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Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: Professor Marston And The Wonder Women, The Queerness of Creation

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The United States has always been prudish and conservative when it comes to sex, to say the very least. Television shows and films can show enormous amounts of violence, but heaven forbid even an glimpse of nipple is seen. So to learn that Wonder Woman, the iconic superhero and her comic book series, were created by a man living a queer, polyamorous lifestyle with two women in 1940s New England might come as a surprise. That is, until you see Angela Robinson's biopic of the story, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Made with Hollywood pinnache, but staunchly an indie film, Robinson crafts a love story to queer lives and the process of creation. Bill Marston (Luke Evans) is a psychology professor at Radcliffe College...

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Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival Prepares for Inaugural Edition

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Created by the filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke (A Touch of Sin, Mountains May Depart) with former Venice festival head Marco Muller serving as the artistic director, Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival (Pyiff) is being described as "the first boutique Chinese film festival“. The inaugural edition of the festival kicks off October 28, and will be held in Pingyao Ancient City. Located between Beijing and Xi´an, Pingyao is listed on the World Cultural Heritage map. A major tourist destination, the city was chosen to embrace the dialogue between non-Western and Western film communities with its 2700 years of history. The festival was established with an intention to bridge together the Chinese film industry with those of emerging countries. Named after Ang Lee´s film, the...

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Crowdfund This: The Documentary Xangadix Lives!

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This may come as a surprise to people, but not all fair-budget Dutch horror films have been directed by Dick Maas. In 1992, we got treated to The Johnsons by Rudolf van den Berg, and rest assured it was Not about those twin detectives from the Tintin comics. Instead, it was about a septuplet of boys and their sister. The girl grows up in a family, the boys in some asylum after they are discovered to have a penchant for killing other children. They escape though, and set out to fulfill an ancient prophecy: if they manage to impregnate their sister, she'll give birth to Xangadix, a god-monster who will destroy the Earth... Bizarre as the plot is, the history around the film's conception is...

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Infinity Chamber: Watch This Exclusive Clip From Travis Milloy's Sci-fi Flick

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This morning Screen Anarchy has an exclusive clip from Travis Milloy's sci-fi man in a box feature Infinity Chamber. The film already made its theatrical bow in the U.S. earlier this month and will be available on VOD tomorrow, September 26th.   Infinity Chamber tells the story of an automated justice system in the future and the tragedies that occur when the computer systems become flawed. We follow one prisoner who is falsely arrested and thrown into an automated prison to undergo an intense interrogation program that forces him to relive the day of his suspected crime over and over until the evidence is found to either convict or acquit him. During this process, a war erupts in the outside world, leaving our hero trapped...

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Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: Gemini Lifts the Veil of the Hollywood Machine

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Director Aaron Katz (Cold Weather, Dance Party USA) is back with a film about the entrenched weirdness of his adopted city. Gemini stars Zoe Kravitz as Heather, a beautiful movie star hounded by paparazzi, and Jill (Lola Kirke), her personal assistant who takes care of Everything for her --- but at what cost?  Heather is also stalked by fans, they show up at dinners and even at her home. She's also threated by her verbally abusive ex-boyfriend Devin (appropriate), who we only get to hear on the phone and by conjecture of other characters. Played by the intense Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray on Penny Dreadful), we only get to see this character in two scenes. Hi background is not spelled out for us, but he...

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Our Favorite Faces Of Colin Firth

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This weekend Kingsman: The Golden Circle was the big winner at the box office. The sarcastic Bond spoof sports a mighty cast of characters, one of them brought-back-from-the-dead and played by Colin Firth (as our J. Hurtado says in his review: "it's in the trailers, so it's hardly a spoiler at this point"). Colin Firth has been a bit of a running gag in my circle of friends, as one of them has been a rabid fan of his ever since she saw him become a household name on television. But whether joking or not, there's no denying the man's talent and acting prowess. Whether playing a villain or a friend, he's made the British "stiff upper lip" his trademark, and yet has often managed...

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Blu-ray Review: David Lynch: The Art Life Lives Well via Criterion

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To quote a certain giant, it's happening... again. It's happening... again. To quote the giant who created the giant, you drink coffee, you smoke cigarettes, you paint, and that's it. That quote, from filmmaker David Lynch, has been widely used in promotion for this documentary which is all about him and his processes in creating art. But what isn't necessary being flagged up is the fact that for Lynch, this is an ideal, not the reality. With the recent cult popularity of Showtime's admired and debated Twin Peaks: The Return, David Lynch has re-entered the cinema zeitgeist. It's been far too long since 2006's Inland Empire, his previous widely released filmmaking effort. What was he doing in the interim? Unsurprisingly true to established form, he'd...

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Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: Gerald's Game Is Oscar Worthy

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Warning: spoilers ahead. For the record, I never cracked open Stephen King's Gerald's Game because I just couldn't take what the cover --- a pair of handcuffs hanging from a bedpost, its top carved into a crouching, hurting woman --- indicated. This week at Fantastic Fest has been rough, and I wasn't sure if I was ready to watch this after so much callous behavior by members of the festival here in Austin. (Google it if you don't know to what I'm referring; I'm not here to argue with you.) However, with Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus, Absentia) at the helm, I was willing to give it a go. I'd seen his work before, and I knew he was talented. I'd also recently heard him speak...

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