Meeting The Criterion: Criterion Christmas #5 RIFIFI

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting The Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collection's great releases from the past year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or... More »
  

Hobbitty Twitches: Our Favorite Film Dragons

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now in cinemas all over half the world, an will soon arrive in the other half as well. And for those who saw the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of... More »
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The Many Faces Of Sir Ian McKellen (+Prize!)

I'll be stepping in for my colleague Ard Vijn this week, in an effort to get a fix for my Hobbit habit. Brace for bombastics!Smaug was believed to be the last great fire-drake of the North. If others remain they... More »
  

Director Mipo O. Speaks On Academy Awards Submission THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

With an April release here in Japan, director Mipo O's The Light Shines Only There had been and gone from cinema screens when a Best Director Award from the Montreal World Film Festival kick started a new wave of recognition. Now... More »
  

Latin Beat: Trailer For Peruvian Horror LA ENTITAD, Plus Top 10 Highest-Grossing Mexican Movies

This week we hear from our correspondents in Mexico and Peru. First, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano follows up on a previous report on Peruvian horror movie La Entitad with a trailer that gives a much better idea of what the filmmakers... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks WILD, GEMMA BOVARY, And TIFF's Canada Top 10

A bunch of TIFF-themed releases are making their way to theatres this week. Wild shows Reese Witherspoon wandering in the wilderness, while Gemma Bovary is a cute, if slight, redux of the Flaubert classic. I also take a look at this... More »
  

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 »
  

Meeting The Criterion: HEARTS AND MINDS

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collections great releases from the last year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Kathryn Bigelow

The only woman to win a Best Director Oscar, Kathryn Bigelow has built a formidable reputation for directing tough films about no-nonsense individuals in circumstances of incredible stress and danger. Winning her plaudits for The Hurt Locker - beating ex-husband... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Zhou Xun

This week, Pang Ho Cheung's Chinese film Women Who Flirt will be released in the US. James saw the film and liked it a lot, as you can read in his review (this is a link). It is a modern... More »
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The Stack: Holiday Gift Guide 2014, Episode One - Canfield Talks SQUIRM, Vincent Price, Werner Herzog, And More

Happy Holidays from The Stack! I'm kicking off this year's massive holiday gift guide with a look at every single Scream Factory 2014 release. But do not worry I've got a ton of fun box sets and SE's to make the... More »
  

Latin Beat: Mexican Film Community United For Ayotzinapa's 43 Missing Students

As I write this, the aftershock of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting and killing a man in Ferguson, Missouri, is dominating the news here in the U.S. Of course, angry protests are not... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks HUNGER GAMES, HOMESMAN, Mike Nichols and Much More!

There was another lag in getting video feeds for the last couple weeks, so here for your viewing pleasure are three Twitchvisions to gorge on!This week we look back at the career of EGOT winner Mike Nichols, as well as... More »
  

The Stack: Canfield Talks OBVIOUS CHILD, 70s Horror JENNIFER And Dark, Daffy LFO

Welcome back to The Stack! Dave Canfield here comin' at ya with more home entertainment goodness. First up from the good folks at Kino Lorber is the nearly forgotten Carrie (1976) knock-off Jennifer (1978), which even used the tag line, "...makes... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Raoul Walsh's THE THIEF OF BAGDAD

Douglas Fairbanks, "the first King of Hollywood", is today remembered as the star of numerous silent swashbuckling epics, including The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers and Robin Hood. However, he attained the popularity and industry clout to get such... More »
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Dispatch 2: [REC] 4, THE GREEN INFERNO, THE STRANGER And More Stir The Senses

What a fantastic day at the Morbido Film Fest! I got to spend time walking around the zocalo (town square), just a minute from the hotel where I'm staying here in Puebla, Mexico, visiting a bookstore and milling along with... 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 »
  

Los Cabos 2014: Twitch Picks 10 Must See Films

Kicking off tonight with the Latin American premiere of Wild, the latest from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, the third edition of Mexico's Los Cabos International Film Festival (CIFF) promises to be a fantastic way to end the year... More »
  
 
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