I should say right off the top that I am automatically skeptical of any film that aims to be cutting edge in terms of technology and the way kids are using it today. The reason is simple enough. Technology changes.... More »
[Updated with English subtitled trailer]Soon to have it's international premiere in Berlin, Ole Giæver's intimate drama The Mountain (Fjellet) is sure to draw attention for its stunning landscapes as much as anything else.The story of a grief stricken pair of... More »
With the Berlinale just around the corner the remaining titles from the competition lineup have been announced, among them Michel Ocelot's Les Contes De La Nuit - the feature adaptation of his television series Dragons And Princesses. Find the complete... More »
Only a few days after we posted about Park Chan-Wook's short film shot with an iPhone, a trailer popped up on Youtube, but it was only brought to my attention at this moment, so I pass it on to... More »
The complete lineup for the Forum program at the 2011 Berlinale has been announced and it's an interesting mix of newcomers and familiar names. On the familiar side Richard Ayoade's Submarine, Dante Lam's The Stool Pigeon and Jeff Nichols' Take... More »
If you're wondering when you're going to be able to see either of Canadian director Justin McConnell's most recent films, The Collapsed and Skull World, hopefully it will be soon as both films have been picked up by local outfit... More »
Vishal Bhardwaj and Priyanka Chopra's new black widow thriller 7 Khoon Maaf keeps getting more and more intriguing. I posted the trailer here a week or so ago, and just a couple of days ago the official website went live... More »
Soon to premiere in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival is Michael Roskam's Bullhead (Rundskop), a dark drama set in the world of illegal agricultural hormone trading. Shot by frequent Koen (Ex Drummer) Mortier collaborator Nicolas Karakatsanis there... More »
Though it slipped past us somehow the 2011 Berlin Film Festival released the first block of titles from their Panorama section yesterday and there are some very familiar names in there, among them Ryoo Seung-Wan's The Unjust, Jorge Padilha's Elite... More »
It's all been a bit quiet from Griff the Invisible since the Aussie boutique superhero film had its world premiere at Toronto in September, with the filmmakers biding their time before its homeland release early next year.Now they've come out full guns blazing,... More »
To say that the early buzz around the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit is positive is a bit of an understatement. The reality is that people - lots of them - are saying that this is one of the... More »
The 2010 Australian genre revolution is roaring along, with news of yet another film picked up by major North American distributors.Red Hill, the Ryan Kwanten-starring modern western that made waves at Berlin, has just been bought by Sony Pictures for... More »
Let me clear about this right up front. I am not a fan of Gerard Depardieu and I never have been. I'm not sure whether it's something about his acting style or the projects he chooses but there is generally... More »
Fresh off its premiere at the 2010 Berlinale, an English subtitled trailer has arrived for Russian arctic drama How I Ended This Summer. There looks to be a bit of an edge to this one but I'm not certain just... More »
[Updated with a better quality version of the image and a brief synopsis]We knew Love Exposure director Sion Sono would be doing his next feature as part of Nikkatsu's Sushu Typhoon line but beyond that details were sketchy in the... More »
It's the curse of the film market. After four solid days of seeing not a single film that I truly loved at the European Film Market - a discouraging experience when you're packing in four or five screenings a day... More »
Japan had a rather good year at this year's Berlin Film Festival with titles scattered throughout all programs. Turning up in the youth-oriented section was Koji Masunari's Welcome To The Space Show, a family friendly sci-fi adventure that reunited Masunari... More »
No, it's not a formal trailer for Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist just yet but with the film premiering in Berlin, festival organizers put together a reel made up of footage from the film cut together with interview footage of Chomet... More »
One of the great surprises of 2008 was the emergence of Chile's Pablo Larrain, a director who burst onto the international scene with his stunning sophomore film Tony Manero. The story of a serial killer obsessed with the titular John... More »
Yes, you read that headline right. Quentin Dupieux's Rubber features an angry psychic tire as its protagonist, a tire rolling through the desert wreaking steel-belted vengeance by psychically exploding the heads of anyone it doesn't particularly like. That this would... More »
This week's entry of New To Netflix continues with more time travel. Cinema itself is kind of a time machine, so watch as I contort this notion. Transporting us back to a time and place, or at least an idea of such. Peter Chan's sumptuous Dragon (aka Wu Xia) uses time to...
We need celebrities like medieval peasants needed kings and queens. Not to rule over us or impose taxes; but to offer us a tantalizingly distant glimpse into a glittering world wholly not our own, but of a piece with our own. The version of the universe where we won and...
Whether you're new to Italian horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria) or a seasoned fan, this excellent montage/essay put together by Belgian directing team Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet (Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) is essential viewing. Also in today's Euro Beat, Cahiers du Cinema highlights the best...
It was already a good show, one of the best new broadcast TV series of the year. And then Joe Carnahan blew up The Blacklist, directing and co-writing an episode that was bloodier, more urgent, and more painful than anything that had come before. James Spader, who emerged in the...
While the United States is wrapped up warm celebrating Thanksgiving with its nearest and dearest - that one holiday that no one outside of America really understands or cares about - Team Twitch again casts fresh eyes over some overlooked gems of world cinema. This month, by sheer coincidence, proves a...