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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Tromatic Tribute to Roger Playing at Cannes

Phony tears and fake vomit spewed throughout "A Tromatic Tribute to Roger Ebert," a typically kooky yet affectionate ode to the late critic from Troma Entertainment president Lloyd Kaufman. Filmed on the rainy streets of the Riviera during last year's festival, this three-minute video has resurfaced online as Troma returns to Palais Booth 24.09 to set up its headquarters for 2014. 

The video tribute to Ebert sums up his legacy in a few bullet points, though the comedic and emotional highpoint occurs when Kaufman gazes at the heavens and bellows, "Roger, even if you did hate 'Mother's Day' and you liked 'Home Alone 3,' we still love you." "Mother's Day" was Troma's 1980 production that famously received a zero-star review from Ebert, in which he wrote, "After the first five minutes [...] I was ready to walk out. But no, that would have been too easy." 

To be fair, Roger also did plug the official Troma site in his Movie Answer Man column and admitted that one of the company's titles, "Rabid Grannies," brought a smile to his face. Not too shabby.

The TROMALUNIGHT 40th anniversary party will be held May 18th at Le Petit Majestic in Cannes. 

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