Category: Screen

LET ME BE FRANK: Episode 11 “Workshop of Demands”

“Workshop of Demands”, the eleventh episode in the LET ME BE FRANK web documentary series, focuses on the early days of Frank’s Berkeley workshops on intimacy and relationships, and the community and early performances that grew out of them.  This chapter explores how the freedom, honesty and vulnerability of the workshops set the stage for innocent, outrageous and erotic public performances, parades and rehearsals, including Frank’s first performances at the late 1970s San Francisco punk mecca, The Mabuhay Gardens.  Readings by Russell Shuttleworth and Linda Mac.  The episode also features “The Beginning of the Outrageous Period”, the 5th installment of “How To Handle An Anthropologist”, a recurring animated feature in the Let Me Be Frank series, from the soon-to-be-published book by the same name.  Episode…

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Friday One Sheet: Baby It’s A COLD PURSUIT Outside…

Cold Pursuit is latest in a series of Liam Neeson revenge pictures. It is a remake of Hans Petter Moland's (here directing again) thriller, In Order Of Disappearance, which starred Stellan Skarsgård and Bruno Ganz. The 2014 version had a swanky retro poster. The new film might a first glance look like any run of the mill procedural, although points for credit block placement, and intrepid use of negative space. Buried in the middle of the snowy whitespace, the tagline, "Citizen of the Year" drops the hint that the film will retain its dry, dark sense of humour, a hallmark of this type Norwegian movie-making, from Troll Hunter to Jo Nesbø adaptations, and even the more gentle cinema of Bent Hamer. It is subtle, and…

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Review: MORTAL ENGINES, Crawling Through the Wreckage

Lumbering rather than rolling, Mortal Engines allows plenty of time to become distracted by bountiful, finely-detailed, sprawling scenery as it crawls through the wreckage of Earth, thousands of years after the planet was torn apart by war. There’s not much else to do. Based on the first novel in a multi-book series by Philip Reeve, the film quickly blurts out its frankly ridiculous premise in voice-over narration: the surface of the Earth was ripped apart by the apocalyptic Sixty Minute War, destroying all nations as we know them. Mankind eventually built “static” cities, anchored in one location, but some also built “traction cities,” constructed on giant caterpillar tracks so they could travel through the ruined landscape and “ingest” what few precious resources remain. Built in…

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Review: ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL, Nothing New Under The Sun, But Still A Pinch Of Naughty-ish Fun

Today marks the cinema release of David Leitch’s Once Upon a Deadpool, a PG-13 re-edit of the very R-rated Deadpool 2 from this past May. While it seems like an odd choice, there are actually a few compelling

Short Film WE SUMMONED A DEMON: Be Careful What You Wish For

Filmmaker Chris McInroy is no stranger to these pages or to much of our readership: his short films such as Bad Guy Number 2 and Death Metal have screened at festivals around the world (Fantasia, FrightFest, Fantastic Fest, Boston Underground to name a few) and won numerous awards. McInroy's latest opus, We Summoned a Demon, finds him yet again wading into the hilariously bloody and inept actions of an earnest yet arguably not-so-smart guy (played by the brilliant Kirk C. Johnson), as two guys try to get some dark powers to help them talk to girls. Of course, as is expected, it doesn't exactly go as planned. After its extensive festival run, the short is now online for your viewing pleasure!…

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Trailer: The Earth Trembles, The Titans Rise In GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS

It sure looks like director Michael Dougherty isn't messing around with the new trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the long awaited follow-up to 2014's American series reboot. Due in theaters this coming summer, Godzilla: King of the Monsters appears to be all about giving the people what they want, more kaiju action. The first film suffered a bit from not enough Godzilla and too much origin story, however, the sequel looks to be going all out in an attempt to reclaim the monster movie fanatic audience that was largely unimpressed with the first film. Whereas the first film pitted Big G against the brand new MUTO menace, a previously unknown kaiju, the sequel is playing the hits by bringing back a trio of…

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Titans battle for earth in epic ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ trailer

Godzilla alone is intimidating, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg in the new trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The latest promo shows our titular monster facing off against multiple, massive monsters

Interview: Festival del Puerto Director on the 2018 Edition

From December 7 to 9, the fourth edition of the Festival del Puerto is taking place in Puerto Escondido, a very famous tourist place in the state of Oaxaca. Outdoor movies and the enjoyment of

Review: DOORLOCK, Tense Korean SLEEP TIGHT Remake, Goes the Distance

A slow year for Korean thrillers gets a late shot in the arm with Doorlock, director Lee Kwon’s tense remake of Jaume Balagueró’s Spanish film Sleep Tight. Completely reworking the original narrative, actress Kong Hyo-jin

Friday One Sheet: SHAZAM! (And the Deadpool Effect)

It has been a slow month for movie posters. And I rarely highlight superhero stuff, because I am no expert at the nuance/history of the characters and they are ubiquitious, and generally they are lazy. And yet, here we are with the new poster for DC's Shazam! feature coming out in 2019. The most recent key art is from the Cold Open design house, who generally do TV posters (Ballers, Maniac, Veep, BoJack Horseman, Game of Thrones). It takes a page out of the Deadpool marketing, namely cheeky and casual, while retaining the costumed hero in a decidedly non-superhero context. In this case it is bubblegum (do people still chew bubblegum?) and smartphones, and very casual body language. On the 'borrow from Marvel' front, the…

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Exclusive Clip From TOUGH GUY: THE BOB PROBERT STORY

We do not do a love of sports related cinema content here but Tough Guy The Bob Probert Story is about hockey so it is our patriotic duty to oblige it.   Canadian hockey player Bob Probert was one of the toughest bastards the league has seen and will ever see. His fights, especially his bouts with mighty mite Tie Domi, are the stuff of legend. His sudden death eight years was a emotional hit on the league and fans everywhere.    Here in Canada, Geordie Day's documentary Tough Guy The Bob Probert Story will air on Superchannel on December 14th. We have accepted the offer to share an exclusive clip with you today from that doc.     On July 5, 2010, legendary NHL tough…

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Interview: Ron Perlman on ASHER, Evoking 70s American Cinema, HELLBOY Reboot

Ron Perlman says: "Acting is like a drug, like shooting heroin and getting this incredible sensation”. In recent years, however, the star of such magnificent films as Cronos, The City of Lost Children and, certainly, Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy diptych, has taken as well the role of producer through his company Wing and a Prayer, so that he can be "more realistically involved with a movie, finding what’s worthy of my time as opposed to what’s not worthy of my time.” Directed by Michael Caton-Jones, Asher is Perlman’s latest production, in which the man himself plays the titular character, the quintessential solitary and professional hitman who will have to face a turning point in his life linked to issues like aging, health, and love, the…

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Crowdfund This: THE PRIMEVALS, Full Moon’s Lost Stop-Motion Epic

In the mid 1990s, Full Moon founder Charles Band and legendary stop-motion animation effects artist David Allen (Equinox, Willow) set out to make The Primevals, the most ambitious Full Moon feature ever and a passion project of Allen's that he directed in Romania and the Italian Alps. Band and Allen planned for a long post-production period in which Allen would create hundreds of intricately designed and animated effects shots. But when Allen fell ill, eventually passing away in 1999, the highly anticipated film sat unfinished, with Full Moon fans all over the world wondering if they would ever be able to see Allen's now-mythical magnum opus. Well, it looks like fans of Allen's and stop-motion generally may get their wish! Full Moon has launched a…

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Anime NYC Interview: MOB PSYCHO 100 Voice Actor Ito Setsuo on the Anime’s Long-Awaited Second Season

Splashing onto the anime scene like a bolt of psychedelic lightning, Mob Psycho 100 captivated audiences in Japan and around the world with its sensational visuals by the legendary Studio Bones, its story by One Punch Man mangaka, One, and excellent voice acting.   Moments before Anime NYC world premiered the first two episodes of Mob Psycho 100’s long-awaited second season, Mob himself, Ito Setsuo, chatted with LMD about portraying the deceptively simple, supernatural beast of Mob both behind the mic and live on stage, and eking out secrets from One-sensei.   The Lady Miz Diva:  You are quite new to being a seiyuu.  How did you receive the role of Mob?   Ito Setsuo:  I received the role through auditioning.  My agent arranged the…

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Blood In The Snow 2018 Review: ALIVE Dies at The End

A severely injured man wakes up on a hospital gurney, heavily bandaged in blood soaked bandages. He has no memory of what happened to him or how he got there. He panics, pulling tubes from his body and drags himself from the room to the hallway outside. He will not get far before a man in hospital scrubs will find him. He is later woken by woman strapped to a gurney beside him. She is also bandaged up and has no memory of who she is or how she got there. However they will soon discover that they are under the care of sadistic caretaker. Only he knows the answers as to their real identities. They may live long enough to find out who they…

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REVIEW: Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) is not such a longshot for the elegant Pippi Longstocking creator that conventionally soars into reflection

Danish co-writer/director Pernille Fischer Christensen's soothing and relaxed biopic Becoming Astrid (a.k.a. Unga Astrid) is a touching account of a youthful Astrid Lindgren, the woman that evetually would become a renowned author of children's books worldwide. Lindgren would be better known as the creator behind the immensely popular Pippi Longstocking book series. Christensen ("Someone You Love") spins a sedate, lyrical coming-of-age tale that showcases the turbulent times of a young girl whose written creativity in womanhood would ultimately shape the imagination and encourage the inspiration of children across the global landscape. Although devoutly conventional, Becoming Astrid is still rather spell-binding in its quieted account of a curious yet gently disillusioned rural youngster whose futuristic boundaries would be an adventurous window to countless kiddies in different…

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REVIEW: Robin Hood hopes to rob from the rich box office to give to the poor moviegoers in another faceless fable of the classic cad

Well, another reimagining of the high-wire exploits concerning Robin of Loxley is served up on a derivative dish this Thanksgiving holiday in director Otto Bathurst's high-octane turkey Robin Hood. Vastly messy and meandering in its whimsical wasteland, Bathurst's boisterous actioner based on the charismatic English folklore cad is ushered on the big screen in the form of an empty-minded throbbing thriller riddled with exhaustive battle scenes, misplaced techno-turbulence special effects, and a woefully labored sense of flashy adventure attached to a familiar and tiring legendary story. Relentlessly protruding and pointless, Robin Hood is nothing more than an excitable retread of a stale narrative told countless times before. Bathurst's solution to amp up the 14th-century anti-hero's freshness and relevance by conveniently saturating his profile in a modern-day 21st-century splashy action…

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Notes on Streaming: Good News, No News and Things That Make Me Wonder

Good news for Criterion, no news for FilmStruck, and studios producing films directly for streaming services makes me wonder.

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