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Giveaway: Win Hou Hsiao-hsien's THE ASSASSIN On Blu-ray From Well Go USA And TwitchFilm

Giveaway time again here at TwitchFilm!This time we have Hou Hsiao-hsien's critically acclaimed film The Assassin on Blu-ray from Well Go USA. The Assassin was named the best film of 2015 by the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound Magazine... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies Of 2015 Part 2

It's that time of year again, when I share a few of my favourite Asian offerings from the back half of 2015. On the whole it has not been the best year for Asian Cinema, with Hong Kong in particular... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: CAROL, A Magnificent Mood For A Story That Doesn't Quite Connect

Todd Haynes' Carol is an objectively beautiful film. It is exquisitely acted, hauntingly shot and meticulously well-designed. And it left me surprisingly cold. The same-sex melodrama presents an interesting case where form and content match up a little too well.... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Review: THE WONDERS, A Poetic Realist Portrait Of Painful Adolescence

The Wonders (Le meraviglie) is a poetic realist portrait of painful adolescence. Director Alice Rohrwacher tells a slight coming of age tale infused with melancholy, hardship but not without a sense of beauty. Gone is the Italy of opulence and... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Review: THE ASSASSIN, An Unqualified Success, Or, A Studied Bit Of Installation Art

The first thing that strikes you in The Assassin is the quiet. Hou Hsiao-Hsien's ruminative tone-poem, about a Tang Dynasty sell-sword tasked with killing kin, is a remarkably hushed affair. Be it dialogue, sound-effects or music, at no point does... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Etrange 2015 Ends With A Bang, A BAX & A BAAHUBALI

The 21st edition of Paris' Etrange Festival came to a fiendish close last night, awarding prizes to four lucky films and leaving local genre-heads heartbroken with the knowledge that it's a full 51 weeks until next year's festivities. Top honors went... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Melbourne 2015: A Relief But No Surprises; MIFF's Cannes Line-Up

The Melbourne International Film Festival Cannes line-up was announced recently. It has become a tradition now that the films MIFF has acquired from La Croisette are announced a month before the full line-up is unveiled.The list contains many films we... More »
  

Review: THE TRIBE Pushes 'Show Don't Tell' Into Brutal New Extremes

Not one word of dialogue is spoken in director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe, a stark Ukrainian drama that mixes gang thriller with boarding school intrigue, and pushes the maxim 'show don't tell' into brutal new extremes. The film presents a... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2015 Wrap: All Our Reviews And Top Picks

The Cannes 2015 film festival is all wrapped up and while we'll have a few more reviews trickling in, here is a list of everything we've seen and written up so far. See below for our thoughts on the top... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Cannes 2015 Review: KRISHA Introduces An Exciting New Director In The Home Movie From Hell

Jean-Luc Godard once said that all you need for a movie is a gun and a girl. With Krisha, a rich psychological thriller about family secrets, mental-breakdown and addiction, director Trey Edward Shults proves that one can make compelling... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2015 Review: Wrestling With THE ASSASSIN's Beautiful Nothing

The first thing that strikes you in The Assassin is the quiet. Hou Hsiao-Hsien's ruminative tone-poem, about a Tang Dynasty sell-sword tasked with killing kin, is a remarkably hushed affair. Be it dialogue, sound-effects or music, at no point does... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2015 Review: MEDITERRANEA, A Humanist Masterclass On Society's Forgotten Few

Mediterranea is a powerful neorealist punch, so loaded with prescience, so relevant to our here and now, that it practically explodes off the screen. At one point in the film, a middle class family sits down to dinner and the father... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2015 Review: MY GOLDEN DAYS, Nicotine-Fuelled, Incredibly French and Incredibly Good

Those allergic to French film clichés should consider running in terror from My Golden Days. The hits are all there in director Arnaud Desplechin's latest, a pseudo-prequel to his even more comically cliché-titled My Sex Life... or How I... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2015 Review: CAROL, Tremendously Accomplished, Yet Cold

Todd Haynes' Carol is an objectively beautiful film. It is exquisitely acted, hauntingly shot and meticulously well-designed. And it left me surprisingly cold. The same-sex melodrama presents an interesting case where form and content match up a little too well.... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2015 Preview: Critics Week & Directors Fortnight

If you didn't catch last week's preview of the Cannes 2015 Palme d'Or Competition, go check that out now. Today we continue our Cannes coverage with a preview of the sidebar Director's Fortnight and Critic's Week programs. These are a... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Cannes 2015 Preview: Get To Know Your Palme d'Or Contenders

It's that time of year again, boys and girls. The 2015 Cannes Film Festival begins next week and you can rest easy knowing TwitchFilm has got you covered from beginning to end.   Our coverage (and you can expect a lot... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Review: SAINT LAURENT, Drinking, Screwing Around, And Smoking Like A Chimney

The gilded life of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent has received the big screen treatment twice in recent times. The first was the paint by the numbers biopic Yves Saint Laurent, a gentle, actor's film made with the full collaboration... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2015: A Series Of Startling Images From Garrone's TALE OF TALES

A few days ago we brought you the trailer, and today we have a series of eye-opening images from Matteo Garrone's Cannes competitor Tale of Tales. The fantasy epic, cast with a collection of American, French and Italian stars, feels... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2015: Critics' Week Selection Rich In French Flair

The Cannes Film Festival is just weeks away, and as April winds its way towards May things are really picking up steam. Last week heralded both the Official Competition and the Un Certain Regard lineups, and today we saw... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: KNIGHT OF CUPS Sees Malick Repurposed

Rejoice ye fans of Malick - your wily transcendentalist has emerged again! And though the film doesn't equal (ahem... transcend) his previous highs, Knight Of Cups at least finds the idiosyncratic auteur trying something new. Malick's style remains the same;... More »
By Ben Croll   
  
 
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