Giveaway! Morrissey’s ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Dracula’ at MB Cinema

By | October 29th, 2012 | No Comments

Have you ever wondered how Dracula keeps himself so fresh and clean after thousands of long years in hot pursuit of virgin’s blood? If so, watch the opening credits of Blood For Dracula, an outrageous cult classic by director Paul Morrissey (presented by Andy Warhol with a cameo by Roman Polanski) that is screening at Miami Beach Cinematheque Tuesday night to ring in Halloween.

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East meets West in the Gutter Film Series’ August program

By | August 6th, 2012 | No Comments
Black Belt Jones

The Karate/Blaxploitation film Black Belt Jones leads off the Gutter Films Series’ August screenings.

Most would agree on the enduring value of watching classic films — Casablanca, Citizen Kane, etc. — but film buff Joey Halegua makes a fascinating point about the merit of the unacclaimed films in the history of cinema. “I think it is just as important for people to see the unpopular films of the past,” he says. “Approaching films in this way allows you to form a more realistic and well-rounded understanding of the media/culture of a particular time.”

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‘Music From The Big House’ preview + ticket giveaway

By | July 19th, 2012 | 1 Comment

The Louisiana State Penitentiary — also known as Angola Prison and nicknamed “The Alcatraz of the South” — is the largest maximum-security prison in the United States. Located on the former site of a plantation owned by slave trader Isaac Franklin, it might seem an unlikely source for redemptive music. But while on her long journey along Highway 61, Canadian blues musician Rita Chiarelli felt compelled to visit Angola, whose dark history of crushing labor and sexual slavery arguably make it the nation’s most notorious prison. That visit led to Music From The Big House, a documentary that follows Chiarelli to Angola and shows that, like Antebellum slaves, inmates throughout the prison’s 100-plus years have taken solace in song and created a rich musical history in frightful circumstances.

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The “spirituality of imperfection” in the imperfect ‘Bill W’

By | June 8th, 2012 | No Comments
Bill W.

Bill W. documents the life of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder William Griffith Wilson, a crusader for sobriety. -- image via page124.com

The life of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder William Griffith Wilson gets the Ken Burns treatment in the solemn, dauntingly definitive Bill W. This documentary, which opened Thursday at O Cinema and screens there thru Sunday, depicts the civic pioneer as dogged, visionary, and all too human.

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Macdonald’s ‘Marley’ opens on 4/20, peers past the haze

By | April 18th, 2012 | 3 Comments
Bob Marley

Marley attempts a comprehensive portrait of a complex, often pigeonholed icon. -- photo via bobmarley.com

What comes to mind when you hear the name “Bob Marley”? Is it reggae’s mellow, syncopated beats? How about that serene, dreadlocked face that has decorated so many college dorm rooms? Maybe a certain pungent aroma is wafting its way inside your cerebral cortex. The Jamaican singer-songwriter was many things to many people, so wouldn’t it be folly to make a definitive documentary about his life?

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New Waves: “Burning Mo0on” by Sleepwalking

By | April 13th, 2012 | 1 Comment

It’s Friday the 13th and Borscht Corp, the team behind the Borscht Film Festival, is celebrating the demonic date by hosting a FREE midnight screening of the German horror film “The Burning Moon” at O Cinema. Directed by Olaf Ittenbach and banned in many countries after its 1997 release, “The Burning Moon” is infamous for the gruesome imagery of its two central stories, one featuring a blind date with a serial rapist/killer and the other stars a murderous holy man.

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Indie Film Weekend Roundup with ‘The Cremaster Cycle’

By | March 28th, 2012 | No Comments

Compiled by Denise Castillon, the Miami Indie Film Guide provides a preview of the movies playing at Miami’s small film houses.

Title: ‘The Cremaster Cycle’ (USA, video art installation, not rated)

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Scenes from the rakontur cutting room floor (part II)

By | March 27th, 2012 | No Comments

Wynwood independent theater O Cinema is in the middle of a retrospective of the first ten years of filmmaking by rakontur, the Miami-based media studio that broke out in 2006 with Cocaine Cowboys. The retro continues on Wednesday with a screening of an extended version of The U, a documentary that rakontur made for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series about the Miami Hurricanes’ dominance and “Bad Boys” behavior in the ’80s. Here, co-founder Billy Corben reflects on a scene that did not make it into the film’s final cut.

Film: The U (2009)
Scene: “Recruiting Stories — Lamar Thomas”

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Scenes from the rakontur cutting room floor

By | March 22nd, 2012 | No Comments
'Cocaine Cowboys' still

O Cinema celebrates 10 years of film making by rakontur, the Miami-based media studio behind Cocaine Cowboys (pictured).

As we mentioned in this week’s indie film guide, all of next week O Cinema will celebrate the first 10 years of film making by rakontur, the Miami-based media studio behind Cocaine Cowboys, The U, Square Grouper, and other Florida-centric documentaries. (For a chance to win a pair of all-access passes, sign up for the Beached Miami e-blast.)

With the retrospective set to begin on Monday with a screening of Raw Deal: A Question of Consent, an exposé on the contested rape of a 27-year-old exotic dancer at a University of Florida fraternity house, rakontur co-founder Billy Corben reflects on a scene that did not make it into the final cut.

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Indie Film Weekend Roundup with ‘The Turin Horse’

By | March 22nd, 2012 | No Comments

Compiled by Denise Castillon, the Miami Indie Film Guide provides a preview of the movies playing at Miami’s small film houses.

Title: ‘The Turin Horse’ (Hungary, drama, 146 minutes, not rated)

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