Category: Screen

Boston Underground 2019: MOPE, What Violently Happens to a Dream Deferred

All jobs and professions require certain skills; most of these can be learned, allowing most people to learn as they go along, and become better the longer they work. But some jobs require a certain kind of talent, or perhaps a physical atttribute, that, without it, the job is impossible. Think of all the people who audition for shows like American Idol who are terrible singers: they have a dream of singing, and yet seem to have done nothing to develop the necessary skills, or at least had anyone tell them that they just don’t have what it takes (except Simon Cowell). What happens to that dream that you realize is never going to come true? What road will you take if you can’t do the…

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HOTEL MUMBAI Interview: Director Anthony Maras on a Plea for Peace

On November 26, 2008, a multi-pronged attack of unfathomable destruction and carnage seized the city of Mumbai, India over three days.  Amidst the chaos, unarmed common people of all faiths and races banded together to

JOHN WICK 3 PARABELLUM: New Trailer Asks, All This For What? Because of a Puppy?

Another quick question. How many knives does it take to kill a man? This new trailer for John Wick 3 Parabellum aims to answer that question. Dear sweet baby whomever. This new trailer for Parabellum

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD English Language Remake Rights Acquired

File this one under, no, but thanks for not asking.    Variety has reported that the rights to remake Japanese break out hit, the horror comedy One Cut of the Dead, have been acquired for an english language version.    Patrick Cunningham, a Japan-based American producer whose credits include “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Starlet,” is behind the venture.   “Most U.S. and Western audiences won’t get to see it. It has only a limited release outside Japan and is not being released in the U.S.,” said Cunningham. “That’s such a shame for a film this fun and original.”   Cunningham plans an English-language remake that will shoot in the U.S. on a budget that he describes as “fairly small.” The original film emerged from…

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Natalie Portman Is LUCY IN THE SKY in First, Trippy Trailer

When I first heard about the project, the story of an astronaut who comes home from space and has trouble adjusting to “normal” life, I wondered how interest could be sustained for an entire feature.

SUNSET Interview: László Nemes on His Challenging, Mesmerizing New Film

I saw Hungarian director/writer László Nemes’ sophomore film Sunset at this year’s Film Comment Selects series and was blown away by it. It is just as strong as his phenomenal debut film Son of Saul,

SXSW 2019 Review: The Hills Have Ayes In Hilarious Scottish Thriller BOYZ IN THE WOOD

The peaceful Scottish highlands hide a bloody secret in writer/director Ninian Doff’s hilarious rural nightmare Boyz in the Wood. A trio of teenage miscreants are given one last chance to turn their lives around by

Review: CAPTIVE STATE, What Happens After Aliens Invade

Theoretically a welcome break from Hollywood’s usual ‘space invaders’ action adventures, Captive State focuses on what happens after alien creatures from outer space have landed on Earth — and won. Rupert Wyatt directed, and Captive

TONE-DEAF Couldn’t Be A More Apt Title For This Topical Thriller

After a pair of incredibly divisive features in Excision and Trash Fire, controversial director Ricky Bates is back with his latest film, and it looks like he’s done beating around the bush when it comes

SXSW 2019 Dispatch: A New Batch of Hot VR

Always an interesting place for the convergence of tech and entertainment, SXSW unveiled a new crop of VR experiences this week. Along with the four pieces we covered at Sundance (Gloomy Eyes, Mechanical Souls, Four

SXSW 2019 Review: BELLINGCAT – TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD, A Gripping Look at a Powerful Form of Internet Journalism

Professional journalism is in crisis mode. Major consolidation, cost-cutting, and technology shifts are leading to less outlets, less job opportunities, and less coverage of important issues. In this changing landscape, new models built around the unique capabilities of the Internet have come to the fore, including Wikileaks and its highly controversial form of leak journalism. Another model is open source journalism as practiced by an organization called Bellingcat. Although their name is weird, Bellingcat is one of the most innovative journalism groups operating at the moment. As shown in Hans Pool’s gripping documentary, Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World, this group’s investigative model has significant –and potentially dangerous — implications for the future of journalism. Bellingcat, which was founded in 2014 by Eliot Higgins,…

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SXSW 2019 Review: PORNO Provides Cheap Thrills For Fans Of Magickal Mayhem

The crew of a small town movie theater stumbles into a boarded up basement and comes back with more than they bargained for in director Keola Racela's Porno, one of the several horror comedies anchoring SXSW's Midnight section this year. It's fitting that this film, set in a small town with a bunch of Christ-loving movie nerds, should have its premiere in Austin, which is essentially an overgrown small town filled with movie nerds that has itself become a kind of weird cinephile mecca. In Porno, the power of film corrupts the youth of this early '90s postcard existence by bringing temptation into an otherwise pretty saintly town. As they are getting ready to close down for the night and having their daily debate over…

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SXSW 2019 Review: TALES FROM THE LODGE Tells Grown Up Campire Stories To Uneven Effect

A group of middle-aged pals gather at a lodge in the woods to celebrate the life of a fallen friend in director Abigail Blackmore’s debut feature, Tales From the Lodge. While this basic one-liner for the film is nothing new and has been explored many times before, Blackmore and her team put a fun, gruesome twist on the old formula. Not everything is exactly as it seems in this lodge, and some revelations will have dire consequences.   The group who’ve joined the event to scatter their dear departed’s ashes is a trio of couples who’ve spent years by each other’s sides, with the exception of a single new addition. The old guard consists of Emma (Sophie Thompson), Russell (Johnny Vegas), Martha (Laura Fraser),…

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SXSW 2019 Review: TREAD Tells the Wild Story of a Bulldozer Rampage in Colorado

On June 4, 2004, Marvin Heemeyer–a businessman and an Air Force veteran–started up his Komatsu D355A tractor. Prior to the date, Heemeyer spent countless hours building a virtually impenetrable concrete-and-steel shell around the top of the tractor. After firing up the mammoth machine, Heemeyer crashed and smashed his way through the town of Granby, Colorado. He destroyed numerous vehicles and buildings, including the Granby town hall, and fired a 50 caliber rifle at both the police and some very large propane tanks. Many years after the fateful events in Granby have faded from the public conscious, Paul Solet (Grace) revisits the killdozer incident in a fantastic documentary called Tread. Based on a non-fiction book by Patrick Brower, Tread is a substantive, visually rich doc with…

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SXSW 2019: The First Footage From Pollyanna McIntosh’s DARLIN’ Teases Terror

With SXSW now in full swing, it's about time that some of the hotly anticipated features start to share teases to whet the appetites of filmgoers. One of my must-see films this year is Pollyanna McIntosh's directorial debut, Darlin'. A sequel to Lucky McKee's The Woman and the third part of a series based on a Jack Ketchum novel that began with The Offspring, Darlin' partially follows the further adventures of McIntosh's title character from the former and picks up a new character in Darlin'. The PR describes the film thusly: Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin' (Lauryn Canny) is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop (Brian Batt of Mad Men) and his obedient nuns where…

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Evoking the middle space between Darren Aronofsky's mother! poster, and the Russell Mills' Downward Spiral art from Nine Inch Nails' iconic 1994 album, the one-sheet for SXSW debuting Girl On The Third Floor is eye catching to say the least. Flowers, decaying paint, the portrait of a woman in a formal dress cover the gamut of off-pastel colours, with a sharp, gothic stencil of yellow typesetting.  The hand painted art is the hallmark of artist Serge Serum who favours portraits in a kind of 'evil ebb' state: Deterioration as both a compromise of beauty and revealer of truth. Yeah, I like. I like. It brings back that strange feeling of anger and art from the early 1990s….

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THIS IS NORTH PRESTON: First Look at Trailer For Canadian Film Festival Closer

Jaren Hayman's documentary This is North Preston is all set to close this year's edition of the Canadian Film Festival here in Toronto on March 29th. His look at the city of North Preston, Halifax, Nova Scotia, the oldest and largest black community here in Canada, may prove to be a sobering but important film.    At first occupied by three waves of freed slaves, refugees and migrants between the American Revolution and the War of 1812 the community in Halifax still experiences its share of hardships and struggles to this day.    North Preston is the largest black community in the country and started as a safe haven for escaped slaves but has more recently been painted as one of the biggest hubs of…

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Tribeca 2019 Full Lineup Hits

It has already been announced that Roger Ross Williams’s (of Life, Animated and God Loves Uganda fame) will be opening NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival 2019 edition with his latest doc The Apollo about the eponymous