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Cannes 2017 Review: The Merciless Punches Up Familiar Gangster Tale

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After helming a low-key music drama (The Beat Goes On) and a romantic comedy (Whatcha Wearin'?), director Byun Sung-hyun finally shows off what may be his true colors in the brash and confident half gangster thriller, half prison drama The Merciless, the second Korean film to be featured as a midnight screening in Cannes this year. Hyun-woo, an undercover cop, goes to jail and positions himself under the wing of the top dog on the inside, whose side he stays by when the latter is released from jail and reassumes his position as the number two in a Busan gang involved in heavy drug deals. There's nothing particularly novel about the story of The Merciless, which follows a similar trajectory to many Korean gangster tales...

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10+ Years Later: Code 46 Showed Us That We Are All Replicants

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With a new Blade Runner film on the way later this year, it seems an appropriate time to revisit a certain overlooked 2003 film that is as close to a prequel to Ridley Scott's seminal clone-noir as there ever was. Michael Winterbottom's Code 46 made only tiny ripples on the festival circuit before it faded into obscurity, mere minutes upon commercial release. It's chilly central romance, and slippery, edge-of-tomorrow social concerns, failed to ignite the passion of either the genre crowd or the art-house set. There are, however, a small number of us who straddle that space in between, and continue to sing the film's myriad praises. These include exemplary future-building out of existing locations and architecture around the world, intimate (yet curiously mannered) dialogue,...

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Crowdfund This: A Big, Big Reprint Of Beyond Terror

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What makes for a good crowdfunding campaign? An interesting subject helps, a goal limit which is humble helps, giving something back for your contribution helps... Well, Fab Press' campaign for re-issuing Stephen Thrower's long-sold-out book about Italian director Lucio Fulci definitely scores major marks on all fronts. Beyond Terror has been out of print since 2009, and a big reason for this was that an expensive reprint of such a niche hardcover book is too big a risk for any publisher. Thankfully, Fab Press is asking for a mere 7500 Gbp to achieve their goal, and while I'm writing this, the campaign just went from 1800 (24%) to fully funded. Contributing in exchange of a perk isn't cheap, but what you get packs a pretty...

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Filmfest Munich presents New German Cinema

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The upcoming Filmfest Munich just announced 20 exciting world premieres for their New German Cinema strand. Highlights include Fremde Tochter by Stephan Lacant with Elisa Schlott and Heike Makatsch, Detour by Nina Vukovic with Luise Heyer and Lars Rudolph, Luna by Khaled Kaissar with Lisa Vicari, Branko Tomovic and Bibiana Beglau, Lomo - The Language of Many Others by Julia Langhof with Jonas Dassler and Lucie Hollmann and many more exciting movies from young and established German filmmakers. "Do You Sometimes Feel Burned Out and Empty?" The films of the New German Cinema sidebar ask us probing questions about our self-image, self-improvement and other's perception of us, which informs not just Lola Randl's film of that name starring Charly Hübner and Benno Fürmann, but all...

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Cannes 2017 Review: The Beguiled, A Campy Anatomy of Lust

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Sofia Coppola is a filmmaker whose work I've appreciated from a distance. I know she's a great director, but apart from Marie Antoinette, her stories of rich white people and their troubles has held little interest for me. But as a fan of the gothic, horror, and period film, The Beguiled certainly would seem to fit in my wheelhouse of film love. And while not without some problems of gender representation, the film is a gorgeous and campy romp, disguising itself as a period piece with just the right touch of horror. Three years into the Us Civil War in the Virginia countryside, Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) maintains what little normalcy she can at her school, with her five young charges and teacher Edwina Dabney (Kirsten...

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What The Waters Left Behind: A Harrowing Trailer Emerges From The Depths of a Dead Argentinian Tourist Trap

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We eagerly await What the Waters Left Behind, the new horror film from Luciano and Nicolas Onetti, directors of giallo flicks Sonno Profondo and Francesca. As it makes its way through post-production, they took it to Cannes and presented the first trailer from the upcoming horror flick at the Blood Window Galas. Now we can share it with you.    Let me be the first to say, holy hell. It starts off all nice and cheery, and a whole lot of sexy, then descends into hell fast. If you are a fan of classic slasher roadie flicks from the 70s, like the original versions of The Texas Chain Saw Massacare and The Hills Have Eyes, then this unholy offering from Argentina looks like it will be...

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Pretty Packaging: Sculpting Time With The Andrei Tarkovsky Boxset

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When we think of pretty packaging of DVD/Blu-ray releases, the usual disc-pimping suspects pop up: Arrow, Cj-Entertainment, Criterion (when so minded), Anime Limited, Eureka, Funimation, Wild Side Video, Sentai Filmworks... Curzon Arificial Eye will generally not be in that shortlist, though that's not a slur on their ability as a distributor. Not unlike the British Film Institute, they have a very impressive catalogue with plenty of certified classics in it, and their releases are often perfectly decent, if not very flashy. That goes for their boxsets too. But even they clearly felt inspired when designing a boxset for Andrei Tarkovsky's films. Called "The Deluxe Collection", the limited (and numbered) set is meant as a companion piece to the "Sculpting Time" retrospective, a touring programme which...

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Review: Commando, the perfect embodiment of 80’s Schwarzenegger

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Now this is a movie I’ve been dying to review for quite some time.    I’m a big Arnold Schwarzenegger fan (yes, I can spell his last same without looking it up on Google), and I especially love his 80s output: films like Conan the Barbarian, Predator, and course, Commando, are absolute classics, and for many different reasons. The first is an epic, grandiosely-directed, gory action film; the second is one of the most suspenseful, sci-fi-action pictures ever made (both Arnie and the creature are immensely memorable).   The third is a cheesier, more absurd kind of product, but it somehow works. The plot is simple, a flimsy excuse to watch Arnold singlehandedly kill a small country’s entire army. When his daughter (a very young...

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Crowdfund This: Phil Tippett's Mad God, Demented Stop-Motion Animation

23 May 2017 1:00 PM, PDT

I confess that the first two parts of Phil Tippett's Mad God completely passed me by, but now that a kind reader has tipped us off to the existence of Part 3, all I can say is ... wow! Tippett has enjoyed a long career as a visual artist, receiving Academy Award nominations for Dragonslayer, Return of the Jedi, Willow, Jurassic Park, Dragonheart, and Starship Troopers, and taking the Oscar home three times. Of course, that's only the tip of the iceberg; his credits include all three original RoboCop movies, House II: The Second Story, and "demon supervisor" on The Golden Child. Tippett has been increasingly focusing his efforts on Mad God, an epic stop-motion animation project that looks absolutely fantastic, judging by the video...

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Actress Megan Henry is a Bad-Ass on the Indie Film Scene Starring in “Guardian Angel”

23 May 2017 11:21 AM, PDT

When it comes to vigilante justice, men aren’t the only ones looking for an eye-for-an-eye. The newest bad-ass anti-heroine to hit the screen on the indie scene is actress Megan Henry. Currently, Megan stars in the short film “Guardian Angel,” an action-packed thriller which recently earned a Platinum Award at WorldFest Houston and is heading to Phoenix Comic-Con next. Megan executive produced the project which centers on a strong and unconventional female character. Megan also appeared in two additional projects at WorldFest Houston: the Gold Award-winning dramatic short "My Name Is Lamar"; and the Silver Award winning web series "In Absentia." This multi-talent is also in-development as producer and star of the new military action-thriller series Accelerate, teaming up with Clio winning director/writer Marcus Perry....

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Sir Roger Moore Has Passed Away

23 May 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Sir Roger Moore, best known for portraying James Bond in seven installments of the spy series, has died, according to his official Twitter account. He was 89. Moore's screen career dated back to the 1940s and gained momentum through the 1950s. His breakthrough international role came on TV's The Saint, starting in 1962. He embodied Simon Templar as a charming adventurer through six seasons. When Sean Connery declined to return as 007 after Diamonds Are Forever, Moore came on board and faced heavy criticism from fans who felt he pushed the character too far into light comedy. But those same criticisms are what made his interpretation of Bond so distinctive, likable and personable. In Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, and...

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Cannes 2017 Dispatch: A Strong Year for the Sidebars

23 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

The main attraction at what might be the world's most bifurcated film festival is certainly the Palme d'Or competition. But there is always a film or two that finds a fair amount of buzz out of one of the primary sidebars of Directors' Fortnight or Critics' Week (both misnomers, by the way, as the sidebars run 10 day and 9 days respectively). Last year's Critics' Week gave us Raw and the 2015 edition of Directors' Fortnight featured the premiere of Green Room. But typically it's one or two movies max that garner the kind of attention usually reserved for the big competition titles. That trend does not seem to be holding true in 2017 where quite a few films from the two main sidebars have...

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Cannes 2017 Review: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Love Can Make Us Cruel

23 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

Human beings can be kind, generous, and loving. But they can also be self-indulgent, vicious, and cruel. We all want to believe that, under certain circumstances, we would sacrifice and fight for the lives of our loved ones. But would we? Or would we try to circumvent dire circumstances in order to save our own lives, sacrificing those we claim to love? Yorgos Lanthimos' name has become synonymous with contemporary absurdism; the films that have made him one of the most lauded filmmakers in recent years - Dogtooth, Alps, and The Lobster - have mixed stories of families and relationships in the most strange of circumstances, combining black comedy, violence, and the crisis of identity. In his latest english-language production, The Killing of a Sacred...

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American Cinematheque To Screen Bill & Ted Double Feature With Alex Winter This July, Most Excellent!

23 May 2017 8:30 AM, PDT

Los Angeles, prepare your self for a most non-heinous adventure this July 2nd at 7:30 when the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre is set to screen the iconic Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and its amazingly weird sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, complete with a Q & A from star Alex Winter. After nearly 30 years, the Bill & Ted films continue to stand up as absolutely unique experiences in the annals of popular culture, in spite of their outright bizarreness. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is one of my earlier cinema memories, having been invited to a classmate's ninth birthday party at the theater, and those images remain burned into my mind for all time. I recently revisted the films with my own son...

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Have Your Say: About That Netflix Versus The Cannes Film Festival Thingy...

23 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

The Cannes Film Festival wouldn't be the Cannes Film Festival without a controversy or scandal or two, but this year it all seems to be rather mild. Yes, there's something wrong with you if you think Claudia Cardinale at that age would have looked more beautiful with a photo-shopped thinner waist, but if that's the worst the festival will have to weather this year, I'll label it as uncommonly dull. We did get one other controversy though, and it was entirely industry-based. It concerned Netflix participating with two films in competition at the festival, and the eyebrows that raised. What makes Netflix so special? I mean, who cares who made a film, right? I'm just happy someone gave Bong Joon-ho a bag of money to...

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Exclusive: Miles Poster Debut, A Boy on the Girl's Volleyball Team

23 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

We are pleased to present the exclusive poster debut for Miles, an independently-produced film about family, college and sports, starring Tim Boardman and Molly Shannon. Here's the official synopsis: Miles Walton (Tim Boardman) is biding his time until he can go away to college in Chicago and study filmmaking. His father passes away unexpectedly, revealing a secret affair with a local girl, which gutted their family savings. Miles can no longer afford to go to college. Desperate to get out of his small town, Miles finds the only remaining college scholarship in Chicago is to the Men's Volleyball team at Loyola University. Because his high school doesn't have a men's team, Miles tries out for the girl's team and head coach Leslie Wayne (Missi Pyle)...

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Flagship City International Film Festival announces 2017 winners

23 May 2017 1:03 AM, PDT

The Flagship City International Film Festival, featuring a diverse range of genres from independent filmmakers and showcasing some of the best independent movies from around the world, returned for an exciting edition this year.  Highlights of the 2017 schedule included: Red Directed by Branko Tomovic Narrative Short. 20 mins. United Kingdom. Niklas, a surgeon who lives a life of solitude and is tormented by self hatred, performs regular illegal surgeries for the red market. He works together with Mia, a young prostitute who lures her clients in and drugs them. Niklas is looking for a way out of this dark world, but owes his life to their violent crime boss Ed, who would rather kill him then let him go. The First American Directed by...

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Tabula Rasa: Watch The Trailer For a Psychological Thriller TV Series From Director of Cub

22 May 2017 3:00 PM, PDT

Watch the pretty amazing trailer for a new Dutch language television series, Tabula Rasa, directed by Kaat Beels and Jonas Govaerts, director of the Belgian horror flick Cub.   Tabula Rasa is a psychological thriller about Mie, a young woman with amnesia who is locked up in a secure psychiatric hospital. Mie is visited by Detective Inspector Wolkers who claims she was the last person seen with the vanished Thomas Spectre. As a witness and prime suspect, she appears to be the sole key in this mysterious disappearance. Mie can’t be released from the hospital until Thomas is found.   In order to solve the puzzle and find Thomas, Mie has to reconstruct her lost memories and find her way back through the dark labyrinth...

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Now on Blu-ray: Open Your Mind, Step Into The Void

22 May 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Today marks the Blu-ray release of Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie's new horror film, The Void. Regular Screen Anarchy readers will recognize the co-directors as members of the renegade Winnipeg cinema collective Astron-6, but The Void is their first feature outside of that collective and it feels like a whole other beast.  When a young cop named Carter (Aaron Poole) picks up an injured man on the side of the road and drives him to the nearest hospital, he has no idea that he's in for the night of his life. Working at the hospital, which is in the middle of packing up to close its doors, is his estranged wife Allison (Kathleen Munroe), and if the tension between them weren't thick enough already, a...

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Spirit Game: Pride Of A Nation: Watch This Exclusive Clip From The Lacrosse Doc

22 May 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Peter Spirer and Peter Baxter's documentary on the sport of lacrosse and its meaning to members of First Nations communities, Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation, will be released by XLrator Media in U.S. cinemas this Friday, May 26th. It will be followed by a digital release on VOD and iTunes on June 20th. ScreenAnarchy has been given an exclusive clip to share with you which you may watch below along with the trailer.    Lacrosse originated with the Iroquois, which they call their "medicine game," and is the lifeblood of their Nation. The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team is not only among the world's best, but ambassadors for their Nation's sovereignty and recognition. In 2015, the Iroquois hosted the World Championships on Native soil for...

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