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TIFF 2018 - What to Watch

We don't have the complete line up yet for this years TIIF, but from what has been announced so far, it looks to be another great year. Below is a list of some of the films that have us the most excited. 



EVERYBODY KNOWS




TIFF-Gala Presentations Writer/Director Asghar Farhadi  Cast: Pénelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darin
The film follows Laura (Pénelope Cruz) on her travels from Argentina to her small hometown in Spain for her sister’s wedding, bringing her two children along for the occasion.  Amid the joyful reunion and festivities, the eldest daughter is abducted.  In the tense days that follow, various family and community tensions surface and deeply hidden secrets are revealed.

BOY EARASED


Writer/Director: Joel Edgerton Producers: Steve Golin, Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Joel Edgerton Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton, Cherry Jones, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan, Joe Alwyn, Emily Hinkler, Jesse LaTourette, David Joseph Craig, Th…
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STRAIGHT TO HELL, CRADLE WILL ROCK, and THOUSAND ACRES Now Available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber

Straight to Hell (1986)
A 2K Restoration!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: August 28, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Action/Western/Comedy/Cult / 91 min / NR / Color

Director: Alex Cox
Starring: Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Sy Richardson, Dick Rude, Jim Jarmusch, Shane MacGowan, Xander Berkeley, Elvis Costello, Grace Jones, Dennis Hopper

Synopsis: From Alex Cox, the director of Repo Man, Highway Patrolman and Sid and Nancy. In this director's cut of the 1987 cult classic, four hapless bank robbers bury their loot and attempt to hide out in a deserted desert town, but very soon find out that the town is not really deserted. Norwood (Sy Richardson), Simms (Joe Strummer) and Willy (Dick Rude) are three black-suited killers-for-hire. After missing their intended target and trying to escape the wrath of their employer (Jim Jarmusch), they head for the desert and rob a bank en-route. As their car dies in a ravine, the trio bury their money and head for a lonely town to hide out t…

Interview w/ Jenn Wexler Director of THE RANGER

After a run-in with the cops at a punk show goes sideways, Chelsea and her pals flee the city in search of a place to lay low. Running to the security of Chelsea's old, abandoned family cabin in the woods, they fall under the watchful eye of an overzealous park ranger who holds a secret from Chelsea's past.

Today my guest is Jenn Wexler, the writer, and director behind THE RANGER.  A film that offers a modern take on survivalist horror that both celebrates and subverts the genre’s tropes—with equal parts humor, glitter and gore.

THE RANGER opens in NYC August 17th and L.A. September 7th!
To hear my conversation with Jenn click play on the embedded player below.

THE True Bromance Film Podcast - Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Episode 200

We couldn't let a Tom Cruise slide by us so we are rising from the dead and making our triumphant comeback. We have a lot to talk about this week as we play catch-up and fawn over Tom and the gang in Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

MOVIES DISCUSSED THIS WEEK:

Fright Night (1985), Fright Night (2011), Coco, You Were Never Really Here, The Equalizer 2, Eighth Grade, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Mission: Impossible - Fallout


HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL Review

Directed by: Jack C. Newell
Written by: Stephanie Mickus
Cast: Mia Rose Frampton, Stony Blyden, Juliette Angelo, Beau Brooks

High school is a strange time. For me, I like to frame that period as fraught with anger and rebellion. I tell myself that I was an artist trapped in a small town, a poet searching for his muse. The time when I was politically and emotionally alive. But then I look at the photos. Read some of the writing. And, oh boy, the truth crashes over me like an unwelcome but humbling wave of reality. The smoking without inhaling, the clothes from Structure (Burroughs didn't spend his paycheck at the mall), and the many, many, many configurations of embarrassing facial hair and coiffures, I was in desperate need of an identity.

On the surface, it might not sound like I would have a lot in common with a teenage girl dying of cancer, but HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL showed me otherwise. Hope Gracin (Mia Rose Frampton) has fully embraced her identity as the girl with terminal ca…

Kevin Gootee Interview on COMICS WATCHING COMICS

If you’re a fan of standup comedy, Comics Watching Comics is a must watch. A contest show that takes intermediate standup comedians who are competing to win a spot on a showcase at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC. These comedians will be judged by other tenured comics; serving as panelists and judges, offering jokes and advice. My guest today is the creator and star of COMICS WATCHING COMICS, Kevin Gootee.

To hear our conversation click play on the embedded player below.


FLORA - Blu-ray Review

Director: Sasha Louis Vukovic
Writer: Sasha Louis Vukovic
Stars: Teresa Marie Doran, Dan Lin, Sari Mercer

The 1920s are often referred to as the "roaring 20s." A time when the automobile boom had started to kick in, radio was the most popular form of mass media and telephones began to connect millions of homes. This was a good time for (white, heterosexual, male) Americans that didn't mind going to a speakeasy for a cocktail. For minorities and women? Not so much. Women were granted the right to vote in 1920 and Jim Crow laws were looming in the not too distant future.

FLORAis set somewhere in a North American forest during the summer of 1929. A group of students has been sent out to examine and catalog the native plant life of a remote wooded location. Where the junior botanists uncover a deadly mold that kills almost everything it comes in contact with.   

While not overtly political, Sasha Louis Vukovic uses FLORAs time period as a salient metaphor for our current st…

THE FOG - 4K Restoration Trailer and Release Info

New York-based Rialto Pictures will release John Carpenter’s landmark horror movie THE FOG on October 26, in its first-ever major restoration. The horror classic, in a full 4K restoration from Studiocanal, opens October 26 for limited runs at the Metrograph, in New York, Landmark’s Nuart in Los Angeles, and The Music Box Theatre in Chicago.

Additional screenings will occur during the week of Halloween throughout the Alamo Drafthouse circuit and other specialty theaters.

Carpenter’s first post-Halloween venture into the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired, apocalyptic vein that he would continue to mine in films like The Thing (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987), THE FOG depicts the seaside California town of Antonio Bay in the grips of an ancient curse and a creeping mist. Drenched in malevolent atmosphere and packing an ensemble cast that includes Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook and the mother-daughter duo of Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis, this is the director at his ingenious, c…

WYETH Trailer - The Truth Behind One of The Most Controversial Artists of the Last Century

The "darkness" and "drama" behind Andrew Wyeth's work made him one of the more controversial artists of his time. The PBS docu-series American Masters takes a look at the man and his work in their latest film WYETH. See the press release and trailer below.

"WYETH tells the story of one of America’s most popular, but least understood, artists – Andrew Wyeth. Son of the famous illustrator N.C. Wyeth, Andrew had his first exhibition at age 20, and his painting “Christina’s World” was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in 1948. While Wyeth’s exhibitions routinely broke attendance records, art world critics continually assaulted his work. Detailing the stunning drawings and powerful portraits he created in Chadds Ford, Pa. and on the coast of Cushing, Maine, WYETH explores his inspirations, including neighbor Christina Olsen and his hidden muse, the German model Helga Testorf, who he painted secretly for 15 years. Through unprecedented access to Wyeth’s famil…

Super LTD Acquires ACTIVE MEASURES, Film Explores Putin's Long Game w/ Trump

Super LTD today announced it has acquired ACTIVE MEASURES, a film from director Jack Bryan that details a decades-long connection between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, including shocking new reporting on Trump’s dealings with Russian mob figures, and expert analysis on the largest and most effectively executed espionage operation in history—Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election. The film made its world premiere at this year’s Hot Docs and will be released on August 31, day and date with exclusive theatrical engagements in New York and Los Angeles and on digital platforms.

In ACTIVE MEASURES, Bryan exposes a 30-year history of covert political warfare devised by Vladimir Putin to disrupt, influence, and ultimately control world events, democratic nations through cyber attacks, propaganda campaigns, and corruption. In the process, the filmmakers follow a trail of money, real estate, mob connections, and on the record confessions to expose an insidious plot that lead…