IFFR 2013 Review: FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY Is Out To Get You

This is the kind of film where "tripping over your own legs" doesn't necessarily mean they're still attached... Richard Raaphorst's debut feature film Frankenstein's Army has its world premiere today at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. And it's about time:... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Fabulous First Trailer For Rotterdam Opener THE RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD

I have no idea what's gotten into the water supply in the Netherlands, but I want some. Though Dutch cinema has long been dominated by pure arthouse offerings there is a new generation of Dutch talent rising who seemingly suckled... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

First Teaser For Nakata's THE COMPLEX Heralds A Return To Form

Having triggered a wave of Japanese horror films with 1998's Ringu it seems like director Nakata Hideo needed a change. You can't blame him, really. After that initial success and later - and, in my opinion, superior - effort Dark... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

IFFR 2013 Full Schedule Released

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR for short) has released its full schedule and started up its online ticket selling for the so-called "Tiger friends," regular visitors with discount passes. The full list can be browsed here and contains many... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

More Mad Doctor In New FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY Stills!

With the World Premiere of Richard Raaphorst's Frankenstein's Army right around the corner at the International Film Festival Rotterdam a pair of new stills have been released from the film. And as was the case with the previous pair of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY And Nakata's COMPLEX To Premiere In Rotterdam!

Frankenstein's Army is poised to invade Rotterdam and it's bringing the latest by Ringu director Nakata Hideo with it. The International Film Festival Rotterdam have announced the first wave of selections in their Bright Future and Spectrum lineups and included... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

THE RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD Opens Rotterdam

An adaptation of his own graphic novel. Guido van Driel's The Resurrection Of A Bastard has been announced as the opening film of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. An old Frisian farmer bent on revenge. A criminal from Amsterdam barely... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

BluRay Review: WEEKEND

When Weekend director Andrew Haigh talks about his film carrying a message for everyone, gay or straight, it's a welcome mission statement. Queer cinema tends to divide opinion like few other genres, not least because at one extreme when it's... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

UK DVD Review: PARKED

If you're going to make a movie that relies heavily on symbolism, you need either a particularly light touch, or to be bold enough about it people get swept away by your vision, no matter how daft it might come... More »
By Matthew Lee   
  

IFFR 2012 Interview: ÓSKAR THÓR AXELSSON Talks BLACK'S GAME

(How to look composed while your high-profile debut film has its world premiere at an international festival, lesson 1...) On Wednesday the 1st of February 2012, the Icelandic crime thriller "Svartur á Leik" aka. "Black's Game" had its world premiere... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: THE HUNTER (the one in Tasmania)

(Question: do you even NEED a story when you have Willem Dafoe and the Tasmanian landscape to look at?) Before you ask: "the one in Tasmania" is not the official tagline for Daniel Nettheim's new film. But it was its... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT

(It's a haunted house story that is... wait for it... BASED ON TRUE EVENTS!!!) Hands up anyone who is surprised when a horror movie these days claims to be based on something that actually happened. For real. It's a tired... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Interview: SHINYA TSUKAMOTO talks KOTOKO

(...and blood and sperm of course, because he is Shinya Tsukamoto after all.) Last year Tsukamoto Shinya visited the International Film Festival Rotterdam as part of a group of directors promoting the excellent "Kaidan: Horror Classics" and Twitch put up... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: KOTOKO

(I see people loving the film and people hating the film, but thankfully they are not the same people...) Shinya Tsukamoto's newest movie "Kotoko" shows a woman whose life is destroyed by her madness-induced hallucinations. A bold view on insanity... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: GRANDMA LO-FI: THE BASEMENT TAPES OF SIGRÍDUR NÍELSDÓTTIR

(Despite what Italian horrorfilms might say, it sometimes does pay to look in a basement...) Every year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam a fun time can be had when the audience ratings are popping up for the first time,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Interview: MIIKE TAKASHI Talks ACE ATTORNEY

(...and blood and sperm of course, because he is Miike Takashi after all.) This year the popular and VERY prolific Japanese director Miike Takashi visited the International Film Festival Rotterdam to present his newest film... well, his newest finished one... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: L

(It's not a prequel to "Z"... I think?) Greek cinema is turning heads lately, scoring points at festivals worldwide, getting awarded left and right and ending up in people's Top-10 lists. This recent wave arguably revolves around the team which... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: BLACK'S GAME

(Guns? Guns? Wee don't need no steenking guns!) This year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam there was an Icelandic entry for the Tiger Awards: director Oskar Thor Axelsson's first feature-length film "Black's Game". Note: you can find an interview... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: A SIMPLE LIFE

(It's a simple story told well. Very well. Very, VERY well.) Director Ann Hui's film "A Simple Life" has reigned supreme at several festivals already, most notably Venice where lead actress Deanie Yip took the big prize and Ann... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: CLIP

(Warning: this film has gross content. GROSS!) Serbia is certainly a country to keep track of film-wise. With a rich tradition of grand, beautiful cinema, an ingrained wry sense of humor and a history that is tragic and eclectic, it... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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