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The 20 Most Anticipated Movies of Berlinale 2018

By Redmond Bacon

It’s nearly that time of the year again, when the whole movie world descends upon the German capital of Berlin to watch hundreds of films, cut deals and party. It may be the coldest time of the year for a festival in the grey city, but that won’t stop thousands of people from attending.

With over 400 films expected to be screened at the festival, it is hard to say which one will prove the favourite with critics — the average critic only able to see about around ten to twenty percent of films available. That’s why we have created this list to help show you what films we think are worth looking out for.

There are a great crop of auteur filmmakers showing films at the festival, with Wes Anderson, Hong Sang-soo, Lav Diaz and Steven Soderbergh all screening their latest works.

In addition, there are intriguing first-time films spanning any genre you can think of across the Competition, Forum and Panaroma categories. Read on for the essential films to watch at Berlinale, including some that may even be featuring in contention at next year’s Oscars!

1. Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)

The latest film from Wes Anderson is opening the Competition and is probably the most anticipated film of the entire festival. Returning to the stop-motion animation techniques that made Fantastic Mr Fox such a success, The Isle of Dogs boasts an all-star cast of Frances McDormand, Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, and many, many more.

Set in Japan, and telling the story of a boy looking for his dog, this delightful-looking tale is going to be a tribute to the films of Akira Kurosawa. Probably the odds-on favourite to win the Golden Bear.

2. Grass (Hong Sang-soo)

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

15 Upcoming Horror Movies To Look Forward To In 2018

By Vlad Albescu

2017 wasn’t really the best year for horror films. With the exception of “Get Out,” “Raw,” and to a lesser extent, “Annabelle 2: Creation,” “Gerald’s Game” or “It,” there weren’t too many horror films worthy of being mentioned. However, when it comes to horror films, 2018 already looks more hopeful.

Some classic horror films are getting promising remakes or sequels, great directors like Steven Soderbergh and Lenny Abrahamson are making their debuts in the horror genre, and on #7, we’ve got a film that has already been called “the scariest horror movie in years.”

The following list features 15 upcoming horror films that we’re looking forward to seeing this year. Let us know in the comments which of the following titles you think will have the most potential of being great films, and what other horror movies you’re expecting this year.

1. Summer of ’84
Release date: January 22, 2018 (Sundance Film Festival)

“Summer of ’84” is said to be a film in the same vein as “Stranger Things,” but instead featuring serial killers.

A group of kids spends their summer spying on their neighbor, who they suspect is a serial killer. As they come closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.

This film was shown at the Sundance Film Festival where it has received mixed reviews. Many criticized its overuse of the nostalgia factor and called it inferior to “Stranger Things.” Others praised its dark, more mature take on the genre and praised its unexpected ending. However, with only five reviews on Rotten Tomatoes at the moment, it is too early to judge this film and we are looking forward to a proper release.

2. Winchester
Release date: February 2, 2018 (USA)

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

Steven Soderbergh shot his latest movie entirely on the iPhone, calls it a ‘gamechanger’

We’ve seen plenty of film makers shooting movies on an Apple iPhone in the past. However, director Steven Soderbergh—whose filmography includes movies such as Erin Brockovich, Traffic, and Ocean’s Eleven—is arguably the highest-profile iPhone movie makers yet.

His latest project, the psychological horror-thriller Unsane, was shot entirely on the iPhone, and Soderbergh wasn’t afraid to admit (and embrace) that fact when speaking to IndieWire.

“I think this is the future,” Soderbergh said. “Anybody going to see this movie who has no idea of the backstory to the production will have no idea this was shot on the phone. That’s not part of the conceit.”

In fact, the director was so impressed by the iPhone’s movie capabilities and the recorded levels of detail, that he is likely to also use the Apple smartphone for future projects. “People forget, this is a 4k capture. I’ve seen it 40 feet tall. It looks like velvet,” he told IndieWire. “This is a gamechanger to me.”

We don’t know which exact iPhone model(s) Soderbergh used in the production of the movie, but it’s fair to speculate that the latest iPhone X/iPhone 8 generation was deployed in combination with all sorts of professional lighting, audio and stabilization equipment.

By the way, in case you’re curious, the movie’s synopsis is the following:

A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear – but is it real or is it a product of her delusion?

You can find more information about the movie on its website and view the trailer at the top of this page.

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From:: DPreview

“Shoot Movies with Your iPhone, There Are No Excuses,” Soderbergh Says

By Richard Lackey

At Sundance 2018, Steven Soderbergh has given us an interesting glimpse into his rather secretive world.

In the article published by Indiewire: “Steven Soderbergh Says He’s Done Directing Studio Movies and Wants to Only Shoot on iPhones — Sundance 2018” Soderbergh expresses his frustrations as a filmmaker with the Hollywood establishment, and his excitement for the future, a future where he, (and anyone with a story to tell) can use a smartphone to create imagery that stands up even on the big screen.

While many filmmakers and gear related news portals have placed the emphasis on Soderbergh’s praises of the iPhone, I think there’s more to it than that. This is not about the iPhone, it’s not about the camera at all… and that, to me, is the real point. This is about filmmaking, filmmakers, finding an audience, and the commercial viability of film outside the studio system.

It’s never been easier to shoot and post produce a film, and this is true regardless of budget (or lack thereof), but it’s never been more difficult to make money from it.

The Long Game

In an interview given at Sundance, Soderbergh explains his strategy, and his appetite to continue on a somewhat experimental path despite setbacks. “I’m playing a long game here,” he said. “I’m trying to develop an approach to putting out a movie in wide release that makes some kind of economic sense for the filmmakers and the people that have a participation in the movie. It’s going to take a while.”

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From:: Cinema 5d