The offbeat comedy and signature film-making style of the Cohen Brothers have created a number of well known films and cult classics over the years. Exploring the work and films that have met with the greatest commercial success can provide you with the chance to discover any gems that you may have overlooked during their initial release. Whether you are seeking to find the perfect film for your next screening or the titles that will allow you to create a more diverse and enjoyable film collection, overlooking the work of (more…)
Horror cinema has attempted to shock and chill its viewers since the gothic inspired Universal Monster pictures. Over time, it has gone through numerous transitions. Each period reflects the cultural advances and challenges faced in any given period. One of the best ways to consider a cultureâ€™s values, ideals, and aspirations is by considering its fears. The film â€œTorture Roomâ€ is one example of the way horror cinema can consider our cultureâ€™s nightmares and transform our sensibilities.
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Watch At Your Own Risk: August Underground’s “Mordum”
August Underground’s “Mordum” is the sequel to 2001′s August Underground. Toetag pictures brings you another installment in the underground of disturbing shock and special effects motion pictures making. The movie deals with themes of incest, sadomasochism, depravity, self-mutilation, latent homosexuality, castration, masturbation and other similar themes. It is a film not for the light hearted. If you like you daily dose (or monthly dose!) of profanity, this will be your choice film. In fact the “F” bomb is dropped (more…)
Me and You and Everyone We Know
This quirky film is driven by several subplots rather that come together in the end. The story follows the life of Richard and his two sons and the people they encounter after moving into a new apartment because his wife has thrown them out.
This Quebecois film is a coming of age story about a young gay boy. The film follows him and his family as he comes to terms with his homosexuality. The film takes place in (more…)
Many independent comedies get missed in the flow of Hollywood blockbusters. Here are five films that any comedy fan should not miss!
Kevin Smith’s humorous day-in-the-life look at a convenience store clerk and his buddy working next door at a video store morphs into a commentary on the everyday angst of modern life.
This black comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater takes a quirky look at the alienation felt by many teenagers and the damage it can cause while managing to bring out the humor in unexpected places.
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Independent horror films are among the best because the directors aren’t tied to any studio politics, and so they can put as much shock and, let’s be real, gore into their movies that they want. Here are five movies made independently that are guaranteed to scare the pants off you.
- Donnie Darko (2001)
A teen is told of the world’s impending doom by a hallucinatory vision of a man dressed in a rabbit costume. Need I say more?
- The Terminator (1984)
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The Tribeca Film Festival is world renowned for its indie films and searing stars and the 2011 edition was no exception. If you’re lucky you can catch special features and some of the festival’s best films through providers and websites like www.directstartv.com but if not, here’s a list of our favorite documentaries from Tribeca we think you should seek out:
The Bully Project (USA)- This doc (more…)
While horror comedies are relatively common, true science-fiction and comedy blends are much rarer. Perhaps that’s because they’re so much more difficult to do right, requiring the audience to both buy the film’s context and have time to get the jokes. With the upcoming sci-fi film Paul (featuring the actors from horror comedy Shaun of the Dead) set to be released next year, we take a look back at what’s come before.5. Spaceballs: Young Frankenstein director Mel Brooks also took a shot at sci-fi, particularly Star Wars, and while it’s not up to the same level of quality, watching Rick Moranis as a weaselly Darth Vader pastiche is always delightful. The film also takes potshots of the postmodern variety, often referencing its own role as a movie for more laughs. (more…)
British comedians Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have carved out a distinctive spot for themselves in the realm of cinema. The savvy duo has become known for clever genre films which lovingly spoof conventions while still delivering the thrills that audiences love. In 2004′s Shaun of the Dead, the duo channeled zombie films such as those by George A. Romero and combined them with romantic comedy. In 2007, the duo took on buddy cop/action films with Hot Fuzz. Now, the team is set to do the same to the world of sci-fi cinema with the upcoming film Paul.Written by Pegg and Frost and directed by Greg Mottola (Adventureland, Superbad), the film follows two sci-fi aficionados who take a road trip across America to historic UFO sites. At the infamous Area 51, though, they pick up an expected companion: the alien Paul (Seth Rogen), who stows away on their RV. This turn of events puts the duo in conflict with insidious government agents as Paul attempts to return to his ship, which he’s been separated from for over half a century. (more…)
The straight-to-video horror movie market is saturated with nameless actors who could have gone nowhere. The same fate could have awaited the group of college friends behind the 1981 horror film, The Evil Dead. However, as genre fans know, the exact opposite was the case. Star Bruce Campbell, along with director Sam Raimi, started a career that would lead to many more collaborations, much more acclaim, and more fake blood than anyone could have imagined.Bruce Campbell was born in 1958 in Royal Oak, Michigan, and met Raimi in a drama course in high school. They released the original Evil Dead independently in 1981, and while Stephen King was a fan, the rest of the world failed to take note. Luckily, the boys didn’t give up, and went on to remake the film as Evil Dead 2 in 1987. Here, Campbell embraced his love of comedy and satire, and turned the straight-forward horror of the original into something no one could have expected. (more…)