‘Hounds of Love’ Is One of the Most Disturbing Movies of the Year. The 82 rarely seen films Jonathan Demme wanted you to see. Jonathan Demme, who died last week at the age of 73, will be widely remembered as an all-time great filmmaker and human being.
But there was another role Demme played that few outside of New York were able to witness: Demme, the filmgoer and film curator. In 2006, Demme joined the board of directors at the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), in Pleasantville, New York, and began curating a series called “Rarely Seen Cinema.” Over the course of the next 10 years, he would screen as many as 82 films in the series. The list of films he screened (found below) is as eclectic as his filmography. It includes foreign films, documentaries and performance films, old screwball comedies, horror and sci-fi flicks, even a few films that were pretty widely seen.
Revisiting Douglas Sirk’s A Time to Love and a Time to Die. The Russian Front, 1944.
A group of German soldiers happen upon a corpse encased in snow, apparent only by a frostbitten hand reaching towards them from the ground. “Looks like spring is coming,” one of the soldiers remarks. No link to the Bard … but this Lady Macbeth is just as deadly. When cinema audiences meet Florence Pugh’s striking Lady Macbeth later this week they won’t get what they expect.
For a start, this is not that Lady Macbeth. Pugh, 21, has not been cast as the Shakespearean villain who urges her husband to further her ambitions by killing a Scottish king. Instead, the acclaimed rising star from Oxfordshire plays the lead in a British retelling of a lurid Russian story from 1865 about a discontented, and ultimately violent, young bride. Berlin Syndrome review – unfortunate narrative slumps mar an ambitious thriller. If Last Tango in Paris, American Pie and the pastrami sandwich episode of Seinfeld didn’t do enough to warn us about the dangers of food-related eroticism, along comes the Australian director Cate Shortland’s psycho-sexual thriller Berlin Syndrome.
Mulholland Drive review – David Lynch's delirious masterpiece still stands tall. After 16 years, David Lynch’s macabre mystery still exists in its own eerily timeless modernity: it just hasn’t aged a day, despite or because of its ambiguous status as period piece in an era of landlines and payphones (mobile phones existed when this film was made and it is supposed to be set in the present day, but could as easily be set in the 1940s).
Mulholland Drive is as brilliant and disquieting as anything Lynch has ever done. It is psychotically lucid, oppressively strange, but with a powerfully erotic and humanly intimate dimension that Lynch never quite achieved elsewhere. It is a fantasia of illusion and identity; a meditation on the mystery of casting in art as in life: the vital importance of finding the right role. Stanley Kubrick’s last-minute alteration to the end of ‘The Shining’ Stanley Kubrick’s 1979 movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining continues to exert unusual power over audiences, as seen in many ways, most notably the appearance of a film several years ago named Room 237 dedicated to elaborate fan notions of the movie that strayed well into conspiracy theory terrain.
Many have called attention to Kubrick’s mastery over “the uncanny” to explain the movie’s grip on us. Narrative elements (as well as geography and architecture) don’t add up, there is an excess of production skill over narrow plot points as Kubrick allowed horror tropes free rein. Mulholland Drive: David Lynch’s masterpiece is a wide-open work of art. We’ve had ups and downs over the years, David Lynch and I.
I first encountered him in 1981, the pre-VCR age, when moviegoing could still be a real adventure. I was a teenage movie nut with a new driver’s licence, and my first solo motoring venture was to see Eraserhead at a midnight screening in Baltimore, 50 miles away. Stumbling out in the early hours, I felt like I’d just looked inside the Big Wotsit from Kiss Me Deadly: my mind had been cosmically scoured. I bought an Eraserhead T-shirt that week, and didn’t take it off for four years. Colossal Review — Anne Hathaway in Monster Movie Colossal. The latest sci-fi curiosity from Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), is a freak hybrid of kaiju classics, Pacific Rim, alcoholism dramas, hangout comedies, and female-empowerment films.
There won't be another movie like Colossal (opening April 7) this year, and even when it doesn't entirely work, its sheer unpredictability makes it worth a watch. Anne Hathaway stars as Gloria, a New York journalist who's been unemployed for more than a year, and we quickly figure out why. To put it politely, she's an irresponsible, immature mess. After she's dumped by her boyfriend (Dan Stevens), Gloria decides to return to her childhood home upstate to plan her next move. Soon, she runs into Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), a former classmate who never left their small town. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Then disaster strikes, an enormous Godzilla-like monster begins terrorizing the city of Seoul, South Korea, gripping the world with news reports of destruction and chaos.
Antibirth star Natasha Lyonne: ‘Isn’t everyone entitled to an existential breakdown?’ If you’re going to watch anyone stumbling around a dump of a trailer while in the throes of a pus-oozing freak alien pregnancy, let it be Natasha Lyonne.
In body-horror movie Antibirth, Lyonne is Lou, a wisecracking wastoid in ripped-up fishnets and shorts, living in her dead dad’s trailer, with Chloë Sevigny as her hard-partying sidekick. What’s wrong with her is unclear. Is she the subject of a government conspiracy, the victim of a blackmarket opioid gone wrong or simply the uterine host for a full-blown alien takeover? Who knows, in this big, trippy mess of a movie. But Lyonne, belly grossly distended with alien progeny ... well, she carries it. The Neon Demon review – beauty as the beast. “Am I staring…?”
This neon-noir fantasia from Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director of Drive, Bronson and the Pusher trilogy, is a modern fairytale of beauty as a beast, a horror-inflected, high-fashion fable replete with wicked witches and big bad wolves ready to devour a flaxen-haired youth in the wild woods of Los Angeles. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson - Wikipedia. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Russian: Приключения Шерлока Холмса и доктора Ватсона) is a series of Soviet television films portraying Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional English detective, starting in 1979. Philosophical themes of the movie The Matrix. Please Subscribe to 3QD If you would like to make a one time donation in any amount, please do so by clicking the "Pay Now" button below. You may use any credit or debit card and do NOT need to join Paypal. The editors of 3QD put in hundreds of hours of effort each month into finding the daily links and poem as well as putting out the Monday Magazine and doing all the behind-the-scenes work which goes into running the site.
If you value what we do, please help us to pay our editors very modest salaries for their time and cover our other costs by subscribing above. We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our loyal readers. 3QD on Facebook. Please Stop Turning Our Favorite Animated Movies Into Bloated Live-Action Films. The urge to make a film like Beauty and the Beast—which takes the original, updates it a bit, but sticks to it pretty slavishly—signals a kind of disrespect for animation. There's an implication in the effort that while the animated film might be great, what it could really use is a dose of reality. Animated films are a trifle; live-action films are real films. To remake Beauty and the Beast in live-action confers onto it a dignity usually reserved for films with real photographed actors and photoreal visual effects. The 10 greatest second world war films you haven't seen. No recent historical cataclysm has eclipsed the magnitude of the second world war.
And thank God for that: the war was horrible! Its aftershocks are still felt in many current conflicts. The war touched every life differently, so it’s no wonder authors and film-makers keep returning to it, finding new stories to tell. Ghost in the Shell review – Scarlett Johansson remake lacks mystery. In all her un-nippled robotic nudity, Scarlett Johansson swoops down from a high building, ready to do cyberbattle with hackers, criminals, terrorists and the concept of human identity itself. Here is the top-dollar adaptation of the Masamune Shirow manga serial and the resulting 1995 anime gem by Mamoru Oshii.It has been standardised and westernised with hardly any actual Japanese characters left in it, and effectively reimagined as a superhero origin myth, with tropes derived from the existing templates laid down by Metropolis, Robocop, Blade Runner and Total Recall. The film incidentally makes some play with rudimentary Hawking-style robot voices.
There are some stately cameos from Juliette Binoche and Takeshi Kitano. The setting as before is an Asian megacity where cyber technology has made it possible for human consciousness to link directly into a mainframe, and which therefore makes hacking – the theft of data or capital – the key contemporary crime. 10 Invasive Facts About ‘Mars Attacks!’ Log In - New York Times. Pregnant, alone and completely out of her mind: An unlikely serial killer and a pitch-black British comedy. As Ruth, the protagonist of Alice Lowe’s minimalist, grotesque horror-comedy “Prevenge,” tells herself in one scene, it was totally unnecessary to kill one of the people she has just killed. By all appearances he was a kind and lovely man; he had offered to make her dinner, empathized with her difficult personal situation and persuaded her to eat an anchovy.
Indeed there had been an immediate connection between them, which is remarkable considering that Ruth is about eight months pregnant, profoundly insane and partway through a serial murder spree. His shadow, her doubt: The feminine versus the queer in Hitchcock. Log In - New York Times. Log In - New York Times. War, movies and Sam Fuller: A Q&A with Marsha Gordon. American screenwriter, author, and director of over 20 films, Sam Fuller influenced the work of filmmakers the likes of Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, and Luc Moullet.
Is Terrence Malick ahead of his time or out of date? Catfight review – punches and punchlines in bloody black comedy. Theconversation. To the Right. Great Performances on Film. Why Arrival should win the best picture Oscar. Science-fiction is not a genre you could accuse of parading itself as Oscar bait. Few movies that flirt with the extraterrestrial have scored best picture nominations: ET, the first Star Wars – then, more recently, since the number of possible nominees was increased, District 9, Avatar, Inception, Her, Gravity and The Martian have sneaked in. None won – though Gravity came close. Theconversation. Paul Verhoeven: cinema's mischievous satirist is more vital than ever. Dangerous Game: can a Calum Best vehicle with Darren Day as a Russian mob boss really exist?
Culture - Why Reservoir Dogs is really an anti-violence film. Breaking bad: Hollywood wakes up to the power of dark, dangerous women. 10 Great Movies Inspired by Philip K. Dick. The Driller Killer and the humanist behind the blood and sickening crunch. Shia LaBeouf Explores His Own Childhood Trauma in ‘Man Down’ Emily Blunt's character written out of Sicario 2. “Casablanca” by way of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”: “Allied” is half of a great movie. Worse than a whitewash: has Ghost in the Shell been Hollywoodised? Culture - Arrival is the smartest big-budget sci-fi film in years. LIFE (Trailer) The Hero’s Journey. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: Ang Lee’s Visually Jarring Anti-War Ode to American Soldiers. Quietly Going Insane Together. Banned and Brutal: 14 Beyond-Controversial Horror Movies - Rolling Stone.
The best place for women in action movies is next to Tom Cruise. Explicit cookie consent. The Accountant wants to be a thriller about neurodiversity. Instead, it’s just stupid. 9 Unbelievable Movie Fan Theories That Turned Out to Be True. Emily Blunt on The Girl on the Train: 'The vomit was not my own' – video interview. Raw review: I didn't faint in classy cannbibal horror – but. Culture - Blue Velvet is terrifying, seductive and ahead of its time. Culture - Anne Hathaway faces Godzilla monsters. Review: In ‘Cameraperson,’ a Found Poem Filtered Through an Intent Eye. Edward Snowden’s Long, Strange Journey to Hollywood. Creating The Ultimate Antagonist. Culture - The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films: Who voted? Culture - Surprising facts about the 21st Century’s greatest films. Culture - Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000. How we made Welcome to the Dollhouse. The Childhood Of A Leader: what an indie film tells us about the roots of fascism.
When Words Fail In Movies. How 'Stranger Things' Brought Back the Iconic Winona Ryder - Rolling Stone. The Prisoner Puzzle - A Rare Interview With Patrick McGoohan (The Prisoner T.V. Show) Barry Lyndon: why it’s time to reassess Kubrick’s ‘coffee-table’ movie. The David Spade Index: Which Actors Are Hated by Critics but Loved by Fans? David Cronenberg: Stanley Kubrick didn't understand horror. Was Stephen King right to hate Stanley Kubrick's Shining? Stanley Kubrick: the Barry Lyndon archives – in pictures. Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon: ‘It puts a spell on people’ Plot Breakdown: Back to the Future. 10 Great Movies Inspired by Philip K. Dick. The Neon Demon review – Refn's outrageous fashion horror is an icy carnival. Review: In ‘Ex Machina,’ a Mogul Fashions the Droid of His Dreams. Blood Father review: Mel Gibson taps into rage for pulpy thriller. Beyond Twilight: on the set of Personal Shopper with Kristen Stewart.
Beyond Twilight: on the set of Personal Shopper with Kristen Stewart. László Nemes: ‘I didn’t want Son of Saul to tell the story of survival’ Watch the Trailer for 'Swiss Army Man' “Blue Velvet”’s mystery of masculinity: How David Lynch’s masterwork reshaped American consciousness. David Cronenberg’s Videodrome Was a Technology Prophecy. The Genius of the Coen Brothers' Movies Explained. Ranking: Every Wes Anderson Character From Worst to Best. 5 Deeply Disturbing Movies That You Need To Watch, But Only Once.