I hope someone in Madrid is dimming the lights on the Schweppes sign; that would be a fitting tribute to one of its best actors. Álex Angulo, star of films such as The Day of the Beast, Live Flesh, and... More »
Daniel Radcliffe has (more or less) done a good job shedding his Harry Potter image by appearing in some very dark (The Woman in Black) and very funny (A Young Doctor's Notebook) projects that take a lot of narrative and... More »
The countdown is on to my favourite festival! Sitges 2014 is on this October 3 - 12 on the sunny shores of the Mediterranean, and the first wave of amazing programing was announced this morning. Among a plethora of titles,... More »
Attention UK genre film lovers! Film4 FrightFest has announced its feature film line-up for 2014, and by jove if it isn't pretty magnificent. Full disclosure, I am a shorts programmer for the festival, so I admit to a bit of... More »
There are two biopics out this year on Yves Saint Laurent, the iconic French women's fashion designer. Considering his importance in French fashion culture, this is probably not surprising (at least that there might be more than one film about... More »
One of the best television shows of last year is returning for another season! Utopia, a dark, stark thriller about a world-wide conspiracy about a graphic novel that reveals a plot to decimate the majority of the world's population, was... More »
After the long four-year wait, today is the day for a new World Cup to kick off. It's a very particular edition for football's major event, as the world's top champion, Brazil, is the host country for the first time since... More »
Also in today's jam-packed Euro Beat: Ingmar Bergman week resurrects Scenes from a Marriage, extreme film-exhibition in Iceland, the VOD numbers for Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York, rare Alain Resnais short films, European box office and more. Read on!... More »
Evrim Ersoy and Alex Kidd have been conducting the Duke Mitchell Film Club for six years now, showing obscure trailers, bizarre shorts, mind-boggling music videos and strange features to a captive audience. Now, they've expanded it to the first ever... More »
For the month of May, Twitch commemorates what would have been the great Orson Welles' 99th birthday by putting his career under the spotlight. In Full Disclosure, we take the filmography of a revered filmmaker each month and then select... More »
While most film audiences outside France will recognize Mathieu Amalric as the villain from Quantum of Solace, he's been directing films in addition to his great acting work for more than twenty years in his native country. HIs last feature,... More »
One of the reasons I love genre film is that is gives opportunity to explore the human condition with strange metaphors, allowing the spectator perhaps a deeper and richer understanding than when trying to represent something directly. Such is the... More »
Kristian Levring's new feature film The Salvation is headed to Cannes shortly in the Out of Competition section, as part of the Midnight screenings. That last bit suggests there's going to be a fair amount of violence and bloodshed, which... More »
Euro Beat is back! We'll be posting bi-weekly on Wednesday instead of Tuesday from now on, but the saga of European film news and box office stats will continue as before. In today's edition: Jean-Paul Belmondo will recount his life... More »
With the festival a little more than two weeks away, Cannes has announced the remaining eight members of the jury. This year's jury president, Jane Campion, will be joined by Carole Bouquet, Sofia Coppola, Leila Hatami, Jeon Do-yeon, Willem Dafoe,... More »
In 2014, Full Disclosure is turning its focus on the filmography of a different celebrated filmmaker each month, and challenging our writers to seek out something new to watch and consider from their sizeable oeuvres. This month welcomes the first... More »
Director Jaume Balagueró was on hand today at the Sitges Film Festival press conference, to present the first trailer for the last film in the [REC] franchise. [REC]4: Apocalypse is set to open the festival, which will run October 3rd -... More »
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's brilliant vampire book The Strain will be coming to television via FX this summer. A new short teaser was just released, showing the impending, dooming darkness about to befall New York City and the world. I'm... More »
Teenagers can be quite nasty, especially to those they perceive as weak or whom they think they can attack without fear of retribution. Such is the case in the new film Cruel Summer. Shot in South Wales during the incredible... More »
Romantic comedies have hit a bit of a slump in recent years, at least ones from big Hollywood and UK studios. The same patterns, cliched images, characters, and formulas have become predictable and dull. And in many ways, Cuban Fury... More »
Mexico is in love with romantic comedies at the moment, according to Eric Ortiz Garcia, our correspondent in Mexico, and that includes the upcoming Casi Treinta and Amor de Mis Amores. He's already seen one, so he has comments on that, plus the trailers for both. He also has a...
On location in Montreal, home to the 18th Fantasia Film Festival. Three weeks of genre debauchery, this year has been my first taste of this remarkable fest, and it's already been loads of fun.Also another look at Richard Linklater's Boyhood, the remarkable film about coming of age told over a...
This week, Planes: Fire & Rescue is released by I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-Pixar, and Ed Harris is attached as voice-actor. Therefore, this week's installment of our quiz is all about Ed. It's ironic to see, whoops, hear him as a voice actor, even if it's not for the first time. For Ed Harris...
Ah Durban! South Africa's cultural melting pot of English, Afrikaner, Indian, and Zulu. Famous for her sunny beaches and busy harbour; infamous for her cauterizing curries and wizardly weed. I grew up in the central green foothills you can see below, half an hour from those miles of golden sand....
Spoilers! There's the going theory that depressives are more clear-headed in a crisis, because we spend so much time mentally rehearsing the worst-case scenarios. When such scenarios ultimately arise, all the prep work has been done. If so, this summer's moviegoers might prove themselves uncommonly useful upon the coming of...