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BLACK SHEEP
In the footsteps of 28 Weeks Later, and the Canadian horror/comedy Fido, comes Black Sheep, substituting your typical human zombies with hordes of - you guessed it - zombie sheep. Black Sheep kicks into action right from the beginning when animal rights activists sabatoge a genetics experiment which results in crazed, killer sheep running amok amidst the spacious New Zealand countryside. Director Jonathan King's film blends comedy and horror to the extreme and the special effects, designed by the geniuses at Peter Jackson's WETA Works (who also did the amazing effects on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the King Kong remake), are top-notch. And while a sheep may not seem like a frightening villain for a horror movie, a couple hundred hungry zombie sheep closing in behind you certainly are.

BROKEN ENGLISH
Indie queen Parker Posey stars in this Romanic comedy as Nora Wilder, a dynamic New-Yorker in her thirties with a cynical outlook on love. Between her critical, overbearing mother (Gena Rowlands, Zoe Cassavetes’s real-life mother) and her best friend Audrey’s (Drea De Matteo) perfect marriage, Nora hopelessly goes through a never-ending slew of disappointing first dates. But when a mysterious and animated Frenchman (Melvil Poupaud) stumbles into her life, she impulsively hops on a plane to Paris and gives true romance one last shot. Writer-director Zoe Cassavetes, daughter of distinguished independent filmmaker John Cassavetes, makes her debut with a stellar international cast. More than a Sex and the City meets cross-cultural romance, Broken English plunges into the depths of self-doubt, relationships, and societal pressures.

TEN FILMS STILL NOT ON DVD
New viewing technology allows audiences to see a film with astounding visual clarity and a pitch perfect soundtrack. The problem, however, with HD-DVD’s, BluRay’s and DVD’s in general, is that it's hard to go back and "update" the millions of films that have been released in the past one hundred years. This list is incredibly small and in no way represents the "best" films not available on DVD. But here are ten films that are important entries in cinematic history and deserve restoration for a new generation of viewers. Click here to see the list.

 
     
 

DANIEL ROBERT EPSTEIN, R.I.P.
I didn't know Daniel Robert Epstein personally, but I read and admired the smart, cinephilic and always entertaining interviews he'd do with film directors over at the Suicide Girls site and he would often link to them here. Now, Epstein is reportedly dead at 31. There are few details, but click on the link for some remembrances from Missy Suicide and, at current count, over 300 other posters...

 
     

DROP BY TO SEE THE HONEYDRIPPERS
A couple of months ago, we premiered exclusive footage from John Sayles' forthcoming Honeydripper. If you live in New York and you want to get another advance taste from what promises to be a great movie, you should stop by the World Financial Center Plaza tomorrow at 7pm. Sayles himself is introducing a one-off performance by the Honeydripper Allstar Band, who will be playing blues and rock 'n' roll from the film. Honeydripper will be released next year by Emerging Pictures.

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THE DIRECTOR INTERVIEWS - TAIKA WAITITI, EAGLE VS SHARK
To describe Taika Waititi as simply a filmmaker would be to do him a disservice. Just watching him as he talks - fiddling with anything and everything within reach, getting up and walking around the room, constantly active - it's apparent that his inherent energy and enthusiasm make it impossible for him to focus on just one thing. He first rose to prominence in his native New Zealand as part of the comedy duo Humourbeast (along with Eagle vs Shark's leading man, Jemaine Clement), and was later named New Zealand's best stand-up comic; at the same time, he was pursuing careers as an actor, painter and photographer. The first short film he made, Two Cars, One Night (2004), was nominated for an Academy Award, which helped him get funding for his first feature, Eagle vs Shark.

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