Celluloid Diaries

Monday, October 23, 2017

Ten must-see films at the Razor Reel Film Festival

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This week marks the beginning of the Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival in Bruges, Belgium.

I've made a selection of the must-see movies of this fun event for you. Titles with a * are films I've already seen and loved.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Five movies like Chosen that will scare you senseless


Next week sees the official release of R.S. Broadhead's new novel, Chosen. Black eyes. No emotion. No sympathy. Only emptiness. Piper McAdams’s life was normal. Career? Check. Boyfriend? Check. Friends? Check. One unsettling run-in with a homeless man turns everything from normal to terrifying. She begins seeing…things. Things she can’t seem to explain or make any sense. As if things aren’t already getting out of hand, Piper receives news that the only family member she has is dead. She thinks maybe a trip across the country to her hometown will get her away from all the strange events happening. After a late night accident, Piper isn’t in her hometown burying her loved one. She’s in a town called Hell. All she wants to do is leave, but the people seem to be holding her there for some reason. A reason she feels threatens her life. Around every corner, things become darker and scarier. Can she escape what is coming for her?

To celebrate the release of this creepy new novel, author R.S. Broadhead shares five movies in the same vein as Chosen.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

20 films you don't want to miss at the Sitges Film Festival

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Sitges in Spain is a place worth traveling to if you love genre movies. Each year in October, one of the most exciting genre festivals in the world takes place in this small seaside town: the Sitges Film Festival. Who can resist ten days filled with good movies, sun, sea, and tapas?

We've already made a selection of the most promising films of the Sitges Film Festival for you. The movies with a * are the ones that we've already seen and loved.

Monday, October 2, 2017

10 movies like Blade Runner that will blow your mind

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Remaking a classic like Blade Runner (1982) seemed like a bad idea, but ever since it was announced that Denis Villeneuve would be directing, we could rest assured that Blade Runner 2049 would be top notch. His career has only really taken off in 2013, but in those few years time, he has directed some of the best thrillers and sci-fi movies of the decade: Enemy in particular, but also Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival. Blade Runner 2049 is his ultimate masterpiece.

The following are messages I sent to friends after the screening this afternoon:

“Just watched the new Blade Runner. Wow! Wow! Wow!”
“You'll adore it.”
“I've just become an even bigger fan of Denis Villeneuve.”

And seven hours later: “I can't stop thinking about that film.”

Yes, it's that good.

The movie takes place 30 years after the original. LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) starts working as the new “blade runner.” He discovers a long-hidden secret that is about to unleash chaos. His discovery leads him to former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who went missing 30 years ago.

Fans of the 1982 version will love that Villeneuve stays faithful to the original when it comes to set design, atmosphere, and the look of the characters. Yet he puts his mark on the story and does something original, touching and incredibly stunning with it.

By all means, do not wait for Blade Runner 2049 to be on Netflix. The breathtaking set design and visual artistry are meant to be watched on the big screen, preferably on IMAX.

Chances are you'll want to see more dystopias about identity issues, implanted memories, and battles against mega-corporations. Check out ten more flicks like Blade Runner 2049 that should be on your watch list.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Five movies and documentaries like Rise of the Nephilim

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This is a guest post by Marcus James, author of the book Rise of the Nephilim

As a writer, anything can inspire me. A news article, a song, a television show, movie; even a commercial. The visions come to me fast and bring the characters through and they show me glimmers of their lives and what is going to unfold. For me, it’s mostly about research. I love the research process. I acquire books for research that can make a two-foot tall pile on my table and I love nothing more than my notepad and highlighters to go through page after page.

With Rise of the Nephilim, the standalone prequel to my Gothic horror witch series, The Blackmoore Legacy, which follows the sexy stone fox and future matriarch to the Blackmoore dynasty of witches, Kathryn Blackmoore as a 26 year old in 1987 Los Angeles, my research took me to watching a lot of documentaries that focused on the famed Sunset Strip and horror films the truly captured the look and feel of the late 70’s and 80’s.

Below is a list of the films and docs I watched to immerse myself in that rebellious time of life.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book tip - Are You in the House Alone? by Amanda Reyes

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Do you feel nostalgic when it comes to old-school TV movies? Do you want to know more about the subject? In that case, I have the perfect book for you: Are You In The House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999 by Amanda Reyes.

If her name sounds familiar, it's probably because you read her website Made for TV Mayhem or her essay on Locusts in When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals. If there's one thing we should say about Amanda Reyes, it's that she's extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the subject.

The first half of Are You In The House Alone? consists of essays focusing on several aspects of genre TV movies, including famous TV heroes and heroines, eco-horror, rape-revenge and rape-response films, Cold War films, Stephen King on TV, small screen exploitation, forgotten gems, the USA World Premiere Movie, and much more.

The second part is compiled of mini-reviews. After a little overview of TV mini-series (such as The Dark Secret of Harvest Home, Helter Skelter, V, etc.), we are treated to mini-reviews of made-for-television movies divided by era: 1964-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, until cable and the 2000s. Each review starts with a small description of the plot, so you immediately know whether the film is right up your alley or not.

Would you like to know more about Are You in the House Alone? We had a chat with Amanda Reyes about her new book.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Best movie couples of all time

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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

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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

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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

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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.