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The Grapevine / Re: Welcome to Marwen
« Last post by Kal on July 06, 2018, 08:33:38 PM »
I've never seen it, but I remember watching the trailer for the original documentary based on this story Marwencol, and it looked wacky but awesome. It also has 98% Rotten Tomatoes ->

It seems like Zemeckis is obsessed with these stories where he can experiment with unusual visual effects and stuff, but stories themselves are just not that interesting. I keep thinking it would have been cool for Zemeckis to take on something like Ready Player One and see how his view would have differed from Spielberg's.
The Grapevine / Re: Welcome to Marwen
« Last post by polkablues on July 06, 2018, 05:12:02 PM »
If that trailer is any indication whatsoever, there’s a very good chance this will be one of the worst movies of all time.
The Grapevine / Re: Welcome to Marwen
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on July 06, 2018, 04:13:11 PM »
But... he found courage... in the most unexpected place!

I watched this earlier with no sound and thought it had some Kaufman-esque promise. But the script seems quite bad. These are not good words.
The Grapevine / Re: Welcome to Marwen
« Last post by Fuzzy Dunlop on July 06, 2018, 01:27:09 PM »

That trailer is a goddamn disaster lol
The Grapevine / Welcome to Marwen
« Last post by Sleepless on July 06, 2018, 09:16:54 AM »

This holiday season, Academy Award® winner Robert Zemeckis—the groundbreaking filmmaker behind Forrest Gump, Flight and Cast Away—directs Steve Carell in the most original movie of the year.  Welcome to Marwen tells the miraculous true story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.   

When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp (Carell) and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery.  Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic.  As he builds an astonishing art installation—a testament to the most powerful women he knows—through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one. 

In a bold, wondrous and timely film from this revolutionary pioneer of contemporary cinema, Welcome to Marwen shows that when your only weapon is your imagination…you’ll find courage in the most unexpected place.

The epic drama is produced by Oscar®-winning producer Steve Starkey (Forrest Gump, Flight), Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight), and Cherylanne Martin (The Pacific, Flight) of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner produce alongside the director.  It is executive produced by Jackie Levine, as well as Jeff Malmberg, who directed the riveting 2010 documentary that inspired the film. 
News and Theory / Re: All things Cult Cinema
« Last post by wilder on July 05, 2018, 07:51:08 PM »
August 14, 2018

Written and produced by exploitation demigod Renee Harmon (FROZEN SCREAM) and directed by the legendary James Bryan (DON'T GO IN THE WOODS), this is the story of Linda, a tough-as-nails karate cop on the trail of the ruthless scumbags who murdered her twin sister. From the outrageous fight scenes to Harmon's incredible outfits, LADY STREET FIGHTER is a joyous blast of no-holds-barred chaos from one of the most important lady filmmakers in genre history.

Lady Street Fighter (1981) - Amazon

The Director's Chair / Re: Nicolas Winding Refn
« Last post by wilder on July 05, 2018, 06:34:03 PM »
Refn's streaming service,, is launching later this month, for free.

Quote from: The Guardian

Over recent years, I’ve bought and had restored scores of old movies as a hobby. I wondered what to do with them. Then I realized I should share them for free, so I set up a website where they could be streamed. There’s no catch; you’re not being sold anything. Take it or leave it.

Why these particularly movies? I knew director Curtis Harrington, who passed away in 2007, so Night Tide was a very personal choice for me. Curtis had been so disappointed with his career, and yet he had made what I consider to be one of the most important films of the pre-counterculture movement. And the film was rapidly disintegrating because of the condition of the negative. I had to rescue it. It reminds me of a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale: it’s almost naively adolescent in its expression of falling in love, being obsessed with something delicate and fragile.

Bert Williams’ The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds proves a movie can be the impossible, lonely burden of just one person. Bert’s name appears in the credits more than even mine is in my films – and I admire such obsession and megalomania. Maybe, like Bert, you only need to make one movie in your life. Bert – an artist who created the outrageous poster for the film – decided to paint on film instead of a canvas. Cuckoo Birds is a strange, singular example of an unidentifiable genre, because it’s a bit of everything: horror, sex, melodrama.

Ron Ormond’s The Burning Hell is a fantastic marriage of extreme propaganda and lowest-common-denominator pandering. It’s so aggressive in selling you the Bible, it’s practically an attack on your senses. Yes, it’s laughable, maybe even terrible, but this only serves to make it more unique. It’s almost an installation art piece. And some might consider the star of the show, Reverend Estus Pirkle, to be a bit of a Trump precursor.

Dale Berry’s Hot Thrills and Warm Chills is a prime example for the argument that art doesn’t have to contain a single drop of good taste. My fetish for Berry is so great that I not only bought all of his films, I bought all of his clothes – a collection of Nudie western suits. Low-budget regional cinema fascinates me. These were movies made by people who had no ideas of what a film was supposed to be, and feel more as if they were made for the people at the bar on the corner or the cafeteria down the street than for Americans at large.
News and Theory / Re: Film Restoration and Preservation
« Last post by wilder on July 05, 2018, 06:25:53 PM »
Jacques Rivette's The Nun a.k.a. La Religieuse (1966) has been restored in 4K. GREAT movie. UK blu-ray coming on September 10.

And the new restoration of Barbara Loden’s Wanda (1970) opens in NY July 20, with a national tour (and eventual Criterion release) to follow.

Wanda Trailer - Vimeo
There's a video on Youtube that contains, among other things, a brief interview with Kubrick where he discusses the endings of 2001 and The Shining. There are also interviews with Vivian Kubrick, a tour of Elstree Studios, and more.
The Vault / Re: The Tree of Life
« Last post by Something Spanish on July 05, 2018, 10:08:47 AM »
The Criterion blu is 54% off pre-order on Amazon right now.
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