[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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
As the Berlin International Film Festival world premiere of new Australian western Red Hill fast approaches, the director has sent Twitch the first teaser trailer for the film - which reveals an assured and stunning new directorial debut, visually reminiscent of No Country for... More »
Based on a short story by the iconic Edogawa Rampo - a story adapted to film once already as part of the Rampo Noir anthology - Koji Wakamatsu's Caterpillar will soon be taking a bow in competition at the Berlinale. ... More »
Soon to debut in the Generation section of the Berlinale, the first trailer has arrived for Babak Najafi's Sebbe. The story of a high school boy driven to violence, this looks like a very serious, very powerful treatment of what... More »
When Hungary's Gyorgi Palfi appeared on the international film scene with 2002's Hukkle writers were left straining to find the words to describe his very odd creation. In his best moments Palfi is a curious fusion a raw, visceral realism... More »
Mark my words: If Danish actor Jakob Cedergren continues on his current path it is only a matter of time before he breaks through and becomes a major international star. From fairly humble beginnings on television and playing bit... More »
Netflix is constantly growing in Latin America, and while in Mexico the catalog is still nowhere as big as the North American one, several hotly anticipated TV series, such as Better Call Saul and House of Cards, are greatly helping in order to have more Mexican users. Now Netflix has...
Socrates said, "Know thyself." A more contemporary philosopher from Oklahoma offered, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." Reading many business stories about Hollywood lately, it quickly becomes apparent that few have embraced either the Athenian master or the fine, folksy wisdom of Will Rogers. How else to...
Hollywood's annual pageant of nice dresses and the complex madness of John Travolta went off pretty much as expected - a few less for American Sniper than perhaps I cynically expected, and a few more for Birdman, which ain't Boyhood, but is an off-model enough Best Picture that I can't...
Film Comment Selects, Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual film series that showcases the best films from all corners of the world selected by folks at Film Comment magazine, marks the arrival of spring for New York cinephiles in an otherwise dreadful February/March movie season. This year's selections are as...
"Documentary Fortnight: MoMA's International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media," which screens at the Museum of Modern Art through February 27, once again brings an impressive array of new films, retrospectives, and installations to New York audiences. Two masters of documentary, Stanley Nelson and Barbara Kopple, open and close the...