Slamdance 2016 Review: DRIFTWOOD, On The Strange Life Of Objects

Against the onslaught of the crashing surf we arise into a world of soft, foaming white. From a distance, we can make out an approaching figure. Soon we see it's a she, a young woman, soaked to the bone, shivering... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: CHRISTINE, A Report On The Art Of Self-Destruction

Performance>Perfection>Breakdown.

No. That's not right. Run the film again. What do we see: A woman in her late twenties, dark hair, big eyes, tall; walking down the halls of a TV station. Take the splicer to the footage. Chop it in... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: THE GREASY STRANGLER, Absolutely Disgusting, Yet Strangely Funny

The weird and disgusting genre has always had a home in the midnight film lineup. Enter Jim Hosking and his go at taking over the throne as weirdest and most disgusting midnighter with The Greasy Strangler. Well, good work, Mr.... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: SWISS ARMY MAN Is Surprisingly Glorious

What do you want from the world of independent cinema? Well, ideally you'd like a story told without the overt constraints of market, where filmmakers can tell a tale to a wide enough audience that appreciates without sacrificing to... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: OPERATION AVALANCHE, For The Love Of Cinema

There is a lure to the film camera that is almost primal. It draws you in, ever closer, a potent combo of machine and magic. Pressed against your ear, your cheek, the click-whir miracle of celluloid is god calling you... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2016 Review: DEAD HANDS DIG DEEP Only Scratches The Surface

There is much within Jai Love's Dead Hands Dig Deep (which premiered at Slamdance 2016 tonight) that is meant to shock us --- from footage of genitals and other body parts being pierced with screws and bolts, to a flap of skin... More »
  

Slamdance 2016 Review: MAD Finds The Humor In Sadness

Robert G. Putka has built up a smart and sharp filmography of shorts over the last half decade, emphasizing rich, rude and raw performances, deriving his drama and comedy with character first. MAD, his feature debut, is as charming as... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Review: MARTYRS, A Worthless American Remake

Pascal Laugier's Martyrs is one of the most genuinely disturbing films of the last decade, a peculiar mix of genres from revenge thriller to torture porn that shocks equally for its graphic content and main concept. The inevitable American remake, helmed... More »
  

UNDER THE SHADOW: Netflix Acquires Worldwide Streaming Rights For Iranian Horror Pic

Babak Anvari's debut feature film, the Iranian horror flick, Under the Shadow, will have its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival tonight in Park City. Yesterday, streaming giant Netflix acquired the worldwide streaming rights for the film. The announcement... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Sundance 2016 Review: NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU, No Better Tribute

Few people have changed popular culture more than Norman Lear. When Television was at its height he provided a much needed jolt, giving audiences not what they asked for but what they required. His comedies were dramatic, crafting more... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

LIKE ME: Neo-Noir Commentary On Social Media Obsession Wraps Principal Photography

Rob Mockler's directorial debut, Like Me, has wrapped up production in and around New York and will now head into post. The film is a product of producer James Belfer's Dogfish Accelerator program. Fittingly the neo-noir flick about a girl... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Sundance 2016: BRAHMAN NAMAN Trailer Goes Full On 80s Sex Comedy

Don't say we didn't warn you!Quickly becoming one of Sundance 2016's hottest acquisition titles, Q's Brahman Naman continues to raise eyebrows with each passing moment. This time, the public gets their first look at the film in motion with a... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Review: SYNCHRONICITY, Time Travel Is A Bastard

I never thought it would happen, but I have finally, personally, hit the wall with indie time travel flicks. Jacob Gentry's Synchronicity is not lacking in smarts or clockwork precision, but abjectly fails to convince in its core ideas of love... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Red Band Trailer For Key And Peele's KEANU Is All About The Cat

If you have not yet seen the utter genius that was the TV sketch comedy series Key and Peele, do yourselves a favour and find it as soon as possible. It was one of the funniest and most daring shows... More »
  

Slamdance 2016 Preview: TwitchFilm's Top Picks

Tomorrow, the Slamdance Film Festival returns to the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah for its 22nd edition. Chock full of indie gumption and DIY brass from across the globe, the "For filmmakers by filmmakers" festival features a film... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

XLrator Media Grabs Hold Of North American Rights For Thriller SUN CHOKE

Ben Cesciman's sophomore effort Sun Choke has found distribution with XLrator Media through their Macabre label. The film will undoubtedly get a theatrical and digital release and we will likely have a home video release shortly after that. LOS ANGELES (January... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Rachel Taylor and Robbie Amell Will Thrill in Netflix's ARQ

Rachel Taylor (Jessica Jones, Gold) and Robbie Amell (Flash, The Babysitter) will star in the new Netflix sci-fi thriller ARQ, per The Hollywood Reporter earlier today. Just as exciting is that the acclaimed writer of Orphan Black, Tony Elliott, will... More »
  

Interview: Alê Abreu Talks About His BOY AND THE WORLD

Alê Abreu's Boy and the World is an enchanting, infectious and at times somber experience. There is no real dialogue in his film to drive the story forward, instead he uses gorgeous visual expressions and minor guttural utterances. You do not have to... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Slamdance 2016 Preview: Meet The Filmmakers, Part 2

On Monday, we introduced you to a slew of first-time feature filmmakers from the 22nd Slamdance Film Festival, taking place in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, January 22nd-28th,We continue today with a fresh batch of filmmaker Q&As... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Trailer For THE INVITATION Invites You To Dinner, With A Side of Terror

Karyn Kusama's The Invitation has been playing the festival circuit for nearly a year, and in that time, has justifiably picked up a few awards, including Best Picture at Sitges Fantastic Fest, and International Critic's Jury Award at Neuchatel Fantastic... More »
  
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