Hounds of Love review

This is not an easy movie to get through. Hounds of Love depicts graphic scenes of sexual assault and torture. It’s the kind of movie that makes you question why you enjoy watching horror movies in the first place. Why subject yourself to something like this? Why sit through something that makes you feel like you need to take a shower afterwards?

But nothing here is done for the sake of exploitation or titillation. Hounds of Love is a surprisingly deep meditation on domestic violence and controlling relationships, an astonishingly well-acted piece of film, and it doesn’t end quite the way you’d expect from its rape-revenge trappings. But it’s certainly not going to be for everyone.

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Mayhem

There are few better locations to watch horror movies than in the iconic hotel that was featured in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and the inaugural Overlook Film Festival, which I wrote about in great detail, took full advantage of this. Along with some possible classics (you can read my review of It Comes At Night right now and a full review of Hounds of Love is coming) I spent much of my time there watching movie after movie, and was pleased by the variety of genre films on hand.

Let’s take a look at what I saw, in order that I watched them!

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tribeca reviews my friend dahmer

Another Tribeca Film Festival has come and gone, bringing a new slew of films you should look out for. This year’s festival was particularly jam-packed, with some incredible special events, including a 25th anniversary screening of Reservoir Dogs (using Quentin Tarantino’s personal 35mm copy) and cast panel, talks with industry legends such as Tom Hanks, Kathryn Bigelow and Dustin Hoffman, VR showcases, the premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale, and the literal godfather of all events, an all-day screening of The Godfather and The Godfather II with the cast and director Francis Ford Coppola assembled for a 45th anniversary retrospective panel and reunion to close out the festival.

Sandwiched in-between these star-studded events were some truly incredible films which I had the pleasure of screening and discovering during this sleepless stretch of two weeks. Here are the narrative titles that stood out, that shocked me, thrilled me and left me in dumbfounded awe by the end credits. Here are my Best of Tribeca 2017 films!

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Overlook Film Festival

When you host a film festival at the actual location that served as the outside of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, you don’t need to do a whole lot to provide atmosphere. But the snowstorm sure didn’t hurt.

That’s what travelers to the inaugural Overlook Film Festival were greeted by last Thursday as they made their way up the treacherous mountain pass to the iconic lodge. The Timberline Hotel is an utterly gorgeous location, a still-functioning ski lodge on top of a snowy mountain about 60 miles outside of Portland. To say it’s picturesque would be putting it mildly, but we didn’t see much in the way of anything on the way up. Whiteout conditions and a driver using tire chains for the first time led to a harrowing journey up the slippery road. We made it intact, but later on, I heard from more than one person who had fishtailed all over the place, or even ended up in the snow.

It was one helluva way to kick things off a weekend filled with horror movies, haunted houses, and an immersive “game” that thrust me into an actual horror story, that’s for sure.

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The Big Sick Trailer

You might think it’s a little bold to proclaim that The Big Sick will be the best comedy of the summer. And while reactions from trailers can tend to be hyperbolic in the moment, in this case, we’ve actually already seen the movie in question.

The Big Sick debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and when all was said and done, it was the /Film crew’s favorite movie that premiered there. Now the first trailer for the movie written by comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his real life wife Emily V. Gordon has arrived, giving us a tease of the romantic comedy which adapts the writing duo’s surprisingly true love story. Trust me when I say the movie is hilarious, touching and absolutely worth seeking out this summer.

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Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower Trailer

Joshua Wong wasn’t born when Hong Kong was handed back to the Chinese government in 1997 after being under British rule and influence by western civilization. But that didn’t stop him from rallying against the Communist government for trying to take away some of Hong Kong’s autonomy that was promised in the “one country, two systems” principle that came with their return to Chinese rule.

In 2012, China attempted to implement a National Education curriculum that was aimed at deterring youth from having “unpatriotic thoughts.” It’s the institutional equivalent of brainwashing and propaganda in schools, and at 14 years old, Joshua Wong wasn’t going to sit back and let it happen. His defiance turned into an activism group that ended up rallying hundreds of thousands of students around him, putting him toe-to-toe with the entire Chinese government. It sounds like a fictional narrative, but it’s a true story, and Netflix’s new documentary Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower shows how it all went down.

Watch the Joshua: Teenage vs Superpower trailer below. Read More »

firestarter

You can’t keep a good Firestarter down. After the opening night screening at the Overlook Film Festival tonight, Akiva Goldsman and Jason Blum announced that they would be teaming up once again to bring Stephen King’s classic pyrokinetic tale back to the big screen. Hit the jump to learn more about the Firestarter remake.

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The Hero Trailer - Sam Elliott

Now that summer is getting closer, not only will we get the usual onslaught of studio blockbusters looking for box office dollars, but we’ll get plenty of indies looking to attract the niche audiences, including plenty of films that debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. One of those indies just debuted its first promising trailer.

The Hero follows Sam Elliott as Lee Hayden, a former western star past his prime at a point in his career when he’s receiving lifetime achievement awards while he’s still looking for one more career-defining role. Funnily enough, this leading turn for Sam Elliott is getting plenty of praise for being just that.
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The Little Hours Trailer

Last year, director Martin Scorsese brought us Silence, a pensive, harrowing story of 17th-century Portuguese missionaries, who embark on a perilous journey to Japan to find their missing mentor and struggle with the decision of renouncing their faith or suffering an agonizing death. This year, director Jeff Baena brings us a trio of raunchy, horny nuns who just want to fuck the new servant at their convent.

The Little Hours follows Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci as three nuns who are anything but holy. I’ll just leave it at that, because the red band trailer does a much better job of showing you just how wild these sisters can get. Watch red band The Little Hours trailer below. Yes, this is NSFW because of ample dirty language and even some nudity. Read More »

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Escape from Park City - Sundance Documentary Short

We’ve been covering the Sundance Film Festival for years, watching and reviewing dozens of independent films, most of which are playing for audiences for the first time anywhere. Personally, I’ve been to the annual cinematic showcase in Park City, Utah seven years in a row, and even though it’s always exhausting, it never gets old. But not everyone is as lucky in their experience at Sundance, as a new documentary short illustrates.

Filmmaker John Wilson (aka “Johns Movies”) was hired to “uncover some of the festival’s secrets” for Vimeo while crashing on their couch during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Titled Escape from Park City, this short is a truly unique look at the festival that takes away all the glitz and glamor and shows you what it’s really like to be at Sundance. Read More »