Category: Screen

FREAKS Teaser: Emile Hirsch Is a Paranoid Father in Sci-fi Thriller

A short teaser trailer has debuted for Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein's sci-fi thriller Freaks, ahead of its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival in a few weeks. Lipovsky is known for his work in the horror genre, having directed the films Dead Rising: Watchtower and Leprechaun: Origins previously. In the genre-bending psychological shocker, a bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father's protective and paranoid control. Freaks stars a great cast in Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Amanda Crew, Grace Park, and Lexy Kolker as "Chloe". Freaks is being repped by Ground Control, a producer of the recent sci-fi western Prospect. Watch the trailer below. …

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Melbourne 2018 Review: TRANSIT Disorients and Compels as Unique Wartime Noir

Director Christian Petzold’s (Phoenix) unique adaptation of the same name brilliantly twists the time and place of World War II events. The decision to depict a War narrative in this way disorients the viewer as there is no exposition to what is initially happening. In Transit a fascist occupation (implied Nazis) of France is transported to modern day, although things feel regressive and out of place. There are, for example, no facets of technology humanity has come to rely on, no safety net, and nowhere to hide. A man, Georg (Franz Rogowski) is hired to transport a writer, his travel documents, and controversial novel from Paris to Marseilles. When he realizes the writer has already committed suicide he takes his belongings and by happenstance assumes…

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REVIEW: Mile 22 is a tedious and trivial hike into the realm of mindless, militaristic mayhem

They say that war is hell. Nevertheless, hell takes on a different kind of connotation when watching the boisterous and banal wartime actioner Mile 22. Director Peter Berg ("Deepwater Horizon", "Patriots Day") reunites with his Lone Survivor leading man Mark Wahlberg as they collaborate on yet another hyperkinetic special operations actioner. Clearly, the tandem of Berg and Wahlberg get their caustic kicks from delivering trigger-happy, explosive action-thrillers that percolate and penetrate. However, the mindless Mile 22 is an overwrought, noisy, and numbing mess that aimlessly echoes exaggerated volumes of destruction just for the sake of conjuring up a crass and colorful spectacle. Sure, some will attest to ensuring that their lively actioners are ignited by frothy firepower, rapid-paced fight sequences and cliched yet robust doses…

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ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING: RLJE Films Acquires North American Rights

News came yesterday that RLJE Films have acquired the North American rights for David Ian McKendry's debut feature film and seasonal horror flick All The Creatures Were Stirring. The film had its world premiere at the Chattanooga Film Festival this past Spring.    All The Creatures Were Stirring stars Constance Wu, of the much talked about film of the moment Crazy Rich Asians, and a couple of indie horror darlings Amanda Fuller (Red White and Blue, Fashionista) and Graham Skipper (The Mind's Eye and Sequence Break). Read the synopsis in the press release below and if you pick up a sort of holiday themed The Theatre Bizzare vibe to it all you would not be far off I am told.   RLJE Films will release All The Creatures…

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Blu-ray Review: THE FILMS OF NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER Show us our Beautiful, Terrible World

Languid and without judgement, the world is stared down. Nikolaus Geyrhalter, forever working in wide-shot, frames up and presents his true-life landscapes with the eye of a high-end still photography artist. Then, he holds and holds his shots, just long enough to digest, but then cutting away before whatever question the shot is asking could be resolved. If anything, the viewer has accumulated more unresolved questions than before. And when it comes to how we as people reconcile our ever-changing, diverse yet universally relatable world, questions are what fuel our empathy, our attempts at understanding. It is precisely those qualities that documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter is interested in mining.  Though still relatively young, the Austrian documentarian boasts an expansive filmography, both in terms of decades worked…

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Get A Taste Of Fabio Frizzi’s PUPPER MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH Score

Legendary composer Fabio Frizzi contributed the score to cult hit Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich and with Lakeshore Records prepping both digital and vinyl releases of the soundtrack we've got a little taste to share. Check out all the details in the press release and the sample embedded below! Lakeshore Records and Fangoria Presents have teamed up to release Puppet Master:  The Littlest Reich—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack which features an original score by legendary film composer Fabio Frizzi (Zombie, City of the Living Dead, The Beyond), digitally on August 10th with a vinyl version forthcoming.  This is the first soundtrack to fall underneath the banner Fangoria Presents from Cinestate.  Written by by S. Craig Zahler (Brawl in Cell Block 99, Bone Tomahawk) and starring Thomas…

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Lost Episode Fest 2018: LUZ, RELAXER, KNUCKLEBALL, BOAR And CRISIS JUNG Are Coming to Toronto

You would be hard pressed to find better value for your cinematic dollar than the small program that Johnny Larocque puts together for his annual Lost Episode Fest (LEFT). Now in it's sixth year the festival rolls out for the last time at the Carlton Cinema here in Toronto (a different story for a different time) next weekend from August 24th through 26th.  LEFT will have the Toronto Premieres of Knuckleball, Luz, Relaxer and animated feature Crisis Jung. LEFT will also have the North American premiere of creature feature Boar.  And right now, Johnny has just informed us that the festival pass is on sale for half price, $25! Five bucks per movie is not bad. Not bad at all. Hop to it. Get your…

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SACRED HEART: Exclusive Scene From Aussie Thriller, On VOD DVD And Blu Today

Kosta Nikas' revenge thriller from Australia, Sacred Heart, is available today on VOD/DVD and BluRay from Gravitas Ventures. Screen Anarchy has been given an exclusive clip to share with you. From what we understand this is at the very beginning of the scene but it pretty much sums up how Robert (Kipan Rothbury) feels about clergy.    Sacred Heart chronicles the journey of a religious man, who rejects God and his faith, after the tragic death of his pregnant wife and then challenges the Devil. He receives a visit from his priest, who pushes him to question his own beliefs. The Priest turns out to be a mirror of his own insanity, pushing the boundaries between heaven and hell.   David Field, Kipan Rothbury (‘’Water…

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Review: Eighth Grade boasts some very good dramatic marks on its biting cinematic report card

The brilliant and brutal trials and tribulations of the teen girl treachery and transitional schooling years is captured masterfully in first-time writer-director-comedian Bo Burnham's caustic coming-of-age comedy Eighth Grade. Sharply revealing, bluntly acute and charmingly acidic, Burnham's cringe-worthy ode to the middle school years of an angst-ridden schoolgirl awkwardly matriculating to the next level of hellish academic scrutiny is an impressive debut for the observant funnyman. Stunningly, Burnham is able to honestly convey the dread, anxiety, paranoia and unreasonably high expectations of an insecure 13-year old female about to embark on a traumatic discovery as she leaves behind the familiarity of her grade school "safety net".  In reliving the nightmarish rites of passage to the unknown realm of secondary school drudgery through this jeopardized adolescent many…

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Get Your Gut-Munching Goodies From SEVERIN FILMS With This Amazing Blu-ray Cannibal Combo!

The current kings of cult movie overkill, Severin Films, revealed their latest upcoming releases today. Next up for these heroes is a duo of cannibal classics from director Joe D'Amato and writer/star George Eastman, the legendary Video Nasties, Anthropophagous and Absurd. Not only are these two films coming to Blu-ray for the first time in the US with an incredible host of bonus material including interviews with the director and his leading man along with other principals of the production, Severin have also gone insane with their latest collector's bundle. Over the last year Severin Films have formed the habit of supporting their high profile releases with exclusive merchandise like enamel pins, plush dolls (The Sinful Dwarf), pendants (Devil's Rain), t-shirts, and rubber balls (The…

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Review: Superfly updates the classic 70’s blaxploitation drug flick but falters in its millennial-made supply and demand

It was inevitable that Director X's overwrought flashy, stylish and glossy remake of the late great Gordon Parks Jr.-directed 1972 blaxploitation classic Superfly would prove to be a super-charged vehicle for today's urbanized audiences desensitized by the glamour and graphic gumption of today's rap/hip-hop hedonistic scene. In fact, Parks's ground-breaking, vintage crime caper throwback would be dismissed as a passe Disney movie compared to Director X's unapologetic, fatally frivolous drug-dealing drama laced with high-octane hedonism and killer tunes to match on the hardcore soundtrack. Back in the day, Parks's shifty showcase was not what one would label subtle or gently suggestive. Nevertheless, the dynamic action-packed ditties of raw black cinema such as Sweet Sweetbadaassss Song and Shaft cleverly set the stage for the aforementioned Superfly and other imitators that followed the path to…

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INTERVIEW: Festival Director ELAD LAOR on the Jerusalem Film Workshop

I had the the opportunity to talk to Elad Laor, festival director of the Jerusalem Film Workshop, a six-week program for creative filmmakers aged 19-27, seeking an opportunity to gain professional skills and tell their own special story of Jerusalem.  Supported by Onward Israel, the Jerusalem Film Workshop offers participants comprehensive knowledge of film production and the opportunity to expand their professional network, while living in Jerusalem and traveling round Israel.   Even though I couldn’t meet Laor in person, we managed to exchange e-mails, in which he told me quite a bit about his background as a documentary filmmaker, and his role as the director of such an ambitious film workshop.   Tell me a little bit about your background as a filmmaker.  …

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Friday One Sheet: SLICE And Brand Humor

The minimal teaser posters for A24's 'pizza delivery boy slasher film,' Slice, get right to the meat and cheese of the matter. B O N D, one of my favourite key art design houses who did the tropical Star Wars: Rogue One campaign, the Dunkirk campaign and the lovely Mad Max: Fury Road designs, have made an easy but effective subversion of the Little Caesar's and Domino's Pizza branding, just sprucing them up with a bit of blood and gore.  Most will remember the '30 Minutes Or It's Free!' days for Domino's Pizza back in the day, which becomes the tagline here. No credit block for these teasers, the tagline and the distributor is the only text on the poster aside from the title, although…

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Etrange Festival 2018 : first titles revealed

L'Etrange Festival will held its 24th edition from the 5th to the 16th of september 2018. The french festival has grown to be one of the french's most anticipated festival for many genre lovers, tho the festival regularly abolish movie borders to deliver every year an ecclectic but refine selection. This year, the festival teamed up with Premiere magazine to announce a few titles of this year's 24th edition. Here are the first titles revealed, while the full line-up should be announced soon : Opening : Anna & the Apocalypse, directed by John McPhail (french premiere) Recently seen at Fantasia Festival, the christmas zombie musical – which you can read SA's review right here – will open the festival in a very unusual way :…

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Review: The Incendiary, Impassioned BLACKKKLANSMAN Is Classic Spike Lee

The premise of BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s impassioned, incendiary, often brilliant new film, sounds like a joke. In 1978, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, son of Denzel), a black rookie detective in the Colorado Springs police department, infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by impersonating a white racist over the phone. Stallworth’s white partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) stands in for Stallworth for face-to-face meetings with the Klan. Again, this set-up seems absurdly comical, most closely resembling Dave Chappelle’s famous skit in which he portrays a blind black racist who joins the Klan. However, the film’s opening titles assure us that the events we see unfold are based on some “fo’ real, fo’ real sh*t.” (The screenplay, co-written by Lee with Kevin Willmott,…

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Locarno 2018 Review: DIANE, Humane and Melancholic Drama About Aging and Mortality

Kent Jones, an American documentary filmmaker and director of the New York Film Festival, who is also behind the bio-doc Hitchcock/Truffaut and the documentary A Letter to Elia, which he co-directed with Martin Scorcese, makes a move to fiction filmmaking. Diane, executive produced by Scorsese, centers on the eponymous protagonist as she mulls over family issues in a well-acted domestic drama. Divorced Diane lives alone in Western Massachusetts and oscillates between her hospital-ridden cousin, her drug-addicted son, helping in a shelter, and chatting with friends. Jones reconstructs a micro-universe of a community and follows the protagonist as she puts everybody else before herself. Strong maternal instinct kick in regarding her son, who is caught in an addiction spiral, while she has enough empathy for folks visiting the…

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Melbourne 2018 Review: GIRLS ALWAYS HAPPY Yang Mingming’s Biting Dysfunctional Family Film Debut

Girls Always Happy proves anything but in Yang Mingming’s feature film debut. She both Directs and stars as Wu, the troubled daughter and one-half of the powerfully dysfunctional family dynamic that anchors the film. The other half is her mother, (Nai An) a depressed and repressed woman, single and living under the thumb of her father (Huang Wei). She stays with Wu in the Hutongs; an old Beijing district with winding alleys and cobbled streets. This slightly bigger residence can barely accommodate the big personalities of them both, and so they take turns appeasing the doting grandfather who lives alone. This is in the desperate and petty hope that he left them a residence in his will, so they can turn a profit from it….

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Exclusive Clip: Temptations Run Hot on THE ISLAND, Huang Bo’s New Survival Comedy

Chinese comedian Huang Bo unleashes his directorial debut this weekend when The Island opens at selected venues across North America on 10 August. The actor, best known for his roles in Lost in Thailand, Crazy Racer and Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, also stars as a humble officer worker who finds himself and a busload of colleagues marooned on a desert island following an asteroid strike during a team-building weekend. What's more, Ma Jin (Huang) has a winning lottery ticket in his pocket, but life as we know it may no longer exist. Shu Qi, Wang Baoqiang and Zhang Yixing fill out the cast of this surreal comedy drama, packed with hijinks and broad humour.  In this exclusive clip, courtesy of Well Go…

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