Anybody who attends the Sundance Film Festival for a few years learns a few tricks. They know that the best seats at the Egyptian Theatre are closer to the front. They can tell you that the Library Center Theatre gets cold before the show, but warms up during the movie because they turn the air conditioning off. They know the best routes for the shuttle buses. Their legs bend just the right way to walk downhill on Park City’s Main Street without tripping. The most important rule is this: You’re supposed to have fun at a festival — so if you’re not, you’re doing it wrong. What do you need to know about navigating the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the largest cultural event in Utah? Here are 20 tips and tricks, gleaned from festivalgoers with years, even decades, of experience. Download the app • The festival’s app puts the program guide, schedules, maps and other information in your smartphone, and it’s free. Most important, the … [Read more...] about Why just survive the Sundance Film Festival when you can enjoy it? Here are 20 tips for navigating the madness.
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Kin, a sci-fi adventure, leads this week's short-but-sweet Sun DVD reviews, while there's also Idris Elba's directorial debut in Yardie, and a shoot-out between Dave Bautista and terrorists at West Ham's stadium in Final Score. Read on... Kin (15)Out Boxing Day Eli Solinski (Myles Truitt) is a 14-year-old boy who finds an alien weapon in an abandoned warehouse. Not long after the discovery, he is taken on the run by his older brother (played by Jack Reynor) who is in debt to a gangster. Unbeknownst to them, they are also being chased by a pair of aliens who are tracking down the weapon… The convoluted plot is the biggest problem with the film. The story ricochets around different aspects: one minute it’s a heartwarming family drama. Now it’s a road trip movie. Now, it’s a sci-fi action thriller! Not enough time is given to any of the themes to make them meaningful, and it all culminates in a borderline deus ex machina moment at the very end, where it turns out … [Read more...] about Check out this week’s DVD picks from sci-fi drama Kin, to Idris Elba’s directorial debut in Yardie and terrorist shootout in Final Score
Italian genre aficionados chomping at the bit for their annual round of fantastic cinema with sci-fi inclinations have reason to rejoice since Trieste Science + Fiction recently announced the complete program of their 18th edition (October 30 - November 4). It packs one hell of a punch! Italy’s foremost genre festival opens and closes with hotly anticipated films in the form of Damien Chazelle’s First Man and Julius Avery’s Overlord but in between those two heavy-hitters there’s no shortage of discoveries and international favorites. Demián Rugna’s Terrified continues to make good on the promise of its title and hopes to scare the bejesus out of Italian audiences while The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion will see scientifically-engineered teens kick ass. Both films will screen out of competition alongside festival hits like Prospect and horror anthology The Field Guide to Evil. The international competition for the best science fiction film directed by … [Read more...] about Trieste Science + Fiction 2018: Jam-Packed Lineup Includes OVERLORD, FREAKS, THE DARK, a Healthy Focus on Italian Cinema and Much More
Adam Graham Detroit News Film Critic Published 6:26 PM EDT Oct 11, 2018 There's a lot of technical wizardry on display in "First Man," but on an emotional level, it's as cold as the other side of the moon. Sure, Neil Armstrong was a famously dry, spotlight-averting hero, and "First Man" attempts to explain his preference for science and math to the messy reality of human feelings. But it makes for a stiff, monotone exercise that never reaches the stars. Damien Chazelle, the whiz-kid director of the pulse-pounding "Whiplash" and the intoxicating "La La Land," successfully puts viewers in the cockpit with Armstrong as he heads for the moon. He uses handheld cameras to replicate the sensation of rattling around in a tin can while hurtling through the sky and he creates a tense, cramped atmosphere. But the script, written by Josh Singer and based on James R. Hansen's "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong," can't get all the way inside … [Read more...] about Movie review: ‘First Man’ shoots for stars, comes up short
The time honoured Anthology film. There are no shortage of them on the festival circuit, particularly in horror-genre circles. Rarely, however, do they come with such pedigree as Nightmare Cinema. It seems Mick Garris has not entirely scratched the itch of of his Masters of Horror cable series, which was a success on Showtime nearly a decade ago, and has again assembled a collection of well known genre veterans to tell new tales, this time in a theatrical format. Five short films which vary wildly in style and content, connected with a framing device not quite as kitschy as the Crypt Keeper from HBO’s venerable Tales From The Crypt anthology show, and yet, it must be said that Mickey Rourke is as awkward as he is unsettling (intentionally or not) as ‘The Projectionist.’ He scares the bejesus out of random patrons who wander in off the street by showing them their ‘future’ as a retro-horror short, projected in an grand empty auditorium. Rourke’s … [Read more...] about Fantasia 2018 Review: NIGHTMARE CINEMA, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Grue