Criterion In August 2016: MCCABE & MRS. MILLER Leads A Strong Slate

Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller marked a turning point in cinema. Arriving after the commercial success of MASH and the bizarre noodling of Brewster McCloud, Altman's 1971 classic elevated muffled dialogue and the dirty authenticity of Vilmos Zsigmond's photography... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Woody Allen And Rape Culture

Well, here we are again (inasmuch as the word "again" can be applied to a problem that never went away, and which we've all known about for as many as twenty years). The subject of a blistering indictment penned by... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Now On Blu-ray: KRAMPUS And THE WITCH, Two Very Different Takes On Folk Horror

Over the last few weeks a pair of very different films that both center around folk stories have arrived on Blu-ray in the US. Michael Dougherty's long awaited follow-up to his suprise cult hit Trick 'R Treat is another holiday... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Hosoda Mamoru And Iwai Shunji Headed For Tokyo International Film Festival

Early news has arrived from Tokyo International Film festival as they announce major retrospectives from two of the country’s most compelling filmmakers. Animation maestro Hosoda Mamoru’s star has been on the rise for some time now. From 2006’s The Girl... More »
  

Third Window Unveils KEMONO MICHI, Rapid Eye Partnership, Twitch Discount

At the weekend I visited the HQ of excellent UK based distribution outfit Third Window Films where managing director Adam Torel was frantically drumming up cash to support his latest film project. Third Window will once again be teaming up... More »
  

Cannes 2016 Review: HELL OR HIGH WATER Does Outlaw Justice Darn Right

Bank robbers. Texas Rangers. A sun-drenched landscape. Oil derricks. Tumbleweeds. A loose cannon ex-con. A brother just trying to do the right thing. An aging lawman on the doorstep of retirement. Throw it all in a blender and you're bound... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

NY Indian Film Fest 2016 Review: KHOYA, A Drama About Displacement, Loss, And The Dangerous Nature Of Truth

Being a film writer has its ups and downs. We are constantly inundated by wannabe filmmakers looking to make their mark on the world. Like any other aspirational pursuit, the vast majority of the output from these cold calls is... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Cannes 2016: Anurag Kashyap's Upcoming Horror GIDDY Part Of New Blumhouse Partnership

It was reported several months ago that US horror specialist Blumhouse Productions was branching out into local language productions. The first of these partnerships to be announced is with Phantom Films in India, the director's production house founded by Anurag... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

NY Indian Film Fest 2016 Review: CRIME IS PUNISHMENT, The Tamil New Wave Rolls On

M. Manikandan is one of a small group of filmmakers from Tamil Nadu who are a hair's breath away from making a huge international splash. Two years ago his film Kaaka Muttai (The Crow's Egg) wowed Toronto IFF audiences with... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Nic Winding Refn And Rupert Preston To Remake WITCHFINDER GENERAL

More news about Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn this morning. The director announced that he is reuniting with the UK based distributor that helped get Refn's Pusher out into the World. We are all indebted to this man, Rupert Preston. ... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Have Your Say: Who'd Make Best Movie Buddies?

This week, Shane Black's buddie-thriller The Nice Guys is premiering wide, and as Jason Gorber said in his review, the main reason to go see it is the very successful pairing-up of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. Their chemistry is... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Wild Bunch And Vendian Enter Production Pact With Nic Winding Refn. First Up, MANIAC COP

Deadline is reporting that production companies Wild Bunch and Vendian Entertainment have entered into a first-look deal with Danish director auteur Nicolas Winding Refn. This gives the two companies the first chance over anyone else to finance projects with Refn's... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Exclusive DIVINE ACCESS Clip: Being Replaced Doesn't Feel Too Good

Nobody likes the idea of being replaced, which perhaps explains why Gary Cole is none too happy in our exclusive clip from Divine Access. As it happens, Cole is one of my personal favorite actors, the kind of supporting player... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Cannes 2016: Nordic Genre Cinema Celebrated With Viking Helmets

Sure, the Cannes Film Festival sounds like an ultra-serious consideration of the latest and greatest in world cinema. But who knew it included the wearing of viking helmets? We've been provided with three photos from the (scandalous?) Nordic Genre Party... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: JULIETA, Beauty Without Substance

Alfred Hitchcock once said, 'Drama is life with the dull bits cut out'. To twist that a bit, Pedro Almodóvar's new feature film Julieta is a slice of life with the drama cut out. The story of one woman's journey... More »
  

BUSTER KEATON - THE COMPLETE SHORT FILMS: Full Specs, Clip From Upcoming Masters Of Cinema Blu-ray Set

Eureka! Entertainment will be bringing 32 Buster Keaton shorts to Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK, when its four-disc Buster Keaton - The Complete Short Films 1917 - 1923 comes to the Masters Of Cinema on 18... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: THE NICE GUYS, A Trifle With Great Chemistry

"I'm getting too old for this shit". Immortal lines of cinematic splendour, words so titanic that if the scribe of Lethal Weapon had only been responsible for these, then he'd be legendary. Yet Shane Black has done more than write... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Introducing The Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival, Now Taking Submissions For Inaugural Fest

If you live in Philadelphia or anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. and are looking for a genre film festival to get your kicks at then may we direct you towards the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival?  PUFF is... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Raven Banner Entertainment Lands Worldwide Sales Rights For Finland's First Superhero Flick, RENDEL

News out of the market at Cannes is that local lads Raven Banner Entertainment have landed the worldwide sales rights for Finland's first superhero movie. Rendel. The trailer has been out for a while and you may have a look... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Crowdfund This: ORIENT CITY, A Hand Drawn Samurai-Western Animation

There is just something about the combinations of the western and samurai film genres that can produce some real movie magic. They have complemented each other over the decades and history is rife with great examples of influences (Seven Samurai... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  
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