Rotterdam 2016 Review: RADIO DREAMS And Waiting for Metallica

Despite being brought up and educated in London, Iranian filmmaker Babak Jalali shot his sophomore feature Radio Dreams in the Bay Area of San Francisco. His stylistic preferences and personal signature aesthetics began to take bolder shape in his... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: Personal Docupic 5 OCTOBER Tackles Modern Man And Transcendentalism

The already-established Slovakian photographer Martin Kollár flips between the lenses of photography and cinematography regularly and 5 October, unveiled in the festival section "As Long As It Takes", has the best of both worlds. As a cinematographer, he has lensed... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: WILD Brings Out The Inner Wolf

The Rotterdam International Film Festival had many, many world premieres this year, and some almost-world premieres as well, like German director Nicolette Krebitz' new film Wild, which had its first-ever screening mere days earlier at Sundance. Which made it a... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: DEADPOOL, A Marvellous Meta Movie With A Mouth

Although it is cut from the same cloth as other superhero origin stories before it, both in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and X-Men world, Deadpool prefers its material vibrant, filled with polka dots and stained with blood. Ryan Reynolds plays... More »
  

Sundance 2016: The Best Of The Shorts Programs

Jeremy and I didn't get to see as many short films as we would have liked to, but of the short programs we were fortunate to catch, the following films resonated as our favorites.... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Review: THE CHOICE, Why Some People Remain Single

I am a single person who has never read a novel by Nicholas Sparks. Nor, until now, had I ever seen any of the movies based on his books. What kind of monster am I? Sparks is the Stephen King... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: REGRESSION, Beyond Disappointing

Back in the 1990s, Alejandro Amenábar was part of the incredible new wave of Spanish fantastic cinema. His first feature, Thesis, was a Hitchcock-style thriller about snuff films that was creepy and sexy; his second, Open Your Eyes, a subtle sci-fi thriller... More »
  

Panic Fest 2016 Review: EVERLASTING Fragments A Young Woman's Fall

A young woman runs laughing in a field - and in a blur. "Catch me!", she shouts, eluding both her addressee and even the camera's focus. Sunlit, soft and slo-mo, the opening images of Anthony Stabley's Everlasting may suggest something... More »
By Anton Bitel   
  

Review: All Hail HAIL, CAESAR!

Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from les frères Coens, is many things all at once. First, it's likely their least commercial film in decades. The audience greeted the closing credits with the kind of stunned silence that usually precipitates... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: In PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, The P&P Is Fine, But The Z Is ZZZ

Neither as bad as it might have been nor as good as it needs to be, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies lands in that yawning chasm between promising premises and satisfying screen experiences. The movie smacks of shrewd marketing calculations,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: HOW TO EAT YOUR WATERMELON IN WHITE COMPANY (AND ENJOY IT) Gets Revolutionary

Melvin Van Peebles is an amazing real-life character. As documented in Joe Angio's How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It), Van Peebles lived his life as he saw fit from an early age, following his artistic... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: BEYOND SLEEP

One of the tasks Dutch high-school boys and girls need to conquer is finishing the dreaded Dutch "literature list", meaning they need to have read a certain number of famous Dutch books. One of the more often-used titles to put... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Now On Blu-ray: SAMURAI COP 2: DEADLY VENGEANCE Is A Movie That Got Made

Amir Shervan's Samurai Cop (1991) was a miracle of modern megalomania.Shervan's film, the tale of a samurai trained renegade LA cop taking down the yakuza in the USA, is the rarest of beasts. A cult film that earned its cult... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: FRANCOFONIA Shows All Is Fair In Art, Except War

When you look at his filmography, it is no secret that Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov loves history and art, and most of his works are meditations on those two subjects. One of his most heralded films, Russian Ark, was a... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: WE ARE X, The Not-Rock Doc

From director Stephen Kijak, best known for his documentary about the Rolling Stones, Stones in Exile comes We Are X which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. It is an excellent record of the history of X Japan,... More »
By Alex Koehne   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: BRAHMAN NAMAN Is A Fantastic Farce

One does not typically see raunchy, teen sex comedies coming out of India, which is precisely why acclaimed director Qaushiq Mukherjee, known simply as "Q" set out to make such a movie. After his acclaimed film Gandu became controversial in... More »
By Alex Koehne   
  

Sundance 2016: New Frontier VR Round-Up

There is no doubt that we are right on the doorstep of the era of Virtual Reality. But VR has been a mainstay of the Sundance Film Festival for a number of years now. In particular, the New Frontier section... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Tackles the Death Penalty with Nagisa Oshima's DEATH BY HANGING

The Criterion Collection has been good to Japanese provocateur Nagisa Oshima. His celebrated, explicit-sex shocker In The Realm of the Senses (along with its sorta-sequel, Empire of Passion) have seen disc from the company, and Criterion has also released a... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Springbok Cinema Review: THE ACTOR Transcends Its Existential Demons

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth."  - Oscar WildeThe Actor made my Springbok Cinema list for 2015, putting it among the very best South African... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Review: ALL HALLOWS' EVE 2 Needs More Evil Clown

Anthology movies are a dying breed; the days of Creepshow and others of its ilk are long in the past. Finding good ones is becoming more of a chore, at least in the mainstream world; low-budget indie filmmakers are still fanning the... More »
  
 
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