Japan Film Festival 2014 Review: JUDGE! Scores No Points

Judge! is a satirical look into the Japanese advertising scene, which, anyone should know is a bizarre industry given the output of truly surreal commercials that are churned out daily. The film starts off promising with an over-the-top shoot... More »
  

Interview: Lloyd Kaufman, Decades Deep Into The American Film Market

The name Lloyd Kaufman and his widely beloved cult production house, Troma, stirs many wonderfully sordid images - toxic avengers, killer condoms, singing cannibals, and on. The man himself is one of the great unsung heroes of independent cinema. Like Roger... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Review: AMERICAN MUSCLE, Smashing, Bloody, Rude, And Often Nude

John Falcon is mad. Imprisoned for 10 years, he's about to be paroled, but his prison sentence hasn't mellowed him one iota. If anything, it's made him a more fierce creature, the personification of fury, refusing to compromise on his... More »
  

Review: NOWHERE IN MORAVIA, Czech Gothic Painted In Bleak Comedy

Czech actor, theatre director and chief of the theatre Dejvické Divadlo, Miroslav Krobot, possessing as diverse acting experience on top of the directing work as playing the lead in Bela Tarr´s The Man from London or having himself rotoscoped for the Alois... More »
  

Calgary Underground 2014 Interview: LOVE AND TERROR ON THE HOWLING PLAINS OF NOWHERE

One of the unheralded diamonds in the rough on the documentary circuit this year is Dave Jannetta's documentary on the denizens of Chadron, Nebraska, evocatively titled Love And Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere. The film is an adaptation of... More »
  

BLIND MASSAGE Sees Success At Golden Horse Awards

Lou Ye's Blind Massage won six prizes at last night's Golden Horse awards in Taipei, including Best Feature Film, Best New Performer and Best Adapted Screenplay. Hong Kong's Ann Hui was named Best Director for The Golden Era, while Chen Jian-bin... More »
  

OJUJU: Watch The Trailer For The Nigerian Zombie Film

Despite being made with virtually no budget and minimal resources in extremely trying conditions, writer-director CJ Obasi's Ojuju emerged from the recent African International Film Festival in Calabar with the Best Nigerian Film prize ahead of many much higher budgeted... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Cinema One 2014 Review: Dodo Dayao's VIOLATOR Is A Masterful Exercise In Mounting Dread

A storm is coming and its bringing with it to Manila a rapidly escalating sense of dread. There would be panic, perhaps, were there any outlet for such an emotion but with the city on lockdown as water levels rise... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch: Lovecraftian Short Film ETHEREAL CHRYSALIS

The Lovecraftian inspired short film Ethereal Chrysalis by Montreal based filmmaker Syl Disjonk is now available online for everyone who needs a little something to fuel their nightmares. Ethereal Chrysalis enjoyed lengthy run on the international film festival circuit. I first saw... More »
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Review: FEED THE LIGHT, Beware The Sparkling Dust

Never separate a mother from her child. Sara is torn away from her daughter Jenny in the opening minutes of Feed the Light, a new film by Swedish director Henrik Möller that teeters between bad dreams and outright nightmares. Still... More »
  

Crowdfund This! Mister BABADOOK Pop-Up Book

Jennifer Kent's psychological horror film, The Babadook, tore up the festival circuit around the world in 2014 with its tale of a sinister and persistent ghost named Mister Babadook. The top-hatted spectre leaps out of the pages of a childrens... More »
  

AFRIFF 2014 Review: OJUJU Is A Promising Effort From An Obvious Talent

Winner of the Best Nigerian Film at the just completed Africa International Film Festival in Calabar - a prize it won over vastly higher budgeted major players from within the established Nigerian industry - CJ 'Fiery' Obasi's Ojuju is an... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Hey London! The Miskatonic Institute Opens Next Month! Horror for All!

Horror film fans tend to be more interested in the how and why of their films, and now fans in London can take advantage of even more knowledge coming their way. The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, founded first in... More »
  

Book Review: Miyazaki Hayao's PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY

This year, the legendary animation director Miyazaki Hayao got an honorary Academy Award for his stellar work in film. For the past thirty years he has been responsible for a string of films which range from very great to awesome,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Final Trailer For CS Amudhan's RENDAVATHU PADAM Sets The Scene For Insanity

This may be one of the longest gaps between a teaser being posted and a final trailer in the history of Twitch.Back in 2011 we posted the teaser for CS Amudhan's Rendavathu Padam. The literal English translation for Rendavathu Padam... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

SAIFF 2014 Review: DUKHTAR Exposes The Deadly Binds That Tie Together Tribal Pakistan

South Asian cinema has come to the point at which the international community has begun to take closer notice. Films, the vast majority of which hail from India's burgeoning Hindi independent cinema, are appearing on international film festival rosters at... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Johnnie To Is BOUNDLESS In Trailer For New Documentary

Hong Kong action maestro Johnnie To has long been a great favorite in these pages and now the director finds himself on the other side of the camera as the subject of Ferris Lin's upcoming documentary Boundless.As Hong Kong's foremost... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Philip Seymour Hoffman

This week, the third film in the Hunger Games franchise is released in cinemas, subtitled Mockingjay Part 1. Pierce has seen it and had some issues with it, as shared in his review (link). Good or bad, The Hunger Games... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Brazil's Urban Legends Come To Life With THE FOSTERING (O DIABO MORA AQUI)

We first came across Brazilian directing duo Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini in these parts when the talented pair submitted their short M Is For Mailbox as part of the ABCs Of Death 2 26th director contest. And now there... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

I Swear, E.L. Katz. YOU'LL BE THE DEATH OF ME!

See what I did there? Clever. E.L. Katz, director of the breakout hit Cheap Thrills, will direct a comedy thriller You'll Be The Death Of Me for Lionsgate. According to a report at THR Katz will direct a script written by... More »
  
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