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Calum Waddell – Parasite Memories: The Making of ‘Shivers’ (2014)

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Barbara Steele and others share anecdotes including how Cronenberg slapped an actress (at her own request) to help her cry, how makeup artist Joe Blasco invented the bladder effect and what Steele’s singular regret is about her kissing scene with another actress. This is an enjoyable look back at the making of a messed up movie. Ivan Reitman makes an appearance too discussing his role as producer on the film. Read More »

    Joe Massot – Wonderwall (1968)

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    An eccentric, lovable scientist falls in love with the girl next door – in an unusual way. Set in 1960’s London (aka Swinging London), WONDERWALL tells the story of a reclusive professor who becomes obsessed with a stunning model called Penny Lane. A psychedelic fantasy steeped in voyeurism, this film features a musical score by George Harrison with musical contributions from Eric Clapton and Ravi Shankar. Read More »

      Joanna Hogg – Exhibition (2013)

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      Joanna Hogg (Unrelated, Archipelago) brings her distinctly minimalist brand of comedy into the ultra-modernist home of artists D and H. This troubled but brave-faced couple have decided to sell their much-loved apartment, but as the sale begins to inch ever closer to reality, submerged anxieties, resentments and second-thoughts spring to the surface.
      Starring Viv Albertine, guitarist of influential punk group The Slits, and Turner-prize-nominated artist Liam Gillick, Exhibition is as sleekly designed and uncompromisingly arch as the house itself – the film’s commanding central character. It’s also a deftly observed comment on the uncontrollable property obsession that characterises modern Britain. Read More »

        Cosmotropia de Xam – Malacreanza: From The Diary Of A Broken Doll (2014)

        Cosmotropia de Xam is back with more “arthouse horror” with his latest feature, MALACREANZA: FROM THE DIARY OF A BROKEN DOLL.

        JASON COFFMAN wrote:

        This film, his follow-up to DIABOLIQUE, is touted as both “arthouse horror” and “experimental giallo,” and while it is similar in tone to DIABOLIQUE, it is even further removed from standard narrative than that film. MALACREANZA only features one actor on screen during its entire running time, and features imagery more traditionally associated with experimental film than narrative features.

        Anna (Shivabel) wakes up, nude, near what appears to be an abandoned factory. She wanders around and hears voices that seem to control her. These voices are the only other presences in the film—other than Anna, no actors appear on-screen. The voices taunt and command, as Anna wanders from one bizarre nightmare world to the next, similarly to how the characters in DIABOLIQUE would float from one place to another, but even more abstract in both its narrative structure and visual style. Read More »

          Don Levy – Herostratus (1967) (HD)

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          In British director Don Levy’s Herostratus, a young poet, Max (Michael Gothard, The Devils), decides to commit suicide in public as a form of protest. He hires a prestigious marketing company to capture the event and promote it to the masses. As preparations begin, however, Max realizes that his plan might be flawed – he doubts that the company would cover the event as he wishes. With only a few days left, the young rebel is faced with an impossible dilemma – finish what he has started, or abandon his plan and run away.

          Herostratus reminded me about two very powerful films: Marco Bellocchio’s Fists in the Pocket (1965) and Bernardo Bertolucci’s Partner (1968). In the former, a young epileptic (Lou Castel), frustrated with the world around him, goes on a family killing spree. In the latter – a film loosely based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s work The Double – a passionate revolutionary’s (Pier Clementi) plan to commit suicide issuddenly thrown into turmoil when a mysterious double appears. Read More »

            David Thompson – Arena: Nicolas Roeg – It’s About Time (2015)

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            The first major profile of the great British film director Nicolas Roeg, examining his very personal vision of cinema as in such films as Don’t Look Now, Performance, Walkabout and The Man Who Fell to Earth. Roeg reflects on his career, which began as a leading cinematographer, and on the themes that have obsessed him, such as our perception of time and the difficulty of human relationships. With contributions from key collaborators, including Julie Christie, Jenny Agutter and Theresa Russell, and directors he has inspired such as Danny Boyle, Mike Figgis, Bernard Rose and Ben Wheatley. Read More »

              BBC – Human, All Too Human: Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre (1999)

              BBC documentaries on 3 existentialist philosophers – Neitzsche, Heidegger and Satre. The rip quality is not great, but highly watchable and the standard of the documentaries is top notch featuring a number of highly respected academics plus Will Self. Read More »