Category: Screen

LEAVING AFGHANISTAN: Watch The Trailer For Russian War Time Action Flick

Bratstvo (Brotherhood) is an upcoming war time film from Pavel Lungin (Tsar, Queen of Spades). Elsewhere in the world we will find on the international market as the rather blunt Leaving Afghanistan.    A trailer has been released for Lungin's flick. Check it out below.   1989. The end of the Soviet-Afghan war. The USSR begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Soviet General Vasiliev's son – a pilot named Alexander gets kidnapped by the mujahideen after his airplane crashes. As a result the 108th motorized infantry division's long awaited return home gets put on hold for one last mission: bring the General's son back. Based on true events the previously untold story of the courageous and tragic withdrawal campaign (through the Salang pass) reveals the danger…

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Sundance 2019 Review: THE UNTITLED AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY, A Wonderful Hot Mess

In 2015 I was quite taken by Julien Temple’s documentary, The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, which set out to capture the literal farewell tour of the garage punk icon after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness that threatened to take his life in one year’s time. Temple used the project as a way to speak to topics far bigger than just the end notes of a soul for whom he held an abundance of personal esteem. Johnson meant something to Temple, and through the process of documenting his refusal to take death lying down, the two minds — subject and filmmaker — were not only able to learn profound things about death, but of life! When The Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary first began shooting…

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Crowdfund This: MURDER BURY WIN Takes a “Stab” at Board Games

Nary a human being on the planet can escape the craft (and sometimes wrath) of the board game. From the agony and ectasy of a slumber party Sorry, to the shores of Scrabble and the battlefields of Risk, the art of the board game runs deep in the annals of competition, commradrie, and yes, on occasion (as Clue has taught us well)… Murder! For those in need of their stories on the board and on the screen to reflect such macabre states of mind, filmmaker Michael Lovan assures you something wicked is indeed coming this way, with his dark comedic thriller Murder Bury Win, now in post-production. Starring Erich Lane, from Netflix's Dear White People, and Craig Cackowski of Veep, and featuring a score by…

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Sundance 2019 Interview: Wu-Tang Clan and Director Sacha Jenkins on OF MICS AND MEN

Wu-Tang brought the mothafuckin’ ruckus to Park City, Utah last week, where the first two episodes of Sacha Jenkins’ ‘new American Classic’, Of Mics And Men, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Jenkins titled the film Of Mics and Men as a nod to John Steinbeck, whose works are indisputably renowned as American Classics. Well, we’re almost 20 years into the new century, and with the benefit of retrospect, it’s more than safe to say that the almost 30-year-old Wu-Tang Clan are nothing short of a modern American Classic. Like the Steinbeckian underdogs who braved dust storms and deep poverty in search of their own slice of the American dream, artists like the ten men who make up the Clan remain fiercely potent voices of the disenfranchised….

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Rotterdam 2019 Review: SONS OF DENMARK, The Front Row of Extremism Collides in Neo-Noir Thriller

Emerging Danish director Ulaa Salim debuts with a Scandi neo-noir thriller on the verge of political and social issues.

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70s Rewind: OKLAHOMA CRUDE, Faye Dunaway Shines in Oily Western

Twilight Time’s new Blu-ray includes a helpful audio commentary and an isolated track for Henry Mancini’s music.

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Exclusive THE GOLEM Clip: We Should Fight Back

It’s a small village, a quiet village, so when foreign invaders threaten their future, one woman calls forth a powerful entity seeking to protect everyone. Things do not go according to plan, however. Directed by the Paz Brothers (Doron & Yoav Paz), The Golem is a “cinematic retelling of the 16th-century Jewish folktale from the Kabbalah,” according to official verbiage. It’s also “the first film from Dread, in collaboration with Epic Pictures.” Hani Furstenberg and Ishai Golen star. In our exclusive clip, a woman suggests a course of action that shocks the village elders. Her husband is not pleased. Here’s the more complete official description: “Set in 17th century Lithuania, Hanna (Hani Furstenberg) the wistful, conflicted wife of the local rabbi¹s son Benjamin (Ishai Golen),…

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Rotterdam 2019 Review: CAPERNAUM Delivers A Magnificent Punch

Last Friday, at the 2019 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the audience award went to a film which managed to score an average of 4.8 out of 5. That film was writer-director Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum, and while it wasn’t on my to-see list before, that score made me curious enough to check it out. And I’m glad I did, because the film is a stunning achievement, and remarkably watchable in spite of its leaden subject matter. The term “capernaum” can mean several things, none of them good, ranging from ruin, to chaos, to hell. It’s a fitting description for the life 12-year-old Zain finds himself in. An undocumented child living in Beirut, his days are filled with chores and survival, constantly chided by…

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THE MORNING AFTER: Horror Icon Tom Savini Joins Swedish Zom-Com

Two years ago American Burger's Bonita Drake and Johan Bromander pitched the idea of a Swedish Zom-Com at the Frontieres Coproduction Market. Armed with just an idea and a lot of nerves, they made their case to the audience of buyers, sellers and producers, calling their film Stockholm Zombies. Since then they have moved on with a much better title, the double entendre The Morning After.   Drake and Bromander are inching closer and closer to getting production started. They have turned once again to their American Burger and Day of the Dead producer David Ball for help. And help he has. Ball has just enlisted the experience and expertise of horror icon Tom Savini to join the production. Savini will come on board as…

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HOBBS AND SHAW Trailer: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham And Idris Elba Blow up Everything. Everything!

Hobbs and Shaw, the first offshoot from the global phenom Fast & Furious series looks like it has not missed a beat, trading spectacale with punches.   Directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2) this first trailer is the shit. I mean, you had us from the start when Idris Elba throws down, but that buggy and helicopter chase? Through a building? There is seemingly no bar left to raise, is there?    This is us rising from a chair and clapping.    And that last shot from Hobbs outside of the elevator?    This is us laughing out loud.    Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a…

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Japan Foundation Film Programme 2019: People Still Call It Love

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns to the UK in February, presenting a diverse lineup of Japanese cinema to audiences across the country. This year's selection is based around the theme of 'love' and is titled People Still Call It Love: Passion, Affection and Destruction in Japanese Cinema. The lineup features "thoughtfully selected films from Japan’s artistic repertoire, all focusing on this theme in one way or another. As the conventional binaries defining what it means to love continually give way to new understandings of this sweeping emotion, so too does this year’s curation aim to provide insights into a wider context of love in Japanese society". Within this theme, a wide range of (mostly) contemporary cinema is presented, with films encompassing a range of genres. In…

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HANNA Trailer: Amazon Series Debuts This Weekend

Amazon Studios have released the first teaser trailer for their new series Hanna, based on the 2011 assassin thriller of the same name directed by Joe Wright. The streaming studio has also confirmed that the premier episode will debut following the big football game on Sunday, February 3. In the series reboot, Esme Creed-Miles plays Hanna, a girl raised in total seclusion in the remote woods, training to fight those who hunt her and her mercenary father, Erik Heller (played by Joel Kinnaman). The series looks epic in scope, but is sorely lacking two things in my opinion: the fairy tale overtones of the film and that score by the Chemical Brothers. Oh well, you can't have everything. Check out the trailer below:…

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REDCON 1: Watch The Trailer For The Martial Arts Zombie Action Flick! Yes.

You know, I never knew I wanted to see what nun-chucks would do to the decaying cranium of a zombie until I watched this trailer for Chee Keong Cheung’s zombie action flick Redcon 1. Believe

Pretty Packaging: Arrow’s CRIMSON PEAK Oozes Gothic Colorfulness

It’s been a while since I put an Arrow release up for a Pretty Packaging article, but their recent Special Edition of Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak sure convinced me to write one up. Their release comes with plenty of extras, on-disc and off-disc, but most importantly for this topic: it looks damn good. So here is a closer look at the splendid packaging job Arrow did, by way of a gallery of shots. Click on the edge of the pictures to scroll through them, or at the center of each to see a bigger version….

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Rotterdam 2019 Review: HARPOON Shoots Holes In The Concept Of Friendship

(Because it’s a speargun, not a harpoon…) Richard, Sasha and Jonah are friends. Richard and Sasha have been together for a while, but Richard suspects Sasha to be cheating on him with Jonah. And, as

Slamdance 2019: Exclusive SKI BUM: THE WARREN MILLER STORY Clip, Poster

Look, I have never ever strapped on a pair of skis and plunged down a snow-covered slope. I blame this entirely on the elegant films made by Warren Miller, which convinced me that only supremely talented athletes could hope to ski without dying (maybe). Miller began making documentaries about skiing in 1950 and eventually completed more than 50 (?!). A new documentary about his life, Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story, will enjoy its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival tonight as the opening night film. We are pleased to share an exclusive clip, which you can watch below. (The clip is a good clip.) We are also pleased to debut the poster, which you can see in larger size by clicking the image…

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Interview: MANDAO OF THE DEAD writer-director SCOTT DUNN on the making of the film

“Mandao of the Dead” is a fun and surprisingly laid-back fantasy flick, a sort-of buddy movie that makes the most out of its limited budget and charismatic cast. It may not look like a particularly ambitious film, but it’s charming, funny and smart enough. I had the opportunity to exchange e-mails with the film’s director, Scott Dunn. What follows is a brief interview in which he tells me a little about the pre-production process of the movie, as well as his stories related to the paranormal, and of his chief interests: astral projection.   How did you come up with the basic concept for Mandao of the Dead?   I wanted to tell my own time travel story. I had the characters more or less from…

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