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Film Review: Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021): A Touching and Captivating Documentary

Film Review: Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021): A Touching and Captivating Documentary
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain Review — Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Film Review, a movie directed by Morgan Neville and starring Anthony Bourdain, Ottavia Bourdain, Asia Argento, David Chang, Helen M. Cho, David Choe, Morgan Fallon, Josh Homme, John Lurie, Alison Mosshart, and Eric Ripert. Anthony Bourdain was a passionate traveler [...]

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Anthony Bourdain Documentary ‘Roadrunner’ Gives Boost to Arthouse Movie Theaters

Anthony Bourdain Documentary ‘Roadrunner’ Gives Boost to Arthouse Movie Theaters
Fueled by strong reviews, “Roadrunner” ignited the independent movie theater scene, collecting $1.9 million from 925 U.S. cinemas.

The documentary, chronicling the life of the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, landed in eighth place on box office charts, which is pretty good for a non-fiction film. Its ticket sales, averaging to a strong $2,050 per location, surpassed Roadside’s spy drama “The Courier” ($1.88 million) and A24’s social media satire “Zola ($1.2 million) to land the biggest opening weekend of the year for a specialty film. It also secured the top debut for a documentary in 2021, outperforming Searchlight’s “Summer of Soul,” which opened to $650,000 from 752 screens.

Unlike “Black Widow,” “Space Jam: A New Legacy” and other recent releases, “Roadrunner” is only playing in theaters and won’t be available on streaming services or TV until a later date.

For director Morgan Neville — whose credits include “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” about
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Why Asia Argento Wasn’t Interviewed for Anthony Bourdain Documentary ‘Roadrunner’

Why Asia Argento Wasn’t Interviewed for Anthony Bourdain Documentary ‘Roadrunner’
One figure notably absent from Morgan Neville’s new documentary about the life and career of Anthony Bourdain, “Roadrunner,” is Asia Argento. She was the “Parts Unknown” host, beloved chef, author, and documentarian’s girlfriend at the time of his suicide in 2018.

Shortly after his death, Argento was scrutinized as a villain figure in Bourdain’s life, as the #MeToo activist was embroiled in a sexual assault scandal of her own. While the movie looks toward this chapter at the end of Bourdain’s life, Neville does not interview Argento at all for the film, instead speaking with others close to her late boyfriend.

Neville told IndieWire, the filmmakers were “pretty deep” into the project when they decided not to include her. “We’d been editing for a long time and part of it is that once you start getting into the revelations that came out after he died — that he was supporting lawsuits,
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Why Asia Argento Wasn’t Interviewed for Anthony Bourdain Doc

Why Asia Argento Wasn’t Interviewed for Anthony Bourdain Doc
Morgan Neville’s Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain dives deep into the enigma that was the globe-trotting chef-raconteur, who died by suicide in 2018. Many members of Bourdain’s inner circle sat for the two-hour film from Focus Features and CNN Films (out July 16), which The Hollywood Reporter critic Daniel Fienberg calls “closer to the center of a raw … wound.”

It raises the question of whether too much collective blame was put on Asia Argento, Bourdain’s girlfriend. She emerged as a villain of sorts in the wake of his suicide for rumored infidelity. In Neville’s film,...
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‘Vortex’ Film Review: Cannes Winds Down With Thoughtful, Heartbreaking Look at Aging

‘Vortex’ Film Review: Cannes Winds Down With Thoughtful, Heartbreaking Look at Aging
As usual, Gaspar Noe kept us waiting. The director’s latest film, Vortex, was the last film to arrive in the projection rooms and the last to play in any of the official sections (the newly-created Cannes Premiere sidebar), the final gasp of a film festival that made it over the finish line wheezing and exhausted but triumphant.

It also started 50 minutes late, after Bill Murray refused to leave the stage from the preceding musical event screening. So it was nearly midnight when Cannes boss Thierry Fremaux announced there had only been 70 positive Covid tests throughout the festival – meaning movie theaters are, after all, safe spaces – and then introduced the attending celebrities, who included Tilda Swinton and Asia Argento as well the unlikely stars of Vortex, Italian horror director Dario Argento and nouvelle vague legend Francoise LeBrun. And, of course, Noe himself.

With “Vortex,” the controversial Argentinian who usually focuses his Cannes premieres on sex,
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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain Review: A Heartbreaking Remembrance of A Great Adventurer

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain Review: A Heartbreaking Remembrance of A Great Adventurer
Anthony Bourdain is remembered fondly in a heartbreaking retrospective of a great adventurer. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain takes an intimate look at a complex individual. Award-winning documentarian Morgan Neville explores his life from meteoric stardom to shocking 2018 suicide in provincial France. Bourdain's friends, colleagues, production team, and second wife, Ottavia Busia, speak frankly about their tragic loss. But it is Bourdain's own haunting words that best illuminates his hopes, dreams, and struggles. He experienced the world on a grand scale. It was not enough to silence his personal misgivings.

Roadrunner begins in 1999 with Anthony Bourdain at forty-three as the executive chef of the French Brasserie Les Halles in New York City. A recovering cocaine and heroin addict that started in the kitchen as a dishwasher, Bourdain was perennially in financial distress. Philippe Lajaunie, the owner of Les Halles, comments how Bourdain always had difficulties paying bills. But he
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Roadrunner Review: Anthony Bourdain Doc is Earnest Because it Feels Incomplete

Roadrunner Review: Anthony Bourdain Doc is Earnest Because it Feels Incomplete
Anthony Bourdain took his own life. It’s common knowledge. It’s not the most defining facet of his legacy, but he knew his death would be of interest. He talked about it often and joked about it just as much, posing an ironic sense of confrontation that leaned more toward the what than the why. And while his passing isn’t the whole truth, Morgan Neville’s documentary immediately focuses on it. It opens the film; it holds over a nearly two-hour runtime, anticipating to bookend the story. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is, like its subject, not too focused on the why. What happened happened; what matters is how it felt.

With that, the film borders on absurdist, in the philosophical sense of the word. Moments of Bourdain’s life, often those of great impact, simply occur. They happen because he started a low-paying job, because one thing led to another.
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‘Agony’ VOD Review

‘Agony’ VOD Review
Stars: Asia Argento, Franco Nero, Jonathan Caouette, Nick Daly, Ninetto Davoli, Giulia Di Quilio, Monica Guerritore, Rade Serbedzija | Written by Michele Civetta, Joseph Schuman | Directed by Michele Civetta

Sometimes I feel a little sorry for low budget horror film makers today. Dial it back 30 years, you could make an incompetent piece of cinema, but put in enough hokey bloodletting, regardless of how laughably unrealistic those sausage string guts were, and you might well have a money-spinning film on your hands. Even objectively poor films like Driller Killer managed to (very deliberately) whip up enough conservative anger to ensure that a poorly made, dull film became widely seen, and naturally far more successful as a result.

Today, blood is not nearly enough. Some of the films I see today with a 15 certificate would have faced heavy censure back in the Mary Whitehouse days of video nasties. A time when films would
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‘Roadrunner’ Director Morgan Neville on the Mystery of Bourdain’s Suicide and Exploring Hours of His Show

‘Roadrunner’ Director Morgan Neville on the Mystery of Bourdain’s Suicide and Exploring Hours of His Show
By the time Anthony Bourdain committed suicide in 2018, he had lived many lives. The “Parts Unknown” host became an unwitting celebrity chef with the 2000 publication of “Kitchen Confidential,” his behind-the-scenes exposé from his days in the high-end restaurant business. His bold truth-telling and acerbic tone easily translated to TV success, which Bourdain carried across three programs as he increased in ambition. At the height of his fame, Bourdain had his own genre of storytelling, using food and travel as a platform for studying people and places around the world.

The success came at great personal cost. In “Roadrunner,” documentarian Morgan Neville explores the hardships of Bourdain’s globe-trotting lifestyle, from the way it impacted his family life to the combustible relationship he developed with his many peers. Combining ample behind-the-scenes footage from the shows with over a dozen talking heads, “Roadrunner” provides an enthralling deep-dive on the evolution of Bourdain
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‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain’ Review: The Insatiable Life and Enigmatic Death of a Foodie Superstar

‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain’ Review: The Insatiable Life and Enigmatic Death of a Foodie Superstar
Why did he do it? That’s the question that anyone who’s ever been touched by the hungry, life-force spirit of Anthony Bourdain will have at the top of his or her head going into “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.” Directed by the award-winning Morgan Neville, the documentary, which premiered tonight at the Tribeca Festival, is an intimate and fascinating portrait of the beloved celebrity chef and television globe-trotter. It is also, inevitably, a spiritual investigation into why his life ended. On June 8, 2018, Bourdain hung himself in his hotel room. Three years later, it’s still shocking to think that his name could be included in the same sentence with the word “suicide.”

We all know that suicide, too often, is a cruel mystery, that it has a way of mocking our need for “why.” (Bourdain was a brilliant writer who left no note.) We also know that
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‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain’ Review: A Fitting Tribute to a Brilliant Lost Soul

‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain’ Review: A Fitting Tribute to a Brilliant Lost Soul
From the early days of his breakthrough exposé “Kitchen Confidential” through the TV adventures of “No Reservations” that ended with his suicide, Anthony Bourdain lived hard and fast to explore the world without an iota of bullshit. On camera, his punk rock attitude complemented his baritone declarations at every turn, and fueled globe-trotting journeys that wrestled unfamiliar cultures into intimate experiences. His abrupt suicide in 2018, in the midst of filming a new episode in northeastern France, had a terrible kind of logic to it because Bourdain’s uncompromising spirit meant that he would always have the last word.

All of which creates intimidating expectations for “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,” documentarian Morgan Neville’s enthralling deep-dive into the mystique of a man so keen on exploring and explaining the world around him that he barely had time to explore himself. With its dense assemblage of archival materials and candid talking heads,
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‘Roadrunner’ Film Review: Anthony Bourdain Gets a Nostalgic Tribute in New Doc

Given that fans already know where “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” will go, documentarian Morgan Neville (“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”) makes the risky — but poignant and thoughtful — choice to begin at the end.

The celebrity chef, author and television host died by suicide three years ago, so it’s inevitable that a melancholy air suffuses what is nevertheless a warm celebration of an unusually full life. The effortlessly charismatic Bourdain never met a camera he couldn’t seduce, and Neville makes copious use of the 100,000 hours of video with which the project began.

This means we get to learn about Bourdain primarily from the man himself. Through well-edited archival footage, Neville takes us from Bourdain’s final months back in time, to his early years of aimlessness and drug addiction, followed by improbable achievements in the restaurant world and well beyond. The movie’s title comes from a Modern Lovers song,
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Agony - Jennie Kermode - 16833

Agony - Jennie Kermode - 16833
New directors often start out with a surfeit of visual ideas, especially if they have chosen to immerse themselves in a specific cinematic tradition, but getting that first feature made often means writing it oneself, and that requires a very different skillset. Michele Civetta's début has all the elements of the Gothic in their proper places, with a hint of giallo, but there is simply no narrative glue to hold them together. A generous critic might attribute the story's lack to cohesion to the gradual disintegration of its heroine's mental state, but the fact is that the problem is there from the start.

That heroine is Isidora. She's a New Yorker whose life is turned upside down when she learns that her mother, whom she thought had died when she was a child, was in fact alive until very recently, living in a...
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Agony review – Asia Argento stars in atmospheric horror where house is the star

Agony review – Asia Argento stars in atmospheric horror where house is the star
Garish colour effects, dodgy dialogue … who’s heading for a breakdown first, Argento’s haunted artist or the audience?

It might be something of a surprise to see a new movie starring Asia Argento, a leading figure in the #MeToo movement; Agony, directed by Argento’s ex-husband Michele Civetta, was actually completed in 2017.

This atmospheric film hovers somewhere between a gothic horror and a giallo. Isidora (Argento) is a tightly wound Italian artist living in New York with her husband and young daughter. Plagued by strange visions of an occult ceremony, Isidora continues to unravel when she discovers that her mother, whom she believes is long dead, only passed away recently and has left her a vast estate in Tuscany. Isidora confronts her father, who confesses that he shielded her from the truth because of her mother’s debilitating mental illness. Isidora, along with her family, heads to the estate
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‘Two Evil Eyes’ Coming to 4K Blu-ray in August

‘Two Evil Eyes’ Coming to 4K Blu-ray in August
Blue Underground have formally announced the next 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray offering in their slowly growing line.

Coming August 21st, 2021 is George Romero and Dario Argento's two-movie horror-thriller Two Evil Eyes based on Edgar Allen Poe short stories. The film has been scanned in 4K 16-bit from the originalcamera negative and will be presented with Dolby Vision Hdr and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix.

The first pressing of Two Evil Eyes in 4K includes a Limited Edition embossed slipcover featuring artwork by legendary artist Enzo Sciotti.

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Bonus features include the following:

Disc 1 (4K Uhd Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras

Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, Author of Murder By Design: The Unsane Cinema of Dario Argento

Theatrical Trailer

Poster & Still Gallery

Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras

Two Masters’ Eyes – Interviews with Directors Dario Argento & George Romero, Special Make-Up Effects

Supervisor Tom Savini, Executive Producer Claudio Argento, and Asia Argento
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Blu-ray Review – Demons 1 & 2 Limited Edition Set

Blu-ray Review – Demons 1 & 2 Limited Edition Set
Demons 1 & 2 Limited Edition set Directed by Lamberto Bava. Starring Bobby Rhodes, Geretta Geretta, Urbano Barberini, Karl Zinny, Natasha Hovey, Michele Soavi, Asia Argento, David Knight, Nicoletta Elmi, Lino Salemme, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni. Synopsis: Lamberto Bava’s Bonsoir heavy metal classic splat-fests get a 4K re-issue from Arrow Video in what is possibly the greatest […]

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Asia Argento Accuses Director Rob Cohen Of Sexual Assault While On Film Set

Asia Argento Accuses Director Rob Cohen Of Sexual Assault While On Film Set
Actress Asia Argento has accused Rob Cohen, director of the movie xXx, of sexually assaulting her while they worked on the 2002 film. Argento was one of the first to speak out against Harvey Weinstein in 2017, which sparked the beginning of the #MeToo Movement. She made these allegations in an interview with an Italian […]

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Asia Argento, Golshifteh Farahani, Gaspar Noe Head Voice Cast of Animation ‘Schirkoa’ (Exclusive)

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Asia Argento, Golshifteh Farahani, Gaspar Noe Head Voice Cast of Animation ‘Schirkoa’ (Exclusive)
Asia Argento (“Agony”), Golshifteh Farahani (“Extraction”) and Jim Sarbh (“Made in Heaven”) star in the voice cast of Ishan Shukla’s animated feature “Schirkoa,” production on which begins in the spring.

The voice cast also includes Soko (“Little Fish”) and Arish Ahmad Khan aka King Khan, front man of Berlin-based garage rock and psychedelic soul band King Khan and the Shrines, with filmmaker Gaspar Noe (“Climax”) and actor-musician Piyush Mishra (“Sanju”) appearing as Vo guest stars. The soundtrack will be composed by Sneha Khanwalkar (“Gangs of Wasseypur”).

The film tells the story of a bored office worker, who may have accidentally sparked a revolution in a bizarre dystopian world, Schirkoa, where citizens live with paper bags on their heads to dissolve political, cultural and religious differences.

Shukla’s Indian animation studio Red Cigarette Media will produce the English-language feature. Co-producers are Dissidenz Films’ Tran Bich-Quan (France), Rapid Eye Movies’ Stephan Holl
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Rob Cohen Denies Asia Argento Assault Accusations, Says Claims Are “Bewildering”

Rob Cohen Denies Asia Argento Assault Accusations, Says Claims Are “Bewildering”
Actress and director Asia Argento has come forward and accused The Fast and the Furious and xXx director Rob Cohen of sexual assault.

A staunch, outspoken voice who was one of the many that accused Weinstein of harassment, Argento revealed the allegations against Cohen in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera. Argento told the media outlet that it was the first time she has talked about Cohen. She claimed that Cohen abused her and made her drink Ghb, an anesthetic associated with date rape.

“At the time, I really didn’t know what it was. I woke up in the morning naked in his bed,” Argento told the Italian newspaper. She added that the alleged attack happened while she was filming the 2002 movie xXx.

In regards to the allegations, a spokesperson for Cohen released a statement to Deadline that said: “Mr. Cohen categorically denies Asia Argento
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xXx Director Rob Cohen Denies Asia Argento's Sexual Assault Accusations

xXx Director Rob Cohen Denies Asia Argento's Sexual Assault Accusations
Asia Argento has come forward with new sexual assault allegations against director Rob Cohen. The actress told the media that the Fast and the Furious helmer, who she worked with on the 2002 Vin Diesel action film xXx, drugged her with Ghb—a depressant commonly referred to as a "date-rape drug"—and sexually assaulted her. She first told Milan newspaper Il Corriere della Sera on Jan. 21, "At the time, I really didn't know what it was. I woke up in the morning naked in his bed." She doubled down on her claims, telling Variety magazine on Jan. 24 that she details the alleged assault in her upcoming...
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