Spooky Movie International Film Festival: Exclusive Interview w/ PLAY DEAD Co-Directors, Teller and Shade Rupe!!

Shade Rupe and Teller doing poster signing after the PLAY DEAD screening

Day 2 of the Spooky Movie International Film Festival offered a unique experience as the first full length feature that night came in the form of a filmed live theatre performance.  What film do I speak of? PLAY DEAD, of course!  Co-Directed by famed silent magician Teller and Shade Rupe, the film is inspired by the American spook show, an underground form of entertainment that occurred between 1930s and 1970s.  In the film, Coney Island showman Todd Robbins thrills a live audience with gory, ghastly spectacles based on real-life killers and psychic pranksters.  Following an entertaining Q & A, that including a impressive magic act from Teller, Reel Film News  took the opportunity to pick the brains of Teller and Shade Rupe concerning the evolution of the off-Broadway show (of the same name) to the big screen, the history of spook shows, and their respective future projects.  Check it out! Continue reading “Spooky Movie International Film Festival: Exclusive Interview w/ PLAY DEAD Co-Directors, Teller and Shade Rupe!!”

MOVIE REVIEW: Coriolanus

‘A place calling itself Rome’ looks a lot more like war-torn Serbia in Coriolanus, Ralph Fiennes’ version of the politically charged Shakespeare tragedy. Not as much an update of the play as an application of the script to a more relatable era (with a treatment by Gladiator and Hugo screenwriter John Logan), the film replaces the archaic battle implements of ancient Rome with the automatic weapons and Kevlar of modern warfare. Initially bearing a visual resemblance to something like Green Zone, with which it shares cinematographer Barry Ackroyd (The Hurt Locker), Coriolanus is a film altogether different in its mixture of elements. But the politics and language, for all intents and purposes, remain the same. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Coriolanus”