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Top 5: Movies from The Asylum

With Sharknado 5 making a splash on TV screens across the globe these past few weeks, what better time to visit the world of The Asylum? With a myriad of films under their belt, from their beginnings as king of the mockbuster to their foray into original film making, it’s no secret we’re big fans of these bastions of the direct to DVD market and have reviewed a Lot of their output! With that in mind, here’s my pick of the Top 5 (because it’s Sharknado Five… geddit?!?) movies from The Asylum in – shock, horror – order of preference…

5) Avengers Grimm

An off-the-wall mix of Grimm Fairy tale characters and superhero team-up movies which, frankly, should have been obvious given the title, Avengers Grimm’s plot is relatively simple: when Rumpelstiltskin uses the Magic Mirror to escapes to the modern world taking Snow White with him and destroying the mirror in the process,
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Units of Measurement: "Eldorado Xxi"

Salomé Lamas's Eldorado Xxi (2016), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from July 21 - August 20, 2017 as a Special Discovery. A version of this article originally appeared in Salomé Lamas: Parafiction (2016), published by Mousse Publishing, and appears thanks to the generosity of the publisher and original author.What can five shots hold? Two are enough to capture a landscape, an expanse of rock, ice, cloud, and snow so vast it feels like the frame can hardly contain it, like the lake, mountains, and sky stretch on forever. Everything appears frozen, immobile, devoid of life, it’s only when a bird flies overhead and the wind moves through the blackened reeds that it even becomes clear it’s not a photograph. There’s no sign of where the voice might be coming from, it can only have emerged from beneath the tundra, carried and amplified by the wind.
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Netflix comings and goings: Donald Trump parody in, 'Tmnt' out

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Netflix comings and goings: Donald Trump parody in, 'Tmnt' out
Summer is coming to an end and the 2016-17 TV season is just around the corner (not to mention football and more football). So it’s a good time to cram in a whole collection of shows and movies on Netflix before your schedule gets so full you won’t know what to do with yourself. Some exciting additions are a couple Fast and Furious movies, No Country for Old Men and Funny Or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal: The Movie, which stars Jonny Depp as Trump. Check out the list. Find a comfortable spot and begin watching. New to Netflix August 1 The American Side An Inconvenient Truth Apex: The Story of the Hypercar Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure Big Daddy Black Widow Critical Condition Deadfall Destination: Team USA Funny Or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal: The Movie The Family Man The Fast and the Furious
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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – March 10th 2014

Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson
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Why I love … watching films on video

The ancient ads of times past, the physical, getting-fuzzier evidence of films watched over and over, the simplicity my Dad can comprehend: we haven't mourned the VHS enough

As gazillions of video recordings reach the end of their useful life, it occurred to me that unlike the LP, and Polaroids, the demise of the big, bulky VHS tape hasn't been mourned half so much as it deserves. According to the Washington Post, in 2005 94.7m American households still owned VCRs. I doubt it would be quarter of that now. I can count the people I know under 60 with video players on my two index fingers.

Before home-recorded videos decline entirely from functional to shabby retro-decoration, I'm going to press pause and give them their clunky due. Here's why I love watching films on video.

They wear their loving proudly

Like teddy bears and your comfiest pair of jeans, you can tell
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Sitges 2011: Preliminary Lineup Preview; Watch This Year's Commercial Spot - Alter Ego

Each year the Sitges Film Festival commercial spot is almost as eagerly awaited by the general public as its lineup, and Rafa Antón, creative director of the China agency and the man responsible for its campaigns over the last ten years, has presented this year’s commercial, entitled "Alter Ego". In addition, the preliminary lineup for the Festival has been revealed, but it's not complete by any means. More will be announced throughout the month.

Antón presented the commercial at the Velodrome, property of the brand, along with Festival director Angel Sala and one of Sitges 2011’s partners Moritz Beer.

As explained at the presentation of the Sitges 2011 posters, artificial intelligence is this year’s central theme, represented through the geminoids created by professor Ishiguro in Japan. For the commercials, Rafa Antón stated that he’d “continued with the same commemorative leitmotif of the tenth anniversary of Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg
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2011 Midway Point: Ryan's Top 10

#10. Of Gods and Men - Xavier Beauvois (February 25th) Select sequences are almost worthy of comparison to Bresson, including head monk Lambert Wilson's conflicted hike into nature, or the monks' final, close-up filled suppertime farewell. The film needed a more ruthless editor, however -- many scenes come across as mundane and unnecessary. Could easily be an hour shorter, and better for it. #9. Le Quattro Volte - Michelangelo Frammartino (March 30th) A film that proves that the protagonist of a film need not be a human being, or even be animate. At times, however, its resistance to traditional storytelling fells more like a cop-out than a radicalism. The possibility of an inanimate object being a fully realized character is never fully explored. Still, an absorbing and unusual two hours in the movie theatre. #8. The Sleeping Beauty - Catherine Breillat (Rendez-Vous with French Cinema (Fslc) Perverse, bizarre, sexy, funny, provocative. In other words,
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2011 Cannes Preview: My Anticipated Schedule for the Next 12 Days

Photo: RopeofSilicon.com / Brad Brevet I have rewritten this intro about three times, hoping to publish this before I left Seattle for Cannes. Then when I landed in New York. Then from the plane as I flew into Nice. Obviously none of those options worked for one reason or another so now that I have arrived in Cannes (yes, that's the view from my apartment balcony above), here it is...

My coverage of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival begins now and just like I did last year before I went to the Toronto Film Festival, I thought I would share my anticipated schedule for the next several days, as coverage won't be the same as it normally is on a day-to-day basis around here, which I'm sure you already figured out since yesterday was the first Monday in forever that I haven't provided any content. But let's cut the babble and get to the good stuff.
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Cannes 2011. The Trailers So Far

Updated through 5/9.

Along with the trailer for Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives, another's just appeared for Kim Ki-duk's Arirang. Both will be screening in Un Certain Regard and, if you're checking the entry rounding up all the current news on the lineup of the Official Selection, you'll see, first, that it's being continuously updated (as are the entries on Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight), and second, another trailer: the one for Na Hong-jin's Yellow Sea. And of course, you've seen the trailers for Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life and Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Let's have a look at a few more.

Here's one for Joseph Cedar's Footnote:

And here's another and another.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's The Kid with a Bike:

Update, 5/9: The Playlist has two clips.

Julie Leigh's Sleeping Beauty:

Nanni Moretti's We Have a Pope, with Michel Piccoli
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Cannes Update: Sleeping Beauty Poster, Hara-Kiri Trailer

Cannes Update: Sleeping Beauty Poster, Hara-Kiri Trailer
Sleeping Beauty, which will unveil at Cannes, stars Sucker Punch's Aussie lead Emily Browning as a prostitute who allows men to do with her what they will while she sleeps. Another Cannes film I am looking forward to is Takashi Miike's Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei) (his lauded 13 Assassins opens today), a remake of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 adaptation of the novel by Yasuhiko Takiguchi about a 17th century samurai who wants to commit suicide at the end of his career. The trailer is below. [Hat Tip: The Playlist, Rope of Silicon.]
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Cannes 2011. Lineup

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Updated through 4/20.

Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux announced that, out of 1715 submissions, 49 features from 33 countries have been selected in total for this year's Cannes Film Festival — four of them made by women, a record. 19 titles are lined up for the Competition so far, leaving room for surprise announcements from here on to the Opening Ceremony on May 11.

Competition

Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Inhabit. As noted yesterday, here's what Variety's Justin Chang had heard as of this past weekend: "In late March, it seemed that Almodóvar, a Cannes veteran who won prizes for All About My Mother and Volver, might skip the event altogether this year. Since 2004's Bad Education, the helmer has presented every one of his films in competition at the May fest, usually following a spring local release. The Sept 2 Spanish release date for The Skin That I Inhabit (which Sony Classics will release Stateside in
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Cannes Film Festival 2011: Film Lineup: The Tree Of Life

The Film Lineup for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival (Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition) has been announced. The 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival (le Festival de Cannes), ”founded in 1946, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious film festivals. The private festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France…The President of the Jury is American actor Robert De Niro.” One of the surprises for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival is that “Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris opens the festival on May 11. The film’s all-star cast of Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Gad Elmaleh, Léa Seydoux and Adrien Brody are expected to attend the Croisette to launch the festival. The film is being screened out of competition. Although the juries have not yet been finalized,
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Cannes: Competition Lineup Includes Films From Malick, Almodovar, Von Trier, Miike, Refn and More

Cannes: Competition Lineup Includes Films From Malick, Almodovar, Von Trier, Miike, Refn and More
The nearly-full slate for the competitive schedules at this year's Cannes Film Festival has been announced, and while it isn't packed with many surprises, there is some great stuff premiering in France this May. We basically knew that Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, Pedro Almodovar's The Skin That I Live In, Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, and Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin would all be on the Croisette, so seeing those in the competition slate isn't a surprise. But it's nice to see Nicholas Winding Refn's Drive in there (FilmDistrict, give us a trailer, please!) along with Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty, Takashi Miike's remake of Harakiri (his 13 Assassins is also in some theaters, On Demand and on iTunes now, and is the best thing he's made in a while) and even Le Havre by Aki Kaurismaki. In the Un Certain Regard
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Pedro Almodóvar, Terrence Malick, Lars von Trier: Cannes 2011 Palme d'Or Competition

Brad Pitt, Cole Cockburn in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Opening Film Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris (Out of Competition) Competition Pedro ALMODÓVAR, La Piel Que Habito Bertrand Bonello, L'apollonide – Souvenirs De La Maison Close Alain Cavalier, Pater Joseph Cedar, Hearat Shulayim (Footnote) Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da (Once upon a time in Anatolia) Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Le Gamin Au VÉLO Aki KAURISMÄKI, Le Havre Naomi Kawase, Hanezu No Tsuki Julia Leigh, Sleeping Beauty MAÏWENN, Polisse Terrence Malick, The Tree Of Life Radu Mihaileanu, La Source Des Femmes Takashi Miike, Ichimei (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samuraï) Nanni Moretti, Habemus Papam Lynne Ramsay, We Need To Talk About Kevin Markus Schleinzer, Michael Paolo Sorrentino, This Must Be The Place Lars Von Trier, Melancholia Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive Out of Competition Xavier Durringer, La CONQUÊTE Jodie Foster, The Beaver Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Rob Marshall, Pirates Of The
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Cannes Announces 2011 Lineup

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Cannes Announces 2011 Lineup
No surprise here. Terrence Malick's bringing the baby feet to the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where "The Tree of Life" will play in competition, alongside new films by Pedro Almodovar, Takashi Miike, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and Lars von Trier. I'm not going to Cannes (unless you want to send me, independently wealthy, art film loving reader, in which case, speak up!) but I'd want to see all of those, plus the new film from "Ratcatcher" director Lynne Ramsay and "Drive" by "Bronson"'s Nicolas Winding Refn, which is described on IMDb as the story of "a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman [and] discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong." The badass cast of that one includes Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Ron Perlman.

At Cannes, you can always count on a crazy juxtaposition of the competition's high-end,
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Cannes 2011 Lineup

Festival president Gilles Jacob and Thierry Fremaux, festival chief announced the line-up for the 64th Cannes Film Festival which will run from May 11-22.

As expected Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, Pedro Almodovar‘s The Skin that I Live In (La Piel Que Habito), Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive, Lars Von Trier‘s Melancholia and Lynne Ramsay‘s We Need To Talk About Kevin will be shown at Cannes 2011 In Competition Category.

In the same category will be also presented This Must Be The Place directed by Paolo Sorrentino, Ichimei (Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai) by Takashi Miike, The Kid With The Bike by Dardenne Brothers, Sleeping Beauty directed by Julia Leigh, We Have a Pope by Nanni Moretti but you can see the full list below.

When it comes to the Out of Competition selections Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will have that honor to be presented,
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Cannes Line-up Announced!

As has become the story in recent years, familiar Cannes-family names grace the line-up of the official competition of the 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

A dozen of the nineteen films announced are alumni of the festival: Almodovar, Bonello, Cavalier, Ceylan, the Dardenne brothers, Kaurismaki, Kawase, Malick, Moretti, Ramsay, Sorrentino and von Trier all returning to premiere their art, and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne taking a shot at a third Palme d’Or. Add Japan’s Takashi Miike to the mix, and the Danish director of the much-heralded “Pusher” franchise, Nicolas Winding Refn, very few slots can be identified as festival discoveries.

While this trend continues to disappoint people looking to Cannes Official Competition to break ground (two first time filmmakers are included in the line-up), it has also forced journalists to find inspiration in the Un Certain Regard section of the fest. With Sean Durkin’s Sundance
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Cannes Line-up Announced!

As has become the story in recent years, familiar Cannes-family names grace the line-up of the official competition of the 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

A dozen of the nineteen films announced are alumni of the festival: Almodovar, Bonello, Cavalier, Ceylan, the Dardenne brothers, Kaurismaki, Kawase, Malick, Moretti, Ramsay, Sorrentino and von Trier all returning to premiere their art, and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne taking a shot at a third Palme d’Or. Add Japan’s Takashi Miike to the mix, and the Danish director of the much-heralded “Pusher” franchise, Nicolas Winding Refn, very few slots can be identified as festival discoveries.

While this trend continues to disappoint people looking to Cannes Official Competition to break ground (two first time filmmakers are included in the line-up), it has also forced journalists to find inspiration in the Un Certain Regard section of the fest. With Sean Durkin’s Sundance
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Line-Up for 2011 Cannes Film Festival Includes ‘Midnight in Paris,’ ‘Tree of Life,’ ‘Melancholia’

The anticipation of summer isn’t reserved for superheroes and sequels – it’s also the time for the Cannes Film Festival, which is like an actual World Series of international film. Occurring this year from May 11th through May 22nd, this year has many anticipated titles from its list of “all-star” directors that includes Woody Allen, Pedro Almoldovar, Terence Malick, Lars Von Trier, etc. Out of all of these films, I am most excited for Von Trier’s Melancholia, though Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive is a close second.

Released today, here’s the list of films playing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with many of these titles bound to be big deals in the movie world during and after their premieres:

Opening film:

Woody AllenMidnight in Paris

Main competition:

Pedro Almodóvar – La Piel que Habito

Bertrand Bonello – L’Apollonide: Souvenirs de la Maison Close

Alain Cavalier
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Cannes Film Festival Announces Official Selection and It’s Incredible

Fest president Gilles Jacob and artistic director Thierry Frémaux announced the official selection of the 64th Cannes Film Festival at the Grand Hôtel in Paris today. I warn you that after reading over the list, you’ll be insanely jealous if you’re not one of the lucky people attending the festival. The list includes films from Pedro Almodóvar, Gus Van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Lynne Ramsay, Nicolas Winding Refn, Radu Mihaileanu and Aki Kaurismäki.

Our contributor Eduardo Lucatero will be at the festival and he’ll be providing us with a daily blog with his thoughts on the festival as well as the films he’ll see. As previously reported, Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, will still be getting its worldwide premiere in Cannes. Apparently there was some confusion since a studio decided to release it in the UK sometime in April. However after some legal threats, it
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