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Snowflake: this surreal and humorously violent German production gets a U.S. release date

Following an acclaimed run on the international film festival circuit, Artsploitation has announced the U.S. release of Adolfo Kolmerer's Snowflake.  Snowflake world premiered at the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, where Kolmerer took home the Méliès d'Argent Award for Best Film. The film continued to screen around the globe, picking up Best Director and Best Film awards at Negative Fest and Horrible Imaginings, as well as Best Achievement in Directing and an Audience Award at Cinepocalypse.  Cryptic Rock hailed Kolmerer's debut feature as "an extraordinary genre mix", comparing the surreal crime action film to Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.     Hunting down the murderer of their families in an anarchic near-future Berlin, two outlaws find themselves trapped in the wicked fairy tale of a mysterious screenplay that entangles them in a vicious...

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Vengeful Fairy Tale Snowflake Coming to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on December 4th

Artsploitation has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Adolfo Kolmerer's fantasy gem Snowflake. Fresh off of a festival run in international markets, Snowflake will be available on pretty much all of the platforms you enjoy media including Blu-ray, DVD, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu, On Demand, and more on December 4th.

Press Release: Following an acclaimed run on the international film festival circuit, Artsploitation has announced the U.S. release of Adolfo Kolmerer's Snowflake. Snowflake world premiered at the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, where Kolmerer took home the Méliès d'Argent Award for Best Film. The film continued to screen around the globe, picking up Best Director and Best Film awards at Negative Fest and Horrible Imaginings, as well as Best Achievement in Directing and an Audience Award at Cinepocalypse.

Cryptic Rock hailed Kolmerer's debut feature as "an extraordinary genre mix", comparing the surreal crime action film
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The Composer of The Hateful Eight Denies Calling Quentin Tarantino "a Cretin" and Trashing His Films

This is an update to a previous post.

Legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone won an Academy Award for the musical score he created for director Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, and Playboy recently ran an interview with the composer that featured him trashing the director and his films. Well, it turns out that this was a fabricated interview and Morricone is threatening to sue Playboy. He tells Variety:

“This is totally false. I have not given an interview to Playboy Germany and even more, I have never called Tarantino a cretin and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I have given a mandate to my lawyer in Italy to take civil and penal action.”

He went on to say that, “In London, during a press conference in front of Tarantino, I clearly stated that I consider Quentin one of the greatest directors of this time.”

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First Look at Crazy Russian Vampire Fantasy Empire V

First Look at Crazy Russian Vampire Fantasy Empire V
Not since Tobe Hooper directed Life Force has someone made such an audacious vampire thriller as Empire V. And today, we have a first look at all the fantasy horror with three new photos direct from the movie to stare at, eyes gap in awe and wonder. 'What is this?'

Director Victor Ginzburg's widely-anticipated second film, Empire V, produced by the Kvadrat Film Company, will be available to distributors at this year's Afm with international sales handled by executive producer Jim Steele. The film has completed production and will be targeted for release at the end of 2019. It is the follow-up to Ginzburg's art-house sensation, Generation P.

The film has been financed largely through the recently launched crypto-currency Bablos and crowdfunding. Empire V is an independent film that will prove that there are new ways to make movies. The initial crowdfunding on platform Planeta.ru collected a record
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Win Nancy on DVD

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To mark the release of Nancy on 5th November, we’ve been given 1 copy to give away on DVD.

Nancy traces the way truth and fantasy bleed into one other in the mind of a woman on the fringes of society, who is increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child.

Craving connection with others, Nancy (Andrea Riseborough, The Death of Stalin, Mindhorn) creates elaborate pseudonyms on the internet. When she meets couple Leo and Ellen whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, fact and fiction begin to blur in Nancy’s mind.

As their bond deepens she becomes increasingly convinced these strangers are her real parents and reasonable doubts give way to wilful belief until the power of emotion threatens to overcome all rationality.

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'I was terrified!': you share stories of watching classic films on first release

After audio resurfaced of a terrified audience watching the original Halloween on release, we asked you to recall your experiences of seeing major movies at the time

I saw Reservoir Dogs at an early evening showing somewhere in Soho and about three-fourth of the way through a fight broke out behind me. Could be a coincidence but I was certainly on edge myself by that point and interesting to speculate that a powerful movie seen in the cinema can be almost *too* emotional! panachetta
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Review: "Bad Times at the El Royale"

by Chris Feil

Drew Goddard has become a Hollywood go-to screenwriters for charging genres with new life, molding The Martian with equal parts brainy science and dopiness and both upholding and subverting the monster movie with Cloverfield. Bad Times at the El Royale is his first return to the director’s chair since the horror spoof-but-also-not-a-spoof The Cabin in The Woods, and again he has perhaps bitten off more than he can narratively chew.

This time Goddard is taking on pulpy pop noir, setting for a showdown at a highway hotel bisected by the California-Nevada border. Checking in are Cynthia Erivo’s quiet lounge singer Darlene, Jon Hamm’s chatterbox vacuum salesman Laramie Sullivan, Dakota Johnson as a mysterious woman named Emily, and Jeff Bridges giving the most Bridges as a suspicious priest named Father Flynn. The writer/director has Tarantino on the brain as Agatha Christie, chaptering the film
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Us and Them Review

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It’s clear that writer/ director Joe Martin’s Us and Them could be interpreted as a manifestation of Brexit/ Trump diffidence and economic inequality, donned in the garb of a home invasion thriller. Sadly though, Martin mishandles the drama and analogies in this slipshod big screen cine-manifesto that’s neither edifying, terrifying or entertaining.

The surface story is straightforward: a wealthy family become the target of subjugated Brit delinquents who invade their home and use the attack to make a political statement, while robbing the place blind in the process. The script breaks this down into chapters while transcending time and just about hits its beats to evade brain raking tedium. The production/ execution is passé and inept, smacking more of Michael Winner on a bad day than the films it tries to emulate, but Us and Them’s politics are very contemporary.

Martin melds Funny Games and Fargo
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Bad Times at the El Royale Review: Good Times at the Movie Theater

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Bad Times at the El Royale Review: Good Times at the Movie Theater
Drew Goddard, tragically, hasn't directed a movie since his mind-bending horror effort The Cabin in the Woods. That, as it turns out, is an absolute crime, as his latest effort, Bad Times at the El Royale, is purely entertaining from top to bottom and is the exact kind of thing those who complain of a lack of originality with studio movies, yet still want something with blockbuster thrills, need to see. This movie is dripping with cool and is one of the most entertaining and creative thrillers of recent memory.

Bad Times at the El Royale centers on Seven strangers who cross paths at a once-great hotel on the border between Nevada and California. As we come to learn, each of these people has a secret to keep and they may or may not be who they appear. Over the course of one memorable and remarkable night, these secrets will
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Bruce Dern replaces Burt Reynolds in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Deadline is reporting that Bruce Dern is set to reunite with his The Hateful Eight director Quentin Tarantino on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with Dern taking over the role originally earmarked for his long time friend, the late Burt Reynolds.

Reynolds originally signed on to portray George Spahn, the owner of the ranch where Charles Manson and his cult followers lived during the infamous 1969 Manson Family murders. However, the screen legend passed away weeks before he was due to shoot his scenes for the movie, with Dern now stepping in as his replacement.

See Also: James Cromwell and Bruce Dern join Civil War drama Emperor

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt
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Bad Times at the El Royale Review

A fantastic ensemble cast keeps you watching a somewhat familiar story from writer/director Drew Goddard.

As both a writer and director, Drew Goddard certainly loves and brings passion to the genres he’s explored. He took a monster movie and told it through found footage in Cloverfield’s screenplay, upended the tropes of the horror film with The Cabin in the Woods, and brought an earnestness and sense of wonder to his script for The Martian that seemed fresh amidst the dystopian directions sci-fi has taken in recent years.

With Bad Times at the El Royale, Goddard has fashioned a neo-noirish crime thriller that is wholly his own original idea yet steeped in the trademarks of the genre. The title establishment is a rundown hotel in the Lake Tahoe area, literally situated on the border between California and Nevada, that has long since seen better days and is the
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Danny DeVito Receives San Sebastian Donostia Award

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Danny DeVito Receives San Sebastian Donostia Award
San Sebastian — At a ceremony held on Saturday evening inside San Sebastian’s iconic Kursaal theater, American actor, director, producer and you-name-it Danny DeVito received the Donostia Award, given in recognition of his decades-long contributions to film, TV and the stage.

Other recipients of the award this year are British actress Judy Dench and Japanese writer, director and producer Hirokazu Kore-eda.

For DeVito, it was his first trip to the Spanish coastal city, one he said he was thrilled to make.

“This is such an honor. You guys are really famous all over the world and it’s a real honor to receive (the Donostia award),” he said to kick off his press conference ahead of the award ceremony, scoring points with the scores of local journalists who packed the press hall.

His first anecdote on the day recalled a time in the early ‘90s when he read the script
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Fantastic Fest Review: Henry Dunham's 'The Standoff at Sparrow Creek'

A little Reservoir Dogs, a touch of Fail Safe, and a heaping dose of 2nd Amendment commentary at its core, writer/director Henry Dunham for his feature debut delivers a tightly constructed and incredibly intense thriller in The Standoff at Sparrow Creek. Packed with sharp dialogue, intriguing characters through and through, and masterful performances from a slate of very talented, character actors, the film builds mystery as well as any, modern whodunit on its surface-level. Underneath, though, Dunham's The Standoff at Sparrow Creek brings with it a mountain of ideas, most of them fervently politically-charged and more than appropriate in the 2018 climate of gun rights debates and continual, mass shootings. The film begins with the distant sounds of rapid-fire shots from a machine gun. Someone has opened fire on the funeral for a slain police officer killing several and escaping undetected. Members of a local militia, panicking at the thought
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‘The Standoff at Sparrow Creek’ Review: This Nail-Biting, Captivating Thriller is High on Tension [Fantastic Fest]

‘The Standoff at Sparrow Creek’ Review: This Nail-Biting, Captivating Thriller is High on Tension [Fantastic Fest]
Henry Dunham’s The Standoff At Sparrow Creek will split a furious political divide like most, if not all, of production company Cinestate’s as-now-released slate. Gun rights, civilian militarization, police corruption – unquestionably blurred ethics, but spectacularly intensified nonetheless. On-edge interrogations and stonefaced deceit. Reservoir Dogs in lumber safehouse. Every second tiptoes over pins-and-needles as the […]

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The Quentin Tarantino Home Style Guide

Right from the early days of Quentin Tarantino scripting his first feature as a writer “True Romance” the man has been innovating new paths. It certainly takes courage for a man to have an extraordinary career in Hollywood after facing the vicissitudes of life. It’s not the only reason why Tarantino’s career is regarded as one of the most significant ones, it’s majorly because of the inheritance he has passed on to the new filmmakers. If we have a critical look at the Reservoir Dogs, he has revealed irrationality in most of the elements, though, has maintained a balance so

The Quentin Tarantino Home Style Guide
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‘The Standoff at Sparrow Creek’ Review: Talky Militia Movie Will Keep You Guessing | Tiff 2018

Tiff's Midnight Madness programmer Peter Kuplowsky spent the week hyping up writer-director Henry Dunham's feature debut The Standoff at Sparrow Creek with comparisons to Reservoir Dogs, thus doing it no favors. Sure, both movies are largely set in a single location, where men spend several hours pointing fingers at each other, trying to figure out which one of them doesn't belong, but Sparrow Creek is no Reservoir Dogs, so adjust your expectations accordingly. Nevertheless, this is a more-than-satisfying genre film thanks to a clever, last-minute twist -- just one of the ways in which …
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‘Standoff At Sparrow Creek’: All The Tarantino-Esque Dialogue In The World Can’t Save This Midnight Madness Flick [Tiff Review]

Young filmmakers tend to wear their influences on their sleeves, and that’s especially true with independent cinema. Regularly, you see directors trying to be the next Kevin Smith. Some want to be Richard Linklater. And yes, there are many, many examples of filmmakers attempting to be the next Quentin Tarantino. For better or worse, and in this case worse, debut director Henry Dunham proudly dons his black and white “Reservoir Dogs” suit while bringing “The Standoff At Sparrow Creek” to life.

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Toronto: Three Under the Radar Films at Tiff

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AngeloLuis Ortega’s El Angel (2018), an Argentinian biopic of 70s pretty-boy serial killer Carlos Puch, establishes its baseline tone in its first scene, in which Puch (Lorenzo Ferro) plays an LP in a house he has broken into, and Ortega amplifies the song Reservoir Dogs-style as Puch dances under the credits. The film sticks with this energetic, amoral agenda, and manages it pretty well from a craft perspective; along the way it shows a fair amount of intelligence and psychological insight that sometimes coexists awkwardly with its wish to entertain. Puch hooks up with a family of thieves that includes his classmate Ramon and enjoys his introduction to firearms so much that the family is unwittingly dragged along with him into the world of homicide. Puch tends to shoot when surprised or irritated, and afterwards isn’t overly sensitive to consequences: the character retains an odd innocence for a psychopath.
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Burt Reynolds was yet to shoot Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Following on from the passing of Burt Reynolds earlier this week, THR has now confirmed that the screen legend was yet to shoot his scenes for Quentin Tarantino’s hotly-anticipated next film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Reynolds signed on to the project back in May and was set to portray George Spahn, the owner of the ranch where Charles Manson and his cult followers lived during the infamous 1969 Manson Family murders.

Filming was slated to take place within the next few weeks, but as it stands Reynolds’ final screen credit will now come with the comedy Defining Moments, which is complete and currently slated for release on Christmas Day.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double
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Movie Review – American Animals (2018)

American Animals, 2018.

Written and directed by Bart Layton.

Starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, Blake Jenner, Ann Dowd and Udo Kier.

Synopsis:

A group of disaffected college students decide to steal valuable books from the university library and sell them on for millions of dollars.

Bart Layton’s debut movie, released in 2012, was all about the nature of truth. The Imposter is a compelling and knotty documentary that, through interviews with its real figures, blurs the lines between fiction and reality in telling the story of a famous fraudster. Layton examines the nature of reality again – all the more relevant in an era of fake news – for American Animals, which is a fictional take on a real event, complicated by the presence of the real people. The opening titles declare “this is not based on a true story, this is a true story”, and it’s a clear statement of impish intent.
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