Tribeca 2013 Review: Inside the Mind of MICHAEL H. PROFESSION: DIRECTOR

You think you know Michael Haneke? Director of such uplifting films as The Piano Teacher, Cache, and Amour? Look at that Austrian death-glower. It shrivels the soul. He's got to be one of the most humorless individuals on the planet,... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS, The First Polish LGBT Film, A Boldly Intimate Story of Forbidden Desire

Floating Skyscrapers is described by its director Tomasz Wasilewski as the first LGBT Polish film, which makes the film itself as taboo-breaking as its main characters themselves, who struggle to assert their desires, and their right to express them, in... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: HARMONY LESSONS, A Brilliantly Directed Tale of School and State Cruelty Straight Outta Kazakhstan

A village school and the surrounding area in rural Kazakhstan is the backdrop for the brutal Darwinism, of both the social variety and that found in nature, depicted in Emir Baigazin's astonishing debut feature Harmony Lessons, whose extraordinary accomplishments in... More »
  

Review: JACK & DIANE, A Dark Romance With Little Bite

The practice of transposing horror elements for the use of visual metaphors and nightmares in a film which is more or less a drama isn't a new thing. We at Twitch come across films that aren't quite full on horror... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: Alex de la Iglesia's AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT

Iberian rapscallion Alex de la Iglesia returns with AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, yet another darkly comic exercise in capricious causality. His previous film, THE LAST CIRCUS, is pretty popular around these parts, although it does have its detractors (namely,... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: Amir Naderi's CUT And The Healing Power of Cinema

To my fellow cinephiles: In times of trouble, in moments of great doubt, when it seems like the world won't listen, or we can't hear, but whatever way it is, it all seems like it'll come crashing down, have we... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: THE FOURTH DIMENSION

I came for the Korine. I stayed for the FAUNS. THE FOURTH DIMENSION is a triptych of vignettes all loosely centered around the titular theme of space and time. Produced in part by Eddy Moretti of VICE magazine, the film... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: PLANET OF SNAIL

My personal favorite of all the films I've viewed at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, Seung-Jun Yi's mesmerizing and lovely documentary Planet of Snail slowly and patiently reveals to us the dimensions of the love story at its center. The... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: CONSUMING SPIRITS, Hard Times in Animated Appalachia

Every frame in Chris Sullivan's American Gothic saga aches and echoes from a place of unique artistry, meticulous craftsmanship and great imagination. And though most viewers will remember Consuming Spirits for its always inventive, lovingly hand-crafted animation, which consists of... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: JOURNEY TO PLANET X

Who doesn't love a good doc about the trials and tribulations of the aspiring filmmaker? I'm not talking your Heart of Darknesses or Burden of Dreamses, as classic as those films are. I'm talking VHS Kahloucha, Audience of One, and... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: RUBBERNECK

Actor and director Alex Karpovsky has been a fixture in the past few years in low-budget American indies, many of which have fallen under the rubric (though I hate the term) of "mumblecore." In many of these films, both directed... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: In REPLICAS Hysteria Isn't Always Enough

The sense of dread and terror first time director Jeremy Power Regimbal sets in the opening moments of Replicas is potent, and remains so, until that creeping, crawling something-is-a-miss turns into out and out hysteria by the film's mid-point. It... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: FRANCOPHRENIA (OR DON'T KILL ME, I KNOW WHERE THE BABY IS)

The symbiotic relationship between celebrities and their adoring public is an interesting one. And it's films like James Franco's FRANCOPHRENIA (OR PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME TYPE OUT THE FULL TITLE EVERY TIME) that force me to consider my own role... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO Offers a Menagerie of Wonders

According to Lana there are three types of beings that find themselves at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta. Firstly, there are the visitors (the watchers and those that want to be watched). Then there are the animals (those who watch... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: WAR WITCH

I am of two minds when it comes to cinematic depictions of the African continent, in both fiction and documentary films. On the one hand, the sad reality is that civil war, corruption, political instability, and famine are inescapable features... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: JACK & DIANE, A Dark Romance With Little Bite

The practice of transposing horror elements for the use of visual metaphors and nightmares in a film which is more or less a drama isn't a new thing. We at Twitch come across films that aren't quite full on horror... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: RESOLUTION

"I think they were searching for monsters... and found each other."This bit of dialogue isn't the tagline for Resolution, and in fact isn't even spoken about the protagonists (the reverse would be closer to the truth), but it does offer... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: UNIT 7

As anyone reading, or writing for, Twitch will probably tell you, there's a fine line between genre conventions and outright clichés. To an outsider, someone who's not a fan of a particular genre, anything that looks somewhat familiar can be... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: POLISSE Makes for an Atypical & Harrowing Procedural

It's been over eight hours since I left the theater; eight hours after taking in the third film from filmmaker/actress Maïwenn, largely my first experience with her work. Polisse (a clever, simple, kid-inspired misspelling) is an in-depth and very intense... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Review: EDDIE - THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL

With a title that screams "campy fun ahead," Eddie -The Sleepwalking Cannibal both telegraphs its pleasures and sells them short. Yes, this Danish-Canadian co-production is pure fun from its first moment to its last (and beyond: stay for the credits),... More »
  
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