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This Year In Film / Re: Bayou Caviar
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Today at 06:58:01 PM »
This is definitely a Dreyfuss I have not seen before.
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This Year In Film / Bayou Caviar
« Last post by polkablues on Today at 06:16:33 PM »


Cuba Gooding Jr.'s directorial debut, costarring Famke Janssen and Richard Dreyfuss. Available now on various streaming platforms. I haven't seen it yet, so I can't speak to its quality, but my friends were co-producers and I did some VFX work on it. I don't make any additional money from you paying to watch it, but my friends might, so do it for them.
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The Small Screen / Re: Doctor Who
« Last post by WorldForgot on Today at 06:00:07 PM »
From the RT Davies series 1 reboot - to series 7 I was hooked. Its revival came at the perfect time, grade school-age sinking my teeth into asimov and YA sci-fi, and then the swap with Moffat, erm, well, then I was HS-awk, as awkward as that Amy Pond/River Song arc, and my little brother joins me in tripping out to weeping angels and time loops -- then, Series 7 specials, love em, early netflix app days on the Wii.

After that I couldn't keep up or didn't have the will. Didn't have the proper attitude for it? The show is still dear to my heart and last year on Halloween a highlight of the night was Screwdriver Flashlight cleanin'. Just haven't tuned back into the show, yet picking up on it everywhere.

Quote from: J.M.R. HIGGS -- KLF CHAOS MAGIC MUSIC MONEY, minuz hyperlinkz

'Doctor Who began way back in 1963. Its first episode was broadcast on the Discordian holy day of November 23rd, a date the Discordians honor because it is also Harpo Marx's birthday. The day before, November 22nd 1963, brought the assassination of JFK and the deaths of CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley (...) When it returned for its 23rd series, it was distinctively unimproved. The programme had had, in essence, its final warning. Michael Grade ordered that Colin Baker be replaced.

It is here that our Discordian threads return to the show. A number of actors were auditioned to replace Baker, but it very quickly came down to a choice between two: our good friend Ken Campbell (who had put on Illuminatus! a nine-hour cycle based on the writing of Robert Shea and Bob Anton Wilson), and Sylvester McCoy (whose first job in showbiz involved sticking ferrets down his trousers as part of the Ken Campbell Road Show.) Campbell auditioned by performing a speech about the nature of time modelled on Alan Moore's Dr. Manhattan character, wearing a long coat, sleeveless cartoon t-shirt and wide brimmed hat (...)

As McCoy remembers, "the executive producer of BBC Series and Serials wanted Ken, but the producer of Doctor Who wanted me, and his argument was that he thought Ken would frighten the children, and I think he was right. The producer in fact threatened to resign if Ken got the job. So I got it."

With the money they made from their Doctor Who record Drummond and Cauty made a film called The White Room. There was one major role in the film that required a 'name' actor, and for this role they cast PaulMcGann (...)

When Russell T Davies brought the series back to television he reinvigorated the character by using the narrative device of surviving a great "Time War." The "Time War" idea originally came from Alan Moore, who wrote a number of Doctor Who comic scripts in 1981 about a "4D  War" which had two time-travelling armies attacking each other at increasingly earlier points in time so that neither side had any idea what the war was about or who started it.' (...) The growth of the story, compared to any other fiction from the same period, is deeply unusual. Indeed, it has become arguably the most expansive and complex non-religious fiction ever created.

According to Moore's model of Ideaspace, this fiction may be complicated enough to act like a living thing. Note that this is not to say that Doctor Who is a living thing, for that would sound crazy. It is to say that it behaves as if it were a living thing, which is a much more reasonable observation. Of course, if you then go on to try and define the difference between something that is living and something that behaves like it is living, you will be a brave soul indeed.
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DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:56:15 PM »
2019 TBD

William Friedkin’s Cruising (1980) on blu-ray from Arrow



A psychopath is scouring New York City gay clubs and viciously slaying homosexuals. Detective Steve Burns (Al Pacino) is ordered to don leather attire, hang at the city's S&M joints and keep an eye out for the killer. But as Steve becomes immersed in club hopping, he begins to identify with the subculture more than he expected. Meanwhile, Steve behaves distantly around his girlfriend, Nancy (Karen Allen), the police force's homophobia becomes apparent and the killer remains at large.






2018 TBD

Hal Ashby’s The Landlord (1970) on blu-ray from Kino, from a 2K restoration. Shot by Gordon Willis.



As his 30th birthday nears, the aristocratic Elger Winthrop Enders (Beau Bridges) finally decides to leave his parents' home, and he purchases an apartment complex in the slums of New York. The coldhearted Elger plans to boot out the current residents and refashion the crumbling dwelling into a luxurious bachelor pad. But after the spoiled young man befriends locals Francine (Diana Sands) and Margie (Pearl Bailey), he abandons his plans and instead focuses on charming his lovely neighbors.






October 26, 2018

Dimi Dadiras’ The Wild Pussycat (1968) on limited edition blu-ray from Mondo Macabro, with a standard edition coming later in the year. Includes bonus feature The Deserter (1970).



The Wild Pussycat (1968)

The Wild Pussycat is an unsung classic of exploitation cinema. Produced in Greece in 1968, it was not officially released there until 1972 and then only in a cut and compromised version. The simple plot concerns a women whose sister was exploited and driven to suicide by a sleazy pimp. In order to get revenge on him the woman seduces the man, drugs him and imprisons him in a sound proofed room, tormenting him through a large one way mirror (he can see out, no-one can see in ) by performing sultry strip tease dances and having sex with men and women while he can only look on, helpless to stop it or join in. Her final vengeance on him is so shocking it raises eyebrows even today.

In spite of its lurid subject matter and explicit visuals, The Wild Pussycat was not a low budget quickie with a cast of unknowns and a first time film maker. It was directed by Dimi Dadiras, one of the most successful director/producers of the period, and it features one of the big stars of Greek cinema, Gisela Dali, known in her day as ”the Greek Bardot”. So far as we are aware, this film has never before been released on home video anywhere in the world.


 
The Deserter (1970)

This rarely seen Greek production from 1970 is a fascinating and powerful film about a young soldier who escapes from a seemingly endless war only to find himself trapped in an emotional and sexual battle between two desperate women. One of them, Ermina (played by Italian star Franca Parisi), is stuck in a loveless marriage with a boorish farmer who plans to make his fortune by selling cheap hootch to soldiers. The other - much younger - woman, seems to live in a bizarre and dangerous fantasy world. She is played by famous Greek singing star Alexandra Kyriakaki. The great Gisela Dali “the Greek Brigitte Bardot” also stars in this production, in a small but unforgettable role as a witch who casts a love spell on the soldier.

The film was edited by Italian genre specialist Bruno Mattei. He also claimed to have directed much of it and a few years later released a version of it in Italy, with himself credited as director, under the title of Armida, il Dramma di Una Sposa (Armida, a Wife’s Story). As with The Wild Pussycat we can find no evidence of this film having been released anywhere on home video before.



The Wild Pussycat (1968) / The Deserter (1970) - Mondo Macabro




The Wild Pussycat (1968) - Trailer - Vimeo

The Deserter (1970) - Trailer - Vimeo



November 6, 2018

Carlos Saura’s The 7th Day (2004) on blu-ray from Olive Films



From master filmmaker Carlos Saura (Cría Cuervos) comes a story of love, betrayal and revenge. Set in the Spanish village of Extremadura, and based on a true account, The 7th Day (El 7º Día) is a tale of warring families and bloodshed that would stain the region. The festering hatred between the Jiménez and Fuentes households, born out of a broken marriage vow, will unleash a vengeful wrath that engulfs an entire village, leaving no one unscathed.


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This Year In Film / Re: The Old Man And The Gun
« Last post by Ravi on Today at 03:25:14 PM »
Ghostboy on The Kodakery podcast:

https://www.kodak.com/corp/podcast/podcastepisode/?contentid=4295010426

Episode 109: The Old Man & the Gun director David Lowery

Director David Lowery joins us this week. He spends time discussing the intricacies of his latest film, The Old Man & the Gun, a film based off of a New Yorker article that was brought to him by Robert Redford. We talk about his preference to be involved with the editing process of all of his films and when he chooses celluloid and why. His passion and joy for filmmaking is unmistakable and is evident in all of his films as well as our conversation with him.


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Xix & Xax / Re: History of Xixax?
« Last post by WorldForgot on Today at 01:06:06 PM »
This is the first spot I check each morning, and any new post makes the day a lil better ~
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This Year In Film / Re: Halloween
« Last post by WorldForgot on Today at 12:51:41 PM »
Past two days have maybe been the saddest I've had working at the theater -- heard more than half a dozen guests say this was better than the "awful first one." The night before we had played the 1978 film, and, of course, there were ironic laughs throughout almost the entire second act.
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News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by polkablues on Today at 12:20:05 PM »
i clicked to see Get Out at #1 and there it was. i'm glad to see Drag Me to Hell on the list but really it should have been higher. and it seems like my bad that i never saw WWZ.

The 20 Best Horror Films of the Last 20 Years

1. Get Out (2017)
2. Audition (1999)
3. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
4. The Sixth Sense (1999)
5. What Lies Beneath (2000)
6. Hostel: Part II (2007)
7. World War Z (2013)
8. Hereditary (2018)
9. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
10.  Insidious (2010)
11. Ringu (1998)
12. Planet Terror (20070
13. A Quiet Place (2018)
14. Let Me In (2010)
15. The Descent (2005)
16. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
17. The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) (2011)
18. The Witch (2015)
19. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
20. The Babadook (2014)

I feel like most of the films on that top 20 list at least have a case to be made, but including What Lies Beneath and World War Z is nutso. In a world where It Follows and Martyrs exist, no less.
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Xix & Xax / Re: History of Xixax?
« Last post by KJ on Today at 03:16:00 AM »
the people is what keeps me here. there is more active places I can visit if I just wanna read about movies. 

love y'all!
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Xix & Xax / Re: History of Xixax?
« Last post by Kal on Today at 02:53:10 AM »
I registered in 2003. I can't think of other sites I still visit after 15 years outside of maybe IMDb and Yahoo! Sports. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram didn't even exist...

Too much history over here  :violin:
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