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News and Theory / Re: (Tentative) Top 10 of 2018
« Last post by Sleepless on Today at 08:10:48 AM »
I forgot about Ghost Stories. Add it to my want to watch list.
News and Theory / Re: (Tentative) Top 10 of 2018
« Last post by eward on Today at 06:20:03 AM »
Damn, I gotta up my horror intake.
News and Theory / Re: (Tentative) Top 10 of 2018
« Last post by polkablues on Today at 01:26:50 AM »
All-horror edition

Top Ten-ish (unsorted)
Cold Hell
Ghost Stories
The Endless

Honorable Mention:
Hold the Dark
Mom and Dad
Incident in a Ghostland
What Keeps You Alive
The Ritual
The Clovehitch Killer

Yet to See:
The Night Eats the World
DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 11:43:50 PM »
December 4, 2018

Hlynur Palmason’s Vinterbrødre aka Winter Brothers (2017) on DVD from KimStim

A brother odyssey set in a worker environment during a cold winter. We follow two brothers, their routines, habits, rituals and a violent feud that erupts between them and another family.

Winter Brothers (2017) - Amazon

Available Now

Henry King’s The Bravados (1958) on blu-ray from Twilight Time

When four men who Jim Douglas believes raped and killed his wife escape from their death sentences, Jim sets out to track the men down and enact his own vengeance. An honest man, Jim sees his actions as just and brave, but as he crisscrosses Mexico to exact an eye for an eye, he comes to realize that he has lost something of himself in his self-absorbed quest for revenge.

February 18, 2019

Jonathan Miller’s Take a Girl Like You (1970) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Jonathan Miller's film of Kingsley Amis' comic novel (adapted for the screen by George Melly), casts Hayley Mills (Whistle Down the Wind, Twisted Nerve) as a naïve young girl who moves from the North of England to teach in a London school and finds herself fending off the advances of a number of lusty suitors, including Oliver Reed, John Bird and Noel Harrison. As much a document of its time as a satire on the sexual mores (and confusions) of the period, Miller's still remarkably fresh debut feature is buoyed by its terrific cast and a typically excellent Stanley Myers score

February 18, 2019

Alexander Singer’s Psyche 59 (1964) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Patricia Neal (fresh from her 1963 award-winning role in Martin Ritt's Hud) stars as a woman suffering from hysterical blindness, and a blank in her memory which may hide the cause of her affliction. When she and her sex-addict husband (Curt Jurgens – The Enemy Below, The Spy Who Loved Me) move in with her younger sister (Samantha Eggar – The Collector, The Brood), she begins to piece together the events leading to her psychological trauma. Ahead of its time in its discussion and depiction of all manner of taboo subjects (rape, child abuse, nymphomania, psycho-sexual disorder, masochism), Psyche 59 is one of British cinema's most daring and provocative adult dramas.

February 18, 2019

Charles Crichton’s The Third Secret (1964) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

The apparent suicide of an eminent psychologist prompts his teenage daughter (Pamela Franklin – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Legend of Hell House) and one of his patients (Stephen Boyd – Ben-Hur, Fantastic Voyage) to investigate. Convinced he was murdered, the two begin a journey into the lives and twisted psychoses of the doctor's disturbed patients.

February 18, 2019

Dick Clement’s A Severed Head (1971) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Dick Clement followed the success of his first feature Otley with this wry adaptation of Iris Murdoch's celebrated 1961 satirical novel, a harbinger of the sexual liberation that was to blossom in the mid-60s. A Severed Head chronicles the sexual and amoral escapades of a group of middle-class, middle-aged London couples, portrayed by a wonderful cast which includes Ian Holm (Alien, The Lord of the Rings), Lee Remick (Days of Wine and Roses, The Omen), Claire Bloom (The Haunting, The King's Speech) and Richard Attenborough (10 Rillington Place, Young Winston). Absurdist and delightfully funny, A Severed Head is a dark satire staged with wit and intelligence.

February 12, 2019

Diane Kury’s Peppermint Soda (1977) on blu-ray from Cohen Media Group, from a 2K remaster

In the vein of such classic coming of age films as Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows, Diane Kurys's Peppermint Soda captures a particular moment in the tumultuous life and development of young people. Anne (Eléonore Klarwein) and Frederique (Odile Michel) are sisters entering their teen years in 1963 France, torn between divorced parents and struggling with the confines of their strict school. Along the way, they undergo an awakening both political and romantic. Kurys's celebrated film revels in the comedy and tragedy of the seemingly mundane, weaving a complex tapestry of everyday existence that also touches on the universal.

Peppermint Soda (1971) - Amazon

April 15, 2019

Jack Clayton’s Room at the Top (1959) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

September 16, 2019

Gary Oldman’s Nil by Mouth (1997) on blu-ray from BFI (UK)

A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.

March 19 , 2019

Cyril Franke’s The Witches (1966) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

Haunted by the terrors of her experience with African witch doctors, school teacher Gwen Mayfield (Fontaine) accepts an appointment as headmistress at the Haddaby School run by Alan Bax (Alec McCowen, Frenzy) and his sister Stephanie (Kay Walsh, Stage Fright). Gwen initially revels in the peacefulness she has found in the quiet English countryside but soon begins to sense "undercurrents." Before long, a local boy falls into a coma and Gwen discovers a voodoo doll impaled by pins. The danger that follows brings her face to face with witchcraft as a series of disasters unfold and lead her to the horrible truth.

January 22, 2019

George P. Cosmatos’ Cobra (1986) on blu-ray from Shout Factory, from a new remaster from the original elements

Lt. Cobretti (Sylvester Stallone) is a one-man assault team whose laser-mount submachine gun and pearl-handled Colt .45 spit pure crime-stopping venom! Director George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Tombstone) teams up again with Stallone for this thriller pitting Cobretti against a merciless serial killer. The trail leads to not one murderer but also an army of psychos bent on slashing their way to a "New Order" – and killing a witness (Brigitte Nielsen) along the way. Fortunately, her protector is Cobra, a man who delivers vigilante justice like no other!

Cobra (1986) - Amazon

From the old blu-ray transfer:

The Small Screen / Re: What shows are you watching?
« Last post by wilberfan on Yesterday at 11:09:52 PM »
Escape at Dannemora

An amazing cast (including an almost unrecognizable Patricia Arquette), and very impressive directing by Ben Stiller (of all people).  One of the highlights of my TV week. 

News and Theory / Re: (Tentative) Top 10 of 2018
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on Yesterday at 07:36:27 PM »
Major spoilers for Annihilation. Minor spoilers for others. But please do watch if you haven't seen this yet.

The version on Vimeo is higher quality:
The Director's Chair / Re: Excellent Short Films
« Last post by WorldForgot on Yesterday at 05:30:49 PM »
Thanks, Adminz on moving my post ! Seems to be cause for Kate Arizmendi appreciation:

This Year In Film / Re: Cam
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 04:14:48 PM »
To be honest, that Girls On Film segment you posted made such an impression on me that I'm pretty sure it was the reason I bookmarked Cam to watch in the first place, it being her debut feature. Incredible DP.
This Year In Film / Re: Cam
« Last post by pete on Yesterday at 03:17:40 PM »
that's amazing memory you have
News and Theory / Re: (Tentative) Top 10 of 2018
« Last post by Sleepless on Yesterday at 12:32:00 PM »
Of course I still have more I want to see than I actually have. I signed up for Film Independent membership last week, so hopefully I'll get screeners of some of these which will make things easier.

Leave No Trace
The Kindergarten Teacher
Paddington 2
The Old Man & The Gun

Ready Player One
A Quiet Place
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Also watched
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
First Reformed
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
You Were Never Really Here
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Game Night
Ocean's Eight
Next Gen
Tomb Raider
Incredibles 2
Ralph Breaks The Internet

Still want to see
Isle of Dogs
The Favourite
Vox Lux
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Sisters Brothers
Eighth Grade
Free Solo
Sorry To Bother You
The Image Book

BONUS: Best non-2018 films watched for the first time in 2018
Homeland: Iraq Year Zero
Clouds of Sils Maria
A Ghost Story
The Square
Lovers of the Arctic Circle
East Side Sushi
Blind Mountain
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