Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Mario Bava (1914-1980)



I´m reviving this thing.
Today is a portuguese national holiday, but I would like to take the chance to pay tribute to Mario Bava, since it has been 26 years since the disapearance of one of the greteast italian masters.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

post halloween blues


Hope everybody had a nice Halloween. Let´s see what´s up...
A project about remaking Night of the Living Dead in 3-D, which sounds remotely interesting. check the official site .
My new found thing with silent films led me to this great site about everything related with the silent era (including dvd releases). (thanks to the sidebar of Cinematógrafo )
Also, Bloody-Disgusting is gonna make us horror geeks spend money.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sunrise - A Song of Two Humans (1927)

I recently had a chance to see this silent-era classic film by F.W. Murnau on the big screen and I was amazed by it´s stunning quality. The direction of this film is almost perfect and I loved the fact that the story (even if the plot is a bit simple: the classic love triangle) is mainly told through visuals.
Murnau is able to create every kind of emotion during the picture: drama, comedy, joy, fear... And you definitly feel that words, and sound for that matter, are almost unnecessary.
The acting is almost flawless. George O´ Brien manages to transfigure himself throughout the story and Janet Gaynor (who looks a lot like Drew Barrymore) also puts on a very strong performance.
For a lot of reasons Nosferatu (1922) is my favorite Murnau film. But this amazing "song of two humans" left me dazzled by it´s beautiful and "ahead of it´s time" visuals.
Highly recomended if you are into silent films or if you plan to start checking them out.

Friday, October 28, 2005

butchered classic?

Saturday, October 01, 2005

I remember halloween


It´s October, the coolest month of the year. So let´s kick it off nicely...

Twitch has posted some amazing stuff the last few days, including the trailer for the new Takeshi Kitano film Takeshis and a review for the R1 release of Sex & Fury. Thanks to them for all the great asian cinema info.

I found another great site about italian movie posters. (the link directs you to the italian section of the site, which is the one that interested me the most, but as you will see there are other good sections as well)

Now, for a bit of comedy, check out this trailer of one of the scariest (or not) horror movies of all time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

revival post


Hey everyone... the blog lives!!! even if sometimes it lurks in small comas.
Well, if things haven´t been to heavy on news, one has to focus on the past. A nice dvd recomendation, and probably one of the coolest (definitly my favorite) dracula films of all time: Dracula has Risen From the Grave. Hammer Studios has usually, deliver and the great Christopher Lee never looked better as the good old Count.
There is not really much that I can say about this film, except that it just... works. The creepy sets, the blood, the cinematography, Lee´s brilliant interpretation of Count Dracula... all of this contributes to the great atmosphere of this (and many other Hammer classics). So, for the few of you who haven´t seen it, do yourselves a favour.
Favorite part: the final sequence. That amazing final sequence.


So, what else is new? Oh yeah, the documentary Inside Deep Throat that just hit the theaters in Portugal. Yes, it shows fellatio. And no, it is not the best documentary I ever seen. But still, I thought it gave a pretty nice image of an era, and it should be pretty interesting for anyone interested in some cultural aspects of the 70´s. I also think the film made a nice point on the effect of sexuality in the 70´s society and how some of those issue still stands up (no pun intended) to this day. The editing of the old footage is also well achieved.

That´s all for now and I hope I´m not another two weeks without updating.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

QT, 80´s horror and movie posters


this should be good if you are a Tarantino and horror fan. QT hosts an 80´s horror marathon.
and, if, like me, you love movie posters, this is for you. published by Bello Publico . a great site with tons of b-movie posters. (thanks to Cinematógrafo )
Also in movie posters, you have this amazing german blog (that has been on my sidebar for a few days) completly dedicated to the subject. Enjoy.