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NAFF It Project 2016 Official Selection Revealed In Record Year For Submissions

Today saw the announcement of this year’s NAFF It Project Official Selection, with a record 238 submissions from 27 countries vying for one of 16 places.   The Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) runs alongside the Bucheon International Fantastic... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Cannes 2016: Next's VR Programming Round Up + The Quest For Monetization

Like most major film festivals these days, Cannes has jumped into the exploration of VR programming as well. The market sidebar dubbed Next has been around for a while, but this year was expanded to a much more prominent location... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: THE BFG Showcases Steven Spielberg's Infectious Sense Of Play

Once upon a time Steven Spielberg was the fabulist of our time. Looking at Close Encounters or E.T. or even Jurassic Park and A.I., you could see a sense of wonder and playfulness in his filmmaking, a childlike enthusiasm that... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: PATERSON, Jim Jarmusch's Latest Journey

A driver named Paterson in a town called Paterson played by a man named Driver - the rhyming seems almost too perfect. Yet Jim Jarmuch's latest, a delicate, poetic, often delightful musing on creativity and the art of listening is... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: Jeff Nichols' LOVING Is A Minor Key Masterpiece

There may be no more subtle, beautiful and accomplished film this year than Jeff Nichols' Loving. There might also be no film more in need of help being championed, a work surely going to be stampeded in a year where... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Rooftop Films 2016 Review: "This is What We Mean By Short Films," A Wealth of Miniature Gems

Rooftop Films Summer Series 2016 got off to a great start with their opening night presentation, “This is What We Mean By Short Films,” an eclectic and incredibly accomplished selection of shorts, some of which had their New York premieres... More »
  

Fantasia 2016: First Wave of Titles Announced!

Celebrating its 20th year in Montreal Canada, the mammoth sized mecca for Martial Arts, Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction films that is the Fantasia International Film Festival runs from July 14 - August 2 this year. The festival has always... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: ELLE, A Sordid, Provocative Masterwork

Paul Verhoeven is one of the more unique directors in cinema history. As perhaps the most famous Dutch auteur, he's gone from ribald little European films to the biggest of Hollywood bangs, incorporating his unique wit, visual sense and narrative... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Fantaspoa 2016 Interview: Brian Trenchard-Smith On TURKEY SHOOT And DEAD END DRIVE-IN

Fantaspoa’s tradition of paying homage to living legends of genre cinema, such as Lloyd Kaufman, Richard Stanley and Fabio Frizzi, continues in 2016 with a mini retrospective dedicated to fearless filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith, key figure of the so-called Ozploitation subgenre.... More »
  

Mammoth Lakes 2016 Interview: Joe Dante's Divine Comedy/Horror

The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is kicking off its second year amidst the unspeakable beauty of Mammoth Lakes, CA. Not far from Yosemite National Park, the festival offers a serene atmosphere for the 50 excellent selections they'll be screening beginning... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Seattle 2016 Preview: Twitch Picks 10 From A Mighty Program

Seattleites are blessed with one of the world's largest and best attended film festivals and it's time to turn our attention to the PacNW. Yes it's SIFF time again and although the festival officially kicked off last Thursday, don't you... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: GRADUATION Fails To Engage

Cristian Mungiu's film Four Months, Three Weeks, 2 Days heralded the Romanian New Wave when it won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2007. His other features have since played at the festival, and his latest, Graduation, is in competition,... More »
  

Cannes 2016 Review: THE NEON DEMON, A Dark, Seductive Symphony

If beauty is fleeting, is there anything more precious than protecting it while it lasts? If all you have going for yourself is the outer shell, to what lengths would you go to in order to keep your specialness? Does... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Cannes 2016 Review: THE RED TURTLE Sublimely Tugs Our Strings

Human emotions can be fragile, unpredictable things. However, they can sometimes also be pretty damned predictable. Show someone a kitten and they'll feel an emotional pang. Show a human going through the stages of life from youth to life's logical... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

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 »
  

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   
  

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   
  
 
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