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Black Nights 2015 Review: DAWN, A Surreal Image Of Soviet Life

Tales of mythic figures, particularly those whose myth is perpetuated by governments, are ripe fodder for film. This can be especially interesting if someone like myself is ignorant of said mythic figure. Such is the case with Dawn, Laila Pakalnina's... More »

Black Nights 2015 Review: THANK YOU FOR BOMBING Shines a Critical Light on War Reporting

War correspondants can be mythic figures, something of romantic heroes. They go to dangerous places in order to bring us the truth. It's been said that it was the reporter's stories that helped begin protests against the Vietnam War; although... More »

Black Nights 2015 Review: BODY, The Connection Between Flesh and Spirit

Malgorzata Szumowska's previous films (Elles, In the Name Of) have looked at the conflict between mind and body, in a darkly serious tone. In her latest film Body (which won the Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlinale), she again... More »

First Shots Of Jim Carrey In Polish Set Crime Thriller TRUE CRIMES

Jim Carrey is taking a turn into dark territory with his next feature, the famed comedian currently in Krakow shooting Alexandros (Miss Violence) Avranas' thriller True Crimes. Based on a David Grann article from the New Yorker in 2008 the... More »
By Todd Brown   

Possibly The Most Low Risk, Low Reward Heist Film Ever In Dutch Comedy HALLO BUNGALOW

It would appear the protagonists of Anne de Clercq's upcoming Dutch comedy Hallo Bungalow believe in managing expectations. Having grown up in the trailer park - technically a vacation bungalow complex, but it's the local equivalent - where they now... More »
By Todd Brown   

Men With Axes. Men With Gasoline. Men With Guns. They're All In The Trailer For Gritty Polish Crime Thriller PITBULL: NOWE PORZĄDKI

It's very much a man's world in the trailer for upcoming Polish crime thriller Pitbull: Nowe Porzadki with the only females present being corpses, kidnapped, strippers or speaking very fast in concerned tones. The men, however? They get the hair... More »
By Todd Brown   

Black Nights 2015 Review: DON'T LOOK AT ME THAT WAY Asks Much, Answers Little

Most stories are about love: falling in love, falling out of love, betrayal, passion, death. And often, there is a good lover and a bad lover, or at least, someone with whom the audience is supposed to share perspective. But... More »

Teaser Arrives For Russian Disaster Picture ICEBREAKER

It was just a couple years back that Russian disaster picture Metro caught our eye here at Twitch, a slickly produced tale of mass flooding spreading chaos through the Moscow subway system. And now the team behind that film is... More »
By Todd Brown   

BELGICA: Watch The Trailer For MISFORTUNATES Helmer's Latest

When it comes to stories of families on the fringes, it's hard to do it better than Belgian director Felix van Groeningen. The writer-director won huge acclaim around the world for previous efforts The Misfortunates and Broken Circle Breakdown and... More »
By Todd Brown   

A(R)MEN: Watch The New Short Film From DEAD SNOW Effects Supervisor

Though you may not know Steinar Kaarstein by name there's a fighting chance you're familiar with his work if you've been keeping tabs on the recent wave of Scandinavian genre film. The VFX supervisor for both Dead Snow films, Kaarstein... More »
By Todd Brown   

THE LURE Trailer Delivers Mermaids And Strippers In 1980s Warsaw

Well, now. If director Agnieszka Smoczyńska is to be believed it would appear that things in 1980s Warsaw were a fair bit more colorful and a whole lot stranger than we might have expected looking in from the outside.Smoczyńska's feature... More »
By Todd Brown   

Black Nights 2015 Review: GHOST MOUNTAINEER, The Scariest Stories Are True

Growing up in Canada, you develop a healthy respect for the cold, when you could die just from being caught outside, not to mention activities that could have you buried under snow, or trapped in places with no civilization for... More »

Black Nights 2015 Review: THE BRIDE, Love In The Ruins

Federico García Lorca's play Blood Wedding has been popular for over 80 years, for its level of drama akin to Greek tragedy, blood feuds between families, and one woman caught between two men she loves. In The Bride, Paula Ortiz... More »

Disaster Strikes The CREW

While recent events are certainly going to pose challenges when it comes to selling an air disaster film in Russia it certainly appears as though director Nikolay Lebedev has delivered a high quality one with his upcoming Crew.A young pilot... More »
By Todd Brown   

Stop Whatever You're Doing And Watch The Trailer For VIKING. Because, Hot Damn.

Whatever you're doing right now, this is better. Really. After releasing a behind the scenes reel a little while back that promised a period epic that truly deserved the epic label the first proper trailer for Andrey Kravchuk's Viking has... More »
By Todd Brown   

Review: COURTED Finds Humour Without A Trial

Winner of the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at this year's Venice Film Festival, Christian Vincent's dryly comic courtroom drama was selected as the opening film for the 44th Hong Kong French Cinepanorama on 18 November. Michel Racine (Fabrice Luchini)... More »
By James Marsh   

Review: LEGEND, The Full Package, Including Two Killer Roles For Tom Hardy

From his star-making role in Bronson to his box office busting turn in Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy has quickly established himself as one of the most bankable and most well respected actors working today. So what could be... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Forget About Bond, It's SPY TIME!

There's a long - and sometimes pretty fantastic - history of James Bond inspired comedies around the globe and while the OSS 117 films have long been held as the best of the lot to come out of Europe they... More »
By Todd Brown   

Night Visions 3015: Hell Up In Helsinki

Earlier this month I went to the future. I mean this somewhat literally, as my flight from Toronto to Helsinki, Finland put me 8 hours ahead, but also because I was attending the Night Visions Film Festival, a biannual celebration... More »
By Peter K.   

The Director Of THALE Delivers Fish Guns, Dead Cats And Special Cheese In MADE IN MOSJOEN

Norwegian director Aleksander Nordaas made waves around the world a couple years back with his low budget creature feature Thale and he's certainly looking likely to arch an eyebrow or two with his new webseries Made In Mosjoen.Nordaas has released... More »
By Todd Brown   
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