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6:36 PM 3/6/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Aussie Director Mark Hartley saw the 1978 hospital horror Patrick when he was a kid. “When I was a teenager I realized the director [Richard Franklin] had gone to my high school and I asked him back and forged a relationship.” Years later, Hartley developed directing projects with a unique interest in the history of Australian cinema.
1:07 PM 2/27/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
No God No Master does for New York in the teens what Midnight in Paris did for France in the 20s, but with more dignity and less “whimsy.” While the film is essentially a TV movie about the conflicts surrounding the “Palmer Raids” of late 1919/early 1920, writer/director Terry Green has tapped this period to build an urban western and an allegory for our modern war on terror.
3:10 PM 2/26/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Mike Judge, the man behind Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill and the greatest comedy known to mankind (Idiocracy) has a moderately hyped new series premiering on HBO April 6th called Silicon Valley. See the trailer here.
5:05 PM 2/24/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Last night, screenwriter/director/actor Harold Ramis, passed away at the age of 69 in Chicago, surrounded by his family.
2:52 PM 2/21/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Moons ago, after a festival screening his documentary Professor, director Daniel Kraus and I huddled under an escalator for an interview. This feature was the third in his “Work Series” and I was terribly impressed. His professor teaches religion in an Iowa university and is ‘likely the only Jew these students have ever met.’ Regularly skirting controversy the guy moves at a constant buzz, and Kraus follows him in these long, slow, painterly takes—it’s like Kraus can be patient because the Professor can’t.
4:10 PM 2/20/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
I wasn’t super in love with Dallas Buyer’s Club, but the featurettes the studio is releasing for the film's Oscar campaign are incredibly compelling. I realize it’s not fashionable to say a movie about a crusader with AIDS left me cold, but it did so crying over these clips makes me question my instincts.
2:50 PM 1/31/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Godfrey Reggio was a Christian Brother (“a male nun”) for 14 years in New Mexico before directing arguably the most popular experimental feature ever: Koyaanisqatsi. Yet, Reggio doesn’t like the term “experimental” because it’s too scientific. His films, in particular his newest, Visitors, is “experiential. This is an extra-mental activity and knowing we’re all in rush hour traffic outrunning our futures I suggest to audiences it’s not their seat belt but their soul belt they have to put on to be open to this.”
1:59 PM 1/29/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
In what context can the phrase “social, political and cultural upheaval” seem adorable? Only on the new viral site created for the upcoming Wes Anderson dramedy The Grand Budapest Hotel.
4:08 PM 1/24/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
The publicity people at Sony have created a viral tumblr out of the journal of one the film’s characters. Claire Simone (played by Cate Blanchett) is based on a real life curator who took to espionage to recover works of art confiscated by the Nazis. This tumblr features excerpts from her “journal” and images from the film and could be a great lure to people interested in the real WWII drama on which the film’s based.
2:07 PM 1/23/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
The Mouse House (in its infinite wisdom) is releasing a sing-along version of the Disney film Frozen to over 1,000 theaters nationwide on January 31. Apparently the high volume of YouTubed fans singing “Let it Go” spurred Disney’s distribution execs to invent a magical dancing snowflake that bounces, karaoke-style, above the lyrics (located in the lower third of the screen).