Pretty Packaging: THE RAID And THE RAID 2, German Ultimate Editions

(Wowzers, them Germans sure do like these films!) This week, German distributor Koch Media has released The Raid 2: Berandal on Blu-ray. That in itself may not be a world-shattering fact, as the film is available pretty much everywhere by... More »
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Black Bear Filmfest 2014: Twitch's Top 5 Picks

Black Bear Filmfest is about to begin and we can't be more excited! In its second edition after a triumphant debut in 2013, Black Bear Filmfest returns as Poland's only genre film festival specializing in horror, action, fantasy, sleaze, and independent... More »
  

Morbido Fest 2014, Dispatch 1: FEED THE LIGHT, EL INCIDENTE, And TEKUANI Explore Limits Of The Human Psyche

"We're under the volcano," said filmmaker Richard Stanley, referring to the novel by Malcolm Lowry, adapted for the screen by John Huston in 1984, and the location of the Morbido Film Festival in 2014. The tops of volcanoes were enshrouded... More »
  

DOC NYC 2014 Boasts An Expanded, Impressively Diverse Slate

DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in the U.S., which runs this year from November 13-20, gets even bigger with its fifth edition, with well over 150 films, panels, masterclasses, and tributes, spanning across three venues: the IFC Center, the... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Werner Herzog

After a couple of months off, Full Disclosure is back, with an exploration of the work of a true cinematic maverick, Werner Herzog. In a career spanning 50 years, the uniquely accented German filmmaker has gifted us dozens of feature... More »
  

Margaret Mead Film Festival 2014 Offers Provocative, Moving Global Documentaries

The 2014 edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, a great annual documentary fest which screens at the American Museum of Natural History and runs this year from October 23-26, has as this year's theme "Past Forward." According to the festival,... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At The Walerian Borowczyk Collection

Earlier this year, UK distributor Arrow Films announced they were planning to release newly remastered editions of Walerian Borowczyk's films, both on Blu-ray and DVD, as part of their Arrow Academy label. These releases would include several of his longer... More »
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Australia's 15th Lavazza Italian Film Festival Has An Effervescent Lineup

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival playing across Australia is now in its 15th year. The festival has brought the best mainstream and accessible Italian festival titles to Australian shores and this year is no exception. The festival is tighter than... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Fritz Lang's FRAU IM MOND

In 1929, just two years after changing the face of cinematic science fiction with Metropolis, German filmmaker Fritz Lang returned to the genre with the infinitely more grounded and realistic Frau Im Mond (Woman In The Moon).Far less well-known than... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At HERZOG - THE COLLECTION Blu-ray Boxset

For Werner Herzog fans with a Blu-ray player, 2014 has turned into a remarkable year, as boxsets of his work are being released on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK, the BFI released an 18-film boxset, while distributor... More »
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Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: F.W. Murnau's FAUST - A GERMAN FOLK LEGEND

In today's cinematic marketplace, audiences have grown increasingly used to Hollywood fare dominating both domestic and international box offices. In the last few years we have even seen studios steer their biggest blockbusters increasingly towards overseas markets, with particular focus... More »
  

Memories Of The Future: Chris Marker Retro With Newly Restored LEVEL FIVE At BAM

With the theatrical release of the digitally restored 1997 film Level 5, Brooklyn's own BAM Cinematek is hosting a rare retrospective of Chris Marker, one of the most singular voices in cinema history.Marker passed on in 2012. But as a... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Ingmar Bergman

As most of the world suffers through the sweltering heat of summer, we head to the bleak and wintry climes of Sweden for this month's Full Disclosure. Each month, we focus on a different filmmaking force of world cinema and... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Choi Min-sik

This week, Luc Besson's new science-fiction-slash-action thriller Lucy premieres, starring Scarlett Johansson as a human who becomes a divine being. Ouch, go easy on the typecasting there, people! Speaking of which, there is an intense evil Asian dude in the... More »
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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Dispatch: West Meets East For The 49th Time

The famous Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary hosted for the 49th time, the well known international film festival, which caters especially to Central and Eastern European cinema. But that's not all, as the fest hosts plenty of world and... More »
  

Art Film Fest 2014 Dispatch: Enticing European Offerings Shine In Slovakia

Slovakia´s biggest film festival, Art Film Fest, recently wrapped up its 22nd edition.The principal objective of the festival is to promote young cinema and, of course, the national one. The main competition is thus dedicated to feature debuts whereas other... More »
  

PiFan 2014: Preview Part 2 - World Fantastic Cinema

With just over a week until PiFan, the biggest celebration of genre cinema anywhere in Asia, Team Twitch is barely able to contain our excitement. So instead of sweating and fidgeting uncomfortably, we're putting our anticipation to practical use and... More »
  

BAMcinemaFest 2014 Brings An Impressively Diverse Slate To Brooklyn

The sixth edition of BAMcinemaFest, screening at BAM Rose Cinemas and the Steinberg Screen at BAM Harvey Theater from June 18 through June 29, brings a typically diverse and eclectic selection of features, shorts, and retrospective screenings to downtown Brooklyn.... More »
  

Transylvania International Film Festival: Dispatch Three

The festival has successfully wrapped up its 13th edition. Over 200 films paraded onto the silver screens around the main square in Cluj-Napoca. This year, the festival organisers omitted multiplexes from their cinematic marathon, opting for the small cinemas... More »
  

KINO! 2014 Revamped Festival Continues to Showcase New German Cinema in NYC

After its previous 35-year relationship with the Museum of Modern Art, the 2014 edition of the KINO! Festival of German Films in New York reboots in new locations, but still continues its mission of bringing notable recent German films to... More »
  
 
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