September 2007

Get Shameless

Shameless If you have an appreciation for exploitation films, tomorrow may be your lucky day. Monday, 1st October sees the launch of Shameless Screen Entertainment, which promises to be a highly visible pulp-inspired in-your-face exploitation brand of discovery offering up carefully picked vile, evil, gore-soaked, demented, disturbing, deranged, naked flesh-filled, flesh-ripping, depraved, tormenting movies that will delight horror and exploitation fans.

The company has a growing vault of several hundred films and are promising to offer titles brought for the first time to UK DVD and in some cases films never before available on UK home video.

Given the current fad for remaking everything, its nice to see that there are still some people out there determined to show why there was such a fuss about these films in the first place.

The Oxford Murders: A poster is released

The Oxford Murders poster Álex de la Iglesia is one of the more interesting directors to come out of Spain in the past few decades. Films such as Acción Mutante, 800 Balas and Perdita Durango (which was the first Javier Bardem film I saw, back in 2000) have built small but very loyal followings.

Now he is moving on to bigger (and, we hope, better) things with The Oxford Murders which stars John Hurt and Elijah Wood as a professor and a graduate student trying to stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols.

The first poster for this film has surfaced and looks very striking indeed. Head over to Twitch to see a larger version.

Talk to James Gunn

The internet is a wonderful thing and one of the wonderful things I have been watching over the internet is the Filmnut online TV series.

It goes out every Wednesday at 8:00pm Pacific time (which is 5:00am on Thursday morning in Europe, or 4:00am in the UK), so normally I watch the recorded version the following day. However, this week I am planning to make an exception because the interviewee is the always reliable James Gunn - the man who scripted Tromeo and Juliet and went on to give us Scooby-Doo, Dawn of the Dead and Slither.

Filmnut already has a forum thread for questions or comments, which will also be used during the broadcast for audience questions. So the only thing left to decide is whether to stay up late or get up early.

Smoking is cool

I\'m Not There - final poster Maybe I missed a meeting here, but it seems that someone has decided that posters for music biopics have to be shot in black and white. First there was the poster for Control, which gives us a striking shot of Sam Riley in the lead role of Ian Curtis.

Next up is the poster for I’m Not There (via Cinematical), in which several actors take on the role of Bob Dylan. And, once again we have a single headshot - this time of Cate Blanchett, who is among the thesps who take on the lead role - in glorious monochrome.

The trailer looks good though.

Lordi, these floors are dark

Dark Floors poster Twitch (by way of the Star Wreck guys) have gotten hold of the first stills from Dark Floors, the Finnish horror film starring Finnish monsters of rock, Lordi.

Concerned for her autistic daughter’s health, the father sees a removal from the hospital by force as the only option. An elevator break-down prevents a smooth exit and renders them trapped with others. Yet the incident is only the beginning of a descent into nightmare. As the doors open the hospital appears mysteriously deserted. When mutilated bodies are found, creatures from a dark world start a frightening attack. It soon becomes clear that the survival of the group may rest solely on the little girl.

The creatures from a dark world are, not surprisingly, the band members in their usual stage make-up. No footage has been released as yet but, from the stills, its all looking remarkably positive.

Ox in the Lordi Movie Dark Floors

Click here to see the full set.

Benicio Del Toro as The Wolf Man

According to Solace in Cinema, the below picture is from a make-up test from Rick Baker for The Wolf Man, which stars Benicio Del Toro in the title role. But doesnt it look good.

Benicio Del Toro as the Wolf Man

And thats before the make-up was applied.

First Teaser for The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight The first trailer for The Dark Knight is online at Apple.

Theres no synopsis and the trailer doesnt tell you much, but Christopher Nolan is directing again and Christian Bale will be wearing the mask, so Ill be seeing it.

The shopacalypse is upon us!

What Would Jesus Buy? One of the (far too many) social networks that Ive signed up to in recent years is Withoutabox, which aims to bring together filmmakers, film festivals, film industry and film-loving audiences. And I do often see interesting sounding films being promoted on there.

Take What Would Jesus Buy?, for example, which will be screening at the SF DocFest between 28th September and 1st November.

Take heed brothers and sisters! The shopacalypse is upon us! America is fat with greed and addicted to shopping. Luckily, Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir are here to save our souls from overspending! In the weeks leading to Christmas, Reverend Billy and the Choir board a bus headed from advertising-thick Times Square through the heartland’s shopping malls to the commercial mecca—Disneyland. Part performance art, part spendthrift evangelism, they cross the US singing and preaching to spend gently. With the average American holding about $8,500 in credit card debt, his work is overdue. Reverend Billy is serious in his message. He doesn’t preach the impossible task of never buying again, but encourages us to be mindful of where our dollars go. We visit a Main Street men’s clothing store struggling for customers against the Wal-Mart up the road and a line of Christmas shoppers waiting to buy an Xbox 360 lest they feel the wrath of their consumption-addicted children. Billy and the choir go caroling to incite ‘change-a-lujah!’ along front porches in gated community and from church pulpits. They’re making trouble, evading Mall of America security, and just like the rest of us, they’re fighting the urge to buy for the sake of spending. By the time they get to Disneyland, you may find yourself converted, ready to buy American and swear-off big box stores in favor of your local merchants.

And, as is inevitable these days, Reverend Billy can be found on YouTube.

A message from one infidel to another

Pat Condell, a writer and comedian and the man behind the stand-up comedy show Faith, Hope and Sanity, has recorded a 9/11 Video response to Osama that is well worth watching.

Victim and villain

Sleuth (2007) poster This is good. Back in 1972, Michael Caine played Milo Tindle in Sleuth, a thriller in which Andrew Wyke (Laurence Olivier) invites his wifes lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

This year - inevitably enough - the film has been remade but this time around its Caines turn to play Andrew Wyke and its up to Jude Law to attempt to step into Caines shoes (again).

So, will Jude Law be remaking the remake in 2042?

In the meantime, check out the trailer for this years version of the film - it looks like it might be a remake worth seeing.