Miike Takashi's ACE ATTORNEY gets its World Premiere at IFFR Rotterdam!

WHOA!! My anticipation for the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam (which starts in about three weeks time) just skyrocketed. The IFFR just released a press statement listing several world premieres for this year's festival, and while I will write an... More »
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LIFF 2011: FINISTERRAE review

Sometimes, with films, 'individual' means 'too bloody weird for its own good'; less distinguished or distinctive, and more so wrapped up in its own cleverness only the person who dreamt it up can properly appreciate the thing. Finisterrae is a... More »
  

LIFF 2011: AITA review

There've been any number of films where you hear a building is one of the main characters - usually horror - The Shining, the Amityville films - but it's typically a selling point more than anything else. José María de... More »
  

ETRANGE 2011: MEAT (aka VLEES) review

Victor Nieuwenhuijs and Maartje Seyferth's bizarre, chilling little character drama Meat certainly covers all the bases. Nearly every major synonym, metaphor or other interpretation of that one word is in there somewhere. Mostly it seems to be about people who've... More »
  

ETRANGE 2011: THE MILL AND THE CROSS review

Lech Majewski's The Mill and the Cross is odd. More two hours of art appreciation than an conventional film, it tells the story (or possibly a story) of the artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder and what it was that led... More »
  

IFFR 2011: Lee Chang-dong's POETRY review

(Alzheimer's, suicide and gangrape are not worthy of poetry, but their impact on life is.) One of the big treats of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam was having South-Korean director Lee Chang-dong himself introducing his newest movie "Poetry". He... More »
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IFFR 2011: An interview with LEE CHANG-DONG

This year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam there sure was no shortage of great and famous Asian directors present, Shinya Tsukamoto and Kore-eda Hirokazu amongst them. But one of the biggest treats was undeniably that Korean director Lee Chang-dong... More »
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BIFF 2011: 13 ASSASSINS review

Miike Takashi's chanbara flick 13 Assassins will probably strike a lot of people as much more impressive than it really is, if they've never seen a Kurosawa movie, read Lone Wolf & Cub or even missed out on Yôji... More »
  

BIFF 2011: TWO IN THE WAVE review

Beautifully structured and produced, stuffed with satisfying little nuggets of information on the partnership between legendary directors Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, Emmanuel Laurent's Two In The Wave is a great example of how to put together a populist... More »
  

IFFR 2011: COLD FISH review

(Get ready to be sucker-punched with some REAL mysoginy, Grand Guignol-style!) While we have lots of love for Sono Shion here at Twitch, especially after his epic "Love-Exposure" stunned us, his latest film "Cold Fish" has been met with mixed... More »
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IFFR 2011: AARDVARK Review

(Noir is noir, documentary is documentary and never the twain shall meet?) When I started writing for Twitch, I did so under my forum monicker of "Ardvark". Years of being chided for misspelling the word did not stop me using... More »
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BIFF 2011: MEEK'S CUTOFF review

Woe betide anyone who turns up for Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff expecting anything like a typical Western. Languid, spare and dreamlike, other than the setting and the motif of a journey across vast, inhospitable stretches of America there's little else... More »
  

IFFR 2011: ALL YOUR DEAD ONES review

(All Your Dead Are Not Belong To Us...) It hardly seems like a premise that can be mined for entertainment: a Colombian farmer discovers a huge pile of corpses in his field and tries to warn the police. Yet that... More »
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VIVA 2011: EN ASALTANTE (THE MUGGER) review

Pablo Fendrik's En Asaltante (The Mugger) follows in a long-established cinematic tradition - a director kicking his heels while a big-budget production grinds to a halt who ends up shooting something down and dirty on the cheap in the interim.... More »
  

IFFR 2011: An interview with all directors of Kaidan! Tsukamoto! Kore-eda! Ochiai! Lee!

One of the nicest surprises at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this year was that "Kaidan - Horror Classics" had its international premiere screening there. But one of the BIGGEST surprises was that all four Japanese directors had been flown... More »
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IFFR 2011: WASTED YOUTH review

("MALAKA" sounds like an awesome word until you know what it means in Greek...) This year the International Film Festival Rotterdam started with the world première of the Tiger-nominated Greek film "Wasted Youth" by co-directors Jan Vogel and Argyris Papadimitropoulos.... More »
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IFFR 2011: SENSATION review

(spoiler warning: this film does not contain any sex with sheep, and neither does this review) We have mentioned Tom Hall's "Sensation" before here at Twitch. A film about a lonely guy stuck on a sheep farm, who shacks up... More »
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IFFR 2011: Jan Svankmajer's SURVIVING LIFE review!

Present in person at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Jan Svankmajer was honored with a whole exposition dedicated just to him. Not only that: he also showed his full-length feature film "Surviving Life", his first new one after an absence... More »
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IFFR 2011: KAIDAN - HORROR CLASSICS review!

In August of 2010, the Japanese commercial broadcasting station NHK aired a television series of 4 episodes called "Ayashiki Bungô Kaidan". Kaidan are traditional folk stories, most often dealing with ghosts, which can be compared to the Brothers Grimm tales... More »
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IFFR 2011: MASKA review

It is no secret that over here at Twitch we are big fans of Stephen and Timothy Quay, also known as the Quay Brothers. They make films which consist either wholly or partly of inventive, artful stop-motion animation, and which... More »
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