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Drive-In Dust Offs: Of Unknown Origin (1983)

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Man versus Nature, Man versus Beast, Man versus Food; all mythical in status to varying degrees and most represented on the silver screen. Of Unknown Origin (1983) tackles the middle myth with a tongue firmly planted in its giant rat infested cheek and is an obsessive tour through a domestic hellscape.

Released in November by Warner Brothers, and produced in conjunction with some of that glorious Canadian tax shelter money (you’re welcome, eh), Of Unknown Origin only made back a quarter of its $4 million budget. It didn’t wow the critics either, although Peter Weller (Robocop) was singled out for his wry performance as the put upon vermin victim.

Bart Hughes (Weller) has it all; the perfect wife (Shannon Tweed, in her feature film debut) and son, a high paying job, and a beautiful brownstone in New York. (Read: Montreal. Tax coin. Beauty.) Wife and child head off for a
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The undersea horror movies of the late 1980s

Ryan Lambie Jun 2, 2017

Inspired by James Cameron's The Abyss, the late 80s brought with it a wave of brilliantly cheesy undersea horrors, Ryan writes...

Hollywood studios occasionally have an uncanny knack of announcing almost identical film projects at the same time. In the 1980s, we had rival police dog movies K-9 and Turner And Hooch. The 90s saw the release of rival eruption movies (Dante's Peak and Volcano), opposing killer space rock pictures (Deep Impact and Armageddon) and duelling insect comedies (Antz and A Bug's Life). We provided a detailed run-down on these rival movies back in 2015.

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Around the year 1989, meanwhile, film producers briefly fell in love with a curiously specific genre: undersea sci-fi horror. Between January 1989 and the spring of 1990, no fewer than five films all came out with a similar theme - DeepStar Six was first, followed by Leviathan, Lords Of The Deep,
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Europe Is King in Best Foreign-Language Film Category — How Does the Rest of the World Stack Up?

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By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The greatest thing about the best foreign-language film category is the recognition of works from all around the world. Throughout the years, movies made outside the United States of America have gotten the recognition they deserve thanks to the implementation of this specific award. With the 2017 Oscars right around the corner, let’s take a look back at the distribution of nominations and wins across the seven continents that make up this big world we inhabit.

This year’s best foreign-language film contenders are: Toni Erdmann (Germany), The Salesman (Iran), Land of Mine (Denmark), A Man Called Ove (Sweden), Paradise (Russia), The King’s Choice (Norway), My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland), It’s Only the End of the World (Canada), and Tanna (Australia). This site’s namesake, The Hollywood’s Scott Feinberg, lists the first five of those as frontrunners and the other four as major threats.
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

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From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.

Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.

From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...

25. An Innocent Man

Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller,
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Watch Seven Oscar-Shortlisted Foreign Filmmakers In Conversation (Video)

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

More than 6,000 languages are spoken somewhere in the world today, but for 90 minutes at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 4, the filmmakers behind seven of the nine countries that have landed spots on the best foreign language film Oscar shortlist — from which five Oscar nominees were chosen last weekend and will be announced to the public on Jan. 15 — were all speaking the same one: movies.

Joining me for the first annual “Oscar-Shortlisted Foreign Filmmakers in Conversation” panel were Alberto Arvelo for Venezuela’s The Liberator (Cohen Media Group); Paula van der Oest for the Netherlands’ Accused (still seeking U.S. distribution); George Ovashvili for Georgia’s Corn Island (still seeking U.S. distribution); Abderrahmane Sissako for Mauritania’s Timbuktu (Cohen Media Group); Damian Szifron for Argentina’s Wild Tales (Sony Pictures Classics); Zaza Urushadze for Estonia’s Tangerines (still seeking U.S.
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Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter) tops all Experts predicting Golden Globe film winners

Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter tops all film Experts in predicting the 2014 Golden Globe winners announced Sunday. He was best among 22 Experts that we polled by scoring an outstanding 79% correct regarding the film champs. -Break- To see how all users fared, click here. Related: Complete list of 2014 Golden Globe winners Globe voters followed several of the precursors with wins for "Boyhood," Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood"), and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"). But some picks were difficult, including several by Feinberg who predicted "The Theory of Everything" for Best Score, "Birdman" for Best Screenplay, and "Leviathan" for Best Foreign Language Film. After Feinberg, Gold Derby's own Tom O'Neil was in second place with 72% accuracy. We then have a four-...
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Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2014

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

With just hours remaining in 2014, I wanted to document for myself — and share with you — the films that I enjoyed the most this year. I have seen hundreds of titles — on the big screen and on screeners, at festivals and at multiplexes — among them all of the top Oscar contenders, up to and including every film on the documentary and foreign language film shortlists. In other words, I have done my best to be well-versed in what’s out there — but, needless to say, no list of this sort is anything but a subjective exercise for anyone.

It pains me that I do not have room to acknowledge, on the list itself, more of 2014’s extraordinary films (i.e. the 12-year project Boyhood, the acting showcases Birdman and The Imitation Game, the timely Selma and films both profound and moving, such as Citizenfour, Finding Vivian Maier and Leviathan,
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Foreign Oscar Shortlist: Great Choices — and Horrible Headscratchers, as Usual (Analysis)

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

On Friday morning, the Academy released its foreign-language committee’s shortlist of nine films — selected from a record 83 submissions this year — from which the five nominees for the best foreign-language film Oscar will soon be chosen.

For the most part, the list is pretty unobjectionable. It includes several big critical darlings, led by Poland’s black-and-white post-Holocaust drama Ida, Russia’s stark and unusual Leviathan, Sweden’s haunting character study Force Majeure and Argentina’s hilarious sextet of shorts Wild Tales. It has a few true-life stories that could prove engrossing and appealing to a wide cross-section of people: the Netherlands’ The Accused and Venezuela’s The Liberator. And it includes works from several countries that have not frequently, if ever, been recognized, effectively putting them on the map: Mauritania’s Timbuktu (the nation’s first film ever submitted), Estonia’s Tangerines (the nation
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Daily | Sight & Sound’s Best of 2014 Poll

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Richard Linklater's Boyhood tops Sight & Sound's poll of "112 of our international contributors and colleagues." Also making the cut are Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage, Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan, Pedro Costa's Horse Money, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep, Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's The Tribe, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, Lisandro Alonso's Jauja, Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner, Frederick Wiseman's National Gallery, Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, Peter Strickland's The Duke of Burgundy, Laura Poitras's Citizenfour, Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence and more—twenty in all. » - David Hudson
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Daily | European Film Awards 2014 | Nominations

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The nominations for the 2014 European Film Awards—and six winners—have been announced. Nominated for European Film 2014 are Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure (Turist), Paweł Pawlikowski's Ida, Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan (Levifan), Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac Director's Cut: Volume I & II and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep (Kis uykusu). Nominated for European Comedy 2014 are Paco León's Carmina & Amen (Carmina y Amén), Roger Michell's Le Week-End and Pierfrancesco Diliberto's The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate). We've got the full list. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan

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We posted a first round of reviews of Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan (Leviafan) when it premiered in Cannes and went on to win the best screenplay award. Now that Russia's horse in the foreign language Oscar race is opening in the UK, it's high time for a second round. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw: "Zvyagintsev combines an Old Testament fable with something like Andrei Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice; it also has something of Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront or Robert Rossen’s municipal graft classic All the King’s Men…. Stunningly shot and superbly acted, this is filmmaking on a grand scale." We've got more reviews, the trailer and a clip. » - David Hudson
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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries

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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries
Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.

Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:

Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Yimou Zhang’s Coming Home (Gui lai); China, 2014; Cinematographer: Zhao Xiaoding

Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer; UK, 2014; Cinematographer: Carlos Catalán Alucha

Lech J. Majewski’s Field of Dogs - Onirica (Onirica - Psie pole); Poland, 2014; Cinematographers: Paweł Tybora and Lech J. Majewski

Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body (Obce cialo); Poland, Italy, Russia, 2014; Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski

David Ayer’s Fury; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov

Tate Taylor’s Get on Up; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Stephen Goldblatt

Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer:
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Oscars: Stunning Number of Foreign-Language Submissions Debuted in Cannes

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

The deadline for countries around the world to notify the Academy of their submission for this year’s best foreign language film Oscar race arrived on Wednesday. While some of those decisions have not yet been shared with the public — for instance, people are still anxiously waiting to learn what China entered — more than 60 have been. And looking over that list, one thing became strikingly clear: May’s Cannes Film Festival, which did not produce an awful lot of narrative Oscar contenders this year — really just Foxcatcher, Mr. Turner and The Homesman — did produce a stunning and possibly unprecedented number of foreign-language Oscar contenders.

Indeed, of the 38 films that screened on the Croisette in competition or as part of the Un Certain Regard section, many of which weren’t even in a language other than English, nine — Argentina’s Wild Tales, Belgium’s Two Days,
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The Hype Cycle Week 4: Oscar Season Gets Ugly

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It’s only just October and already the Oscar season has grown ugly. And it’s not even the contenders battling for rank.

The heat is coming from the pundits themselves, who have already grown weary of some of their colleagues’ Bs and perpetual trumpeting. In Mark Harris’s brilliant first post about the Oscar race so far, he goes as far as to say that in “the real world”, there isn’t even a race yet. He tears apart the notions of rules, statistics and trends confirming nominees, and he laughs at the idea that each month or week there’s a new movie that changes everything about the race.

But there is excitement in the real world. This weekend Gone Girl is opening to raves and three of the most anticipated movies of the year in Inherent Vice, Interstellar and Exodus: Gods and Kings, got trailers. All of
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Double Review: Deadly Eyes & Leviathan (Blu-ray)

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Scream Factory recently gifted us genre fans a double dose of creature feature terrors with their Blu-ray releases of the killer rat flick Deadly Eyes and George P. Cosmatos’ hugely underrated deep sea horror film Leviathan. While both films aren’t necessarily well-known amongst more casual fans, it’s great to see Scream put such great effort into their presentations for each of these cult classics.

For those who haven’t seen it before, Deadly Eyes (or Rats)is a rather ridiculous (but wonderfully so) early ‘80s nature-run-amok story that plays up the concerns and dangers of modern urban society by way of roided-out killer rat infestations that have a penchant for human flesh. The film takes its premise very seriously, but it’s the use of Daschunds in rat costumes that has given Deadly Eyes something of an unintentional comedic spin, making for a rather uneven horror film.

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New on Blu-ray and DVD: The Sacrament! The Quiet Ones! & More!

For a brief period in the late 80s, we got a ton of great underwater genre films including George P. Cosmatos', mostly forgotten, Leviathan. When I was a kid, Leviathan was pretty interchangeable with Deep Star Six which came out the same year and had equally striking box art.

But Leviathan stands out as the better film in a number of important ways. First, the cast is uniformly strong. It includes Peter Weller and Ernie Hudson. Secondly, it was written by David Webb Peoples [Continued ...]
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August 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Only Lovers Left Alive, Leviathan, The Sacrament

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For the third week of August, there are a handful of great horror and sci-fi titles being released this week on DVD and Blu-ray including Jim Jarmusch’s stunning vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive, Ti West’s The Sacrament, Scream Factory’s high definition release of Leviathan and much more.

Spotlight Titles:

Only Lovers Left Alive (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts.
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New on DVD Blu-ray: 'Only Lovers Left Alive,' 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"Only Lovers Left Alive"

What's It About? Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston star as gorgeous, globe-trotting vampire lovers in this delectable treat from writer/director Jim Jarmusch

Why We're In: As Adam and Eve, Hiddles is the mopey yin to Swinton's yang. The costumes and production design are to die (or live forever) for. John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, and Jeffrey Wright shine in smaller roles. In a word, it's gorgeous.

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- moviefone (@moviefone) August 17, 2014

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week

"Y Tu Mama También (Criterion)"

What's It About? Alfonso Cuarón's road trip romance features star-making performances by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, who play two young dudes who both become infatuated with an older woman. Beautiful, sexy, and sad.

Why We're In: Now when
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Stan Winston Week: A Letter from Matt Winston & Details on the Stan Winston School of Character Arts

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Even though we lost the legendary Stan Winston over six years ago now, his legacy and passion for the visual arts still lives on through the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, which provides educational resources and tools for aspiring make-up effects artists everywhere.

Stan’s son, Matt Winston, practically grew up in Stan Winston Studios and continues to preserve the vision his father had for the industry and for the incredible work that special effects artists do each and every day. As we wrap up Daily Dead’s first-ever Stan Winston Week celebration, I thought there couldn’t be a better person to discuss how Stan’s vision continues to live on through educating aspiring f/x technicians and artists than Matt, who graciously provided us with a wonderful letter for Daily Dead readers and those interested in the Stan Winston School of Character Arts:

“Whenever anyone asked dad to name his favorite creation,
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Stan Winston Week: Celebrating Stan Winston’s Legacy with Steve Miner, Howard Berger and Tom Woodruff Jr.

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When I first started working on the Stan Winston Week series, the only real hopes I had were that I would be able to get a few cool interviews with some hugely talented folks for our readers to enjoy and put together a series that was worthy of Winston and his legendary talent and vision. What I didn’t expect was that, throughout the interview process, I’d be privy to so many incredibly touching and personal stories about Winston and how even the littlest things that he did in his career ended up having a huge impact on the special effects industry.

For award-winning special effects artist Howard Berger, the influence Stan would have over his life and career, began at a very early age. “I first met Stan when I was 12-years-old. I was living up in Northridge at the time and I was only about three miles
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