70s Rewind: GREASER'S PALACE, Jesus Christ in the Old West
Watching Greaser's Palace (1972) for the first time without having any idea that it was a Christ parable, I was completely bewildered. It's newly available on Blu-ray from Doppelganger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing and looks absolutely lovely. The disc is highly-recommended for fans of the film. As an innocent in the world of filmmaker Robert Downey, however, I realized I needed to do some research to put Greaser's Palace into perspective. Three of his early films -- Babo 73 (1964), Chafed Elbows (1966) and No More Excuses (1968) -- are available to watch on The Criterion Channel via the Filmstruck streaming service, which began in the U.S. and is expanding internationally. (I have an annual plan, which has been well-worth the cost.) Downey is rooted...
London Indian 2018 Review: VILLAGE ROCKSTARS Follows A Young Girl's Dream Of Becoming A Musician
Written, directed, and shot by young filmmaker Rima Das, Village Rockstars is a beautiful expression of passion and hope based in a small village in rural Assam in northeast India. The Western perspective of what it means to be a woman in rural areas on the other side of the world is startlingly uncivilized, but leave it to Rima Das to show that girls just wanna have fun, no matter what language they speak. Dhunu is a 10-year-old girl in the village where daily life is often filled with rambunctious play and lessons learned on by doing. One night, when she watches a group of young boys pantomime as a rock band playing cardboard and Styrofoam instruments along with popular music, she gets the far...
Frontières at Fantasia 2018: Second Wave of Titles, Arctic Chills And Created By Women
As July approaches the Screen Anarchy team is counting down the days until the arrival of the Fantasia International Film Festival. Select memebers of the team will be in Montreal to cover the tenth edition of the Frontieres Co-Production Film Market from July 19th to 22nd. The market has announced the second and final wave of projects participating this year. A bevy of projects from filmamakers behind films like Les Affames, The Neon Demon and Only God Forives, Let the Corpses Tan, Bodom, and Wes Craven's The Ward. Two additional programs this year include the Created by Women program, featuring six debut feature film projects from women filmmakers from across Canada. A really, really cool addition to this year's program is the Arctic...
Fox Accepts Disney’s $71.3 Billion Bid for 21st Century Fox, Topping Comcast’s Latest Offer [Updated]
Update 6/20/2018: Bloomberg reports that Fox has accepted a $71.3 billion bid from Disney, which tops Comcast’s previous offer of $65 billion. Disney’s new offer “gives Fox shareholders the option to take their payment in the form of cash or stock, up to a 50-50 level”, and the company will also “take on about $13.8 […]
‘The Meg’ International Trailer Sinks Its Jaws Into New Footage
The only thing that can save the summer at this point is Jason Statham fighting a big-ass prehistoric shark. Thankfully, a new The Meg international trailer just swam online, bringing with it a ton of new footage. The Meg International Trailer Ah, summer. A time of sandy beaches, sunlight glinting off the sea, and of course, […]
‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Review: A Desperate Struggle to Capture That ‘Jurassic’ Magic
When the film he was reviewing would demand it, the late Roger Ebert would retell an old story he’d once heard. It was about a child prodigy, gifted at playing the piano, who was lucky enough to meet one of the old masters to perform. And so he did, skillfully getting every part of a […]