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 »


If Jim Mickle's brilliant Stake Land has one thing above all else to teach us it's that cliches do not matter in the slightest if the person using them knows what they're doing. Stake Land tells the story of a... More »
By Matthew Lee   


Antti-Jussi Annila's Sauna (or Evil Rising, for this UK DVD release) is undeniably a very good movie, if a clear case of the director slightly over-reaching after his magnificent (and sadly under-rated) debut, Jade Warrior. That film leant heavily on... More »
By Matthew Lee   


Meet the children of the Quintanilla family. There is July, the teenage daughter. She is not quite rebellious but certainly chafes against her mother's care. And there is Christian, slightly older but in many ways simpler. All Christian wants... More »
By Todd Brown   

Tribeca 2011: NEON FLESH (CARNE DE NEON) Review

Ricky is having a tough day, the bullet with his name on it is quite literally staring him in the face.  Structured as a flashback of his life right at the second of final judgment, for (ostensibly) our entertainment,... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   


[With James Wan's Insidious now screening at SXSW we revisit Todd Brown's previous review.]Though it breaks down some in a final act sees the tightly wound story seemingly split into a  pair of competing films - one an 80s... More »
By Todd Brown   

Sundance 2011: KABOOM Review

[With Greg Araki's Kaboom now screening at Sundance we revisit Kurt's previous review from Sitges.]Probably the best thing audiences will get out of Gregg Araki's latest joint, Kaboom, is some well thought out and thorough advice on cunnilingus from rising... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Sitges 2010: I SAW THE DEVIL Review

[Thanks to Guillem Rosset for the following review.]Korean director Kim Jee-woon has build quite an impressive filmography. Films like A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life or The Good, The Bad, And The Weird achieved international success and gathered him a lot of fans and well... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Sitges 2010: STAKE LAND Review

At one point in fabulously envisioned Stake Land, the loner-hero takes a brief snatch of down time from kicking up road dust and vampire killing to relax on an outdoor recliner chaise. It is the moment that you realize... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Sitges 2010: OUTRAGE Review

[Our thanks to Guillem Rosset for the following review.]It's been a while, but Takeshi Kitano has finally returned to the genre that launched him to the international success. After exploring the mysteries of artistic creation and his own inner... More »
By Todd Brown   

Sitges 2010: STRAYED Review

Kazakhstan's submission to the Foreign Language Oscar race, Akan Satayev's Strayed is a spartan yet strangely compelling trip into one man's personal hell.Andrey Merzlikin - you know him from Bimmer and Newsmakers - stars as a man who seems... More »
By Todd Brown   

Sitges 2010: THE STORM WARRIORS Review

Oxide and Danny Pang are known to go berserk when they can get their itching hands on CG, with varying results. It's not that they lack creative vision, but their budget doesn't always allow for great excesses. The Storm Warriors... More »
By Niels Matthijs   


Following a delirious prologue featuring alien poachers locked in deadly combat with a bad-ass entity of pure fire, Koji Masunari's animated feature Welcome to the Space Show innocently begins with a group of children being dropped off at rural summer camp. It... More »
By Peter K.   

Sitges 2010: 13 ASSASSINS Review

[Our thanks to Guillem Rosset for the following review.]Over the years it's become easier to keep track of Takashi Miike work. His production has been downed to 'only' about 2 films per year, and now you can easily find... More »
By Todd Brown   

Sitges 2010: SLICE Review

Sex, violence and a string of incredibly gruesome murders drive Slice, the latest collaboration between Art of the Devil director Kongkiat Komesiri and Tears of the Black Tiger helmer Wisit Sasanatieng. Directed by Komesiri from a story by Sasanatieng,... More »
By Todd Brown   
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