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Siraj Syed’s IFFI 2016 diary, V: And the Oscar for restoring classics goes to…AMPAS!

Siraj Syed’s IFFI 2016 diary, V: And the Oscar for restoring classics goes to…AMPAS! American body Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is best known for presenting the annual awards, which are characterised by a figurine called the Oscar. Though that is the face of the academy, it does much more service to the cause of both American and international cinema than most people would imagine, including holding an annual student Oscars. At the Black Box of Panaji&rsqu...

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema Submssions Open Trailer

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema Submssions Open Trailer

Siraj Syed reviews Shut In: Stephen was a happy shut-in, until Tom had to butt-in

Walk-in, run-in, let-in, give-in, turn-in, move-in, sit-in...now comes shut-in. “A shut-in is a person who, due to physical, mental and/or emotional reasons, is not able to leave his or her home. These conditions can cause a person to feel lonely, isolated, sad and cut off from the rest of the world. Sometimes, they do not have family and friends available to visit and spend time with them. They often lack any kind of companionship.” Shut In, the movie, is a generic psychological t...

BSFF 2016 - trailer#2

BSFF 2016 - trailer#2

BSFF 2016 - trailer#1

BSFF 2016  - trailer#1

Call For Entries: The Black Sea Film Festival 2017

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HELLO, Everyone! We’ve got NEWS.  Winter is coming, yet summer's on our mind. Our second edition of The Black Sea Festival is now OPEN for SUBMISSIONS [http://blackseafilm.ro/submit/].  News, FEATURE FILM is eligible, now [Narrative, Documentary, Animation & Experimental],  GOOD luck to you all! ...

Siraj Syed reviews Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk by Ang Lee

Siraj Syed reviews Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk by Ang Lee >“Americans are children, who must go somewhere else to grow up, and sometimes die.” > “How does anyone ever know anything—the past is a fog that breathes out ghost after ghost, the present a freeway thunder run at 90 mph, which makes the future the ultimate black hole of futile speculation.” >“It is sort of weird, being honored for the worst day of your life.” Trust Ang ...

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema Rules & Regulations

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue. Narrative Feature All Genres accepted. Fiction or Non-Fiction. Must be over 70 minutes in length. Narrative Short All Genres accepted from all countries around the world. Must be under 40 minutes in length. May be Fiction or Non-Fiction. Documentary Feature Non-Fiction Documentaries covering any subject or genre. Subm...

Siraj Syed reviews Doctor Strange: Surgery and sorcery go hand in hand

Siraj Syed reviews Doctor Strange: Surgery and sorcery go hand in hand Comics can be victims of overkill, especially when they traverse the distance from page to screen. Casting might be (mis)guided by name and fame, when suitability is of greater import. Marvel’s Doctor Strange, with part Disney talent and full distribution channels in tow, is ridden with both pitfalls. It’s a marvel then that the film manages to serve above par, enjoyable fare, for which credit largely goes to t...

2017 will yield some of the best the world has seen.

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You will be surprised at what we have in store for you.  MiSciFi 2017 is nearly here.  We are creating an amazing line up of films, long, short, screenplays, plus more!   In a few short weeks, tickets will go on sale, rooms will be ready to be booked.  I have my armor, do you? ...

Ben Hur, Review: Chariots for hire

Ben Hur, Review: Chariots for hire What do you remember about the 1959 screen version of the 1880 story? Nothing, unless you are a Senior Citizen, even if the Indian release was probably two years later than the Hollywood opening. I remember the chariot race, with Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur and Stephen Boyd as Messala. Edge of the seat stuff, especially Messala. The sub-text of Christ, Christianity, Judaism, and the Roman Empire’s sadistic tyranny, was lost on the bunch of school-...

Thrilling New Movie "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Currently Filming

  "ROCK PAPER SCISSORS" SET TO TAKE YOU ON ONE WILD THRILL RIDE Award-Winning Team Begins Shooting in New Jersey August 2016 “How will they know when they've won” Production is announced today for the frightening new Thriller feature film "Rock, Paper, Scissors." Director Doug Bollinger(“Waltzing Anna”, “Mail Order Bride”) takes you on a violent, psychological ride that pushes a simple suburban couple to t...

Bad Moms, Review: PTAble mothers, off the hinge, on a binge

Six moms and a common problem: being mothers of school-going children in present-day USA. Amy (Mila Kunis) is a woman with a seemingly perfect life--a great marriage, a boy and a girl and a dog; a beautiful home. Now for the downside: she's over-worked, underpaid (by a 20 something boss Dale Kipler: Clark Duke), over committed to her family and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Moreover, she finds that her husband Mike (David Walton) is having a torrid online affair, an...

Ghostbusters-Answer the Call, Review: Making the ghost of it

Ghostbusters-Answer the Call, Review: Making the ghost of it Sequel? No. Remake? Well, almost. The term going around is re-boot. Thirty years after the first ghost was busted, we have a new version, where the male protagonists are replaced by females, the female by a male, several of the original cast are invited to do cameos and the original writers/director are given all due credit It’s a joy-ride that is slow to take off, but grows on you, almost like the gargantuan balloon of a ghos...

Star Trek Beyond, Review: Nebulous Enterprise

Star Trek Beyond, Review: Nebulous Enterprise On TV, Star Trek was conceived in 1966, as a weekly NBC series, running for three seasons. Graduation to the big screen was logical. Since 1979, we have had a dozen treks so far, and here comes the 13th Enterprise, marking the golden jubilee year, and spelling the end of star-billed Starship Enterprise, its literal destruction. The film is disruptive in plot, personal in dramatisation and modest in special effects. Three years after its five-year...

The Legend of Tarzan, Review: Gorillas in the Midst

The Legend of Tarzan, Review: Gorillas in the Midst Remember the immortal lines, “Me Tarzan, you Jane”?  Now try this, "He's Tarzan, you're Jane. He'll come for you," says her captor to Jane. He sure will. He’s been coming on to the screen for the last 98 years, in 41 movie and 57 TV outings. Adds up to 98 again. The Legend of Tarzan, preceding the character’s on-screen centenary by a whisker, is a slightly over-written exercise, without too ...

Independence Day-Resurgence, Review: Anniversaries and aliens

Independence Day-Resurgence, Review: Anniversaries and aliens It takes four presidents of the USA to battle a here and now alien invasion—five if you count the first one, in 1996--but the battle is not over yet. German director Roland Emmerich, who gave us the original Independence Day, agreed to helm Independence Day-Resurgence, despite being a self-confessed sequel sceptic. Now, since the end has been left open, he might even return for a trequel or a prequel. However, if they do make...

Bryan Singer is a true friend

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Every 20 years I am cast in a film which remains at the top of the most favorite watched films worldwide by audiences. In 1971, it was The Godfather in a minor role as an usher. In the early 1990's I was very involved in producing evenings with IFP West now known as Film Independent, with directors Robert Altman, Stephen Frears and many other filmmakers. I ran their screening program and I met Bryan Singer at the screening of hi...

Film Festivals in Hollywood

Hollywood in June was jammed with three film festivals  Hollywood. The 10th LA Greek Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood made you feel like you are in Greece and the films were very personal, and the stories were heartfelt. Then in June, the  LA Film Festival arrived at the Arclight in Hollywood with the feature Lowriders and many other films with recognizable names and the premiere of Conjuring 2 which is the film to see Culver City Studios were used f...

Alice through the Looking Glass, Review: It’s Hatter Time

Alice through the Looking Glass, Review: It’s Hatter Time When the Mad Hatter meets Alice in Lewis Carroll’s first book, he says, “I’ve been stuck at this tea party since last March, when Time and I quarrelled.” Now, bring in the fertile imagination of a writer and a director, and you have created a brand new character, Time himself, worked out in great detail, and playing a pivotal part. Alice, Hatter, Time, Iracebeth, Hamish...Alice through the Looking Glass is...

Money Monster, Review: Spend on it

Money Monster, Review: Spend on it Money makes the world go round. It can also drive a man round the bend! Jodie Foster’s financial thriller, Money Monster, juxtaposes TV ratings and credibility with Wall Street stock fixers. It also pitches a John Doe like victim against the establishment, in a battle of wits, and of lives. Heart-rending and irreverent in varying measures, the film is well worth investing your time and money in. Cable TV’s cocky Wall Street financial guru Lee Ga...

Call for submissions: London Feminist Film Festival 2016

  After our great summer at the Rio Cinema in Dalston, we have decided to return there this summer for LFFF 2016. Submissions are now open for women directors from around the globe and films from all genres, of all length and from any year are accepted. Submissions close 12 June 2016. Full submission information and guidelines are available on our website: https://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/2016-submissions/ The festival will take place from 18-21 August...

LA Film Festival 2016: Volunteer Orientations FINALLY Posted!

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Welcome to the 2016 LA Film Festival   The LA Film Festival will take place June 1 - 9, 2016.   In order for you to qualify to volunteer for the 2016 LA Film Festival, you must meet all of the following criteria:   1. Attend one MANDATORY Volunteer Orientation: Wednesday, MAY 18 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Friday, MAY 20 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Location: ArcLight Culver City (9500 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232) Parking: The Arc...
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