BOMBAY BEACH Review

Salton Sea, a salt-water lake in the middle of the deserts of California, used to be the place to be several decades ago. Nowadays, it stands as a testament as to how time diffuses luster. The once pristine beaches that... More »
By Oggs Cruz   
  

Berlin 2011: ELITE SQUAD 2 Review

[With Elite Squad 2 now screening in Berlin it seems time to revisit Ryland Aldrich's earlier review.] Jose Padilha's 2007 hit Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite) turned heads by winning the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival -... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Berlin 2011: GANDU (ASSHOLE) Review

[With Q's Gandu now screening in Berlin it seems a good time to revisit my previous review.]Bold, energetic and by turns both deliberately vulgar and sharply incisive, Kolkata based director Q is sure to turn heads with Gandu - a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Berlin 2011: CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS 3D Review

[With Werner Herzog's Cave Of Forgotten Dreams now screening in Berlin it seems a good time to revisit Dustin Chang's previous review.]This History Channel funded Werner Herzog's foray into 3D filmmaking is a pretty straightforward documentary. Only it's in 3D.... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Berlin 2011: STOOL PIGEON Review

[With Dante Lam's Stool Pigeon screening in Berlin, now seems a good time to revisit James Marsh's earlier review.]Dante Lam returns to the mean streets of Kowloon once more for a gritty police thriller centred on a particularly troubled cop... More »
By James Marsh   
  

LIFF 2010: KOSMOS review

Reha Erdem's brilliant Kosmos is strange in a way few films beyond experimental cinema ever manage to be. The story of a visitor to a lonely, insular Turkish city and how the people there react to him, it's not... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

Sitges 2010: WELCOME TO THE SPACE SHOW Review

Following a delirious prologue featuring alien poachers locked in deadly combat with a bad-ass entity of pure fire, Koji Masunari's animated feature Welcome to the Space Show innocently begins with a group of children being dropped off at rural summer camp. It... More »
By Peter K.   
  

Sitges 2010: BLOOD RIVER Review

[Adam Mason's Blood River has walked a difficult path from production to release and so, with the film now screening at the Sitges Film Festival, I re-present now the review I wrote for the picture roughly two and a half... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

ONE DAY review

Hou Chi-Jan's One Day has to be one of the most beautifully deceptive movies of the past few years. While it starts out like the archetypal slow, elliptic Taiwanese coming-of-age narrative, it slips into something far stranger, moving, unsettling,... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

Fantastic Fest 2010: Gallants

Martial artists Dragon [Chen Kuan-Tai] and Tiger [Leung Siu-Lung] run a local teahouse. They operate it in the absence of their master, Master Law [Teddy Robin], who's been in a coma since a legendary duel some years back. Cheung, a... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

TIFF Review: TALE 52

An elliptical reality bender that will require multiple viewings to even begin unraveling what is real and what is not Greek psycho-thriller Tale 52 prominently features a quote from cult writer Philip K. Dick in its promotional materials. "Reality",... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

TIFF Review: CHOCOLATE

A word of advice: try and approach Ong Bak director Prachya Pinkaew’s Chocolate - his new martial arts film starring female lead “Jeeja” Vismistananda – as pure spectacle. On that level it is truly astounding. Go in expecting significant... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

FANTASIA: DARK FLOORS Review

Yes, the fear is here. Dark Floors - the Finnish horror film conceived and created as a starring vehicle for Finnish metal act Lordi - just hit screens in its native country and is making its market debut here... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

FANTASIA: LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Review

Tomas Alfredson’s Let The Right One In is a film difficult to summarize not because of its content but because of the way Alfredson handles that content. The story of a vampire befriending a twelve year old boy, a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

FANTASIA: JACK BROOKS MONSTER SLAYER Review

Being a plumber just got a whole lot more violent. Jack Brooks has got an anger problem, and why not? His girlfriend's a nag, he's stuck taking night classes, his van's barely running, and there's also the little matter... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review Of Yoji Yamada's KABEI (OUR MOTHER)

**Malaysian filmmaker Yasmin Ahmad guest-reviews Yoji Yamada's Kabei, which she caught at the 58th Berlinale this year. She was there as a jury member for the Generations section, the category in which her Mukhsin won two prizes last year. Yasmin... More »
By The Visitor   
  

EFM: FIGHTER Review

With global martial arts fans all worked into a lather over Prachya Pinkaew’s upcoming female starring fight flick Chocolate very little attention has been paid to other parts of the world. Case in point: Natasha Arthy’s Danish kung fu... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

EFM: LA SENAL Review

Argentina's Ricardo Darin was born to do noir. Battered and weathered he has that classic look about him, the look of a man who would rather do than speak, the look of a man who conceals unseen depths just... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
 
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