Internationl Reviews - Foreign, Overseas

Review: LA DAME DANS L'AUTO, Between Seduction and Manipulation It Manipulates

After a successful career as an illustrator and as a writer, Joann Sfar tackled the medium of cinema in 2010 when he directed Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque), a beautiful and surprisingly oneiric biopic about the famous French singer. He then followed... More »
  

Review: HORSE MONEY, Beautiful, Mesmerizing, And Striking

Horse Money is astonishingly beautiful in its visual poetry! Pedro Costa, who wanted to capture the life in Lisbon's ghetto area called Fontainhas in the late 90s, made a beautiful film called Bones (Ossos). During the shoot, he saw much... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: PHOENIX, A Noir Revenge Flick

Christian Petzold (Ghosts, Barbara), perhaps one of the most gifted storytellers working in cinema today, strikes gold again with Phoenix, a Hitchcockian, postwar noir revenge flick. Clocking in at a very lean 98 minutes, the film revolves around a concentration camp survivor named... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Blu-ray Review: KILL LA KILL Finishes With A Bang

(No, not THAT kind of bang, you filthy...) Last December, Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. released their first boxset of Kill La Kill, which was pretty much kick-ass and which I reviewed here. Now, just over half a year later, the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: ALLELUIA, The Horrifying Twist Of A True Story

The madness and obsession of love is a recurring theme in Fabrice de Welz's first two films Calvaire and Vinyan, and his latest, Alleluia, continues this trend. Taking on the infamous tale of the Honeymoon Killers (an American couple who conned... More »
  

Review: MR. HOLMES, The World's Greatest Detective Investigates Old Age

According to Guiness World Records, Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed fictional character, by more than 70 actors in over 200 films, plays and television shows. I haven't seen all of those, but Ian McKellen can certainly put his performance... More »
  

Scandinavian 2015 Review: SILENT HEART, A Tragic Chamber Piece

Silent Heart is a fast-moving character drama that all takes place over a weekend in a country home in Denmark. The home belongs to elderly couple Poul (Morten Grunwald) and Esther (Ghita Nørby), who is dying. She plans to... More »
  

Scandinavian 2015 Review: In HERE IS HAROLD, Ikea Looms Over Blackly Comic Trauma

Here Is Harold kicked off the Scandinavian Film Festival last night in typically dour, dark and chillingly humorous style; muted comedy peaked through a very basic tale of revenge stemming from the wrong place.Harold (Bjørn Sundquist) has lost everything;... More »
  

Scandinavian 2015 Review: YOUNG SOPHIE BELL, A Beguiling, Sublime Mystery

Obsession, mystery, murder and betrayal culminate in a fragile coming-of-age story unlike any other in Amanda Adolfsson's stunning Swedish debut feature Young Sophie Bell.The titular Sophie (the radiant Felice Jankell) has just graduated high school and celebrates with her 'bestie'... More »
  

Review: BIG GAME, A Totally Fresh Genre Film

It's such a delight to see a film that plays by its own rules, fulfilling the premise that it sets up, and delivering right through to the conclusion. This is especially true for Midnight movies, as often you get... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

LA Film Fest Review: VICTORIA, A Poem In Action

"You just had to be there" In a post-FOMO (fear of missing out) age this phrase is tantamount to death. "You just had to be there." It's what I said to Twitch Editor Ben Umstead as we walked out of... More »
  

Review: EDEN, The Poignance Of Time Passing, Set To An Electronic Dance Beat

The other day, I saw a college kid wearing a T- shirt that said, "In school now just to be a wage slave later." I seriously considered giving the kid a hug. And I could've easily regarded it as some... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

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   
  

Blu-ray Review: THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MISS OSBOURNE, A Twisted Tale Of Sex And Violence

Hot on the heels of Arrow Video's incredible (and incredibly sold out) Walerian Borowczyk Box set from last autumn, the company has dug deeper into the director's idiosyncratic oeuvre to deliver what is likely his most straight ahead horror feature,... More »
By Charlie Hobbs   
  

Blu-ray Review: SAN BABILA ORE 20: UN DELITTO INUTILE, A Time Capsule Of Italian Youth Gone Wild

German cult home video specialists Camera Obscura have created another can't-miss disc with their recent release of Carlo Lizzani's San Babila Ore 20: Un Delitto Inutile (San Babila 8 PM). The film is wonderfully emblematic of a time in Italy... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Blu-ray Review: CANNIBAL FEROX, A Vile And Repulsive Film With A Stunning Home Video Release

Let me just get this out there: I hate Cannibal Ferox. I want potential readers to understand the place from which I am coming before you decide whether or not to pay my opinion any mind. Cannibal Ferox is a... More »
By Charlie Hobbs   
  

Transylvania Film Festival 2015 Review: THE FOOL, A Hero's Journey to The Gutter

The uncontrollable proliferation of superhero films (and other superhero commodities) and the return to the hero myth  popularized by tales from ancient Greece might indicate a sudden need for a messiah figure in the contemporary wasteland. An ordinary man... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Review: A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

Only a few living directors have achieved status in world cinema as Roy Andersson did. Calling him a cult director seems like a huge understatement, even though we are talking about a rather narrow body of work consisting of three features... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Fantaspoa 2015 Review: Sam's POSSESSED Presents An Exorcism With Clay And A Fragmented Script

Possessed (aka Pos eso) is a peculiar Spanish animation which recalls the claymation classics of Wallace and Gromit for the design of its characters - after all the director Sam worked as an animator for Aardman - but not due to... More »
  

Cannes 2015 Review: RAMS, An Exceptional Tale Of Exceptional Stubbornness

Oh, Iceland. With your otherworldly landscapes and ability to extract cool, dry drama like you're farming permafrost, your cinema is like your vistas -  inspiring and intimidating. Add to that some of the special spice that has made the... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  
 
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