Imagine 2014 Review: YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON 3D

(You WILL believe a man can fly, provided he jumps hard and adds enough corkscrews in mid-air...) One of the great things of film festivals is that they sometimes allow you a rare chance to experience foreign films as they... More »
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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 »
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Imagine 2014 Review: THE CREEP BEHIND THE CAMERA Is A Cute And Clever Hybrid

(When Charles Manson met the Carpet-Bag-Monster...) Is it a drama? Is it a comedy? Is it a documentary? It's... The Creep Behind the Camera! One of the World Premieres at this year's Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam, The Creep Behind the... More »
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IMAGINE 2013 Review: Anime Movie 009 RE: CYBORG 3D Dazzles And Baffles

(After seeing this film I am "Himmelhoch jauchzend, zum Tode betrübt"...) One of the great things about film festivals is that they allow people to see Japanese anime films in a cinema. Being able to do so is such a... More »
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IMAGINE 2012: A LETTER TO MOMO review

(It is not "Totoro-light", although I guess it can be called "Totoro-heavy"...) Trying to see anime in the cinema can be quite hard in The Netherlands. The last decade we've seen the latest Miyazaki films released thanks to the international... More »
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IMAGINE 2012: SCABBARD SAMURAI Review

(Matsumoto never needs thirty tries to amuse his audience...) In director Hitoshi Matsumoto's newest film "Scabbard Samurai" (original title: "Saya Samurai") a pathetic man gets thirty tries to make a child laugh, and if he fails it will be his... More »
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IMAGINE 2012: INBRED review

(In one sentence: it's a freakshow slaughter contest between hoodies and hillbillies...) Over the years the focus of the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam has shifted somewhat. When it started decades ago it was primarily a horror festival, with science fiction... More »
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IMAGINE 2012: LOBOS DE ARGA review

(Think of a Spanish "Shaun of the Dead", only with werewolves... lots and lots of werewolves!) It had been a while since I saw a satisfyingly good werewolf film to be honest, but that particular itch got royally scratched with... More »
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UPDATED: A review for the English-friendly Taiwanese BluRay of SUMMER WARS

(NOTE: we've been contacted by the distributor of this disc, stating that it is not their intention for this edition to be sold outside of the region of Taiwan and several surrounding Asian countries. Furthermore, the new Taiwanese prints of... More »
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Imagine 2010: CENTURION Review

Neil Marshall has built a name for himself by making films about people invading someone else's territory and getting their "arses" thoroughly kicked. In "Dog Soldiers" it was elite troops versus Scottish werewolves, in "The Descent" it was a bonding... More »
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IFFR / IMAGINE 2010 : SYMBOL Review

When we here at Twitch posted the very first teaser for Hitoshi Matsumoto's "Symbol" nearly a year ago, we all wondered whether the man was a genius or if he had disappeared up his own ass.  Fear not: with his sophomore... More »
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Imagine 2010: OBLIVION ISLAND: HARUKA AND THE MAGIC MIRROR Review

Japanese animation films were sorely missed at last year's Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam, but that criticism was taken to heart by the programmers so this year anime was back in a big way with representations by Studio 4C, MadHouse and... More »
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Imagine 2010: LIFE AND DEATH OF A PORNO GANG Review

(Warning: this article can be considered NSFW, especially if you run the trailer that is embedded in it...)  Is Serbia about to become the new Korea? The question seems preposterous but a close look at recent festivals reveals a surprising... More »
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Fantastic Fest 09: STINGRAY SAM Review

[The following review originally appeared as part of Ard's coverage of Amsterdam's Imagine This festival earlier this year. It reappears now with the film about to screen at Fantastic Fest 09.] Hi y'all! Time to get silly. Having never seen... More »
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Imagine this! 11 MINUTES AGO Review

What do you get when you mix "Twelve Monkeys" with "Four Weddings and a Funeral"? If you are a director without a budget and you liked the structure of "Memento" you might end up with something like Bob Gebert's "11... More »
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Imagine this! GRACE Review

Why oh why the hell did I go see Paul Solet's baby-horror thriller"Grace"? I must have been the worst possible audience for it! Thing is, from the moment I saw this film scheduled in the Imagine Festival Amsterdam programme I... More »
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Imagine this! THE BURROWERS Review

Being blindsided can be fun. All I knew of J. T. Petty was that his previous film "S-and-Man", a documentary on voyeurism and media manipulation, hit with controversy when it turned out that there was a bit more manipulation in... More »
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Imagine this! LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS review

It started out as “the weekend of terror”, turned into the “Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival” and now in its 25th year there is again a new name: “Imagine”. What doesn’t change is that it’s the best cult film festival of... More »