Now On Blu-ray: JP Simon's PIECES On Blu Looks Better Than Could Have Been Imagined

One of my first DVD reviews here at TwitchFilm was for the Arrow Video DVD release of Juan Piquer Simon's Pieces. At the time I was a virgin to the wonder of this incredibly bizarre and impossibly entertaining piece of... More »
By Charlie Hobbs   
  

Review: CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY Should Have Stayed Hidden

In regards to this Netflix original, setting the bar impossibly low barely helped tolerate the arduous two-part viewing experience of this martial-arts mess. Sullying Ang Lee’s beautiful vision of the vintage source material, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny... More »
  

Now On Blu-ray: PRAY FOR DEATH, THE MUTILATOR And SHEBA, BABY From Arrow Video

Arrow Video continues its assault on pocketbooks on both sides of the Atlantic with its latest releases. We've taken a look at three of their recent Blu-ray discs for you. First up is Gordon Hessler's early '80s ninja classic, Pray... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Glasgow FrightFest 2016 Review: PANDEMIC, A Bleak If Derivative Viral Apocalypse

"Just try to think of it as a game. It'll help." This is the unnamed Gunner (Mekhi Phifer) speaking to his unit's new doctor Lauren Chase (Rachel Nichols), as he describes the best mental attitude to adopt while beating people from their moving... More »
By Anton Bitel   
  

Glasgow FrightFest 2016 Review: ANGUISH Is Two Films In One Body

A mother Sarah (Karina Logue) and her teenaged daughter Lucy (Amberley Gridley) are out driving. "It's not fair!" complains Lucy, upset about the boundaries being imposed on her adolescent conduct. This leads Sarah to cite the traditional saying amongst the... More »
By Anton Bitel   
  

Review: JACK OF THE RED HEARTS Means Well, But Falls Flat

It's not easy to make a film about a particular issue prevelant in society - be it an illness, a social problem, a political situation - and make it dramatically interesting. This is especially true if the issue is one... More »
  

Review: GODS OF EGYPT, Unworthy Of Praise

More video game than movie, the primary positive takeaway from the new digitally-driven mythology-based Gods of Egypt would have to be, as the uneducated gamers often refer to cinematic visual effects, “good graphics.” This is irritating sand in the eye... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Review: THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON, For Those Who Stare Into The Sky And Wonder

Initially more of a hagiography than a documentary, The Last Man on the Moon gradually expands beyond its worshipful stance to examine the U.S. space program and, in particuar, the contributions of the titular astronaut. The U.S. space program in... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

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   
  

Review: TRIPLE 9, An Accomplished Potboiler

"The monster has gone digital," warns Woody Harrelson in a fashion that only Mr. Harrelson can. As a bedraggled detective cleaning up the mess of a bank manager whose vault was just not only breached in a daylight heist, but... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

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   
  

Review: THE MERMAID (MEI REN YU) Proves Stephen Chow's Still Got It, Even Behind The Camera

There are very few Hong Kong movie stars bigger than Stephen Chow. Even though Chow's last starring role was in 2008, he remains one of east Asia's biggest cultural exports, second only to Jackie Chan. While Chan continues to take... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Berlinale 2016 Review: WE ARE NEVER ALONE Delivers A Powerful, Harrowing And Way Too Vivid Parable

Petr Václav, the Czech filmmaker living and working in France, returns to the theme of racial discrimination already addressed in his feature debut Marian (1996). Prejudice based on race persists as a hot topic in the Czech Republic, attracting ever... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Review: Zulawski's COSMOS Is A Wordy Madcap Comedy That Tries To Make Sense Of It All

Andrzej Zulawski lost his battle with cancer last week, adding his name to mounting number of cultural icons who passed away this year. His death came as a shock especially to New York cinephiles, who's been waiting patiently for the... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Berlinale 2016 Review: KIKI Knows It's Sexy

Billed as a sort of follow-up to Jennie Livingston's Paris Is Burning, Sara Jordenö's debut feature takes us back to the heart of the New York's ballroom scene - only this time the director casts her lens over a very specific... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  

Review: MIRUTHAN, Kollywood's First Zombie Film Is A Perfect Indian Horror Concoction

In India, horror films have typically been the red-headed stepchild that no one really talks about. Yes, there are some great b-movies from the '70s and '80s, but the mainstream has largely ignored the genre as inconsistent with the studios'... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: NEERJA Is The Story Of A Heroic Woman Told With Grace And Humanity

On September 5th, 1986 during a stopover In Karachi, New York bound Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. This airliner, packed to the gills with 379 passengers and crew, was then held hostage for 17 hours by... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

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   
  

Review: A WAR, A Classic No-Win Scenario

Battles are never won; at best, they are only survived. In each of his first three films, writer/director Tobias Lindholm has tackled familiar subjects; each film has also featured Pilou Asbaek in the lead role. Lindholm collaborated with Michael Noer... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Berlinale 2016 Review: GENIUS Proves That Not All Talent Translates

Elvis Costello famously quipped, "writing about music is like dancing about architecture", and while I hardly agree with the overall sentiment -- if I did, I wouldn't exactly be doing this -- his point is well taken. Success in... More »
By Ben Croll   
  
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