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News and Theory / Re: Assorted movie news
« Last post by jenkins on October 15, 2018, 02:20:45 PM »
i’m actually bad at playing along with docs, but this one has a good trailer

Other Media / Re: Spike Jonze / Hip-hop / Pornhub
« Last post by jenkins on October 15, 2018, 01:28:06 PM »
at any rate, there’s a whole new generation coming. i hear they wanna call it generation z, and that’s so funny to me. everyone’s still trying to figure out what follows post-modernism. the future was yesterday.
News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by eward on October 15, 2018, 09:53:10 AM »

It's legit.

Fucking right it’s legit. I got sucked into this so fast I’m still not sure what hit me.
This Year In Film / Leave No Trace
« Last post by Sleepless on October 15, 2018, 09:07:30 AM »

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.

Written (with Anne Rosellini) and directed by Debra Granik (Winter's Bone).

Heard a lot of great stuff about this one. If Rotten Tomatoes is your thing, it has 100% on there. I knew I'd like it from the trailer - which, don't let it put you off it does. The trailer paints the film as something more mainstream and conventional that it actually is. I thought the film actually had a sort of Hirokazu Kore-eda kind of quality about it. Very quiet, unrushed, nuanced, observational, but with some genuine emotional punches. This is my favorite of the year so far.
Other Media / Re: Spike Jonze / Hip-hop / Pornhub
« Last post by jenkins on October 15, 2018, 02:08:20 AM »
i'm deliberately soundboarding this. get mean, idgaf. get emotional if you wanna lol yeah right you won't. i like it. it's so inspired by feeling emotional while watching anime.

why all these original artists sharing "Lil" is like silly
News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by jenkins on October 15, 2018, 01:38:50 AM »
you're picking up what's being laid down
News and Theory / Re: Horror
« Last post by WorldForgot on October 15, 2018, 01:15:27 AM »
Well cuz there's substance & cultural friction in aesthetic!

This conversation tends to worry me, usually, because it implies that horror as a genre can use aesthetic as its crutch, but having read/seen both your work, I feel this is actually appreciation of the genre's ability to craft specific drama -- that is, horror tropes operate on the emotional spectrum that exists apart from exposition. For sure this genre's tropes are the ones placed away from what language can contain. Just as aesthetic is more suggestion, association, than articulated. Wind across your neck, yeah you feel it, the shivers.
DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on October 14, 2018, 11:24:39 PM »
Available Now

Joseph Cates' Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965) on blu-ray from Network (UK), region-free

A busboy at a disco has sexual problems related to events in his childhood. He becomes obsessed with a disc jockey at the club, leading to obscene phone calls, voyeurism, trips to the porn shop and adult movie palace, and more! A police detective is similarly obsessed with sexual materials, leading him to become personally involved in the case.

Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965) - Amazon UK

December 3, 2018

John Schlesinger’s Yanks (1979) on blu-ray from Eureka (UK)

Set in England at the end of WWII, the story concerns three American GIs and their affairs with British women of varying social status. The central romance concerns Sgt. Matt Dyson and Jean Moreton, who is the daughter of shopkeepers. He falls in love with her but she is still infatuated with her boyfriend Ken. Higher up on the class scale, the officer John has a brief extramarital affair with socialite Helen. The third pairing involves Sgt. Danny Ruffelo in a fling with Mollie. Eventually, the Americans and the Britains find themselves surrounded by racism at a New Year's Eve dance.

Yanks (1979) - Amazon UK

January 29, 2019

Penelope Spheeris’ Suburbia (1983) on blu-ray from Shout Factory

Suburbia is director Penelope Spheeris's study of the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the early 1980s. Evan and his younger brother leave their broken home in an attempt to escape their alcoholic mother. They fall in with "The Rejected" (aka T.R.), a group of punks who live as squatters in an abandoned shack by the side of the highway. With the T.R.s, the boys find a new family. But their new family will be tested when they become the target of "Citizens Against Crime," a group of unhappy suburbanites.

January 15, 2019

Stuart Heisler’s The Glass Key (1942) on blu-ray from Shout Select

This engrossing and intricate murder mystery, based on Dashiell Hammett's best-selling novel, stars Brian Donlevy, Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Ed Beaumont (Ladd) is the loyal right-hand man of Paul Madvig (Donlevy), a corrupt politician who is accused of murder. Hunting down the real killer, Beaumont must endure a brutal beating from gangsters, the annoying hindrance of the police and the beguiling advances of his boss's fiancée, socialite Janet Henry (Lake).

December 10, 2018

William Castle at Columbia, Volume Two (1962-1964) on limited edition blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

Renowned for his imaginative and eccentric marketing ploys, William Castle became synonymous with delivering lurid horror films backed-up by his trademark publicity gimmicks ('Illusion-O'; 'Percepto'; the 'Punishment Poll'; 'Fright Breaks', etc.). WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA VOLUME TWO features four more weird and wonderful films from the outrageous showman's illustrious career with Columbia Pictures, all presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Containing a wealth of new and archival extras this stunning Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set from Indicator is strictly limited to 6,000 units.


-Zotz (1962)
-13 Frightened Girls (1963)
-The Old Dark House (1963)
-Strait-Jacket (1964)

December 10, 2018

Jim O’Connolly’s Berserk! (1967) on limited edition blu-ray from Indicator (UK)

After the huge success of Robert Aldrich's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?(1962), Hollywood legend Joan Crawford found herself taking the lead in a series of lurid and sensational horror pictures in her later years – and Berserk was one of the best and most successful.

Crawford stars as a ruthless circus owner who exploits a series of gruesome murders for her own ends... until the killer targets her. Directed by Jim O'Connolly (Valley of Gwangi, Tower of Evil) and co-starring Diana Dors (Yield to the Night, Deep End), Michael Gough (Horror Hospital, Batman) and Judy Geeson (10 Rillington Place, Inseminoid), Berserk is a deranged slice of Great British Grand(Dame) Guignol – a bloody exploitation classic!

2019 TBD

Tony Williams’ Ozploitation classic Next of Kin (1982) on blu-ray from Second Sight (UK), from a 4K restoration

A young woman (Jackie Kerin) and her boyfriend (John Jarratt) witness strangeness in an Australian old-folks home.

This Year In Film / Re: First Man
« Last post by putneyswipe on October 14, 2018, 07:24:10 PM »
after this film we can all agree that he's this generation's Ron Howard right

I really don't see that at all, Howard is known for one of the most generic, least authorial big directors out there. There's a clear line running through Whiplash, La La Land and this with the portraits of obsessive perfectionists and the conflicts that creates in their personal life, whether artistic or otherwise.

I'd say so far (he's only made four features after all) homie is a crowd-pleasing journeyman much like Howard and that's rare among millennial directors. The thematic line you've ascribed to the films isn't true of his debut, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, and is only kinda present in La La Land. It's in Grand Piano, yeah, but not 10 Cloverfield Lane or The Last Exorcism II. The movies all vary in tone and style too. An auteur in the classic sense, this guy is not. But a) he's still young, and b) could end up a famous journeyman pseudo-auteur like Preminger or Zinnemann or somebody.

He's also like Howard in that his films aren't the least bit cool, which I don't mean as an insult. Ron Howard is a good director. He just tends to make movies for my aunt, you know what I mean? And they're pretty good movies! So far, I feel like Chazelle is the same. This isn't a problem to me. My aunt and I need movies to see.

I didn't say he was a "classic" auteur like Bergman or something, just that there were some authorial flourishes that were distinct from the archetypical director-for-hire, which Howard literally is. Is there anyone working in the studio system today that fits that classic definition anyway? PTA would have to cancel his membership to the Auteur club by that definition as his influences seem to vary wildly from film to film. I know it was meant to be tongue in cheek but the comparison seems disingenuous just so far to say that Howard has never even directed a film from a screenplay he wrote by himself, while every film Chazelle has made before this one had been solely written by him (I don't think writer-for-hire gigs are really relevant to the body of work). But who knows, maybe this is a departure and he never writes an original screenplay again.

As for the movie itself, I thought it worked best when it was building of those themes that were present in the previous films, but you felt a tension throughout between the directorial flourishes that Chazelle seemed to be trying to create and the more formulaic biopic beats of the script. By the end, I think I was wondering if the film had really given itself a reason to exist as we see images we have seen countless times that aren't distinct enough to resonate. Seeing the process of NASA leading up to the climatic mission was enjoyable but it dragged on about a half hour too long given the substance of the material.
This Year In Film / Re: First Man
« Last post by BigSock on October 14, 2018, 06:24:07 PM »
Really enjoyed this. Hits some standard notes along the way, but nothing too offensive. Where it needs to fly, it reeeeeeeally flies.

I like Chazelle enough, but view him more as an exceptional (and goddamn lucky) craftsman than artist. There isn’t much poetry to his images, just relentless craft.

See in IMAX if possible!

Pretty much this! Chazelle is a mechanical technician, not much of a storyteller. But it's ok with a journey like this, as he just latches onto Armstrong's limited and submerged mindset. But yes, this had a homemade quality that usually lacks from these films
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