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Mad About Maddin Poster Gallery!

Posted in Canada, movies with tags , , , , , , on September 19, 2013 by goregirl

Guy Maddin

The imagery in Guy Maddin’s films is incredibly beautiful and imaginative. I could take a still from any of Maddin’s films, put a frame on it and call it a masterpiece. Sadly the poster selection for Mr. Maddin’s brilliant films is a little on the sparse side. In fact, I could not find posters for all of his feature-length films. I had to include some video and DVD covers; they are quite appealing just the same.

THE FILMS OF GUY MADDIN…

Tales from the Gimli Hospital

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Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1989)

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Archangel (1991)

Careful

Careful (1992)

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997)

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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002)

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Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands (2003)

The Saddest Music in the World

The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

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Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters

Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters
(2006)

Keyhole

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Keyhole (2011)

DUNGEON DIRECTOR PROJECT: My 50 Favourite Directors #50 – #46

Posted in movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2012 by goregirl

Film is a huge part of my life. I can not seem to prevent myself from introducing it into a conversation with everyone I meet. Once in a while I run into someone whose taste in film so violently opposes my own I want to glove slap them. I do try my best to be open-minded and can usually find some common ground. It surprises me a little that so few people I discuss film with know directors by name. The underappreciated director does not generally make the tabloids and I guess in turn doesn’t make many people’s radars. Personally, I am all about the director as I suspect many a cinephile is. I follow director’s work fervently. If I loved one of the director’s films, it is a guarantee I will see another; those who score a hat trick will have a fan for life! So in honour of the director I give you my 50 favourite! I thought for this project I would mix it up a bit, so I will be counting down my 50 Favourite directors from ALL GENRES! I will be posting these lists in groups of five a couple times a week.

My 50 favourite directors #50 – #46

*NOTE: I did not include any made for TV movies in the numbers I used for each director’s full-length feature films.*

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#50. Roy Ward Baker

What I’ve Seen: Inferno (1953), A Night to Remember (1958), Quatermass and the Pit (1967), The Anniversary (1968), The Vampire Lovers (1970), Scars of Dracula (1970), Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971), Asylum (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973), The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), The Monster Club (1981)

British director Roy Ward Baker has a list of 33 feature length films on IMDB. Baker made his last full length feature film, Monster Club in 1981 and directed a number of TV shows before retiring from the industry in 1992. He died at the age of 93 October 5, 2010 in London England. 93!! Holy crap! That is a ripe old age! Baker makes this list thanks to his director status on 3 of my favourite Hammer Studio films Quatermass and the Pit, The Vampire Lovers and Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde. All three are films to which I gave a perfect score. But just look at that list of films! What great fun! Okay, A Night to Remember can’t really be considered “great fun”.  A Night to Remember is about the Titanic disaster without the cheesy love story; not to mention a solid film. Baker is a superb filmmaker who brought excitement to the screen and knew how to get the best from his cast. There are a number of Baker’s films I have yet to see, although some of the subject matters are not of particular interest to me, there is still room for exploration.

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#49. Carl Theodor Dreyer

What I’ve Seen: Blade of Satans Bog (1921), The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Vampyr (1932), Day of Wrath (1943), Master of the House (1925), Gertrud (1964)

Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s made just 14 full length feature films in his career. I have seen 6 of the 14 and gave The Passion of Joan of Arc and Day of Wrath a perfect score and the other four films a 4/5! A pretty bloody impressive track record! Seriously, The Passion of Joan of Arc is one of the best films I have seen. A wrought with emotion character study that must be experienced. All of Dreyer’s films have a certain surreal vibe even those with a fairly straight up narrative. Dreyer died at the age of 79 March 20, 1968. I look forward to checking out the other films on his list, if they are half as good as The Passion of Joan of Arc they will still be very watchable!

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#48. Jean Renoir

What I’ve Seen: La Chienne (1931), Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932), Le crime de Monsieur Lange (1936), La grande illusion (1937), La Bête Humaine (1938), The Rules of the Game (1939)

French director Jean Renoir has 32 full length feature films listed on IMDB. I have seen a miniscule six of these, but bloody hell what a magnificent sextet they are! I must admit, I only seen my first Renoir film 4 years ago. I was picking up a Jean Cocteau DVD from the library and got in a conversation about foreign films with the guy behind the counter. Turns out Renoir is one of his favourite directors and he actually seemed disgusted that I had never seen a film from the director. He insisted I rented The Rules of the Game, claiming it was one of the greatest satires ever made. I don’t usually allow myself to be muscled by men working at the library, but I appreciated his passion. WOW! He wasn’t kidding; The Rules of the Game is simply perfect. I loved all six of Renoir’s flicks! All beautifully filmed, engrossing and character-driven studies of French society and humanity in general. Renoir died February 12, 1979 at the age of 84 and left behind an impressive legacy on celluloid. Clearly I have tons of fertile ground left to sow in Renoir’s field!

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#47. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

What I’ve Seen: Katzelmacher (1969), Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? (1970), The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Satan’s Brew (1976), The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), Lili Marleen (1981)

German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder made 23 full length feature films and a ton of TV movies during his short career. Fassbinder died June 10, 1982 at the age of 37 of an overdose. I’ve read quite a bit about Fassbinder over the years, and he seemed like a pretty complicated guy. The characters in his films seem as conflicted as he himself was. Meditations on sexuality, racism, oppression, family and the like are knitted through all his films. I have seen seven of his titles and they are all a little quirky. His films get under my skin and his characters are not always likable but are nonetheless intriguing. I have enjoyed all of the Fassbinder films I’ve seen but I am particularly fond of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Why Does Herr R. Run Amok? Another director who has much juiciness left for me to bite into!

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#46. Jee-Woon Kim 

What I’ve Seen:  The Quiet Family (1998), The Foul King (2000),  A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), A Bittersweet Life (2005), The Good the Bad the Weird (2008),  I Saw the Devil (2010),

Jee-Woon Kim is alive! Yep, this is the first living director still making films to land on the list. I have seen every full-length feature South Korean filmmaker Jee-Woon Kim has directed and have given TWO of his films perfect marks (The Quiet Family and A Bittersweet Life). I don’t give a film 5/5 lightly my friends! Kim’s stylish and original films range the genres but each one contains a violent element. I eagerly anticipate each one of Kim’s new projects! His next project, The Last Stand (2013) seems completely and utterly random and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger?! To be honest it is unlikely I would bother with this film if it didn’t have Kim’s name attached. A testament to how much I enjoy and respect Kim’s work.

The Films of Ishirô Honda

Posted in Japan, movies with tags , , , on March 1, 2012 by goregirl


Fans of Japanese monster flicks already know the name Ishirô Honda. For those of you not familiar with Honda’s work I have included his impressive fifty strong list of directorial efforts. To the best of my knowledge, Honda worked with Toho his entire film career. So many of my favourite Toho flicks are on this list; Godzilla, Matango, Mothra, Rodan, and Destroy All Monsters. In fact, Destroy all Monsters will be my first film review for this feature. Not coincidentally, all of my aforementioned favourites were collaborations with special effects guru Eiji Tsuburaya. Fellow Toho director Akira Kurosawa also collaborated with Honda, who was chief assistant director on Kurosawa’s Stray Dog and Ran. Apparently the two were close friends; Kurosawa delivered the Eulogy at Ishirô Honda’s funeral in 1993. Honda died at the age of 81. Ishirô Honda was responsible for some of Toho’s best and most successful creature features and is a director worth celebrating!

The Films of Ishirô Honda

1990 Dreams (The Tunnel, Mount Fuji in Red, prologue & epilogue of The Weeping Demon – uncredited)
1977 Godzilla
1975 Terror of Mechagodzilla (Mekagojira no gyakushu)
1973 Mirâman
1970 Space Amoeba (Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû)
1969 Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru kaijû daishingeki
1969 Atragon II (Ido zero daisakusen)

1968 Destroy All Monsters (Kaijû sôshingeki)
1968 The War of the Gargantuas (Furankenshutain no kaijû: Sanda tai Gaira)
1967 Come Marry Me (Oyome ni oide)
1967 King Kong Escapes (Kingu Kongu no gyakushû) (english language version)
1965 Invasion of Astro-Monster
1965 Frankenstein vs. Baragon
1964 Monster of Monsters: Ghidorah (San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen)
1964 Dagora, the Space Monster (Uchû daikaijû Dogora)
1964 Mothra vs. Godzilla
1963 Atoragon: Flying Supersub (Kaitei gunkan)

1963 Matango (Attack of the Mushroom People)
1962 Varan the Unbelievable (Japanese scenes – uncredited)
1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla (Kingu Kongu tai Gojira)
1962 Astronaut 1980 (Yôsei Gorasu)
1961 The Scarlet Man (Shinku no otoko)


1961 Mothra (Mosura)
1960 The Human Vapor (Gasu ningen dai ichigo)
1959 Battle in Outer Space (Uchû daisensô)
1959 Seniors, Juniors, Co-Workers (Uwayaku, shitayaku, godôyaku)
1959 Inao: Story of an Iron Arm (Tetsuwan toshu inao monogatari)
1959 An Echo Calls You (Kodama wa yonde iru)

1958 Varan the Unbelievable (Daikaijû Baran)
1958 Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman (Japanese scenes)
1958 Beauty and the Liquidman (Bijo to Ekitainingen)
1958 Song for a Bride (Hanayome sanjûsô)
1957 Defence Force of the Earth (Chikyû Bôeigun)
1957 A Farewell to the Woman Called My Sister (Wakare no chatsumi-uta shimai-hen: Oneesan to yonda hito)
1957 A Teapicker’s Song of Goodbye (Wakare no chatsumi-uta)
1957 A Rainbow Plays in My Heart (Waga mune ni niji wa kiezu)
1957 Be Happy, These Two Lovers (Kono futari ni sachi are)
1956 Rodan (Sora no daikaijû Radon)
1956 People of Tokyo, Goodbye (Tôkyô no hito sayônara)
1956 Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (Kaijû-ô Gojira)
1956 Yakan chûgaku
1956 Young Tree (Wakai ki)
1955 Beast Man Snow Man (Jû jin yuki otoko)
1955 Cry-Baby (Oen-san)
1955 Love Makeup (Koi-gesho)
1954 Godzilla (Gojira)

1954 Farewell Rabaul (Saraba Rabauru)
1953 Eagle of the Pacific (Taiheiyô no washi)
1953 Adolescence Part II (Zoku shishunki)
1952 The Man Who Came to Port (Minato e kita otoko)
1952 The Skin of the South
1951 The Blue Pearl (Aoi shinju)

Ishirô Honda