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Criterion After FilmStruck: 9 Possible New Streaming Homes for the World’s Greatest Film Library

  • Indiewire
Last month’s news that FilmStruck, the streaming service from Turner Classic Movies, would cease operations by the end of November hit its diehard cinephile users like a truck — including some major names in the entertainment industry. “It was like a family member died,” Bill Hader said at the IndieWire Honors. A petition imploring Warner Media to save FilmStruck has ballooned to more than 45,000 signatures, including support from Barbra Streisand and Guillermo del Toro. “Don’t mourn FilmStruck,” del Toro tweeted. “Do something!”

Nevertheless, it’s hard to see tell how much FilmStruck’s corporate parent — which is plotting bigger plans for a subscriber service in the wake of being acquired by At&T — actually cares about one passionate niche of serious movie viewers. And in the meantime, the news has left one major open question: What happens to the Criterion Collection? FilmStruck was the exclusive streaming partner for Criterion’s
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Film Review: ‘Narcissister Organ Player’

  • Variety
For a long time, performance artists cultivated the image, and maybe still do, of standing outside the system of conventional bourgeois values. But in the fascinating avant-garde home-movie documentary psychodrama “Narcissister Organ Player,” the performance artist who calls herself Narcissister comes off as both a liberated and mind-opening deconstructionist of our addictive/oppressive image culture and an unapologetic paragon of the middle class. She’s a provocateur who’s the first to acknowledge her own place in the system.

On stage, she’s a prankish gender outlaw whose work is at once witty, shocking, disturbing, and supremely expressive of her feminine mystique. She bares a great deal of her body, or shrouds it in prosthetic costumes that come off as more naked than her nudity. Yet she never reveals her face. She wears masks that look like dada store mannequins (she wears them even on the red carpet), and what
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Lff 2018: ‘All the Gods in the Sky’ Review

Stars: Jean-Luc Couchard, Mélanie Gaydos, Thierry Frémont, Zelie Rixhon, Albert Delpy, Loïc Houdré, Xavier Mussel, Adeline Walter | Written and Directed by Quarxx

Expanded from his own short (A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky), this unsettling body horror from self-monikered director Quarxx slots neatly into the New French Extremity movement, popularised by the likes of Martyrs, Frontiere(s) and Haute Tension. By turns queasy, disturbing and unexpectedly moving, it’s an accomplished and divisive debut that marks a strong calling card for its writer-director-editor.

Jean-Luc Couchard plays Simon, a 30 year old factory worker who lives in the remote French countryside with his younger sister Estelle (Melanie Gaydos), who was left severely disabled after a childhood game went horribly wrong. Haunted by guilt and fiercely protective of his sister, Simon goes to extreme lengths to protect her when social services come calling. At the same time, he appears to be losing his grip on reality,
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October Horrors 2018 Day 3 – Eraserhead (1977)

Eraserhead, 1977.

Directed by David Lynch.

Starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Jeanne Bates, Judith Anne Roberts, and Jack Fisk.

Synopsis:

Henry Spencer is informed that his longtime girlfriend Mary X has given birth to his hideously disfigured child and the two move in together. After X abandons her lover and her child, Henry is forced to care for the child alone in a desolate industrial wasteland filled with surreal characters and surreal goings-on.

A man once described by Mel Brooks as “Jimmy Stewart from Mars”, a man who brought surrealism into the mainstream and inspired a plethora of weird films, TV shows and art and a slew of imitators, David Lynch an is a very curious and creative man who never fails to perplex and amaze.

While quite a few of Lynch’s works both in film, TV and art could be considered horror, I’ve decided to go back to
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Interview: Filmmaker Can Evrenol on Digging into the Nightmare Logic of Housewife

  • DailyDead
I was an immediate fan of filmmaker Can Evrenol once I saw his previous feature, Baskin, and I’ve been patiently waiting to see what kind of movie madness he would unleash on us next. Thankfully, the wait is nearly over, as his latest film, Housewife, comes home to DVD, VOD, and digital platforms tomorrow, courtesy of Rlje Films.

I recently caught up with Evrenol for a quick chat, and we discussed how he approached the story of Housewife, the similarities between this film and Baskin, and collaborating with the film’s star, Clémentine Poidatz, whose character Holly undergoes quite the transformation throughout the movie.

So great to speak with you today, Can, as I am a big fan of Baskin. I would love to hear about what your approach to this story was at the script level, the influences, and basically what Holly's journey is through this film, because
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David Lynch And The Treachery Of Language

A film student once approached director David Lynch and asked, “[You] have described [your] film ‘Eraserhead‘ in this manner, ‘A dream of dark and troubling things.’ Would you like to expound on that a little?” Without hesitation, Lynch answered simply and severely, “No.” As a filmmaker, Lynch has rarely, if ever, answered questions on the meaning or intentions behind his work.

Continue reading David Lynch And The Treachery Of Language at The Playlist.
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City on Fire: Close-Up on Huang Weikai’s "Disorder"

  • MUBI
Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Huang Weikai's Disorder (2009) is showing September 13 – October 13, 2018 in the United States as part of the series Chinese Independents.A fire hydrant rains down upon the nighttime bustle of a crowded street; a man lies sprawled on the pavement, either reeling from a car accident or just faking an injury; a chest freezer is opened to reveal a pile of (presumably) illegally peddled bear claws; a man fishes a cockroach out of a bowl of noodles. These are some of the first images of Disorder (2009), Huang Weikai’s absurdist, not-quite-found footage documentary about—as much as any single film could claim to be—the rapid urbanization of China as seen through the city of Guangzhou. The title is no coy attempt at misdirection: Disorder’s dominant progression is that of constant, chaotic bombardment, with scenes—abrasive, shocking and downright stomach-churning
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Gaspar Noe interview: "American horror movies are more moralistic"

Ben Mortimer Sep 21, 2018

We chat to the controversial director about his LSD-laced psychological horror, Climax.

Throughout his career Gaspar Noe has made films that challenge the audience. From Irreversible’s uncomfortably long rape scene to Enter The Void’s literally nauseating visuals, his uncompromising style has led to certain expectations for an audience. With Climax, Noe has developed a little from his typical style, because while the film does have his trademark brutality, for a great deal of its running time it’s remarkably light. A fact we addressed when we spoke with the director earlier this month.

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The opening scene to your movie certainly let us know something horrific was going to happen, but beyond that it’s almost joyous.

Until the end.
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David Lynch’s Eraserhead Midnights at The Tivoli This Weekend

“Mother, they’re still not sure if it Is a baby.”

David Lynch’s Eraserhead plays this weekend (August 3rd and 4th) at The Tivoli at midnight as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli midnight series.

In the summer of ’78 I was just 16 years old. The Varsity Theater on Delmar (in the building that now houses Vintage Vinyl) was the cool theater that showed Rocky Horror at midnight and presented counterculture film programming, mostly for the students at nearby Washington University. Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, Andy Warhol’S Frankenstein, House Of Wax in 3D, and Nine Lives Of Fritz The Cat were a few of the many movies I saw there. That summer, they had a midnight series on Wednesday nights they called ‘Weird Wednesdays’ (I guess the weekends were strictly for Rocky Horror – which I only saw there once). Yellow Submarine was the only other
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Fantasia Film Review: ‘Chained for Life’

  • Variety
Fantasia Film Review: ‘Chained for Life’
What if the “freaks” had made Tod Browning’s “Freaks”? That seems to be the guiding impulse behind Aaron Schimberg’s second feature “Chained for Life” as he follows his intriguing 2013 black-and-white dreamscape “Go Down Death” with an even more challenging mix of outre form and content. Easier to admire than to love, this fascinating meta-narrative involving a film crew making a quasi-horror movie about physical disabilities keeps viewers at a deliberate distance — the better to make us question the nature of what we’re seeing (and thinking).

In another era, “Chained for Life” might have found a place on the midnight movie circuit — albeit a temporary one, as the film (presumably named after the cheesy 1952 exploitation vehicle for Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton) is a mite too intellectual in appeal to have rivaled the likes of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” or “Eraserhead” (a film to which “Chained
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Review: "Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes" 25Th Anniversary Edition From Mvd

  • CinemaRetro
By Todd Garbarini

Movie-going audience members under the age of forty will not recall motion picture theatrical exhibition in the 1970s. It was a most interesting time when drive-ins and even first-run movie theaters would pair up an older feature film, generally one that was one to two years-old, with the main feature on a double-bill. A handful of theaters in my area used to engage in midnight showings of older films, too. One theater exclusively ran The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) for years while another alternated between Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards (1971), Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same (1976), David Lynch's art-house favorite Eraserhead (1977) and Alan Parker's Pink Floyd The Wall (1982). Other showcases included uncensored bloopers featuring Carol Burnett, the Three Stooges, and Abbott and Costello.

In October 1978, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was unleashed upon the moviegoing public (filming
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The Tivoli Announces the ‘Reel Late’ Midnight Line-Up – The Witch, Eraserhead, Mad Max

“You killed Ted, you medieval dickweed!”

Another brilliant lineup of midnight movies for the ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ to kick off the summer 2018 season. It’s an especially good variety of titles that will draw the late night movie buff crowd with several retro surprises. The Midnight Movie experience has always catered to a college-age crowd and that’s the way it should be. The oldest film this time is David Lynch’s Eraserhead from 1978 and the most recent is The Witch from 2015. There’s a Miyazaki of course (Spirited Away) and a couple of standards including Bill And Ted’S Excellent Adventure and Ghost In The Shell . I’ve been hosting the midnight show at The Tivoli for ten years now and I’m certain Crimson Peak, But I’M A Cheerleader and The Witch, all new to the Tivoli midnight roster, will draw good crowds.

The Tivoli is located in St.
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Film Review: ‘7 Splinters in Time’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘7 Splinters in Time’
A time-traveler becomes fragmented in disastrous ways, and so too does the film itself, in “7 Splinters in Time,” edited to ribbons in a schizoid manner that likely only makes complete sense to its maker. Writer-director Gabriel Judet-Weinshel’s feature wears numerous influences on its sleeve, yet derivation isn’t the problem here; rather, it’s a scattershot structure that undercuts the cohesiveness (and effectiveness) of its story about a man haunted — and hunted — by doppelgangers. Despite some serviceable lo-fi effects, its limited theatrical run will no doubt be a brief one, followed by a more extended home-video residence alongside similar VOD-grade efforts.

The film commences with so many fast-forward montages of baffling sights and half-formed scenes that it’s initially difficult to get one’s bearings, although a partially clear through-line does materialize. Darius Lefaux (Edoardo Ballerini) is a faux-hardboiled detective in a nameless industrial future-noir city who rejoins
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Eiff 2018: ‘Possum’ Review

Stars: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, Andy Blithe, Charlie Eales, Ryan Enever, Raphel Famotibe, Joe Gallucci, Pamela Cook | Written and Directed by Matthew Holness

“Can you spy him deep within? Little Possum. Black as sin.” That’s just part of the creepy children’s poem that accentuates the sheer bloody terror in Possum, a supremely disturbing British horror flick from writer-director Matthew Holness, creator of Darth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

Based on Holness’ own short story, Possum stars Sean Harris as Philip, a disgraced children’s puppeteer who returns to his childhood home with a suspiciously large leather bag. Inside the bag is Possum, perhaps the scariest puppet ever committed to celluloid. The frankly terrifying poster for the film (google it at your peril) gives some idea of the horror, but the finished article is guaranteed to give you nightmares for weeks.

On the surface, the plot is deceptively simple:
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David Lynch: The Conservative Heart of a Radical (Column)

  • Variety
David Lynch: The Conservative Heart of a Radical (Column)
If David Lynch learned one thing from the uproar that greeted his original comments about Donald Trump (“Could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history because he has disrupted the thing so much”), which were made during an interview with the British newspaper the Guardian, it is this: In the internet age, what you say can and will be used against you. I have no doubt that whatever the public outcry against Lynch’s words, you could multiply it by a million — I mean it, a million — to register the gale force with which he was hit by it personally. That’s the way social media works, especially when you’re famous. For him, it must have been like standing in a hurricane.

The reason for the outcry, of course, is that David Lynch, in the eyes of so many of us, stands for values — he’s an artist,
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David Lynch Says Trump ‘Could Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents in History’

  • Variety
David Lynch Says Trump ‘Could Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents in History’
In an interview with the Guardian published on Saturday, David Lynch talked about his new book “Room to Dream,” shot down “Twin Peaks” theories, and ultimately declared that Donald Trump may hold a special place in presidential history.

Despite being undecided about Trump, Lynch noted that “He could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history because he has disrupted the thing so much. No one is able to counter this guy in an intelligent way.”

The “Eraserhead” and “Mulholland Drive” director also described how, while Trump may not be doing a good job himself, he is opening up a space where other outsiders might. “Our so-called leaders can’t take the country forward, can’t get anything done,” he said. “Like children, they are. Trump has shown all this.”

Lynch also shared in the interview that he is politically all over the map, having voted for Bernie Sanders
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David Lynch: ‘You gotta be selfish. It's a terrible thing’

The Twin Peaks director lives for his work. He talks about his four marriages, why explaining his films is a ‘crime’, and what makes him a happy camper

David Lynch seldom smiles in photographs. His etched Easter Island statue of a face doesn’t glower so much as brood; lips pursed and eyes hooded, he looks every inch the auteur in winter. The quiff completes the effect, its lush swirl seemingly frozen in place by alarming, Lynchian thoughts.

In his 40 years of film-making, the director has taken audiences from sunlit American idylls to surreal dimensions populated by demons, doppelgangers and psychotic killers. His are scenes you can’t forget: the whimpering, deformed baby in Eraserhead, the severed ear in Blue Velvet, the blood-spattered, skull-crushing violence of Wild At Heart, the nuclear explosion in Twin Peaks: The Return. Google “David Lynch creepy”, and you get 5.5m results.
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Mulholland Drive Magician Richard Green on Catherine Coulson, The Log Lady

Catherine Coulson gathered her closest family and friends to help her survive her terminal illness just long enough to play the Log Lady on Twin Peaks: The Return, a character she had created decades ago with her lifelong friend, David Lynch. Why? Why must the show go on? What drives us as artists to overcome the obstacles, both real and within our heads, to finish the work? Lynch did seven years of newspaper routes delivering the Wall Street Journal till dawn to buy film to shoot Eraserhead, while Catherine took waitress jobs to feed him and everyone else on the crew. Why? I […]
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Mulholland Drive Magician Richard Green on Catherine Coulson, The Log Lady

Catherine Coulson gathered her closest family and friends to help her survive her terminal illness just long enough to play the Log Lady on Twin Peaks: The Return, a character she had created decades ago with her lifelong friend, David Lynch. Why? Why must the show go on? What drives us as artists to overcome the obstacles, both real and within our heads, to finish the work? Lynch did seven years of newspaper routes delivering the Wall Street Journal till dawn to buy film to shoot Eraserhead, while Catherine took waitress jobs to feed him and everyone else on the crew. Why? I […]
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘That Day, on the Beach,’ Jean Cocteau, Agnès Varda & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

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The best retrospective of 2018 thus far is the Sylvia Chang series, which wraps up with Edward Yang, King Hu, Jia Zhangke, and the woman herself.

A few more Kubrick films screen this weekend.

What did Hitchock and Jarmusch have in common? Birds, it turns out.

Restorations of A Fistful of Dollars and The Changeling are now playing.
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