Perhaps the highest compliment that can be paid to Feng Xiaogang’s The Assembly, a film built around Communist Chinese military campaigns of the forties and fifties, is that he has created a film that completely and utterly transcends politics.... More »
And the hot streak continues for Johnnie To. While the latest from the prolific action auteur lacks the blistering intensity of the Election films and the extreme high style of Exiled it reunites him with a pair of favored collaborators... More »
Stories about stunt men writing, producing and starring in their own movies -- movies directed by their own brothers, no less -- do not exactly inspire confidence. What do muscle heads know about writing scripts? Telling stories? Making films?... More »
All good things must come to an end, unfortunately, and after a fantastic time at the Udine Far East Film Festival the lady-friend and I have made our way back home to Toronto. Let me say this: if you're at... More »
In some ways Your Friends, the latest film from pink film director turned arthouse favorite Ryuichi Hiroki, represents a major change for the director. After all it includes none of the sexual content or domestic violence that have attracted attention... More »
The Korean adaptation of a famous Japanese novel, word is that The Black House plays a little bit fast and loose with its source material. It’s a situation that might upset fans of the original work but as someone... More »
Let me be clear right from the beginning. The Body is not a good film. It’s big and messy and hugely over reliant on CGI, showing all signs of a young director being a bad match to the script,... More »
One of the most anticipated Korean genre films in recent days, R-Point director Kong Su-Chang’s sophomore effort is blessed with a strong premise – soldiers manning an isolated guard post along the Korean DMZ infected with a strange virus... More »
[Another review pulled forward from the archive to coincide with the film's screening at this year's Udine Far East Film Festival, this one my review of Takashi Miike's Crows 0, originall reviewed when it screened at the American Film... More »
Coming as it does from the production arm of major Japanese broadcaster TBS it should probably not be quite so surprising that medical thriller The Glorious Team Batista plays like little more than an over blown television movie but somehow... More »
Slightly uneven in tone, slightly baffling in the way it builds comedy out of realistic family violence, Yoshida Daihachi’s Funuke: Show Some Love You Losers boasts impressive performances and enough stylistic zing to mark Yoshida as a film maker to... More »
What will audiences find In The Pool? A surprisingly confident feature debut from TV veteran Satoshi Miki – the subject of a retrospective here at the Udine Far East Film Festival – for one thing, a pleasingly loopy and... More »
Malaysian director Mamat Khalid will have two films premiering in Europe at this year's Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy. They are the horror spoof Zombi Kg Pisang and noir thriller-comedy Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang. The director will be... More »
We've been waiting for this moment for a whole year now: Thursday, April 23rd marks the grand opening of the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival, without a doubt one of the world's most important cultural events dedicated exclusively to genre and mainstream Asian cinema.A beautifully situated and wonderfully organized...
In this edition of Latin Beat, we have news from Peru about Asu Mare 2 which, despite the protests of critics, has broken out with the public, causing some theaters to run short of soft drinks and popcorn! Also, we have the trailer from the leading actor's next movie. Click through...
TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers continue their coverage of TIFF Kids Film Festival, currently wrapping up at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) break down this 'new era' of Studio Ghibli film now that Miyazaki and Takahata have retire, with the Canadian Premiere of When Marnie Was There. TwitchFilm...
Some spoilers for Marvel's Daredevil. On the weekend I afforded Marvel's Daredevil a status I've previously only given to new-released Harry Potter books: the "I am consuming all of this before I do anything else" thing. It's the fastest I've ever clocked through a TV show. I could have done...
The ninth edition of the Dallas International Film Festival is well underway here in Texas, and I'm pleased to report that it continues to provide a much-needed boost to the local film culture. I moved to the city in 2006, about a year before the inaguaral edition of the fest,...