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  Insomnia (2002 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Insomnia is a 2002 American remake of a 1997 Norwegian film about a police officer investigating a murder above the Arctic Circle and suffering insomnia due to the midnight sun and his guilt over past and present misdeeds.
In both Nolan's film and the original, the protagonist is unable to sleep, partly due to relentless guilt over recent and ongoing misdeeds, and partly due to the never-ending sunlight, which serves as an outward representation of that guilt.
The films have been described as turning film noir conventions on their heads by using, in place of shadows and darkness, relentless sunshine and ubiquitous bright white fog and snow to convey guilt and confusion.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Insomnia_(film)   (672 words)

 Journal Notes: 2002
The film opens to the disturbing image of a funeral ceremony for poet, writer, and free expression activist, Mohammed Mokhtari, who is subsequently revealed to have been the latest in an ever-growing series of mysterious disappearances and deaths of prominent and outspoken intellectuals, presumably assassinated by the Islamic militia.
The film consists of a single unbroken close-up shot of Lengé, a tribal Ancient and taleteller, as he engages the young people of the village in a solemn chant that recalls the tragic fate of ancient children whose lives were lost to the river in pursuit of a mythical calabash called Gbanga-Tita.
The film is highly reminiscent of Italian neorealism in its depiction of the working class: the familial bonds of Luchino Visconti in Rocco and His Brothers, the bleak, natural landscapes of Roberto Rossellini (such as the hot springs of Voyage in Italy), and industrial decay of Michelangelo Antonioni (particularly Red Desert).
www.filmref.com /journal2002.html   (6000 words)

 The New York Film Festival 2002 Feature Films
The entire film takes place within the car, a formal conceit that gains deep metaphoric resonance as each woman reveals a bit of her life and, in turn, life for Iranian women.
Often hilarious, the film is a classic Kaurismäki construction of overripe dialogue, chinless Finns, and the incongruously subtle gestures.
Filmed in wide, wide, wide screen format, the film is full of Anderson's lyrical touches and observational wit.
www.filmlinc.com /archive/nyff/nyfffilms2002.htm   (3625 words)

 IMDb user comments for Darkness (2002)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-02)
Darkness takes a lot of cues from Amityville Horror (1979), including the yucky tap water, the difficulty with getting warning telephone calls through, the dad who is gradually turning into a monster, the mystery room, and so on.
The films you think are not derivative probably only have that status because you are not familiar with, or do not remember, the films they're derivative of.
Because the film is ultimately about darkness (in many literal and figurative senses), darkness is a major motif of the lighting and cinematography.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0273517/usercomments-201   (923 words)

 dOc DVD Review: Darkness (2002)
It's become a common practice for studios to shelve finished films that they deem to be garbage and therefore not successful before they even have the chance to be.
The film is nearly star-less (although Anna Paquin is a popular young actress), but the producers must have seen dollar signs, what with the horror boom in the last couple of years.
Darkness stars the aforementioned Anna Paquin (The Piano, X-Men) as Regina, who has moved into a new house with her younger brother, and her parents, played by Lena Olin (Alias) and Iain Glen.
www.digitallyobsessed.com /showreview.php3?ID=7286   (896 words)

 Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained - Mysterious Creatures
In the summer of 2002, Romanian Tourism Minister Dan Agathon announced plans to build a Dracula theme park on a hilltop near the medieval town of Sighisoara, the birthplace of the fifteenth-century Romanian count Vlad Tepes (1431?–1476?), said to have been the inspiration for Bram Stoker's (1847–1912) famous vampire novel, Dracula (1897).
While so many of the mysterious creatures that are frightening and disturbing may belong completely to the realm of the supernatural and fanciful, judgment must be reserved concerning some of the monsters reported roaming the forests and jungles.
Even the most casual fan of Hollywood horror films is familiar with the classic creatures of movie monsterdom and the actors who portrayed them—such as the Frankenstein monster, as enacted by Boris Karloff (1887–1969); the Wolf Man, as played by Lon Chaney, Jr.
www.unexplainedstuff.com /Mysterious-Creatures/index.html   (471 words)

 Film Festival - SITGES 2002
After Darkness we commiserated with two friends we knew from successive visits to Montreal’s Fant-Asia Film Festival, which unfortunately had to be postponed this past summer due to the reconstruction of its regular theatre.
The last film of the day was also a great discovery, but one from a veteran writer/filmmaker whose contributions to the genre are impossible to count.
The film presents all its events from the schizophrenic point of view of Fiennes’ character, with many flashbacks to his childhood and the events that fractured his mind.
www.filmsinreview.com /Features/FilmFests/sitges_1.html   (2709 words)

 Ajijic International Film Festival 2002
In the Felix film, they at least had the excuse that the white balance was correct: the white shirts were indeed white.
Dark scenes don't go well in a digital movie because the contrast on the screen is vastly reduced.
Student films tend to be dark, and this perpetual twilight did not add anything to the experience.
members.shaw.ca /berry5868/ajf.htm   (1151 words)

 Kinoeye | Diagonale 2002: The festival of Austrian film
The film was based on a Mysterienspiel (Mystery Play) by early 20th-century Austrian writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal, who in turn based it on medieval myths from the Austrian province of Carinthia, England, and the Netherlands.
In early 2002, the film was finally released theatrically in Austria; later this year, it will be shown in Germany.
The director of the latter film, rising star Michael Haneke of long international standing especially in France (his two most recent films were filmed in French language), is perceived as a "modern" or "new" Austrian film-maker.
www.kinoeye.org /02/10/krill10.php   (3364 words)

 Stanford Film Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-02)
Films must have been produced while the filmmaker was a registered student of Stanford University (undergrad, grad, or doctoral).
Films completed as part of a class, (URO) grant, or thesis project are welcome and may be submitted as entries.
Films that have been shown at previous Stanford Student Film Festivals are ineligible for entry.
www.stanford.edu /group/sfs   (1660 words)

 KODAK: Campus Beat - American Film Institute (AFI) - Los Angeles, CA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-02)
According to the ASC's website at www.cinematographer.com, the main purpose of the ASC Heritage award is to inspire and encourage talented young filmmakers to believe in themselves and to pursue their dreams.
To be eligible for the award, a cinematography student must be in the last year of film school or up to one year out of film school.
The student film that earned him the ASC Heritage award was A Table is a Table, which he shot on Kodak 5279 and Kodak 5274.
www.kodak.com /US/en/motion/students/beat/feb2002/afi.jhtml   (600 words)

 Eclipse Film Festival 2002
Films to be shown at the 2002 Eclipse Film Festival
A dark comedy-drama with a pinch of absurdism, Blueberry is the story of a woman and the effect one man has had on her life, set in an out-of-time world.
With it's use of stop motion animation, this film tells the story of a man who instead of using conventional bird hunting methods, goes by other means to carry out his deed.
www.eclipsefilmfest.com /2002/films.html   (2392 words)

 CBC.ca - Arts - Film - Filming the Unfilmable   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-02)
In the fog and darkness, it is unclear why the road beneath his jeep is covered with crevices and lumps.
In her book, Power writes that the first American films after the Second World War didn’t mention the Holocaust at all, but were, instead, typical combat movies set on the front lines, or the domestic front when soldiers returned home.
The Pianist, Roman Polanski’s 2002 film about a Jewish musician surviving the Warsaw ghetto, struck exactly that balance: Polanski portrayed the bloody, chewed corpses of Nazi victims, and at the same time, the awesome human resistance to becoming one of those.
www.cbc.ca /arts/film/genocide.html   (2453 words)

 Dark Horizons: Film News
The problem is the film's director F. Gary Gray is currently shooting "The Italian Job" remake so other directors (including John Herzfeld from "15 Minutes") are being considered to film the extra footage with Vin Diesel to come back and reprise the part.
Darkness Falls: The first shots of the new look Joan Collins, whoops I mean the 'Tooth Fairy' monster in the upcoming Emma Caufield horror flick have emerged.
Seems that the film was broadcast on UK TV on January 25th first before its successful theatrical run in the UK earlier this year, but a strict rule is that "the film cannot be shown publicly in any other medium (ie.
www.darkhorizons.com /news/021212.php   (1476 words)

 The Toronto Film Festival 2002
The film's maternal figure, Carmen, magnificently played by formidable veteran Lupe Ontiveros, is tough on her youngest daughter as she firmly believes that in attempting to embrace the American Dream, you must be thin, married and a mother.
The first film, fittingly, was The Guys, a beautifully eloquent adaptation of the play in which a fire captain enlists the help of a magazine editor to help write his eulogies for some of those that perished on that most tragic of days.
The film casts Sandler as a small-time entrepreneur who, hen-pecked by his seven sisters, is enraged and unlovable until pudding coupons, a harmonium, a woman with a broken-down car, and a crooked phone-sex operator descend upon his life in one day.
www.filmmonthly.com /Behind/Articles/Toronto2002/Toronto2002.html   (6923 words)

 Washington City Paper: Arts in Review 2002
In 2002, I saw and wrote about 40 films, roughly half the total of the previous year.
Gradually, the protagonist's initial humiliation becomes a form of liberation, freeing him from paper-pushing corporate servitude to revel in a dicey vagabond existence—until time runs out on him in a denouement that is redemptive, ironic, and heartbreaking.
French director Laurent Cantet's deliberate pacing makes the film feel unnecessarily sluggish, but patient viewers will be rewarded with a richly ambiguous examination of an adult theme, subtly performed and artfully calibrated.
www.washingtoncitypaper.com /special/arts2002/siegel.html   (1406 words)

 Darkness (2002)
As she digs into the past, she discovers that forty years earlier six children were brutally murdered during a Satanic ritual and that the same people are intending to return and sacrifice a seventh child during the coming eclipse.
While cutting the film for conservative American audiences is one thing, it's also rather insulting when this version, rather than the original, also gets foisted off into release in other countries, which almost all have a far more liberal set of censorship standards than the USA.
The blur of reality and illusion that comes at the climax is confusing and the film goes out on a downer of a twist ending that leaves audiences departing feeling annoyed - the audience I saw the film with was quite vocal in their dissatisfaction.
www.moria.co.nz /horror/darkness02.htm   (791 words)

 12gauge.com 2002 - Film Review
Ripley, while not a natural born member of the privileged class, is an astonishingly quick study and easily assumes the airs of wandering socialite.
At every turn you think that Tom will be exposed, but his deceit so deepens and sharpens the darkness of his criminal mastermind that he confidently steers his way out of the even most suffocatingly tight situations.
Paltrow is terrific given her small role and is the most wholly sympathetic character in the film.
www.12gauge.com /film_ripley.html   (522 words)

 AFI Fest 2002 film festival
The British film This Is Not A Love Song, a cross between Trainspotting and Deliverance, was the most painful moment of the festival.
Suleiman makes a militant film that, as often the case, is a vehicle for excesses and sometimes extremism, provoking uneasiness.
In Love Liza, a film infused with the intense darkness of an espresso shot, Philip Seymour Hoffman pulsates in the role of Wilson Joel, a Web designer who can't get over the death of his wife and read her suicide note.
www.plume-noire.com /movies/festivals/afifest2002.html   (989 words)

 Darkness (2002)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-02)
X-men's Anna Paquin is Regina, a typical rebellious teen who moves with her parents and kid brother back to the remote house that the father grew up in.
For a film about an insane dad, there's LONG stretches where absolutely nothing happens remotely interesting.
I wasted 102 minutes on that steaming pile??!!?" That's why if you MUST see this film then watch the PG-13 version, it'll make as much sense (or lack there of) as the 102 minute version and you'll save yourself almost 20 minutes, that you can do something useful with.
us.imdb.com /title/tt0273517   (570 words)

 Buffalo Film Seminars VI Fall 2002
The first serial murderer film, the film that made Peter Lorre one of filmdom's great psychopaths, one of the first films that expressed the evil that would soon dominate Germany.
In the US, films were banned because they were too sexy; in France, they were banned because their ideas about society were too accurate.
One of the finest films of Ozu's last decade, it was the one that belatedly made his reputation in the West" (Henry Holt).
wings.buffalo.edu /academic/center/csac/Buffalo_Film_Seminars_VI_Fall_2002_links.html   (944 words)

For those who haven’t heard about this, a premise of the film is that we can create our own reality with the powers of our minds only.
Anyway, one example given in the film, to support the premise, is how when Columbus first arrived in the West Indies, the natives were literally unable to see his ships.
There may well be woo-ish books or films that I decide to look at, and maybe write reviews of in the future.
skeptico.blogs.com   (5052 words)

 Missing In Action - The Women Behind Television's Golden Age
Sackler is a former academic who has turned her expertise to researching, writing, and interviewing in the documentary form.
In addition to her film work, Amend worked as an administrator and historian for Judy Chicago's monumental art exhibit The Dinner Party.
Rosen produced and directed the 2001 Mentor Award To Robert Altman presentation for Women in Film; a tribute to Julian Fellowes, ShoWest Screenwriter Of The Year for ShoWest 2002; and a documentary, A Salute To Robert Altman: An American Maverick, which aired on Bravo and the Independent Film Channel.
www.womenbehindtv.com /filmmakers/index.asp   (1312 words)

I thought all the films were spectacular and I truly enjoyed being a judge for such innovative and fresh talents.
It was reassuring to see the film work of young people attempting to make sense of their world, still filled with good questions and doubts, yet certain that caring, peace, love and responsibility are always essential.
The film premiered at the Brattle Theatre in Boston and went on to appear at the Los Angeles Film International Film festival and the First Run Film Festival, picking up “best of” awards in producing, original score and sound recording.
www.brooklynfriends.org /atbfs/0102/05.20.02-1a.html   (1303 words)

 'Darkness Falls' poster - Movie-List Forums
Plot Summary: Kyle Walsh (Kley) must return home to confront his troubled past and save his childhood sweetheart Caitlin (Caulfield) and her younger brother Michael (Cormie) from an unrelenting evil that has plagued the town of Darkness Falls for over one hundred and fifty years.
The makers of Darkness Falls are bringing to the big screen a newfangled incantation of the age-old myth.
(The mayhem might have started the day the town elders named the place Darkness Falls, but that's another story.) Here, about one-hundred-and-fifty years ago, an old woman who regularly gave children a coin for their teeth was lynched by the locals.
www.movie-list.com /forum/showthread.php?t=2138   (324 words)

 October 2002 - iCOM Film & Video Production & Postproduction Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-02)
The website was launched a year ago by Kodak as a platform for the next generation of filmmakers to get news and information, and share stories.
Nestled near a spent coal mine in the Sequatchie River Valley of rural Tennessee, middle school students from the town of Whitwell are teaching the entire world a new lesson in compassion, tolerance and understanding.
Using the technique of throwing light onto subjects to bring them forward out of background clutter or darkness, each spot has been filmed and edited to emphasize the uncertainty and chaos of everyday life and traffic.
www.icommag.com /october-2002   (967 words)

 Radio Times | Film review
Although this is beautifully shot, Balagueró's reliance on stock-in-trade tricks — such as vibrating images and a noisy soundtrack to invoke sudden scares — and the parade of familiar clichés add up to an empty exercise in technique.
Great source for breaking film news and reviews of the very latest upcoming releases.
A comprehensive collection of trailers to download from films yet to hit the big screen in the UK.
www.radiotimes.com /servlet_film/com.icl.beeb.rtfilms.client.simpleSearchServlet?frn=38026&searchTypeSelect=5   (262 words)

 Horror Film Trivia quiz -- free game
What 1982 film, directed by John Carpenter and based on a story by John W. Campbell, Jr., was a remake of a 1951 film?
This film, released in 2000, explores the werewolf legend from the perspective of two death-obssessed adolescent sisters.
Which 2002 horror film is based on a Japanese trilogy of the same name(s)?
www.funtrivia.com /playquiz.cfm?qid=105999   (310 words)

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