A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

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I have been ruminating on this movie since I saw it two weeks ago. It is a modern day fairytale in the vein of the original Grimm stories where there aren’t happy endings and no one was innocent. There is a quote about the movie that defines it perfectly, but I haven’t been able to trace it back to the originator, “If Sergio Leone and David Lynch had an Iranian rock ‘n’ roll baby, and then Nosferatu came and babysat for them…” The movie is a perfect blend of a surreal setting, a gritty western mentality, a melancholy heart with the tiniest idea of romance as interpreted by those who have only read about it in books. Having the movie entirely in Farsi  lends to it’s foreign nature. The soundtrack is the winding soul to the experience. It’s blend of Iranian rock and rock, traditional chords intertwined with pop delights while occasionally tossing you on your ear musically. It is going to be released by Death Waltz Recording Company which I think suits the film completely.

Death Waltz Recording Company
 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – Official Soundtrack

1. Charkhesh-E Pooch by Kiosk
2. Gelaye by Radio Tehran
3. Dancing Girls (Original Mix) by Farah
4. Bashy by The Free Electric Band
5. Sarcophagus by Federale
6. Black Sunday by Federale
7. 15 Hishe Ayn Ore (Remember That Day?) by Bei Ru
8. Death by White Lies
9. Khabnama by Radio Tehran
10. Thirsty’s Return by Federale
11. Cheshme Man by Dariush
12. Tatilat by Radio Tehran
13. Yarom Bia by Kiosk
14. The Veil by Bei Ru

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What We Do In The Shadows: The American Release

Reposted from the kickstarter page to spread the word!

From the Creators of “Flight of the Conchords” & “Boy” – Help Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi bring their vampire comedy to the USA!
About this project

It’s a vampire documentary that’s been literally 8,000 years in the making. You can help bring it to America.

On FRIDAY THE 13th of FEBRUARY we will release WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS by ourselves, without a studio distributor, so that we can share our film with you, the audience, directly.

The film will open in New York City (at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema) and in Los Angeles (at The Arclight Cinemas/Hollywood) but we want to take it further. We want to bring our film ALL across America — but that’s expensive! There’s posters, trailers, advertising, publicity – the list is endless…Oh, and we will need something to project in every theater.

We have put together a plan with some of the best independent film minds around to reach as many cities and towns as possible, but we cannot achieve our goal without your support, enthusiasm, and generosity. Please help us bring “What We Do in the Shadows” to a theater near you!

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Jenga’s 2015 Top Horror!!

Don’t Read the Latin‘s year end review postcast will be posting later today, but as a teaser my top 10 movies for the year!

Runners up:
A Field in England
Blue Ruin
Only Lovers Left Alive

My Top 10

10. The Taking of Deborah Logan
9. The Den
8. Honeymoon
7. Starry Eyes
6. The Sacrament
5. Under the Skin
4. Oculus
3. Nightbreed The Director’s Cut
2. The Guest
1. The Babadook

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Movies to see list

Combination of upcoming, VOD, DVD, Blu-ray that I look forward to getting to see!

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) UPCOMING

The Canal (2014) VOD

It Follows (sneak peek not a trailer) UPCOMING

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) UPCOMING

Honeymoon (2014) VOD-BLU RAY-DVD

In Fear (2013) VOD-BLU RAY-DVD

Housebound (2014) VOD-BLU RAY-DVD

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Movie recommendations AKA PUT THIS IN YOUR EYEHOLES!

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Citadel (2012)

The Den (2014)

The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

The Whisperer in Darkness (2011)

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Happy Halloween!

I hope you have a wonderful Halloween filled with happiness and scary movies!

Taken by Angel Ceballos

Taken by Angel Ceballos

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Jen’s Documentary Corner! Paul Williams: Still Alive

Swan Phantom of the Paradise

I laughed with my husband this weekend that I imprinted as a child on ’70s radio. I love Fleetwood Mac, Harry Nilsson, The Carpenters and, lastly, I love Paul Williams. I am sure most of my memories of Paul Williams come from The Muppet Show and Smokey and the Bandit. And the dozens of guest appearances on game shows. But his music.. his music is heartfelt. It comes from a place of sadness and loneliness. His uniqueness separated him from people but also seemed to create a depth that touches many.

His childhood was troubled. His adulthood was plagued with addiction. He is responsible for some of the most timeless songs sung by other people. The Rainbow Connection can reduce me to tears whenever I hear it, then there is We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters, Evergreen by Barbra Streisand, Fill Your Heart by David Bowie and countless more.

Stephen Kessler made a documentary about Paul Williams, called Paul Williams Still Alive. The documentary does him a disservice. The documentarian seems to feel that the story that should be told is his love of Paul Williams vs. the story of Paul Williams himself. Because his love seems fickle, midway through the process it feels like he loses his way; he becomes cruel with his pushes for sensationalism and dirt. The way the editor (David Zieff) cut the film it really feels as though he thought the director was a jerk and wanted to make sure we realize that too. There are moments which are truly touching and human. My take-away from this movie is what a multi-layered, human, and humble man Paul Williams is. You see how much he has touched, and raised up, others through his words and music. You see the love on the faces of the fans. You see the lives he touches in his speaking tours on sobriety and staying clean.

All this documentary did was make me realize that he deserves better. I left it hoping someone else sees this and allows him to fully tell the story of his family, his work in the movies (especially Phantom of the Paradise), and his lifetime spent creating music and the effect all of it has had on others. He gives every appearance of having found peace and joy in his life. I wish his tale had been better told so we could experience that with him.

credit to Henny Garfunkel

Credit to Henny Garfunkel

See more about Paul Williams at his site here
See more about his work on sobriety here

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Don’t Read the Latin – Horror Comedies

Episode Eleven: Horror Comedies

Posted on Oct 17 2014 in Episodes

Welcome to another Halloween season episode of your favorite horror movie podcast! (At least, we assume we’re your favorite horror movie podcast. If we’re not, please don’t tell us.)

In this episode, Jennifer rants about Kevin Smith, whose recent film, “Tusk,” seems to be one inside joke aimed at the fans of podcast. We here at Don’t Read the Latin promise that if we ever make a movie of our own, we’re not going to just pander to our existing fanbase — we intend to pander to everyone.)

We also talk about economy of storytelling, Harlan Ellison, Jen’s Big Black Gothic Yard Sale, and Michael’s upcoming Halloween reading!

No Context For You

“Speaking of soft-core pornography …. ”
“I’m Aware I’m making poor choices.”
“I have a whole bunch of ‘Night of the … ‘ movies.”

The Movie List

(No time this week to put together our usual list of links, but here is a plain old list of all the movies we mentioned this episode. Sorry!)

  • Annabelle
  • Dracula Untold
  • ABCs of Death 2
  • V/H/S Viral
  • Tusk
  • Cheerleader Massacre
  • Slumber Party Massacre
  • The Town that Dreaded Sundown
  • Absentia
  • Oculus
  • Metallica’s Through the Never
  • Event Horizon
  • In the Mouth of Madness
  • Possession
  • Phantom of the Paradise
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
  • The Spiral Staircase
  • Beetlejuice
  • Psycho Beach Party
  • Monster Squad
  • Critters
  • High Spirits
  • Vampire Academy
  • Warm Bodies
  • Vamp
  • Waxworks
  • House
  • Arachnophobia
  • Tremors
  • Fright Night
  • Night of the Comet
  • Night of the Creeps
  • Night of the Demons
  • Frankenhooker
  • Reanimator
  • American Werewolf in London
  • Fletch
  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Gremlins
  • Zombieland
  • Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
  • American Psycho
  • Slither
  • Feast
  • You’re Next
  • Behind the Mask
  • Grabbers
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Fido
  • Leprechaun
  • Black Sheep
  • Severance
  • Sightseers
  • Stage Fright
  • The Guest
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Horror comedies

Teaser for our next DRTL podcast on horror comedies!

Here are some of my favorites!
Black Sheep

Undead

Psycho Beach Party

House

Sightseers

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Grabbers

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Days of October- Horror movies set around Halloween!

It’s the focus of the latest Don’t Read the Latin podcast hopefully posting today. But here are my personal favorites set on or around Halloween!

Halloween (1978)


Halloween II
(1981)

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

The Guest (2014) GO SEE THIS IN THE THEATER!!

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Lady in White (1988)

Trick or Treat (1986)

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Silver Bullet (1985)

And honorable non-horror mention
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Jen’s DOCUMENTARY CORNER!
The American Scream (2012)

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