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Review: Logan Lucky Races for the Big Score, Finishing Above Average

18 August 2017 1:15 PM, PDT

How lucky are we? I suppose that depends upon how you feel about the work of director Steven Soderbergh. One of the most deliberately eclectic and diverse filmmakers in the history of Hollywood, Soderbergh has seen fit to shift gears abruptly from mainstream big-budget potboiler (Ocean's 11, Haywire, King of the Hill, Out of Sight) to artsy fartsy experimental throughout his entire career (Schizopolis, Bubble, Full Frontal), letting the two blend occasionally, just to keep things even more interesting (Magic Mike, Traffic, The Limey). Since his 1989 indie film world sensation sex, lies and videotape, he's never stopped. Even his much ballyhooed retirement from feature filmmaking resulted in him directing every episode of two seasons of the turn of the century medical television series, The...

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No Dormiras (You Shall Not Sleep): First Teaser And Poster From Gustavo Hernandez's New Horror Flick

18 August 2017 12:30 PM, PDT

The first teaser poster and trailer have arrived for No Dormiras (You Shall Not Sleep), the latest horror offering from Uruguayan director Gustavo Hernandez (The Silent House).    Though the film is only beginning production they were quick to gather some snippets of footage together including a foreboding shot of the beguiling Belen Rueda at the end. The teaser poster also conveys a sense of helplessness and despair.      In an abandoned psychiatric hospital, a theater company experiments with insomnia for the preparation of a stageplay. As the days without sleep go by, they cross new thresholds of perception, that expose them to the secrets of the place and the energies that inhabit it.    When Bianca, a young actress ,  joins the cast,...

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Petul Trailer: Rodent Rescuer Stands Up to Injustices

18 August 2017 9:30 AM, PDT

It doesn’t happen all that often, but every once in a while a truly original short comes along; the type that reaffirms your faith in the power of film as a visual medium. Charles Cheval’s Petul is just that: a bolt from the blue that will shake cinephiles to their very core. Clocking in at roughly fifteen minutes, Petul is told from a jerboa’s Pov and has spectators experience the "extraordinary journey of a mighty rodent, in the horrible world of a human family". With no dialogue or voiceover, this singular grown-up fable with echoes of magical realism excels at visual storytelling and capitalizes on distorted sounds to further immerse audiences into the sensory world of its rodent protagonist. As nail-bitingly suspenseful as it is emotionally...

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10+ Years Later: Does School Of Rock Still Make the Grade?

18 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

There are two dominant beats in play for the duration of School of Rock, the 2003 crowd-pleasing box office comedy smash. Most visible and memorable is frontman Jack Black. But just behind him, keeping perfect time and setting the thumping beat of the show is filmmaker Richard Linklater. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the music they make together is mighty good. It's got a driving bass line with clever hooks, like the best classic rock. Maybe you could even dance to it. (Why not?) Yet, from the vantage of point of ten-plus years later, it's been easy to forget and/or dismiss the true triumphs of the film. Jack Black stars as Dewey Finn, a local struggling rocker singularly focused on making it big. He's convinced that he will...

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Criterion in November 2017: Le Samourai, Desert Hearts, Jabberwocky, The Philadelphia Story

17 August 2017 12:31 PM, PDT

New digital restorations are the main attractions for four titles that will be arriving via the Criterion Collection in November 2017. Le Samourai is the one that caught my eye first. Jean-Pierre Melville's work has been influential upon more than generation of filmmakers fascinated by the crime genre, and his 1967 drama is visually striking and emotionally chilly; Alain Delon stars. It will be presented in a new high-definition digital restoration. Desert Hearts is a profoundly affecting love story. Groundbreaking in 1985 for its frank depiction of the attraction between two women in the 1950s, I've only seen it on a lower-resolution version, so I'm very interested in seeing the new, restored 4K digital transfer, especially since it's from the early period of acclaimed cinematographer...

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Hagazussa - A Heathen's Curse: Raven Banner Picks up Worldwide Rights

17 August 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Lukas Feigelfeld's film Hagazussa - A Heathen's Curse will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin next month. Toronto based Raven Banner Entertainment have just picked up the worldwide rights for the film.    The film was Feigefeld's graduating film from film school in Berlin. I'll have to ask around but does it also count then as his feature film debut? Regardless, to be included in the program of one of the world's best genre film festivals and to have it picked up for worldwide sales and distribution is not something that happens for all film graduates.    Toronto based genre specialist, Raven Banner Entertainment has picked up Worldwide rights to director Lukas Feigelfeld's genre bending feature, Hagazussa — A Heathen’s Curse.  The...

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Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2017: Evrenol's Housewife, Tragedy Girls And Mexico Barbaro II Lead First Wave

17 August 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

There is an especially fun weekend of horror cinema coming to Brooklyn this October. After a fantastic debut year last year the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is back with a first wave of already stellar titles. The festival has also expanded this year to four days and will extend their reach to more cinemas around the Brooklyn, New York area, including one of the newest Alamo Drafthouses in the country.    First wave titles include the anticipated Housewife from Turkish director Can Evrenol (Baskin), the horror-comedy Tragedy Girls, Mexican horror anthology Mexico Barbaro II and a little Protuguese slasher flick that I liked The Forest of Lost Souls.    The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival returns to New York City October 12th till the 15th, bringing...

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Locarno 2017 Review: In Winter Brothers, "Being Loved and Fucked" Is the Axiom

17 August 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

The feature-lenght and idiosyncratic debut by Icelandinc emerging talent Hlynur Pálmason probes the crevasses of male psyche in melancholic Nordic psychological drama

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Extremity: A Collection of Images From New Canadian Horror Flick

17 August 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

With only few days left to go on post production the Canadian horror flick Extremity Screen Anarchy was sent a collection of images to share with you. We have interspersed the press release among them as well, including statements from the director Anthony Diblasi (Missionary, Most Likely to Die).    A young woman obsessed with horror, subjects herself to twelve hours of grueling torment in an attempt to confront her own fears and conquer the tragic past which haunts her.   Extremity was written by David Bond and Scott Swan (The Profane Exhibit). Bond is also producing under his banner Dark Elegy with Corinne Ferguson. This will be their first feature film as a company. ...

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Fantasia 2017 Interview: Trent Haaga and Matthew Gray Gubler on 68 Kill, Death, Love, Sex and Biting

17 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

[Pictured above is AnnaLynne McCord as Liza.] Trent Haaga has a new film out produced by Snowfort Pictures -- 68 Kill -- but he’s been in the gore and exploitation biz for a while now, with his earliest professional beginnings at Troma. Creative people often have a myriad of interests, and Haaga is no exception. He’s written several screenplays, most notably for Cheap Thrills (directed by Evan Katz, and also produced by Snowfort) and Deadgirl, but moonlights as an actor, too. Similarly, the cheerful Matthew Gubler is a popular actor, most known for his role on Criminal Minds, and he’s directed some episodes and a few shorts, as well. So, what happens when you mix the talents of Haaga, Gubler, Snowfort, AnnaLynne McCord, Alicia Boe, Shelia Vand,...

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Exclusive Clip: Death Waits For No Man Does it Pink And Dirty

17 August 2017 9:30 AM, PDT

Armin Siljkovic is making his feature film debut with his flick Death Waits For No Man. Screen Anarchy has been given an exclusive clip to share with you which you will find below. It is very pink and also a bit dirty. Do not worry, Sfw dirty.    The Postman Always Rings Twice meets John Dahl in writer-director Armin Siljkovic’s neon-doused indie noir-thriller Death Waits for No Man.   Expected to release late 2017/early 2018, it’s the unnerving and complex chronicle of a neon art collector that seduces a lone drifter into killing her abusive husband.   Black SailsAngelique Pretorius headlines a cast that includes Bradley Snedeker, Corey Rieger and Travis Myers....

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Review: California Typewriter, 50 Million Mechanical Keyboard Fans Can't Be Wrong

17 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

I am typing this on a keyboard attached to my laptop computer because the laptop's own keyboard started acting up shortly after I purchased it in 2015. This never happened with my Smith-Corona electric typewriter, which my father gave me in 1975, so forgive me if nostalgia soaks through my critical opinion of Doug Nichol's documentary California Typewriter, which is only the bestest movie ever. Sadly, my Smith-Corona is long gone from my possession, but only after typing countless pages of stories and school assignments. Two years before my father's gift, I spent an entire semester in school learning how to type on an ancient yet trusty mechanical typewriter, an Underwood -- thanks, Mr. Pizzuti! -- and later spent several years getting to know various...

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Review: Marjorie Prime, The Haunting Power of Memory and Love

17 August 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

How much of our personality, our reactions to situations, our relationships with our loved ones, determined by our memories, of them and ourselves? (A somewhat rherotical question, as I think the answer is quite a lot). As we age, and our memories fade or adjust, how we view those from our past changes; sometimes we just remember them as we want, and that can be both good and bad. Michael Almareyda's film Marjorie Prime, adapted from the Pulitzer-prize nominated play by Jordan Harrison, looks at the effects of age and memory on a mother-daughter relationship. Intimate, loving, strange and highly effective, it watches the negotiations between the family members with calculated caution, exploring very large philisophical questions in a specific and haunting story. Marjorie (an...

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Review: The Hitman's Bodyguard Shoots Wide of the Mark

17 August 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

Spoiler: Patrick Hughes' The Hitman's Bodyguard ends with a post-credits stinger in which Ryan Reynolds sits at a bar, waiting for his cue only to be put off by a five-minute church bell song, and ultimately ending with a half-funny gibe about this being the "director's cut". Somehow, this little behind-the-scenes vignette says more about the experience of watching the film than probably anything I could put together on my own. The Hitman's Bodyguard is about a hundred and ten minutes of stale gags punctuated at odd intervals by remarkably familiar feeling stunt work that just didn't work for me. Ryan Reynolds is a formerly great - Aaa-rated, as he reminds us frequently - executive security provider who is contracted by his saucy Interpol ex-lover...

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Melbourne 2017 Review: Person To Person, A Wonderfully Expansive New York Narrative

16 August 2017 4:00 PM, PDT

Expanded from the quirky short of the same name, Person to Person is an effortless riff on a specific indie vibe. Crafted lovingly and naturally by director Dustin Guy DefaPerson to Person moves from his initial concept, following the quest of hippie record collector Bene (Bene Coopersmith) to purchase a rare LP, to other characters who occupy the screen as their small dramas play out over a brisk autumnal day. These other New Yorkers include Phil (Michael Cera) and Claire (Abbi Jacobson), an investigative journalist boss and first-time reporter, respectively. The powerplay, awkwardness and anxiety between them plays out with surprisingly varied results as they piece together a potential murder. Most of their banter takes place in Phil’s car, where he mansplains and tries to...

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Review: V.I.P. Is D.O.A.

16 August 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

Following his period epic The Tiger, director Park Hoon-jung scales down his ambitions for the North Korea-themed investigative thriller V.I.P., a brooding procedural that lumbers its way through a serial killer tale mired in political intrigue. Much like his hit gangland opus New World, several (male) actors share top billing but each struggle in cliche-riddled roles. A series of brutal murders takes place in Korea and suspicions point to Gwang-il (Lee Jong-suk), the son of a high ranking North Korean official who recently defected to the South. Gruff Detective Yi-do (Kim Myung-min) is chomping at the bit to take him down but for reasons unknown, the National Intelligence Service is trying to keep him out of the police's hands. Nis agent Jae-hyuk (Jang Dong-gun) struggles...

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Watch: Ansel Elgort And Eiza González On Edgar Wright's Baby Driver

16 August 2017 10:02 AM, PDT

Edgar Wright’s latest film, Baby Driver, is a fantastic beast, with some of the most intense car chases in recent memory, as well as a tasty soundtrack that basically never stops and that is used in the most precise way. Since the movie is now playing in Mexico under the title Baby: El aprendiz del crimen, I interviewed two of its protagonists: Ansel Elgort and Eiza González. Elgort plays the titular character, a master driver who is ready to leave crime and get together with the girl of his dreams (Debora, played by Lily James) after being used for many years by Doc, an extremely dangerous criminal (Kevin Spacey). Due to a car crash, Baby has suffered from tinnitus since he was a little boy,...

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Michael Sheen And David Tennant to Star in Amazon's Good Omens

16 August 2017 9:15 AM, PDT

In case you missed it yesterday, absolutely wondrous news has come that UK thespians Michael Sheen and David Tennant will be taking the lead in Amazon's adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel Good Omens.    The show is set in 2018 on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon, aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find the Antichrist. Sheen will play the role of Aziraphale, while Tennant will play Crowley. It will consist of six one-hour episodes.   Sheen released a statement in the same article from Variety.   “I first read ‘Good Omens’ as a teenager and it’s been one of...

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The Wonderful World of Dtv - The films of director William Kaufman

16 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

It is true that the Dtv market is mainly known as being a dumping ground for thousands of bottom of the barrel productions. One only needs to visit their local DVD store to see what cheap horror or action movie is on offer. In the past there would at least be a recognisable star to make these films standout from the crowd, actors whose best days were perhaps behind them but were at least still making a living. In the current Dtv market the majority of films produced are made with a limited budget, trying to emulate what is the current trend i.e. found footage films, or copying the most recent Hollywood blockbusters like famous B movie production company The Asylum. Still, there are those...

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Fantasia 2017 Interview: Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson on Crafting The Endless

16 August 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

Recently at Fantasia 2017, I was able to catch the Canadian premiere of The Endless, the new feature from co-directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. As with Resolution and Spring, what they did here with The Endless was rain a whole ton of talent on just a little bit of money. That’s to say they’ve delivered a Diy film that doesn’t look or feel Diy, has a great cast with strong performances, a compelling story, and cool special effects. Even Guillermo del Toro is a fan. I was able to speak to them in Montreal the day after The Endless played to approximately 800 Canadians. Here’s what went down -- and check out the clip below the interview. Going into the film, I didn’t...

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