John Carpenter’s Anthology Tour – Montreal – Nov. 13. Mtelus – Review

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John Carpenter, the mastermind behind horror and Sci-fi classics such as Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987) is on tour. The Cult director/ soundtrack Composer is recognized as this famous director who’s scoring his pictures himself. So he is touring to play some music.

From 1974’s Dark Star, his feature debut, to 2001’s Ghost of Mars, Carpenter composed the music to all his theatrical movies (the 1970’s and 80’s soundtracks were produced in association with Alan Howarth) except for Starman (1984, music by Jack Nitzsche) and The Thing (1982, Music by Ennio Morricone with partial overdubs by Carpenter and Howarth).

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In the Live version, things start roundly with a pretty good rendering of the theme to Carpenter’s Sci-fi Adventure, Escape from NY (1981), one of his best. Accompanied by a quintet, with his son Cody,  also on keyboards just like dad,  the director leads the show (his gear is set at the front) with a quiet but strong presence. A little technical snag?  No problems, he’ll talk to the audience like they are old buddies. They were already captured anyway. When the first notes of the theme to Continue reading

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RIDM 2017: 20 years!

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Celebrating the best in Auteur documentaries from around the world, the 20th edition of RIDM starts this Thursday November 9 in various venues around the city of Montreal, including Cinémathèque Québecoise, Concordia and UQAM Universities. 142 films from 47 countries are on the menu as well as free screenings in different Montreal spots.

Evening parties are back, this year, at Cinémathèque.

Opening film is the NFB produced 24 DAVIDS, directed by Celine Baril, traveling  on three continents to meet 24 characters named David (Daria’s review here: https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/08/ridm-2017-24-davids-quebec-2017-opening-film/). Closing night will introduces us to fascinating Z-movie Afghan actor-director Salim Shaheen in Sonia Kronlund’s Nothingwood.

Cinetalk.net will post daily about the Fest. For the time being you should know that both me and Daria specially dig for the eclectic and experimental Chinese film Dragonfly eyes. A feature film, with a storyline made from images taken from surveillance camera footage.

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On the tragic subject of modern wars, Syria’s Taste of Cement (Review here: https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/09/ridm-2017-taste-of-cement-syria/ ) and Iraq’s Nowhere to die (Review: https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/10/ridm-2017-nowhere-to-hide-iraq-2016/) are two extremely powerful films not to be missed. Daria will apparently give us good vibes about the magnificent Brimstone and glory (Review: https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/09/ridm-2017-brimstone-and-glory-usa-mexico-2017/) and, as part of the 20th anniversary retrospective, Antoine. For my part I was also seduced by the gloomy and pessimistic universe of films à la Tarkovsky like Carcasse (Review: https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/09/ridm-2017-carcasse-iceland-france/), City of the Sun and Braguino (Review:  https://cinetalk.net/2017/11/11/ridm-2017-braguino-france-2017/).

Short critics to these films (and more) are coming. So follow us daily on Cinetalk.net

 

 

Goblin: Live – Montreal, October 27th, 2017

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On October 27th, at Fairmount Theatre, Italian horror movie soundtrack heroes, Goblin paid a second visit to our fair city of Montreal (If we do not take into account original member Claudio Simonetti’s own tour) and they entertained, once more, an attentive  crowd.

Since the 1970s the band has changed personnel, dissolved, and reformed multiple times. This time Montreal was lucky to receive an (almost complete) original lineup, including Massimo Morante (guitar), Agostino Marangolo (drums), Maurizio Guarini (keyboards), Fabio Pignatelli (bass), and Aidan Zammit (keyboards). Core member Claudio Simonetti was still missing…

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Fitting for a Halloween weekend, the show opened with the sound of a scary scream. Accompanied by looped horror film footage on the screen behind them, the quintet kicked things off with Killer on a Train (from Dario Argento’s Non Ho Sonno, 2001). A string of newer songs, including Continue reading

Expo 67 Live (Lanoie-Brien, 2017)

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Karine Lanoie-Brien has created a colossal work. The hours she and her team spent sifting through archives will finally bear fruit on September 18th.  As part of the Montreal375 celebrations, Expo 67 Live will take place at Place des Arts, using portions of the available architecture as well as giant screens to welcome audiences into the universe of Expo 67. The world’s fair happened on Montreal’s Ile Ste-Helene and Ile Notre Dame, and has remained in the hearts and memories of millions of people worldwide.

Though Lanoie-Brien is too young to have attended the “show of the century”, she was able to envision what it must have been like. Her project with the NFB is symbolic because of the latter’s involvement at Expo 67. The film In the Labyrinth, by pioneers Roman Kroitor, Colin Low, and Hugh O’Connor  (directors praised by Stanley Kubrick and George Lucas)  used a cruciform of 5 screens and was the precursor to IMAX. To commemorate both Expo 67 and In the Labyrinth’s 50th anniversary, Lanoie-Brien wanted to create Continue reading

Michel Gondry’s Home Movie Factory

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Michel Gondry is best known for his music videos for artists such as Bjork and Daft Punk. However, after his award-winning feature film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay) he has become a household name in the art-house film industry. In 2008, Gondry launched the interactive l’Usine de Films Amateurs (the Home Movie Factory). The creative project has traveled the world, and will grace Montreal during its 375th anniversary celebrations. Presented by Chromatic, at a former textile factory, the location is the perfect place to house over a dozen small film sets.

Participants are placed in groups to experience the creative process through teamwork and brainstorming. In three hours, each team will create a short film. As Gondry explained at a casual style press conference and orientation on August 30th, 2017, the objective is not to produce a pro-level film. The Factory favors rough-around-the-edges amateur collaborations over professional filmmaking. The idea behind this is that Continue reading