Rotterdam 2016: What The Audiences Liked Best

(Critics, schmitics... ) Last weekend saw the end of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam, and all prizes were awarded. And while critic prizes are interesting (though often unfathomable), my favorite prize is always the Audience Award. Which films were... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: What Does God Need With A Starship?

Not having gotten much out of the Coens' Ex Machina (Hail, Caesar!) over the weekend -- how wry is too wry, I asked myself? -- I started hunting and pecking for other representations of the divine on film. Not being... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: If You Were Getting One Film-related Tattoo, What Would It Be?

Ah, tattoos. Some are ugly, some are gobsmackingly beautiful. Me, I don't have any. Mother nature has seen fit to adorn the canvas which covers me with a wide variety of birthmarks, lumps and hairs, and frankly I'm worried about... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

70s Rewind: THE LAST DETAIL, Jack Nicholson At His Finest

What's extraordinary about The Last Detail is how ordinary it is. Three sailors on a road trip. In an era replete with road trips. And a time when military characters in movies were most often objects of ridicule or pity.... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Twitchvision: Sundance 2016 - THE BIRTH OF A NATION, SWISS ARMY MAN, OPERATION AVALANCHE, And More

A few days after the end of the Sundance Film Festival, but here at last are the latest Twitchvision posts, talking Swiss Army Man, Operation Avalanche, Manchester By the Sea, Birth Of A Nation and more.... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2016: Wrap It Up

Sundance is all wrapped up and we've links to all of our reviews and features below plus some wrap up style questions. Check it out below. As many of you know, the Sundance 2016 experience will be remembered by the... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Gay Or Straight, Finn/Poe Matters

Like most fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I found the relationship between John Boyega's Finn and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron to be one of the film's most charming aspects. As soon as they'd uttered their enthusiastically mutual "nice... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite 21st Century Western?

Last week, Jane Got a Gun premiered, and both Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight are still on their world tours. The so-called "westerns" are no longer as rare as they used to be. Clearly, that genre is currently decades... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

HumanSide Podcast: Director Heath Cozens Talks DOGLEGS

Welcome to HumanSide, the podcast that looks at the human side of pop culture. This episode offers an early peek at Chicago's own Music Box Theatre 70mm Film Festival, taking place February 19 to March 10. I also review a couple of... More »
By Dave Canfield   
  

Black Bodies In White Hands: On MORRIS FROM AMERICA

Let me set a scene for you. A few years back at a party for filmmakers one white filmmaker who has written and directed a critically acclaimed film with black leads says to another who has done the same:... More »
  

Critical Distance: A TRANSPARENT Look At MOZART IN THE JUNGLE

The sophomore slump poses a very real danger to critically-praised creative debuts. On the small screen, all one needs to do is point to HBO's True Detective, a show that dissolved into frustrating nothingness during its second season. Divorced from... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

The Many Faces Of Dustin Hoffman

This week, Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh's Kung Fu Panda 3 enters cinemas. I'm actually looking forward to seeing it, as the first two turned out to be a lot better than initially anticipated. And though I'm not always a... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: THE X FILES Was Never About Aliens

The tenth-season premiere of The X Files (wheee!!) opens with a rather spectacular reenactment of the famed UFO crash in a valley in New Mexico in 1947, the alien disc skittering out of control like an affluenza teen's Porsche on... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: Which Festival Fever Do You Favor?

As I write this, Slamdance 2016 is on its finishing lap, Sundance 2016 is in full swing and making headlines, Rotterdam 2016 starts tomorrow, and mere days after that one we get this year's Berlinale. And no doubt there are... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Jet Li

We do have scoops now and then, and the news that Jet Li would be joining the third xXx film (re-starring Vin Diesel) was one of those occasions. That news has now been corroborated, so with Jet Li in mind,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Sundance 2016 Preview: Premieres, Spotlight & More

Get thee to Park City! The Sundance Film Festival kicks off tonight. So far we've previewed the US Narrative, World Narrative, and NEXT competitions, taken a tour of the US Docu, World Docu and Docu Premieres, and checked in on... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Slamdance 2016 Preview: TwitchFilm's Top Picks

Tomorrow, the Slamdance Film Festival returns to the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah for its 22nd edition. Chock full of indie gumption and DIY brass from across the globe, the "For filmmakers by filmmakers" festival features a film... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Sundance 2016 Preview: Every Film Playing At Midnight

You asked for it, now you get it. It's Sundance Film Festival time again and we're here to take you through each and every film playing in the Midnight section. Don't forget to check out our earlier preview of the... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Slamdance 2016 Preview: Meet The Filmmakers, Part 2

On Monday, we introduced you to a slew of first-time feature filmmakers from the 22nd Slamdance Film Festival, taking place in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, January 22nd-28th,We continue today with a fresh batch of filmmaker Q&As... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Thanks, Charlie Kaufman, But I Just Can't Do This Any More

How did you spend Blue Monday? Myself, I went to see yet another razor-sharp thought experiment in the inescapable universality of human misery by that living, breathing avatar of same, Charlie Kaufman. The film is called Anomalisa, and though I... More »
By Matt Brown   
  
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