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Around 10 years ago, the movie industry cottoned on to a handy commercial use for this massive, messy but powerful thing they called The Internets: viral marketing. They realised that by harnessing the power of Google, the Blogosphere and, er, the Forumverse, anyone could successfully market a movie by spending next to nothing. Fake websites, videos, pictures, teasy snippets of information let loose in webspace created instant chatter and pre-release buzz.
Kallow is a web-based consumer suggestion service. Think of Kallow as a simplified Consumer Reports. They take enormous tasks like shopping for a new HDTV and reduce it down to the best value. From the about section on their site: We love technology, we love reading about it, we love playing with new toys, we love debating which new LCD is the best.
For movies by, about, or for women, filmgoers at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival had no scarcity of options. Among the women filmmakers presented at Tribeca 2009, two first feature directors debuted with stories about their own mothers, while another made a documentary and put her life in danger in the process, and a famous actress stepped behind the camera to continue the legacy of another female director. And, that’s just pointing to examples from among the filmmakers I interviewed during the 10-day festival. Among 84 features screening during the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, 23 were directed by women.
by Nick Schager on May 3, 2009 Jump to Comments (4) or Add Your Own Yet another of this year's homage-facsimiles, The House of the Devil forgoes campy self-awareness in favor of reverential faithfulness—and in doing so, implicitly critiques contemporary horror cinema. With its cinematography combining unadorned realism and angular expressionism, and its title sequence emblazoned with yellow title cards and marked by synth music, freeze frames, and sudden zooms, Ti West's latest mimics '80s horror flicks with a straight face. Its rhythms, dialogue, and period detail are so finely attuned to the style of its chosen era that, were it not for a technical dexterity generally absent from its predecessors, the film might pass as an exhumed relic.
The House of the Devil may be a catchier, more horror-ific title, but really this little creepfest-that-could should've been called The Babysitter . That sounds generic, but considering how the events of the film's story unfold, it would be oh so appropriate. We don't want to give anything more away in that regard, though, so let's get down to it. Written, directed, and edited by Ti West, this movie is an old-school tension builder, slowly ratcheting up the anxieties of the audience who, of course, is fully aware that something bad is going to happen to lead character Samantha (Jocelin Donahue).
Cast: Jocelin Donahue as Samantha Tom Noonan as Mr. Ulman Mary Woronov as Mrs. Ulman Greta Gerwig as Megan A.J. Bowen as Victor Ulman Directed by Ti West Review: