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3:00 PM on 08.20.2014

Check it out: new poster art company FAMP Art to release City of God posters

Perhaps riding on Mondo's coattails, a new poster company based out of New York will be debuting next month. FAMP Art claims it wants to "bridge the gap between pop culture art and art-house cinema, focusing on films that don...

Liz Rugg


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Teaser trailer for restoration of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is impressive photo
Teaser trailer for restoration of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is impressive
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

If you haven't seen the 1920 classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, you need to fix that immediately. Conveniently, it's out of copyright, so I've embedded it below. But like most films from back then, it doesn't look so good. The scratches and dirt take away from the beautifully bizarre visual style that has influenced oh-so-many filmmakers. Fortunately, Eureka Entertainment has taken it upon themselves to restore the film to its original glory, and the snippets shown in the teaser above are a sight to see. Yeah, there are still some spots and stains here and there, but there's only so much one can reasonably do without having to straight up remake the image (which actually sort of happened back in 2005). 

The restoration will be hitting UK theaters at the end of August and Blu-ray soon after. I would love to see it projected on the big screen, so I'm hoping that it gets a theatrical run stateside as well. Regardless, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the full cut. It's always exciting to these old classic films returned to their former glory. 

Are there any other damaged classics you'd like to see restored?

[Via /Film]

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10:00 AM on 06.06.2014

Forrest Gump and Ghostbusters re-releasing in theaters this September

Forrest Gump is one of my top ten movies of all time. It's probably in the top five too. It's just something I can watch over and over again without fault. Ghostbusters is something I'll watch again for sure, but not nearly a...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 04.04.2014

Gallery 1988 to bring traveling Ghostbusters art show to NY, LA, Chicago and SDCC

As fans still reel at the loss of actor and writer Harold Ramis, here's something for Ghostbusters fans to look forward to -- in celebration of the movie's 30th anniversary, LA based pop culture art gallery Gallery 1988 is or...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 02.19.2014

A look at the 2014 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

One easily overlooked part of the flurry of The Academy Awards is the shorts sections. Perhaps they seem less interesting or less consequential due to their bite-size nature, but to me, short films are often all the more acce...

Liz Rugg

6:00 PM on 02.12.2014

Watch a clip from new Mickey Mouse cartoon Get A Horse!

Get A Horse! is the Disney short film that has been playing before Disney's newest feature-length movie, Frozen, in theaters. Directed by Lauren MacMullan, Get A Horse! is a hand-drawn homage to classic Mickey Mouse cartoons...

Liz Rugg



It's A Wonderful Life NOT getting a sequel  photo
It's A Wonderful Life NOT getting a sequel
by Liz Rugg

It's A Wonderful Life is commonly known as a quintessential classic Christmas movie. The black and white 1940s movie has been loved for decades and for many people watching it is an annual Christmas tradition. So when news broke last week that some independent producers wanted to go ahead and make It's A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story, the internet kinda lost it.

Nobody however, was more upset than Paramount Pictures, who apparently own the rights to It's A Wonderful Life and were basically like "b!@#*$, please." Read more below for their official statement.

[via /Film]

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Trick or Treat: Poltergeist III photo
Trick or Treat: Poltergeist III
by Sean Walsh

Hey guys, it's October! You know what that means: Halloween is right around the corner! As such, we will be bringing you some of our favorite horror film suggestions, in the hopes that they will lead to some sleepless nights. This is...Trick or Treat!

With all the modern horror I've been posting this month, I've decided to take a trip back to my childhood today, with Poltergeist III. I've been a horror movie junkie as long as I can remember. It's given me some pretty thick skin, but there was a time when my skin wasn't so thick, on several levels (I'm saying I'm fat now). Back then, I remember watching Poltergeist III and it scaring the bejeezus out of me. I've seen it since, and there are key scenes that still to this day get under my skin.

Carol Anne, star of the Poltergeist series, has been sent to live with her aunt and uncle in a fancy high rise in the big city so she can attend a school for troubled girls. Kane, the creepy cult leader ghost guy from the first two films finds Carol Anne and reeks havoc on her, her extended family, and the high rise itself, in that classic creepy cult leader ghost guy way. Lots of creepy mirror effects abound as Carol Anne, series staple Tangina, and Carol Anne's family struggle to end Kane's reign of terror once and for it.

Okay, so it's not the greatest horror movie I'll suggest this month, and it's not even the best in the series. Call it nostalgia, but I love Poltergeist III. It's pretty good urban horror, and a nice change of pace from the rest of this month's offerings.

This also begs the question: what are your favorite classic horror movies?

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2:00 PM on 08.27.2013

Mondo to relase poster series of Disney classic DuckTales

Mondo is once again creatively tapping into the current twenty-something generation's nostalgia with a poster series of the beloved late-1980s Disney cartoon (and movie) DuckTales. With art from several staple Mondo artists s...

Liz Rugg

1:00 PM on 06.04.2013

Wizard of Oz getting 3D re-release

It's hard to imagine how stunning The Wizard of Oz must have been to someone seeing it on the big scree 75 years ago. The incredible color and spectacle weren't really matched back then, but for a modern audience seeing the c...

Matthew Razak

7:30 PM on 05.16.2013

Check out these remade original trilogy Star Wars posters

An artist and illustrator who goes by the name Old Red Jalopy recently created these awesome posters for the original Star Wars trilogy; A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, in the style of other ic...

Liz Rugg





1:00 PM on 05.14.2013

Check out the 10ft Robocop statue going up in Detroit

Just when you think the world couldn't get any more awesome, we finally have pictures of the glorious statue of Robocop that's going to be placed in the city of Detroit. Detroit is were the original movie takes place and thus...

Liz Rugg

3:00 PM on 05.10.2013

This Is Spinal Tap soundtrack getting reissued on vinyl

This Is Spinal is one of the best movies of the 1980s and one my my favorite movies of all time. It's still the grandaddy of the mockumentary genre, and I don't think it'll be topped in terms of execution or sheer quality. Th...

Hubert Vigilla

12:00 PM on 05.06.2013

Cleopatra getting 50th anniversary re-releases

Cleopatra, the epic film known as much for its off screen issues as it was for its grandeur, is turning 50 this year and 20th Century Fox isn't about to miss out on the opportunity to celebrate it. They've remastered the...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 04.11.2013

Watch the trailer for a 1926 Great Gatsby silent film

Baz Luhrmann will be the newest director to try his hand at creating a cinematic adaptation of the classic American novel The Great Gatsby, but he definitely isn't the first. Only one year after F. Scott Fitzgerald novel was...

Liz Rugg

7:00 PM on 03.22.2013

Two dozen Akira Kurosawa films free on Hulu this weekend

If you're sitting at home wondering exactly what the hell you're going to do with yourself for the next 48 hours, you may want take Hulu up on its offer this weekend. In celebration of the acclaimed director's 103rd birthday ...

Thor Latham

1:00 PM on 03.08.2013

Trailer: Much Ado About Nothing

After director Joss Whedon's mega block-buster The Avengers last year, he decided to tone it down a bit for his next project. It's a bit of a palate cleanser - Much Ado About Nothing is an adaption of the classic Shakespeare...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 02.14.2013

MGM to reboot The Incredible Shrinking Man

MGM is going to reboot The Incredible Shrinking Man, one of the best sci-fi films of the 1950s. The movie was based on a novel by Richard Matheson, the 86-year-old genre maestro also responsible for I Am Legend and the Twilig...

Hubert Vigilla

1:00 PM on 02.08.2013

You're a mean one Mr. Grinch. Animated reboot planned

Universal and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me) have banded together to take another crack at Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, a holiday classic that's already seen a big screen adaption in the way of Ron H...

Thor Latham



Considering John Ford's The Quiet Man photo
Considering John Ford's The Quiet Man
by Hubert Vigilla

There's a great piece by Jonathan Lethem about John Ford's The Searchers, the classic Oscar-winning western starring John Wayne. The gist: I like this movie, but boy, given some of the content, maybe I really shouldn't. Lethem points out issues with racism and the cultural subtext of the film, all of which is problematic, all of which are legitimate gripes, and yet they don't make the movie completely unlikable to him.

I wish I had a chance to reread that Lethem essay going into this piece on The Quiet Man, which Olive Films has released on DVD and Blu-ray this week in a beautifully remastered 60th anniversary edition. The book with the Lethem essay is boxed up somewhere in my apartment, but it's what I thought of while watching the movie.

Also directed by John Ford, also starring John Wayne, also the winner of an Oscar for Best Picture, I'm basically pleading Lethem when it comes to The Quiet Man (it's like pleading the fifth, but it's got more cachet): I like The Quiet Man, but boy, given some of the content, maybe I really shouldn't.

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Review: Wake in Fright photo
Review: Wake in Fright
by Hubert Vigilla

I've always wanted to delve deeper into the world of Ozploitation movies (exploitation films from Australia). I have a major fondness for Mad Max, The Road Warrior, Turkey Shoot (aka Escape 2000), and Razorback, and my interest in the genre was doubled after watching the Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood.

Which brings me to Ted Kotcheff's 1971 film Wake in Fright, heralded as both a classic Ozploitation film as well as a nearly lost gem of Australian cinema -- not quite trash, not quite art. Until 2009, it was unavailable on VHS or DVD in its native Australia. Drafthouse Films mounted a stateside theatrical re-release of Wake in Fright last year, and is now bringing the film to US audiences on Blu-ray and DVD.

So is it art? Is it trash? Does the distinction even matter anymore? Whatever it is, I watched Wake in Fright transfixed, even when appalled, shifting forward and back anxiously like I was davening to this unsettling, completely engrossing experience.

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8:00 PM on 01.11.2013

Sol Yurick, writer of “The Warriors” novel, dies at 87

Sol Yurick passed away last Saturday in Manhattan at the age of 87. According to his daughter, the cause was complications of lung cancer. Before he wrote “The Warriors,” he worked as a social investigator with th...

Logan Otremba