10 Essential Lucio Fulci Movies Every Horror Fan Should See

By James Paton

The Italian maestro Lucio Fulci is a well-regarded creative tour de force by horror fans, and whilst his rather extensive oeuvre takes in all manner of genres, he is still oft overlooked by the mainstream, leaving him as, arguably, one of the most underrated director’s in the history of the film industry.

With more than fifty directorial credits to his name and work that takes in musicals, thrillers, comedies, westerns and, yes, horror films, he’s a tough creative force to nail down and this has seemingly worked against him to some extent. Naturally, so has his proclivity for making low budget gore fests, of course, there are more challenging works among his completed projects but these have been criminally ignored in favour of the director’s later output.

As his health declined he immersed himself in work, churning out horror films to distract himself from his deteriorating condition, the work was rushed and frivolous, and yet, hidden even among these seemingly shoddy releases are moments that only Fulci could have created, diamonds in the rough as it were.

There were understandably far too many films within his oeuvre to look at, so here we have attempted to narrow it down to a list of ten of his top films, though sadly this does mean that numerous efforts from the late, great Lucio Fulci have had to be left by the wayside. Of course, that’s why there’s a comments section, so please remember to share your favourite Fulci moments with the community.

10. The House by the Cemetery

House by The Cemetery (1981)

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10 Underrated Movies Directed by Famous Actors

By Andreas Babiolakis

Some actors have truly worked their ways into the director’s chair with complete ease. No one would bat an eye at Ben Affleck’s name being introduced as a director on any film poster; this seems like it may have been a different story 15 years ago.

Some actors have found great success when they have worked behind the camera, including George Clooney (“Good Night, and Good Luck”), Zach Braff (“Garden State”), and more (wait, didn’t a Ben Affleck film win Best Picture or something?). Some ventures into directing haven’t been quite as successful for some actors, but their experiments are still interesting (I’m looking at Ryan Gosling’s “Lost River”, Natalie Portman’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness”, and recently, Brie Larson’s “Unicorn Store”).

There are still the odd gems that pop up from out of the blue, even as current as Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut “Lady Bird” (which is being well received). Let’s not forget that James Franco may have finally directed a winner with “The Disaster Artist”, too.

Some of these projects get the limelight. Some do not. Some will be featured for a little while and then become forgotten. This is a list that will try to bring a few of these flicks back into the conversation. Some of these are obvious classics that may just not be talked about too much anymore. Some of these simply aren’t as discussed as they should be.

Since it’s becoming even more common to find an actor behind the camera instead of being in front of one, this list may find its welcome. Here are 10 underrated movies that were directed by actors.

 NOTE: We are excluding films from directors like Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, etc. This list is based more on the films made by those who are mainly actors first, whereas → continue…

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How to use the RED IPP2 workflow to significantly improve picture quality

By noreply@redsharknews.com (David Shapton)

RED's new IPP2 workflow allows you to get the absolute best from its cameras

RED’s new Image Pipeline (IPP2) is a serious and worthwhile improvement on the original version. Phil Holland has made a useful graphic showing how to use it.

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    J.L.Fisher becomes IMAGO Sponsor

    By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

    J.L.Fisher becomes IMAGO Sponsor

    The long time prestigious grip company J.L. Fisher as joined IMAGO as a new member sponsor.

    From its humble beginnings in 1952 between a basement at Jim Fisher’s house, Republic Studios, and a Gasoline/Petrol station in Studio city, J.L. Fisher, Inc. was born.
    The company first started making microphone booms and bases and became the industry standard with these products.
    In 1963 the first model 8 dolly came out and later around 1967 the model 9 was introduced. The model 9 is still used today on many multi-camera sitcoms.
    In 1980 the model 10 dolly was introduced and soon became the industry standard and still is today.
    The smaller model 11 dolly rolled out in 1994. The model 11 is very popular in Europe because it’s small size and small radius round steering. This was built into the model 11 from inception.
    Please see our website for more product information at www.jlfisher.com or contact us at info@jlfisher.com

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    One week to go for the nominees

    By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

    One week to go for the nominees

    The jury is now working really hard watching and evaluating the 51 features, 18 documentaries and 18 TV drama episodes representing 36 societies that have submitted films for the IMAGO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY. The nominees will be announced if no “raison de force» on Sunday October 8th . Three films for each of these categories will be part of the nomination.

    ▪ Best Cinematography for a Feature Film
    ▪ Best Cinematography for a Television Drama
    ▪ Best Cinematography for a Documentary Film

    The Gala Awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, 28th October 2017 at Hanasaari – The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre in Helsinki, Finland. During the evening the winners will be announced along with 4 additional awards; The IMAGO Young Cinematographer of the Year supported by ARRI, along with the IMAGO Lifetime Achievement Award; IMAGO Extraordinary Contribution to the Art of Cinematography and finally the IMAGO Technical Achievement Award.

    The Gala Awards presentation will be a great moment to recognise the Art of Cinematography and cinematographers. These represent in essence Awards from cinematographers to cinematographers, something we are all looking forward to with great enthusiasm. We encourage you to join us in Helsinki for these Awards which represent the very best of the best in the field of Cinematography, from around the globe.

    The IMAGO Board and the Awards organising committee would like to thank and congratulate all our member Societies for their support by collecting the films and the respective permissions in order to guarantee the success of these IMAGO Awards for Cinematography.

    We also take this opportunity to thank our Awards sponsors for their generosity and their overwhelming support, without them these Awards would not be possible.

    The Awards Committee would like to thank the work done by the list of jurors below.

    The juries

    FEATURE FILM AWARD

    Esa Vourinen FSC
    Sunny Joseph ISC
    Alex Linden FSF
    Christian Berger AAC
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    From Jag35 to YouTuber – with Jehu Garcia – ON THE GO – Episode 70

    By Fabian Chaundy

    Jehu Garcia

    In this episode of ON THE GO we talk to Jehu Garcia, the man behind the DSLR accessory company Jag35.

    Jehu Garcia started out making 35mm adapter for camcorders at a time when the industry was on the verge of booming significantly. Then came the Canon 5D Mark II, and it really changed the game for everyone.

    Jehu tells us how he and Jag35 got a start making their own gear, motivated by the desire to make their footage look more cinematic. His company Jag35 then started focusing on making accessories for the new wave of video-capable DSLRs, and enjoyed a good run for a few years before having to face the multitude of copycat manufacturers coming from the far East. Not only that, but Jehu also faced the difficult situation of downsizing Jag35, a company that at that point consisted mostly of good friends and family.

    Jehu has since transitioned to running a very successful YouTube channel of now over 100K subscribers. He tells us how persistence is the key in the struggle to make money doing what you love.

    His desire to run a YouTube channel about new environmental technologies such as electric cars and energy came from a deep desire to focus on content creation and storytelling, which took priority over the technical prowess of creating a perfect image. He even says with pride that right now, his camera is set completely to Auto (gasp!).

    Make sure you stay tuned for more about Jehu Garcia’s journey in the next episode of cinema5D ON THE GO!

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    From:: Cinema 5d

    Deal: Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD $399 (Reg $599)

    By Canon Rumors B&H Photo has increased the instant rebate on the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD by $100 to bring the price of the lens down to $399. They’re also including a 67mm Hoya UV filter to sweeten the deal, a $38 value. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16 One … → continue…

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    IAGA in Helsinki celebrating 25 years.

    By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

    IAGA in Helsinki celebrating 25 years.

    The IMAGO Annual General Assembly (IAGA) is an important event for IMAGO. It takes place every year in a different country. The next IAGA will be held in Helsinki. All members societies of IMAGO are invited by The FSC The Finnish Society of Cinematographers to have its representative delegates in the meeting. The gathering is in the 26th, 27th and 28th of October.

    This year is really special. IMAGO celebrates its 25th anniversary. It was in 1992 when in Rome a few members of the BSC, AIC, AFC, BVK and not yet AEC the Spanish society was not yet founded got together and followed the inspirational dream of Luciano Tovoli AIC ASC to create an European Federation of cinematographers. It became effective a few months later by registering the federation in Paris.

    25 years has now passed since that 13th of December in Rome and now IMAGO holds 47 countries and has widen its influence out of the European continent reaching now other parts of the world having now societies from all continents.

    This year is special. For the first time IMAGO implements the International awards, praising cinematographers members of the federation in the categories of feature, documentary and TV drama. The gala ceremony will be on Saturday the 28th evening in Helsinki.

    Every single society is invited to have its representatives.

    Registration: https://www.umfrageonline.com/s/Registration_IAGA_2017

    We are really looking forward to it.

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    OnePlus 5 camera review

    The OnePlus 5 is the Chinese manufacturer’s flagship smartphone, replacing last year’s OnePlus 3T. The new model is the first OnePlus to feature a dual-camera setup and offers some enticing imaging specifications: a main camera with a 1/2.8″ 16MP Sony IMX 398 sensor and fast F1.7 aperture is supported by a 2x tele-module featuring a 20MP 1/2.8″ Sony IMX 350 sensor and F2.6 aperture.

    The dual-camera design allows for an iPhone 8 Plus-like background-blurring portrait mode and the Smart Capture feature combines optical zoom with multi-
    frame technology for improved zoom quality. The OnePlus 5 camera also comes with 4K video, a 720p/120 fps slow-motion mode and a dual-LED flash. The camera app’s new Pro mode provides manual control over the most important shooting parameters and DNG Raw capture.

    The OnePlus 5 uses Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 flagship chipset. Offering 8GB RAM/128GB or 6GB RAM/64GB memory options and a 3300mAh battery that supports the OnePlus Dash Charge quick charging system, the rest of the device’s specifications are firmly top-shelf as well.

    Key Photographic / Video Specifications

    • Dual-camera
    • 16MP 1/2.8″ Sony IMX 398 sensor and F1.7 lens
    • 20MP 1/2.8″ Sony IMX 350 sensor and F2.6 lens
    • Dual-LED flash
    • 4K video
    • 720p/120fps slow-motion
    • Portrait Mode
    • Manual controls
    • DNG-Raw support
    • 16MP / F2.0 front camera

    Other Specifications

    • 5.5″ AMOLED 1080p display
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
    • 6GB RAM/64GB storage or 8GB RAM/128GB storage
    • USB Type-C
    • Fingerprint reader
    • 3.5mm audio jack
    • 3300 mAh battery with Dash Charge

    DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.

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    All 8 Nuri Bilge Ceylan Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

    By David Zou

    Winter Sleep

    According to acclaimed Turkish film critic Asuman Suner, the first signs of New Turkish Cinema refer to the 1960s. During those years, Turkish directors who were strongly influenced by Italian neorealism started to claim similarities between dictatorships of Menderes and Mussolini and direct films akin to Italian. The situation changed after the 1980 military coup when tough censorship limited the freedom of the directors for more than 10 years.

    Meanwhile, there are other critics and film historians arguing that New Turkish Cinema started in the 1990s and continues up to this day. There are several directors who represent this wave to the audience worldwide and the most acclaimed of them is Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

    8. Cocoon (1995)

    Cocoon (1995)

    A photographer by profession, Nuri Bilge Ceylan started directing in his late 30s. “Cocoon” was his first film and it was selected in the competition program for short films at Cannes Film Festival.

    The 17-minute film introduces the audience to an elderly couple and tells the story of their break-up and reunification. At the first half of the film, they are separated and the director masterfully conveys the feeling of anguish and emptiness and even panic that the characters have. At the second half of the short, the plight changes: after the wife’s return, Ceylan puts on divine music by Vyacheslav Artyomov and the sense of loneliness fades away.

    The film doesn’t have any dialogue and there is no need for them. The director, who has a perfect photographic eye, expresses everything through beautiful shots of nature that are reminiscent of those by Tarkovsky. He chose his parents as main characters, whom the audience will meet in the following movies by Ceylan. The same can be said about some locations and shots that appear → continue…

    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    Dead Shack – VIFF 2017 Review

    By Shane Scott-Travis

    Director and co-writer Peter Ricq (alongside Phil Ivanusic and Davila LeBlanc) have constructed the sort of depraved little B-movie that’s ideal for late night showings designed primarily towards forgivable genre fans who crave considerably splatter, the odd quotable quip (my fave was probably “I think that if the blood’s black, there’s no going back!”), a high body count, and a high-five or two. On those relatively easily attained terms then Dead Shack is a lively and lowering release.

    When 14-year-old Jason (Matthew Nelson-Mahood) joins his bratty BFF Colin (Gabriel LaBelle), and his much more salt-of-the-earth family (including slightly older sister/crush, Summer [Lizzie Boys]), for a weekend retreat in a rundown cottage out in the wintry sticks, the stage is slowly set for flip and furious genre misadventures. For just beyond the property of Jason and his pals’ Sam Raimi-esque cabin in the woods is another, even more Sam Raimi-er cabin in the woods where the undead, kept on a short leash, do dwell.

    Faster than you can say “neighbor from hell” it’s revealed that a well-armored, zero-bullshit-taking matriarch (Lauren Holly) runs her next door abode with murder in her heart, for she has a brood of codependent zombies that she must regularly feed, and Jason and his friends are next on the limited menu as today’s special.

    Dead Shack doesn’t take itself too seriously of course, and while it may be marred by some of the atypical trappings of B-movie fare –– an obviously tight budget, inconsistent acting, and a diverse range of gaping plot holes –– it still moves ahead with ghoulishly gleeful surety. In fact, a lot of the bloody money shots are impressive, and there’s some eerily effective action sequences, too. True, it takes a little while to get going, but once it does it’s a pastiche-heavy torrent of 80s → continue…

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    Bitch – VIFF 2017 Review

    By Shane Scott-Travis

    “I feel like I can’t breathe,” imparts desperate housewife Jill (Marianna Palka, who also wrote and directed the film) to her perpetually distracted and utterly assholish husband, Bill (Jason Ritter), in an early scene in the biting new comic drama, Bitch. Palka takes pains and considerable risks with this often confrontational piss-take on the patriarchy, and it’s really a shame that about half the time Bitch backs down and whimpers away instead of having a howl.

    When we first meet Jill she’s at her wit’s end as her bustling family (four kids; two in middle school and two in early elementary) and unfaithful hubby (he’s routinely working extra hours shagging kissable co-worker Annabelle [Sol Rodriguez]) endlessly take her for granted. The only thing in Jill’s life that seems to pay her much heed is a neighbourhood dog that, so it seems, only her and her eldest daughter (Brighton Sharbino) appear to be cognizant of, as the whole family hears, but never seems to see.

    Before long Jill, who’s made at least one legitimate suicide attempt, unfortunately played for laughs, regresses into a feral-like convalescent, living in the basement, sans clothing, covered in her own feces and filth, snarling and snapping at everyone, including her kids, Bill, and her well-meaning middle-aged sister, Beth (Jaime King).

    Bitch works best when it’s an awkward comedy, and it certainly has a number of squirm-inducing scenes. It’s also frequently funny to see Ritter get into some physical slapstick comedy like when he throws a tantrum in his kids’ schoolyard, or when he fetches sticks and romps around with Jill at the dog park. It really is easy to see Ritter’s likeness to his old man, John, and the sex farce elements certainly fringes upon some easily identifiable Jack Tripper-like territory.

    It’s just too bad that so much of Bitch → continue…

    From:: Taste Of Cinema

    Phantom Flex VEO 4K-PL Exclusive Hands-On

    By Nic Divischek

    Phantom VEO

    Vision Research has recently introduced a new Phantom VEO 4K-PL, which like its older brother Phantom Flex 4K, can shoot up to 1000fps at full 4K DCI resolution, but in a smaller and more compact body.

    What is the Phantom VEO line?

    They say that when you touch a Phantom camera you go straight to heaven. At least that’s how I feel. Vision Research is a company that started out with high-speed cameras for military testing and analysing car-crash impacts, only to later turn its eye to the film industry with its revolutionary tech. In 2014, Vision Research introduced the mind-blowing Phantom Flex 4K camera, capable of 1000 frames-per-second at full 4K DCI resolution, in what many would consider the best quality 4K RAW compared to RED and even ARRI. Last year, Vision Research introduced the VEO line, a more compact version of their film industry cameras that continue the trend set by the ARRI Mini and RED – that smaller is better. Less weight and a more compact design mean more possibilities, such as the use of stabilisation platforms and even UAV. In comparison, the Phantom Flex 4K body weighs an incredible 5kg without ANYTHING on it. Add a lens, follow focus, rods, viewfinder, batteries, monitor and you can easily accumulate a weight that not many gimbals can handle.

    Phantom VEO4K-PL

    VEO4K‐PL is available with either 36 GB or 72 GB of RAM, and includes SDI and HDMI video outputs, as well as a PL mount and OLPF with the black housing. Otherwise, there are two performance levels. The 590S and L models go 500 fps at 4K, with the 4K-PL going all the way up to 1000 fps. Previous VEO models were inferior in terms of image quality compared to their bigger cousins. However, the frame rate and overall image → continue…

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    Three more good A9 news: Firmware added Profoto support, EyeAF works with Metabones, Commlite adds A9 support

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    With the latest A9 firmware update we also got this: 1) Profoto Air TTL-S remote now works on the A9 too 2) EyeAf now works with Canon lenses too through Metabones adapters 3) Commlite released firmware 0.6 for their nikon F to Sony E adapter. It adds A9 support!

    The post Three more good A9 news: Firmware added Profoto support, EyeAF works with Metabones, Commlite adds A9 support appeared first on sonyalpharumors.

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    From:: Sony Alpha Rumors

    Inside Dolby Cinema: Tour of One of the Most Immersive Movie-Going Experiences Ever

    By V Renée

    An inside look at how Dolby Cinema aims to give you the absolute best movie-going experience.

    Throughout history, movie theaters have evolved to attract new movie-goers. In the 1910s through the 1940s, movie “palaces” were ornately decorated theaters designed to provide patrons with an atmosphere mimicking an outdoor courtyard, complete with facades, fauna, and projectors called Brenograph that projected clouds and stars onto the ceiling.

    Even though more modern cinemas don’t look anything like they did a century ago, theater owners still strive to give movie-goers a unique and immersive experience, whether it’s with the snacks and food, 3D, or stadium seating. Dolby Laboratories is one company that is aiming to take theater audio and visuals to places it has never been before, and the team over at RocketJump Film School got to take a tour of Dolby Headquarters based in San Fransisco to learn more about its premium cinema concept, Dolby Cinema.

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    From:: No Film School