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Resident Evil 2 Finally Gets A Full-Blown Nemesis Mod

Cool as Mr. X may be, I remember how he was overshadowed by Nemesis soon after his 1998 debut. Not only that, but the latter monster mentioned has actually gone on to appear on film in 2004’s Resident Evil: Apocalypse, leaving the other guy in the dust. But thanks to the immense popularity of the recently released Resident Evil 2 remake compounded with the power of social media, Mr. X has now become more of an icon than he could’ve back in the day.

Still, when it comes down to it, I feel Nemesis is more terrifying than Mr. X. Basically, I’m willing to say that because he runs and sometimes packs heavy artillery, as opposed to the sharply dressed Tyrant who stalks you at a brisk Michael Myers-like pace.

In other words, if Mr. X makes you poop your pants now, then diapers may need to be given out
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‘Oscar Mania Is a Post-Harvey Weinstein Thing,’ First-Time Nominee Paul Schrader Says

  • The Wrap
‘Oscar Mania Is a Post-Harvey Weinstein Thing,’ First-Time Nominee Paul Schrader Says
A version of this story on Paul Schrader first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

“I have a conflicted feeling,” said Paul Schrader, the screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” who has received the first Oscar nomination of his career for “First Reformed.” “You’ve lived your whole life feeling that awards are not important — but then you get an award and you think, ‘Well, maybe it is important.'”

When Schrader was writing those classic films for Martin Scorsese, or directing work like “American Gigolo” and “Hardcore,” though, the awards landscape was far different.

“This Oscar mania is a post-Harvey Weinstein thing,” he said. “I remember I went to the Oscars for ‘Taxi Driver’ [which was nominated for Best Picture, but not for its screenplay], and I didn’t feel well, so I got up and left in the middle. There were no parties afterwards, there was nothing. And now Oscar is a three-month event.
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Comic Book Review – Hardcore #1

Allen Christian reviews Hardcore #1…

Hardcore could potentially be one of the most inventive comics to ever be emblazoned with such a boring name. Probably not the most rousing way to start off a review for a book that I intend to say several good things about, but I think it’s important to note that upfront. Comic books exist in a vast sea of monthly publications, so it becomes very easy to dismiss something as just another Image comics with a generic, vaguely edgy name, and I don’t want anyone to sleep on Hardcore because of this.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a sci-fi action comic. I’m not sure it has any intent of rising above that, or if it even should. The premise is inventive, if not wholly original. A government black ops agency that uses stealthily administered implants to remotely and virtually take control
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Wait, Paul Schrader has Never been nominated for Oscar? ‘First Reformed’ could make up for ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Raging Bull’ snubs

Wait, Paul Schrader has Never been nominated for Oscar? ‘First Reformed’ could make up for ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Raging Bull’ snubs
“First Reformed” got some of the year’s best reviews, so can Paul Schrader finally earn his first ever Oscar nomination? Yes, you read that right: the screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” (1976) and “Raging Bull” (1980), and the director of “Hardcore” (1979), “American Gigolo” (1980), and “Affliction” (1997), to name a few, has never competed at the Academy Awards. While much of the buzz for this A24 release has been for Ethan Hawke‘s performance as a tormented priest confronting the effects of climate change, the academy writers branch especially could take this as an opportunity to right a tremendous wrong.

Schrader earned Golden Globe bids for penning Martin Scorsese‘s “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” with the former also bringing him a WGA bid. But somehow neither of those led to Oscar nominations, despite both films competing for Best Picture. And Schrader has likewise been snubbed for his directorial efforts.

See Ethan Hawke movies: 14 greatest films,
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Hardcore gears up to save the world in new sci-fi action series

Andy Diggle (Losers) and Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors) are teaming up to bring Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri’s sci-fi/action series Hardcore to life this December with a brand new series from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment.

Imagine being able to take over the body of anyone on Earth in order to track down a rogue nuke or assassinate a dictator. Sound crazy? Not for Agent Drake and the Hardcore Program. They can turn anyone—your neighbor, your co-worker, your spouse—into a human drone to get to targets that normal soldiers can’t.

Drake is the best soldier Hardcore has to offer. But when the Program itself gets hijacked, he finds himself stranded in a body—with only 72 hours to neutralize the threat. But who can he trust when his enemy can change their appearance as easily as the rest of us changes a shirt?

“Robert Kirkman and
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Timur Bekmambetov Is Done With Hollywood and Only Wants to Make Movies on Computer Screens

Timur Bekmambetov Is Done With Hollywood and Only Wants to Make Movies on Computer Screens
Timur Bekmambetov has seen the future of the movies, and it has nothing to do with the big-budget blockbusters he’s made for years, from “Wanted” to “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” His last movie made on that scale was “Ben Hur” two years ago — and it’s going to stay that way. At least, that’s the ethos he’s preaching about Screenlife, a technology developed by his Bazelevs studio that the Russian-born filmmaker created for the exclusive purpose of producing movies that unfold on computer screens.

“When you try Screenlife, it’s like a drug,” the 57-year-old said, during a conversation at IndieWire’s New York office. He was wearing a Montreal hat, fresh from a trip to Canada where he delivered a lecture on his new approach. He had a Usb cable strung around his neck for future use, and he tapped away at a laptop keyboard with
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First Reformed – Review

Writer/director Paul Schrader’s First Reformed is a spellbinding film, smart and suspenseful, one of the best so far this year. Ethan Hawke stars as Reverend Ernst Toller, the pastor of First Reformed, a modest Dutch church in upstate New York that had once served as a safe house for slaves as part of the Underground Railroad. Founded in 1767, the church is prepping for its 250th anniversary reconsecration ceremony to be attended by various local leaders. Toller, haunted by his son’s death in Iraq and his subsequent divorce, leads a simple and lonely life, spending more time giving tours of the church’s historical grounds than actually preaching to the small handful of regular parishioners. His life finds purpose when confronted by Mary (Amanda Seyfried) a desperate young woman named in need of his guidance. She is pregnant, but her husband Michael (Philip Ettinger), is demanding she have an abortion.
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The Not-So-Buried Radical Chic of ‘First Reformed’

  • Variety
The Not-So-Buried Radical Chic of ‘First Reformed’
The writer-director Paul Schrader has gotten some of the most ecstatic reviews of his career for “First Reformed,” and though I’m not in the rapturous/masterpiece camp about it, I agree with the praise more than not. The movie, which stars Ethan Hawke as an upstate New York minister who is undergoing a crisis of faith/health/isolation/midlife woe, is an austerely unabashed and compelling oddball, a pastiche of “Diary of a Country Priest” and “Winter Light” and what you might call the Schrader Paradigm, the one derived from “The Searchers” that he used (and made iconic) in his screenplay for “Taxi Driver,” and then in “Hardcore” and “Light Sleeper”: the loner who goes down a blood trail of redemption, trying to rescue a ravaged maiden who was taken by the forces of sin but remains, in his mind, unspoiled.

That said, there’s an additional component to “First Reformed” that,
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From Lynch to Kiarostami to Ozu: See Where Your Favorite Directors Fall on Paul Schrader’s Chart of Non-Narrative Cinema

From Lynch to Kiarostami to Ozu: See Where Your Favorite Directors Fall on Paul Schrader’s Chart of Non-Narrative Cinema
In 1972, future screenwriter and director Paul Schrader was a young film critic who wrote a highly influential book about how three filmmakers – Robert Bresson, Yasujiro Ozu, and Carl Dreyer – had forged new ground by bringing a spiritual dimension to film language. Schrader showed how these directors’ use of shots – ones that were longer in duration and locked down (fixed frames with no movement), all the better to withhold visual information and capture slower unfolding action – served as a distancing device that “could create a new film reality – a transcendent one.”

This week, the University of California Press is reissuing Schrader’s “The Transcendental Style in Film” with a new 35-page introduction by the author. Schrader wanted to revisit the book because he had come to realize that what he chronicled 46 years ago was actually part of a larger trend in filmmaking. There were many directors after World War II that
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'First Reformed' Review: Paul Schrader's Faith-in-Crisis Drama Is Divine Madness

'First Reformed' Review: Paul Schrader's Faith-in-Crisis Drama Is Divine Madness
There are powerhouse movies that knock you for a loop and take weeks to recover from – and then there is Paul Schrader's First Reformed. Not only is this faith-in-crisis drama one of the legendary writer-director's most incendiary films ever, it's one of the year's very best – a cinematic whirlwind that leaves you both exhilarated and spent. Like the screenplays he wrote for Martin Scorsese (notably Taxi Driver) and the tormented works he's made about the wages of sin (Hardcore, American Gigolo, The Comfort of Strangers, Auto Focus), Schrader – raised
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‘First Reformed’ Trailer: Paul Schrader Revisits A Spiritual ‘Taxi Driver’ With Ethan Hawke

Paul Schrader might be one of the great American writer/directors of all time with a slew of classics under his belt like penning Martin Scorsese pictures like “Taxi Driver,” The Last Temptation of Christ.” “Bringing Out the Dead” and helming “Blue Collar,” “Hardcore” and the crime drama “American Gigolo,” but let’s face it, his career has been terribly uneven in the aggregate.
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Monster Fest announces final films for 2016 festival

Australia’s premier genre festival – Monster Fest – has unveiled its final wave of films for the 2016 festival, which is set to take place November 24-27 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne.

The team of features programmers – which includes festival director Kier-La Janisse, Monster Pictures co-founder Neil Foley, Boston Underground Film Festival Director of Programming Nicole McControversy and writer/programmer/punk legend Chris D. – vetted over 600 features in selecting the 2016 Monster Fest lineup, which includes new crime films Dog Eat Dog and The Hollow Point from Paul Schrader and Gonzalo López-Gallego respectively, gory slasher throwback The Windmill Massacre (reviewed here), the hometown premiere of epic period western The Legend of Ben Hall with cast in person and acclaimed Tiff selections Prevenge and Interchange alongside Fantastic Fest faves such as the Aussie-made yuletide thriller Safe Neighbourhood and the devastating – and polarizing – Playground.

From the press release:

Select panels for the Swinburne University
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Michael Chapman Talks Restoring ‘Taxi Driver’ and the Problem with Modern Cinematography

Had he only worked for a period of roughly ten years, Michael Chapman would still be among the best-regarded cameramen of his time. How else to qualify the man who acted as operator on Klute, Husbands, The Landlord, The Godfather and Jaws, as well as cinematographer on The Last Detail, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Hardcore, The Last Waltz, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers? (The decades-blurring Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is no small achievement, either.) But then he’d go on to helm All the Right Moves (a key early point in Tom Cruise’s career), then photographed (to name but a few) The Fugitive, Scorsese’s video for Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” and, of course, Space Jam. How many people in his trade can lay claim to that wide a berth?

Chapman’s been retired for nearly ten years — his last feature, Bridge to Terabithia, was released
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Paul Schrader interview: Dog Eat Dog, Cage, Pryor

Wil Jones Nov 15, 2016

Paul Schrader chats to us about Dog Eat Dog, working with Nicolas Cage, Richard Pryor, and Taxi Driver...

Paul Schrader’s place in film history is assured, just for the fact that he wrote Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. But to only remember him for those two Martin Scorsese movies would be ignoring a nearly 30 year directing career.

From his brilliant 1978 debut movie Blue Collar - starring Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto as Detroit auto workers planning to rob a union boss - he has never shied away from controversy, both on screen and behind the scenes. All the way from Blue Collar, which had a notoriously racially-charged atmosphere on set, all the way through to 2013’s infamous Lindsay Lohan-starring The Canyons, the stories behind his movies have often been as interesting as the films themselves.

And despite turning 70 this year, he doesn’t
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Horror Highlights: Shining In The Dark Anthology, The Similars, Monster Fest 2016, The Orphanage, Gremlin

Edited by Hans-Åke Lilja, Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library is exclusive to Cemetery Dance Publications and will feature a Stephen King story that hasn't been released since 1981. We also have updated release details for The Similars, the final wave of films announced at Monster Fest 2016, six photos / details for The Orphanage video game, and a new trailer for Gremlin.

Cemetery Dance Publications' Shining in the Dark Anthology: From Cemetery Dance: "Shining In the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library edited by Hans-Åke Lilja.

About the Book:

Hans-Ake Lilja, the founder of Lilja's Library, has compiled a brand new anthology of horror stories to help celebrate twenty years of running the #1 Stephen King news website on the web!

This anthology includes both original stories like the brand new novella by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In) very rare reprints like "The Blue Air
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Duncan Jones Will Start Shooting His Sci-Fi Film Mute Next Week!

Moon and Warcraft director Duncan Jones has been trying to get his passion project Mute off the ground for years. Well, it's finally happening! Jones announced on Twitter that he will start shooting the movie next week! I'm a huge fan of Jones' work, and I'm so excited and happy for him that he is actually making this dream project of his. The sci-fi film project is set in the year 2046, it stars Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgård, and this is the synopsis:

Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue,
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Director Duncan Jones Will Start Shooting Mute Next Week

One week from today, Duncan Jones will fire up production on Mute, the longtime passion project that has been collecting dust on the shelf ever since the filmmaker made tracks for the Moon with Sam Rockwell all those years ago.

Now, one mind-bending sci-fi and a blockbuster tentpole later (read: Source Code and Warcraft: The Beginning), and Jones has finally carved out time to craft his Berlin-set science fiction film, one which sends Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd off to the year 2056.

Per Twitter:

.@Mute_Film starts shooting in…. one week from today! :0 pic.twitter.com/hbgQVkPyMR

Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 21, 2016

Going off the film’s Twitter account, Mute takes place in a “roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a sci-fi Casablanca.” That’s quite the premise, one that looks set to tap into the city’s troubled history of socio-economic and political disparity that
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Paul Schrader to direct First Reformed with Ethan Hawke & Amanda Seyfried

  • JoBlo
I like Paul Schrader. Even if he never made another movie ever, he'd still be (rightfully) heralded for his work as the screenwriter for Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver alone. But he continued with more classic collaborations with Scorsese (like Raging Bull and Last Temptation Of Christ), as well as his own directorial efforts like Hardcore and American Gigalo.  While his latest... Read More...
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The conflicted Paul Schrader works out some hellacious personal issues, in a feverish tale of a Michigan Calvinist searching for his daughter in the porn jungle of L.A.. A disturbingly dark modern-day cross between The Searchers and Masque of the Red Death, it was meant to be even darker. Hardcore Blu-ray Twilight Time 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date August, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95 Starring George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, Dick Sargent, Leonard Gaines, David Nichols. Cinematography Michael Chapman Production Designer Paul Sylbert Art Direction Edwin O'Donovan Film Editor Tom Rolf Original Music Jack Nitzsche Produced by Buzz Feitshans, John Milius Written and Directed by Paul Schrader

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I'm not sure that the word 'controversial' has the same meaning it once had. There has to be a consensus on what is 'normal' in society for some topics to become edgy. These
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Coming Distractions: Nicolas Cage makes his triumphant return to kidnapping in the Dog Eat Dog trailer

Almost 30 years after initially skyrocketing to indie cred fame by breaking into the home of furniture magnate Nathan Arizona and making off with one of his newborn quintuplets in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Raising Arizona, Nicolas Cage is returning to the baby-snatching game. In Dog Eat DogPaul Schrader’s adaptation of Edward Bunker’s crime novel of the same name—plays an ex-convict whose life on the outside careens out of control after he and his partners, Mad Dog (Willem Dafoe) and Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook) botch a kidnapping assignment from a dangerous crime boss.

This marks the second time that Cage has teamed up with Schrader (Hardcore, American Gigolo) for a crime film. While 2014’s Dying Of The Light was decimated by critics, labeled as “a thriller without thrills” by The A.V. Club’s Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, the writer-actor team refuses to take full responsibility ...
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