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 »
By Matthew Lee   
  

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 »
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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 »
By Matthew Lee   
  

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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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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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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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