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Rushes. Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread", Kodi's Piracy, Ozu's Essays

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIDEOSPerhaps you haven't caught it by now, or simply need reason to watch it again: the first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and set in the 1950s London fashion scene.Independent filmmaker Zia Anger, whose provocative short work we're big fans of, offers a stunning video for Zola Jesus' new single.Kinet, the online avant-garde publishing platform co-programmed by Mubi's Kurt Walker, has released their seventh program in the form of an ambitious Halloween-themed omnibus film entitled Aos Sí. It includes new films by Gina Telaroli, Raya Martin, Sophy Romvari, Neil Bahadur, Walker, and many more.At the Toronto International Film Festival, we loved Louis Ck's I Love You Daddy, a dark comedy of artistry and perversion. The film, Ck's first since Pootie Tang, shot
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The Revenge Fits the Crime in Act of Vengeance; New DVD Release Incoming

Rape is never an easy topic to address in film, as people usually find it extremely difficult to even discuss. Which is why the 1974 film Rape Squad became so hard to find for many years. The title alone clearly… Continue Reading →

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Placido Domingo turns Allende short story into opera

Placido Domingo turns Allende short story into opera
Los Angeles, May 18 (Ians/Efe) Under the baton of Placido Domingo, acclaimed Chilean writer Isabel Allende's short story "Una Venganza" ("An Act of Vengeance") emerges from the printed page as the opera "Dulce Rosa", a production with a Latin heart and Greek tragedy in its soul that premiered Friday in Los Angeles.

"Dulce Rosa" is a further effort by the L.A. Opera, directed by Domingo, to bring lyric opera to a wider audience.

"We're always looking to create new works," the Spanish tenor told Efe.

Domingo got behind the adaptation of "Una Venganza" when the idea was proposed to him by composer Lee Holdridge and librettist Richard Sparks, to whom Allende gave the go-ahead years ago without really expecting anything.
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Will platoon of Gallipoli films give Turkish audiences battle fatigue?

Hollywood often produces two films on one subject, but the six movies based on the Battle of Çanakkale are a sign of a healthy domestic market for Turkish products

Maybe one sign of a fully matured film industry is when it's capable of spewing out an Olympus Has Fallen and a White House Down at the same time – coinciding films with identical subjects. One of those little zeitgeist clots that suggest creative minds running in parallel, in a highly evolved community driven by the relentless background hum of close competition – and also, all those scripts passing between studios, with ample opportunities for intellectual-property theft. Mostly, these weird convergences seem to come in pairs: Deep Impact and Armageddon, A Bug's Life and Antz, and so on.

So what does it say about the emerging Turkish industry that it has six movies on the same subject either recently on release or imminent?
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42nd Street Forever: The Blu-ray Edition Review

From the 1950's to the late 1980's, New York's 42nd Street maintained a cinematic subculture of grindhouse cinema. Genres varied from exploitation to revenge to horror to XXX and anything else in between. More often than not, the cheaper the film was, the better it was received. Also more often than not, the trailers for said films were immensely better than the films themselves.

In 2005, Synapse Films created 42nd Street Forever, a compilation of sorts of the best of the worst trailers the grindhouse era had to offer. Having released 6 volumes of DVDs, Synapse has moved the series into the high def age with 42nd Street Forever: The Blu-ray Edition.

Obviously since this is nothing but a compilation of trailers, there isn't a real plot here. I do commend and appreciate Synapse for coupling the films together with their specific genres. It kicks off with Blaxsploitation and runs the gamut through zombies,
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The Humble Cover of "Act of Vengeance" Hides Some Impressive Action Pieces

He’s back. No, not Arnold; the T-100. Robert Patrick co-stars in this anti-terrorism thriller that finds a suspect on the loose in New York City with Turkish and FBI agents hot on his trail. Though the box reads Act of Vengeance, released in 2012, the film is also confusingly titled Five Minarets in New York, attributed to 2010. That aside, it’s an interesting enough B-grade thriller that plays like a made-for-tv movie with a cast that knows the ropes enough to pull the line.

A failed and grisly raid in Istanbul forces two Turkish agents, one played by the writer/director (Mahsun Kirmizigul), to travel to New York in pursuit of the Anarchist. With an American supporting cast including Robert Patrick, Danny Glover, and Gina Gershon, who are the only performers featured on this revamped American release’s promotional material, the Turkish agents are nonetheless the stars as the Anarchist
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Act Of Vengeance trailer. Danny Glover, Gina Gershon and Robert Patrick star

Watch the trailer for Act of Vengeance with Danny Glover, Gina Gershon and Robert Patrick Millennium Entertainment's action thriller finds DVD release on June 5th. We have the trailer as well as the poster/boxart for the pic helmed and scripted by Mahsun Kimizigul, who also stars with Haluk Billinger. After an unsuccessful and bloody raid in Istanbul, two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City on a mission to capture a notorious terrorist known only as "Dejjal" (Arabic for Antichrist). Working with the FBI and NYPD, the agents orchestrate the arrest of a suspect who may or not be the notorious Dejjal, but when events escalate, the foreign agents must take things in their own hands to avert disaster. The film is produced by Murat Tokat and Clark Peterson...
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Act of Vengeance

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012

Price: DVD $28.99, Blu-ray $29.99

Studio: Millennium

Anti-terrorist agents track down a dangerous Islamic leader in Act of Vengeance.

Two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City on a mission to find and bring back a dangerous Islamic leader in the 2010 action drama film Act of Vengeance.

After an unsuccessful and bloody raid in Istanbul, the two Turkish (writer-director Mahsun Kirmizigul and Mustafa Sandal) agents arrive in NYC to capture the notorious “Dejjal” (Arabic for Antichrist). Working with the FBI and NYPD, the agents orchestrate the arrest of a suspect who may or may not be Dejjal, but when events escalate, the foreign agents must take things in their own hands to avert disaster.

Turkish filmmaker Mahsun Kirmizigul’s movie, originally entitled Five Minarets in New York, also stars such American actors as Danny Glover (2012), Gina Gershon (Showgirls) and Robert Patrick (Safe House).

The unrated
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Playing to home audiences keeps Turkey's cinema scene cooking

With domestic films repeatedly ranking in the nation's most viewed, the Turkish industry is booming as others around it stall

You couldn't move for new waves in the noughties: even Antarctica looked capable of knocking out its own film scene. But the Latin American buena onda in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, the South Korea extreme-Asia offshoot and the Russian blockbuster boom all had one thing in common. They found it hard to sustain their initial impact, whether it was because the global media moved on to the next big thing, or their key directors were poached by Hollywood, or there was a lack of sustained investment. Gael García Bernal reflected on the Mexican version of the problem at an Nft talk: "When we did Amores Perros, Mexico only made six films that year. There will be 65 films this year. But I don't know how many of those will be seen.
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DVD Review - Five Minarets in New York (2010)

Five Minarets in New York, 2010.

Written and Directed by Mahsun Kirmizigül.

Starring Haluk Bilginer, Danny Glover, Gina Gershon, Mahsun Kirmizigül, Robert Patrick and Mustafa Sandal.


The FBI arrests Hadji Gumush, a well-respected Muslim scholar and family man who has been named as a dangerous Islamic leader. His family and friends are convinced he is innocent but two Turkish anti-terrorist agents are sent to New York City to bring him back to face justice.

Drama Five Minarets in New York splits its time between New York and Turkey. After a series of covert raids and rough interrogations, one criminal reveals the identity of a dangerous international terrorist referred to by the codename ‘Dajjal’. Under duress, the man tells Turkish police officers that the person they’re looking for is Hadji Gumush (Haluk Bilginer).

In New York, Agent David Becker (Robert Patrick) and his team from the FBI receive a warrant
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Expired: Flicks News DVD Giveaway Competition

Competition Is Now ClosedWinners Announced Here

November 7th marks the release of 'Panic Button' and 'Five Minarets in New York' on DVD and Blu-ray. To celebrate the release, we have DVD's of both films to give away courtesy of the good people at Showbox Home Entertainment to 3 lucky people.

Details on how to enter:

To enter the competition all you have to do is make sure you have our Flicks News Facebook page 'liked' and simply comment or "like" this post on our Facebook wall. 

Winners will be notified when competition closes next week. Best of luck!

'Panic Button' Trailer

Panic Button is a social network themed horror/thriller from Movie Mogul Films. Starring Scarlett Alice Johnson, Jack Gordon, Michael Jibson, Elen Rhys and Joshua Richards, the film shows four young people that putting their lives online can have deadly offline consequences...

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Kilmer, Gershon and Liotta on Board for an Indie Thriller Breathless

Talented director and writer of the horror movie Wrestlemaniac, Jesse Baget is on board to direct the thriller Breathless and Val Kilmer, Ray Liotta and Gina Gershon are all set to star along Kelli Giddish known for her role on the ABC’s drama All My Children.

Gershon plays the role of woman tired of her gangster husband’s scams and shady dealings and she let her best friend know and plan something special with Kilmer who would portray her criminal husband. Liotta would play a local sheriff brought into whatever mix there is as well.

Baget re-teamed with Stefania Moscato to write the script, and Mark Holder, Christine Holder, Danny Roth and Phillip Goldfine are producing.

Baget and Moscato both wrote the script for comedy White Knight which was also directed by Baget. The film is shown on Laliff 2011 (July 17th – 25th)

The Breathless thriller is in early production
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For the Love of Trailers - The Half-Political-Half-Humanitarian Issue

What to look forward to (or not) as Louise-Afzal Faerkel casts her eye over the trailers for upcoming releases Five Minarets in New York and Winnie...

Five Minarets In New York

Five Minarets in New York is the story of two Turkish anti-terrorist agents sent to New York to capture Islamic terrorists. An interesting subject worth exploring from various angles, giving the filmmakers the opportunity to be unbiased.

It is a touchy subject that could go really wrong or really right. It could be a subtle, independent production aiming for an exploration of characters and chain of events – or a Hollywood, action-filled, gun-slinging, naive piece of crap. The trailer is quite confused as to what it is really presenting. Is the movie sympathetic with Islamic fundamentalists? Is it favouring an American way of life? I am genuinely confused.

Hiring Danny Glover as an imam is either really stupid or quite clever.
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