Imagine 2014 Review: YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON 3D

(You WILL believe a man can fly, provided he jumps hard and adds enough corkscrews in mid-air...) One of the great things of film festivals is that they sometimes allow you a rare chance to experience foreign films as they... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Distrital 2014 Review: THE HAMSTERS Defines A Dysfunctional Family

The Hamsters (Los Hámsters) is the thesis film of CCC student Gilberto González Penilla. Right from the beginning, you understand what the director is trying to achieve with it, as he makes you look at an average Mexican family during... More »
  

Udine 2014 Review: BILOCATION, A Surprisingly Intriguing But Messy Psycho-Thriller

Even though it has most of the ingredients of a typical J-horror, Bilocation spices up a slightly worn-out formula with material that would otherwise be reserved for other genres, and instead of relying on overused plot devices, controls the narrative with thought-provoking... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE SALT OF THE EARTH Celebrates Photographic Art

There are a few titans of narrative cinema - Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee come first to mind - who make documentaries that rival their feature film work. Another example is Werner Herzog, a filmmaker whose non-fiction films are still... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: WHITE GOD Unleashes The Hounds Of Allegory

Doggedly heavy on allegory, the film by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó's White God (Fehér Isten) has a relatively simple premise - beware the comeuppance for those that treat badly those they believe to be inferior.At its heart, the film plays... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE INCIDENT (EL INCIDENTE) Is One Of The Most Intriguing Mexican Films Of The Year

In what it feels like the scene with the most personal dialog during the first half of Isaac Ezban's The Incident (El Incidente), the agonizing character of Amores Perros' Humberto Busto shares his thoughts about life in general. "Life is... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE ROVER Drives A Steady Course

The Rover is a slow burn Western, a film with brief explosions of violence that are interspersed along a dry, dusty narrative landscape.Directed by Animal Kingdom's David Michôd, there's a cold, calculating air to the film that may put off... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: Soviet Hockey Movie RED ARMY Scores Big

The film opens with Viacheslav Fetisov in a crisp suit, taking a phone call. An exasperated director asks questions, while "Slava" stares at his phone, ignoring the interruption. It's as if a czar has been interrupted mid-bite at his feast.... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: FOXCATCHER Is Captivating, Rewarding

John Eleuthère du Pont, one of the heirs to the vast Du Pont fortune, had it all it seemed. Wealth almost beyond measure, he studied and wrote on ornithology and was an avid philatelist, having paid at the time a... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE BLUE ROOM, A Surreal And Engaging Noir Thriller

While most film audiences outside France will recognize Mathieu Amalric as the villain from Quantum of Solace, he's been directing films in addition to his great acting work for more than twenty years in his native country. HIs last feature,... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: THE SEARCH, A Solid Lob Right Down The Middle

Somebody remind Michel Hazanavicius that he already has the Oscar. Because it seems that the raison d'être for the French director's multi-lingual, morally hectoring war drama is solely to add some weight to his effervescent filmography. To bolster his standing as... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2014 Review: WILD TALES Is Wicked Fun

I've seen some of the best (and worst) films out of twenty years of doing festivals by seeing that random film that fits between two scheduled other screenings. Sometimes it works (it's how I discovered a love for Kim Ki-Duk,... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: Action Thriller THE TARGET Misses the Mark

Normally we read about which new Korean thriller has had its remake rights snatched up by a Hollywood studio (news which invariably leads to a fervent chorus of opposition among Korean film fans) but these days we're starting to see... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: SELF MADE, Funny, Savage, And Smart

Shira Geffen made a splash in 2007 with her debut Jellyfish, a film she co-directed with her husband, writer Etgar Keret. This time Geffen is going solo, and though she may not have many credits on her resume, her confidence... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2014 Review: Xavier Dolan's MOMMY Delights

With Mommy, Xavier Dolan, at the age of 25, solidifies himself in the pantheon of great directors. It may sound hyperbolic, but the film features an explosive freshness, a delicate balance between humour and tragedy that's simply intoxicating. Mommy is a beautifully realized... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: LOST RIVER, Or Ryan Gosling's Memorably Weird Thesis Film

The answer to the question can Ryan Gosling direct is a resounding 'Sort of.' Lost River is an unwieldy mess of a film, all over the place, scatterbrained, entropic. You could even go so far as to call it an... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2014 Review: GIRLHOOD Challenges Expectations From Its Very First Moments

Girlhood (Bande des Filles) quite literally kicks off to a running start. In the first second in the very first shot, a rush of decked-out football players come hurtling head-on directly at the camera. Backed by thumping, synth-heavy electropop, we follow... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2014 Review: In THE WONDERS, The Stings of Adolescence

The Wonders (Le meraviglie) is a poetic realist portrait of painful adolescence. Director Alice Rohrwacher tells a slight coming of age tale infused with melancholy, hardship but not without a sense of beauty. Gone is the Italy of opulence and... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Cannes 2014 Review: WHEN ANIMALS DREAM, Stark And Haunting Arthouse Horror

One of the reasons I love genre film is that is gives opportunity to explore the human condition with strange metaphors, allowing the spectator perhaps a deeper and richer understanding than when trying to represent something directly. Such is the... More »
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Review: CHAMELEON (BUQÄLÄMUN), A Minimalist Azerbaijani Drama

I never expected to watch a film like Chameleon (Buqälämun) at Fantaspoa. This is not fantasy cinema at all but rather a minimalist drama and the very first Azerbaijani film I've ever seen. It is about people who are only... More »
  
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