Archive for the ‘Films’ Category

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.

Cinema’s first Iranian vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature basks in the shear pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.

Above all, Amirpour’s tale of love and squalor is fun. Why else would a vampire ride a skateboard?

The Sleepwalker

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Shocking family secrets shatter a woman’s quiet country life in this psychosexual thriller. Young couple Kaia (Gitte Witt) and Andrew (Christopher Abbott) spend their days restoring her family’s sprawling rural estate. Their peace is upended one night when Kaia’s emotionally disturbed sister Christine (Stephanie Ellis) shows up unexpectedly, followed by her distraught boyfriend (Brady Corbet). As Christine’s behavior grows increasingly unhinged—including an unsettling incident of sleepwalking—long-buried traumas resurface. With a haunting score by Sondre Lerche, director Mona Fastvold keeps the tension mounting as this provocative nerve-jangler reaches fever pitch.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli – the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata – over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios, and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators. Download the full press release here.

Concerning Violence

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

From the director of The Black Power Mixtape comes a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ’60s and ’70s, accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.

Hangar 10

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

33 years after the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, three metal detector enthusiasts hunting for Saxon gold in the same region, capture incredible footage of UFO’s whilst filming their expedition. As night falls and with their navigation equipment failing, they find themselves facing a terrifying encounter with an unforgiving alien presence.

Friday the 13th

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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“A wave of disasters after the drowning of a certain Jason Voorhees turns Camp Crystal Lake into “Camp Blood”: The townspeople react to a visitor’s mention of it like Transylvanian villagers hearing about Count Orlok’s castle, the stagecoach ride comes courtesy of a trucker who doesn’t get “these dumb kids.” The counselors (an anonymous bunch that includes Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartham and, gah, Kevin Bacon) are getting things ready for the camp’s re-opening, which means smoking pot, lounging around in bikinis, and playing strip Monopoly; the town loony chants “You’re all doooomed,” and soon enough the handheld killer-o-vision camera from Black Christmas is introduced with extra heavy-breathing. Since the hockey-masked boogeyman is a few sequels away, Sean S. Cunningham can still sketch a bit of detail between the guts-spilling — one appreciates Jeannine Taylor’s telling of a dream in which the rain runs red, or her Kate Hepburn impression at the outhouse mirror before she takes a hatchet to the kisser. The wackiest frisson has to be the unveiling of Special Guest Villainess… Betsy Palmer. (What, was Jaye P. Morgan busy?) “So young. So pretty. What monster could have done this?” Intentional or not, what you have here is the idleness and stupidity of post-Seventies hedonism, where the apolitical dummies come to life only as Tom Savini gore effects (cf. the bridal tableau animated by the ex-lover’s revolver in The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz). The finale takes from De Palma (who took it from Boorman), and gazes ahead into dark waters. With Robbi Morgan, Mark Nelson, Peter Brouwer, Ron Millkie, and Walt Gorney.” – Fernando Croce

Bitter Honey

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Bitter Honey is a feature-length documentary presenting an intimate and emotionally charged portrait of three polygamous families in Bali, Indonesia. Following these families over a seven year period, the film portrays the plight of Balinese co-wives, for whom marriage is frequently characterized by psychological manipulation, infidelity, domestic violence, and economic hardship.

Living in a society where men have authority in many domains, these women have little voice in steering or protesting the conditions of their domestic lives. Bitter Honey draws attention to their struggle, documents the work of those taking steps to better protect and empower them, and aims to trigger a wider conversation about contemporary polygamy and women’s rights in Indonesia. (81 min)

E-Team

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team), a collection of fiercely intelligent individuals who document war crimes and report them to the world. Within this volatile climate, award-winning filmmakers Kauffman and Chevigny take us to the front lines of conflict zones in Syria and Libya, where shrapnel, bullet holes and unmarked graves provide mounting evidence of atrocities by government forces. Cinematography Award, Sundance Film Festival

USA, 89 min. eteamfilm.com

Magical Universe

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Director in person Sat Nov 1 at 8:10, Sun Nov 2 at 4:35!

Filmed for over a decade, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is a portrait of Al Carbee, an 88 year old strange and reclusive outsider artist who spends his days alone in a massive house in Maine creating art — mostly featuring Barbie Dolls in elaborate dioramas. The documentary profiles Carbee’s amazing body of work and his relentlessly creative lifestyle. Carbee’s story is explored through the prism of his unlikely friendship with New York filmmaker Jeremy Workman, who unexpectedly becomes Carbee’s closest friend and only link to the outside world. Far beyond just a portrait of an eccentric, MAGICAL UNIVERSE is about wonder, friendship, and the transcendent power of creativity. Its story culminates with Al Carbee’s greatest triumph as an artist and a man.

ADC’s inspir-ADC-ion Shorts

Monday, October 13th, 2014

A special program of new documentary shorts produced by ADC (the organization formerly known as Art Directors Club) on graphic design, advertising and architecture luminaries Ivan Chermayeff, Lee Clow and Clive Wilkinson. The screening is followed by a discussion with executive producer Rick Boyko of Sparkstarters and Clive Wilkinson of Clive Wilkinson Architects, moderated by a partner from Ennead – with additional speakers TBA.



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