Dracula coming soon, October 2! Classic 1931 movie at Lake Street, outdoor walk-in movie theatre

In 1931, as Tod Browning was shooting Dracula with Bela Lugosi, George Melford was working from the same script on the same sets at night with a Spanish language cast and crew. Long thought lost, the film was re-found in the 1970s, showing how wildly different the films are. Many now argue Melford’s film is the better version.

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Fall 2013 movie preview: Oscar contenders line up

Blue is the Warmest Color

Hammering the inevitable final “nail in the coffin” on the 2013 summer is a welcome relief. Going through the entire list of films released over the summer, there will not too many standouts and very few that struck a chord. Monsters University, The Act of Killing, You’re Next, Stories We Tell, and The Spectacular Now were five films that stood out in a rather lackluster summer viewing session. While there are a few summer movies that I have yet to see, it is nice to spring forward to the fall film season. I mean, is there really a rush or a need to see We’re the Millers on opening day—or ever?

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The Internet Cat Video Festival: Nine memorable moments

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Jay Gabler

Everybody loves cats; this is something we all know and have slowly come to terms with over the past 3,000 years or so. There is a beautiful masochism in showering undying love and devotion onto creatures that, more or less, really only care about the food you provide (and probably kind of want to kill you). So I guess that means it’s kind of empowering when we coerce cats into humiliating situations and film it for the viewing pleasure of millions of people worldwide.

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Paddle forward: Canoe journey to document and connect Mississippi River communities

Starting next month, nine people will put their canoes in the water at Lake Itasca and start a three month long canoe journey down the Mississippi River. The purpose is to make a documentary and to connect communities to the river. Natalie Warren is leading what she calls “a life-changing adventure.” She stopped by The Morning Blend to share her thoughts on the trip she will be embarking on. [Audio below]

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James Ponsoldt and B​illy Rosenberg on their much-buzzed about film "The Spectacular Now"

After spending a week out in Park City, Utah covering the Sundance Film Festival for Twin Cities Daily Planet, I had taken in 26 films and it was my last day to catch another film before my shuttle came to pick me up to head to the Salt Lake City airport. There was a film that had been talked about since it premiered almost a week earlier, director James Ponsoldt’s (Off the Black and Smashed) third feature, The Spectacular Now, based off Tim Tharp’s 2008 young adult novel. The film was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber who had written the romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer a few years earlier. The Spectacular Now was bought by the flashy distributor A24 (Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring and the upcoming, The Rover), shortly after its premiere. Having initially missing the first press screening, there was a second one right before I had to head out of town and incidentally left the biggest impression on me.

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Up-and-coming filmmaker debuts in Twin Cities — Award-winning feature to screen at Sound Unseen

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty will be presented on August 14 by Sound Unseen, a monthly screening series held every second Wednesday at Minneapolis’ Trylon Microcinema, located on 3258 Minnehaha Avenue South. The film is part of a doubleheader with showtime starting at 7 pm.

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David Gordon Green talks about "Prince Avalanche" and his many other projects

Since 2000, writer/ director/ producer David Gordon Green has directed nine feature-length films, serving as screenwriter on five of them; has directed commercials (most notably a Chrysler truck commercial starring Clint Eastwood that aired at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI in 2012); created an animated series Good Vibes; directed a TV pilot for Comedy Central, Black Jack, which never aired (it was written by local screenwriter Michael Starrbury); and is a consulting producer/director on the hit HBO series Eastbound & Down, starring Green's frequent collaborator Danny McBride. Needless to say, Green has stayed busy and will stay that way as he has a pile of projects lined up (his much-rumored remake of Suspiria by Italian “giallo” horror filmmaker Dario Argento is one of them).

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Gender Reel Film & Performance Art Festival

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Gender Reel, the only coast-to-coast film & performance art festival, kicks off it's 3rd year Sept 19-22, 2013. Gender Reel, is a festival for the community, by the community.

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"Fruitvale Station" stirs emotions

Oscar Grant is dead.

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"The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer talks about uncovering Indonesian genocide

I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade. The Act of Killing is unprecedented in the history of cinema.” - German filmmaker Werner Herzog

I began seeing this blurb on director Joshua Oppenheimer’s controversial new documentary The Act of Killing when the film premiered at the 2012 Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals last September. This same quote popped up again in the latest Walker Art Center cinema brochure earlier this month, and it's quite a statement from a filmmaker who has made some important documentaries himself over his 45+ years in filmmaking.

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