Melbourne 2015 Review: Sebastian Silva Proves He's The NASTY BABY

Based on a true story (very loosely), Silva's latest film Nasty Baby is a completely misdirected comedy drama about a gay hipster couple, artist Freddy (Silva himself) and Mo (Tunde Adebimpe) who reside in Brooklyn and are trying to... More »
  

Melbourne 2015 Review: HOLDING THE MAN Explores Doomed Love Delicately

From Neil Armfield, the director of doomed addict romance Candy, comes his latest, also doomed romance Holding The Man. Another adaptation, this time based on the life memoirs of Timothy Conigrave and his epic love for partner John Caleo.... More »
  

Melbourne 2015 Review: SPEED SISTERS, A Slick And Slight Delight

Speed Sisters is a slick and entertaining documentary about a group of obsessed and undermined women who compete professionally in the West Bank rally race circuit. Providing a point of view that is strictly and politically feminine, the film surprisingly... More »
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: Sono Sion's TAG, Sure There Are Lots Of Japanese Girls In It, But...

Sono Sion's Tag opens with two busloads of Japanese school girls on a trip. It's all soft focus sweetness and light until the buses are attacked by an unseen force - literally a killer wind - and shy teen Mitsuko... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: DARK PLACES, An Affecting Autopsy Of The 1980s Satanic Panic

1985. In a rural community of Kansas there was a young teenager named Ben Day (Tye Sheridan channelling Ezra Miller) who was very into the punk rock outfit The Misfits. He filled his sketchbooks with black-inked antichrist art, and was accused... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Durban 2015 Review: THE SHORE BREAK Tries To Stem The Tide, But Only Time Will Tell

The 36th Durban International Film Festival in South Africa has wrapped its annual showcase of international film, with this year's menu providing distinctly more African fare under the new directorship of Pedro Pimenta.  South African documentary The Shore Break is... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: CRUMBS Finds Ethiopia In Tarkovsky's Zone

Ethiopian post-apocalypse dystopian fairy tale Crumbs has a decaying handsomeness to match its unique vision. It has a confident and accomplished auteur unwillingness for either pandering or traditionally pleasing its audience, while simultaneously offering an archetypal hero-journey tale. If features an optimistic message... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

BiFan 2015 Review: DEADMAN INFERNO Pits Iconic Aikawa Sho Against The Undead

Director and comedian Hiroshi Shinagawa has focused his film career on mining the drama, and subsequent comedy found in the relationships between partners and prospective teammates. Debut feature Drop followed a juvenile delinquent group, Manzai Gang features similarly unruly youths... More »
  

Interview: Oscar Winner Morgan Neville Talks BEST OF ENEMIES And More

Chatting with Oscar winning documentarian Morgan Neville makes one believe that the guy could probably tell just about any story and make you want to be a part of it. With decades of experience covering a wide range of... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: SHINJUKU SWAN, Sono's Glossy Yakuza Melodrama

The famous Shinjuku District in Tokyo is Times Square, The Vegas Strip and Magnificent Mile rolled into one (and multiplied by a hundred) is ward of so much light there is not an inch of darkness on the pavement, but... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: Much Love for Sono's LOVE & PEACE

It's fair to say my appreciation for the films of Sono Sion runs hot and cold. I was hot on Cold Fish, a near perfect blend of raw, visceral violence both emotional and physical, all told through a narrative... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

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 »
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: TALES OF HALLOWEEN, A Pumpkin-Flavored Love Letter From Hell

Horror anthologies have made a pretty healthy comeback in the last few years; some are ok, some are regrettable, and some have awesome production values as well as good stories, such as Tales Of Halloween, which sold out its world... More »
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: FATAL FRAME Has No Shortage Of Beautiful Images

Oh J-Horror! It has been years since you were worth my cinematic time. From your heyday in the late 1990s -- Ringu, Dark Water, Ju-On and Pulse -- to Sono Sion putting a very sharp fork into you in the mid-aughts with Exte:... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

THE LISTING: Watch The Trailer For Luke Jaden's Fantasia Selected Short

Fresh from the film's premiere at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal, Twitch is proud to present the trailer for Luke Jaden's horror short The Listing. Jaden is no stranger to these pages, the remarkably prolific young writer-director - I believe... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Deepa Mehta Turns To Guns And Crime In First Trailer For Her BEEBA BOYS

Guns and drugs and blood may not be the first things that spring to mind when thinking of acclaimed Canadian director Deepa Mehta but she's setting out to change that with her upcoming effort Beeba Boys. A crime story revolving... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Tokyo International Film Festival Announces Huge MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM Retrospective

Last year's Tokyo International Film Festival demonstrated its new focus on the world of animation by screening a sizable retrospective of the works of Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Anno Hideaki. The event showcased many of the director's classics, including debut series... More »
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE, Where Death Smells Like Watermelon!

It was not looking good my friends. A couple of us just got out of our last screening for the day at Fantasia and were about to hoof it down to a local comedy club for the first ever international... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Frontières 2015: Works-In-Progress Features Werefrogs, Crabs, The Apocalypse And A Woman In A Shower

The Works-In-Progress series at Frontières is always a good time because these are the films that are coming down the pipe in the not too distant future. These are the films to keep an eye out for in the coming year... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Frontières 2015: Takeaways From This Year's Pitch Sessions

There were a lot of great ideas presented at this year's Pitch Sessions during the opening day of the Frontières International Co-Production Market. It was a full morning of nineteen presentations from filmmakers both local and international. Unfortunately for Serbian filmmaker... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  
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