Sitges 2011: 22ND OF MAY Review

[With Koen Mortier's 22nd Of May now screening in Sitges we revisit our earlier review.]With his searing debut Ex Drummer Belgian director Koen Mortier burst onto the scene with a sort of punk rock bravado, a raw and abrasive style... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sitges 2011: DETENTION Review

[With Joseph Kahn's Detention screening in Sitges we now revisit a previous review.]I anticipate a lot of people will intensely dislike Detention, the John Huges mixed with John Carpenter hyper-aware, so post-modern-it's-pre-future movie written and directed by Joseph Kahn. The... More »
  

Sitges 2011: THE SORCERER AND THE WHITE SNAKE Review

It's been a while since we last saw Tony Ching - or Ching Siu-tung, if you prefer - directing a movie. And being someone with such an impressive filmography, both as director and martial arts choreographer, it's easy to understand... More »
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Sitges 2011: ANOTHER EARTH Review

What if there was another planet exactly like earth? And I do mean exactly: same physicality, same countries, same history. And the same people. There is another you on another planet, doing the exact same things you are doing and... More »
  

Sitges 2011: SMUGGLER Review

Kinuta is a young loser. After giving up his dream of being an actor he spends his days playing pachinko machines in a futile attempt to win some money. But things get even worse when he gets involved in a... More »
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Sitges 2011: VAMPIRE Review

Simon is not an ordinary young man. His seeming innocuous job, as a high-school biology teacher, is an odd a cover for his strange existence as a serial killer. And yet, that is not exactly what he is. The women... More »
  

Sitges 2011: ANOTHER EARTH Review

The billowy temper of reverberating metal hauntingly inhabits this tale of spiritual rehabilitation. An examination of second chance among the stars, the lustral soul of reparations in a world of potential divergence. A tale of loss, strife, forgiveness and amends... More »
  

Sitges 2011: EXTRATERRESTRIAL Review

Julio wakes up in a bed with a hangover and no idea where he is or how he got there. It is the apartment of Julia, whom he doesn't remember. She doesn't remember him either, nor does she recall the... More »
  

Sitges 2011: JANE EYRE Review

I doubt any other literary family has had their work adapted to screen as often as the Bronte sisters. Next to Wuthering Heights, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre remains a favourite of melodramatic literature of the late 19th century. The story... More »
  

Sitges 2011: MIENTRAS DUERMES Review

Jaume Balagueró is one of the giants of Spanish fantastic film of the past decade. With 3 solo features and two co-directed ones under his belt, any new film by him is going be watched with a great amount... More »
  

Sitges 2011: SAYA ZAMURAI (SCABBARD SAMURAI) Review

Coming from the man responsible for Big Man Japan and Symbol, I didn't know what to expect from Scabbard Samurai, the latest film of Japanese director Hitoshi Matsumoto. The premise of the film goes like this: Kanjuro Nomi is a... More »
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Sitges 2011: KILL ME PLEASE Review

Euthanasia is an increasingly relevant topic today, with more and more people advocating for assisted suicide for the terminally ill. So it is perhaps inevitable that a film would come along that explores a clinic that provides such as service.... More »
  

Sitges 2011: 4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH Review

Abel Ferrera is not a director known for overly sensitive work; at least, not sensitivity in the conventional sense. Which is why 4:44 Last Day on Earth is something of a surprise. Like  Ferrera's past work, it delves into the... More »
  

Sitges 2011: GUILTY OF ROMANCE Review

[With Sion Sono's Guilty Of Romance now screening in Sitges we revisit our previous review.]Once again Japan's Sion Sono tackles a true crime story with Guilty Of Romance - last year's Cold Fish also had roots in real events -... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sitges 2011: THE UNJUST Review

[With Ryoo Seung-Wan's The Unjust screening in Sitges we revisit our previous review.]A complex, cynical tale of corruption and self interest, Ryoo Seung-Wan's The Unjust pits a pair of coldly amoral protagonists into a spiral of ever escalating violence and... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sitges 2011: THE DIVIDE Review

[With Xavier Gens' The Divide now screening in Sitges we revisit our earlier review.] The apocalypse has never looked and sounded so beautiful. As Eva (Carmen German) looks out on the annihilation of New York, the films makes music with... More »
  

Sitges 2011: ATTACK THE BLOCK Review

[With Joe Cornish's Attack The Block screening tonight in Sitges we take a moment to remind you that this movie is awesome.]The sky is falling, bizarre meteor-like chunks of rock crashing to earth all around a low rent, inner city... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sitges 2011: ENTHIRAN (THE ROBOT) Review

[With Endhiran screening tonight in Sitges we revisit our previous epic review.]Enthiran is a film that has every advantage you could possibly think of for a big budget Indian blockbuster.  It has the biggest budget ever for an Indian film;... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Short Film, Short Review: Jesus Orellana's ROSA

Debuting tonight before the opening night screening of Kike Maillo's Eva at the Sitges Film Festival is Jesus Orellana's dazzling animated short film Rosa.Orellana wears his influences on his sleeve here, Rosa taking obvious inspiration from Ghost In The Shell,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Sitges 2011: EVA Review

I have to say I was specially excited to see this year's opening movie at Sitges. You can't find a lot of genre films in commercial Catalan cinema - at least not with production values and a budget as high... More »
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