Monthly Archives October 2018

The Pasolini Project CINE-WEEN Edition: Songs About Pasolini (ft. Coil and Scott Walker)

This is The Pasolini Project, a monthly discussion series from Adrianna Gober and Doug Tilley delving into a vast body of work that, until relatively recently, had not been widely available on home video: the films of director, poet, journalist, and philosopher, Pier Paolo Pasolini. We’ll be exploring Pasolini’s filmography in chronological order, taking occasional detours through his staggeringly extensive artistic efforts outside of film, as well as the work of his collaborators and other related media. Part Five of our deep dive into all things Pasolini comes during Cine-Ween, and to mark the occasion, we’re putting on some headphones,
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The Things They Do With Special Effects These Days: An Appreciation of THE HOWLING (1981)

Originally, I was going to title this article “The Howling is the Best Werewolf Movie of 1981, Fight Me,” but a friend suggested that might be unnecessarily aggressive. First, let it be known that I like the other major 1981 werewolf movie, An American Werewolf in London, just fine. It is an entertaining, well-made film. But The Howling is better. Let me also preface this by saying that I love werewolf movies, but that I also have very specific preferences when it comes to the genre. Broadly speaking, here are Trey’s Rules for Effective Werewolf Movies: Bipedal werewolves – this
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Fate, Up Against Your Will: The Horror of HALLOWEEN (CINE-WEEN)

  I like to believe that I’m an even-tempered film fan, one who understands that not everyone watches movies with the same obsessive bent that I can (and often do) tend to bring to things. Sure, I’m all too happy to get riled up by petty disagreements in the ol’ discourse, but always all in fun. It has to be. If you can’t have fun with the stuff you love, then what fun is there in being in love? But sometimes, you have to draw a line. And there’s one snarky comment that comes up every so often, especially around
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CINE-WEEN: Talking THE WEIRDEST MOVIE EVER MADE With Journalist Phil Hall

“On October 20, 1967, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin emerged from a forest in Northern California with 59 seconds of grainy, shaky, silent 16mm film that supposedly offered documentary evidence of the Sasquatch, a creature of Native American folklore. Although neither Patterson nor Gimlin had any previous experience in filmmaking or zoology, they presented their remarkable footage as the first motion picture confirmation of the existence of the elusive Sasquatch. However, not everyone was convinced by the imagery on the Patterson-Gimlin Film. Additional doubt was generated by the strange story behind the film’s creation. Over the years, odd rumors emerged
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CINE-WEEN: Watching Otto Preminger’s LAURA

When you study film in a class, you return to iconic scenes to demonstrate terms, themes, and technical knowledge. Turning again and again to iconic reveals, these scenes become teaching moments, divorced from the full context of their containing films. The international archive of YouTube allows for the return to an image or sequence over and over, from device to device. I’ve had friends pull out phones at dinner parties to insist on showing the clip they watch over and over. One of these great scenes is the revelation of Laura (Gene Tierney) — still alive — to Detective McPherson
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The Printed Screen: DARKMAN (1990) (Part 1 of 3)

In The Printed Screen, I’ll be taking an irreverent look at comic book adaptations of notable films. Some of these were released at around the same time as their film counterpart, with the comic being based on an initial script and/or concept art, while others came out months or years after the fact. I’ll break down notable differences, look at the advantages and limitations of comic books compared to celluloid, and try to look at the broader context that led to the creation of both works. The big bang for superhero movies occurred in 1989 with Tim Burton’s Batman. Stay with
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CINE-WEEN: Elbee Defends A Remake – FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)

Over the years, remakes — especially horror remakes — have gained such a sour reputation that even the mere mention of the word is immediately followed by groans, sighs, and rolled eyes. Of course, the main problem with remakes is that we can’t help but compare them to the original works. The other problem is that hardly anything is capable of conquering that beast called nostalgia. We have endless discussions of “what’s wrong with the original?” and “is this even necessary?” with points and counterpoints so meticulous that the whole argument has become exhausting. But what if we took that
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CINE-WEEN: Mischief & Malevolence – A Reflection

Who doesn’t remember a time when they just hit puberty and relished in the “trick” half of trick or treating? Or is it only me? Growing up in Allentown, Pennsylvania in the 1980s definitely had its share of the usual nonsense: soaping car windows, T.P.ing trees and tick-tacking (throwing corn) people’s front porches. My friends and I took it to the next level. My buddy “Cabbage Head” and I used to go raiding. Instead of throwing handfuls of corn at porches, we’d put the corn in sandwich baggies and twist them into bombs and throw them at people’s back doors.
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SILENCIO is An Emotional Hodge-Podge of Genres

“In order to save her son’s life, Ana must find a powerful stone. Her grandfather originally discovered it in the Zone of Silence, the Bermuda Triangle of Mexico. Throughout her desperate search, Ana stumbles upon family secrets and enemies who believe the stone’s power is worth killing for.” Silencio sold me with its poster before it sold me with its premise. You put John Noble and Rupert Graves as the ostensible major characters in anything, and you have my undivided attention. It’s not quite accurate, though, because while Noble and Graves do set up most of the plot, the story
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CINE-WEEN Celebrates the THE WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL with Filmmaker Chris LaMartina

Chris LaMartina is an awesome filmmaker and a really fun person to talk to. He is currently raising money to make the sequel to The WNUF Halloween Special, a fantastic, low-budget throwback that’s hard not to enjoy. We had the chance to catch up with him about the new film, his previous work, and more. Check it out below and make sure you consider giving to the new project, it’s sure to be a blast! So, Chris, you’re the guy behind the WNUF Halloween Special, eh? Before we dig into that baby, let’s start with you and who exactly you
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