Miike Takashi's chanbara flick 13 Assassins will probably strike a lot of people as much more impressive than it really is, if they've never seen a Kurosawa movie, read Lone Wolf & Cub or even missed out on Yôji... More »
I can't find any news article that says Tom Tykwer, the German director known for his celestial, kinetic action films, had a breakdown or went through traumatic events in his life. But I'm assuming he had to have been, because... More »
Woe betide anyone who turns up for Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff expecting anything like a typical Western. Languid, spare and dreamlike, other than the setting and the motif of a journey across vast, inhospitable stretches of America there's little else... More »
Sure feels like we've been waiting quite a spell on a trailer for Wendy and Lucy director Kelly Reichardt's western Meek's Cutoff. And now we've got it with a poster to boot. Gaining festival buzz from Venice to Toronto, New... More »
After his last feature "Love Exposure" being screened in Berlin, yesterday night Sion Sono's newest work called "Tsumetai Nettaigyo" ("Cold Fish") had its world premiere at Venice's Pala Darsena as part of the fest's Orrizonti section. This time Sono brings... More »
When it comes to very odd cult dramas revolving around uncomfortable sexual dynamics it would appear that Greece has cornered the market. Last year it was Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth turning heads on the festival circuit and now Athina Rachel Tsangari... More »
The cult of director Sion Sono grew exponentially with the arrival of last year's stunning four hour opus Love Exposure and it looks poised to take another big leap forward with the arrival of Cold Fish. Due to screen in... More »
Having been fortunate enough to grow up within striking distance of one of the great Shakespeare festivals in the world and to have spent my entire school career with teachers smart enough to take me there every year, I have... More »
Set to premiere in Venice, Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer returns with Three, a contemporary love story set in current day Berlin. Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. Unknown to each other... More »
Natalie Portman. Mila Kunis. Vincent Cassel. All three feature very large in the trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, the ballet-set thriller from the director of The Wrestler, The Fountain and Requiem For A Dream that will be opening Venice... More »
Loved what you've seen so far from Tsui Hark's Detective Dee but wish you could understand what they were saying? Well, your time is now. With the film's World Premiere coming at the Venice Film Festival a new, international trailer... More »
The Pang Brothers will be off to Venice soon to premiere their latest effort, the 3D entry into their Eye franchise, The Child's Eye 3D. The story doesn't really seem to matter with these any more but the basic gist... More »
Freshly announced to have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, a second trailer has just arrived for Tsui Hark's epic mystery thriller Detective Dee. Starring Andy Lau as the titular investigator this one is epic in all senses,... More »
The Venice Film Festival has gone genre crazy. The complete 2010 festival lineup has been announced and it includes a host of familiar names, including Sion Sono's Cold Fish, Tsui Hark's Detective Dee, Andrew Lau's Legend of Chen Zhen, John... More »
Darren Aronofsky does a 180 degree switch in the world of physical competition. Going from Pro Wrestling to Ballet. And it looks like the plot of the film is going to feature intrigue over intimacy. That photo is an unrecognizable... More »
I could certainly call myself an admirer of Julian Schnabel, the artist turned filmmaker has improved with each film, from Basquiat (write what you know) to Before Night Falls to the exquisite The Diving Bell and The Butterfly. Simply... More »
In what strikes me as a strangely early announcement - read: they're trying not to be completely overshadowed by Cannes - the Venice Film Festival has just announced that Quentin Tarantino will head the jury for the 2010 edition of... More »
The flush of desire inspired by the blush of youth has rarely been as lyrically expressed as in Tom Ford's A Single Man, elegantly adapted from the novel by Christopher Isherwood. But it isn't just the innocence of youth... More »
Malaysian film maker Edmund Yeo has become a great favorite in these parts recently. Very active in the current Malaysian indie scene, having worked as both a producer and editor on some of the more widely traveled and acclaimed pictures... More »
Brace yourself for disappointment. As painful as it is to say, Shinya Tsukamoto's Tetsuo The Bulletman is far indeed from being the triumphant return to the iconic world that created a rabid cult around Tsukamoto. Worse than that, not only... More »
It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collection's great releases from the past year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or director, there's a good chance you'll see some releases that...
As an exercise in Hollywood franchise-making in the 21st century, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is fantastically instructive. The final film in the cycle emerges today -- I've yet to see it; you can read Jason Gorber's review here-- but long before The Battle of the Five Armies shines its light...
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now in cinemas all over half the world, an will soon arrive in the other half as well. And for those who saw the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, it will come as no surprise that the third...
I'll be stepping in for my colleague Ard Vijn this week, in an effort to get a fix for my Hobbit habit. Brace for bombastics!Smaug was believed to be the last great fire-drake of the North. If others remain they will surely be drawn out by the pungent perfume of...
It's the title of an existing comic book, and I understand that; and given DC's track record, at least since Watchmen, it's likely to be a hit-and-fade barrage of generic marketing bolstering a bafflingly undercooked Guardians of the Galaxy knockoff that will come and go and be forgotten. The Suicide...