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The Thin Red Line to Receive the Criterion Treatment

Malick fans rejoice: The Criterion Collection, known for its special feature-laden, artfully packaged editions of “important classic and contemporary films,” is releasing The Thin Red Line on DVD and Blu-ray on September 28th of this year. This will be the second of Malick’s films to receive the treatment–the first being 1978’s Days of Heaven–and it’s an act sure to please the vocal minority that has long championed this film, which to date has seen only the most basic release on DVD. Not included, I’m sad to say, is the supposed five-hour-long version of the film with cut scenes featuring the likes of Martin Sheen, Mickey Rourke, Viggo Mortensen, Bill Pullman, and narration by Billy Bob Thornton. Full list of disc features after the jump.

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David Carradine Tribute Weekend

This weekend (starting yesterday, sorry!) Quentin Tarantino, the New Beverly Cinema, and Cinefamily are putting on a David Carradine movie marathon as a tribute to the late actor. This Carradine fest starts with three days (now two) at the at the New Beverly Cinema and ends with a quadruple-feature-BBQ-extravaganza at Cinefamily’s Silent Movie Theatre. They will also be screening some David Carradine rarities from TV and elsewhere on 16mm and video on Sunday along with the four movies they’re showing.

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Banksy: Exit Through the Gift Shop

To be honest, I’m not a Banksy fan. Even his fans are frustrating to me most of the time. Why? Well, I find that many people who know his work don’t know many others; if you like a particular style, I think you should make an effort to know more than just one practitioner. Regardless, Banksy’s new film Exit Through the Gift Shop looks awesome–maybe its time for me to eat my words. From the little info available on the film, I understand it to be rather innovative in that it shows not just the success, actions and mindset a serious street artist works with, but the devastation, paranoia, and stress that more often comes with it. Labeled “the first street art disaster film,’ the UK trailer shows us pretty much that.

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Spike Jonze’s I’m Here Available to Watch Online

I’m Here, a short film directed by Spike Jonze that debuted earlier this year at Sundance, can be viewed online for free at its official website. 31 minutes in length, the film is a love story about two robots. It’s financed by Absolut Vodka and is screened at regular intervals, so be sure to time your visit wisely.

Maynard James Keenan Stars in Wine Documentary Blood Into Wine

Old, but funny news.

Maynard James Keenan, lauded frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle and, more recently, the atrocity known as Puscifer, happens to be a grape farmer as well. Since ’95 he has apparently been making wines at his Arizona farm. Now I just found out that there’s a documentary about this rather pretentious hobby. I honestly didn’t know why anyone other than a rabid Tool aficionado would like to see it, until I watched the trailers.

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The Tree of Life Gets a Release Date

Good news, folks. Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life “is definitely set for release in November,” according to Bob Berney, president of Apparition Films. It had previously been reported (and hoped) that the film would premiere at Cannes, which is apparently still a possibility.

Terrence Malick’s previous films are Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, and The New World. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and watch every single one of them.

Guest Review: Eluveitie – Everything Remains as it Never Was

Eluveitie - Everything Remains as it Never WasWhat once started off as what many believed to be a fad–dressing up in armor, singing of the days of your ancestors and incorporating obscure instruments alongside death growls and blast beats–has recently proven that it’s here to stay. Folk metal now has two annual tours, Paganfest and Heathenfest, along with the innumerable horde of fans growing at every show.

And leading the pack of what they call the ‘new wave of folk metal’ is Swiss octet Eluveitie (pronounced El-Whitey). Making just a ripple in the metallic waters with their first two efforts, 2008’s Slania and a tour alongside fan favorites Ensiferum, established their credibility as one of the most talented bands in the genre. Continue reading

BAFTA ‘Best Film’ Posters

Illustrator Travis Coburn has created a series of posters highlighting the five movies nominated for Best Film at the 2009 BAFTA Awards: Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Precious, and Up in the Air. Kathryn Bigelow’s Hurt Locker took the top prize, as well as awards for directing, editing, cinematography, and sound.

All five of these films are nominated for Best Picture at next month’s Academy awards, as well as The Blind Side, District 9, Inglorious Basterds, A Serious Man, and Up. The Oscars will take place on March 7th, 2010.

Check out the other four posters after the jump.

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Until the Light Takes Us, Round Two

Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites, the filmmakers behind Until the Light Takes Us, recently did an interview with IDT’s Side Shots Film Blog. In it, they discuss how they never plan to make another documentary, why the decided to move to Norway in order to film Light, and what it was like to deal with such strong personalities as Varg Vikerenes and Fenriz. Based on their approach to the film, as well as their upcoming project (a narrative film called The Living Day, set on a commune in Vermont), it’s clear they’re attracted to overlooked subcultures–not to mention snow. It’s an interesting interview, so check it out.

Quentin Tarantino Saves The New Beverly

Just one more reason why Quentin Tarantino is awesome. He has saved one of my favorite things ever, the New Beverly Cinema.

The theater was facing its end, but Tarantino, who had apparently been paying $5,000 a month to keep the place afloat for some time now, couldn’t let that happen, as he’s been going to the New Beverly “ever since (he) was old enough to drive there from the South Bay.” “As long as I’m alive,” Tarantino said, “and as long as I’m rich, the New Beverly will be there, showing double features in 35mm.”

Sherman Torgan, who once commented on my Meshuggah shirt as he sold me tickets to his theater, took over The Beverly Cinema in 1978. He then changed the name to The New Beverly Cinema and changed the programming from live nude dancing to classic, independent, and foreign films. The Torgan family has been playing killer double features every night since and will continue to do so as Tarantino is letting the Torgans continue to run the theater. Continue reading

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