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Boy God
10.19.2009
03:17 pm
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A young boy who has superpowers and is immortal battles to free his parents from the limbo where they are doing penance for their sins. Insane Filipino movie from 1983. Also known as Stone Boy and Roco, Ang Batang Bato:

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Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.19.2009
03:17 pm
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New 42-Second Shorts By David Lynch, Kenneth Anger
10.19.2009
12:40 pm
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Vodka brand 42 Below is the creative sponsor behind One Dream Rush, a Beijing-based film festival of incredibly short films.  42 filmmakers from around the world were given 42 seconds.  The results from David Lynch, Dream #7, and Kenneth Anger, Death, follow below:

 

 
More on OneDreamRush

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.19.2009
12:40 pm
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Star Wars vs. The Mighty Boosh
10.17.2009
12:52 pm
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“When you are the moon, the best form you can be is a full moon. And then the half moon… he’s all right. But the full moon is the famous moon. And then three-quarters, eh, no one gives a shit about him. When does he come, two days in, to the calendar month? He’s useless. Full moon. The moon. The main moon.” - The Moon
 
(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.17.2009
12:52 pm
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The 6-Minute Where The Wild Things Are
10.16.2009
03:23 pm
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The reviews seem mixed, but that probably won’t dissuade me from catching up with Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Thngs Are.  Most of the criticism revolves, predictably, about what happens when you translate into another medium something commonly perceived as “perfect.”  By keeping intact the words and imagery, the following Wild Things short from ‘73 sidesteps all the “rumpus.”

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.16.2009
03:23 pm
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The Anime Anne Frank
10.13.2009
03:09 pm
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Last week the new footage and legacy-dissecting book, this week Anne Frank in anime.  Is there a genre that can’t somehow accommodate her story?  Directed by Eiji Okabe, Anne no Nikki combines the story of Frank’s confinement with “fantasy” adaptations of four of her short stories—Fear, The Wise Dwarf, Henrietta, and The Adventures of Bralee the Bear Cub—which saw later publication in Tales from the Secret Annex

An English version of “Anne no Nikki” has never been released, but I find it comforting it’s out there in French, Italian and Arabic.  Anne no Nikki?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.13.2009
03:09 pm
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Nicholas Cage Punches a Woman While Wearing a Bear Suit
10.13.2009
04:24 am
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Now behold this: The “greatest” scene from the horrendous remake of the Wicker Man.

(This compilation of highlights is worth watching, also.)

Posted by Jason Louv
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10.13.2009
04:24 am
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Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl
10.11.2009
05:00 pm
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Japanese director Yoshiro Nishimura, who brought you Tokyo Gore Police (won’t the sequel be out soon?) has a new movie, Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl. This time round he’s dropped the social commentary and humorous Cronenbergesque touches in favor of unadulterated hydraulic blood splatter and mayhem. Make sure you watch the trailer to the end, it’s got some real jaw-droppers…

Here’s an excerpt from a review on Film School Rejects:

Normally I?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.11.2009
05:00 pm
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Jim Henson’s “Time Piece”
10.07.2009
04:57 pm
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Before there were Muppets, there was Jim Henson, experimental film maker:

Time Piece is nine very weird, sort of beatnik minutes of fast-paced, scattered imagery and sounds all set to the beat of a hi-hat.  He makes music out of everyday sounds.  So you get tapping, tick-tocks, footsteps, drumbeats, car zooms, whistles, screeches, pogo sticks, high heels, typewriters, on/off switches, dings, buzzes, bowling balls, elevators, champagne pops, zippers, dogs panting, rocking chairs, beers opening, tea kettles, crackers, coughing, and a shot of Henson painting an elephant pink.  The only word used in the whole thing is ?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.07.2009
04:57 pm
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Ken Russell On Antonio Gaudi
10.07.2009
03:19 pm
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I couldn’t be a bigger fan of Japanese director, Hiroshi Teshigahara, or recommend more highly his Criterion-collected films from the 60s: Pitfall, Woman In The Dunes, and The Face of Another.  Teshigahara has a wonderful way of capturing landscapes, and, much like Antonioni, uses them to suggest some aspect—usually existential—of the human condition. 

That being said, I find his documentary on Antonio Gaudi, stunning to watch as a tone poem of sorts, but lacking in terms of providing much context for the Catalan architect.  You can check out the complete documentary over at Ubu, titled, simply, Antonio Gaudi, but I just recently stumbled upon a more illuminating point of entry for the architect.

Ken Russell, the British director of such films as Tommy, Women In Love, and Altered States produced his own “film essay” on Gaudi in ‘61.  Sidestepping his usual “lurid” mode, Russell’s doc provides all the historical/biographical context missing from Teshigahara’s.  Not surprisingly, Russell’s short also accompanies the Criterion reissue of Antonio Gaudi.

For Russell’s take on some truly fantastical buildings, Part I of his film essay follows below with a link at the bottom to Part II.

 
Ken Russell’s Antonio Gaudi Part II

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.07.2009
03:19 pm
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Blue Jeans: The Movie!
10.06.2009
05:17 pm
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I wonder what this movie is all about…

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.06.2009
05:17 pm
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