Vancouver 2014 Review: WELCOME TO ME Stokes The Fires Of Disability Discourse

Kristen Wiig has been enjoying a lengthy run of success since leaving Saturday Night Live in 2012. Her humor is punctuated by awkward, uncomfortable stares, or lines delivered with more weight -- loneliness, sadness, regret -- than they seem to... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: LIVE TV Showcases Misogyny And Bad Filmmaking

Found footage horror and digital age social themes combine to disastrous effect in the lamentable and stunningly offensive Live TV, a midnight film at Busan that'll make you wish you'd turned in early. A pair of chauvinistic jackasses record their... More »
  

Sitges 2014 Review: MAGICAL GIRL, Dark, Twisted Magic

Carlos Vermut's second feature Magical Girl recently won the Golden Shell at the a Sebastian Film Festival, as well as best director award, and deservedly so. Fun and disturbing, strange and yet somehow entirely plausible, the film tells the story of... More »
  

Los Cabos 2014: Xavier Dolan To Visit Mexico And Present MOMMY

Canada's enfant terrible Xavier Dolan is set to visit a Mexican film festival for the first time! Los Cabos is the festival that took the cake as it will host the Latin American premiere of Dolan's latest picture, Mommy, with the... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: RED AMNESIA Is Haunted By Forgotten Ghosts

Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle) returns to cap off his so-called legacy trilogy with a film that is one part thriller and one part melodrama. It does not always work, but when it does, it is largely thanks to the incredible... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: TIMING Mixes Overstuffed Narrative And Plain Animation

Popular webtoonist Kang Full has become a big name in Korean film over the last few years following the success of features based on his work, such as BA:BO (2008), Late Blossom (2011), Neighbors (2012), and 26 Years (2012). At... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: Exorcising The Past in HORSE MONEY

Horse Money is astonishingly beautiful in its visual poetry! Pedro Costa, who wanted to capture the life in Lisbon's ghetto area called Fontainhas in the late 90s, made a beautiful film called Bones (Ossos). During the shoot, he saw much... More »
  

New York 2014: ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA And The Importance of Preservation

Post-production wiz, Walter Murch, in his book, In The Blink of An Eye, devotes a chapter to what he refers to as a film's DNA. He essentially says that a film can only be what it was meant to be,... More »
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Busan 2014 Review: SOCIALPHOBIA Effectively Blends Social Agenda And Genre Tropes

The Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) returns to Busan with Socialphobia, a new work that is equal parts social drama and murder mystery. Examining the disruptive effect of communication in the digital era within a society where the slightest... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: PARTNERS IN CRIME, A Subversive, Stylish Murder Mystery

Partners In Crime is the latest film from Taiwanese director Jung-chi Chang (Touch of the Light), and, like his previous features, he again taps into a superbly realized gen Y narrative. The film is directed with complete confidence. Right from... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: DOES CUCKOO CRY AT NIGHT, A Simple But Well Told Parable

Playing alongside the 50-odd new Korean films playing at Busan this year is a retrospective of the work of Jung Jin-woo, a prolific director and producer active from the 1960s to the 80s. Known as a purveyor of social melodramas... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: In MISUNDERSTOOD, A Little Girl Contends With A Family From Hell

Leo Tolstoy famously opened his classic novel Anna Karenina with this statement: "Happy families are all alike. But all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way." You'd be hard pressed to find a family much unhappier than the one... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: THE PRINCESS OF FRANCE, Matias Pineiro's Beguiling Riff On Shakespeare

The Princess of France is Argentine director Matías Piñeiro's third entry in his series of Shakespeare-inspired films, which he calls his "Shakespearead." The first two of these were his 43-minute short Rosalinda (2011), inspired by "As You Like It," and... More »
  

Sitges 2014 Review: [REC4] Is Still Fun But Overly Familar

It's certainly been a while, but the Sitges Film Festival and its audience hasn't forgotten about REC and the impression it left in its 2007 edition. The film, co-directed by Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró won the best director and... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Dispatch: Tal Zimmerman And Nicolas Kleiman Talk At The WHY HORROR? World Premiere

Feratum hosted the world premiere of the documentary Why Horror? on Friday, October 3. Argentinean co-director Nicolas Kleiman and Canadian star Tal Zimmerman attended the screening and witnessed the very warm reception their film got with the Mexican audience. They... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Dispatch: Film Awards Announced

The closing/awards ceremony of Feratum 2014 took place on Saturday, October 4 at the Cenobio Paniagua theater. Both Juan Mora Catlett and Alfonso Arau were honored during the event, before one member of the jury took the stage to announce... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: It's The Trip, Not The Destination, In INHERENT VICE

P. T. Anderson faithfully adapts Thomas Pynchon's most accessible novel, the zaniest surf noir, Inherent Vice. It is also the first time he's worked with a large ensemble cast since Magnolia. The result is often hilarious, a laborious snapshot of... More »
  

Vancouver 2014 Review: THE GOLDEN ERA Hits All Of Its Marks

The Golden Era follows the (tragically short) life of one of China's most celebrated female writers, Xiao Hong (portrayed by Tang Wei), in typically lavish period-biopic fashion. On an aesthetic level, the film is gorgeously realized by director Ann Hui,... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: WILD FLOWERS Wilts After A Bristling Start

The lives of aimless youths at the bottom of the social ladder are the focus of Wild Flowers, a bleak look into teenage destitution in the streets and back alleys of Seoul. Uncompromising in its focus and brisk in its... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Dispatch, Day 1 & 2: WHY HORROR?, Mexican Selection, And More

For the second year in a row, I'm in Tlalpujahua, Michoacán covering the Feratum Film Fest for Twitch. Thursday, October 2 was the first day of the third edition of this Mexican genre festival and it kicked off for... More »
  
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