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“Red Lights” trailer hits the web

Posted by On May - 31 - 2012

Right on the heels of that Branded trailer, I was forwarded the trailer for another solid piece of genre cinema that is currently coming down the pipeline. Directed by Rodrigo Cortes, the Spanish filmmaker who helmed the critically heralded Buried, Red Lights has so many things that have me personally intrigued. It isn’t often that you will find a Robert DeNiro film being promoted on Varied Celluloid, but this is the rare exception where you will find A) a visionary director behind the scenes, B) a really brilliant cast, and C) a plot that might actually feature some inspiring questions/content.

The cast for Red Lights does indeed look pretty intense. I’m so glad to see Sigourney Weaver working again, and this time she has a starring role in this story about skeptics who investigate bogus paranormal phenomena. Also along for the ride is one of my favorite young actors, Cillian Murphy. The guy has an intense presence, and he always grabs my attention. With these two, Robert DeNiro, and Elizabeth Olsen, I would say that this one certainly has acting legitimacy. Hopefully the story will do more than just paint skeptics as villains, but instead explore areas of cynicism and questions poised for those who intend to “question.” There are certainly areas worth exploring in this content, and I hope the filmmakers get it right. The trailer, which features an introduction by Sigourney Weaver, certainly makes this one look artistically viable. Due for release on July 13th, this one is quickly rushing towards us! Hopefully it lives up to the expectations! For those who are interested, the plot synopsis is described as follows:

Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) debunk fraudulent claims of ghost whispering, faith healing and other psychic phenomena by detecting what Matheson calls “red lights,” the subtle tricks behind every staged supernatural occurrence. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro)comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off, fearing reprisal from the powerful Silver.

Determined to discredit Silver, Buckley and his star student (Elizabeth Olsen) use every tool at their disposal to uncover the truth behind the charismatic, spoon-bending, mind reader. But Buckley is forced to reexamine his own core beliefs as his quest builds to a mind-blowing conclusion in this taut psychological thriller from award-winning writer and director Rodrigo Cortés (Buried).

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Trailer for “Branded” released

Posted by On May - 31 - 2012

I am a sucker for any sort of fiction that takes place in a dystopian environment. However, not all science fiction films that use this concept are made equal. The genre can be a bit hit or miss, but sometimes you run into titles that truly seem to hold a lot of promise. Branded is a film that appears to be in more than a little debt to John Carpenter’s They Live, but it at least seems as if the filmmakers are doing their part in creating an interesting story out of some very similar material. Unfortunately, I don’t see any sweet sunshades or 15-minute street fights in this trailer, but I do see some very solid CGI and a very good cast – which makes me fairly hopeful for the project.

Written and directed by the little-known duo of Jamie Bradshaw and Aleksandr Dulerayn, they are apparently real-life marketing executives who previously worked together on the Russian short film The Offshore Reserves, these two have assembled a cast that includes Leelee Sobieski (who I have not seen in a while, but who I generally enjoy), British actor Ed Stoppard, and the incredible Max Von Sydow – who looks as creepy as ever. Shot in Russia and featuring some lush cinematography, I have some fairly high hopes for this project. Continue reading for the official synopsis and the official trailer.

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Eros School: Feels So Good

Posted by On May - 29 - 2012

Eros School: Feels So Good (1977)
Director: Koretsugu Kurahara
Writers: Akira Momoi
Starring: Murakuni Shohei, Asami Ogawa, and Jun Aki

The Plot: Eros School: Feels So Good is the classic story of a young man who hopes to win the attention of a beautiful young woman. Our lead is a bit of a goofball though, so he spends most of his days in private writing love songs for his crush Misa (Asami Ogawa) and daydreaming about making sweet love to her. Misa, however, is a damaged young woman who may not be prepared for a relationship. Even as a highschool student, she has never began her period, which makes her feel like less of a woman in comparison to her peers. As this little love affair seems as if it is ready to crack, a new student transfers to school and with him he brings a great deal of bad news. Ryu (Murakuni Shohei), better known as Ryu the Rapist, has just transferred from a reform school. Ryu has been known to rape “beauty queens,” and it doesn’t take him long to turn his eyes toward Misa. This leads to a game of cat and mouse, with Ryu raping every girl in school while working his way towards Misa. Will our leading man manage to bed Misa and take her virginity before the dastardly Ryu manages to molest the young girl?

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Zoom Up: The Beaver Book Girl

Posted by On May - 22 - 2012

Zoom Up: The Beaver Book Girl (1981)
Director: Takashi Kanno
Writers: Chiho Katsura
Starring: Junko Mabuki, Hayano Kumiko, and Yoshiko Saski

The Plot: Zoom Up: The Beaver Book Girl takes place within the world of amateur pornography. We focus primarily on a small trio who specialize in both upskirt and urine-based pornography. The group is made up of The Master, who is the visionary of this group, his assistant, and their model. This trio travels around Japan looking for various interesting locations to shoot their particular brand of erotica. While out shooting some fetishistic material, the group notices a strange woman following them around town. When they make it back to their apartment, the strange woman eventually introduces herself. She is a lady quite unlike any other model who has worked for The Master before. She is willing to degrade herself in ways that few women would, and she seems more interested in thrills than she does money. Something is different about this woman, however, and not all of her qualities are guaranteed to be good. As she fulfills every wish that The Master has, she also fulfills some goals of her own.

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Alien Opponent

Posted by JoshSamford On May - 21 - 2012

Alien Opponent (2010)
Director: Colin Theys
Writers: John Doolan
Starring: Jeremy London, “Rowndy” Roddy Piper, Adrienne LaValley, Ashley Bates, and Debra Jans

The Plot: When a young country wife is found cheating on her husband, the rich farmer husband proceeds to go ballistic. Unfortunately for him, he quickly catches a very bad case of “death.” You see, his trophy wife’s mother plants a hammer in the back of his cranium before he can dish out his own brand of southern justice. Looking at a massive inheritance, everything seems to be going right for this young trophy wife and her evil mother. However, things become complicated when an alien spacecraft crashes into their farm – and the body of the rich husband has come up missing. Seeing a nice alibi in this, and needing his body to claim the inheritance, this mother and daughter combo decide to stage a competition with their neighbors. They open up their land to any-and-all contestants who feel that they are able to both kill this monstrous alien (who they blame the murder on) and also retrieve this dead man’s body. This draws in a number of competitors, and ultimately leads to a number of dead bodies.

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