Thursday, March 31, 2011

31: Transmission #1 (2011)

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Atragon (1963)

An agent from the kingdom of Mu surfaces on land in an attempt to kidnap several of Earth's most brilliant scientists, but when his plan fails, the underwater empire launches an all-out attack in a quest for world domination! Now, Earth's forces must activate the flying supersub Atragon in order to engage the enemy and fight off their powerful god, Manda! Legendary fantasy director Ishiro Honda brings to life more high-powered action and adventure in ATRAGON, which crosses the spy thriller with the classic Japanese monster movie. Honda also draws together elements from many of his earlier films, mainly THE MYSTERIANS and MOTHRA, while he continues to drive home a strong sense of Japanese nationalism and world unity. Despite the fact that it is commonly cited as a Kaiju Eiga, the great Manda only plays a small role in the overall film. He still makes a big impression during the climactic underwater battle sequence at the gates of the Mu empire. ATRAGON may be one of Honda's lesser known films, but it is no less deserving than his other fantasy epics.

Rating: 7/10.

Monsters: Manda.

If you liked ATRAGON, check out:
GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA, REBIRTH OF MOTHRA 2, THE MYSTERIANS.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Resident (2011)

Hammer Horror returns home in THE RESIDENT, featuring the legendary Christopher Lee! Hilary Swank stars as a New York doctor that moves into a beautifully renovated apartment downtown, but what she doesn't realize is that behind those rattling mirrors and creaking pipes, someone is watching... THE RESIDENT is surprisingly stylish and unnerving for an otherwise average thriller. Finnish director Antti Jokinen plays on the inherent fears of moving into a creepy new home, transforming common household noises into night terrors similar to those found in WHEN A STRANGER CALLS and HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. Although Hilary Swank is rather unremarkable, WATCHMEN'S Jeffrey Dean Morgan carries much of the film as her unassuming landlord Max. His warm and inviting smile genuinely disarms the audience until his sick obsession with Juliet is finally revealed. From there, unfortunately, it becomes just another routine thriller with few shocks and little suspense. With a touch of PSYCHO and PEEPING TOM, Hammer's THE RESIDENT is still a fun watch for thriller fans despite its utter predictability.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked THE RESIDENT, check out:
TOOLBOX MURDERS, PSYCHO, PACIFIC HEIGHTS.

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Tremors 3 (2001)

Although many feel that the series had already passed its prime, TREMORS 3 retains enough of the action, humor, and excitement to make it another worthy enough sequel. The Graboids have returned to the dusty old town of Perfection, and this time, military survivalist Burt Gummer is ready! Armed to the teeth with enough firepower to take down a small army, Burt sets out to destroy the creatures once and for all, but the one thing he didn't plan for was their third winged mutation... Brent Maddock brings back many familiar faces as he returns the worms to their desert home, with Michael Gross reprising his goofy role as the half-crazed gun nut Burt Gummer. Even without the help of Fred Ward, Gross is more than able to carry the film franchise with his crazy antics and invincible attitude. TREMORS 3 introduces several key story elements that give more depth to the characters and a new background into the creatures. Desert Jack's Graboid Safari is also a hilarious little addition to sneak in before the real action takes off. While it may not compare to the first two films, TREMORS 3 does as much as it can with the reduced budget to create another entertaining entry in the series!

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.

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Dinoshark (2010)

DINOSHARK: The name says it all. Half-dinosaur, half-shark... All terror! The Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta is in for a big shock when a giant prehistoric monster sets its sights on the local waters. DINOSHARK joins DINOCROC, SHARKTOPUS, and countless other terrible direct-to-TV travesties that have been released through Roger Corman's production company. Director Kevin O'Neill only looks to entertain while strictly following the tired old formula laid out in JAWS. The novelty of the creature quickly wears off after it chomps through the first five of six victims, but then the tedious plotting leaves it with nothing else to do for the rest of the film but commit random acts of violence against crocodiles and girls water polo teams. B-movie fans can expect plenty of corny dialog and ridiculous antics along the way, not to mention the tremendous amount of computerized gore. Anyone who is expecting anything more out of this silly creature feature deserves to be disappointed.

Rating: 4/10.
Entertainment: 6/10.
Gore: 5/10.

If you liked DINOSHARK, check out:
SHARKTOPUS, MEGA PIRANHA, DINOCROC.

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Press Release: Special Guests Announced for Evil Bong 3-D Premiere!

Full Moon Announces Special Guests for the World Premiere of
EVIL BONG 3-D: THE WRATH OF BONG


CHICAGO, IL - March 30, 2011 - Chicago is about to blow-up with the World Premiere of EVIL BONG 3-D: THE WRATH OF BONG!!! Read on for the exciting new announcements that include super special guests and awesome new merchandise!!!

* Super excited to let you all know that legendary director Stuart Gordon is now attending the event! Which makes perfect sense since Stuart directed Castle Freak, From Beyond and Re-Animator - all screening in 35mm in Chicago on the 9th!!!
* In addition FX wizard Tom Devlin will be there - not only has Tom done some amazing work on Killjoy 3 and Evil Bong 3-D he was one of the final contestants on the very popular SciFi reality show Face-Off!
* Plus of course Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, Castle Freak and From Beyond!)
* and Robin Sydney (Masters Of Horror, The Lost and Evil Bong 1-3!) is attending!
* And the Full Moon Horror Road Show!

Plus!!! We will have some totally cool NEW merchandise for sale!

* Killer Zippo style Blade and Evil Bong lighters!
* A kick-ass surprise box set available only at the Evil Bong 3-D screenings,
* Evil Bong 3-D Killer T-Shirts
* Series #1 of 6 Full Moon Masks,
* Fantastic limited edition Gingerdeadman Replicas,
* An exclusive(not for retail) 2 DVD combo package that features the "Original Harry Potter!" and the "Original Cowboys & Aliens!"
* And the first unveiling of a new related line of amazing merchandise called Haunted Casinos!
* And more!!!

It all starts in Chicago on April 9th!!!!!
The 12 hour full event is $25.00 starting at 2pm.
OR you can come at 8pm to the Road Show, see Evil Bong 3-D, and Re-Animator for only $15.00!!! Tickets on sale now at www.fullmoondirect.com!!!

Charles Band
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Press Release: The Thrills of Tribeca!

Tribeca Announces the new
Thriller Line-up
For Their 10th Annual Film Festival


NEW YORK, NY - March 30, 2011 - Tribeca Film Festival’s 10th edition takes place April 20 to May 1 this year and has never been scarier. We have five additional horror/thriller titles in our Main Slate to add to the eight exciting and eclectic films in CINEMANIA section, which push the boundaries of creativity and genre.

RABIES (Kalevet) is the first slasher film from Israel! Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado write/direct this ripple effect of fear and violence, which cleverly plays on the very genre itself. Other titles include Argentinean family-run whorehouses & violence in Paco Cabezas’ NEON FLESH, suspenseful French kidnapping and anti-terrorism in Fred Cavave’s POINT BLANK and Julien Leclerq’s THE ASSAULT, wintry Norwegian adventures in Andre Ovredal’s TROLLHUNTER and last but not least vividly imaginative kiddy-killer Santa Claus in Holland’s SAINT.

HORROR/THRILLER GENRE FILMS

Assault, That (L’assaut)
Directed by Julien Leclerq, written by Simon Moutairou and Julien Leclerq
Christmas Eve, 1994. In war-torn Algiers, four men uniformed as border guards hijack Air France Flight 8969, foreboding doom for all 220 passengers. But on their arrival in Marseilles, the elite French SWAT force waits to avert tragedy…. Based on the harrowing true story of one of the most successful anti-terrorist operations in history, and incorporating actual news footage, this action-packed thriller from Julien Leclercq (Chrysalis) is packed with heart-pounding intensity. In French with English subtitle. (France)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE – 21 April at 9 pm

Director in attendance!

Beyond the Black Rainbow
Directed and written by Panos Cosmatos
Panos Cosmatos brings his bold, Kubrickian vision to the screen in stunning detail in this sci-fi fable of a young woman imprisoned in an experimental laboratory facility and the mysterious scientist who is her captor. At once creatively futuristic and hypnotically retro, Beyond the Black Rainbow will absorb viewers in its unique dystopian futurescape. (Canada, Italy – 109 minutes)

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE – 22 April at 9 pm

Director Panos Cosmatos and lead actor/producer Oliver Linsley in attendance!

Bleeding House, The
Directed and written by Philip Gelatt
Meet the Smiths—a family full of secrets who keep to themselves on a back road outside a small Midwestern town. In this visceral, tightly wound horror/thriller, their lives are shaken when a sweet-talking Texan arrives on their doorstep on a mission for retribution. Will he succeed in his goal to bleed them of their sins, or will the family’s haunted past prove to be even more deadly than he bargained for? A Tribeca Film release (USA – 86 minutes)

WORLD PREMIERE – 27 April at 9 pm

Director Philip Gelatt and producer Will Battersby in attendance!

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Di Renjie)
Directed by Tsui Hark
In a fantastical steampunk version of ancient China, legendary sleuth Detective Dee returns from exile to help solve a series of suspicious murders on the eve of the coronation of the country’s first empress. A period epic from genre master Tsui Hark, Detective Dee is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery featuring stars Andy Lau, Li Bingbing, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. In Mandarin with English subtitles. An Indomina Releasing release. (Hong Kong, China – 122 minutes)

U.S. PREMIERE – 21 April at 8:30 pm

Grave Encounters
Directed and written by The Vicious Brothers.
The crew of ghost-hunting reality TV show Grave Encounters decides to shoot an episode inside an abandoned psychiatric hospital with a dark past. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night to begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted—it is alive, and has no intention of ever letting them go. A Tribeca Film release (USA – 92 minutes)

WORLD PREMIERE – 22 April at 11:30 pm

Guard, The
Directed and written by John Michael McDonagh
Curmudgeonly small-town sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges) has a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no desire whatsoever to work with a straight-laced FBI agent (Don Cheadle) in from the States on a cocaine-smuggling case. Venerable Irish character actor Gleeson (In Bruges) fills his acid-tongued cop with an irreplaceable charm, and his banter with Cheadle will leave you in stitches. A Sony Pictures Classics release. (Ireland – 96 minutes)

NY PREMIERE – 28 April at 6:30 pm

Neon Flesh (Carne de Neon)
Directed and written by Paco Cabezas
Young hustler Ricky was left to a life on the streets at the age of 12 when his hooker mother got sent to the can, but upon learning she’ll soon be released, Ricky enlists a couple of good-for-nothing buddies to help him open a whorehouse as a tribute to Mom. This stylish, edgy crime flick plunges headlong into the fringe world of pimps and junkies where succeeding in business can cost your life…. In Spanish with English subtitles. (Spain, Argentina, Sweden – 113 minutes)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE – 22 April at 9:45 pm

Director Paco Cabezas and actor Mario Casas in attendance!

Point Blank (A Bout Portant)
Directed by Fred Cavayé, written by Fred Cavayé and Guillaume Lemans
Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is studying to be a nurse and his very pregnant wife, Nadia (Elena Anaya), is relegated to bed rest. But when Nadia is kidnapped right in front of him, to get her back he’ll have to free a man under police surveillance from the hospital in three hours. Point Blank is a taut suspense thriller that gets the adrenaline-inducing action going right from the start and never eases up. In French with English subtitles. A Magnolia Pictures release. (France – 84 minutes)

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE – 23 April at 9 pm

Puncture
Directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen, written by Chris Lopata
Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) is not your typical lawyer. The tattooed and drug-addicted townie has more than his share of personal demons, but can he straighten up long enough to lead a renegade safety-needle inventor to victory against a monopolizing medical supply corporation? This David and Goliath legal drama, based on a true story, exposes the corruption and kickback schemes threatening the lives of millions of health care workers. (USA – 100 minutes)

WORLD PREMIERE – 21 April at 6:30 pm

Directors Adam and Mark Kassen and actor Chris Evans in attendance!

Rabies (Kalevet)
Directed and written by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
A psychotic serial killer on the loose in the woods crosses paths with a group of unsuspecting teenagers. Soon people are dying one by one… but the bad guy isn’t who you think. Turning genre conventions on their head with a smart script and plenty of unexpected scares, Rabies is a surprising debut worthy of its mantle as Israel's first-ever slasher horror film. In Hebrew with English subtitles (Israel – 90 minutes)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE – 21 April at 10 pm

Directors in attendance!

Saint (Sint)
Directed and written by Dick Maas
An original and delightfully gruesome slasher film, Saint reimagines jolly old Saint Nick as a murderous bishop fulfilling a grisly prophecy under the December 5 full moon. Full of creative yuletide horror, Saint is a fun chiller that follows local teen Frank as he sets out on a bloody, high-energy battle to save Amsterdam from the wrathful “Sinterklaas” and his minions. In Dutch with English subtitles (Netherlands – 88 minutes)

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE – 21 April at 9 pm

Director Dick Maas in attendance!

Trollhunter (Trolljegeren)
Directed and written by André Øvredal
In the wintry Norwegian countryside, a series of supposed bear poaching incidents leads a group of plucky film students to the mysterious hunter Hans: the one man charged with keeping the country’s entire troll population in check. This genre treat seamlessly blends stunning visual effects with its found footage aesthetic to deliver truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc, all with darkly funny adherence to the original folklore. In Norwegian with English subtitles. A Magnet Releasing release. (Norway – 103 minutes)

NY PREMIERE – 26 April at 11:30 pm

Director in attendance!

Shorts Program

The Kiss
Directed and written by Ashlee Page · Australia · North American Premiere.
Fueled by alcohol and hormones, Aimee and Steph take a swim on a hot summer night in The Kiss. (Australia – 16 minutes)

Picnic
Directed and written by Gerardo Herrero · Spain · US Premiere.
A restful day turns tense for the family in Picnic. (Spain – 13 minutes)

Year Zero
Directed and written by Richard Cunningham III · USA · World Premiere.
In Year Zero a sole survivor battles the zombie apocalypse in New York City. (USA – 24 minutes)
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Monday, March 28, 2011

My Soul to Take (2010)

The notorious serial killer 'The Reaper' has finally been killed by the police, or so it would seem... Sixteen years later, The Reaper takes possession of one of the seven teens that was born on the night of his supposed death in order to continue his bloody murder streak! It seems inconceivable that the man who brought us THE HILLS HAVE EYES and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET could have created such mindless drivel, but then again, this is also the same man who wrote and directed THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART II and SHOCKER as well... MY SOUL TO TAKE is so laughably bad that, at times, it seems like Wes Craven was attempting to write some sort of twisted horror comedy. The forced dialog is painfully dull and completely unnatural for the teen characters, but none more so than their awkward acting. Craven's unintelligible script is also the wrong platform to use against teen pregnancy, bullying, rape, and religion. MY SOUL TO KEEP does have a few excessively bloody deaths at the very least. Teen horror has hit a new low.

Rating: 5/10.

If you liked MY SOUL TO TAKE, check out:
SORORITY ROW, BAD DREAMS, FINAL DESTINATION.

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Tremors 2 (1996)

Trying to put the past behind him, Earl Bassett settles down in his home town of Perfection to start an ostrich farm with the little money he has left from publicity after nearly being killed by a pack of monstrous sand worms. Just when he thinks he is through with the hideous creatures, the Mexican government offers him big bucks to head south of the border with a few friends and lots of guns to go Graboid hunting in an abandoned oil field, but it will take more than a few sticks of dynamite to stop the monsters' two-legged offspring! TREMORS 2 brings all of the same great laughs and thrills back to life from the first film in an admirable direct-to-video sequel. Kevin Bacon's absence is hardly noticeable with Fred Ward and Michael Gross taking over in a pair of hilarious performances. Amalgamated Dynamics' incredible creature designs continue to impress, but what is most surprising is how well the computerized effects hold up now fifteen-years after its release. What is less surprising is that the film frequently falls back on past successes, with only a few new kicks along the way. As sequels go, TREMORS 2 is still a total blast that comes as close as it can to topping the original!

Rating: 8/10.
Entertainment: 9/10.

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Press Release: Red Carpet Celeb Charity for Japan

Join Tara Cardinal and many other special guests on the
Red Carpet Celeb Charity Event for Japan
Providing disaster relief overseas while meeting your favorite Horror celebs


BURBANK, CA - March 28, 2011 - They say you can measure the size of a person's heart by the size of their fist. On April 7th you can measure the size of a celeb's heart by their brain. Some of Hollywood's top talent, creators and stars are coming out to support the relief efforts in Japan, compounded by yet another earthquake on Monday Morning.

Celebs will meet at Dark Delicacies in Burbank to sign 8X10 photos for the fans, and pose for pictures with them on the Red Carpet donated by BleedFest Film Festival. The event is also sponsored by Dark Delicacies and Fangirltastic.com .

The event is both organized and hosted by Hollywood actress Tara Cardinal.

Confirmed Celebrities include:

Lance Henriksen (Alien, Aliens, AVP, The Quick and the Dead, The Terminator)

Sean Hood, Writer (Conan 3D, Halloween: Resurrection, Cube², The Crow: Wicked Prayer, Hercules (2011))

James Duval (Donnie Darko, Gone in 60 Seconds, Spreading Darkness)

Stephen Kramer Glickman (Big Time Rush, The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It)

Daniel Knauf, Writer/Creator (Spartacus Blood & Sand, Carnivàle, Iron Man Comics)

Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Not Another Not Another Movie, Sinners & Saints, Spreading Darkness)

John Savage (The Godfather III, The Deer Hunter, Spreading Darkness)

Rileah Vanderbilt - Schedule permitting (Hatchet 2, Frozen, Sexy Nightmare Slayers)

Organized and hosted by Tara Cardinal
Sponsored by: FanGirlTastic.com
Sponsored by: DARK DELICACIES
Sponsored by: BLEED FEST FILM FESTIVAL (we happen monthly)

Additional Special Celeb Guests: Elissa Dowling, Kevin Tenney, Camden Toy, Brett Wagner, Deedee Bigelow, Adam Weisman, Erik Preston and Josh Eisenstadt.

Celeb Supporters donating items (but unable to attend):
Jim Moore (author)

Additional guests are being added daily. For more information and to RSVP follow the link:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1077904702331&set=a.1076324062816.2014427.1067649445&theater#!/event.php?eid=192770770761076
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Brain Dead (2010)

An alien parasite has crashed into Earth with only one thing on its mind: braaaains! With each host it infects, it begins building an army of the undead, and it is up to a group of six unlucky victims to strangers to stop them. As the title implies, BRAIN DEAD is entirely devoid of intelligence, often to the point of becoming unbearable. The 1980's were huge for director Kevin Tenney, who brought us cult-classics like WITCHBOARD and NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, but unfortunately this schlocky B-movie isn't the career booster many of us were hoping for. Forgetting the abysmal cast, the only person really worth mentioning is long-time Henenlotter collaborator Gabe Bartalos, who designed the hilarious and bloody splatter effects. While there is just enough gore, nudity, and stupid humor to get by, BRAIN DEAD should be considered a complete failure on almost every level.

Rating: 4/10.
Gore: 7/10.

If you liked BRAIN DEAD, check out:
PLAGA ZOMBIE, THE RAGE, THE TAINT.

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Cold Prey (2006)

Five friends hit the mountains in Norway for a weekend of skiing and partying, but after one of them is injured on the slopes, they must take refuge in an abandoned ski lodge. Unfortunately for them, this snowy getaway hides a murderous past and an ax-wielding maniac that doesn't take too kindly to visitors... COLD PREY kicks off an exciting new Slasher series from Norway that is young, fresh, and hip without straying too far from the standard conventions. The film takes its time warming the audience up to its characters before unleashing a wave of terror, but once it gets going, the kills come fast and furious with plenty of bloody mayhem to go around! Unlike in so many other throwaway teen horror films, Jannicke and her friends are all likable characters with whom the audience can relate, giving each of their deaths far more impact. The frigid color palette and dilapidated location lend a chilling mood and creeping suspense as we patiently await the demise of the unsuspecting teens. With two sequels already completed, COLD PREY is quickly becoming a new Slasher sensation!

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 6/10.

If you liked COLD PREY, check out:
DEAD SNOW, SLAUGHTER NIGHT, HARPOON.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Press Release: Rhyme Animal Returns to LA

The Award Winning Hip Hop Thriller Series
Rhyme Animal Returns to Los Angeles
For the 2nd Annual LA Web Fest

Already Receiving Numerous Accolades Across the Festival Circuit, the Groundbreaking
Web Series Screens for Los Angeles Audiences



LOS ANGELES, CA - March 25, 2011 - Critically acclaimed web series RHYME ANIMAL (rhymeanimal.tv), returns to the big screen at this year's second annual Los Angeles Web Festival on Saturday, March 26. Created by filmmaker Jorge Rivera (co-written with Aaron F. Schnore and Billy Fox), the independent web drama tells the gripping story of an ambitious hip-hop DJ who rides the coattails of an up-and-coming rapper--a rapper who might also be a cannibalistic serial killer.

RHYME ANIMAL is beginning to capture the attention of the independent television and web series industry since its online debut on Koldcast.TV and a national festival run, including the Independent Television Festival, the New York Television Festival and the Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival. In addition, the series continues to receive numerous accolades, including "Best of" nominations by entertainment sites Clicker.com and Indieintertube.tv and a "Best Web Series" award at the Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival.

In addition to screening at this year's LAWebFest, Rivera will be speaking on the festival's 10 TIPS TO BECOMING A BETTER WEB SERIES WRITER PANEL on Saturday, March 26, 1:00-1:45PM.

Rivera has found incredible opportunity since producing RHYME ANIMAL. Its initial success has led to collaboration with ValDean Entertainment, a production company established by Al Thompson (Royal Tenenbaums, Johnny B. Homeless). At ValDean Entertainment, Rivera serves as Head Writer/Show Runner on several web series productions including:

* LENOX AVENUE is a sexy dramatic web series set in Harlem 's recent renaissance, starring Jamie Hector (The Wire) and Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire).

* ODESSA is a sci-fi series currently in production and stars Richard Herd (Seinfeld, V, Star Trek Voyager) and Fulvio Cecere (Battlestar Galactica, The WatchMen).

* THE BABY DADDY MEMOIRS follows the exploits of "Slice" and his 28+ plus baby mommas.

* Other works of note include the two-time Webby Honoree branded web series, THE UNPROTECTED (theunprotected.net), directed and produced by Rivera.

Accolades for RHYME ANIMAL include:

* Best Web Series, The Mid Atlantic Black Film Festival (2010)
* Best Web Drama (nominated, 2010) by clicker.com
* Best Web Horror (nominated, 2010) by indieintertube.tv
* Finalist, The Independent Television Festival (2010)

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SCREENING:

WHO: RHYME ANIMAL
WHEN: Saturday, March 26th
TIME: 4:15 pm PST
WHERE: STAGE 52 THEATER, 5299 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles 90016
TICKETS: http://www.lawebfest.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rhymeanimal
TO VIEW THE SHOW: http://www.koldcast.tv/show/rhyme-animal

ABOUT RHYME ANIMAL
Written and Produced by: Jorge Rivera ("the UnProtected", 2010 NATPE/LAVTV Fest Finalist, 2010 Webby Honoree), Aaron F. Schnore ("the UnProtected", 2010 NATPE/LAVTV Fest Finalist, 2010 Webby Honoree. "Inside a Change", winner HBO/NYLIFF Best Feature 2009), Billy Fox (Grand Prize winner of the Writer's Network screenwriting competition sponsored by Fade In Magazine and official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival All Access program).

Directed by: Phil Roc (AVENUE X; 2005 Gotham International Film & Video Festival- Best Director Award; 2004 IFP Gordon Parks Award Nominee)

Starring: Al Thompson ("Johnny B. Homeless", " Lenox Avenue ". "The Royal Tenenbaums")
Craig "muMs" Grant (The HBO series "Oz", "Law & Order", "The Sopranos")
Bridget Barkan ("SherryBaby", HBO's "Everyday People")
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Press Release: BleedFest April Event ThrillHer

BleedFest April Event ThrillHer
World Premier of I HATE L.A. Feature
and Retrospective of Maude Michaud


LOS ANGELES, CA - March 25, 2011 - The lineup for the April 3, 2011 BleedFest event in Los Angeles from 11am-4pm has been announced. The theme is ThrillHer: Suspense films by women. For $10 and free street parking, attendees will view four hours of genre films by women, partake in the open bar, network with industry luminaries, and have three opportunities to be interviewed on the red carpet and have their photos featured on PRPhotos.com and Exposaay.com.

BleedFest Film Festival is a monthly screening and networking event in Los Angeles that fetes the women who love writing, producing, directing, and watching badass genre movies: action, thriller, sci-fi, horror, western, exploitation (of men or audience only), B-movie, and erotica. BleedFest Film Festival's Charity for the Month of April is the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles-Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund. A donation stand will be set up, and all donators get half off the $10 ticket price to BleedFest.

Canadian filmmaker Maude Michaud is flying in for a retrospective of her shorts and two new world premiers. The world premier of the anthology I HATE LA will be the feature film. The themed suspense feature includes work by Barbara Stepansky, Maude Michaud, Heidi Hornbacher, Marichelle Daywalt, Elisabeth Fies and Brenda Fies. Drew Daywalt will be receiving the Partnership Award. Filmmaker and festival programmer Lori Bowen of Hallowscreen will co-present the In Competition Shorts block of films. Filmmakers Natalia Provatas and Valerian Zamel will be interviewed by Bzzzline.com on the red carpet. STILL LIFE Photography display by Tim Aldridge of TMA Photo, and April A. Taylor's dark art photography will be on sale. More information is available at http://www.BleedFest.com.

About I HATE LA:
Big laughs mix with gory kills in this TWILIGHT ZONE-esqe suspenser when tension in Hollywood boils over and its inhabitants finally reveal the flawed monsters they really are.
I HATE L.A. is a bold new feature film of eleven interlocking horror vignettes written and directed by seven lady directors. Like PARIS JE T'AIME, each filmmaker set her short story in a specific region of L.A. county. Unlike the beautiful city of light, love, and culture, Los Angeles is perhaps the most hated and berated metropolis in the world. From the gnarled traffic, pervading loneliness and narcissism of its residents to the constant loss, rejection, and cruelty of tinseltown...each area of Los Angeles proper has a figurative and sometimes literal monster lurking near its sidewalks paved with stars. Let these acclaimed Mistresses of Horror provide their uniquely devastating, no holds barred opinion of what makes the city of angels and hidden devils so profoundly effed up. Join us as we hate L.A. http://www.IHateLAMovie.com

FULL EVENT SCHEDULE:
TIME: 11am-4:00pm
Location: CAP Theatre
13752 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
http://www.BleedFest.com

$10 cash at door for all day ticket and open bar
Schedule subject to change, appearances dependent on schedule.
"STILL LIFE" Photography display by Tim Aldridge of TMA Photo.

11am-11:20am Red Carpet, Mixer

11:20am-12:25pm RETROSPECTIVE – Maude Michaud
THE PORTRAIT, 2008 (10 minutes) — WORLD PREMIERE
RECESSED, 2005 (9 minutes)
SNUFF, 2009 (4 minutes)
REFLECTION, 2009 (15 minutes)
BLOODY BREASTS: AN EXPLORATION OF WOMEN, FEMINISM, AND HORROR FILMS, 2011 (running time TBA) — WORLD PREMIERE
Sneak Peek: RED, 2011 (4 minutes)
ELIZABETH, 2011 (3 minutes) — WORLD PREMIERE
Inanna Award presented to Maude Michaud, Q & A

12:25pm-12:30pm SCREENWRITING AWARD
YOU ARE SO UNDEAD (5 minutes) written by Lisa Hunter

12:30pm-1:15pm SHORTS IN COMPETITION
co-presented by Lori Bowen’s Hallowscreen Festival
STRIP POKER, (4 minutes) by Karis Yanike
MILTON (2 minutes) by Angela Pritchett and Mariah Smith
FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHT, 2009 (6 minutes) by Ashley Maria
CANDY, 2010 (6 minutes) by Sage Hall
CANARY SUICIDES (5 minutes) by Natalia Provatas and Valerian Zamel
Q & A with present filmmakers

Audience votes by applause
Inanna Certificate Award presented Audience’s Choice

1:15pm-1:45pm BREAK: Open Bar, Red Carpet, Mixer

1:45pm-3:30pm FEATURE
I HATE LA, 2011 (84 minutes)
I HATE L.A. is a bold new feature film of eleven interlocking horror vignettes written and directed by seven lady directors.
Big laughs mix with gory kills in this TWILIGHT ZONE-esqe suspenser when tension in Hollywood boils over and its inhabitants finally reveal the flawed monsters they really are.
Q & A filmmakers: Marichelle Daywalt, Elisabeth Fies, Brenda Fies, Heidi Hornbacher, Maude Michaud, Tyrrell Shaffner, Barbara Stepansky

3:30-3:45pm BREAK

3:45pm-4:00pm PARTNERSHIP AWARD
SUICIDE GIRL (6 minutes) by Drew Daywalt
LAUNDROMAT (2 minutes) by Drew Daywalt
Inanna Certificate Award presented to Drew Daywalt
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Press Release: Great New Products from Full Moon!!

Awesome New Shirts and Masks Available From
Full Moon Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, CA - March 24, 2011 - ON SALE Friday March 25th! Limited Edition Full Moon's Movie Edition Collector's Mask and 6 incredible masks from 6 fantastic Full Moon Features!!!

Now you can become your favorite character from the bizarre, twisted and fantastic world of Full Moon Features with our new line of highly detailed, limited edition masks of some of our most iconic creations!

Blade! Radu! Killjoy! Gingerdeadman! Baby Oopsie Daisy! Castle Freak!

AND

Incredibly unique 100% Cotton Custom Full Moon Poster Art Shirts! With hand embroidered sublimation art images! In a world where thousands of shirts companies still use the silk screen approach, Full Moon Poster-Art-Shirts are unique! With the amazing sublimation process, Full Moon Poster-Art-Shirts authentically reproduces classic images printed on silk and hand embroidered on a high quality, custom designed, 100% combed cotton shirt.

12 designs available now! Troll, Ghoulies, Puppet Master, Evil Bong, and more!

The Masks AND shirts go on sale on Friday March 25th http://www.fullmoondirect.com!

And of course, tickets are on sale now for the upcoming theatrical release Evil Bong 3D: The Wrath of Bong! at http://www.evilbong3d.com
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monsters (2010)

Two Americans decide to risk their lives by traveling through the Infected Zone -- a militarized zone in Mexico that is filled with giant monsters -- in order to return home to America, but what they find when they get there will be even more shocking... In the late 2000's, films like CLOVERFIELD, THE HOST, and THE MIST brought giant monster movies back to the big screens around the world in a huge way. One film that managed to fly under the radar and gain its own underground following was Gareth Edwards' MONSTERS, a movie whose enormous scale reaches far beyond its modest budget.

In MONSTERS, it isn't what you see that is the most frightening, but what you don't see. The giant creatures are always lurking just out of sight, hidden by the darkness, but their presence is constantly alluded to through the shifts in light and sound. It is most like Frank Darabont's stellar THE MIST in this way. While it isn't told in the same first-person perspective as CLOVERFIELD, it has the same general look and feel as many of the 'found footage' films thanks to the documentary-style filming and incredible attention to detail that is paid to the road signs and exteriors. Whitney Able and Scoot McNairy share a genuine chemistry on screen, and their unpolished performances lend them an instant credibility. MONSTERS also hides several significant political implications surrounding immigration law behind the brilliant guise of a monster movie. The title may seem misleading since there are really only a few monsters, but the underlying message might suggest that America's exclusionistic border policies make us the true monsters. Even though Edwards is sure to displease many fans with his minimalist approach and abrupt ending, MONSTERS is still a huge accomplishment for Independent SciFi and Horror!

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked MONSTERS, check out:
DISTRICT 9, CLOVERFIELD, THE MIST, CARRIERS, RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR, THE HOST.



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Invisible Agent (1942)

The Germans have finally tracked down the elusive Frank Griffin, grandson to Frank Griffin Sr. and heir to his secret formula for invisibility. After a daring escape, Griffin decides to turn the formula over to the United States government, and they enlist his help in defeating Nazi Germany as the INVISIBLE AGENT! This fourth installment in THE INVISIBLE MAN series bears a striking resemblance to the Captain America comics, where an American soldier with superhuman abilities is sent into Germany to thwart Hitler. The use of invisibility as a form of international espionage plays perfectly here on a small scale, although budgetary limitations prevent any big action sequences. While each of the German and Japanese characters certainly look the part, their purely American accents make the entire film feel like somewhat of a farce. Cedric Hardwicke and Peter Lorre still come through with commanding performances as the two nefarious villains, however. INVISIBLE AGENT also includes several impressive special effects sequences -- particularly the parachuting scene and bathing scene -- which are pulled off flawlessly. This is a welcome addition to the series that would have only benefited from a larger production.

Rating: 7/10.

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Tremors (1990)

The small desert town of Perfection is in for a shock when a prehistoric pack of subterranean sand worms is unearthed in TREMORS! TREMORS is a good old-fashioned monster movie that calls back to the 1950's B-movie classics like THEM and THE BLACK SCORPION. It stars Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as a pair of quirky trash collectors that become the town's reluctant heroes as they battle the slimy Graboids. The special effects team employs many of the same creative techniques that were used as far back as in THE INVISIBLE MAN to bring the creatures to life from beneath the sand. When they do surface, the uniquely alien designs are unlike anything else in the genre. Newcomer Ron Underwood creates the perfect balance of fast-paced action, comedy, and horror that keeps the fun and excitement at an all-time high from start to finish. TREMORS is a campy cult classic that should be on every Horror fan's watch list!

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked TREMORS, check out:
THEM, CRITTERS, EIGHT-LEGGED FREAKS!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th (2000)

The students at Bulimia Falls High School are in for a shock when "The Killer" begins offing kids around campus. It is up to a group of social misfits to fight their way through each of the poorly strung together Horror cliches if they hope to survive the night! This television-friendly version of SCARY MOVIE was just as quick to ride on the fame of the 1990's Slasher revival that occurred in the wake of SCREAM and I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. It shoots for the lowest level of humor possible, and succeeds. SHRIEK is filled with awful puns, ridiculous physical gags, and idiotic characters -- and that is why it works. The film is entirely aware of itself and of just how bad it really is, which the characters frequently point out along the way. It dates itself severely with pop culture references that have long since been forgotten, but then, the filmmakers probably weren't shooting for a very long shelf life. Many of the gags run on way past the point of being funny, while others are just stupid enough to earn a guilty laugh. The title alone should set your expectations, so look to SHRIEK IF YOU KNOW WHAT I DID LAST FRIDAY THE 13TH for terrible humor at its finest!

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked SHRIEK, check out:
SCREAM, STUDENT BODIES, SCARY MOVIE.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Short: Jack in the Box (2010)

No amount of alcohol can rid Jack of the incessant voice that plagues him from within a child's play toy, but what hidden secrets from Jack's past are truly haunting him? Robert Kreh follows up his successful short KNICKER KNOCKERS with this terror tale featuring a sinister Jack in the Box. This script is very repetitive, and only leads to an expected end. Phillip Guy also struggles in the lead with a staged performance. A tighter edit may have helped, but JACK IN THE BOX is too long and drawn out for its simple solution.

Rating: 5/10.



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Abominable (2006)

After a number of terrible B-movie attempts on the creature, the legend of Big Foot comes roaring back to life in 2006's ABOMINABLE! An invalid is trapped in his mountain home across from a group of teenagers as a rampaging monster tears through town. Ryan Schifrin's monster opus is filled with fun moments, but the film as a whole fails to impress. The main problems lie in its poor pacing and awkward story structure. Most of the (in)action involves Matt McCoy's wheelchair-bound character watching his neighbors through a pair of binoculars while the audience remains trapped in the house with him. When things finally get moving after several of the girls are ripped to shreds next door, the story gets in the way once again and immediately draws all forward momentum to a halt. While it is nice to see someone take a serious approach to the material, ABOMINABLE constantly forgets about the fun factor that is needed for a successful creature feature. Schifrin looks to correct this in the film's final moments, but by then it is just too late. A special mention must go out to the creature's creator, Federico D'Alessandro, whose unique designs give the beast a ferocious new look that is unlike any other. ABOMINABLE is one of the better Big Foot films out there, but like all of the others, it still doesn't quite get the formula right.

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked ABOMINABLE, check out:
THE BEAST OF BRAY ROAD, SNOWBEAST, NIGHT OF THE DEMON.

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Alien Vs Ninja (2010)

When a meteor crashes in rural Japan, it is up to a roving band of ninjas to destroy the sinister alien force that is unleashed! ALIEN VS NINJA is the latest in extreme violence and gore out of Japan, this time combining fast-action ninja sword-fighting with bloody alien carnage. Sure, this sounds great on paper, but the resulting film is just more mindless mayhem and buffoonery with very little payoff. First off, the digital filming makes it look like it was shot on a hand-held video-camera. It is also tough to decide which looks worse: the cheap rubber alien costume, or the cheaper computerized aliens. The stupid slapstick humor does nothing to help, either. Amazingly, the action sequences aren't half-bad, and they are shot at a quick enough pace as to make them appear cooler than they really are. What makes this one fail more than anything else is that it just isn't any fun like MEATBALL MACHINE or VAMPIRE GIRL VS FRANKENSTEIN GIRL. Bad cinema can only take you so far without the added entertainment factor. ALIEN VS NINJA will only serve as a sick form of self-inflicted punishment unless you are a fan of terrible Japanese B-movies.

Rating: 4/10.
Gore: 8/10.

If you liked ALIEN VS NINJA, check out:
MEATBALL MACHINE, EVIL ALIENS, VAMPIRE GIRL VERSUS FRANKENSTEIN GIRL.

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Hostel: Part 2 (2007)

Another three students that are traveling abroad decide to make a detour to Slovakia for a week of fun and partying, but this group of girls will soon become the next victims of an underground hunting organization that specializes in human torture! Conceptually, HOSTEL: PART 2 was the perfect direction for Eli Roth to take the series, since it fully exposes the inner workings of the Elite Hunting Group by bringing the audience up close and personal with two of its members. While this portion of the film is pulled off to some degree, the half involving the girls and their struggle to survive falls completely flat. Unlike the guys in the original, Lauren German and Bijou Phillips are emotionally distant from their roles, and their acting is far more apparent. It feels every bit like a rushed production that falls back on repetitive storytelling techniques with less interesting characters. Even the worn and washed out appearance looks like it was shot on cut-rate film stock. The biggest disappointments come as the plainly obvious twists in the end that are repeatedly alluded to throughout the entire picture. With HOSTEL: PART 2, it seems as though Roth was forced to sequelize against his will, and it shows. One can only hope that the series ends here before the idea is beaten to a pulp like with the SAW franchise.

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 7/10.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Press Release: Last Chance to Help Produce Psychosexual!

Last Chance to Help Produce
PSYCHOSEXUAL
and earn a credit on IMDb!
LOS ANGELES - March 20, 2011 - Don't forget! There are only 7hrs left to help send your support and become a producer on the upcoming Slasher film PSYCHOSEXUAL, starring Christina Wickers and Carl Manes! Elisabeth Fies, director of THE COMMUNE and co-creator of the BleedFest Film Festival, is currently hosting a campaign on Indiegogo to raise funds for her upcoming Slasher PSYCHOSEXUAL with many unique perks that include having your own death included in the film!

From the director:

"I'm Lis Fies, the filmmaker of the feature thriller THE COMMUNE, co-founder of genre film festival BleedFest, and the VP of Programming at The Bijou Channel. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2383130/

I've had the story idea for PSYCHOSEXUAL rattling around in my brain for seventeen years. Last year I felt thrilled to shoot the opening 10 minutes as a short which will premier at Horrible Imaginings in San Diego on February 12th, 2011. (The perks referring to the "short" are about this PSYCHOSEXUAL short movie.)

PSYCHOSEXUAL the short turned out so well that my sister Brenda Fies is producing PSYCHOSEXUAL - the feature. Our brilliant lead is Christina Wickers (CONSUMED short, 2010...the one with Hero), starring as the main suspect who must find the real killer to prove her own innocence. I'm also planning on including popular stars of our previous shorts and feature, including David Lago, little Kylie Word of DISTRAUGHT, and of course everyone's favorite scene-stealer, Hero, who may or may not die again on camera. He is male, and anyone male is in danger in this film...

...because the premise of PSYCHOSEXUAL is to reverse the gender roles of the prototypical slasher/detective movie. Everything will be the same...same erotic kills, same cheesy dialogue, same slovenly middle-aged detective with a bewildering pick of fantastic lovers...only the deaths are happening to men, the weaker species in this world. Puerile feminist exercise, or a big bag of awesomesauce? I'm not sure. I know everyone involved is having a heck of a lot of fun, and the resulting movie is still freakishly frightening and suspenseful.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Please partner with the Psycho Team so that our amazing menfolk can understand what it's like for women to watch this kind of scopophilic fantasy about themselves the last forty years...and because we really really want to have enough money to film a reverse gender strip club scene. Lago owes me a butt shot.

YOU'RE PROVIDING THE CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY

Or of course, you could let down the womenfolk and not be a part of the fun...we'll still make the movie. It will just take a lot more weekends, and honestly, look less rad. Sigh. We're not making a movie to make a buck...we're making a movie to make a difference. With your help, we plan to have the movie done summer 2011. Without it, we're talking Buck Rogers future talk.

SAVE US....

I need funding to pay for equipment rentals, locations, a plane ticket for David Lago, costumes, food for the actors and crew, editing software and backup hard drives, etc. This is a lean no budget feature film; the money won't be spent in frivolity but will be evident in the quality you see on the screen. The bloody, bloody screen.

My sister Brenda and I are shouldering the brunt of the production costs as usual, but don't be surprised if we make a second pitch later this spring for finishing funds, film festival entries and distribution. Because of IndieGoGo's policies, we've kept this initial number low so a higher percentage of your dollars will reach us if we have the incredibly appreciated good fortune of raising the full amount or more of this campaign. Just wanted to state that up front so you didn't feel fooled down the road or think we'd lucked into some get rich quick scheme by being indie filmmakers. Trust us...we haven't! ;p

We have some really cool perks, especialy for you lasses and lads who've always dreamed of being on the bigscreen. Even if you don't live in LA, there are opportunities to get your mug in the movie and earn an IMDb credit. Because who doesn't want to be part of the magic of Hollywood?

The perks are all a la carte, so mix and match to your heart's content!

(Posters and movie stills won't be ready to be mailed until after this fundraising campaign ends...probably early April. I'm slow, but I eventually make it to the post office).

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU NEED?
Let me know if you need answers to anything in order to help us, or if you've thought of a fun perk we should add!

Even if you can't help with dollars, you'd still be providing an enormous service by sharing this campaign. There are super dooper easy share links below. Thank you so much for providing your time, access to your social circles, and your support of edgy indie filmmaking with a fun purupose!!!

WARNING: When we say everything is the same, we mean EVERYTHING. There is full frontal male nudity in the short and the feature version of PSYCHOSEXUAL. So if you need to protect your minister or sister wives from knowing you helped make this prurient pic, best to give us a pseudonym for your screen credits. Preferably your porn star name (First pet's name + Street you grew up on).

WE APPRECIATE YOU!! THANKS FOR BEING A HERO!"

PSYCHOSEXUAL Feature Film by a Female needs your help! : http://www.indiegogo.com/PSYCHOSEXUAL-feature-film-by-a-female-needs-your-help?a=44860&i=invt&key=rQ7BMwAv

Cheers!
Elisabeth Fies and The IndieGoGo Team
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Short: Knicker Knockers (2009)

Director Robert Kreh takes a tremendous leap forward in both style and design in his third short entitled KNICKER KNOCKERS. Janelle Figueroa plays Megan, a struggling young woman who must decide whether or not she will be terminating her pregnancy. Before she is able to make her choice, she is visited by a group of ghouls that look to defend her unborn child by any means necessary... Kreh cranks up the suspense using the same subversive techniques found in HOUSE OF THE DEVIL or WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, where light and shadow take precedence over cheap shocks. Figueroa proves to be his strongest actress yet. The short also includes a strong moralistic undertone without becoming too heavy-handed. A much stronger effort by the director.

Rating: 6/10.




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Kibakichi 2 (2004)

Kibakichi, the werewolf swordsman and defender of the Yokai monsters, returns to battle a powerful new foe in KIBAKICHI 2! After arriving in another small village on his journey through feudal Japan, a young blind woman pleas for revenge against a ravaging warrior that has been terrorizing the countryside. Kibakichi sets out to destroy the villain, but he is headed off by a mysterious woman from his past that is also out for revenge. The comic book action and violence continues at a faster pace in Tomo'o Haraguchi's bloody sequel, which clearly aims to outdo the first film. Unfortunately, it is riddled with many of the same problems that were carried over from before. Each of the characters are poorly drawn from tired old cliches, and the exaggerated performances give the film a cartoony look and feel. The weak costume designs and third-rate fight choreography only further expose the cheapness of the overall production. KIBAKICHI 2 does create a few atmospheric moments in its highly stylized sets, and Chanbara fans will certainly appreciate the increase in fighting, but the entire film is just one big, bloody monster mess that makes THE GUYVER look like Shakespeare.

Rating: 5/10.
Entertainment: 6/10.
Gore: 6/10.

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Short: Crotch Rot (2008)

A one-night stand leaves Robert with a bad case of CROTCH ROT in Robert Kreh's second short. Taking after the moralistic tones of the EC comic books, CROTCH ROT takes a bloody stance against sexual promiscuity that viewers aren't likely to forget. Despite the ridiculous performances and amateur production, CROTCH ROT gets its point across through its shocking and disgusting special effects. The short is tight and to the point, showing a progression in form for the director.

Rating: 4/10.
Gore: 6/10.



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Short: Graceland (2005)

GRACELAND is a fan-made horror film, and it shows. From the inaudible dialog to the staged acting and amateur effects, it is clearly the victim of inexperience and a complete lack of resources. In his first directorial effort, Robert Kreh has not yet grasped the importance of a tight script and tighter editing for the short-film format. Instead of a small-scale zombie invasion, GRACELAND looks like (and probably is) a bunch of friends screwing around in the streets before the neighbors call the cops. Brian Paulin fans are most likely enjoy this one.

Rating: 2/10.




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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hostel (2005)

Two Americans and their Icelandic traveling partner take a trip through Eastern Europe to party it up in a remote hostel in Slovakia, where they are drugged and kidnapped only to be sold off to an elite hunting organization that specialized in human torture. After a mediocre debut with CABIN FEVER, Eli Roth burst onto the scene in his sophomore effort HOSTEL, a filthy throwback to the Exploitation films of the 1970's that solidified his name in Horror.

HOSTEL, along with other so-called 'torture porn' titles like SAW or THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, has uniformly split Horror audiences based on its use of torture as a main form of entertainment. To say that Roth simply looks to shock and disgust is to grossly misread the entire film in the same way that many critics have dismissed TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE for being too violent. HOSTEL is far more reserved than any of the films that it is most often compared to, and Roth uses implied violence and terror much more often than he does gratuitous gore. Most of the torture sequences are shot off-camera or in cut-aways, leaving the viewer with the victim's twisted facial expressions or screams of anguish. That isn't to say that there isn't gore, because there is, but the gore is only used to accentuate the scenes, and not to define them. True horror always falls secondary to terror in HOSTEL, though this fact is commonly overlooked.

The characters of HOSTEL are another brilliant selling point. These are teens that anyone can relate to, and by working outside of the studio system, Roth is able to write his own fluid and naturalistic dialog without the fear of self-censoring himself for political-correctness. This may lead to some questionable vocabulary, but it lends credibility to his characters. In an interesting twist, Roth has given his male leads distinctly effeminate qualities while he victimizes them in the same ways that most female characters are typically treated in this type of picture. People who appear on the side seem inconspicuous and harmless, which allows the audience to let their guard down along with Paxton, Josh, and Oli as they are lured deeper into the lion's den. Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson are two fun, energetic, and utterly believable characters that draw out a purely empathetic response from viewers that have fully invested in them from early on in the film.

Perhaps its greatest strength lies in the mystery behind the sinister organization, itself. Virtually no information is ever revealed about the group or the men that support it, which makes the entire situation that much more intriguing and terrifying. In a genius move, Roth would go back and fully expose the Elite Hunting Group in the film's sequel, even if the attempt was unable to recapture the success of the original.

On top of everything else, HOSTEL is a huge crowd-pleasure. Roth caters to a very specific audience, one that revels in gorgeous naked girls and bloody set-pieces. He delivers on every intended level, with a script that is both hilarious at times and painfully excruciating at others. The greatest payoff comes during the revenge sequences, where Roth creates genuinely out-of-your-seat excitement as his characters get their payback against the people that betrayed them.

Eli Roth is a Horror fan at heart, and it shows. Though he may have trouble topping this second film, it is obvious that he has a clear control over the genre, and that he has the potential to become one of the next generation Masters of Horror.

Rating: 9/10.
Entertainment: 10/10.
Gore: 7/10.

If you liked HOSTEL, check out:
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, WOLF CREEK, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.


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Friday, March 18, 2011

Devil (2010)

As if things weren't bad enough when five strangers become trapped in a high-rise elevator together, they are about to get much worse when one of the passengers turns out to be the devil in disguise! What opens as a claustrophobic suspense film quickly degenerates into a trite, pretentious, and predictable shocker in 2010's DEVIL. It attempts to throw the audience off with its five suspicious characters, but the real killer is made obvious very early on. Unlike Rodrigo Cortés' brilliant camera work in BURIED, director John Erick Dowdle doesn't even attempt to do anything unique with the elevator setting that would set it apart from other similar pictures like BLACKOUT. The moralistic undertones and religious narrative both feel forceful and out of place in the story. A few passable performances are not enough to draw any interest from the viewer. DEVIL poses as intellectual Horror, but it takes more than just slow pacing and a semi-coherent plot to impress modern audiences.

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked DEVIL, check out:
IDENTITY, BLACKOUT, RED SANDS.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Press Release: Legend of the Red Reaper Invades Chicago

Legend of the Red Reaper invades Chicago
- just in time for C2E2.


CHICAGO, IL - March 17, 2011 - In a very last minute announcement, Tara Cardinal and Kristen Stewart confirm their attendance at this year's C2E2.

C2E2 is one of Chicago's largest comic conventions and boasts A list guests like Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Brit Morgan (True Blood), Scott Krinsky (Chuck). Legend of the Red Reaper's Tara Cardinal and Kristen Stewart are set to appear, sponsored by Nostalgic investments, and will be answering questions at various panels.

Cardinal and Stewart are announcing the launch of the new comic book series "Legend of the Red Reaper" based on the film "Legend of the Red Reaper" which stars Tara Cardinal, Eliza Swenson, Barry Ratcliffe, Lloyd Kaufman, and comic book legend George Perez. The cover of the first comic is based on concepts by George Perez, and the artwork is by Michael Champion. The first issue was penned by cast/crew members Kristen Stewart and Michael Schaefer.

Tara Cardinal and Kristen Stewart will be available all weekend for signings, questions and panels. Read The Full Post HERE!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Death Note 3: L, Change the World (2008)

After the overwhelming success of the DEATH NOTE live-action series, the eccentric genius L is brought back to the screen in his own brand-new adventure that goes beyond the original story. An environmental terrorist organization has harvested a deadly plague, which they intend to use as a weapon against the severe overpopulation problems that are destroying the Earth. Now, L must rely on his international team of computer hackers along with two unlikely allies in order to stop this new global threat!

In L, CHANGE THE WORLD, the devastating effects of the virus act in place of the Death Note, while L is still left to act as the world's last remaining hope. This time around, L must put aside his own narcissistic personality as he takes on the responsibility of looking after the two children that hold the key to human survival. Because of this, Kenichi Matsuyama is able to deliver a more humanized performance as the brilliant detective, while still retaining his own quirky personality. The most interesting part of the DEATH NOTE saga had always been the intricate plotting and battle of wits that transpired between L and Light Yagami, but here he is sent up against a group of stereotypical super-villains in a plot for world domination that is not unlike the ones used in the 007 franchise. This leads to a rather bland and expected storyline that fails to bring back the same intensity and excitement from before. DEATH NOTE fans will still be able to appreciate the expansion on L's character even if this is a step away from the original series.

Rating: 7/10.


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Requiem for a Vampire (1973)

Two beautiful young thieves are lured into the castle of a bloodthirsty coven of vampires, who quickly seduce them and initiate them into the world of the undead. The third in a long series of vampire films by Jean Rollin lacks none of the same eerie mood and dreamlike surrealism that the acclaimed French director has become known for. He presents a form of highly eroticized horror that takes the sexual undertones behind the vampire legends and exploits them to their fullest potential. REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE is no different, and when the girls are not dashing away from their vampire hosts, they can always be found in various stages of undress. Rollin spends far more time lingering on his own softcore imagery than he ever spends developing the plot, which can only come to be expected in his later works as well. The scene from which the film takes its name becomes its creepy Gothic centerpiece, as one of the vampire mistresses plays a sad lament on her piano amidst the fog and firelight in the gloomy graveyard. REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE is a visceral nightmare caught on film, but it is also just another case of style of substance for this cult director.

Rating: 6/10.

If you liked REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE, check out:
RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE, TWINS OF EVIL, LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL.

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (2009)

Stieg Larsson's thrilling Millennium Trilogy comes to an end with THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS' NEST! Lisbeth Salander has been hospitalized after nearly being killed by her father and hulking half-brother. The authorities are looking to lock her up for murder, but her only friend and confidant, Mikael Blomkvist, launches another investigation in Millennium Magazine that will clear her name and expose the secret organization that has kept her hidden away in institutions since she was a child.

This third and final entry is a departure from the two earlier films in terms of action and suspense, but the mystery behind Larsson's brutalized heroine finally comes to the surface as she reaches her day in court. Lisbeth is left incapacitated for a good portion of the picture, which makes it that much more exciting when she returns in her full Gothic regalia for the end. Unfortunately, though, the rest of the plot involves the slow discovery of evidence against The Section and Lisbeth's father, who is revealed to have been an expatriated Russian spy that was being safeguarded in Sweden. More disturbing facts from Lisbeth's past are uncovered that deliver the same shock and disgust from before. Although the conclusion provides fans with a satisfying end to the series, the grand conspiracy that is built up over the coarse of the three films seems to be a bit trifle. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS' NEST, then, seems more like a drawn out epilogue rather than the final chapter of Lisbeth's unfortunate tale.

Rating: 8/10.


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Monday, March 14, 2011

Press Release: 10th Tribeca Film Selections Announced

10th TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILM SELECTIONS
FOR SPOTLIGHT AND CINEMANIA SECTIONS AND SPECIAL SCREENINGS
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TRIBECA/ESPN SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP ALSO REVEALED


New York, NY - March 14, 2011 – The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.

“Now that the majority of the program has been announced I believe you will see the rich variety and quality of the films and talent that we are presenting at Tribeca this year,” said David Kwok, Director of Programming. “The program is about both discovery and showcasing a broad range of filmmaking to our eclectic and diverse audiences who are passionate about film.”

“This year’s Spotlight is a mixture of carefully selected festival favorites from around the globe, highly anticipated releases, a number of new works by high profile filmmakers and films with subjects of special note,” said Genna Terranova, Senior Programmer. “And in Cinemania we really kick it up a notch with boundary-pushing genre films packed with action, sexy thrills, and an extra helping of blood and guts for good measure."

The Spotlight section is comprised of 33 films that highlight the works of a wide array of both established and rising talent as well as recognizable subjects. This exciting mix of current global cinema consists of 16 documentaries and 17 narratives, 16 of which will world premiere at the Festival. The Cinemania section offers an eclectic assortment of eight narrative films that defy categorization from all around the world.

The fifth annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, which takes place during TFF, will feature the world premiere of Oscar®-winning director Alex Gibney’s Catching Hell as its centerpiece Gala. The film explores the relationship between Chicago Cubs fans and Steve Bartman following his infamous near-catch of a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series.

“Five years ago Tribeca and ESPN started the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival with a modest goal: We wanted to shine a light on sports stories and broaden the audience for independent film,” said Nancy Schafer, Tribeca Film Festival Executive Director. “It has become one of the signature programs of the Tribeca Film Festival, and I know that the audience will be thrilled with this year’s films, just as I was.”

The complete list of films selected for Spotlight, Cinemania, and Special Screenings follow as well as the titles in the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival:


SPOTLIGHT

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A panorama of international and American cinema, this year’s Spotlight slate showcases notable performances from talents including Orlando Bloom in the psychological thriller The Good Doctor, Chris Evans in the legal drama Puncture, an against-type Kathleen Turner in the family dramedy The Perfect Family, Italian superstar Toni Servillo in the thriller A Quiet Life, and dueling wits Chow Yun-Fat and Jiang Wen in the Chinese hit Let the Bullets Fly. Performance itself takes center stage in the section’s many documentaries on renowned musicians and artists, including profiles of such disparate figures as Carol Channing, Ozzy Osbourne, and Yves Saint Laurent. Among these luminaries, performers such as Miriam Makeba, A Tribe Called Quest, and the legendary Haitian band Septentrional use their song to inspire generations of people. Social justice continues to emerge as a larger theme in the section, from The Loving Story’s historical revisiting of marriage equality through one couple’s fight against anti-miscegenation laws, to the development of environmentally sustainable and economically accessible automobiles in Revenge of the Electric Car, as well as the motivations behind Caribbean cricketers’ determination for a defiant victory in Fire In Babylon. This selection of 33 highly anticipated new releases and festival favorites will provoke discussion and be sure to entertain.

· The Assault (L’assaut), directed by Julien Leclerq, written by Simon Moutairou and Julien Leclerq. (France) – International Premiere, Narrative. Christmas Eve, 1994. In war-torn Algiers, four men uniformed as border guards hijack Air France Flight 8969, foreboding doom for all 220 passengers. But on their arrival in Marseilles, the elite French SWAT force waits to avert tragedy…. Based on the harrowing true story of one of the most successful anti-terrorist operations in history, and incorporating actual news footage, this action-packed thriller from Julien Leclercq (Chrysalis) is packed with heart-pounding intensity. In French with English subtitles.

· Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, directed by Michael Rapaport. (USA) – New York Premiere, Documentary. The most groundbreaking act to emerge from the New York hip-hop scene of the early ’90s, A Tribe Called Quest electrified a generation with its brand of jazz-infused beats and intelligent rhymes before dramatically disbanding in ’98. In his directorial debut, Michael Rapaport draws from eight months of total access to uncover the history and inner workings of the Tribe. Featuring De La Soul, Kanye West, Common, Mos Def, Ludacris, Beastie Boys, and more. A Sony Pictures Classics release.

· Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, directed by Dori Berinstein, written by Dori Berinstein and Adam Zucker. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. The story of legendary performer Carol Channing’s life is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. Director Dori Berinstein captures the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon and throws it at the screen like roses at the stage during curtain call. You’ll have a grin on your face and a tear in your eye, evidence that the original Dolly Levi is still glowin’, still crowin’, and still goin’ strong.

· Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Di Renjie), directed by Tsui Hark. (Hong Kong, China) – US Premiere, Narrative. In a fantastical steampunk version of ancient China, legendary sleuth Detective Dee returns from exile to help solve a series of suspicious murders on the eve of the coronation of the country’s first empress. A period epic from genre master Tsui Hark, Detective Dee is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery featuring stars Andy Lau, Li Bingbing, Carina Lau, and Tony Leung Ka-fai. In Mandarin with English subtitles. An Indomina Releasing release.

· Fire In Babylon, directed by Stevan Riley. (UK) – North American Premiere, Documentary. Played against the backdrop of the national liberation movements of the ’70s and ’80s, this lively documentary pays tribute to the golden age of cricket in the West Indies as the teammates set out to triumph over their former colonial masters and make a name for themselves on the world stage. This celebration of the power of sports as a vehicle for social change is set to a thumping reggae beat featuring Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, and Burning Spear.

· God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, directed by Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli. Produced by Jack Osbourne, Marc Weingarten, and Jordan Tappis. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Ozzy. For four decades, the name has been synonymous not just with a singular brand of blistering heavy metal, but also with a life lived to the extreme. Made for fans and the uninitiated alike, this definitive portrait of a troubled icon—told in part through the eyes of his family—relives Ozzy’s artistic triumphs while chronicling his arduous journey to sobriety and peace.

· The Good Doctor, directed by Lance Daly, written by John Enbom. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. When lonesome first-year medical resident Dr. Martin Blake (Orlando Bloom) finally gets the respect he so desperately craves from an enchanting teenage patient, he’ll do anything to keep her in his care…. In this slow-burn psychological thriller, Lance Daly’s (Kisses) keen eye and a restrained yet forceful performance by Bloom paint a gripping portrait of the accelerating depths of obsession.

· A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, directed and written by Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Jason Sudeikis leads an ensemble cast of bright comic talents as Eric, a thirtysomething party animal famous among his close circle of friends for his lavish summer theme parties at his father’s swanky Hamptons pad. But when members of the crew start settling down, and Eric’s dad announces plans to sell the beach house, Eric decides it’s time for one last party to go out with a proverbial bang—a good old fashioned orgy. With Lindsay Sloane, Lucy Punch, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Tyler Labine, and Will Forte. A Samuel Goldwyn Films/SPWA release.

· The Guard, directed and written by John Michael McDonagh. (Ireland) – New York Premiere, Narrative. Curmudgeonly small-town sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges) has a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no desire whatsoever to work with a straight-laced FBI agent (Don Cheadle) in from the States on a cocaine-smuggling case. Venerable Irish character actor Gleeson (In Bruges) fills his acid-tongued cop with an irreplaceable charm, and his banter with Cheadle will leave you in stitches. A Sony Pictures Classics release.

· The Hideaways, directed by Agnès Merlet. (France, Ireland) – World Premiere, Narrative. The Furlong men have unusual powers. Grandpa goes blind when he thinks of sex, Dad fries electronics when he’s afraid… but young James has a far more fearsome power. After losing everyone he loves, he flees to the woods to live alone. But when he’s discovered by a beautiful teenage cancer patient, their romance leads James on a journey back to civilization. Agnès Merlet (Artemisia) directs this whimsical fable about learning to live with the curses—and blessings—we inherit.

· Higher Ground, directed by Vera Farmiga, written by Carolyn S. Briggs and Tim Metcalfe. (USA) – New York Premiere, Narrative. Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) makes her directorial debut and stars in an adaptation of Carolyn S. Briggs’ memoir. Set in a tight-knit spiritual community at the height of feminism in the 1960s, Higher Ground is an exquisite study of one woman’s internal struggle with love and relationships. Farmiga delivers a nuanced performance straight from the gut, with compelling support from John Hawkes, Donna Murphy, Bill Irwin, and Joshua Leonard. A Sony Pictures Classics release.

· Janie Jones, directed and written by David M. Rosenthal. (USA) – US Premiere, Narrative. Ethan (Alessandro Nivola), a struggling musician content with his on-the-road rock-and-roll lifestyle and his much younger girlfriend (Brittany Snow), has his life turned upside down with the arrival of a 13-year-old daughter he never knew he had. Left with the responsibility of raising Janie Jones (Abigail Breslin), a shy but talented aspiring musician herself, Ethan embarks with Janie on a road trip of music, discovery, and father-daughter bonding. A Tribeca Film release.

· Klitschko, directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt. (Germany) – World Premiere, Documentary. Six-foot-six Ukrainian brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko emigrated to Germany to begin careers in heavyweight boxing in 1996, and the sport was never the same. After a 15-year reign over the ring, they made history in 2008, becoming the first brothers in the sport to hold world titles at the same time. Through an engaging mix of candid interviews and absorbing fight footage, Klitschko offers a captivating glimpse into the makings of these champion boxing brothers.

· L’amour fou, directed by Pierre Thoretton. (France) – US Premiere, Documentary. It was called the “auction of the century.” Following the death of his partner in business and life, fashion luminary Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Bergé made the difficult decision to sell off their immense collection of precious art. This luxuriant documentary uses their beautiful possessions as the puzzle pieces to form an equally beautiful portrait of the private world of an icon and the man who loved him. In French with English subtitles. A Sundance Selects release.

· Last Night, directed and written by Massy Tadjedin. (USA) – US Premiere, Narrative. Apart for one night, a happily married couple (Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington) is confronted by temptation that may decide the fate of their marriage. Last Night is ultimately about choices—to be in a relationship with someone, to give yourself to someone physically, to open yourself emotionally, and how to survive all three. Eva Mendes, Guillaume Canet, and Griffin Dunne also star in this sexy, provocative romantic drama. A Tribeca Film release.

· Let the Bullets Fly, directed by Jiang Wen. (Hong Kong, China) – International Premiere, Narrative. Set during the Age of the Warlords in the 1920s, this comic western is the highest grossing Chinese film ever. When circumstances force an outlaw (actor/director Jiang Wen) to impersonate a county governor and clean up a corrupt town, the Robin Hood figure finds himself in a showdown with the local “godfather” (Chow Yun-Fat). Full of surprises and grounded with a smart, humorous script, Let the Bullets Fly’s battles are fought with guns and wit. In Mandarin with English subtitles.

· Like Water, directed by Pablo Croce. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. In the most brutal and often most misunderstood sport in the world, becoming a champion takes more than just blood, sweat, and tears. Like Water follows middleweight Ultimate Fighter Anderson Silva as he prepares to crown his four-year run as the unbeaten king of the sport with a record 12th straight win in the UFC. With intimate access to Silva and his intense training, the surprising and inspiring man behind one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time emerges. In English, Portuguese with English subtitles.

· Limelight, directed by Billy Corben. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the king of the New York club scene—until years of legal battles led to his eventual deportation to Canada. This exuberant documentary charts Gatien’s rise and fall against the transformation of New York City, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of NYC nightlife. From the director of Cocaine Cowboys.

· The Loving Story, directed Nancy Buirski. (USA) – New York Premiere, Documentary. Nancy Buirski’s moving, evocative documentary recounts the unknown love story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple behind the 1967 Supreme Court ruling overturning anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. Drawing from a wealth of stunning archival footage, The Loving Story recreates a seminal moment in history in uncommon style, anchoring a timely message of marriage equality in a personal, human love story.

· Mama Africa, directed by Mika Kaurismäki, written by Mika Kaurismäki and Don Edkins. (Germany, South Africa, Finland) – International Premiere, Documentary. Packed with five decades of rare archival footage and captivating melodies, Mama Africa tells the incredible story of Miriam Makeba. First introduced to American audiences by Harry Belafonte, Makeba’s songs exposed the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa to the world—resulting in a 30-year exile from her home country. Throughout her life, Makeba inspired millions through her powerful songs of joy, love, and revolution. In English, French with English subtitles.

· A Matter of Taste, directed by Sally Rowe. (USA) – New York Premiere, Documentary. Eel, violets, and chocolate. Espuma of calf brains and foie gras. They’re the kind of hyper-modern dishes that made virtuosic young chef Paul Liebrandt a fast-rising star in the NYC restaurant world. But after September 11, when haute cuisine took a back seat to comfort food, Liebrandt would have to struggle for a decade in and out of the kitchen to get back to the top. A Matter of Taste mixes sumptuous food with an insider’s view into the complicated relationships between critics, chefs, and restaurant owners.

· My Piece of the Pie (Ma part du gâteau), directed and written by Cédric Klapisch. (France) – New York Premiere, Narrative. From Cédric Klapisch, director of 2002 hit L’Auberge Espagnole, comes a financial-era drama with a biting comic edge. When single mom France loses her factory job, she is forced to take a gig as a housekeeper and nanny for Steve, a hotshot Parisian stockbroker. As France and Steve grow closer, it seems both of their minds may be opening to each other’s worldviews—until France makes an unsettling discovery about Steve and events snowball toward a shocking dramatic finale.

· New York Says Thank You, directed by Scott Rettberg. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. New York Says Thank You is an epic story following the journey of New Yorkers whose lives were touched by September 11 as they travel the country helping communities rebuild after disasters. Along the way, they face their emotions and ultimately triumph over tragedy through an idea that evolved from a five-year-old New York City boy.

· The Perfect Family, directed by Anne Renton, written by Claire V. Riley and Paula Goldberg. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. In this sweet family drama, a devout Catholic (Kathleen Turner) in the running for the coveted Catholic Woman of the Year award must prove that her family actually conforms to the image of “the perfect family” as envisioned by the church, an image she’s put forth with considerable effort her whole life. Also starring Emily Deschanel, Jason Ritter, Richard Chamberlain, and Michael McGrady.

· Point Blank (A Bout Portant), directed by Fred Cavayé, written by Fred Cavayé and Guillaume Lemans. (France) – International Premiere, Narrative. Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is studying to be a nurse and his very pregnant wife, Nadia (Elena Anaya), is relegated to bed rest. But when Nadia is kidnapped right in front of him, to get her back he’ll have to free a man under police surveillance from the hospital in three hours. Point Blank is a taut suspense thriller that gets the adrenaline-inducing action going right from the start and never eases up. In French with English subtitles. A Magnolia Pictures release.

· Puncture, directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen, written by Chris Lopata. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) is not your typical lawyer. The tattooed and drug-addicted townie has more than his share of personal demons, but can he straighten up long enough to lead a renegade safety-needle inventor to victory against a monopolizing medical supply corporation? This David and Goliath legal drama, based on a true story, exposes the corruption and kickback schemes threatening the lives of millions of health care workers.

· A Quiet Life (Una Vita Tranquilla), directed by Claudio Cupellini, written by Filippo Gravino, Guido Iuculano, Claudio Cupellini. (Italy, Germany, France) – New York Premiere, Narrative. Two decades after he disappeared from Naples, ex-gangster Rosario has earned all the rewards of a simple life in rural Germany—a lovely young wife, a new son, and a gratifying restaurant/hotel business. But when a pair of mysterious young men take a room at his hotel, Rosario’s violent past catches up with him. The great Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah) stars in this slow-burn dramatic thriller, a brilliant addition to the new school of sophisticated, subtly suspenseful Italian crime films. In Italian, German with English subtitles.

· Renée, directed by Eric Drath. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Despite his alpha-male reputation, tennis ace Dick Raskind always felt different from other guys. But it wasn’t until his 40s, after getting married and having a son, that Dick was reborn as Renée Richards. Renée was still dynamite on the tennis court, but being the first transgender player in the women’s US Open would put her in a spotlight she—or her troubled son—couldn’t escape. This fascinating doc is a testament to both personal and athletic perseverance. An ESPN Films release.

· Revenge of the Electric Car, directed by Chris Paine, written by P.G. Morgan and Chris Paine. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. Behind the closed doors of Nissan, General Motors, and Tesla Motors, the race is on to develop the world’s first, and most economically accessible, electric car. Director Chris Paine’s energetic and beautifully shot follow-up to Who Killed the Electric Car? follows the innovative business models engineered by CEOs and independent entrepreneurs looking to jump-start the global resurgence of electric cars and win over a skeptical public.

· Roadie, directed by Michael Cuesta, written by Gerald Cuesta. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative. For 20 years, Jimmy (Ron Eldard) lived his rock-and-roll fantasy as a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult, but the glory days are gone, and Jimmy just got the boot. Returning to his childhood home in Queens, he finds his mom teetering toward dementia and his high school crush (Jill Hennessy) married to his still-nettling childhood rival (Bobby Cannavale). Building a future means confronting the relationships of the past in this heartfelt coming-of-middle-age tale.

· Shakespeare High, directed by Alex Rotaru. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. At home they face poverty, gangs, drugs, and a lack of role models. But in their high school drama program, a group of Southern California teens finds a chance to create a better life. Following several students as they prepare for and compete in the 90th Drama Teachers Association Shakespeare Competition, and featuring interviews with executive producer Kevin Spacey and Richard Dreyfuss, Val Kilmer and Mare Winningham, this galvanizing documentary reminds us of the positive impact of arts education on impressionable youth.

· The Trip, directed by Michael Winterbottom. (UK) – US Premiere, Narrative. The glorious English countryside, haute cuisine, and Britain’s best comedians add up to the most satisfying road trip movie in years. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon star as themselves, old friends who wind up touring romantic Lake District restaurants together after Coogan’s American girlfriend bails. Breeding sidesplitting banter about everything from their careers to Romantic poets to who does the best Michael Caine impression, Coogan and Brydon rediscover their friendship and themselves in one hilarious week. An IFC Films release.

· When the Drum Is Beating, directed by Whitney Dow. (USA, Haiti) – World Premiere, Documentary. The 20-member band Septentrional has been making music for 62 years as Haiti’s most celebrated big band. This inspirational documentary charts the history of Haiti from its triumphant independence from French colonialism to 2010’s devastating earthquake—all set to the vibrant music of Septentrional and punctuated with its members’ personal memories. Featuring a wealth of live rehearsal and performance footage, When the Drum Is Beating is a poignant and high-energy story of resilience. In English, Creole with English subtitles.


CINEMANIA

The fun, playful slate of this year’s Cinemania program represents a well-rounded spectrum of contemporary genre filmmaking, including science fiction, horror, exploitation, and fantasy. Each of these films challenges the expectations and definitions of their respective genres—from Beyond the Black Rainbow’s immersive, futuristically retro sci-fi experience, to an adorable and sexy Japanese “pink” musical in Underwater Love. Always a Cinemania staple, this year’s selection of horror films are also united in a common impulse to tackle genre conventions from inspired new angles, including a clever and revitalizing take on the teens-lost-in-the-woods premise in Rabies, a Dutch Christmas-themed slasher in Saint, and two fresh spins on the very contemporary “found footage” horror movement, between spooky ghost story Grave Encounters and Norwegian monster flick sensation TROLLHUNTER. Expect the unexpected with these smart and thrilling crowd-pleasers.

· Beyond the Black Rainbow, directed and written by Panos Cosmatos. (Canada, Italy) – International Premiere. Panos Cosmatos brings his bold, Kubrickian vision to the screen in stunning detail in this sci-fi fable of a young woman imprisoned in an experimental laboratory facility and the mysterious scientist who is her captor. At once creatively futuristic and hypnotically retro, Beyond the Black Rainbow will absorb viewers in its unique dystopian futurescape.

· The Bleeding House, directed and written by Philip Gelatt. (USA) – World Premiere. Meet the Smiths—a family full of secrets who keep to themselves on a back road outside a small Midwestern town. In this visceral, tightly wound horror/thriller, their lives are shaken when a sweet-talking Texan arrives on their doorstep on a mission for retribution. Will he succeed in his goal to bleed them of their sins, or will the family’s haunted past prove to be even more deadly than he bargained for? A Tribeca Film release.

· Grave Encounters, directed and written by The Vicious Brothers. (USA) – World Premiere. The crew of ghost-hunting reality TV show Grave Encounters decides to shoot an episode inside an abandoned psychiatric hospital with a dark past. All in the name of good television, they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night to begin a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly realize that the building is more than just haunted—it is alive, and has no intention of ever letting them go. A Tribeca Film release.

· Neon Flesh (Carne de Neon), directed and written by Paco Cabezas. (Spain, Argentina, Sweden) – North American Premiere. Young hustler Ricky was left to a life on the streets at the age of 12 when his hooker mother got sent to the can, but upon learning she’ll soon be released, Ricky enlists a couple of good-for-nothing buddies to help him open a whorehouse as a tribute to Mom. This stylish, edgy crime flick plunges headlong into the fringe world of pimps and junkies where succeeding in business can cost your life…. In Spanish with English subtitles.

· Rabies (Kalevet), directed and written by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. (Israel) – North American Premiere. A psychotic serial killer on the loose in the woods crosses paths with a group of unsuspecting teenagers. Soon people are dying one by one… but the bad guy isn’t who you think. Turning genre conventions on their head with a smart script and plenty of unexpected scares, Rabies is a surprising debut worthy of its mantle as Israel's first-ever slasher horror film. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

· Saint (Sint), directed and written by Dick Maas. (Netherlands) – North American Premiere. An original and delightfully gruesome slasher film, Saint reimagines jolly old Saint Nick as a murderous bishop fulfilling a grisly prophecy under the December 5 full moon. Full of creative yuletide horror, Saint is a fun chiller that follows local teen Frank as he sets out on a bloody, high-energy battle to save Amsterdam from the wrathful “Sinterklaas” and his minions. In Dutch with English subtitles.

· TROLLHUNTER (Trolljegeren), directed and written by André Øvredal. (Norway) – New York Premiere. In the wintry Norwegian countryside, a series of supposed bear poaching incidents leads a group of plucky film students to the mysterious hunter Hans: the one man charged with keeping the country’s entire troll population in check. This genre treat seamlessly blends stunning visual effects with its found footage aesthetic to deliver truly fantastic images of giant trolls wreaking havoc, all with darkly funny adherence to the original folklore. In Norwegian with English subtitles. A Magnet Releasing release.

· Underwater Love (Onna no kappa), directed by Shinji Imaoka, written by Shinji Imaoka and Fumio Moriya. (Japan, Germany) – World Premiere. A spectacle of songs and sex that is at once zany and erotic, Underwater Love puts an unforgettable new spin on the Japanese tradition of softcore “pink” films. Asuka has an easy life with her doting fiancé—but everything’s about to change when she discovers her childhood friend has been reborn as a folkloric water sprite, and she decides to take him home…. With music by Stereo Total and cinematography by frequent Wong Kar-wai DP Christopher Doyle. In Japanese with English subtitles.


SPECIAL SCREENINGS

· The Bang Bang Club, directed and written by Steven Silver. (Canada, South Africa) – US Premiere. The Bang Bang Club is the true story of four young combat photographers bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risk their lives and use their cameras to tell the world of the violence associated with the first free elections in post-Apartheid South Africa. Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch star in a film that explores the thrills, danger, and moral questions associated with exposing the truth. A Tribeca Film release.

· Everything Must Go, directed and written by Dan Rush. (USA) – New York Premiere. Will Ferrell gives a heartfelt and affecting performance in newcomer Dan Rush’s funny and touching adaptation of the Raymond Carver short story “Why Don’t You Dance?” After losing his job and his wife in the same day, Nicolas Halsey hits rock bottom and moves all his possessions, and himself, to his front yard. With the help of a lonely teenager and his pregnant neighbor (Rebecca Hall), Nick begins to dispose of old junk, mend his past, and begin a new life. A Roadside Attractions release.


2011 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival:

A perennial audience favorite, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival has become a leading platform to present independent sports and competition-themed films. The 2011 Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival is comprised of six films, all of which will screen throughout the Festival and at Tribeca Cinemas on Saturday, April 30.

Titles include documentary films that run the gamut of sports, telling the stories of a foul ball that may have altered MLB history, a team that changed the face of cricket, an Indian boy who was born to run, a tennis pro whose transformation startled the world, and one fighter's humble quest for his 12th UFC middleweight championship.


GALA for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival

Catching Hell, directed and written by Alex Gibney. (USA) – World Premiere. It’s the pop fly that will live in infamy. When Chicagoan Steve Bartman fatefully deflected a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, the city’s long-suffering Cubs fans found someone new to blame for their cursed century without a World Series title. Oscar®-winning director Alex Gibney explores the psychology of die-hard sports fans, the frightening phenomenon of scapegoating, and the hysteria that turned mild-mannered Bartman into the most hated man in Chicago. An ESPN Films release.

The following Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival titles have already been announced in their respective sections as part of the 2011 TFF film program:

* Fire In Babylon, directed by Stevan Riley. (UK) – North American Premiere, Documentary.
* Like Water, directed by Pablo Croce. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary.
* Marathon Boy, directed by Gemma Atwal. (United Kingdom) – North American Premiere, Documentary.
* Renée, directed by Eric Drath. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary.
* Splinters, directed by Adam Pesce. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.

The remaining feature films will be announced on March 23, 2011.

The short film program will be announced on March 16, 2011.

Starting today, the Film guide will be live on www.tribecafilm.com and detail all programs and films announced; additional programs will be added upon announcement. The screening schedule will be live on Monday March 21, 2011.

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Tickets for 2011 Festival

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About the Tribeca Film Festival:

The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema, and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling.

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About the 2011 Festival Sponsors:

As Founding Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, American Express is committed to supporting the Festival and the art of film making, bringing business and energy to New York City and offering Cardmembers and festival-goers the opportunity to enjoy the best of storytelling through film.

The Festival is pleased to announce the return of its Signature Sponsors: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Apple, Bloomberg, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Brookfield, Caesars Atlantic City, Heineken USA, LG Electronics USA, NBC 4 New York, NCM Media Networks, New York Nonstop, RR Donnelley, Stolichnaya Vodka, The New York Times, Time Warner Cable, and Vanity Fair. The Tribeca Film Festival is also honored to welcome the following new Signature Sponsors: Accenture and Magnum Ice Cream.
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