From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.
Release date: October 24th, 2014. Featurette: at the link above.
Soda Pictures are thrilled to announce their acquisition of THE CUT adding to their impressive slate of films showing in the 2014 BFI London Film Festival, taking place from 8-19 October. The deal was negotiated between Soda Pictures’ MD Eve Gabereau and Michael Weber and Brigitte Suarez of The Match Factory.
THE CUT, an epic story of survival from director Fatih Akin (Head On, The Edge of Heaven), stars Tahar Rahim (Grand Central, The Prophet) as Nazaret Manoogian, an Armenian man who survives the brutal Armenian genocide during WW1. Separated from his family, enslaved and tortured, Nazaret stops at nothing in the search for his two daughters.
Other films to screen include recent acquisitions: PHOENIX a moving post-war German drama from Christian Petzold, Ron Mann’s documentary about the great late Robert Altman ALTMAN, Michael Winterbottom’s highly anticipated THE FACE OF AN ANGEL, Guy Myhill’s feature debut and Britain’s own THE GOOB, winner of the 2014 Cannes Grand Prix THE WONDERS (LE MERAVIGLIE), the acclaimed Cannes Film Festival favourite from Fred Wiseman NATIONAL GALLERY, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s DIFRET championed by Angelina Jolie, Lisandro Alonso’s stunning existential western JAUJA, THE TURNING a modern portrait of Australia from multiple directors including Mia Wasikowska, Naomi Kawase’s majestically beautiful STILL THE WATER (FUTATSUME NO MADO) and British drama ELECTRICITY, the directorial feature debut from Bryn Higgins starring Agyness Deyn which will also see its UK release following the Festival on December 5.
To mark the 35th Anniversary of the first Alien film, Ridley Scott’s futuristic suspense-thriller, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has released the extended cuts of ALL four heart-pounding movies in the Alien franchise, Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection for the first time in Digital HD. Limited Edition Blu-ray SteelBooks will also be available of Alien vs Predator and Alien vs Predator 2: Requiem.
To add even more excitement, fans can join the Alien revolution and compete in battles where they earn points for themselves as well as for either #TeamRipley or #TeamAlien at the link above. This is an exclusive site where fans can come together to share content, compete in battles by completing missions and enter to win giveaways.
A chance to enjoy movies on the big screen, as intended
With the final screenings of the summer season taking place this week, The Nomad is preparing to take things indoors for Autumn and Winter with some special pop-up residencies at The Hoxton Hotel, The LookOut in Hyde Park and the Hippodrome Casino.
While many pop-up cinemas head into hibernation once summer’s over, not The Nomad. Sunday 28th September sees the Nomad continue with its residency at The Hoxton Hotel screening cult favourite Zoolander starring the really really ridiculously good looking Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Then the ghoulish journey begins at The LookOut, Hyde Park for a series of spooky screenings for Halloween. Slurp on a ‘Singapore Slime’ and discover your true vampire identity at the fancy dress photo booth or test your limits with the ‘unlucky’ dip before settling down to watch Ghostbusters, The Wicker Man, Twilight or The Blair Witch Project.
The LookOut is home to The Royal Parks Foundation, which raises funds to support a wide variety of projects from wildlife conservation and landscape restoration, to community sport, education and art across all eight Royal Parks. Each ticket to the Halloween screenings costs £25 and includes a glass of bubbles, a delicious hot wrap from Souvlaki Street Food, hair-raising Halloween themed activities and a fire-pit for toasting marshmallows. Plus you feel warm in the knowledge that the money spent gets split between the fundraising activities of The Royal Parks Foundation and The Nomad’s charity the Sustainability Institute.
Watch out for more screenings to be announced as the Nomad ventures onto The Hippodrome Casino for special Christmas and Valentine screenings, with more seasonal events planned at The LookOut, The Hoxton Hotel and more. Just click the link above.
[25 Sep 2014 at 22:39]
Romance on DVD
A serious examination of adult relationships (that means lots of willies)
Controversial. Groundbreaking. Daring. Extraordinary. Explicit. Shocking. Romance, directed by Catherine Breillart, is all this and more. And now, after a long absence from the shelves, the film is finally returning to DVD, courtesy of Second Sight.
The film, originally released in 1999, drew as many shocked gasps from critics as it did plaudits when it first opened. It also troubled censors in the UK and around the world as it blurred the lines between art and pornography with its searingly honest depiction of a woman embarking on a series of increasingly explicit sexual encounters.
Romance, which stars a bona fide adult film star in the shape of Rocco Siffredi, is being released uncut on DVD on 10 November 2014.
A teacher, Marie (Caroline Ducey) is happy living with her boyfriend, but their relationship lacks intimacy and, desperate for physical affection, she sets off to find it elsewhere, in a series of ever-more extreme encounters with strangers…
Romance is one of the most divisive and notorious films of modern cinema.
[24 Sep 2014 at 22:54]
Dracula Untold and the British Library
Who says horror ain't educational?
Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon and Gary Shore, the stars and director of DRACULA UNTOLD, attended an exclusive preview of the British Library’s Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition. The cast met with British Library curator Greg Buzwell to view a range of their Dracula related exhibits including the original Dracula play script in Bram Stoker’s hand and a 1st edition of the novel.
Greg Buzwell, Co-curator of Terror and Wonder, explained “The Gothic imagination with its love of the awe-inspiring, the wondrous, the terrifying and the uncanny has cast dark and beautiful shadows across all aspects of our lives for hundreds of years. Terror and Wonder, brings this fascinating story to life through manuscripts, paintings, film and fashion. Of course a key figure in the story of Gothic is that of Count Dracula, and being able to explore the origins of Bram Stoker’s iconic creation with the director and members of the cast from Dracula Untold was a once in a lifetime opportunity, a unique chance to combine historical manuscripts and printed sources with the creative imagination that goes into bringing such a memorable and complex character to life on film.”
Dracula Untold is released in UK cinemas on 3rd October 2014, the same day Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be open to visitors at the British Library.
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre".
JOHN WICK took over Fantastic Fest this past weekend, with the festival adding two additional theaters to accommodate the sold-out crowds! This insanely entertaining action-thriller ramped up the excitement in audiences, receiving rave reviews across the board. To celebrate this incredible debut they're pleased to share with you an inside look at the Red Carpet Gala from the JOHN WICK Fantastic Fest Screenings, including images and never before seen interviews with stars Keanu Reeves and Adrianne Palicki, as well as the filmmaking team of Chad Stahelski, David Leitch and Basil Iwanyk! Check out the exclusive images and red carpet interviews at the link above and be sure to catch JOHN WICK when it hits theaters on October 24th!
Fritz Lang’s penultimate silent film, Spione [Spies], is a flawlessly constructed labyrinthine spy thriller. Hugely influential, Lang’s famous passion for meticulous detail combines with masterful story-telling and editing skills to form a relentless tale of intrigue, espionage, and blackmail.
An international spy ring, headed by Haghi (Rudolf Klein-Rogge), uses technology, threats, and murder to obtain government secrets. As master spy, president of a bank, and music hall clown, Haghi leads several livesusing instruments of modern technology to spearhead a mad rush for secrets — secrets that assert his power over others.
Setting in stone for the first time many elements of the modern spy thriller, Spione perhaps represents the zenith of Lang's silent artistry. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Spione in a Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition.