DVD Review: Urasawa Naoki's MONSTER, Episodes 31-45

(We're past the halfway point? Nooooooooooo...!) Australian distributor Siren Visual continues its release of the Monster anime unabated, and the third boxset, released last month, is the strongest one in quality so far. Despite sporting an IMDB-rating of 8.6,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Blu-ray Review: BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL, A Pin-Up Girl As Feminist Icon

How is it possible that an American figure model who ended her career more than 50 years ago continues to be so influential upon today's popular culture? Mark Mori's Bettie Page Reveals All makes the case that the subject of... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: Bill Forsyth's THAT SINKING FEELING From The BFI

Before creating such classics of modern British Cinema as Gregory's Girl and Local Hero, Glaswegian filmmaker Bill Forsyth's debut feature was the 1979 gem That Sinking Feeling, about a gang of young chancers who look to make a quick buck... More »
  

Tribeca 2014 Review: Slinging Potatoes And Pills BENEATH THE HARVEST SKY

People have been trying to escape small towns since the existence of small towns. In fact, you could argue that The Garden of Eden, as perfect as it was, was the first small town, and Adam and Eve subconsciously wanted... More »
  

Review: HARDKOR DISKO Hides Shallow Critique Behind Luscious Visuals

"Be intense or be nothing", says one of the characters in Marcin Skonieczny's dazzling yet ultimately flavorless debut feature Hardkor Disko. Generalizations aside, it's merely a statement that aspires to characterize the youngest generation and its relation to the overpowering... More »
  

Review: GAME OF THRONES S4E03, BREAKER OF CHAINS (Or, This Is How Things Work)

Twitch continues with its ongoing series of recap / reviews of HBO's Game Of Thrones, written from the perspective of someone who has made the deliberate choice not to read the books so he can experience the series cold. Feedback... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Tribeca 2014 Review: The Jury Has Reached a Verdict: ALEX OF VENICE is Guilty of Being Great

Life is hard, struggle is real. There should be a class in college that teaches about how life really works -- lots of disappointment, heartbreak and starting over when you thought your life was set. This is perhaps the most... More »
  

Tribeca 2014 Review: DER SAMURAI Giveth (Head) and It Taketh (Head) Away

Der Samurai is the type of film I live for: well made and weird. I count myself lucky if I come across a film like this once every festival or so (unless that festival happens to be Fantastic Fest, in... More »
  

Review: Lav Diaz's NORTE: THE END OF HISTORY is a Masterpiece That Tackles Human Strife

History is often written to objectify the past into a series of related events that lead to the present. As a result, it tends to glorify milestones to the point of neglecting the humanity that is the very soul... More »
By Oggs Cruz   
  

Tribeca 2014 Review: Ivan Kavanagh Dumps All of His Fears into THE CANAL

Take one part Lynchian weirdness, one part Polanski paranoia, toss in a hefty dose of J-Horror, mix 'em and cook 'em in a pot like gumbo, as the noted American poet Ice Cube once said, add just a smidgen of... More »
  

Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Is A Serviceable Sequel

The sequel to the Spider-Man reboot sees Marc Webb returning to the director's chair and, ultimately, using the same tone and a very similar structure to that of the original, even though there are more subplots to deal with in... More »
  

Review: POSEIDON REX Has Teeth But No Bite

Jackson Slate is in deep with some small time thugs. He owes them a lot of money and he thinks that there is Mayan treasure buried deep in a blue hole off the shore of a secluded island off the... More »
  

Review: TRANSCENDENCE Tries Too Hard, Fails Utterly

Most of the ingredients are here for something special - a decent enough cast, the man behind the visuals of most of Christopher Nolan's works, and a high-concept sci-fi thriller that delves into such heady topics as "neo-ludites" and the... More »
  

Review: KILLING LOVE Kills Off Comic Potential Way Too Quickly

Polish mainstream comedy has been in a state of stagnation for quite some time now. The many recent attempts at reviving its former glory, unfortunately, almost always ended in -- more or less comical -- disaster. It seems that the country's... More »
  

Imagine 2014 Review: DEADLY VIRTUES: LOVE. HONOUR. OBEY Is Lean, Mean, And Surprising

(An alternative title could be "Home Invasion: Rope. Torture. Show.") One of the titles world premiering at the Imagine film Festival Amsterdam this year is Ate de Jong's Deadly Virtues: Love. Honour. Obey., his first film since the costly flop... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: SOFT IN THE HEAD, A Drama That Hits Hard, Harder, Hardest

Filmmaker Nathan Silver's cinema is a cinema of people. Hard and foul and furious and loveable and resilient people.Now I know that may seem like a rather odd statement to make, when, after all cinema is full of people. But... More »
  

Review: PROXY Dwells On The Dark Side Of Parenthood

Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome is a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caregiver. The central idea around which everything swirls in Zack Parker's Proxy is as brilliant... More »
  

Review: 13 SINS, An Ambitious, Gruesome Thriller

Nicely-demented, Daniel Stamm's 13 Sins functions best as a gruesome thriller with a sense of humor. The deck is stacked quite heavily against Elliot (Mark Webber), a salesman who's preparing to marry his pregnant girlfriend Shelby (Rutina Wesley, from True... More »
  

Review: HEAVEN IS FOR REAL Is Filmgoing Hell

Eternal paradise is all well and good, but the notion of spending the afterlife floating on clouds while wearing white gowns, halos and playing the harp doesn't thrill people like it used to. Even organized Christianity, a wide swath of... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

TIFF Kids Talk Film: ANINA, An Animated film about Palindromes and Empathy

Willem and Miranda are back with another short video review from the TIFF Kids film festival. A highly stylized animated feature from Uruguay which examines childhood conflict called ANINA.  The eponymous little girl with the palindrome name has an evocative imagination that... More »
  
 
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