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Review: BELLADONNA OF SADNESS, A Spellbinding Work Of Carnal Beauty

Yamamoto Eiichi's long forgotten work of erotic fantasy, 1973's Belladonna of Sadness, is an unforgettable cinematic experience that has no equal, even all these years later. This project, the last film in a trilogy produced by manga legend Tezuka Osamu... More »
By Charlie Hobbs   
  

Imagine 2016 Review: THEY CALL ME JEEG ROBOT Hits All Its Beats

(In short: it's like a sad Captain America versus a sad Joker, and it's great!) This year's winner of the audience award at the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam came from an unexpected direction: Italy. While that country has a rich... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: WE ARE THE FLESH, Lucifer Rising

The budding filmmaker Emiliano Rocha Minter, a 26-year old from Mexico, emerged with his feature debut at International Film Festival Rotterdam earlier this year, finished only a couple of days before landing in Netherlands. It wasn't his first visit to... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Now On Blu-Ray: WHAT?, FELICITY, THAT'S SEXPLOITATION, & KUNG FU TRAILERS OF FURY From Severin Films

Severin Films has been very busy over the last several months delivering one stunner after another. In an effort to catch up on the deluge of quality releases, we're offering our opinions in a gallery of their most recent Blu-ray... More »
By Charlie Hobbs   
  

Imagine 2016 Review: Oshii Mamoru Takes NOWHERE GIRL To His Familiar Places

(The movie which can be summed up as "Stay awake, stay awake, stay awake, WHOA!!!) One cannot help but wonder what would happen if Japanese director Oshii Mamuro would ever decide to make a straightforward action film. Whether he is... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: THE DRIFTLESS AREA, A Metaphysical Marvel

We humans often like to think of ourselves as creatures of habit. It helps to compartmentalize our world, making order out of chaos. As someone who operates quite often from his head, habits are important. Writing movie reviews, attempting to... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: 13 CAMERAS Sees Into Your Nightmares

Formally called Slumlord when it played festivals like Fantasia and FrightFest last year, the weird indie film now known as 13 Cameras will be out on VOD and theatrically on play April 15th. It's the directorial debut of Victor Zarcoff; while the film... More »
  

Watch Now: THE INVITATION TO ARMAGEDDON Is A Jovial, Retro Romp

I'm not up on my steampunk web series just now, but there's one --- The League of S.T.E.A.M. --- that's been entertaining viewers for three seasons. They've got a healthy YouTube following, but I've never seen any of their adventures until... More »
  

Jess Franco On Blu-ray: COUNT DRACULA From Severin Films

Back in 2012, I reviewed a Jess Franco film on Blu-ray from Redemption Films (Female Vampire) and marveled at the fact that this director, one of cinema's most enduring cult icons, was being rediscovered and given the HD treatment. At... More »
By Charlie Hobbs   
  

Review: BELGICA Surprises, Except When It Doesn't

Belgian director Felix van Groeningen managed to make major waves internationally in the art-house circuit with his films The Misfortunates and especially The Broken Circle Breakdown, so I was quite happy when one of the surprise films of the International... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: AAAAAAAAH! Makes You Go Eeeeeeeeh!

(Or: welcome to the planet of the apes, where the apes are us.) Ben Wheatley's film High Rise is currently making waves and shocking people in its theatrical run, with its bleak story of societies happily degenerating into animal behavior.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE, Terror At Its Very Best

It begins in the dark hollows of your mind. But you can feel it in your heart. Pumping through your veins. The notion that something is wrong. That the world is wrong. That reality is not what it seems. That... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: CHEVALIER Shows The Ultimate Dick-measuring Contest

Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari is seen as an important part of the current Greek "Weird Wave" of cinema. She produced several of Yorgos Lanthimos' films like Dogtooth, and he helped produce (and acted in) her previous film Attenberg. But... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

END OF DAYS, INC. Dark Supernatural Comedy Opens In Toronto Tomorrow!

Jennifer Liao's dark comedy with a supernatural twist End of Days, Inc. opens here in Toronto, Friday, February 19th, at the Carlton Cinema. Liao, producer Sandy Kellerman, and the cast (Carolyne Maraghi, Janet Porter, Anna Ferguson, Yulia Petrauskas, and Paulino... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Now On Blu-ray: SAMURAI COP 2: DEADLY VENGEANCE Is A Movie That Got Made

Amir Shervan's Samurai Cop (1991) was a miracle of modern megalomania.Shervan's film, the tale of a samurai trained renegade LA cop taking down the yakuza in the USA, is the rarest of beasts. A cult film that earned its cult... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Slamdance 2016 Review: EXCURSIONS, The Best Worst Trip

Sometimes you just have to get away. Far, far away. Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees. And sometimes those trees seem to get to talking to you. Fuck. Filmmakers Daniel Martinico & Hugo Armstrong came to Slamdance... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016 Review: EMBERS, Fresh And Fascinating Sci-Fi

When we talk about ourselves we are building the conversation off a varied, often strange and impressionistic collection of moments stored over the culminating years of our lives. When we talk about ourselves, we talk about our memories. The time... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: DARK NIGHT, Scenes From The New American Apocalypse

Close your eyes. Picture the scenes:

 You gotta keep your head down. She runs her hands through your hair; it's so short it must feel like walking barefoot on freshly cut grass. The burnt orange dye bleeds into your scalp.... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016 Review: DRIFTWOOD, On The Strange Life Of Objects

Against the onslaught of the crashing surf we arise into a world of soft, foaming white. From a distance, we can make out an approaching figure. Soon we see it's a she, a young woman, soaked to the bone, shivering... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: CHRISTINE, A Report On The Art Of Self-Destruction

Performance>Perfection>Breakdown.

No. That's not right. Run the film again. What do we see: A woman in her late twenties, dark hair, big eyes, tall; walking down the halls of a TV station. Take the splicer to the footage. Chop it in... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  
 
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