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Let’s Get Weird! Cinematic Oddities

Tom Jolliffe looks at the weird wonders of cinema…

There are pretty standard films when it comes to cinema. It could be straight horror (masked killer stalks teens) or Die Hard formula. Sometimes a film lowdown tells you everything you need to know about what you’re about to watch. To an extent this brings comfort to cinema goers. Look at the Top 100 highest grossing films and you’d be hard pressed to find anything hugely unconventional.

Of course you can have alien characters in strange alien worlds, but it’s still told in a conventional way. Star Wars for instance which at its core is pure, Kurosawa infused Samurai cinema or a film like Guardians of the Galaxy despite its talking raccoons and Groot, is a recognisable adventure formula. However, sometimes a film defies explanation, logic or understanding. Look at David Lynch’s career. He’s made a name
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Frontier: Season Four; Jason Momoa Says Netflix Series Is Renewed - and Ending?

Is Frontier ending? Recently, star Jason Momoa revealed the Discovery Canada TV show will return for a fourth (and possibly final?) season.

The historical drama, which airs on Netflix in the U.S., centers on the rough and often violent North American fur trade of the late 18th century. In addition to Momoa, the series stars Alun Armstrong, Zoe Boyle, and Landon Liboiron.

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‘Possum’ Blu-ray Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, Andy Blithe, Charlie Eales, Ryan Enever, Raphel Famotibe, Joe Gallucci, Pamela Cook | Written and Directed by Matthew Holness

“Can you spy him deep within? Little Possum. Black as sin.” That’s just part of the creepy children’s poem that accentuates the sheer bloody terror in Possum, a supremely disturbing British horror flick from writer-director Matthew Holness, creator of Darth Marenghi’s Darkplace.

Based on Holness’ own short story, Possum stars Sean Harris as Philip, a disgraced children’s puppeteer who returns to his childhood home with a suspiciously large leather bag. Inside the bag is Possum, perhaps the scariest puppet ever committed to celluloid. The frankly terrifying poster for the film (google it at your peril) gives some idea of the horror, but the finished article is guaranteed to give you nightmares for weeks.

On the surface, the plot is deceptively simple:
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Blu-ray Review – Possum (2018)

Possum, 2018.

Directed by Matthew Holness

Starring Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, and Andy Blithe

Synopsis:

A disgraced children’s puppeteer returns to his childhood home and is forced to confront the troubling memories that have tormented him his entire life.

Anyone expecting any sort of light relief from Matthew Holness’s debut feature will be sorely disappointed. The writer director, best known for his comedic parody work on cult-comedy masterpieces Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace and Man-to-Man with Dean Learner, takes a step into full-on bleakness with Possum, the deeply disturbing story of a man forced to deal with long buried memories.

Focusing on the travails of Philip (Sean Harris), a children’s puppeteer forced to return to his quiet Norfolk childhood home after something awful happened at work, the film is an abstract rumination on suppressed memory and the pain of dealing with abuse. Possum refers to the hideous
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Watch an exclusive clip from Funny Cow starring Maxine Peake

Coinciding with its U.S. VOD release, we’ve got an exclusive clip from the British comedy drama Funny Cow, which sees Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything) starring alongside Paddy Considine (The Death of Stalin), Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Alun Armstrong (Krull). Watch the clip here, but beware of some bad language…

Delivering tragedy and comedy in equal measure, Funny Cow charts the rise of a female comedienne through the 1970s and 1980s industrial Northern England. From her violent childhood to her turbulent adult relationships, she uses the raw material of her life experiences to bring comedy to the stage as the sole stand-up comedienne in an all-male world.

Funny Cow is available now on VOD.

The post Watch an exclusive clip from Funny Cow starring Maxine Peake appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Possum Coming to DVD on February 12th from Dark Sky Films

  • DailyDead
If you missed Matthew Holness' Possum last year (and word on the horror street is that it was one of the creepier releases of 2018), then you may want to circle February 12th on your calendar, because that is when Possum will be released on DVD from Dark Sky Films.

Press Release: A man trying to escape his past finds his past continually chasing him down in Possum, a chilling new horror film featuring a "quiet storm" of a lead performance by Mission: Impossible's Sean Harris. The film arrives on DVD from Dark Sky Films on February 12, 2019.

Philip, a disgraced children's puppeteer, returns to his dilapidated childhood home and lecherous stepfather, Maurice. Philip is intent on destroying "Possum,"a hideously malformed spider-puppet he carries with him in a brown leather case. Unfortunately, and horrifically, Possum refuses to be abandoned.

Philip's mind is flooded with painful half-memories and nightmarish visions,
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Rupert’s Ten Best: Films of 2018

  • Nerdly
It’s that time of year again. Let’s not pretend we don’t all love ranking things.

Honourable mentions go to A Quiet Place, which made no sense but offered a truly unique cinema experience; Sicario 2, which, against the odds, turned out to be better than the original; the very pleasant surprise that was Bohemian Rhapsody; Ralph Breaks the Internet, particularly its scary, weirdly affecting, self-reflexive final act; and Ready Player One, where Steven Spielberg turned Ernest Cline’s flimsy whimsy into a joyous pop culture treasure trove.

And now the top ten, in no particular order. It turns out that it was a very good year for horror…

The House That Jack Built

Both a must-watch yet virtually unwatchable, Lars Von Trier’s most uncompromising film to date (quite an accolade) is the story of a self-justifying, self-aggrandising, woman-hating serial killer nicknamed “Mr Sophistication”, played with chilly brilliance by Matt Dillon.
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Frontier: Has the Netflix TV Series Been Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four?

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Will Declan Harp or Lord Benton finally be victorious in destroying the other? Is the Frontier TV show cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on Netflix? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Frontier, season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   

What's This TV Show About?

Streaming on the Netflix paid subscription platform, Frontier stars Jason Momoa, Alun Armstrong, Landon Liboiron, Zoe Boyle, Jessica Matten, Evan Jonigkeit, Allan Hawco, Lyla Porter-Follows, Greg Bryk, Diana Bentley, and Breanne Hill. A Canadian action-adventure drama from creators Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie, the 18th century period piece unfolds in the violent, corrupt world of the North American fur trade. A part-Cree, part-Irish outlaw, Declan Harp
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Frontier: Season Three Viewer Votes

Will ferocious outlaw Declan Harp be victorious during the third season of the Frontier TV show on Netflix? Usually, the Nielsen ratings play a big role in determining whether TV shows are cancelled or renewed. Netflix and other streaming platforms, however, collect their own data. If you've been watching this TV series, we'd love to know how you feel about the season three episodes of Frontier. We invite you to rate them below.

A Netflix historical action drama, Frontier stars Jason Momoa, Alun Armstrong, Landon Liboiron, Zoe Boyle, Jessica Matten, Evan Jonigkeit, Allan Hawco, Lyla Porter-Follows, Greg Bryk, Diana Bentley, and Breanne Hill. A Canadian action-adventure drama from creators Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie, the 18th century period piece unfolds in the violent, corrupt world of the North American fur trade. A part-Cree, part-Irish outlaw, Declan Harp (Momoa) is determined to break the monopoly that
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New Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Frontier’ Season 3

Netflix

He’s about to star in the big-budget DC superhero movie Aquaman, but Jason Momoa will return to a familiar character for another project on the small screen. The actor will return to the role of Declan Harp when Frontier returns at the end of this month.

The battle for profit and power spans continents as ferocious outlaw Declan Harp takes his fight against the Hudson’s Bay Company across the Atlantic.

Landon Liboiron, Alun Armstrong, Zoe Boyle, Jessica Matten, Allan Hawco and Katie McGrath are also amongst the cast of Frontier, which returns to Netflix worldwide (excluding Canada) on 23rd November, 2019.

The post New Trailer For Netflix’s <em>‘Frontier’</em> Season 3 appeared first on The Hollywood News.
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Win movie merchandise with Possum

  • HeyUGuys
To mark the release of the film Possum now playing in select cinemas nationwide and on demand, we have a limited edition signed poster, official cd soundtrack, t-shirt and book featuring the original short story. To find out where you can watch Possum, visit https://www.possumfilm.com

Possum is the debut feature film from writer/director Matthew Holness, co-creator and writer/star of the cult TV series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Starring Sean Harris and Alun Armstrong, Possum is a distinctive psychological thriller which pays homage to the British horror films of the 70s. The film’s unique and stylish exploration of a man’s isolation and abandonment is accompanied by a compelling soundtrack from the legendary electronic BBC music studio The Radiophonic Workshop. The film is based on the short story Possum written by Matthew Holness and published in ‘The New Uncanny’ anthology.

The story follows disgraced children
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Film Review: ‘Possum’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Possum’
Though it originally ran for just six episodes in 2004, the U.K. TV series “Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace” — an inspired spoof of supernatural anthology shows, among other things — has acquired a still-growing cult following. Its principal collaborators have all forged interesting careers since, with two recently making their feature writing-directing debuts. Released last year, cast member Alice Lowe’s “Prevenge” was a macabre piece about a unbalanced woman who starts believing her unborn child is ordering her to kill. “Darkplace” co-creator/star Matthew Holness’ new “Possum” is also about madness, being a psychological horror in which nearly all the terrors (both seen and unseen) may simply be figments of a severely withdrawn protagonist’s haunted imagination.

In script terms, Holness straddles the line between “minimalist” and “underdeveloped.” There are times when it feels like “Possum” (named after a creepy children’s rhyme much recited here) would have had its slender
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Movie Review – Possum (2018)

Possum. 2018.

Directed by Matthew Holness.

Starring Sean Harris and Alun Armstrong.

Synopsis:

After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children’s puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured his entire life.

Matthew Holness, the UK mastermind behind cult favorite Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, ushers us into a parallel reality of unsettling weirdness in Possum. Arachnid Mother Goose tales, Amber alerts, undefined candy jars – there’s nothing typical about this psychological horror meltdown. Smacks of Jim Hosking quirkiness (The Greasy Strangler/An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn) are butchered and separated as Holness opts to savor the trimmed meatiness of anthropomorphic nightmares. “Little Possum, black as sin.” A beckoning limerick that ushers forth this dreadful-as-fuck crossover between Roald Dahl and Mr. Rogers with existential artistry torn from Samara’s The Ring cassette.

Sean Harris stars as Philip, a disgraced children’s puppeteer who
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November 2018 VOD & Digital Releases Include The Nun, Searching, The Predator, The House With A Clock In Its Walls

  • DailyDead
Happy Halloween, everyone! While I know it’s a bittersweet feeling that our favorite holiday is finally upon us, that doesn’t mean we have to bid the horror genre farewell any time soon. In fact, there are a ton of great genre films hitting VOD and a variety of digital platforms throughout the month of November, which should help with the sting of it no longer officially being the spooky season.

November’s digital releases kick off on Friday with Possum, Welcome to Mercy, and Monster Party, and then just a few days later, get ready for Death House, Kin, The Heretics, Beyond the Sky, and Blood, Sweat and Terrors on November 6th. One week later, the cyber thriller Searching hits various platforms (and is definitely worth a watch), and there are a few more titles making their digital debuts that day as well: Blue My Mind, Lasso, and Bloody Ballet.
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Movie Review – Possum (2018)

Possum, 2018.

Directed by Matthew Holness

Starring Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, and Andy Blithe.

Synopsis:

After returning to his childhood home, a disgraced children’s puppeteer is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured his entire life.

Matthew Holness, best known for the cult-comedy classics Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace and Man-to-Man with Dean Learner, has now joined among the ranks of comedy-cum-horror filmmakers club with his feature-length debut Possum. Anyone familiar with Holness’ earlier work will understand this transition. Shows like Darkplace and Man-to-Man parodied classic British sci-fi and horror tropes of the 1970s and 80s, though always done with love and affection. Now shifting his creativity from parody to pastiche he creates this tense horror/thriller of a disgraced puppeteer dealing with the demons of his past.

Philip (Sean Harris) created an arachnid puppet with a human head moulded after his own. This,
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Review: Possum (2018)

In the bleak wilderness of Fallmarsh, Norfolk, disgraced puppeteer Philip (Sean Harris) returns to his dilapidated childhood home, hellbent on destroying Possum, his cursed spider-like puppet stashed in a leather travel bag. The murkiness of time, memory and mental illness, plague Philip, until he’s forced to confront his monstrous step-father Maurice (Alun Armstrong), and their horrific past unravels into madness.

The pitch-black poetry about a “possum black as soot” twists it’s way through a jangling and discordant soundscape, led by a distant and melancholic pastoral flute open’s Possum, writer-director Matthew Holness’s debut British horror film. Art installation, fairly tale and psychological thriller, Holness prowls in the shadowy abstractions of trauma and childhood abuse, blurring the lines between victim and predator – a grim enigma only a few patient and hardy souls may want to solve.

In a windswept field, we meet Philip frozen to the spot, alone,
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Split Second: the Unofficial Venom Movie You (Probably) Didn’t Know About

Padraig Cotter Oct 18, 2018

The closest you’ll get to an R-rated Venom movie this month.

Dick Durkin: I don't think this thing thinks it's Satan, I think this thing Is Satan.

Stone: Well Satan is in deep s***!

Venom is one of the most recognizable comic-book villains of all time, but its fair to say he hasn't had a smooth ride on the big screen. Sam Raimi's noted distaste for the character didn't bode well when the studio insisted he include Venom as an antagonist in Spider-Man 3. While using the symbiote as a means to explore Peter Parker's dark side was intriguing, Topher Grace's take on Venom proved majorly disappointing to many. Raimi has since admitted he just didn't get the appeal of the character, and a planned solo movie was scrapped.

Channing Tatum was rumored to be interested in taking on a Venom movie during The Amazing Spider-Man era,
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Split Second: the Unofficial Venom Movie You (Probably) Didn’t Know About

Padraig Cotter Oct 18, 2018

The closest you’ll get to an R-rated Venom movie this month.

Dick Durkin: I don't think this thing thinks it's Satan, I think this thing Is Satan.

Stone: Well Satan is in deep s***!

Venom is one of the most recognizable comic-book villains of all time, but its fair to say he hasn't had a smooth ride on the big screen. Sam Raimi's noted distaste for the character didn't bode well when the studio insisted he include Venom as an antagonist in Spider-Man 3. While using the symbiote as a means to explore Peter Parker's dark side was intriguing, Topher Grace's take on Venom proved majorly disappointing to many. Raimi has since admitted he just didn't get the appeal of the character, and a planned solo movie was scrapped.

Channing Tatum was rumored to be interested in taking on a Venom movie during The Amazing Spider-Man era,
See full article at Den of Geek »

Possum Review

Matthew Holness taps into psychological horror greatness with a cerebral picture that will lay eggs in your brain.

Possum has all of the ingredients that you hope for from a debut horror picture. It tells a disturbing story about a man returning to his childhood home and caught in a tug of war with an alluring spider puppet. Possum throws its audience into a twisted puzzle and relishes the ensuing confusion. It’s a phenomenal debut film as writer-director for Matthew Holness (best known for acting in frekaing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), who balances a complex tightrope between tones.

Even though Possum presents a highly stylized story with plenty of disturbing and confounding visuals, this is really an internal tale about repression, living with past grief, and the power of guilt when it festers and isn’t confronted. It also eloquently explores deeper material like whether it’s possible to
See full article at Den of Geek »

Possum Review

Matthew Holness taps into psychological horror greatness with a cerebral picture that will lay eggs in your brain.

Possum has all of the ingredients that you hope for from a debut horror picture. It tells a disturbing story about a man returning to his childhood home and caught in a tug of war with an alluring spider puppet. Possum throws its audience into a twisted puzzle and relishes the ensuing confusion. It’s a phenomenal debut film as writer-director for Matthew Holness (best known for acting in frekaing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), who balances a complex tightrope between tones.

Even though Possum presents a highly stylized story with plenty of disturbing and confounding visuals, this is really an internal tale about repression, living with past grief, and the power of guilt when it festers and isn’t confronted. It also eloquently explores deeper material like whether it’s possible to
See full article at Den of Geek »
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