Review: JASMINE, A Claustrophobic Twilight Zone Of Revenge

Dax Phelan, veteran screenwriter and producer based in Los Angeles got the Hong Kong bug on a writing research trip to the city in 2005. By his own tongue-in-cheek admission, it had become somewhat tedious being handsomely paid for writing... More »
By Ezra Emerson   
  

Hot Docs 2015 Review: DRONE And The Terror Of "Point And Click" Warfare

Here in the 21st century, we find ourselves sliding down the slipperiest of slopes. As the paradigm of warfare undergoes yet another significant metamorphosis, one of remote assassinations, or as one drone pilot succinctly puts it, "just point and click."Tonje... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Tribeca 2015 Review: MAGGIE, An Elegant Zombie Melodrama

Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer of the Tribeca Film Festival, in his introduction to the world premiere of Maggie, the first feature by Henry Hobson - starring some guy you may have heard of named Arnold Schwarzenegger - called the... More »
  

Review: DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN Resolutely Remembers Cambodia's Rock & Roll Days

If you are a hipster who picked up a copy of Cambodian Rocks Vol.II in the World Music section at your favorite vinyl shop then you might already be familiar with musicians like Sinn Sisamouth, Pan Ron and Yol Aularong.... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Imagine 2015 Review: LIZA, THE FOX-FAIRY Magnificently Kills With Kindness

This weekend, Liza, the Fox-Fairy won the Silver Méliès Award at the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam. It was hardly the first award it won either: a few weeks earlier at Fantasporto, it won awards for Best Film and Best Special... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Night Visions 2015 Review: AMERICAN BURGER Serves Up Cross-Cultural Beef

Watching an English-language splatter comedy, made in Sweden by a married British / Swedish couple, at a film festival in Helsinki, Finland, in a bar converted into a screening room, certainly ranks among my top 10 most unusual cross-cultural experiences... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: Hungarian Western MIRAGE, A Visually Opulent Slavery Allegory

The Hungarian director of Bibliotheque Pascal, Szabolcs Hajdu, returns with yet another not so conventional oeuvre, Mirage. After the world premiere held at Toronto last year, the film enters the Slovak and Czech theatre circuit (Slovakia is a minor co-producer... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Istanbul 2015 Review: THESE ARE THE RULES Provokes With Civil Horror

Dramas which keep the tension tightly under the lid while eschewing a boiling melodramatic outburst can be challenging. On the other hand, de-dramatized dramas with smoother edges are easier to chew on for laid-back, cerebral viewers. Croatian director Ognjen... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Review: THE DEAD LANDS, Action Painted On A Broad Canvas

As is often the case with a classical heroic journey, what you get out of the quest is often what you bring to it. With some humility and patience, you'll be rewarded; wanting rewards without putting in the work to... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Now Streaming: MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL Takes The Leap

Leave it to the Man Without Fear to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe to daring new heights. Even if that's just mostly to the top of a five story walk-up in Hell's Kitchen.   

Marvel's Daredevil is the first of the... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Imagine 2015 Review: TURBO KID Splatters Everyone With Fun

(Gory equals glory with lots of guts!) Saying Turbo Kid is Mad Max on BMX-bikes may be a quick description, and not exactly misleading, but it's also selling the film a bit short. For starters it fails to show Turbo... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: BROKEN HORSES Deserves A Swift Mercy Killing

Where does one draw the line between pitiable and risible? On the one hand, it just seems mean to want to pick on the slowest kid in the class, especially when you see just how far behind they are lagging.... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT Reveals The Secret Lives Of Teenage Girls

By now, anyone who regularly reads about the movie business is well aware of the dismal statistics concerning the representation of women - or more pertinently, the lack thereof - as directors, writers, and just about every other creative capacity... More »
  

Indian Film Fest LA 2015 Review: HARAAMKHOR, The Dangerous Distance Between Loving And Being Loved

Does love make monsters of men? Or, as Shlok Sharma's debut feature Haraamkhor suggests, does the idea of love merely magnify the monstrous tendencies latent within men? This is one of many complex ideas that weave through Sharma's film, but it... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: BETTER CALL SAUL S1E10, MARCO (Or, Could Be Worth A Couple Of Bucks)

The most obvious similarity between Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul is that they're both tragedies, just in very different ways. Bad was about seeing Walter White revealed as the criminal he's always been inside and how his actions doom him,... More »
By Simon Cocks   
  

Review: DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY, A Reimagining Of The Bengali Sherlock Holmes

Sometimes I loathe the expectations with which I burden myself.Dibakar Banerjee's latest film, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, is a period piece that focuses on the origin of India's greatest literary sleuth. The Byomkesh Bakshy character comes from the many works of... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: COMMUNITY S6E04 "Queer Studies And Advanced Waxing", The Ponderous Natures Of Truth & Lies

In a comedy show, the cold open can be a glorious thing.It can set the tone for the rest of an episode, prepping us for the stories to unfold, or be its own little mini-tale, absurd, irreverent, and charming. Community's... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: BETTER CALL SAUL S1E09, PIMENTO (Or, You're Not A Real Lawyer)

And, suddenly, it all makes sense. In one devastating conversation, Better Call Saul tells us everything we need to know about why Jimmy McGill becomes Saul Goodman, and in doing so it has revealed what I was so uncertain of... More »
By Simon Cocks   
  

Hong Kong 2015 Review: TWO THUMBS UP, A Delightfully Gonzo Heist Flick

Long-time screenwriter Lau Ho Leung (Painted Skin, Kung Fu Jungle) makes his directorial debut in this energetic action comedy following a gang of thieves who masquerade as cops to pull off a heist, only to encounter a rival posse with... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: ERBARME DICH - MATTHÄUS PASSION STORIES Targets The Purpose Of Sadness

(Don't feel bad, feel worse! Then, listen to exquisite music...) A documentary about classical music does, on paper, not seem to be a crowd-pleaser. Yet Ramón Gieling's Erbarme Dich - Matthäus Passion Stories was one of the big surprises at... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
 
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