Midnight Movies 10/17-10/19 Include Psycho and Texas Chainsaw Massacre

After a break for New York Comic Con last week, midnight movie coverage is back and it’s filled to the brim with chainsaws, stabbings, and a whole lot of fake blood. This weekend features some of the most important and influential horror films of all time, so break out those night lights folks. [Read more...]

Midnight Movies 9/26-9/28 Include Escape from New York and You’re Next

The fall horror-binge has begun, and as usual Nitehawk has you covered with some great options. This weekend’s midnight movie is You’re Next, beginning their wonderful “Final Girl” film series.  You’re Next falls pretty squarely in the “fun horror” category, along with Scream and Cabin in the Woods, playing to horror tropes without sacrificing any of the actual creepiness.  The all-white animal masks the killers wear became instantly iconic, and the “Final Girl” in this one is anything but helpless. This one makes for a perfect midnight movie. If going at midnight just isn’t your thing, Nitehawk’s brunch movie is 1963’s classic horror movie The Haunting (so not the one with Owen Wilson), and they’re presenting it in 35 mm. [Read more...]

Midnight Movie Screenings 9/19-9/21 Include Heavenly Creatures and Harold and Kumar

Alright boys and girls, it’s midnight movie time and things are about to get weird.  As usual, this weekend brings you everything including cult comedies, bizarrely violent films, and the most ‘90s movie ever made. Let’s start with the pleasant though, shall we? [Read more...]

Fraud or philanthropy? Art and Craft film review

Fraud, it seems, without any monetary benefit to the forger, is not a crime. And this is known best by Mark Landis, who has duped some of the most prestigious art museums in the country with his copycat pieces for more than 30 years. The new documentary Art and Craft, opening this Friday, peers into the life of Mark Landis and follows him as he deceives museum registrars and aggravates the one man always on this case, former registrar Matt Leininger. [Read more...]

Midnight Movies 9/12-9/14 Include The Crow and Taxi Driver

You talkin’ to me? Well I’m the only one here… so yeah then I guess you must be. Well it’s supposed to rain this weekend, so it’s a good time to get the movies! But hey, it can’t rain all the time, so be quick like a bunny and get through the maze by midnight to check out these late night screenings. (See what I did there?)

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Two Brooklyn film makers head to Marfa

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Local filmmakers Émilie Richard-Froozan and Rémy Bennett are currently premiering Buttercup Bill at the Marfa Film Festival and my bet is it will be the talk of Texas. This is not a chill-for-90-minutes-with-some-extra-butter-popcorn kind of movie. This film is an utter mind trip the whole way through and lingers in your thoughts for days. I won’t give away too much of the plot, but it centers on two lifelong friends, Pernilla and Patrick, as they meet up in the South after years apart, drawn together following the death of someone close to them. The film peers into their love for each other and the secrets of their past. Bennett wrote and stars in the film, and her performance is mesmerizing.This is the first full-length feature produced by Blonde to Black Pictures, owned by Emma Comley & Sadie Frost. The film constantly keeps you in suspense- guessing about Pernilla and Patrick’s relationship, about the choices they’ve made and the skeletons that might still be hiding in the closet.

I had a chance to catch up with Émilie before they hit the road: [Read more...]

Takashi Murakami coming to Film Society to introduce his new film

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Forget Godzilla. Japan’s popular visual artist, Takashi Murakami, has taken a break from his usual gig to make what looks like a much more interesting film. It’s called “Jellyfish Eyes,” and though its intended audience is children, it still looks pretty impressive.

“Jellyfish Eyes” is engrossing on many levels, one of which is an ambience that recalls Japanese kaijū (monster) movies from the 1950s. Some of the Friends could have been inspired by Godzilla or Mothra — only scaled down and child-friendly. But the queasy anxiety that fueled those old movies is duplicated in the film mainly because this country is currently revisiting the fears that existed in the age of kaijyū : mistrust of government, radiation, pollution and isolation. According to Murakami, made-in-Japan monster movies are emblematic of a larger anxiety.

Best of all, he’ll be on hand June 1 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center to discuss it. Check out the trailer below [via]

Jim Jarmusch vampire movie trailer: ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

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The Times has a piece on Jarmusch today. We’re looking forward to Only Lovers Left Alive which is out April 11. Film Society of Lincoln Center is currently doing a retrospective of his work.

[Jarmusch] hasn’t seen “Twilight” or “True Blood” or read Anne Rice, but can recount the origin of one of the first English vampire stories, which dates to around 1816. His film, opening April 11, stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as Adam and Eve, an ur-cool bloodsucking couple whose love spans centuries and continents — he lives in crumbling Detroit; she in seedy, tangled Tangier. They’re united as much by their creative and literary appetites — he’s a musician, she’s a reader — as by their darker urges. In some ways, Mr. Jarmusch said, it’s quite a personal film…

Hemmed in by financing, “Only Lovers Left Alive” is the first movie he’s shot digitally, a concession (he prefers film) but one he eventually liked. “The things I hate about digital are daylight depths of field and skin tones,” he said, neither of which were a problem in a movie about extra-pale creatures who wither in sun. After a long hiatus, he also started playing guitar again, because music making is more immediate than film, and also because he started to wonder, “Why don’t I use my left hand for anything?”

“I had this period where I would try shaving or brushing my teeth with my left hand,” he said. “It’s like, what the hell, it’s got to have something in your brain that helps it. So then I thought: O.K., I’ll pick up the guitar again. You use both hands.”

And a few words from Tom Waits: [Read more...]