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Scary Movies 3 Haunting NYC Again!

Once again, the Film Society at Lincoln Center is holding its fest of Halloween horror fare at the Walter Reade Theater from October 12-22, 2009. The 18-film series also features appearances by genre legends such as John Landis and Eric Red

Three of the newest horror films are presented, led by a special screening of the new film Paranormal Activity. Directed by Oren Peli, this is the long-awaited independent thriller reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield in its use of the found-footage device. A young couple move into a new house, and soon not only hear and fear the sounds in the night, but try to capture the cause on videotape, with terrifying results. With Katie Featherson and Micah Sloat.

This is also the New York Premiere of Macabre, directed by the Mo Brothers, from Indonesia. The film starts out as so many do, with a group of young friends who help a young girl get home and are invited to stay, with predictable results. But this film is crafted by the Mo Brothers in ways that make it uniquely their own. 

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Extremely Hungary Honors Hungarians in Hollywood

Extremely Hungary is a yearlong festival showcasing contemporary Hungarian visual, performing, and literary arts in New York and Washington, D.C., throughout 2009.

As part of this year's festival, BAMcinématek Movie Series is presenting Hungarians in Hollywood at BAM Rose Cinemas from October 7 to October 27, 2009. This program highlights the extraordinary contributions made by Hungarian artists to the history of American Film, from the Hollywood Golden Age to the New Cinema of the 70’s and the Independent 80’s. 

Included are films by: directors Michael Curtiz, André De Toth, Charles Vidor and George Cukor; producers Adolph Zukor, Alexander and Zoltan Korda; actors Bela Lugosi, Peter Lorre, Johnny Weissmuller, Ilona Massey and Zita Johann; writers Melchior Lengyel and Lajos Biró; cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond and László Kovács; and composer Miklós Rózsa. Some of the films to be screened: 

Stranger Than Paradise (1984),directed by Jim Jarmusch, with John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson. Introduction by actress Eszter Balint.

Lisztomania (1975), directed by Ken Russell, with Roger Daltry

Beach Red (1967), directed by Cornel Wilde, with Cornel Wilde, Rip Torn.

Man in the Saddle (1951), directed by André de Toth, with Randolph Scott, Joan Leslie. A Cinemachat with film critic Elliott Stein will follow the 6:50pm screening.

Blow Out (1981), directed by Brian De Palma, with John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow.

Dracula and The Mummy Double Feature: Dracula (1931), directed by Tod Browning, with Béla Lugosi; screens with The Mummy (1932), directed by Karl Freund, with Boris Karloff, Zita Johann.

Five Graves to Cairo (1943), directed by Billy Wilder, with Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Erich von Stroheim

Passage to Marseille (1944), directed by Michael Curtiz, with Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Michèle Morgan, Peter Lorre.

Extremely Hungary's festival reveals the roots of Hungary’s thriving contemporary culture and its impact on American society through a broad spectrum of events at leading cultural institutions in the two cities. Extremely Hungary is organized by the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York.

For more information:

The Hungarian Cultural Center
447 Broadway, NYC 10013

BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Call 718.636.4100
or visit

Next On The Circuit: the Chicago International Film Festival

With the Toronto and New York Film Festivals over, the next major stop on the Festival circuit is The Chicago International Film Festival--now in its 45th annual edition. Most of the films  have be spotlighted at these and other festivals, which is only fair, since the people of the Windy City deserve a chance to see these films as much as the Big Apple and T.O.--right?

That’s what festival founder Michael Kutza felt in 1964, when he and his friends at Cinema/Chicago decided to start the event. First held in 1965, it has been a beloved institution ever since.

Getting off the Red Line, at Grand Street, The Festival is just three shor-tsh blocks east, and one block south, to the AMC River East 21--right next to the Lucky Strike Bowling Alley. There’s nothing particularly special about this particular googolplex aside from it’s location, but it’s that view of some of the most amazing architecture in the American Midwest that makes worth the trip…aside from the movies, of course.

This year,  they’re going to show such favorites as Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist, Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, Lone Scherfig’s An Education, and John Woo’s Red Cliff.

The big premiere at this year’s festival is David Bowers’ Astroboy, a big screen fully-computerized extravaganza retelling the origin of Amine’s version of Mickey Mouse®. This is not to denigrate Katherine Deickmann’s Motherhood, which is opening the festival, it’s just that Astroboy may very well be the real Oscar® contender to come out of here.

This festival is, like most others of its size, is divided into categories: the Main Competition, which is for an award called the Golden Hugo (which is also the name for another, more prestigious award for science fiction); New Directors; the Galas; The Shorter Side of Things, for, naturally, shorts; After Dark, for horror and weirder stuff; then there’s the ethnic sections: Black Perspectives, for African American films; Cinema of the Americas, for Latinos; ReelWomen, for the ladies; OUTrageous, for gay community; Animation Nations, for toons; and Illinois[e]makers, for local productions.

Then there are the parties. Chicago isn’t called the Second City for nothing, and there are going to be movie stars galore. The whole thing lasts about two weeks, from October 8th through the 22nd, 2009.

For more info go to:

The Chicago International Film Festival
October 8th - the 22nd, 2009
AMC River East 21

26th Annual Olympia Film Festival

The curtains part yet again as the 26th Annual Olympia Film Festival hosts several concert-worthy guests, including Dame Darcy and Death By Doll and a very special visit from Steven Severin of the famed Siouxsie and the Banshees in his only Northwest performance with his original score for the classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Running from November 6th to the 14th, 2009, the fest has been able to increase its capacity with the generous support--in the form of a $5,000 grant--from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, to create stronger relationships between filmmakers and the Olympia community.

Several Northwest premieres are spotlit on the Capitol’s mighty big screen, including the adorable story of Etienne!, as a man takes his terminally ill pet hamster on a bicycle trip up the California coast; the British crime comedy Down Terrace featuring cast members from the UK original The Office; and the ‘lost’ feature Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth starring Glenn Shadix of Beetlejuice and Heathers.
Contemporary documentary cinema shakes the house with Henry Rollins biting hard on American waste-ism in H for Hunger; Jennifer Maas unveiling ‘60s and ‘70s Seattle soul musicians with Wheedle’s Groove, and the colorful creation Sissyboy, based on the legendary Portland performance troupe, who are gearing up for their first-time-ever reunion at the Capitol Theater. Of special note for Olympians is Simone Bitton’s somber documentary, Rachel, an investigative report into the untimely passing of peace activist Rachel Corrie.
Cinema classics both lost and revered are here with a 60th Anniversary fully restored presentation of Orson Welles in The Third Man, and the opening night Gala event featuring Saturday Night Live’s Tom Schiller honoring the 25th Anniversary of his film directing debut, the long-lost classic Nothing Lasts Forever starring Bill Murray, Imogene Coca and Eddie Fisher.

More unreleased-on-DVD gems include the daring Barry Gifford novel and screenplay, Perdita Durango, directed by Alex de la Iglesia, featuring James Gandolfini, Rosie Perez and Academy Award–winner Javier Bardem; Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi starring in the 1932 classic Island of Lost Souls; two celebrations of Lewis Carroll, with Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer’s Alice, and the 1933 Paramount production of Alice in Wonderland featuring Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, and W.C. Fields; and Paul Newman’s bold translation of Ken Kesey’s tale of Oregon loggers in Sometimes a Great Notion. And of course, there’s All Freakin’ Night 2009!
Fans of challenging cinema will enjoy the special 3-D presentation of Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein in 3-D presented by star Udo Kier, nor our ultrarare screening of Ken Russell’s confrontational classic, The Devils, the longest-known print in the world.
26th Annual Olympia Film Festival
the Capitol Theater
Olympia, Washington
November 6th to 14th, 2009


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