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This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 New Directors/New Films series in New York City. For a while it looked like zombies would be the reigning pop culture creature of the night, what with the popularity of "The Walking Dead" on TV and "World War Z" on the big screen. Vampires, after all, had seen their moment in the moon but then the "Twilight" saga ended, "True Blood" was canceled, and society, seemingly as a whole, decided the crawling undead were way sexier than batty bloodsuckers. But this year the vampire is having a comeback—not only is there Jim Jarmusch's groovy vampire romance "Only Lovers Left Alive," but the wacky New Zealand mockumentary "What We Do In The Shadows" screened at SXSW (our review), and, now, the self described "first Iranian vampire western," "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night," which played Sundance and just »
- Drew Taylor
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night screens Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7:05 at The Tivoli as part of The St. Louis International Film Festival. Ticket information can be found Here.
In the fictitious town known as Bad City, everyone is struggling to survive another night. Personal woes and financial struggles plague Arash (Arash Marandi) and the other residents. So mush so that the film even opens with a young homeless boy asking Arash for some cash, only to be met with the question, “Do you know how long I worked to pay for this car?” More problems arise though when a mysterious young woman (Sheila Vand) enters his life. Their budding romance gives way to a sense of uneasiness as Arash’s cloaked beauty attempts to hide her bloodthirsty ways.
A Girl Walks Home… feels in many ways like an early film from Jim Jarmusch – which is somewhat ironic considering »
- Michael Haffner
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"22 Jump Street"
Can Chris Miller and Phil Lord make anything entertaining? When "21 Jump Street" the movie was announced, it seemed utterly ludicrous, if not downright insulting. Yet here we are enjoying the sequel, digging on the continued doofy adventures of Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum). What's next, a dazzling movie about Legos?!
"20,000 Days on Earth"
This documentary about writer and musician Nick Cave is just as weird and wonderful as its subject. It's a must-see for fans of Cave's oeuvre, but even if you don't know a Boy Next Door from a Bad Seed, you'll get a kick out of this strange film. Featuring appearances by Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone, Warren Ellis, and Blixa Bargeld.
"The Wind Rises"
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- Jenni Miller
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
It’s not often that one gets to spend 75 minutes talking about the good, bad and ugly sides of indie filmmaking with eight distinguished filmmakers, but that’s precisely what I had the pleasure of doing last Sunday when I moderated the AFI Fest’s Indie Contenders Roundtable, which was presented by The Hollywood Reporter.
Each of the eight panelists were associated with top-notch 2014 indies: writer-director J.C. Chandor (AFI Fest opener A Most Violent Year); writer-director Damien Chazelle (Sundance grand jury and audience award winner Whiplash); Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard (Belgian Oscar submission Two Days, One Night, as well as 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant); Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Toronto selections Nightcrawler and, from 2013, Enemy); actor Bill Hader (a best actor Gotham Award nominee for Sundance selection The Skeleton Twins); actress Michelle Monaghan (Fort Bliss); actress Kristen Stewart (Toronto selection Still Alice, as well as »
- Anjelica Oswald
White God and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence bookend the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
The 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Oct 31-Nov 9) kicks off today with the Cannes Certain Regard Gran Prix awarded White God by Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó.
It concludes November 9 with the Venice Golden Lion awarded A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence by Swedish director Roy Andersson.
Both directors will be present as they are set to also receive homages.
They will enjoy retrospectives of their films and will offer master classes.
Among others attending are Fatih Akin to present The Cut, Ira Sachs to introduce Love Is Strange co-produced by local production powerhouse, Christos Konstantakopoulos’ Faliro House boasting among its international coproductions slate Jarmush’s Only Lovers Left Alive plus two upcomig Terrence Malick films in post »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Alexis Grivas)
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. For the past week and a half, we've been posting our top picks from several specific groups—demons, ghosts, slasher movies, and so on—and giving you the chance to vote on which film from each category is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. We already covered vampires earlier today—but now it's time to tackle their furry, sharp-toothed nemeses. We've never really had a Werewolf Moment. Vampires have been popular figures onscreen since the silent film era. »
- Darren Franich
If there’s a reason “Gone Girl” has emerged as a key movie of the moment, it’s because David Fincher’s thriller effectively doubles as a cautionary satire about the horrors of heterosexual commitment — “the date-night movie of the decade for couples who dream of destroying one another,” in the words of Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers. Serving up a particularly bleak vision of domestic hell (call it “The Five-Year Itch”), the film excavates more layers of deception, desperation, resentment and homicidal rage than you’d think could exist between two people who were once in love, all in service of an acridly funny punchline: “That’s marriage.”
But is it really? For better or worse, richer or poorer, the venerable but battered institution of marriage remains an inexhaustible wellspring of drama, comedy and everything in between. And “Gone Girl,” for all its cultural and commercial primacy, should hardly »
- Justin Chang
★★★★☆For much of the past decade, creatures of the night have had to stand by and watch as their charisma was leeched by toothless tween angst franchises. Fortunately, attempts are now being made to give succubi their credibility back. First came the droll literary ennui of Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) and now, in what has been billed as Iran's first vampire film, we has A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) the striking and achingly cool feature debut of America-based Iranian director Ana Lily Amirpour. Sprinkled with notes from genres both gothic and western, Amipour's expansion of her eponymous 2011 short film is a fantastic undead rebuke to Middle-Eastern patriarchy. »
- CineVue UK
It may be more true in horror than in any other genre that certain subgenres ebb and flow in popularity over time. Vampires were hot in the mid-’90s when you had Interview with the Vampire, From Dusk Till Dawn, Blade and the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then, vampires sat out of popular discourse for the next ten years or so, until the double whammy of Twilight and True Blood hitting in 2008, causing a tidal wave of vampiric fiction from the arty (Only Lovers Left Alive, Byzantium) to the schlocky (Dracula Untold, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) that hasn’t slowed down since.
Witches are now in the middle of an uncertain period, neither in ebb or flow. When Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages was released in 1922, witchcraft and the occult were still deeply feared in modern society. In the decades that followed, interest waned and they became more »
- Jake Pitre
For a while, it seemed like movies about music were at serious risk of getting in an unsalvageable rut of redundancy. Narrative films have relied repeatedly on the musical biopic, where seemingly every landmark musician in the second half of the twentieth century has been afforded an identical dramatic arc. It’s a formula that an occasional great performance can rise above, but ultimately offers little new in terms of cinema’s relationship with the power of pop. Nonfiction films, by contrast, have shown an opposite problem, treating lesser-known chapters of popular music history (from underappreciated artists to allegedly undervalued studios) with all-too-familiar hagiographies and seemingly requisite Bono interviews. But 2014 has not only produced a surprising glut of interesting films about music, it’s shown how great movies about music can explore relationships between sound and image, music and history, art and the artist well outside of the tired formulas. Here »
- Landon Palmer
The story centers on a punk rock bank, lead by Anton Yelchin's character, who witness a murder at one of their small venue concerts in the middle of nowhere. They lock themselves in the green room, as they become targeted by a group of murderous and racist skinheads. Imogen Poots is playing a skinhead whose friend is the murder victim, which causes her to join forces with the band.
Jeremy Saulnier is directing from his own screenplay, with Broad Green Pictures producing and providing financing for the indie thriller. Production is slated to begin next month in Portland.
Rudderless, the feature directorial debut of actor William H. Macy, follows Sam (Billy Crudup), a man whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. He passes his days by drowning his pain in alcohol, until he discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, and he begins to reconnect with his son while exploring his unknown talent. When he learns and decides to play these songs in a local bar he catches the attention of a young musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), and the two decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band called Rudderless. At the film’s press day, actor Anton Yelchin spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about selling William H. Macy on the fact that he could do the music, what it was like to get to work with these amazing songs, the type of music that really moves him, »
- Christina Radish
Welcome back to The Stack. It's me, Dave Canfield, throwing some Halloween coverage at ya. This year has seen some amazing releases. In addition to what is mentioned in the headline, I recommend the Universal Classic Monsters 30 Film DVD Box Set. For you art-house horror nuts, Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive is worth your time and attention. Twilight Time blew me away with their triple threat Blu-ray debuts of The Blob (1988), The Believers, and Audrey Rose. Grindhouse FIlms knocks it out of the park with their stunning Cannibal Holocaust 2 Blu-ray and soundtrack CD set. Lastly, Aubrey Plaza brings that zombie-like stare in a bit of typecasting to Life After Beth. You can watch the video below!...
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The 3rd Dharamshala International Film Festival (Diff) will open on October 30 with Rajat Kapoor’s critically acclaimed film, Ankhon Dekhi. The four-day festival will showcase feature films, documentaries, short films and animation films. Besides, Diff will also host Masterclasses, panel discussions and Harun Farocki Retrospective.
Feature films to be screened at the festival include Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, Hansal Mehta’s Citylights, Geetu Mohandas’ Liar’s Dice, Avinash Arun’s Killa, Khyentse Norbu’s Vara: A Blessing, Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi’s Zinda Bhaag, Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar, Gabriela Pichler’s Eat Sleep Die, Byamba Sakhya’s Remote Control, Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze’s Papusza and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive.
Q’s Nabarun, a documentary about famous Bengali writer Nabarun Bhattacharya who passed away in July, will have its »
A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new theatrical releases and other films currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails.
also playing Us/Can Begin Again Boyhood The Congress Dawn of the Planet of the Apes The Fault in Our Stars Frank How to Train Your Dragon 2 If I Stay Life Itself Lilting The Lunchbox A Most Wanted Man Only Lovers Left Alive Pride The Purge: Anarchy Rich Hill Snowpiercer Swim Little Fish Swim Tracks 20,000 Days on Earth 22 Jump Street X-Men: Days of Future Past Advanced Style Believe Me Earth to Echo Guardians of the Galaxy Hercules Honeymoon The Hundred-Foot Journey Life of Crime Magic in the Moonlight »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The British star will collect the Actor Tribute and Miller the Director Tribute at the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City on December 1.
Swinton most recently appeared in Snowpiercer and her credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Broken Flowers, The Deep End, Orlando, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Michael Clayton, which earned her a best supporting actress Oscar in 2008.
“Swinton’s broad and iconoclastic body of work permeates the indie film landscape, thrilling and challenging audiences. Miller’s films, both narrative and documentary, have similarly »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Actress Tilda Swinton and director Bennett Miller will receive tributes at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the 24th annual kudofest presented every year by the New York-based Independent Filmmmaker Project (Ifp).
Swinton gets this year’s actress tribute for a body of work that includes “Snowpiercer,” “Only Lovers Left Alive” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — all of which opened this year — as well as “Michael Clayton,” the 2007 feature for which she won an Oscar. Miller, meanwhile, takes the director tribute as he enters awards-season contention with “Foxcatcher,” the wrestling drama that stars Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum.
The Gothams are one of the earliest trophy ceremonies in the film industry’s awards season, and often highlight indie titles that go on to become serious contenders in the Oscar race. »
- Gordon Cox
Tilda Swinton and director Bennett Miller will be honored at the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Dec. 1 in New York City, the Independent Feature Project announced on Thursday. The Gotham Awards are the primary East Coast award for independent film, book-ending an awards season for indies that concludes with the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles the day before the Oscars. Swinton will be given the Gotham Actor Tribute for 30 years of “powerful and iconoclastic performances,” according to the Ifp press release. Her work includes Sally Potter's “Orlando,” Jim Jarmusch‘s “Only Lovers Left Alive” and “Broken. »
- Steve Pond
Dracula Untold bites the UK box office this week, but are we reaching vampire overload, James wonders...
Drac is back (in, erm, black, but we're not going to crank AC/DC because it's cliché, it's anachronistic in this medieval setting and it might be mistaken as a reference to Iron Man). If you go to your local cinema this weekend you can see Dracula Untold which has Luke Evans vamping it up as the latest incarnation of the most infamous bloodsucker in cultural history.
Once the movie has been seen the title should be changed to 'Dracula Told' because then it won't be a story 'Untold' but, ah, I digress. The important thing to know is that audiences are going to get to enjoy a new movie expanding the Dracula mythos and this one has a lot to offer cinemagoers getting into the horror mindset in the Halloween month.
British producer Jeremy Thomas to to head the Official Competition jury at the 58th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).
Thomas’s career as producer and executive producer spans Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing (1978), Bernardo Bertolucci’s Oscar-winner The Last Emperor (1987), David Cronenberg’s Crash (1996), Wim Wender’s Pina (2011) and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).
He will preside over a jury that comprises last year’s Best Film Award nominee Ahmad Abdalla (Rags & Tatters), actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), film producer and programme advisor Lorna Tee (Postcards from the Zoo), actor James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and film critic Scott Foundas.
Jury members who will present work at the festival include Abdalla, whose film Decor receives its world premiere; Hawkins, who features in Morgan Matthews’ debut feature X + Y; and James McAvoy who stars in The Disappearance »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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