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Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Now Playing
« Last post by jenkins on September 19, 2018, 03:49:32 PM »
lol @ the album's name: Norman Fucking Rockwell

she's a mellow finger on the pulse imo. i think she's mellow. Jack Antonoff is her producer on the new album. i think they sound a bit like what life feels like
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Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Now Playing
« Last post by Drenk on September 19, 2018, 06:53:28 AM »
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DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on September 18, 2018, 05:39:55 PM »
Fall 2018 TBD

Robert Atlman’s Brewster McCloud (1970) on blu-ray from Warner Archive



Brewster McCloud (Bud Cort) lives deep within the cavernous underground of the Houston Astrodome, but his dreams rise much higher. He aims to fly. Not in a plane. But with strapped-on wings he's designing – encouraged by a mysterious woman (Sally Kellerman) who may be his guardian angel.

But Brewster McCloud, Robert Altman's wild, anarchic cult fave, isn't about dreams as much as it is about the highs and lows of humanity. It's a serial-killer mystery. A frenetic car-chase flick. A crazy circus-finale comedy. Shelley Duvall debuts as the tour guide whose seduction of Brewster may lead to his undoing. Ah, love. The thing that at once shapes and unravels us. The thing that may or may not give us wings.







November 13, 2018

Howard Avedis’ The Fifth Floor (1978) on blu-ray from Code Red, from a new 4K restoration



A young woman collapses on the disco dance floor of what's revealed to be strychnine poisoning. Assuming that this is an attempt at suicide, her boyfriend and doctor have her committed to the Fifth Floor, an asylum with obviously crazy inmates and a predatory orderly. The problem is, she's still sane!

The Fifth Floor (1978) - Amazon






December 3, 2018

Ingmar Bergman’s The Serpent’s Egg (1977) on blu-ray from Arrow US & Arrow UK

The licensing situation here is unclear. This is also going to be available in Criterion’s Bergman box set, so will the standalone release be exclusive to Arrow? Criterion edition exclusive to the box set? Who knows!



Ingmar Bergman's THE SERPENT'S EGG follows a week in the life of Abel Rosenberg, an out-of-work American circus acrobat living in poverty-stricken Berlin following Germany's defeat in World War I. When his brother commits suicide, Abel seeks refuge in the apartment of an old acquaintance Professor Veregus. Desperate to make ends meet in the war-ravaged city, Abel takes a job in Veregus' clinic, where he discovers the horrific truth behind the work of the strangely beneficent professor and unlocks the chilling mystery that drove his brother to kill himself…

The Serpent’s Egg (1977) - Amazon

The Serpent’s Egg (1977) - Amazon UK






December 10, 2018

Paul Mazursky’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) on blu-ray from Arrow UK



Bob and Carl are a sophisticated California couple who, after attending a free-thinking group retreat, decide to push the boundaries of their marriage by experimenting with outside affairs.

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) - Amazon UK






November 19, 2018

Michael Powell’s Age of Consent (1969) on blu-ray from Indicator (UK)



An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an offshore island to try once more. On the island he re-discovers his muse in the form of a young girl.

Age of Consent (1969) - Amazon UK



Q1 2019 TBD

Lawrence Roman’s Naked Alibi (1954) on blu-ray from Kino



Though drunken baker Al Willis (Gene Barry) insists he's innocent of all charges, police chief Joe Conroy (Sterling Hayden) is determined to throw the book at Willis for murdering a fellow cop. Though the evidence is thin, Conroy is so certain of the baker's guilt that he continues to pursue his suspect even after being fired from the police force. Enlisting the aid of Willis' abused girlfriend, Marianna (Gloria Grahame), Conroy trails his man to Mexico in a heated chase.

*Fun facts: In this video introduction to a screening of the film in 2012, Eddie Muller mentions that its star Gloria Grahame (of In A Lonely Place fame) was carrying on an affair with Nicholas Ray’s 13-year-old son while married to Nicholas Ray. She eventually divorced Nic Ray and married his son, instead.



November 20, 2018

Clouzot: Early Works (1931-1933) on blu-ray from Kino



Before directing his first feature, Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear, Diabolique) spent ten years learning the ropes. During this prolific period as a screenwriter he learned cinematic grammar and began to forge his style. To better know and understand Henri-Georges Clouzot, you have to discover these rare films, of which he was one of the principal architects. Kino Classics is proud to present CLOUZOT: THE EARLY WORKS, which collects six varied features he worked on from 1931-1933: frothy comedies, boxing dramas, musicals and melodramas. The set includes his directorial debut – the short film The Terror of Batignolles (1931), which anticipates his canonical thrillers to come.

Clouzot: Early Works (1931-1933) - Amazon

Contains

-The Terror Of Batignolles (La Terreur Des Batignolles) (1931) (15 Minutes) (Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot)
-My Cousin From Warsaw (Ma Cousine De Varsovie) (1931) (86 Minutes) (Writer: Henri-Georges Clouzot) -
-Dragnet Night (Un Soir De Rafle) (1931) (103 Minutes) (Writer: Henri-Georges Clouzot)
-The Unknown Singer (Le Chanteur Inconnu) (1931) (81 Minutes) (Writer: Henri-Georges Clouzot)
-I’ll Be Alone After Midnight (Je Serai Seule Après Minuit) (1931) (56 Minutes)(Writer: Henri-Georges Clouzot)
-Tell Me Tonight (La Chanson D'une Nuit) (1932) (84 Minutes) (Writer: Henri-Georges Clouzot)
-Dream Castle (Château De Rêve) (1933) (86 Minutes) (Writer: Henri-Georges Clouzot)



October 16, 2018

Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) on blu-ray from Olive Signature



Mistaken for insane, a man arrives in San Francisco to inform the world that strange aliens have arrived on earth to overtake human life.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) - Amazon



November 20, 2018

”The Outer Limits”- Season Two (1964-1965) on blu-ray from Kino



Misused inventions, interplanetary communication, and warped time peculiarities permeate this 1960s science fiction anthology program.

The Outer Limits - Season Two - Amazon



October 3, 2019

Paul Schrader’s Light Sleeper (1992) on blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment (Australia). Shot by Ed Lachman.



John LeTour (Willem Dafoe) is a good man in a bad business working for Ann (Susan Sarandon) on the wrong side of the law. When Ann decides to close up shop, LeTour has to go straight and come up with a future. But time is running out on him as he must dodge the cops, confront a killer and find his heart before he can leave his past behind.

Light Sleeper (1992) - DiabolikDVD






October - November 2018

John Carpenter’s Escape from New York (1981, They Live (1988), The Fog (1980), and Prince of Darkness (1987) are being released on 4K blu-ray from StudioCanal UK

Details





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Sefan Uher’s The Miraculous Virgin (1966) on blu-ray from Second Run (UK), from a 2K restoration



The Miraculous Virgin is one of Slovak's cinema's most admired and controversial works. Adapted by The Sun in a Net director Štefan Uher from the renowned 1944 novella by Dominik Tatarka, the film is an exquisite, surreal odyssey through the Slovak art scene of the 1960s. The mysterious Anabella (Knife in the Water's Jolanta Umecka) casts a spell over a group of young artists to become their muse, awakening desires and providing inspiration.

The Miraculous Virgin (1966) - Amazon UK


















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News and Theory / Re: Specifically: Asia
« Last post by jenkins on September 18, 2018, 05:16:02 PM »
Feng Xiaogang Cut From ‘Ash Is Purest White’ as Fan Bingbing Scandal Spreads

Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke’s drama “Ash is Purest White” will get its theatrical release this Friday in China – but with cuts that may reflect the sensitivity of the current political-cultural climate in the Middle Kingdom.

The film, which follows the turbulent lives of a gangster couple over a 17-year period, was screened at the Toronto Film Festival last week in a version that was six minutes shorter than the version that played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The new version was labeled as a director’s cut.

“This is a normal process which improves the flow of the narrative,” a spokesman for MK2 Films, the movie’s French co-investor and international sales agent, told Variety. “It is always a rush to prepare a film for Cannes. And [Jia] did the same thing with ‘Mountains May Depart’” from 2015.

But Chinese media reported that the edits specifically remove the cameo appearances of Feng Xiaogang, the high-profile film director who is embroiled in the scandal and rumor mill surrounding celebrity actress Fan Bingbing. Fan has been accused of hiding part of her income from an appearance in Feng’s upcoming film “Cell Phone 2.” Fan and Feng have both denied accusations of tax dodging.

In 2017, Fan attended the launch party in Cannes for Jia’s new Pingyao film festival. This year she walked the Cannes red carpet for the world premiere of “Ash.” Her disappearance from public view since late July has fueled suggestions that she is being detained by authorities against her will.

At a public screening of “Ash” in Beijing on Sunday, Jia dodged questions about cutting out Feng. “It is complicated,” he said onstage, according to reports by Chinese website Mtime.

Jia is China’s highest-profile art-house director. He has made a career of chronicling the changes in Chinese society wrought by the country’s breakneck modernization. That has made him a darling of overseas festivals – Toronto’s Platform section was named after Jia’s 2000 film of the same title – and a recurring pain for Chinese authorities.

While Jia’s first four features were considered underground works, more recently he has received partial financial backing and local release through state-owned companies including the Shanghai Film Group. His films are considered auteur works and reach much smaller audiences than those of Feng, but Jia has successfully steered a course between social critique and outright antagonism of authorities who would prefer to present a rosier picture.

Even so, his recent films have depicted the effects of the massive Three Gorges infrastructure project, collusion between crooked businessmen and civil servants, and the alienating impact of working in the Chinese mega-factories that make iPhones.

“Ash” is by far his biggest film in terms of budget, with much of it spent on painstaking recreations of sets and costumes that were current less than two decades ago but which are now obsolete.
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News and Theory / Re: Assorted movie news
« Last post by jenkins on September 18, 2018, 05:09:43 PM »
lol

Anna Boden/Ryan Fleck directing duo. i'm still a fan of Sugar and Half Nelson, based on my memory. i don't think naturalism quite belongs in superhero movies though. based on standard If You"re Going to Dream, Dream Big

for me it'll be tough for anything to ever better Justice League. i don't think there's been a movie moment that alive and alive like that since Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra
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News and Theory / Re: Assorted movie news
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on September 18, 2018, 04:34:18 PM »
I'm not a Marvel lore expert, so hopefully there's something in the mythos that explains the cringeworthy performances.
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News and Theory / Re: Assorted movie news
« Last post by jenkins on September 18, 2018, 04:01:21 PM »


how long ago was it posted, a couple hours? it's at 10mil views. i barely know anything about comic movies i can feel the hype for this. is she gonna be the one to kill Thanos? is she in the Avengers movies even? i have no idea and it's fine because i won't see the movies
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News and Theory / Re: Garbage pail trailers
« Last post by jenkins on September 18, 2018, 03:59:29 PM »
this is kid shit but this is kid holiday shit with music by tyler the creator

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News and Theory / Re: Specifically: Asia
« Last post by jenkins on September 18, 2018, 03:56:48 PM »
Chinese Star Fan Bingbing’s Unusual Disappearance Could Mean Trouble For Jessica Chastain’s Thriller ‘355’

The current situation surrounding Chinese film star Fan Bingbing is truly bizarre. We have yet to cover the story on The Playlist, and mainly because there’s been a lot of speculation and rumors, but little actual news about Fan and her recent disappearance. But now, with the star off the radar for such an extended period of time, there is a ripple effect that looks to make a mark on a variety of high-profile projects, including Jessica Chastain’s star-studded “355.”

First, let’s take a step back and talk about what led us to these unusual circumstances. Fan Bingbing is one of China’s biggest film stars. Such a huge draw in her native country, the actress has already begun her transition into Hollywood films, appearing in a small role in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and signing on to be in the incredible cast of Chastain’s upcoming spy thriller “355.” But her rocket to global superstardom came to an apparent abrupt halt in late July, when the actress’ Weibo account (with over 60 million followers) suddenly went silent.

Fans began to realize that the actress hadn’t been seen in public since July 1. Dots began being connected and rumors of her involvement in a tax evasion scheme began circulating, which led many to believe that Fan was silenced by the Chinese government, and is currently under some sort of detainment/house arrest. All inquiries about her status have remained unanswered and any local news outlets that post updates have the articles quickly removed. It appears that the Chinese government wants to silence one of the country’s biggest stars, and it’s using her financial issues to do it.

Fan Bingbing is accused of being involved in “yin and yang contracts,” which is an illegal method of bypassing tax laws by drawing up, and signing, two separate contracts for film roles. One contract has the actual monetary terms of the contract, while the other reportedly would have a much lower number, which would be submitted to the government. Obviously, this is illegal and is one of the subjects of China’s Communist regime’s latest crackdown on rising incomes (and influence) of film/TV stars.

With all that being said, the situation with Fan has no end in sight, Deadline is reporting that her upcoming film slate is in serious jeopardy. Even with the actress being cut from marketing materials for upcoming Chinese films, some of those films being shelved altogether, and losing endorsement deals, one of the biggest impacts might be on the aforementioned “355.”

For those that remember, “355” is the Simon Kinberg-directed spy thriller starring Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, and Fan Bingbing that was all the rage when it was sold at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was quickly snatched up by distributors, including the Huayi Brothers spending a reported $20 million for Chinese distribution.

However, with the actress not apparently available for filming (and with travel outside of China expected to be impossible for quite some time), “355” finds itself without a star and huge Chinese draw. Obviously, the production can hire another Chinese actress to fill the role, which would benefit Huayi Brothers. Interestingly, however, if Fan does star in the film, due to her recent tarnished reputation in China, the government could ban the film from playing in the country, which means Huayi Brothers are out $20 million.

The rest of Deadline’s report details the full extent her disappearance has had on China’s film industry, and it’s pretty incredible. Obviously, everyone is concerned for her well-being and is upset by her alleged treatment. But the report claims that she should be back in the public eye eventually.

But in the meantime, there’s an immense amount of potential fallout from her situation.
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This Year In Film / Re: The Old Man And The Gun
« Last post by jenkins on September 18, 2018, 01:48:32 PM »
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KCRW Partner Screening: The Old Man & The Gun - **ft. Q&A with David Lowery and our own Madeleine Brand

that's fun. earlier that same day i'll be with Susan Orlean and Eileen Myles, and Lowery would be a great triple but i don't think that'll happen. shoutout to becoming a cultural person though, great job.
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