One of my favourite films of 2011, Blackthorn has recently been nominated for 11 Premios Goya (Spanish Oscars.) Now available on DVD and Blu Ray, Mateo Gil's haunting, elegiac western is both an homage to the second wave films of... More »
Robots are close to becoming a reality; sex films have been popular since, well, pretty much the invention of movies. It seems only natural that someone, somewhere, would make a sex film with robots. Mike Lenski's short Meaning of Robots,... More »
Going over the list of films released in 2011 that I saw (which does not include the dozens from film festivals that may or may not be released), it was an excellent year for me. Narrowing my list down to... More »
Juan Antonio Bayona burst onto the film scene in 2007 with his brilliant ghost story The Orphanage. One of the most successful films in Spanish box office history, it found a huge audience abroad as well. Last year, Bayona spent... More »
That's the rumor currently circulating on websites SciFi World and Comingsoon.net (the latter article being tweeted about by Nacho Vigalondo, writer and director of the original film.) Zaillain is no stranger to adaptation; he wrote the screenplays for the film... More »
The [REC] film series has been one of the great success stories of Spanish horror film in the past few years. The directors, Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza, decided each to direct the last two in the series solo, with Plaza... More »
Hammer Films is synonymous with classic horror cinema; during the studio's heyday on the 1950s and 1960s, it pumped out some of the best horror and science fiction films, such as Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Curse of Frankenstein and... More »
[With Carles Torrens' Emergo now screening at Morbido we revisit our earlier review because Todd quite likes it and has nothing further to add.]Certain tropes in film can be done to death, especially in genre film. Vampires, zombies, cannibalism after... More »
Cartography is a strange discipline these days. With the physical geography of the world long since mapped (though that may change with global warming,) most cartographers are either concerned with political lines, or with incredibly detailed satellite imaging made possible... More »
Even in Michael Winterbottom's prolific and varied film career, it is probably inevitable that he would again tackle an adaptation of a classic english novel, and (as is befitting his Britishness) make a film set in India. His latest film... More »
Graphic novels might have a reputation for frivolity, but they also have been proven to be very good for dealing serious topics that require the kind of creativity offered to deal with trauma. Art Spiegelman's Maus and Joe Sacco's Safe... More »
It might seem that adapting a play for the screen is easy and fairly natural. You can recreate the setting, or add new ones. It's still a group of actors performing for an audience; they just deliver their words more... More »
Note to self: do not see films about killing and child abuse first thing in the morning. It will ruin your day. Which is to not to suggest that a film about such subjects is bad; far from it. When... More »
While cults and communes are not the exclusive domain of the United States, ones located within its borders are great fodder for artistic exploration. In the case of ones that abuse residents either physically or psychologically or both, we are... More »
Love can make anyone behave strangely. The chemicals that flood the brain when love arrives turn all our emotions into extremes: we want the one we love to the point of obsession. But some tip over that point into madness,... More »
You never know quite what path Antonio Trashorras is going to take you on. He first gained international attention in 2001 with his screenplay of The Devil's Backbone, a haunting ghost story set in the Spanish Civil War; last year... More »
Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's adaptation of Satrapi's graphic novel Chicken with Plums is a delicious fantasy, one that will leave your heart warm and likely more than a little sad. Presented with a combination of live action and animation,... More »
Even though she died nearly 50 years ago, Marilyn Monroe still holds a fascination for many film and conspiracy theory lovers. Director and co-screenwriter Gérald Hustache-Mathieu's film Nobody Else but You is a relatively light neo-noir thriller, with rather bizarre... More »
Have you ever had one of those days where you wake up in a strange spacesuit, being told by an automated message that the world has ended several hundred years before due to war and alien invasion, and you must... More »
It's hard at first to know exactly what to make of author Julia Leigh's directorial debut Sleeping Beauty. It is both a narrative fiction and a surreal dream/nightmare. It is as indebted to European filmmaking as to the author's native... More »
CHAPTER 6: THERE'S NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN A PURPLE BEACH SMOTHERED IN MELTING TROMMETTES DURING A CRIMSON TINGED SUNSET ON THE FRENCH RIVERIA, HOLY SHIT I'M TRIPPING MY FUCKING FACE OFF.It's night. When the fuck did it become night? I'm naked. Where the fuck did my clothes go? I'm on...
They can remember it for you wholesale, and they do. At some point, we licensed our pop cultural nostalgia to a handful of multinational conglomerates (well, to be fair, they always owned the licenses) and now they're selling them back to us - though, I guess, not at wholesale, but...
Ken Jeong may often play a lunatic on both big and small screen, but in person it's quite disarming to see just how calm and considerate he comes across. While he got his big screen start in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up, Jeong's real breakthrough was taking a small-on-paper role...
I cut the cable cord last year, but I'm not always happy about it. I had to wait a year before seeing Season 2 of Game of Thrones, for example, and will have to wait to see Season 3 until next year. I only have to wait to see Mad...
Another Twitchvision chat with Scott Laurie, this time me gushing about J.J.'s latest Star Trek film, which I unabashedly loved.Also talked about he fabbo Mud, and the less fabbo The Iceman, both with Michael Shannon doing his thing.Video embedded below.Update: Was asked to come in today and pick a few...