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Scott Reviews Luchino Visconti’s Conversation Piece [Masters of Cinema Blu-ray Review]

We all, on some level, regret aging because we fear dying, but there’s something especially poignant about watching artists who celebrated vitality grapple with their mortality. It’s one thing to watch Bergman or Woody Allen settle into their later years, having seen them grapple with those subjects their entire careers. It’s quite another when an artist who once seemed to defy death’s grip can no longer avoid it.

Conversation Piece was Luchino Visconti’s penultimate film, released a little more than a year before his death. He was only 67, and had already suffered a stroke. Remarkable in its formal construction, you can nevertheless feel his regrets, his fears, his very life coming to the fore through his protagonist, a retired professor played by Burt Lancaster. So solitary is his existence that he isn’t even given a name. He’s content in his Italian apartment, taking
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John Waters Shares His List of the Top 10 Films of 2016 - 'Krisha' is #1

It's that time again! With the end of the year approaching, everyone begins revealing their own Top 10 best of the year lists. One of our favorite lists that kicks off this time is from filmmaker John Waters' - his Top 10 favorite films from this year. For 2016, Waters has chosen yet another (expected) eclectic mix of films, including Paul Verhoven's controversial Elle, Todd Solondz's divisive Wiener-Dog, as well as David Farrier & Dylan Reeve's outstandingly creepy documentary Tickled, among some other oddball picks. A few years back his top film was Spring Breakers, and last year it was a film titled Helmut Berger, Actor. I always like hearing about Waters' favorites because he has such unique taste and his quick comments are fun to read. Waters includes a short one/two-sentence explanation with each pick, so head to ArtForum to read all of his thoughts on his Top
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Blu-ray Reviews: Microwave Massacre and The Bloodstained Butterfly

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As a kid perusing the shelves of my local mom-and-pop video store every weekend, there were two VHS covers that scared me every time I looked at them. I made sure to avoid the box art for Neil Jordan’s horror fantasy film The Company of Wolves; something about the wolf’s snout protruding from a person’s mouth was too disturbing for my eight-year-old brain to comprehend. The second box, however, was one that I always made a point to walk past because while I found it gross and scary, I was weirdly drawn to it. I had no real desire to see the movie—if the cover was that nasty, the film itself had to be ten times more sick—but I was forever daring myself to sneak one more look at the video box. That movie was the 1983 horror comedy Microwave Massacre.

It wasn’t until Arrow Video
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Fantastic Fest 2016’s 2nd Wave of Programming Includes Sadako Vs. Kayako, Arrival, The Eyes Of My Mother, Raw

  • DailyDead
With August almost over and September around the corner, we’re only a few weeks away from the start of Fantastic Fest, taking place September 22nd–29th in Austin, Texas. Following the announcement of the first wave of programming earlier this month, the second wave of films have now been revealed, including even more titles for horror, sci-fi, and suspense fans to look forward to seeing:

Press Release: Austin, TX – Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest delivers another dose of cinematic decadence with its second wave of programming. Procured once again from the most curious corners of the genre universe, Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its opening film, Denis Villeneuve’s stunning Arrival. Arrival marks Villeneuve’s Fantastic Fest debut, which has proven to be worth the wait as his spectacular science fiction feature promises to kick off proceedings in explosive fashion.

It wouldn’t be Fantastic Fest
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Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave of Programming, Including ‘Arrival,’ ‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘The Handmaiden’

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Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave of Programming, Including ‘Arrival,’ ‘Toni Erdmann’ and ‘The Handmaiden’
Fantastic Fest has announced the second wave of programming for this year’s edition of the Austin-based fête, which runs from September 22 — 29. “The Bad Batch,” a new restoration of 1971’s “The Zodiac Killer,” “Toni Erdmann,” “The Handmaiden” and opening-night selection “Arrival” are among the most prominent selections, with a number of appropriately oddball offerings thrown in as well. Full list below.

“Aalavandhalan” (Suresh Krissna)

Kamal Hassan stars in this ridiculously entertaining tale of an Indian commando pitted against his own serial killer twin brother in a deadly race to save the beautiful Tejaswini from certain death.

Arrival” (Denis Villeneuve)

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team — led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) — are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers — and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life,
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August 23rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Walking Dead Season 6 & Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 1

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Hope you guys made some extra room in your wallets for all the cash you’ll undoubtedly be shelling out this week (love me some “dad humor”), as August 23rd boasts an awesome selection of horror and sci-fi Blu-ray and DVD releases, all capped off by the home entertainment debuts of both season one of Ash vs Evil Dead and the sixth season of The Walking Dead.

Arrow Video is giving the cult classic The Bloodstained Butterfly an HD overhaul for their impressive-looking two-disc Special Edition release that arrives this Tuesday, and Scream Factory is doing the same for another cult classic, Psycho IV: The Beginning. Kino Lorber is releasing a Blu-ray for Chandu The Magician this week, and we’ve also got a DVD and Blu release for Jon WattsClown to look forward to as well.

Other notable releases for August 23rd include Der Bunker, The Ultimate Vincent Price Collection,
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Blu-ray Review – The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

The Bloodstained Butterfly, 1971.

Directed by Duccio Tessari.

Starring Helmut Berger, Evelyn Stewart, Wendy D’Olive, Günther Stoll, Giancarlo Sbragia and Wolfgang Preiss.

Synopsis:

A TV sports presenter is arrested for the murder of his lover but while he is in custody the killer apparently strikes again.

The Bloodstained Butterfly is essentially a giallo picture in the same vein as countless other murder mysteries that came out of Italy in the 1960s and ‘70s but this one sets itself apart from the rest of the crowd by concentrating less on the murder itself and spending more time covering the police investigation and subsequent courtroom trial of the accused.

The accused in this case is TV sports presenter Alessandro Marchi (Giancarlo Sbragia), who was apparently spotted out in the park where the murder of a 17-year-old student took place, although the witnesses who said they saw him aren’t the most reliable
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Arrow Video Unveils New Blu-ray / DVD Cover Art for Microwave Massacre

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Jackie Vernon may be remembered by many for being the voice of Frosty the Snowman, but horror fans know him as Donald, a frustrated husband who develops a taste for fellow humans in Microwave Massacre. In August, Arrow Video will release the cult 1983 horror film on Blu-ray / DVD, and they recently revealed new face-melting cover art for the special release, as well as an updated bonus features list for The Bloodstained Butterfly Blu-ray / DVD:

Press Release: Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with several new titles in August...

Microwave Massacre [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 16th)

They Came For Dinner...To Find They Were It!!

Microwave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife's predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism.

Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life - his nagging
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Microwave Massacre and The Bloodstained Butterfly Release Details from Arrow Video

Arrow Video has sent us details on their two upcoming releases in August, the cheesy Microwave Massacre and the giallo film, The Bloodstained Butterfly. As usual, the team at Arrow Video will be packing both releases with all sorts of special features. Read on for all the details.

Microwave Massacre [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 16th)

They Came For Dinner…To Find They Were It!!

Microwave Massacre stars legendary stand-up comedian and actor Jackie Vernon as Donald, a disgruntled construction worker whose wife’s predilection for haute cuisine drives him to cannibalism.

Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life – his nagging wife and his lack of decent meals – when, one night, he bludgeons his better half to death with a pepper grinder in a drunken rage. Thinking on his feet, Donald dismembers the body and sets about microwaving the remains, which turn out to be rather delicious.
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"Arrow Video" (Us) August 2016 Releases

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Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of "Arrow Video" in the Us with several new home video titles available August 2016, including "Microwave Massacre" on Blu-ray + DVD, August 16, 2016 and "The Bloodstained Butterfly" on Blu-ray + DVD, August 23, 2016:

"Microwave Massacre", (Blu-ray + DVD, August 16, 2016) stars stand-up comedian, actor Jackie Vernon as 'Donald', a disgruntled construction worker whose wife's predilection for 'haute cuisine' drives him insane. 

"Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life - his nagging wife and his lack of decent meals.

"Eschewing all notions of good taste, 'Microwave Massacre' is an exercise in political incorrectness that has gone on to gain a cult following thanks to a characteristically deadpan performance from Vernon..."

Director-approved Special Edition Contents Include:

- Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative

- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations

- Original mono audio (uncompressed Pcm
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Mlff 2016 : Helmut Berger, Actor – Review

For most of us in the United States, Helmut Berger is not someone who we are very familiar with. In Europe, however, most people know if his work, and his reputation for being unpredictable. Director Andreas Horvath submerges himself into Berger’s world in order to show us an intimate, uncensored look at the present life of a wounded man who once seemed to have it all in Helmut Berger, Actor.

Warning: Trailer is Nsfw, and shouldn’t be viewed by children.

A little backstory to get you in the proper head space: Berger had it made in the 70’s and 80’s. He was given his first film role by director Luchino Visconti in 1967, and things took off from there. He was leading a luxurious lifestyle with his, now lover, Visconti. Berger became a man about town, enjoying the finer things in life. When his partner died in 1976, Berger spiraled out of control.
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Arrow Video to Release Microwave Massacre and The Bloodstained Butterfly on Us and UK Blu-rays

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While Jackie Vernon is remembered by many for his stand-up comedy and for being the voice of Frosty the Snowman, cult horror fans know him as Donald, a frustrated husband who develops a taste for human flesh in 1983’s Microwave Massacre. The horror comedy will be released this summer on Blu-ray / DVD in the Us and UK by Arrow Video, who will also release 1971’s The Bloodstained Butterfly on home media with a new 4K restoration.

While the full release details for the Us Blu-ray / DVDs of Microwave Massacre and The Bloodstained Butterfly have yet to be revealed, we do have a look at the lists of special features for the UK editions, which should feature extras similar to what Us fans can enjoy.

In the UK, Arrow Video will release Microwave Massacre on Blu-ray / DVD on August 15th, followed by an August 22nd Blu-ray / DVD release of The Bloodstained Butterfly.
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‘Carol’ Named Best Picture by Intl. Cinephile Society

‘Carol’ Named Best Picture by Intl. Cinephile Society
Todd Haynes’ “Carol” won five awards on Sunday, including best picture and director, from the Intl. Cinephile Society, an online group consisting of about 100 journalists, film scholars, historians and other industry professionals.

Attesting to the group’s wide-ranging appreciation of the year’s achievements in American and international cinema, “Carol” beat out 10 other films for best picture, four of which are predominantly in a foreign language: “The Assassin,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “45 Years,” “L’il Quinquin,” “Inside Out,” “The Duke of Burgundy,” “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” “Arabian Nights” and “Tangerine.”

Carol” also drew the actress prize for Rooney Mara, besting her co-star, Cate Blanchett, in a field that also included Juliette Binoche (“Clouds of Sils Maria”), Nina Hoss (“Phoenix”) and Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”), who was named the runner-up in that category. Haynes’ film also took honors for Carter Burwell’s score
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Haynes, Hhh, George Miller, Sean Baker & Bruno Dumont Lead the 2016 Ics Award Noms

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The more “international” body of tastemaker critics have anointed Todd HaynesCarol, Hou Hsaio-Hsien’s The Assassin, George Miller’s Mad Max, Sean Baker’s Tangerine and Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin as the better film items for 2015 and top vote getters with the most noms for 2016 Ics Awards. Winners of the 13th Ics Awards will be announced on February 21, 2016. Here are the noms and all the categories.

Picture

• 45 Years

Arabian Nights

• The Assassin

Carol

Clouds of Sils Maria

The Duke of Burgundy

Inside Out

• Li’l Quinquin

Mad Max: Fury Road

• A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Tangerine

Director

Sean BakerTangerine

Bruno Dumont – Li’l Quinquin

Todd HaynesCarol

• Hou Hsaio-Hsien – The Assassin

George MillerMad Max: Fury Road

Film Not In The English Language

Amour Fou

Arabian Nights

• The Assassin

Hard to Be a God

Jauja

• La Sapienza

• Li’l Quinquin

• Phoenix

• A
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What Have You Done to Solange? | Blu-ray Review

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Massimo Dallamano may be best known to some as the cinematographer of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965), credited under the pseudonym Jack Dalmas. Following his collaborations with Leone, Dallamano would only serve as cinematographer twice more (his last credit being French director Michel Deville’s 1966 comedy The Mona Lisa Has Been Stolen starring George Chakiris and Marina Vlady). The explosive popularity of the spaghetti western would allow Dallamano to begin his own career as a director, with 1967 debut Bandidos (credited under another pseudonym, Max Dillman), but he’d soon after turn to the bread and butter of more exploitative genre fare. The director of eleven features, up until his death in 1976, Dallamano’s enduring, fascinating masterpiece stands as the 1972 title What Have You Done to Solange? Credited as a giallo staple, Dallamano’s film is more of a hybrid of subgenres, a mixed giallo and poliziotteschi film.
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John Waters Top 10 List: Fairy Tales, 3D Sex, Tasteful Trangression

John Waters with Patty Hearst at the "Carol" premiereAh one of our favorite bad taste good --no... singular taste traditions of year-end end look backs has arrived: the annual John Waters Top Ten List at ArtForum. Though the Baltimore film icon hasn't made a feature film in over ten years he still says active as a celebrity for which we thank him. Try and imagine the world without him; we never want to!

His top ten lists generally contain at least one or two titles we haven't even heard of (rare for us don'cha know) and that's true again with #1 and #9 right here. They're also always a mix of smart, beautiful, queer, and head scratching choices -- I'm sorry but Love is Not a good movie even if it does contain, as John Waters raves, "heterosexual rimming -- in 3D!"

John Waters 2015 Top Ten List

01 Helmut Berger, Actor (Andreas Horvath)

02 Cinderella (Kenneth Branagh)

Yes,
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John Waters’ Top 10 Films of 2015 Includes ‘Carol,’ ‘Fury Road,’ ‘Tom at the Farm,’ ‘Love,’ and More

Forget the Oscar race. As he does every year, John Waters has named his favorite films of the last 12 months. Ranging from the ultra-obscure to the arthouse to the blockbuster, it’s another eclectic batch of movies to either put on your radar or revisit. While some of the year’s biggest studio hits are mentioned, Cinderella (“I fucking love this Disney film,” he says) and Mad Max: Fury Road (“this ultimate nonstop demolition derby is downright insane from the moment it takes off”), there’s sure to be a few you may not have heard of.

His number one choice is Andreas Horvath‘s obscure documentary Helmut Berger, Actor, which he questions, “Maybe the best motion picture of the year is also the worst?” There’s also Guy Maddin‘s “insanely inventive” The Forbidden Room, Xavier Dolan‘s “sexy” Tom at the Farm, Todd HaynesCarol, Sean Baker‘s “beautifully shot” Tangerine,
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Daily | Woody @ 80, Artforum’s Best of 2015

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We're celebrating Woody Allen's 80th birthday today. Also in this roundup: "Best of 2015" lists from John Waters (#1: Andreas Horvath's Helmut Berger, Actor) and J. Hoberman (#1: Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin); interviews with legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, Kent Jones (Hitchcock/Truffaut), Andrew Haigh (45 Years) and Sofia Coppola (A Very Murray Christmas); Nathan Silver (Stinking Heaven) on Bertrand Bonello; Karina Longworth on Lana Turner; an upcoming masterclass in Cuba with Abbas Kiarostami, an audiovisual essay from Cristina Álvarez López on Luis Buñuel—and more. » - David Hudson
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Cummings Pt.3: Gender-Bending from Joan of Arc to Comic Farce, Liberal Supporter of Political Refugees

'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine. Constance Cummings on stage: From sex-change farce and Emma Bovary to Juliet and 'Saint Joan' (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Frank Capra, Mae West and Columbia Lawsuit.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), starring Cummings as a demimondaine who falls in love with a villainous character. She ends up killing him – or does she? Adapted from Bruno Frank's German-language original, Young Madame Conti was presented on both sides of the Atlantic; on Broadway, it had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre. Based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, the Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937) was staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The
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Raising Caine on TCM: From Smooth Gay Villain to Tough Guy in 'Best British Film Ever'

Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 films, ranging from unwatchable stuff like the Sylvester Stallone soccer flick Victory and Michael Ritchie's adventure flick The Island to Brian G. Hutton's X, Y and Zee, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Sleuth (a duel of wits and acting styles with Laurence Olivier), and Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men. (See TCM's Michael Caine movie schedule further below.) Throughout his long, long career, Caine has played heroes and villains and everything in between. Sometimes, in his worst vehicles, he has floundered along with everybody else. At other times, he was the best element in otherwise disappointing fare, e.g., Philip Kaufman's Quills.
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