"He was the most
remarkable dead body I've ever seen. And I've worked with one or two
in my lifetime." -- Lynn Redgrave, on Sir Ian McKellen, her Gods and Monsters
Movie of the Month:
and Roger L. Jackson as the evil villain, Mojo Jojo.
Reviews: NY Times, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Salon
the latest entertaining horror
Borgia -- Christina Ricci stars as Lucrezia Borgia
Charged: The Life of Nikola Tesla
On DVD: Hellboy directed by Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone)
Prozac Nation directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg (Insomnia/1997); Lou Reed plays himself. Michele Williams also stars. Other than Chrisina Ricci and Michele Williams, the movie also stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Jason Biggs, Jessica Lange and Anne Heche.
The Speed Queen based on the novel by Stewart O'Nan; it's a Christina Ricci film -- she's starring, directing and producing.
The Tulse Luper Suitcase by Peter Greenaway. Here he discusses the project.
The Water Warriors (Spring 2005)
Willard starring Crispin Glover. It is a remake of the 1971 Willard that starred Bruce Davison.
Films from the
44th San Francisco International Film Festival
Fans of Christina Ricci take note: Ricci's production company, Blaspheme Films, is making a movie called Adrenalynn. Ricci stars as Adrenalynn, a post-Cold War orphan who's half human and half cyborg. It's still "in production". Check the Comics2Film site periodically for updates.
Ricci says she's a bad flirt.
Ricci's film Prozac NationThe Salon interview with Christina Ricci discusses making The Man Who Cried which also stars Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp and John Turturro. Here are some recent pictures of Christina Ricci in Movieline and this site lists some of the films she has planned with her production company.
What are her box office stats?
Can't giveaway all the great quotes. This is far superior than the first movie. Wednesday uses a guillotine as if it's a common, household appliance. Also, lots of fun with electrocution devices. Be afraid.
Raul Julia's voice is preserved in the Addams Family pinball machine
Wednesday's Korner knew Christina Ricci was "it" long before Entertainment Weekly picked Christina Ricci as one of the 100 people who are "it" and why exactly is she "it"?..."Although you can still see Wednesday's duplicitously curled sweetheart lips and intense, steely eyes in Ricci's face, she's successfully guillotined her precocious child-star image with three sexually promiscuous and serenely well-acted turns in The Ice Storm, The Opposite of Sex,and Buffalo 66. (Morticia and Gomez would be so proud.)" That stuff about her "sweetheart lips" is pretty sappy, but behind those lips are a pair of choppers that can snap a finger off faster than a piranha... That's our Wednesday!
She also stars in 200 Cigarettes, Desert Blue and John Waters' Pecker.
Ricci also did a film called I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
"I read my interviews
and think, 'Oh, God! I'm not like that! This is so embarrassing!'
People must think I'm gross, slutty, and, like, dirty... Sometimes
I think I have Tourette's Syndrome. I'll read something I've said
and think, 'Why the hell did I say that?'" -- Christina Ricci on
Watch for Christina
The award-winning director Veit Helmer made this movie without any dialogue, although the actors do vocalize sounds and other sounds in the film are beautifully perfect. It was photographed in black and white and then tinted in rich colors. It was filmed in Sofia, Bulgaria and the director's best footage involves scenes in a ships' graveyard and also the use of demolition machines. There is an excellent soundtrack as well by one of the leading German film-composers, Jürgen Knieper.
The story revolves around lonely Anton (Denis Lavant) attending to an old public swimming pool situated in the middle of a wasteland. He spend his days dreaming of a life at sea and tricking his blind father into thinking the run-down baths are crowded with customers. His dreams are shared by Eva who brings vitality and life into Anton's world. Anton's greedy brother Gregor wants to close down the bath to make room for a new development which Anton tries to resist to save his father's pride and joy.
If you like Buster
Keaton, you will enjoy this film. If you care about the playground
you used to play in that is now being turned into a parking lot,
you will never forget this film.
The Devil's Backbone or El Espinazo del Diablo is directed by Gulliermo del Toro who also directed Cronos and Mimic and is set to direct Blade 2 and Hellboy. "Less excessive and more atmospheric than del Toro's earlier films, The Devil's Backbone is bathed in an amber light that burnishes the image to a fine surface gloss. Its agenda is ambitious. Del Toro's screenplay is a discomfiting mix of gothic thriller, boy's adventure story, and political allegory." - J. Hoberman for The Village Voice.
Wednesday13's favorite RUPERT EVERETT character is Francesco Dellamorte in CEMETERY MAN
Forever Everett--The Rupert Everett Page
Images from Cemetery Man
Fans of Michele Soavi should take note that he is going to direct GOODBYE LOVE HELLO or ARRIVEDERCI AMORE, CIAO based on the story by Massimo Carlotto. The story of a criminal career. The story of a man with no morals, no scruples. Thief, killer, traitor. He betrays his friends, his women. No afterthoughts. Until he meets her...
Nearly every review praises Paul Reubens whose vampire role in the movie is unforgettable.
Werner Herzog's Nosferatu, The Vampyre or Phantom der Nacht is available on DVD and contains an excellent audio commentary from Herzog himself. Fans of My Best Fiend, a documentary on Herzog's experience directing Klaus Kinski, will enjoy this DVD edition.
Shadow of the Vampire
stars Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck and John Malkovich as the
filmmaker F.W. Murnau.
is one of the many stars featured on Vail Reese's site:
Dermatology in the Cinema
Ian Holm is Sir William Gull
Is there any truth to the conspiracy surrounding Masonic ritual murders?
is directed by the Hughes Brothers and is reviewed by the Village
Directed by Ridley Scott, Legend is a film that deserves a Director's Cut.
Gillian Anderson fans should see The House of Mirth
read the reviews: REVIEW ON SALON
REVIEW IN VILLAGE VOICE
REVIEW IN SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
IN FILM THREAT
from the creators of American Movie... 0tv
Trip, a documentary-style film by James Marsh, played at the
San Francisco International Film in 2000.
Official Site for Wisconsin Death Trip
James Marsh also made another documentary The Last Supper, a film about the last meals of death row inmates.
Also by James Marsh: "The Burger and The King: The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley"
REVIEW IN VILLAGE VOICE
The Devil In My Head
Interview with writer/director Patrice Toye
Shot ThroughThe Heart is now available from HBO Home Video. Here is my account upon first seeing the movie.
interview with Todd Haynes
Director Todd Haynes creates a lusciously stylized piece of cinema. Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is modeled after Ziggy Stardust and Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor) after Iggy Pop. David Bowie got the idea for Ziggy Stardust by a real life performer, Vince Taylor. Wednesday13 has one soft spot and that's for the early days of glam rock, beginning with David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed, followed by T-REX, Roxy Music, Eno, and Bryan Ferry.
Midnight Madness Rampages on with Killers
Stuart Gordon appeared at San Francisco's Castro Theater for the Classically Independent Film Festival. He said that he got the idea for the story when he was driving along the highway one night with just him and the stars above. Every once in a while a trailer truck would pass by and it reminded him of a spaceship. He got to thinking that the job of driving one of those trucks isn't going to change much in the future; they'll be transporting goods back and forth from outer space.
Gordon pulls from some of the best sci-fi flicks and leaves out all the predictability. Don't miss this on the big screen. And to John Mueller's Oink fans, there's a special scene at the beginning just for you.
Snow White: A Tale of Terror
Psychiatry Manipulating Creativity
AFI's Frances Farmer page
Curses surrounding Hollywood
Hauntings surrounding Hollywood
Crash: the Re-invention of Lust
Crash: the Script
For fans of Icelandic filmmakers, go to the travel page on this site.
12 Things You Can Do to prevent cruelty to animals
Wednesday's Main Korner