Birds of Passage (Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra)
It probably says more about Ciro Guerra’s last film than this inimitable new offering (which he co-directed with his long-serving producer Christina Gallego) to suggest that fans of Embrace of the Serpent might find Birds of Passage just a little on the linear side. However, to compare the two is surely akin to comparing the varying potency of two strains of class-a hallucinogens. Set in Columbia in the 1960s, this violent, operatic, and sparsely trippy film follows the early days of marijuana trafficking in the region. Don’t worry if that all sounds a touch familiar. – Rory O.
Here’s the best of the best for May 2019.
Amazon Prime continues to be among the best streaming platform for exclusive streaming access to “first-run” arthouse and foreign films that you may have just missed in theaters.
Etheria Film Night and Inspiration Award Details: "Etheria Film Night is proud to present the 2019 Official Lineup of Shorts on Saturday, June 29. Eight Short Films will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA followed by a Q&A with directors in attendance conducted by Rebekah McKendry (Blumhouse’s Shock Waves Podcast). The 2019 Inspiration Award will be presented to producer Gale Anne Hurd at the live ceremony by legendary filmmaker Roger Corman. The 2019 Stephanie Rothman Fellowship winner will be announced.
Etheria Film Night is the world’s most respected annual showcase of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, showrunners, distributors, and genre fans. Past
"We could not be more thrilled about this partnership. Shout! Factory's catalog is so diverse, and every title is a winner -- both for us as fans, and for the cinema-going public."
Agfa has curated fifty stunning classics from Shout's movie catalog to reissue in theaters throughout the year. Thesemovies include fan favorites such as Bob Clark's Black Christmas, arthouse milestones like John Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence,
Press Release: Austin, TX | April 16, 2019 – The American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive and distributor in the world, is excited to announce a theatrical partnership with Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company. Agfa will distribute fifty film classics from Shout! Factory’s cult classic movie library to theaters in 2019. This is Agfa’s latest collaboration following their distribution partnerships with home video labels Arrow Films (Donnie
Cut! Why have films got so prudish?
The subject of sex scenes in films is surrounded by evasive pieties: from the male critics who affect to find them “boring” (their noses aren’t their only tumescent part) to female stars whose characters are glimpsed having supposedly uninhibited sex, but wearing a bra because of no-nudity clauses. Anna Biller’s gloriously lush exploitation homage The Love Witch, starring Samantha Robinson and unashamedly in love with empowered sexiness, is almost one long sex scene in itself, though there is one particular moment that stands out when a man is drugged by the witch’s love potion. It is not very explicit, or even protracted, but like the rest of the film is almost unique in that
Press Release: February 21, 2019 — Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thrillers, and the supernatural, announced today an exciting trio of original podcasts offering candid conversations with many of the most important and iconic figures in the genre: Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut, an expansion of the television series AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror; She Kills, a podcast by and about women in the horror genre, hosted by Adrienne Barbeau; and Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah,
Edgar Wright, Alice Lowe, Karyn Kusama, Anna Biller, and Panos Cosmatos spoke to the Guardian recently and explain why the five moments they’ve chosen are the five scariest ever put to film.
Continue reading Edgar Wright, Karyn Kusama, Panos Cosmatos & More Reveal The Scariest Horror Film Scenes Of All Time at The Playlist.
Etheria Film Night 2018: Press Release: "(Hollywood, CA – May 9, 2018) Etheria Film Night (www.etheriafilmnight.com) is proud to present the 2018 Official Lineup of Shorts on Saturday, June 16. Ten Short Films will be screened at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA followed by a Q&A with directors Maria Alice Arida (“Instinct”), Devi Snively (“Bride of Frankie”), Naledi Jackson (“The Drop In”), Mac Montero ("The Agency"), Anca Vlasan (“C U Later Tuesday”), Cidney Hue (“Ovum”), Jocelyn Stamat (“Laboratory
The Baftas are almost here, exciting news for the truly excellent British films which could well be rewarded: Lady Macbeth, The Death of Stalin, God’s Own Country. There could well be a final Bafta for one of Britain’s great screen actors, Daniel Day-Lewis (although he has dual citizenship with the Republic of Ireland) who is bowing out with a sensational performance, in fact one of his very best, as the enigmatic 1950s fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. My guess is that Guillermo Del Toro’s swooning romance The Shape of Water will be the big winner, but that Greta Gerwig’s tremendous autobiographical coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird will have a real showing, largely because of
• Deadline Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) is working on a biopic about the early life of Rosa Parks
• Av Club Ian McKellen: Playing the Part, is a new documentary out later this year. Apparently it made a festival appearance last year and is planning a unique release of some kind.
• Vulture an interview with the legendary Bernadette Peters. She sounds like a tough woman to interview but somehow her constant reticence about the question and obvious withholding sounds charming rather than nightmarish
• Pride Sasha Lane (American Honey) comes out as gay
• Show-Score I wrote this piece (experimenting with the human interest profile format) about two women who travelled together inspired by the Broadway musical Come From Away. Hope you like.
Augustine Frizzell is the director of “I Was A Teenage Girl” and “Minor Setback,” both of which premiered at SXSW and screened at many other festivals worldwide. “Never Goin’ Back” is her first feature.
“Never Goin’ Back” will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 22.
W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.
Af: It’s about two 16-year-old best friends who have dropped out of school, work at a diner, and live on their own with a couple of loser roommates. They just want to get out of town for a few days to chill at the beach but everything that could go wrong does.
W&H: What drew you to this story?
Af: It was inspired by real events from my teen years. I wanted to make a comedy for kids like me who didn’t come from middle class suburbia.
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“It was so bad that during reshoots we had different ADs, and they were appalled at what was going on. ‘Your own crew is sabotaging you. Why??’ they asked,” she continued. “For example, a location asst. told me we had to stop shooting in the park because he couldn’t get the right permit, but then lost his shit when a park ranger said yes,
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“Me and my buddy went to this very eccentric home of vampire enthusiasts and had a most unusual evening,” recalls Fessenden when asked about “Vampire Party,” which he wrote by his lonesome. “It was a story I often told in celebration of the wacky things one can get up to to promote a movie, and the crazy subcultures in old Hollywood.” About two indie filmmakers promoting their horror movie when they
Press Release: (Austin, TX | Tuesday, July 18, 2017) - Alamo Drafthouse's American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, is excited to announce an August 22, 2017, release date for the Effects Blu-ray.
Cobbled together with loose change by George Romero's friends, Effects is a mesmerizing do-it-yourself horror movie starring Tom Savini (Dawn Of The Dead), Joe Pilato (Day Of The Dead), and John Harrison (Tales From The Darkside: The Movie). A group of coked-up filmmakers -- including Savini and Pilato -- gather in Pittsburgh to make a slasher called Duped: The Snuff Movie.
The torture scenes in writer-director Eli Roth’s Hostel openly evoked the 2003 Abu Ghraib photographs, which depicted United States military and Central Intelligence Agency personnel subjecting Iraqi prisoners to acts of profound cruelty and abuse. The film also addressed post-9/11 U.
What often gets lost in Amazon’s suboptimal browsing interface is the number of recent lower-profile indies on the service that feature some of the most exciting filmmaking of the last year. Here are seven recent gems you shouldn’t miss.
“The Love Witch”
You have never seen anything like this film. Sure, it looks like a late-era technicolor film — shot on 35mm, with deliciously saturated production and costume design — but this isn’t nostalgic kitsch.
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