The Contemporary Austin at the Jones Center
"...Starring: Judd Nelson, Bill Paxton, Wayne Newton, Lara Flynn Boyle, James Caan and Rob Lowe. You've got to hand it to first-time director Rifkin: if nothing else, The Dark Backward is a rabidly Nineties type of film..."
"..."That's exactly what I wanted, and I was worried that maybe it was just my weird sense of humor that found this so funny, and maybe no one else would. It was super scary to see it with an audience, but it was thrilling – they were all super into the exact same dark laugh."..."
"...William Friedkin: I had seen him in a couple of his early films, like Frailty, for example, which is much darker. But then what got me really interested in him , just around the time I starting to cast Killer Joe and was thinking about certain other let’s say grubbier actors, grisly old men, I saw him on an interview – it was either Larry King or Charlie Rose..."
"...And I wonder what those future custodians of the past will say when they come across things like Los Tejanos, Comanche Moon and Nits Make Lice -- especially when they compare them to the shallow and shadowy versions of the historical record that preceded them. I have a feeling that Jackson's passion and commitment to tell the story of Texas in bold, dark strokes will burn just as brightly over the gulf of years as it does today..."
"... The intensity and duration of rainfall will change the color and taste of the honey from season to season and year to year. Typically, lighter honeys are spring honey and the honey grows darker and bolder as the seasons progress culminating in a dark molasses like fall honey with a bold and herbal taste..."
"...But even away from the theatres, del Toro's education in humanity's dark side continued. "When I was an altar boy," he explains, "we would rehearse in the crypts and look for an open crypt, and one of them contained a guy, mummified!" Later, he worked at an insane asylum around the corner from a "fantastic cemetery" in his hometown..."
"..."Special Forces" screens in the Alpha Theater, Sunday, 4:50pm, before Dark Star...."
"...Starring: Julie Walters, Rupert Graves, Matthew Walker, Laura Sadler, Holly Aird and Les Dennis. Intimate Relations is a dark, depressingly off-kilter black comedy based on “a true story.” In a small village outside of London in 1954, lodger Harold Guppy (Graves) has come to live in the Beasley household, a strict, prim, and altogether proper family unit lorded over by the dour and utterly practical Marjorie Beasley (Walters)..."
"..."Blight" D: Briane Deane, Ireland, 15 min. (US Premiere) A young priest travels to an isolated island community to face a dark supernatural force that has consumed a young woman...."
"...shores, he would shoot her himself before the Nazis ever had a chance to capture her. Some comfort, but the lesson she learned lasted a lifetime: Fear the monsters, but also beware the dark impulses the monsters provoke..."
"...However, as he goes deeper and deeper into gang life, he slowly finds his loyalties torn between the police he is working for and the gangsters he has sworn to arrest. As his identity grows more and more confused, Cheung must battle both the cops and the Triads, and, in the process, discover what's most important: the law or friendship? The melodramatic plot looks to provide pop singer Cheung with his best role since the aforementioned John Woo film, and Jing's stylish direction seems to exploit all the tension and danger of dark, back-alley gang fights while not totally abandoning the offbeat humor that has become his trademark..."
"...Although Kill List is a dark and creepy film, it is also very funny at times. Much of the dialogue is improvised by the actors, and the banter helps give the film a naturalistic feel..."
"...Kim’s 18th film, Pieta, is probably his most commercial release so far, yet it, too, is full of queasy-making moments and intentional affronts. Pieta nevertheless reveals a dark humor as well as thematic through-lines about redemption and capitalism’s proclivity toward devouring its most vulnerable...."
"...Farmiga, the Oscar-winning actress from Up in the Air, makes her directing debut with this film, which is based on the autobiographical book, This Dark World by Carolyn S. Briggs, who co-wrote the screenplay with Tim Metcalfe..."
"...All of which sounds about right. But it makes for a remarkably unpleasant movie experience, like you’re being forced to wallow in a dark pit of human degradation and self-loathing and then told to laugh at your predicament..."
"...Things escalate when Mister Babadook, an ominous children’s pop-up book, mysteriously appears in Samuel’s bedroom and warns against a dark and evil creature who cannot be gotten rid of once he’s been allowed in to one’s home. The image of the Babadook is primitive yet bone-rattling: a sturdy, all-black silhouette appears as if part scarecrow, part tombstone..."
"...Last year's SXSW Film Midnighters Audience Award winner, Cheap Thrills, is a dark comedy that riffs on the ever-widening rift between the haves and the have-nots. It also plays around with the idea of the generally debasing nature of reality TV vs..."
"...I should confess up front that after a cursory high school reading of the classic novel and a late-Eighties viewing of the Broadway phenomenon, this is actually my first brush with a cinematic version of Victor Hugo's sprawling, melodramatic epic. That said, this version by director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror) holds together extremely well; it's full of rich, dark hues and excellent overall casting that's highlighted by a bulky Neeson as the convict-turned-mayor-turned-redemptive archetype Jean Valjean and Rush as the grimly determined, obsessive-compulsive Inspector Javert..."
"...McCormack plays Franco, who is tutored by her mother (Bisset) in the ways of the courtesan as a means of providing family support. Due to the questionable nature of the family's means and her lower station in life, she's unable to marry the man she loves -- the handsome senator Marco Venier (Sewell, of Dark City) -- and instead spends her time as a sort of kept woman of the Venetian elite..."
"...Lanvin gives the appearance of a younger Depardieu, which is unsurprising given Blier's previous work with that actor in the seminal Going Places. Big men wield big emotions seems to be Blier's point here, but those terrific characterizations aside, Mon Homme is still more of a sexy muddle than anything else, a case of too many dark emotions colliding in the Lyons twilight...."