Of all of the films released in 2016, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon is one that I have thought about most. The reviews of the film are polarizing. Some people loved it, others hated it. Films like this are exactly the kind that I love to watch, films that really bore into your brain; films that you can’t quite pin down into a genre or a simple one dimensional theme. I could feel the director’s narcissism through the screen… I am still not sure how to feel about The Neon Demon, but since viewing it some time ago, I still can’t seem to get it out of my head.
In the United Kingdom, Liverpool Small Cinema presents David Bowie Day on Sunday 8th January! It’s Bowie’s birthday and we miss him so, so let’s DANCE and celebrate the man, the music and the magic.
“I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.”
One cannot discuss 1976’s most controversial theatrical release without first discussing the mythology of the ‘snuff’ film itself. You see, a snuff film is a filmed sequence that depicts the actual murder of another human being for distribution and financial exploitation. Morbid, yes?
Then came along Snuff: “The film that could only be made in South America…where life is cheap!”
The history behind Snuff however, is far more interesting than the film itself.
“Are the killings in this film real? You be the judge!”
During the videotape format war of the late 1970s and early 1980s, JVC’s VHS would compete for market share against Sony’s Betamax. Betamax was, in theory, the superior recording format but VHS would ultimately emerge as the preeminent home video format in 1986. Consumers could not justify the extra cost of a Betamax VCR, which was often more expensive that the VHS equivalent due to the higher quality construction of Betamax recorders.
“Decadence is their fate.”
The CIM (Crappy International Movies) Sueca film festival is a global event aimed at low-budget B to Z audiovisuals, both independent and/or non-commercial. The CIM-Sueca film festival, having just completed it’s fifth edition, is held by the Cultural Association for the Second Law of Thermodynamics in the town of Sueca; in Valencia, Spain.
“Cinema internacional de merda de sueca.”
Written and directed by Rene Cardona Jr., Tintorera! is a Mexican-British horror film released in 1977, shortly after the success of Jaws (1975). You would expect Tintorera! to be nothing more than a clone of the cultural phenomenon Steven Spielberg spearheaded. Instead Tintorera! blends the ‘killer shark’ sub-genre with softcore erotica!
“There’s a monstrous killer churning up the sea… Tintorera …Tiger Shark” PRESS PLAY ►
Anyone with even the slightest interest in home entertainment recognises the importance of VHS. The marketing and promotion from the independent distribution companies elevated the medium to such an extent that collectors today now happily pay significant amounts of money for a VHS tape; not for the movie itself, but for the incredible artwork/design featured on the cover.