TEARS review

An ageing detective stares retirement in the face, but he's not about to go quietly. He heaps scorn on the naivete his juniors display (he even waterboards one to demonstrate how pointless torture is); he chases petty criminals and... More »
  

Sitges 09: COLD SOULS Review

[Yes, Cold Souls' time has come and gone in North America but with the film screening here at the Sitges Festival now seems a good time to revisit one of the years quiet gems.] A darkly absurd, surreal high concept... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sitges 09: MACABRE Review

[This review originally ran when Indonesian slasher Macabre premiered at PiFan. We're republishing it now with the film having just had its European premiere at Sitges.] The premise is familiar: A van full of friends traveling through the remote countryside... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sitges 09: MUSASHI, THE DREAM OF THE LAST SAMURAI Review

To all of those out there who began to have visions of a full on samurai epic when the heard Ghost In The Shell director Mamoru Oshii had scripted a new animated feature based on the life of legendary swordsman... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantastic Fest 09: PRIVATE EYE Review

[This review originally appeared as part of our PiFan 2009 coverage and re-appears now with the film screening at Fantastic Fest.] it is the early 1900s and Jin-Ho is master of his own destiny. Ignoring the social unrest around... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

TIFF 09: UNDER THE MOUNTAIN Review

Those bemoaning the somewhat overly-sanitary monopoly the folks at Walden currently hold on the world of child and tween oriented fantasy, take heart. Black Sheep director Jonathan King has arrived with his adaptation of popular New Zealand novel - adapted... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantastic Fest 09: MERANTAU Review

[In honor of the North American premiere of Indonesian martial arts film Merantau I'm pulling forward my review of the film from its world premiere at PiFan. The version screened at Fantastic Fest is significantly different from that screened in... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan 09 Review: THE NEIGHBOR ZOMBIE

A huge audience favorite here in PiFan - where it had its world premiere and currently holds an audience rating better than 9 out of 10 - anthology horror film The Neighbor Zombie features a series of short films from... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan 09 Review: NEW TOWN KILLERS

Dumb as a bag of rocks and plagued with plot and logic holes you could drive a truck through, not to mention a wildly cliche and simplistic 'rich man bad, poor kid good' ethos, Richard Jobson squanders some solid technical... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan 09 Review: A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP FOR THE BAD

Though likely too culturally specific to make much of an impact internationally - the Korean audience members frequently reacted to nuances of language and delivery that were completely lost in translation - and showing some of the limitations that can... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan 09 Review: THE BEAST STALKER

A memo to Hong Kong director Dante Lam: Write more scripts. Through the bulk of his career Lam has been a designated second stringer - a reliable but unspectacular director who can be counted on by studios to bring projects... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan 09 Review: THE SHONEN MERIKENSACK

As the writer of Takashi Miike's Zebraman, cult hit Maiko Haaan and his own directorial debut Yaji and Kita, The Midnight Ramblers, multi-talented writer-director-actor-musician Kankuro Kudo has become one of the most visible faces for the sort of manic, extreme... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

PiFan 09 Review: HIGH KICK GIRL

There is an important distinction to be made with Fuyuhiko Nishi's High Kick Girl. As a star vehicle for Rina Takeda - the titular high kicking girl - it's more than adequate. If the goal is simply to serve notice... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
 
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