It’s October! And for the film nerds at the Library, this means two things for us to celebrate: The Edmonton International Film Festival and horror films galore! This week, we feature two films that are among the best independent horror films, released in 2015.
What We Do in the Shadows
Vulvus, Viago, and Deacon are vampires who live here, among us. They are real vampires; undead, immortal creatures who stalk the night and search for human blood, preferably virgins. Witness the many horrid, abominable aspects of vampire life, such as hunting and feeding, vampire rivalry and fighting with werewolves, as well as normal night to night aspects that make them not so different from us like, keeping the flat clean, jobs, shopping, meeting people and trying to fit in.
For nineteen-year-old Jay, the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.
With October just around the corner, set the mood for Hallowe’en with these horror-filled tales. Sorry, but you’ll probably have to sleep with the lights on.
(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn
Skylar lives in Gardnerville where no one can leave, and people age slowly, seldom becoming ill or dying. At regular intervals, however, tragedy strikes the town when the teenagers experience intense emotions and dreamlike fits of madness. Skylar is haunted by the actions of Piper, her older sister, who has been in the Reformatory since leading her classmates to jump from a trestle bridge 4 years earlier. Waiting anxiously for Piper’s release, the secrets left behind taunt Skylar and she realizes that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle for good.
Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
On Marin’s and Kana’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every 24 hours–it comes every 28 years. Now the sun is just a sliver on the horizon, the weather is turning cold, and the shadows are growing long. The islanders are frantically following bizarre rituals to prepare their houses for the departure, rituals that none of the adults in town will explain. Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing–the twins’ friend Line. Marin and Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling, their island is in transformation, and it may already be too late…
From the falling leaves, to the obligatory tweed, this weekend we celebrate films with memorable moments in autumn.
When Harry Met Sally
Okay, maybe “the restaurant” scene in When Harry Met Sally is a little more memorable, but who could forget those walks through Central Park?
In 1977, college graduates Harry Burns and Sally Albright share a contentious car ride from Chicago to New York, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends. Ten years later, Harry and Sally meet again at a bookstore, and in the company of their respective best friends, Jess and Marie , attempt to stay friends without sex becoming an issue between them.
Max Finch captures the spirit of Rushmore Academy, without question. The film also does a pretty good job in capturing the spirit of autumn.
When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max ), who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the teacher. However, the situation soon gets complicated when Max’s new friend becomes involved with her, setting the two pals against one another in a war for her attention.
With the release of Black Mass, this weekend might mark Johnny Depp’s return to good movies. Either way, you can always check out these picks from a time when Johnny could do no wrong.
A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of Edward D. Wood, Jr., the undisputed worst movie director of all time. Wood was the auteur behind Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9 from outer space, and it is during the making of these two no-budget flicks that Wood is profiled.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Gilbert Grape is devoted to taking care of his family, which includes an obese mother and a mentally impaired brother. He feels the hopelessness of his life in a rural community when a young woman breezes into town and changes everything.
Benny & Joon
A quirky loner with a knack for imitating Charlie Chaplin falls for Joon, a mentally disturbed woman cared for by her brother Benny. This title has been Repackaged.
A spoof of and homage to 1950s teen rock melodramas. Cry Baby is a rebel with a gang of rough friends. Allison is the straight-laced girl who falls for him. Loaded with never-before-seen extras.
Did Apple’s latest launch make you and last year’s big purchase seem outdated and inferior? Not to worry, this is just one of the many offshoots in our complex relationship with manufactured objects. You can learn more about design, from fonts to literally everything human made, when you check out Gary Hustwit’s groundbreaking Design Trilogy:
A surprisingly fascinating feature-length documentary about the sans-serif typeface known as Helvetica, created in Switzerland in 1957 and now found sprawled across street signs, form letters, ads, storefronts – you name it.
In his second film, director Gary Hustwit (Helvetica) documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers, and looks at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets.
The final documentary in Hustwit’s design trilogy. Focuses on the design of cities, and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, and thinkers. Exploration of a diverse range of urban design projects in dozens of cities around the world frames a global discussion on the future of cities.