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Filmslang 2015: SOME BEASTS

Filmslang 2015 - Day Two

Film: SOME BEASTS (2015, 90 minutes) Working
in an insular farming community in Appalachia, Sal Damon, a modern- day
Thoreau, seeks solace from a past relationship. After a sudden death in the
community and the discovery of a feral child living on the lam, Sal must
reconcile his place in a world that lives outside of the
law. SOME BEASTS is the debut feature of Dallas writer/director Cameron Bruce

Classic Horror Films: DRACULA (1931)

"I am....Drac-u-la. I bid you velcome." Thus does Bela Lugosi declare
his presence in the 1931 screen version of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Director Tod Browning invests most of his mood and atmosphere in the
first two reels, which were based on the original Stoker novel; the rest
of the film is a more stagebound translation of the popular stage play
by John Balderston and Hamilton Deane. Even so, the electric tension
between the elegant Dracula and the vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing

Ghost Films: THE OTHERS (2001)

On the secluded Isle of Jersey in the final days of World War II, a
young woman waits in vain for her beloved husband to return from the
front. Grace has been raising her two young children alone in her
beautiful, cavernous Victorian mansion, the one place she believes them
to be safe. But they are not safe. Not anymore. When a new trio of
servants arrives to replace the crew that inexplicably disappeared,
startling events begin to unfold. Grace's daughter reveals she has been
communicating with

Ghost Films: THE HAUNTING (1963)

One of the most highly regarded haunted house films ever produced,
Robert Wise's The Haunting (based on Shirley Jackson's novel The
Haunting of Hill House) weaves the dark tale of a questionably sane
young woman and a sinister house which holds a terrifying past. Invited
to join anthropologist Dr. Markway (Richard Johnson), ESP expert
Theodora (Claire Bloom), and probable heir to the estate Luke Sanderson
(Russ Tamblyn) in order to dispel the near mythical tales that surround
the house, unstable Eleanor


Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis)
is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her 'out of control' 6
year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love.
Samuel's dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill
them both. When a disturbing storybook called 'The Babadook' turns up at
their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he's
been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, he
becomes more unpredictable

Japanese Film: LINDA LINDA LINDA (2005)

Four schoolgirls put the axiom "the show must go on" to the test in this
rock & roll teen comedy drama from Japan. Nozumi (Shiori Sekine)
and Kyoto (Aki Maeda) are two friends who attend the same high school
and have decided to put together a rock band to play the school's talent
show. Things are going well until two days before the show, when the
group's lead guitarist quits for fear of breaking her fingernails and

Japanese Film: AFTER LIFE (1998)

The last film by Yasujiro Ozu was also his final masterpiece, a gently heartbreaking story about a man's dignifed resignation to life's shifting currents and society's modernization. Though the widower Shuhei (frequent Ozu leading man Chishu Ryu) has been living comfortably for years with his grown daughter, a series of events leads him to accept and encourage her marriage and departure from their home.


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