Blu-ray in its uncut form with a slew of newly produced features. I’ve »
- Justin Edwards
Two brothers and a baby?! Oh, the tangled web The Originals is weaving between Klaus (Joseph Morgan), his brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), the werewolf girl carrying Klaus' baby (and the potential harbinger of the apocalypse?!) after a one-night stand. Though it's a very slow burn, there is definitely a spark between Elijah and Hayley, one that will continue to strengthen, which of course threatens Klaus. But does Elijah and Hayley's potential romance even stand a chance? And how will Klaus react to the bond? We chatted with Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin and Joseph Morgan to get scoop on what's next for the trio… We advise fans hoping for a Haylijah »
Perhaps the least bullshitting, most unostentatious rock doc ever, often as hilarious as This Is Spinal Tap, though with a different aim in mind in the end… I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Two brothers, unlike in temperament or dignity. One’s a successful indie rock star, the other’s a wannabe filmmaker-slash-metalhead who can’t seem to get his act together. The elder, musician Matt Berninger, leader singer of The National, invites the younger, Tom, along on a year-long tour, opening with the band’s first trip to Europe. Just to be a roadie, mind, but Tom decides the opportunity is perfect to make a documentary about the band. That shouldn’t interfere too much with the work he’s been hired to do, right?
The result is this right here, perhaps the least bullshitting, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Two brothers with the surname Mak, 27 and 28, demanded that they be paid Hk$100,000, the equivalent of $12,900 in Us dollars. During their discussion in a busy area of downtown Hong Kong, the older Mak brother came at the director. He also then tackled by three police officers who tried to intervene. The younger brother was arrested on suspicion of blackmail and assault charges, while the older Mak was arrested for assault. It wasn't immediately clear why the brothers asked for the money, but there is speculation that the production is causing them to lose business, and they wanted to be compensated.
Paramount has responded to the story with a statement that claims the director was never struck by the assailant.
Two brothers approached Bay during filming, the younger demanding a payment of Usd $12,900 for reasons not immediately clear. As a discussion ensued, the elder brother walked up and tried to assault the filmmaker with an air conditioning unit.
He then attacked police officers who tried to intervene. The younger brother was arrested on suspicion of blackmail and assault, the elder was also arrested on suspicion of assault.
Filming resumed as normal after the dispute. The police officers were treated in hospital for minor injuries, while a third man was also arrested. Paramount issued the following statement:
"Contrary to several erroneous news reports, Bay did not get hurt in a fight on his set. The production company did have a rather bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic »
- Garth Franklin
Two brothers surnamed Mak, aged 27 and 28, approached Bay on the set during filming for the American science fiction film and the younger brother demanded payment of Hk$100,000 ($12,900). The main reason for this particular melee, as I did more research into this, was do to Bay closing a major street with restaurants and the like, and patrons and business owners being upset over the street closure. As a discussion ensued, the elder Mak walked up and assaulted the director, the spokeswoman said. The elder brother then attacked three police officers who tried to intervene. The younger brother was arrested on suspicion of blackmail and assault, while the elder Mak was also arrested on suspicion of assault. Bay sustained injuries to the right side of his face, although he declined to seek treatment, the spokeswoman said, adding she did not believe his injuries were serious. Filming continued after the dispute. Any comments »
Chicago – The 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival starts tonight, October 10, 2013, with a tribute to Roger Ebert and the premiere of James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard. Wasting no time, there are at least a dozen flicks this weekend that could grab your attention. It’s one of the strongest Ciff line-ups in memory, with a few nearly-certain Oscar candidates next to some films that are unlikely to play again in Chicago any time soon.
We have a great mix of options for you in the first five days of the fest (10/10-14) in our first of three highlight pieces put together by Brian Tallerico, Patrick McDonald, and, making his Hc debut, Nick Allen. The first page features films we’ve actually seen and recommend while the second features films over the same period that looked interesting that we either couldn’t get to or »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
F rom the works of masters like Costa-Gavras and Asghar Farhadi to newcomers like Nagraj Manjule and Kim Mordaunt, the Mumbai Film Festival 2013 offers above 200 films to choose from for an entire week!
Anu Rangachar, the Program Director of Mumbai Film Festival, lists her 20 favourite films in the lineup.
Dir.: Joshua Oppenheimer (2012 / Col. / 115′)
Section: The Real Reel
The film won the Panorama Audience Award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013 and the Cph:dox Award at the Cph:dox Film Festival 2012. It has bagged several other awards in film festivals at Istanbul, Prague, Geneva, Warsaw, Barcelona, Zagreb, Mexico, etc.
An Indonesian documentary, The Act of Killing challenges the total impunity on genocide by the death squad leaders. In 1965, Anwar Congo and his friends were promoted to the ranks of Death Squad Leaders to help the army obliterate more than one million alleged communists, »
- Editorial Team
Get ready for 10 truly terrifying nights when Washington, D.C.’s Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival haunts the AFI Silver Theatre on Oct 10-19 for the fest’s 8th annual edition.
Things really jolt alive on the 10th with the Opening Night film Willow Creek, a surprising genre entry by comedian-turned-director Bobcat Goldthwait, who tells the tale about a couple of amateur Bigfoot hunters who get in way over their heads in the woods. Goldthwait will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Film Comment‘s Laura Kern. Also playing on this opening night are a program of scary short films and the feature An American Terror, a post-Columbine fright flick by Haylar Garcia.
- Mike Everleth
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "The Other Brother" Tweetable Logline: Two brothers, estranged since 1948, share an exceptional bond. One is an art-world insider, and one lived alone in a world of art. Elevator Pitch: This film is about the ‘genetics’ of art and sibling estrangement. Despite no contact between the brothers since the ages of 19 and 21, Jesse and Tom share the same passion; they both dedicated their life to making art. There are remarkable similarities; there are also clear differences. This story explores their very different lives and the visual thread that connects them. This story unfolds through first-person family interviews and readings of Jesse’s letters. Memories reconstruct. As if eavesdropping on fragments of a family discussion, »
The 5th annual Oakland Underground Film Festival, which runs this year on Sept. 25-29, features their usual mix of socially and politically relevant films, challenging genre fare and loads of short films.
The fest opens on the 25th with two provocative documentaries. First up is Tia Lessin and Carl Deal’s Citizen Koch, which shines a spotlight on the behind-the-scenes machinations of the billionaire Koch brothers who have greatly influenced modern politics. (Citizen Koch is also screening for free, which you can RSVP for on the Oakuff website.) Also on the 25th is a profile of Riot Grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna in The Punk Singer, directed by Sini Anderson.
Other films in the fest include the martial arts action romp Death Grip by Eric Jacobius; the anti-bullying drama The Dirties by Matt Johnson; the quirky family shenanigans of Toastmaster by Eric Boadella; and the Closing Night lyrical documentary about life on the U. »
- Mike Everleth
Chicago – We hit your calendar and your wallet earlier this week with a special TV-only edition of What to Watch and now we’re back to fill in the films that were released this week on DVD, Blu-ray, and streamimg services that may catch your attention. Want to watch a movie this weekend? Why not make it one of these five? If I had to rank them in order of preference, here’s how it would go…
Photo credit: IFC Films
Adam Leon’s debut comedy captures a certain we-can-do-anything attitude that’s not only common to youth but has a unique flavor in New York City. Presented by Jonathan Demme, this festival hit (and Independent Spirit Award winner) has an energy that can best be described as infectious. The loose style of narrative and approach to character can be a bit frustrating but »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
New Delhi, Sep 10: Two Brothers, an event that combined music, song and conversation, was organised here to celebrate the creative genius of of late music maestro Bhupen Hazarika and his late singer-composer-brother Jayanta.
The event, organised Monday by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-nes), Guwahati, in collaboration with the India International Centre and Oil India Limited, was hosted by Sanjoy Hazarika of C-nes.
While showcasing the extraordinary range of their creativity over several decades, the programme, which was held a day after Bhupen Hazarika's birth anniversary, also witnessed. »
- Meeta Kabra
Today we have a restricted international trailer for the upcoming "Blood Ties" thriller, starring Clive Owen, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, Lili Taylor, Billy Crudup, James Caan, Noah Emmerich, and Matthias Schoenaerts. Check it out below. Plot: Two brothers (Owen, Crudup), on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s. The new movie is written and directed by Guillaume Canet (Little White Lies). It already premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and will make an appearance at the Toronto Film Festival later this month. Trailer: »
Ramon Novarro and Greta Garbo in ‘Mata Hari’: The wrath of the censors (See previous post: "Ramon Novarro in One of the Best Silent Movies.") George Fitzmaurice’s romantic spy melodrama Mata Hari (1931) was well received by critics and enthusiastically embraced by moviegoers. The Greta Garbo / Ramon Novarro combo — the first time Novarro took second billing since becoming a star — turned Mata Hari into a major worldwide blockbuster, with $2.22 million in worldwide rentals. The film became Garbo’s biggest international success to date, and Novarro’s highest-grossing picture after Ben-Hur. (Photo: Ramon Novarro and Greta Garbo in Mata Hari.) Among MGM’s 1932 releases — Mata Hari opened on December 31, 1931 — only W.S. Van Dyke’s Tarzan, the Ape Man, featuring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan, and Edmund Goulding’s all-star Best Picture Academy Award winner Grand Hotel (also with Garbo, in addition to Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, and »
- Andre Soares
This year will see the 9th annual edition of the Portland Underground Film Festival, which also marks it as the second edition run by filmmaker Bob Moricz and the first edition that will run for six nights at two different theaters. The fun begins at Puff’s traditional home of the Clinton Street Theater on August 21-23, then will conclude on August 24-26 at the Hollywood Theater.
Festival director Moricz, a maverick filmmaker himself, makes some bold moves with this year’s Puff with a real idiosyncratic lineup of films. For example, the opening night program — when most fests like to show the best film they can — Puff is hosting, along with Grand Detour, a special event looking for the worst films they can find in the “open mic style” showcase called War of the Worst. This will then be followed by a special program of the best Spanish underground »
- Mike Everleth
Wait, what? This isn't wasn't what everyone is talking about? Uh oh, now you're curious about the beautiful hills below. And if you're still looking for The Hill's "50 Most Beautiful People," try here.
1. Green hills in the Steptoe Butte State Park in Washington
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2. Sunset over hills in New Zealand
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3. Faith Hill
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4. Snowy hill getting photobombed by a neighbor hill
(Photo via Flickr: Charmar)
5. More amazing hills in the Steptoe Butte State Park
(Photo via Santhosh Rajangam/Flickr)
6. "Solsbury Hill"
7. Lauryn Hill
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8. Beverly Hills
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9. "Beverly Hills 90210"
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10. Hills in the Black Desert near Farafra, Egypt
(Photo via Marie M./Flickr)
11. Hills right nearby, in Egypt's White Desert
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12. Capitol Hill neighborhood, Washington, D.C.
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- The Huffington Post
Nice to see you, my loyal and not-so-loyal readers. Thanks for joining me yet again (or for the first time) as I ferociously strafe the carnage-laden battlefield that is the comic book industry, searching for an unguarded target of strategic value to unload my critical bombs upon. Look Out Below!
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Alti Firmansyah
Colorist: Beny Maulana
Publisher: Titan Comics
Sometimes, when you see a comic book cover on the shelf, you’re so struck by its unlikely strangeness that curiosity drives you to read it. Tomorrowland is that kind of book. The top of the cover is punctuated by a very cool symbol holding many meanings, some of which I felt would be interesting. The title is a unique stylized front with a strong Hindi or Arabic influence but clearly spells out the book’s title, with a similarly Eastern stylized phrase running beneath it. »
- Chris Melkus
Two brothers from rural Devon fall for the same woman but are reunited on the battlefields of Flanders in this moving adaptation of the novel by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo. Jack O'Connell and George Mackay lead a fine British cast as the once-inseparable Peaceful boys whose bond is put to the ultimate test by romantic rivalry and the injustice of war. Alexandra Roach plays the object of their affections while Maxine Peake, Frances de la Tour and the late Richard Griffiths all make their mark. »
10: Gentleman’s Agreement
Perhaps a bit tame by today’s standards, but Kazan’s message drama was an extremely important film in 1947, marking one of the first times that the word Jew was explicity used in a Hollywood picture. Kazan was known throughout his career as a champion of social causes, and Gentleman’s Agreement earned him the first of two Best Director wins (out of five such nominations). Agreement follows a respected gentile journalist (Gregory Peck) hired by a magazine publisher (Albert Dekker) to write a gutsy expose about anti-Semitism. In order to deliver a true, honest and powerful story, he decides to present himself as Jewish everywhere he goes. Gregory Peck gives unquestionably the second best performance of his career. His strong, steady portrayal earned him a Best Actor nomination (although not a win).
- Ricky D
9: Wild River
Set during the early 1930s when American »
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