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Film Review: The Wolfman (2010)


SYNOPSIS: Set in the late 1880s, the film keeps the plotline of the original, with Lawrence Talbot (Benicio del Toro) meeting his father (Anthony Hopkins) following the death (and in the remake, disappearance) of his brother. The film details events during Lawrence’s past that led to his estrangement from his father (which includes Gwen), and the setting is changed from …

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Paranormal Activity Shadows the Blair Witch


When filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez wrote and directed The Blair Witch Project which debuted in theaters ten years ago this past summer, they ushered in a sub-genre of filmmaking that was part reliant on the power of suggestion, part pre-reality TV, and part old-fashioned exploitation fright film. Certainly, Blair Witch was a phenomenon in 1999, coming right at …

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Roel Reiné Reinvents with Death Race 2, a January 18 Blu-ray and DVD Release


With the challenge of directing the modestly-budgeted follow-up to Universal Studios’ 2008 version of Death Race, itself a remake of a 1970s cult classic, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000, director Roel Reiné knew that he had to wear many hats: not only director, but also cinematographer, and lead camera operator. “Many years ago, where I come from Holland, where I …

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Still ‘Psycho’ after all these Years – a movie overview


WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS NUMEROUS DESCRIPTIONS OF THE PLOT Peripherally based on the real life character of Ed Gein, who killed two people in the 1950s and kept their body parts, the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho still resonates as one of the greatest horror films of all time, even 50 years after its 1960 release. Published shortly after the discovery …

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The Art of Makeup Comes Alive


Makeup Takes Its 29th Turn at the Academy Awards In the recent round of talk show appearances by actors from the new version of Alice in Wonderland, many of the performers discussed their lengthy stints “getting into costume.” This is both a travesty and at the same time not surprising. While costumes have been heralded by cinema onlookers for decades, …

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Interview: Henry Selick – Director (Coraline)


Since he burst on the scene with the wildly imaginative 1993 stop-motion animated feature The Nightmare Before Christmas, California Institute of the Arts graduate Henry Selick has been one of Hollywood’s most innovative filmmakers. After his stop-motion followup to Nightmare, the well-received 1996 film James and the Giant Peach, Selick directed the partially live-action film Monkeybone in 2001. Now, the long-in-the works …

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Interview: Rob Cohen – Director (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor)


Former wunderkind producer and executive Rob Cohen burst onto the directing scene with his biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story in 1993. Since that time, he has become one of the renowned action directors in Hollywood with films including Dragonheart, The Fast and the Furious, and XxX. Last year, he undertook his biggest project to date, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon …

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