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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
**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 »
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 »
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 »
Earlier this month, as part of the Stanley Kubrick exhibit and retrospective at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, visual effects wizard Douglas Trumbull was in town to demo his proof-of-concept film for his next generation high-frame-rate presentation format, MAGI. Sort of a digital, 3-D, HFR replacement for Trumbull's venerated (but never...
Douglas Fairbanks, "the first King of Hollywood", is today remembered as the star of numerous silent swashbuckling epics, including The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers and Robin Hood. However, he attained the popularity and industry clout to get such projects off the ground (which were out-of-favour with the public...
(All In Good Time, or: just how stellar was Interstellar?) By now Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has been orbiting most of the world in wide release for a week, and it sure has left its mark. It's raking in money, although its international haul is noticeably more stellar than its US-based...
The Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival is taking place in Toronto this week (November 10-15). Its purpose only seems to be becoming more vital. I don't think we've arrived at the watershed moment on the public conversation around mental illness, addiction, and treatment issues yet, but it feels like it's...
This week's edition of Latin Beat gets right to the point, as Eric Ortiz Garcia reports on music doc A Band Called Death opening in Mexico -- I agree, it's a sharply-made documentary, worth seeking out -- and Jaime Grijalba Gomez reports from Chile on Allende en su laberinto, which opens...