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Great Scenes – BROADWAY DANNY ROSE

Here’s a quick set-up and pay-off scene from one of Woody Allen’s most underrated flicks, Broadway Danny Rose (1984), impeccably shot in black and white by the late great Gordon Willis, who passed away earlier this year. We love this film’s wraparound device of a bunch of wise guys sitting around talking about some poor shlub talent agent named Danny Rose and how he came to be entangled in a love triangle involving a lounge singer (Nick Apollo Forte), his mistress (Mia Farrow), and a jealous gangster. Here you see a great example of Allen’s narrative strategy, who made a career of subverting story via fundamentally changing one essential element (most times casting himself as the unlikely lead in a story that would otherwise play “straight”). Here he flips the script by changing the setting in which a contrived situation occurs and turning a standard chase/shoot-out scene on its ear by adding one small (literal) element: Helium.

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June 18, 2014   No Comments

IsleOfCinema Presents – BATTLE ROYALE

BATTLE ROYALE up on the big screen where it belongs! In Austin!

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Austinites rejoice! Spearheaded by our very own IsleOfCinemite Rockie [@RockieWarAntz], IOC is proud to present a very special treat for fans of fantastic film in Central Texas! April 25th, 2013 – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

As many of you already know, ‘s Battle Royale (2000) – the GREATEST movie of the 21st Century – was never shown theatrically in the U.S. of A. This travesty is now being corrected, and here’s your chance to see this masterpiece as it was intended – with a crowd of fans in a packed freakin’ theater!

I’ll spare you more superlatives because there is simply nothing I can say to do this movie justice. All you need know is that it is the culmination of one of the finest directorial careers of all time, that rare cinematic beast that satisfies heart, mind, soul – and hunger for action! I’m serious – if Luis Buñuel, Seijun Suzuki, Jack Hill, Peter Jackson, Samuel Fuller, Steven Spielberg, Álex de la Iglesia, Quentin Tarantino, Joe Dante, Brian DePalma and several more of your favorite filmmakers (and some you never heard of) had a celluloid baby this would be it. THIS WOULD BE IT! Or forget all those names and just know that it’s a goddamm Kinji Fukasaku film!

So gather all ye Austinites! If you’re a fan of J.J. Abrams‘ Lost, if you’re a fan of The Hunger Games (nobody’s judging), of The Running Man (1987), if you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings, Lord of the Flies, Lord of IllusionsLord of the Dance, Traci Lords – hell if you possess a set of eyes in your skull –

YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

And check out a great scene from the movie, previously featured here !

We need your asses in the seats to make this happen! So go sign up to see it now! April 25th, 2013 – but you have until the 18th to purchase tickets!

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April 1, 2013   1 Comment

Great Scenes – A DIRTY SHAME

Writer/Director and screen maverick John Waters brings us A Dirty Shame (2004), a wildly entertaining celebration of sexuality that doesn’t take itself too seriously and even achieves a sort of naive innocence as it skewers social mores. Starring the wonderful Tracey Ullman as Sylvia, an uptight and sexually frigid housewife, and featuring a host of pop personalities such as Patricia HearstChris Isaak and Johnny Knoxville, it’s a movie that creates a vibrant, loose tone that’s as free and liberal as its subject matter. It also takes so many risks that you can’t fault the ones that don’t pan out, and there’s enough visual eye-candy (including Selma Blair‘s over the top “Ursula Udders” boobs) to keep the viewer engaged. Check out this scene where Sylvia (Ullman) is bonked on the head by a passing truck and falls under the sway of Ray Ray (Knoxville), who seems to view her as some religious omen. It’s a perfect blend of the mundane and fantastic, capped off by a laughably undercooked CGI squirrel that might be mistaken for a Disney woodland creature.

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November 7, 2012   No Comments

Great Scenes – BLACK SUNDAY

Ahh… the darkness is upon us and it’s time to revel in all things macabre. ’tis the season for Mario Bava, champion of the grand guignol, a man who invented the slasher (i.e. the cinematic giallo) and brought a theatricality to genre filmmaking that was at once both intimate and epic. Feast your eyes on this fantastic opening scene from one of his finest films – Black Sunday (1960) aka Mask of Satan. Barbara Steele was made an instant star as the evil witch in one of the true must-see-films of any self-respecting cinephile’s genre education. There’s nothing quite like this movie, with it’s bombastic narration, heavy use of ADR voiceover over non-English speakers, and spare yet effective sound design. Everything here is over the top: the dialogue: “and as your brother I repudiate you!” The glorious black and white cinematography, shadows dancing over spikes and a set-bound magical world filled with fake trees and endless mist. I especially love the shot in which the black hooded executioner carries the spiked mask directly out into the audience – implicating us in the impending violence… and I even more especially love the blood which spurts forth when the mallet goes THWACK! Deliciousness! Happy Halloween everyone!

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October 31, 2012   No Comments

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