Celluloid Diaries

Monday, September 11, 2017

Best movie couples of all time

best movie couples

This is a guest post by Kristina Knight, author of Breakup in a Small Town.

I am a sucker for a great movie couple – Joan Wilder and Jack T. Colton (Romancing the Stone), Vivien and Edward (Pretty Woman), and Jack and Rose (Titanic) are all on my list. I like couples that banter, couples that laugh together, couples that are hot for each other…even if they’d lost a little of that sparkle.

Here are a few of my favorite movie couples.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Etrange Festival 2017

etrange festival 2017

Have you ever been to Etrange Festival in Paris?

This film festival focusing on the bizarre is already celebrating its 23rd birthday. There's only a small bar and not much regarding side activities, but you'll discover films there which you won't easily find somewhere else, both new and in retrospective. It takes place at the Forum des Images, a cinema complex in a shopping mall, and the screenings are divided over three different rooms.

We attended the first two days of Etrange Festival. Here is what we've seen so far.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Top 10 sci-fi films since 2000

top 10 sci-fi films

This is a guest post by Patrick Temple Hickey, author of The Nostradamus Code.

Arrival (2016)

Directed by Denis Villeneuve -- A mind-bending, time-warping adaptation of Ted Chiang’s The Story Of Your Life with an emotional impact that transcends genres. All bodes well for Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 to be released in the fall. Can’t wait.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Caturday Movies - Chatty Catties

talking cats movie

Have you ever imagined a reality where cats could talk? Wouldn't that be awesome?

But what if your cat tells you he doesn't understand what your date sees in you and that you have a drinking problem? Would you still think talking cats are cool?

The American indie comedy Chatty Catties takes place in such universe. At the center of the film is the tabby cat Leonard (voice of deaf actor John Autry II). His "relationship" with Shelby (Megan Hensley) isn't exactly fulfilling. She's a borderline alcoholic who whines all the time and is on the brink of losing her job. But then Shelby starts dating Nate (Matthew Grathwol), and the world seems a better place again, not because Shelby becomes emotionally stable, but because Nate is everything Leonard ever wished for in a human.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Can blockbuster movies influence novels?

do movies influence novels

This is a guest post by Jennifer Chase, author of the novel Dead Cold

I love movies. What else can I say? I have always enjoyed all genres of movies—with my preference for the mystery, suspense, and thriller flicks of course. There was no doubt that my movie enthusiasm (specifically the 1980s action films like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Terminator, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Predator, Rambo, and many more) helped to shape my novel writing style. I wrote more than a dozen screenplays before writing my first novel, Compulsion.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Can you pass this extremely difficult horror movie quiz?

horror movie quiz

Do you think you can ace this extremely difficult horror movie trivia quiz? Test yourself with these 20 questions.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Caturday Movies - Kitten Instinct

kitten instinct

Dinosaur meets cat in Kitten Instinct

This week's Caturday Movie is Kitten Instinct, a Belgian short film about a Tyrannosaurus Rex who dreams about a cute little kitten. The dream ushers in a new phase of his life. Determined to recover the kitten, the dinosaur abandons his daily routine of hunting, eating and sleeping, and sets out to explore the world around him.

Celluloid Diaries had a chat with Liesbeth Eeckman about the similarities between cats and dinosaurs, her main inspirations, the biggest challenges while making her short film, and, of course, her own cat, Sputnik.

Also, she makes her film available to readers of Celluloid Diaries until August 31.

Monday, July 31, 2017

These lamps are a must-have for VHS fans

back to the future vhs

Do you feel nostalgic when it comes to VHS cassettes? I for one am still fond of these tapes and I have a huge collection I will never get rid of. One look at them brings back instant childhood memories.

As soon as I saw these decorative lamps made from old VHS tapes, I knew they were a must-have. If you have any VHS addicts among your friends, know that these VHS lamps would make great presents.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Caturday Movies - The Uninvited

uninvited horror movie 1988

This week's Caturday Movie is brought to you by Justine Coote from The Overlook Theater and was previously published in the book When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals.

For a monster kid like myself, meeting legendary writer/director Greydon Clark was like meeting Alfred Hitchcock. Although Clark is not as well known or praised for his cinematic achievements, he has left his mark in film history and has inspired countless generations of grindhouse enthusiasts, creature feature kids, and independent filmmakers. Sitting with Mr. Clark at Monsterpalooza, I experienced his love of the genre first hand as we went from discussing his film It Came Without Warning (1980), which was admittedly the inspiration for the film Predator (1987), to one of Greydon’s lesser known creations, Uninvited (1988).

Monday, July 17, 2017

Filming locations - Devil's Nightmare

château d'antoing
antoing castle

Devil's Nightmare is a Belgian/Italian horror movie released in 1971. Directed by Jean Brismée, it tells the story of seven tourists who become lost during a trip in Europe. A strange man by the roadside shows them the way, but as it's too late to catch the ferry, they are then directed to a castle where they can spend the night. There, they meet a succubus (Erika Blanc) who kills them because they represent the seven sins.

In Belgium, where the film was shot and released under the French title La plus longue nuit du diable, hardly anyone knows of its existence. However, it was quite successful in Italy. Since then, it has been released under an array of different titles, so you may also know it as The Devil Walks at Midnight, Nightmare of Terror, Vampire Playgirls, Castle of Death, La terrificante notte del demonio, Au service du diable, etc.

This strange mix between The Pit and the Pendulum and the Euro trash films of Jess Franco and Jean Rollin, was almost entirely shot in and around a castle in Belgium: Château d'Antoing or Castle of the Princes of De Ligne, which was first mentioned in the 12th century but rebuilt by architect Clement Parent in neo-Gothic style in the 19th century. It's one of the country's most beautiful castles, so whether you've seen the film or not, it's worth a visit when you're in South West Belgium or one of the neighboring cities in France.