IFFR 2013 Review: THE COMPLEX Gives A Decent Fright

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is no longer the go-to event in The Netherlands when it concerns genre films from Asia. When the IFFR abolished its "Rotterdammerung" section, that honor went to the IMAGINE festival in Amsterdam and Camera Japan... More »
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IFFR 2013 Review: ODAYAKA Dives Beneath the Surface of Polite Japanese Society

This year the International Film Festival Rotterdam brought its visitors two Japanese features that, like the countless others that have already been made about it, just seemed to explore the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster from March 11,... More »
  

IFFR 2013 Review: Johnnie To's DRUG WAR Is Here To Wake Us All Up

(Johnnie To is the drug for me...) The International Film Festival Rotterdam has a great reputation for including loads of Asian content in its catalogue each year. The modified line-ups of recent years have not changed this, although the big... More »
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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 »
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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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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IFFR 2012 Review: HISTÓRIAS QUE SÓ EXISTEM QUANDO LEMBRADAS

(In English that means "Stories Which Only Exist When Remembered") A few years back there was an article here on Twitch about movies which were slow enough to put you to sleep yet were meditative rather than boring (a link... More »
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IFFR 2012 Review: ACE ATTORNEY leads the witnesses!

("Strictly speaking, did this film need to be so extremely over-the-to..." "OBJECTION!!") One of the happy surprises of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam was a visit by the prolific and beloved Japanese director Miike Takashi. The IFFR and Miike... 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 »
  
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