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Chicago, find out what it means to be young with Streets Of Fire on 70mm

  • The AV Club
Every once in a while, we like to give our fellow Chicagoans the opportunity to come see a midnight movie at the Music Box, courtesy of our friends at The Front Row. This week, we’ve got another hot one: A special screening of Walter Hill’s under-appreciated 1984 rock ‘n’ roll musical Streets Of Fire, presented in an…

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Wild Bill (1995) | Blu-ray Review

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Mid-way through the 1990s, maverick auteur Walter Hill returned to the undiluted Western template mythos (something which underlined nearly all his directorial efforts) with Wild Bill (1995), a highly stylized and sometimes blatantly unsuccessful portrait of Wild Bill Hickok starring Jeff Bridges during the final melancholic days of the lawman’s life.

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Austin Film Festival Sticks to the Script

Austin Film Festival Sticks to the Script
As Austin, Texas, continues to flaunt its clout as a filmmaking destination, its festival calendar grows ever more crowded, with newer events striving to carve out their own corners of the scene. But one of the city’s more idiosyncratic annual fests is also one of its oldest, and the 24th Austin Film Festival, taking place from Oct. 26-Nov. 2, has remained true to its initial mission — moving the spotlight from actors and directors to screenwriters.

This year, the fest has no shortage of Oscar-contending films scheduled to make their Lone Star debuts, from “Darkest Hour” to “Call Me by Your Name” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” as well as an opening night gala for “Lady Bird” with writer-director Greta Gerwig in attendance, and a closing night presentation of “Chappaquiddick” with screenwriters Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan. Texas native Dan Rather will be on hand to discuss higher-ed documentary “Fail State,” and the festival
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Smt Thursday Trailers: ‘Snake Outta Compton’ Red Band Trailer

(Aotn)-Ok, Smt Heads, you’ve waited til the midnight hour for your Thursday Trailer fix… And the night time is the right time! The red band trailer for the craziest, new indie spoof “Snake Outta Compton” has smacked the interwebs hard. So, let’s get in on the fun!

Check the red band trailer right now: Warning: Explicit Language

Coming Attractions: And now for something completely different for Thursday Trailers!

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: Vortex #1 is the newest comic offering from the Horror Movie Master and his collaborators. Check out the book trailer here:

With all communication lost from a mining asteroid, space station Benson dispatches a rescue ship to investigate. What the team discovers threatens not only to overwhelm and destroy them, but could ultimately threaten all life on Earth. Vortex is the second story of John Carpenter’s monthly anthology series Tales of Science Fiction.
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The 5 Best Classic Films to Stream in October 2017

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The 5 Best Classic Films to Stream in October 2017
Streaming might represent the future of film, but that future doesn’t have to come at the expense of its past. Netflix, however, doesn’t seem to care. A platform so monolithic that it’s become synonymous with streaming itself, Netflix may offer a seemingly bottomless library of content, but their “classic movies” section contains a whopping 42 titles, and one of them is “The Parent Trap.” No disrespect to “The Parent Trap” — a movie so good that it was rendered obsolete by a remake starring Lindsay Lohan — but it’s not exactly “Citizen Kane.” Hell, it’s not even “Citizen Ruth.” It feels like these films were left here by accident, like someone came by to clear out space for a new season of “Fuller House” and this random selection of stuff is just what fell through the cracks.

Physical media and repertory screenings are still the best options for cinephiles,
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The strange sex scene of Supernova

Simon Brew Oct 9, 2017

Supernova is a film with a messy story behind it. And a very, very odd sex scene...

Supernova is a film that started promisingly. Originated in 1990 under the title of Dead Star, the idea – as pitched by writer William Malone – would be for something akin to Dead Calm, just in space. Dead Calm is a great choice of influence too, with Phillip Noyce’s out-on-the-water thriller using isolation expertly, as Billy Zane puts in one of his best, and most menacing, screen performances.

Dead Star was set to follow a similar idea, and that meant a modest budget at most – around $6m was cited – would be needed to tell the story of alien artefacts being brought back to Earth. Enquires were made of H R Giger, who duly did some concept art work to help promote the script.

MGM was the studio that bit, although it had ideas.
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Filmmaking Legends on How New York’s Era of Decay Sparked a Creative Revolution

Filmmaking Legends on How New York’s Era of Decay Sparked a Creative Revolution
In the 1970s and early ’80s, New York City embodied the revolution taking place in American cinema. It was brash and brutal, crude and powerful, sexy and grimey, and had a swagger that was unmistakable.

It was also a low point for the city. The Bronx was burning, crime was rising and city hall was broke. But even as respectable folks fled for the safety of the suburbs, New York became a canvas for talented filmmakers. From “The French Connection” to “Saturday Night Fever,” it posed as the setting of classic films that ushered in a new era of on-screen realism. It was the age of De Niro and Pacino, Scorsese and Lumet, talents who upended the sterile and factory-like approach to making movies that dominated the studio system.

It’s a revolution in filmmaking that’s over. Just as Times Square, the setting of “Taxi Driver,” has been replaced by a fantasyland for tourists, movies
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Film Review: ‘Wheelman’

Film Review: ‘Wheelman’
It’s difficult to avoid catchphrases like “stripped for speed” and “pedal to the metal” while appraising “Wheelman,” writer-director Jeremy Rush’s cunningly conceived and skillfully executed thriller about a getaway driver who is driven to extremes when someone carjacks the heist for which he’s been hired. It’s a grade-a B-movie that gets maximum mileage from a carefully calibrated mix of hardboiled neo-noir melodrama and high-velocity minimalism. Just as important, Rush’s more-than-promising debut feature — which clocks in at just 82 minutes, with nary a wasted second — is a perfect-fit star vehicle for Frank Grillo, the sinewy tough customer whose previous credits include TV’s “Kingdom,” the Chinese-produced smash hit “Wolf Warrior II” and appearances in the “Captain America” and “Purge” franchises.

The set-up may sound like something on the order of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” (or Walter Hill’s “The Driver”), but “Wheelman” actually has a bit more in common with “Locke,” Steven Knight
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Parasite: Demi Moore’s delightfully shlocky film debut

Ryan Lambie Sep 22, 2017

It’s Alien crossed with Mad Max, and Demi Moore plays a lemon farmer. We look back at the 1982 sci-fi horror, Parasite...

All Hollywood stars have to start somewhere, and there are plenty of A-listers with low-budget B-movies in their early histories. A teenage Leonardo DiCaprio made an appearance in Critters 3; Kevin Bacon was a memorable victim in the original Friday The 13th. Then there's Parasite: a bargain-basement sci-fi horror that cheerfully slams together two popular 70s staples: Cronenbergian body horror and George Miller-style post-apocalypse. Oh, and Demi Moore makes her feature film debut as Patricia, who grows lemons.

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In a dystopian near-future, a clammy, bug-eyed scientist, Dr Paul Dean (Robert Glaudini, who looks like a gaunt, desperately-ill relative of Jeff Goldblum) tinkers away in his lab. His
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Saban Films Acquires Us Distribution Rights to Remake of George A. Romero’s Day Of The Dead

  • DailyDead
Featuring arguably the most beloved zombie ever put to film, George A. Romero's Day of the Dead is a seminal standout in the horror genre that has grown a diehard fanbase in the thirty-plus years since its release. New takes on Romero's groundbreaking 1985 film were featured in 2005's Day of the Dead 2: Contagium and 2008's Day of the Dead, and now Saban Films has acquired the Us rights to Millennium Media's new Day of the Dead reimagining, with a release expected late this year:

Press Release: Toronto – September 9, 2017 – Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to a slate of films from Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media. The trio of titles includes Isaac Florentine’s Acts of Vengeance starring Antonio Banderas, Karl Urban, Robert Forster and Paz Vega; Paul Solet’s Bullet Head (formerly Unchained) also starring Banderas, John Malkovich and Adrien Brody; and Day of the Dead
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Tiff 2017. Correspondences #2

  • MUBI
Dear Danny and Kelley,What a joy this time of the year to reconnect with old cinephile friends, and to meet new ones. The film festival I’ve been to more times than any other, Tiff seems to grow more personally important with each new visit—as a locus of discovery, an escape from the routine, a sanctuary and a labyrinth, exhausting and intoxicating. Could even a vérité master like Frederick Wiseman capture all its contradictions? The cinema and people I encounter during my ten days here comprise a refuge, a reminder of sublime possibilities in the midst of brutish realities. Art keeps the beast at bay, or so they say. Indeed, the very first film I saw, Alain GomisFélicité, opens with just such a clash. In a roisterous Congolese bar, various squabbles hush up as a woman steps up to the microphone for a fierce, gorgeous song. As
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Austin Film Festival to Honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans

Austin Film Festival to Honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans
Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference will honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans for their extraordinary contributions to film and television, respectively, the festival announced Wednesday.

Hill, who will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award, wrote and directed notable films such as 48 Hrs., The Warriors, The Driver, Southern Comfort, Last Man Standing, Geronimo: An American Legend and Wild Bill. He also co-produced the sci-fi favorite Alien. Hill has contributed to television as well, receiving both the Emmy and DGA Awards in 2005 for his work directing the HBO neo-western Deadwood.

Wayans, who is also known for writing and directing several films...
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Austin Film Festival to Honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans

Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference will honor Walter Hill and Keenen Ivory Wayans for their extraordinary contributions to film and television, respectively, the festival announced Wednesday.

Hill, who will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award, wrote and directed notable films such as 48 Hrs., The Warriors, The Driver, Southern Comfort, Last Man Standing, Geronimo: An American Legend and Wild Bill. He also co-produced the sci-fi favorite Alien. Hill has contributed to television as well, receiving both the Emmy and DGA Awards in 2005 for his work directing the HBO neo-western Deadwood.

Wayans, who is also known for writing and directing several films...
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Walter Hill, Keenen Ivory Wayans To Be Honored By Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference

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Walter Hill, Keenen Ivory Wayans To Be Honored By Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference
Exclusive: Filmmaker Walter Hill and comedian/filmmaker Keenen Ivory Wayans are both being honored this year in Austin at the annual Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference. Hill, whose film career goes back decades with such films as The Warriors and 48 Hrs. and HBO’s Deadwood will be honored with the Extraordinary Contribution to Film Award. Wayans, who created, launched, and hosted the landmark 1990s variety series In Living Color, will receive Aff's Extraordinary…
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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind at 40 – an Appreciation

Article by Dane Eric Marti

Sometimes a film will speak directly to a person in an audience: A preternatural, unearthly tendril of luminous light tapping you on the shoulder, a benevolent yet mysterious voice reminding you of an obligation, or a musical, colorful Dream Message entering your eyes and speaking to your soul with wonder, awe and truth. Like other Art forms, film can do amazing things.

For me, there are definitely a few choice films of overwhelming, pristine power. Yet one cinematic work is not just great, deeply special to me: ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind.’ Directed by the Wonderkind, Steven Spielberg, directly after his landmark suspense-adventure film, ‘Jaws’.

Now, his new flick, released in 1977, also dealt with the fantastic, with riveting moments of terror… but its endgame was something quite dissimilar.

I think it would take either a first-rate Psychologist or an Exorcist with a lot of
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‘You Were Never Really Here’ Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix is on a Path of Righteous Vengeance

One of the biggest mysteries of the fall line-up is the absence of Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, at least when it comes to U.S. festivals and the calendar. One of our favorite films at the Cannes Film Festival, the film follows Joaquin Phoenix as a tormented war veteran with a troubled past who takes it upon himself to rescue women trafficked into the sex trade, but a vengeance is awakened when something goes awry.

Although Amazon Studios has yet to date the thriller (there were rumors Ramsay was still tinkering with the film) the first trailer has now arrived courtesy of the film’s distributors in France, where it will be released this November. Scored by Jonny Greenwood, it shows off the intensity of Phoenix’s performance and the rhythmic narrative structure. As we await a release date, check out an excerpt from our glowing review and the trailer below.
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10 Boxing Movies to Get You Hyped for Mayweather-McGregor

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10 Boxing Movies to Get You Hyped for Mayweather-McGregor
The drama outside of the ring has been like something from a movie, with each fighter bragging and boasting about what's going to happen when Conor McGregor fights Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on August 26. You've seen the press events, you've heard from the pundits, now there's nothing to do except countdown to the big day and binge watch these boxing movies. Yes, we've put together a list of 10 boxing movies to make you hyped for Mayweather Vs. McGregor, a real life contest the size of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In one corner, we've got the eleven-time five-division professional boxing world champion, with 49 wins and zero losses, Floyd Mayweather! In the other corner, it's Ufc champion, mega-star, and pro boxing underdog, Conor McGregor. It's been called "The Money Fight" and with good reason. First of all, it will be a huge payday for both fighters. But furthermore, while
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R.I.P. Sonny Landham (1941 – 2017)

Actor Sonny Landham, best known for his role as Native American tracker Billy Sole in 1987’s action classic Predator, has passed away from congestive heart failure, aged 76.

Landham began his career working in X-rated movies in the 1970s, before making his mainstream film debut in Walter Hill’s The Warriors in 1979.

In addition to Predator, Landham’s big screen credits includes roles in the likes of Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs., Action Jackson, Lock Up and Best of the Best 2, as well as guest appearances in the TV shows The A-Team, The Fall Guy and Miami Vice.
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