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‘Clifton Hill’: A Neo-Noir Chasing The Tiger’s Tail Of David Lynch-Level Weirdness [Tiff Review]

It’s almost surprising that abnormal neo-noir hasn’t seen more of an obnoxious resurgence post-“Twin Peaks: The Return.” Audiences have been re-introduced to its flavor, here and there, with films like David Robert Mitchell’s languorous and controversial “Under the Silver Lake” or the strangely unsung Hollywood mystery, “Gemini,” starring Lola Kirke in an underrated performance. Canadian filmmaker, Albert Shin has moved weird noir out of Los Angeles and into a slightly more rural setting, Clifton Hills — one of Niagara Falls most popular tourist locations — for his tonally confusing, spooky conspiracy thriller, whose title also shares the name of its crooked little casino town.

Continue reading ‘Clifton Hill’: A Neo-Noir Chasing The Tiger’s Tail Of David Lynch-Level Weirdness [Tiff Review] at The Playlist.
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Administrators track down head of beleaguered UK collections agency Mm Cam (exclusive)

Kingston Smith & Partners appeal to potential creditors to come forward with information.

UK administrators say they have tracked down David Johnson, the head of British collections agency Mm Cam, who appeared to have gone missing since the start of the year despite the company owing Us and European filmmakers and investors sums allegedly totalling in the seven-figure range.

Lawyers met Johnson at his UK residence on Thursday (18), after many months of frustration for sales agents, producers, financiers and film commissions, all of whom told Screen they had not had a reply to their requests for payment. In some cases the
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Riley Stearns on ‘The Art of Self-Defense,’ Yorgos Lanthimos, and Small Business Realities

With only two films notched in his belt, Riley Stearns has proven to be one of the more distinctive voices in American independent filmmaking. Delivering both laughs and shocks with a considered precision–and often at the same time–Faults and his new film, The Art of Self-Defense, explore power structures and a twisted sense of community in inspired ways.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg as Casey, a lonely auditor who desires to prove his masculinity, he meets a mentor of sorts at the local dojo, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and things only get more intense and darkly humorous from there. John Fink said in our review from SXSW, “The Art of Self-Defense proves to be a twisted comedy with hidden depths that gravitates at times between tenderness and restrained silliness.”

Ahead of the release, I spoke with Stearns about his precise pacing, how he feels being compared to Yorgos Lanthimos, the realities
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The Best Movies New to Every Major Streaming Platform in July 2019

The Best Movies New to Every Major Streaming Platform in July 2019
Netflix may get most of the attention, but it’s hardly a one-stop shop for cinephiles who are looking to stream essential classic and contemporary films. Each of the prominent streaming platforms — and there are more of them all the time — caters to its own niche of film obsessives.

From chilling horror fare on Shudder, to the boundless wonders of the Criterion Channel, and esoteric (but unmissable) festival hits on the newly launched Ovid.tv, IndieWire’s monthly guide will highlight the best of what’s coming to every major streaming site, with an eye towards exclusive titles that may help readers decide which of these services is right for them.

Here’s the best of the best for July 2019.

Amazon Prime

Once again dumping the brunt of its film offering at the tail end of the month, Amazon Prime isn’t doing much to distinguish itself with its July
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Hellboy Remake Dumped to Amazon Prime Just Months After Hitting Theaters

Update: We have been alerted by Amazon Prime that Hellboy won't be streaming for free on July 23. But the movie is available on Prime Video for purchase starting July 9. And then it will be available for rental on July 23.

Original Story: Those who opted not to check out the new Hellboy in theaters will have the chance to see it from the comfort of their living rooms very soon, as the movie is being dumped to Amazon Prime Video starting next month. Lionsgate released the reboot in theaters just a couple of months ago and it arrived with a hellishly ugly thud. Following a disastrous and short run, it appears the studio has decided to just cut their losses on this one, as it will be hitting a very popular streaming service in the coming weeks, which could possibly limit physical media sales. Then again, those prospects might be pretty low on this one anyway.
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Watch at Home: Beach bums, doppelgangers, euphoria, and giant little ones...

Nathaniel R giving you the heads up on what's available to you now to screen at home. It's a big weekend all told in terms of titles suddenly available

New on DVD/Blu-Ray/Rental

• Beach Bum -the latest from Harmony Korine. I hated it but Murtada kinda liked it as you probably heard on the podcast

• Giant Little Ones - underseen drama about the confusion of sexual fluidity in the coming-of-age years

• Hotel Mumbai - well reviewed terrorism drama starring Dev Patel and Armie Hammer

• Under the Silver Lake - David Robert Mitchell's bizarrely indulgent noir, equal parts tedious and memorable, his follow up to the incredible breakthrough It Follows

• Us - Jordan Peele's horror blockbuster with terrifically inventive performances from the whole cast.

iTunes deals and streaming roulette after the jump...
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Under The Silver Lake Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD July 18th

Experience the film that Time Out New York calls “a hypnotic and inspired neo-noir” (Joshua Rothkopf) when Under the Silver Lake arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 18 from Lionsgate. The film will also be available on Digital and On Demand from A24 on April 23. Directed by David Robert Mitchell (It Follows), the film stars Academy Award® nominee Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, and Topher Grace, and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The Under the Silver Lake Blu-ray and DVD will include two making-of featurettes and will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

From the dazzling imagination that brought you It Follows, Under the Silver Lake stars Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough in a delirious fever dream about one man’s search for the truth behind the mysterious crimes, murders, and disappearances in his East L.A. neighborhood.

Blu-ray / DVD Special
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Indie Film Vets Kristin Mann, Laura D. Smith Launch Production Shingle (Exclusive)

Indie Film Vets Kristin Mann, Laura D. Smith Launch Production Shingle (Exclusive)
Veteran indie film producers Kristin Mann and Laura D. Smith are launching their own film and TV production shingle, Prowess Pictures.

Mann, best known for producing Jeff Nichols' mystery drama Midnight Special, which starred Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton, will partner with Smith, whose indie film credits include David Robert Mitchell's It Follows and Brett Haley's I'll See You in My Dreams.

The duo will produce indie films with budgets over $5 million, while also doing studio projects and creating and producing TV series.

"We're finding it more important than ever to strike that balance between high-quality,...
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How Quentin Tarantino Saved Cannes, While Abdellatif Kechiche Set It Back a Decade

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How Quentin Tarantino Saved Cannes, While Abdellatif Kechiche Set It Back a Decade
Once upon a time in Cannes, a wild-eyed rebel kicked his foot through the basement window of Hollywood, stealing helter skelter from his favorite B-movies and lowbrow genres, and splicing them into the king of all cult movies. Mind you, that was a quarter-century ago, the year Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” won the Palme d’Or.

It’s a different world now, and Cannes is a different beast. Unspooling 25 years to the night after “Pulp Fiction,” Tarantino’s latest meta-movie remix, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” may have been the hottest ticket of the event, but the film hardly made the same impact. The 159-minute fetish exercise — an epic homage to dirty feet, neon-lit classic L.A. dives and showbiz in-jokes, set half a century ago, on the eve of the Manson Family murders — got the customary standing ovation following its red-carpet premiere (that’s standard practice at
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New Podcast: Poms, The Hustle, and Under the Silver Lake

by Murtada Elfadl and Nathaniel R

Index (50 minutes)

00:01 Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver and Pam Grier (sort of) in Poms

10:30 David Robert Mitchell directs Andrew Garfield in bizarre red-herring filled hallucinatory noir called Under the Silver Lake

24:45 Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in The Hustle 

34:00 Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir starring Tilda Swinton's daughter

40:22 Olivier Assayas' Non-Fiction

42:30 Ralph Fiennes's Nureyev biopic The White Crow

48:18 Bye for now! 

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 
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‘Tenzo’ Trailer: Watch Teaser For Katsuya Tomita’s Critics’ Week Premiering Drama [Cannes Exclusive]

It might be the smallest of the various Cannes sidebars, but the International Critics Week is nevertheless a force to be reckoned with. Focusing primarily on first and second features by newer filmmakers, directors who received an early jump start in there career include Bernardo Bertolucci, Wong Kar-Wai, Francois Ozon, Jacques Audiard, Leos Carax, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, David Robert Mitchell, Trey Edward Shults, and Julia Ducournau.

Read More: 2019 Cannes Film Festival: The 21 Most Anticipated Movies

This year’s installment is already underway, and one of the more intriguing entries comes from Japanese filmmaker Katsuya Tomita, whose previous movies “Saudade” and “Bangkok Nites” premiered at Locarno to much acclaim.

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The Film Stage Show Ep. 345 – Under the Silver Lake

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I are joined by special guest Inkoo Kang to discuss David Robert Mitchell’s Los Angeles-set mystery Under the Silver Lake, which is now available digitally.

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Indies vs. ‘Avengers’: Who Survived the Box Office ‘Endgame’?

Indies vs. ‘Avengers’: Who Survived the Box Office ‘Endgame’?
The “Avengers: Endgame” tidal wave pushed away all boats this weekend. Most specialty companies waived the counterprogramming option, even though specialized audiences make a point of finding alternatives. Most distributors decided not to take that risk.

Sony Pictures Classics bravely opened “The White Crow,” a biopic about young Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, with a decent initial result in New York and Los Angeles. Also showing some interest was the New York exclusive date for music documentary “Carmine Street Guitars” (Abramorama).

Landing and keeping dates in crossover theaters this weekend, with every available screen going to Marvel and Disney, was a challenge. But still building buzz is Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” (Neon), which doubled the gross of any wider released specialized title this week.

Opening

The White Crow (Sony Pictures Classics) – Metacritic: 61; Festivals include: Telluride 2018

$80,675 in 5 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $16,175

Ralph Fiennes directed the true story
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Andrew Garfield on Leaving Spider-Man Behind and That ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Gwen Stacy Easter Egg

Andrew Garfield on Leaving Spider-Man Behind and That ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Gwen Stacy Easter Egg
Andrew Garfield’s time playing Peter Parker on the big screen was cut short after the critical and commercial beating “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” took in summer 2014. The Marc Webb-directed superhero movie was so universally loathed that it shut down Sony’s plans for a live-action Spider-Man movie universe and led the studio to partner with Disney and allow the character to be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he’s played by Tom Holland. Garfield recently told Uproxx he made it a priority after “Amazing Spider-Man 2” to distance himself from being thought of as a comic book movie actor.

“I think I’ve been aware of that possibility that such a seminal, iconic role can follow an actor around and it takes a lot to shift the consciousness of an audience, and shift the consciousness of people,” Garfield said. “But I feel like I’ve been really
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See Andrew Garfield Crack the Code to a Conspiracy in His New Movie Under the Silver Lake

See Andrew Garfield Crack the Code to a Conspiracy in His New Movie Under the Silver Lake
Andrew Garfield is taking on a new challenge.

In a People exclusive clip of his new film Under the Silver Lake, Garfield, 35, plays Sam, a disenchanted man who becomes enthralled by Sarah, a woman he finds in his apartment’s swimming pool.

When she disappears, Sam finds himself on a journey across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance. The experience leads him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy that he never could have imagined.

In the clip, Sam asks a friend, played by Topher Grace, to play a series of video games in order to detect a hidden code.
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Andrew Garfield’s ‘Under the Silver Lake’ Tops Shaky Specialty Box Office

In a rickety specialty market, A24’s Cannes 2018 film noir “Under the Silver Lake,” starring Andrew Garfield, delivered the best opener, beating out “Red Joan” (IFC), the latest from reliable Judi Dench, which opened far below her usual results. Several other indie titles (five from women directors) debuted to varying initial interest. And on its second weekend, moviegoers ignored “Teen Spirit” (Bleecker Street), starring Elle Fanning, as it moved into several hundred nearly empty venues.

On the other hand, many arthouse patrons checked out high-end Chinese drama “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (Kino Lorber), which includes a lengthy 3D sequence that impressed critics and audiences alike. The film is now playing Los Angeles as well as New York.

Opening

Under the Silver Lake (A24) – Metacritic: 59; Festivals include: Cannes 2018

$40,157 in 2 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $20,079

David Robert Mitchell’s long-delayed Los Angeles neo-noir opened in two top theaters in
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‘Hail Satan?’ Documentary Scores at Indie Box Office on Easter Weekend

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Sundance darling documentary “Hail Satan?” was released just in time for Easter weekend, and it was able to avoid box-office damnation.

Magnolia released Penny Lane’s documentary at the IFC Center in New York this past Wednesday, with Los Angeles receiving the film at the ArcLight Hollywood and The Landmark on Friday. From those three screens, “Hail Satan?” earned a solid $25,700, for a per-screen average of $8,567. The film has earned critical acclaim for its surprising examination of The Satanic Temple, challenging preconceived notions about the organization and documenting the media stunts it performs in the name of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. It has a 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also Read: 'Captain Marvel' Gets 'Avengers'-Fueled Box Office Bump, Hits $400 Million Domestic

The top per-screen average of the weekend went to A24’s “Under the Silver Lake,” which earned $40,157 from two screens for an average
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‘Under The Silver Lake’ Drums Up Top PTA In Crowded Weekend; ‘Amazing Grace’ At $1.3M In Third Frame – Specialty Box Office

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‘Under The Silver Lake’ Drums Up Top PTA In Crowded Weekend; ‘Amazing Grace’ At $1.3M In Third Frame – Specialty Box Office
Cannes 2018 crime-dramedy Under The Silver Lake by David Robert Mitchell came out on top among the weekend’s crowded roster of specialty newcomers, which mostly had slow launches. The A24 title had a long journey to its theatrical release. The title, which stars Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough, grossed $40,157 in two locations over the Easter and Passover holiday weekend, averaging $20,079, the highest per theater average among releases as of Sunday morning.

IFC Films’ Red Joan was the only other limited release starter to have a per theater average with five figures. Starring Dame Judi Dench as Joan Stanley, the Kgb’s longest-serving British spy, the feature grossed $40,631 in four locations, averaging $10,158. The company said Sunday it is expecting to “see a nice bump today from matinee audiences” who are fans of Dench. Red Joan will expand to the top five markets next weekend including Chicago, San Francisco, D.C. and
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‘Under the Silver Lake’ Is Turning Cinephiles Into Self-Styled Sleuths

‘Under the Silver Lake’ Is Turning Cinephiles Into Self-Styled Sleuths
Whether you’ve seen “Under the Silver Lake” or not, you might be asking yourself the same question Andrew Garfield spends most of the film pondering: What does it all mean? So are the members of a small-but-devoted subreddit, where tinfoil-hat-wearing sleuths have been theorizing about the many clues in David Robert Mitchell’s sun-baked neo-noir for months.

Not that this isn’t without a certain irony. About an unemployed man named Sam (Garfield) whose obsessive quest to decode pop songs leads him down a dangerous path, “Under the Silver Lake” is hardly an endorsement of that kind of behavior. Sam’s search for meaning among minutiae isn’t exactly a fruitful one, with much of “Under the Silver Lake” unfolding in the same vein as “The Big Lebowski” and “Inherent Vice”: There are clues and intrigue, sure, but few of them lead to anything substantive.

Perhaps these amateur
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Under the Silver Lake | Review

Under the Sun of Satan: Mitchell’s Messy Neo Noir Revels in Elitist Superficiality

Look no further than David Robert Mitchell’s third feature, the labored neo noir Under the Silver Lake, to experience a film about Tinseltown which is wrapped in an even flimsier coating than the film industry city is itself. Following on the heels of his celebrated sophomore film, the Std horror film It Follows (2014), Mitchell further defines the trenchantly white, heteronormative perspective evidenced in his earlier film with a hapless, undefined male protagonist who seems inspired by a legion of aimless literary mouthpieces (think P.T. Anderson’s take on Pynchon in Inherent Vice but with the barest wisp of a back story).…
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