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The Director's Chair / Re: Excellent Short Films
« Last post by wilder on Today at 05:13:12 AM »
NSFW

Man Gives Birth

Directed by Brent Weinbach
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The Director's Chair / Re: Hal Hartley
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:44:03 AM »
Hal Hartley is Kickstarting another blu-ray box set, this time for The Long Island Trilogy - The Unbelievable Truth (1989), Trust (1990), and Simple Men (1992).

The previous releases of The Unbelievable Truth and Trust by Olive Films are going out of print. Simple Men has only been released on blu-ray in the UK.



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News and Theory / Re: Film Restoration and Preservation
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:26:58 AM »
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The Grapevine / Climax
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:26:38 AM »


In the mid 90's, 20 urban dancers join together for a three-day rehearsal in a closed-down boarding school located at the heart of a forest to share one last dance. They then make one last party around a large sangria bowl. Quickly, the atmosphere becomes charged and a strange madness will seize them the whole night. If it seems obvious to them that they have been drugged, they neither know by who nor why. And it's soon impossible for them to resist to their neurosises and psychoses, numbed by the hypnotic and the increasing electric rhythm of the music. While some feel in paradise, most of them plunge into hell.

Written and Directed by Gaspar Noé
Release Date - TBD
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The Director's Chair / Re: Michael Mann
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:26:17 AM »
The Jericho Mile (1979) is coming to blu-ray from Kino July 3rd



Larry "Rain" Murphy is stuck in Folsom Prison for life on a first-degree murder charge. An inmate who prefers to be alone, Murphy spends much of his time running around the facility's track. When he begins reaching a mile in under four minutes, Murphy gains the attention of the jail's officials, who contemplate entering him in the Olympics. While Murphy is initially resistant to the idea, eventually he starts training to be an Olympic competitor.

The Jericho Mile (1979) - Amazon


In his video essay series ‘Zen Pulp’, Matt Zoller Seitz discusses the visual and thematic trademarks Jericho Mile contains that can be seen throughout the rest of Mann’s filmography.
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The Director's Chair / Re: Todd Haynes
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:25:30 AM »
Todd Haynes Will Direct A Series About Freud For Amazon Studios
via The Playlist

While in France, the director revealed he has yet another project in the works with Amazon Studios: a series on famous neurologist Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis. Fun fact, Haynes is actually an avid reader of Freud’s work as detailed in this interview with INTO magazine. The director will likely reunite with Lachman for the project. Presumably, it’s a mini-series, but no other details were offered from the tweets several journalists wrote during Cannes.

A series on Freud would be the second collaboration with Amazon Studios, the company that released “Wonderstruck.” Haynes spoke about the series months ago, but wouldn’t reveal much. At the time he said the series would, “re-examine a figure who maybe we forget how radical they were in their thinking because they were so incorporated into our culture and outlook as a modern society” which makes more sense now that we understand he’s talking about Freud.

The Amazon series would seem to overtake at least one project in the works, a limited series based on events that really occurred in the early ’70s in L.A. based on the ‘The Source Family’ documentary that he announced in 2015.
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DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:24:53 AM »
June 18, 2018

Samuel Fuller at Columbia, 1937-1961 on limited edition blu-ray from Indicator (UK)




Contains:

-It Happened in Hollywood
-Adventure in Sahara
-Power of the Press
-Shockproof
(Sam Fuller’s collaboration with Douglas Sirk)
-Scandal Sheet
-The Crimson Kimono
-Underworld U.S.A.


Samuel Fuller at Columbia - Amazon UK







December 11, 2018

William A. Wellman’s You Never Know Women (1926) on blu-ray from Kino



A wealthy broker and a magician vie for a beautiful Russian vaudeville performer.



June 19, 2018

Lewis Milestone’s The Garden of Eden (1928) on MOD blu-ray from Flicker Alley



The Garden of Eden is a thoroughly entertaining romantic comedy from 1928 and was an important film for both its beguiling star, Corrine Griffith, and talented director, Lewis Milestone. The film was scripted by Hans Kraley, a scenarist of four 1920s Ernst Lubitsch comedies and contains gorgeous production design by William Cameron Menzies. This upcoming release of the film is mastered from what is considered to be the best surviving elements with a new musical score arranged and performed by Robert Israel.

Stylish and sophisticated, the film follows vocalist Toni LeBrun (Corinne Griffith), who leaves her family's bakery for Budapest to become an "opera singer," unaware that she has contracted to perform as a chorus dancer at the Palais de Paris, a cabaret run by the decadent and delightfully menacing Madame Bauer (Maude George). Toni soon escapes to Monte Carlo with the cabaret's seamstress, Rosa (Louise Dresser), after warding off the wily cabaret patron, Baron Henri D'Avril (Lowell Sherman). At the deluxe Hotel Eden, Toni attracts the attention of potential suitor Richard Dupont (Charles Ray), but she's in danger of being exposed before he asks for her hand. Dueling attention from Richard's uncle, Colonel Dupont (Edward Martindel), and a surprise guest create further romantic adventures for the couple.


The Garden of Eden (1928) - Amazon



July 10, 2018

Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers (1960) on blu-ray from Milestone, from a new 4K restoration



Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.

Rocco and His Brothers (1960) - Amazon




James Gray loved this movie so much he made it into The Yards.



July 10, 2018

Hirkazu Koreeda's Mabarosi (1995) on blu-ray from Milestone



A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.

Mabarosi (1995) - Amazon




^ I had the privilege of seeing this at Film Society Lincoln Center a few years ago with Ed Lachman sitting directly behind me giving personal commentary to his friend. And I unfortunately remember none of what he said. Nice looking movie, though.



May 29, 2108

Norman Lear’s Cold Turkey (1971) on blu-ray from Olive Films



Hoping for positive publicity, a tobacco company offers $25 million to any American town that quits smoking for 30 days. Amidst a media frenzy, Eagle Rock, Iowa accepts the challenge while the company's PR man tries to sabotage the effort.

Cold Turkey (1971) - Amazon


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The Small Screen / Coincoin and the Extra-Humans
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:23:07 AM »
Bruno Dumont’s sequel series to Li'l Quinquin (2014)

When a strange magma is found near CoinCoin’s home town, the inhabitants suddenly start to behave strangely. Goofy detective Captain Van Der Weyden and his loyal assistant Carpentier set about investigating these alien attacks, discovering that an extra-terrestrial invasion has begun.


Trailer - Vimeo
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The Small Screen / Too Old to Die Young
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:22:24 AM »


Explores the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles by following characters' existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurais in the City of Angels.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Written by Refn and Ed Brubaker
Release Date - 2019 on Amazon
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The Small Screen / The Assassination of Gianni Versace
« Last post by wilder on Today at 04:21:42 AM »


This is my favorite thing I’ve seen this year. Was on the fence for the first couple of episodes but after that it takes off running. The writing by Tom Rob Smith (one guy!) is so good, especially as it snowballs. Between this and Ingrid the Ripley renaissance is here.

Jon Jon Briones’ performance blew me away:


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