Four days in, and FrightFest has entered that bleary-eyed state of exhaustion where everything, on or off screen, seems hallucinatory, and conversations outside the cinema take on a rambling, incoherent trajectory. Everyone is starting to assume the muttered drawl and... More »
By Anton Bitel   

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch: BAIT, SOME KIND OF HATE, CONTRACTED: PHASE II And More

Film4 FrightFest has finally achieved the greatest accolade that can ever be conferred on a genre festival: it was picketed by politely determined Christian fundamentalists, concerned for the souls of all who entered the VUE, Leicester Square.. Here are some... More »
By Anton Bitel   

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch: CHERRY TREE, THE UNFOLDING, NEVER LET GO, And More

So here we go again. FrightFest 2015 will present 76 features (and sundry shorts and special events) spread over six screens in four and a half days. It's the very best - and some of the worst - that (mostly... More »
By Anton Bitel   

The Many Faces Of Michael Ironside

This week, Turbo Kid arrives in cinemas, and it's a blast. A fun and gory throwback to the VHS-video hay-days of the eighties, it is the BMX-based low budget indie companion to Mad Max: Fury Road earlier this year, and... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Destroy All Monsters: Universal's Monster Movies Ate The Summer Of 2015

Earlier this month Universal took the record for the fastest studio to the $2 billion mark (domestically) in any given year. This isn't particularly surprising - Universal has ruled the roost since Furious 7 came out in April, with an... More »
By Matt Brown   

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Anime By Satoshi Kon?

Yesterday, it was five years ago that the great Japanese artist and director Satoshi Kon died of cancer, at the brutally young age of 46. As a big fan of the man and his works, I was devastated when his... More »
By Ard Vijn   

The Many Faces Of Gong Li

In a rather extreme example of belated distribution, Mikael Håfström's Shanghai finally arrives on North American shores. Finished and shown at festivals in 2010 already, people may wonder about the youthful appearances of its killer cast, which includes people like... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Destroy All Monsters: Only What You Take With You

The most important scene in the Star Wars canon is the cave scene on Dagobah. It takes place at almost the precise chronological midpoint of the trilogy, at the heart of the second film. Luke's vision of his own face... More »
By Matt Brown   

Pretty Packaging: 101 Anime's ELFEN LIED Sure Is One Shiny Steelbook

In the struggling market of DVD and Blu-ray distribution, it's always a surprise when you suddenly see a known property appear, released by an unknown company. UK distributor 101 Film has been around for a (little) while, but 101 Anime?... More »
By Ard Vijn   

World War II 70 Years On: Yakusho Koji And Harada Masato Talk THE EMPEROR IN AUGUST

On this day, 70 years ago, emperor Hirohito of Japan announced his country's surrender from the Second World War. Amidst the continued political rhetoric as current prime minister Abe Shinzo and emperor Akihito deliver contrasting speeches on their country's war... More »

The Many Faces Of Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck has been in the news a lot lately, and while his private shenanigans are none of my concern, film-wise the waves he's making seem to bode well for the future. Word from the set of the upcoming Superman... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Destroy All Monsters: What Did Josh Trank Do?

Hollywood has become fond of up-jumping single-credit indie filmmakers (Gareth Edwards, Josh Trank, Marc Webb, Jon Watts) into gargantuan projects (Godzilla, Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, Whatever The Next Spider-Man Reboot Will Be Called). Like everything else Hollywood-related in the... More »
By Matt Brown   

Have Your Say: How Fantastic Are Your FANTASTIC FOUR?

Currently there is a new Fantastic Four film in theaters worldwide, and the word is... I wouldn't even call it mixed. I'm wondering if it could possibly be more hated if Freddy Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard were in the... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Fantasia 2015: Twitch Wraps It Up With Our Reviews And Top Picks

As the 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival came to a close on Thursday, and the awards handed out, the various ink-stained, alcohol-soaked and genre saturated writers lucky enough to be able to party in Montreal for a... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

The Many Faces Of Kevin Bacon

This week sees the general release of John Watts' thriller Cop Car, starring a terrifically creepy Kevin Bacon. And that immediately settled the issue of who to feature in this week's quiz. The man, the meme, the heartthrob, the villain...... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Sundance NextFest 2015 Preview: LA's Most Innovative Fest Ramps Up

You have got to hand it to the good folks at Sundance. As if having the most important festival on the US indie calendar wasn't enough, they go and create one of the most innovative and interesting mini-festivals happening today.... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   

Destroy All Monsters: The "It's Not CGI" Lie

Bless Tom Cruise for clambering up the outside of an escaping cargo plane in the breathless opening minutes of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Bless him, too, for taking to the internet a week or two ago to assure us that... More »
By Matt Brown   

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Ray Harryhausen Film (And/Or Monster)?

Ah, Ray Harryhausen, the ultimate matinee pleasure... I was ten years old when I saw my first Sinbad film of the legendary stop-motion artist, and I was totally hooked. Though obviously fake, his monsters seemed alive, worthy opponents and/or allies... More »
By Ard Vijn   

The Many Faces Of Simon Pegg

Last week brought a new installment in the Mission: Impossible series, and with it a supporting appearance by Simon Pegg. For some time, just after his international breakthrough, it seemed Simon was some kind of superman. Whether you were checking... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Fantastic Fest 2015: Massive First Wave Of Weirdness

WOW. The weirdos over at Fantastic Fest have outdone themselves, and if this first wave of titles is any indication, the 11th annual festival is going to be one of the very best they've put on. Kurt-motherfucking-Russell is attending closing night... More »
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