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Toronto Japanese Fest 2017 Review: Her Love Boils Bathwater

23 June 2017 2:00 PM, PDT

Futaba (Miyazawa Rie), a strict, but caring single mother, has an awakening when she is told she has an aggressive and terminal cancer that cannot be treated. With only a few months left to live she sets out to reconcile her family and prepare them for her absence. She has to find her husband Kazuhiro (Joe Odagari) who left her and her daughter Azumi a year ago. She has to help Azumi overcome her fears and learn to stand on her own, against bullying at school and prepare for the loss of her mother, her pillar of support all her life. Futaba also wants to reopen the family business, a local bathhouse. Can Futaba brings all the pieces together, with a handful of surprises along...

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Exclusive: Take to the Skies with André Hedetoft's Space Pirates

23 June 2017 1:30 PM, PDT

Last we heard from André Hedetoft (co-writer-director of Origin) he was working on something called Finns Här Några Snälla Barn or as you might remember it: “Pippi Longstocking with zombies!” While that film is still very much on track, aiming for a winter shoot and currently casting its leads, Hedetoft already has another project in the pipeline. Space Pirates promises to be true to its title as “a unique mix of sci-fi and fantasy, bringing the myths and legends of pirates of the seven seas to life, in space”. Born as an imaginative adventure a young Hedetoft used to dream up in his bathtub, Space Pirates’ story became emotionally enriched by the birth of his three daughters: “Three girls hidden throughout the galaxy discover on...

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Crowdfund This: Hal Hartley's Henry Fool Trilogy Boxset

23 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Good news for fans of the three Henry Fool films: now that their director Hal Hartley has reclaimed the rights to the first of these ("at long last and with considerable drama", as he himself says), it will be released in due time on HD in several platforms. Even better news though: Hal Hartley is working on a boxset of all three films, on DVD and/or Blu-ray, and is looking for investors by way of Kickstarter. The perks and rewards are many, ranging from a bookmark, to actual books, to being credited on the packaging. And of course you can indeed pre-order the films on your medium of choice. When our Zach Gayne published an interview with Hall Hartley in 2015, he was kind enough...

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Early Submission Call - Four Seasons Film Festival

23 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Holmlands is proud to launch the Four Seasons Film Festival in partnership with Green Owl Films; in a celebration of independent film, music, art and photography. February 2018 will see our first ever film festival held at the historic Cadogan Hall in Central London, in a weekend that aims to showcase the full spectrum of human emotion in a series of groundbreaking and inspiring feature films that exemplify the moods of the annual seasons.    Spring: films about new beginnings, hope, freedom Summer: films about joy, celebration, empowerment Autumn: films about change, transition, difference Winter: films about real life, truth, factual    Early Submission Deadline 30th June The early submission deadline is looming so act now and get a discounted submission fee. Submit you films...

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Interview: Okja Producer Dooho Choi Takes Us Behind the Scenes

23 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

Part collaborator, part many-armed mover and remover of obstacles, Dooho Choi jumped into the deep end as a producer with 2013’s Snowpiercer, Director Bong Joon-ho’s ambitious multinational sci-fi adventure.  As the founder of Kate Street Picture Company, Choi dives in again with Bong’s beautiful, bold Okja, and spoke with me about wrangling locations across several countries, an international cast of top stars, a controversial new releasing platform, and a very large CGI pig.    The Lady Miz Diva:  Both Okja and Snowpiercer were international productions.  What was different producing Okja, as opposed to Snowpiercer?    Dooho Choi:  Well, Snowpiercer had its own complexities, but Okja was a little different in that we shot in different countries.  It was shot all over South Korea, we shot...

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Satan's Slaves: Watch The Chilling Teaser For Joko Anwar's Indonesian Horror

23 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

It seems strange to say that despite a career that has long flirted with a wide variety of genres, Joko Anwar's upcoming remake of classic Indonesian cult title Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) marks the first time the critically acclaimed director has jumped headlong into horror. And yet that is very much the case. And if the just released teaser for the film is any indicator of what is to come he'll be doing just fine in these chilly waters, thanks. Released in 1980, the original film has drawn comparisons to Don Coscarelli's Phantasm over the years and while the teaser for this version doesn't appear to veer into that territory there's a very definite otherworldliness to it. There are no subtitles, unfortunately, but the atmosphere...

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New York Asian Film Festival Celebrates Their Sweet Sixteen with a Badass Trailer

23 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT

Yes, because the New York Asian Film Festival is probably the only fest this side of the Atlantic that can be both sweet for its sixteenth edition and badass. The proof is in the trailer. Watch it below and be sure to check out the fest's electric full lineup of flicks playing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, June 30 - July 16th. ...

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What The Film Festival 2017: A Japanese Evil Dead Remake, A Gorilla in Sunglasses And Cats Making Carrie

22 June 2017 9:35 PM, PDT

Hey, Toronto. If you are in the mood to have your mind blown without the aid of recreational pharmaceuticals this Saturday then you will want to check out the What The Film Festival happening at The Royal this Saturday.   Hosted by the Laser Blast Film Society, a monthly curated series of VHS action oddities at the cinema, the programmers Peter Kuplowsky and Justin Decloux have a knack for finding cinema that runs outside of the norm. They pick the best of the crop each year and we willingly subject ourselves to their selections.   Of the three selections this year, I have only seen She’s Allergic To Cats, but I am looking forward to seeing the Japanese version of Evil Dead, Bloody Muscle Body...

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10+ Years Later: Can The Mummy Returns Withstand The Test Of Time?

22 June 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

When I saw Stephen Sommers' fun creature feature Deep Rising, back in 1998, I immediately added him to the list of directors to keep an eye on. That was because I had an absolute blast with the film, warts and all, even though many of my friends thought it was garbage. Two things in particular had tickled my fancy: I liked that it contained characters who had a fun chemistry with each other, and I loved that the film deployed a strange timing with regards to the jokes. Especially bad jokes depend on timing and delivery, and apparently Stephen Sommers and I just happened to share the same sense of rhythm. So when early reports on Aint-It-Cool-News told that Sommers' next film The Mummy looked...

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Cybertronic Warrior: Steve Kostanski's Awesome Music Video For The Cybertronic Spree!

22 June 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

Stop everything you are doing, right now. The Cybertronic Spree, the hair metal band that dresses up like the classic Transformers and plays songs from the animated movie, have just dropped their first original single, Cybertronic Warrior, and it is a sight to behold. If you are a fan of the animated Transformers show/movie and hair metal then this is your lucky day! We have the brand new music video below, directed by Manborg and The Void's Steve Kostanski!  Turn up the volume and raise your Unicron Horns to the sky!...

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany in Stronger: Watch First Trailer

22 June 2017 11:01 AM, PDT

Hollywood's first attempt to dramatize the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Patriots Day, did not turn out so well in the eyes of local resident -- and our associate editor -- Michele "Izzy" Galgana. (Read her complete article as to why.) Will the next do any better? Stronger tightens its focus to tell the true story of one victim, played by Jake Gyllenhall, with Tatiana Maslany as his ex-girlfriend. David Gordon Green directed. The official synopsis supplies context: Stronger is the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become the symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff, a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at...

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First Soundtrack Trailer Heads to the Arctic for Eco-Drama

22 June 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

The first trailer for Soundtrack sets up a very cold premise, starting with its setting: the Arctic. Its very strong, serious, dramatic tone suggests that something more is going on under the surface. The official synopsis provides more details: The Soundtrack of a life. Cris (Selton Mello), a young artist still trying to find his place on the tough world of arts, gets from Brazilian Government special permit to stay a month in an isolated international research station surrounded by nothing but ice. His goal is to prepare an exhibition mixing music and photography. Cris will go against his own defined concepts and values, as he spends time with other researchers discovering Planet Earth on an never seen perspective. This shock will result on this...

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Review: The Big Sick Skillfully Tackles Weighty Themes With a Light Comic Touch

22 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Whenever The Simpsons offered moments of unexpectedly touching sweetness, the writers would refer to these moments as "Jimmys", as in, showrunner James L. Brooks, who enjoyed providing the family with bouts of humanity. Walking the line of comedy and drama is something Brooks excelled at throughout his entire career, both in television and film, and you might say the greatest descendants of this craft are filmmakers like Judd Apatow, and lately, Michael Showalter. Thus, it is lovely to see these two great minds teaming up to collaborate on Kumail Nanjiani and wife, Emily V. Gordon’s autobiographical, The Big Sick, which tells the uniquely true story of their own troubled courtship. The Apatow produced, Showalter directed film stars Kumail as an outsider comedian struggling to rise...

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Marshall Trailer Transforms Social Justice into a Modern Thriller

22 June 2017 9:32 AM, PDT

A biographical movie about the early days of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice? Ho-hum, not for me. Or so I thought until I watched this galvanizing trailer for Marshall. Chadwick Boseman, who will soon be known primarily as Black Panther, plays the titular character, surrounded by the likes of Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell. Here's the official synopsis: Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days - a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a...

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Sound Design Tutorial: The 5 Five Steps of Audio Post Production:

22 June 2017 9:30 AM, PDT

Sundance-winning film sound mixer reveals the power of dialog editing, sound design, and audio mixing. https://youtu.be/Jb2RRoEt4_M The 5 Five Steps of Audio Post Production: 2:20 Sound Editing 3:05 Spotting Session 3:37 Dialog Editing 7:03 Sound Design 11:08 Sound Mixing Ugo Derouard is a Sound Designer & Supervising Sound Editor and has been successfully working in Hollywood since 2006. Over his career, Ugo has worked with A-List Directors and Music Composers, on Award-winning Films, TV Shows, Commercials and Documentaries since 2002. Ugo’s work as a Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer has been featured many times at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2012 for the film "The End of Love" featuring Mark Webber & Michael Cera, again in the 2014 “Life After Beth” with Aubrey Plaza as well as the 2015...

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Review: The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola's Gorgeous and Campy Romp

22 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

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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Jackie Chan's The Foreigner Gets Brooding U.S. Poster

22 June 2017 8:30 AM, PDT

Jackie Chan remains as busy as ever. Within the past year, we've seen the Chinese period piece Railroad Tigers and the modern Chinese/Indian fusion Kung Fu Yoga, which both showed him in his familiar guise as a heroic action figure. The Foreigner promises to show him in a different light, as a man seeking vengeance for his family. Reportedly, it will emphasize the action in the premise; Chan plays a restaurant owner in London whose family is victimized by Irish terrorists. It's based on Stephen Leather's novel The Chinaman (?!), first published in 1992. Pierce Brosnan, who's done quite a variety of colorful roles since his days as James Bond, is Chan's costar, along with Katie Leung and Tao Liu. Speaking of Bond, Martin Campbell,...

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Review: The Bad Batch, Left Behind by the American Dream

22 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

Real credit where it’s due, Ana Lily Amirpour’s self-confessed "Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western" A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night must have been a hell of a tough act to follow, so props to Amirpour for pulling it off in such style. Her latest offering is a very different beast too, and never looks back over its shoulder unnecessarily. Gone is the gorgeously stylized black-and-white footage and tense, cocaine-fuelled atmosphere of that last masterpiece. In their place comes much more of an LSD aesthetic, full of neon lights and a vibrant colour palette that wouldn’t seem out of place on California’s Long Beach. The Bad Batch also has an absolutely killer soundtrack, including stuff like Die Antwood’s Fish Paste, which is certainly not the kind...

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Review: Bertrand Tavernier's My Journey Through French Cinema Proves to Be an Invaluable Resource Guide

22 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

Obviously My Journey Through French Cinema is a lot to take in one sitting. It's also a goldmine for any cinephiles as an invaluable resource guide. Tavernier is doing us a great service here through his experience as a cinephile and a filmmaker. I am eager to check out more films that are featured in this documentary for years to come.

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Rare Uncut 35mm Print of Dario Argento's Suspiria Discovered! Us Tour Imminent

21 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

Fans of Dario Argento's witchy masterpiece, Suspiria, have a couple of reasons to be excited in the coming months. Not only is the film currently being prepared for home video release by cult film restoration and preservation experts Synapse Films, but for those of us who are more analog inclined, a newly discovered uncut 35mm Italian print of the film is about to make its way around the country. Recently acquired by the Chicago Cinema Society, this 35mm print of the original Italian cut of the film appears to have been relatively untouched since the film's original release 40 years ago. We've been provided with several clips from the print and they look quite good considering the film's age. As a fan of Suspiria, I've...

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