Review: HORSE MONEY, Beautiful, Mesmerizing, And Striking

Horse Money is astonishingly beautiful in its visual poetry! Pedro Costa, who wanted to capture the life in Lisbon's ghetto area called Fontainhas in the late 90s, made a beautiful film called Bones (Ossos). During the shoot, he saw much... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: PHOENIX, A Noir Revenge Flick

Christian Petzold (Ghosts, Barbara), perhaps one of the most gifted storytellers working in cinema today, strikes gold again with Phoenix, a Hitchcockian, postwar noir revenge flick. Clocking in at a very lean 98 minutes, the film revolves around a concentration camp survivor named... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Exclusive Clip From CUB, Coming Very Soon To The US And UK

Coming very soon to US and UK home video is Belgian scouting thriller Cub, from director Jonas Govaerts. The film fared very well at festivals last fall, including Fantastic Fest 2014, which is where I was fortunate to see it. Cub... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: Kudoh Youki Talks Working With Jim Jarmusch And THIS COUNTRY'S SKY

From her days as a teenage pop idol, to her unforgettable turn in Jim Jarmusch's landmark, Mystery Train, and being one of the few saving graces in Memoirs of a Geisha, Kudoh Youki has blazed a trail in the international... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Review: WAYWARD PINES, The Show That Is Not What It Seems To Be

Halfway through the series Wayward Pines, episode five lands a serious twist, a bold move that might have arrived too soon, yet performs as a mighty cliffhanger and game-changer for the whole show. Wayward Pines is currently running on the... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: THIS COUNTRY'S SKY Director Arai Haruhiko Talks His Life During Wartime Drama

Screenwriter turned director Arai Haruhiko visits Japan Cuts with his life-during-wartime drama, This Country's Sky. Starring Kudoh Youki and festival favorite Nikaido Fumi as a mother and daughter surviving in the last days of World War II, Director Arai, along... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Asian Film Fest Dallas 2015 Review: SEOUL SEARCHING, An Identity Play On The Hughes Comedy

In 2015, it seems Americans cannot escape the politics of identity. From Caitlyn Jenner to the wage gap to even Rachel Dolezal's complicated and troubling relationship to the hashtag #BLACKLIVESMATTER, each week seems to bring some new story asking Americans:... More »
  

Asian Film Fest Dallas 2015 Review: THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR, An Indonesian Wu Xia Drama

Over the last few years there have been a small handful of high profile Indonesian films hitting the festival and art house cinema circuits. The most recent resurgence in Indonesian films has come, strangely, via the intervention of a couple... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

RESTORATION: New Images, Casting News for Stuart Willis Sci-Fi Film

We've been tracking the progress of the science-fiction project Restoration for a while now and the latest word is very positive indeed. Directed by Stuart Willis and produced by Toby Gibson, the film is "set in a near-future world where... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: PIXELS, Game Over From The Get-go

Summer blockbusters get the Happy Madison treatment in space invasion action-comedy Pixels, the most excruciating experience you shouldn't put yourself through this season. A thoroughly unconvincing action lead, Adam Sandler phones in yet another performance, but no one comes away... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Motelx 2015: First Wave Includes THE VISIT, COP CAR, And HOWL

The west side of the Iberian peninsula will soon be drowning in some of the best new genre films, courtesy of Motelx festival in Lisbon. The announcement of the first wave of films landed today, and there are some pretty... More »
By Evrim Ersoy   
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: OUT OF MY HAND Director Fukunaga Takeshi Explores The Liberian Immigrant Experience

One of Japan Cuts' more unusual offerings is the story of a Liberian immigrant living in New York, directed by a Japanese immigrant living in New York. Already fêted at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Twitchvision: Fantasia Edition - Jason Gorber Talks ANT-MAN, TRAINWRECK, DEATHGASM, More

This week's segment comes from Montreal, Canada, thanks to the fantastic Fantasia Film Festival. We chat about Ant-Man, Amy Schummer's breakout film Trainwreck, the Ian McKellen show Mr. Holmes, and fun NZ rocker romp Deathgasm.Video embedded below... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: VETERAN Deals A Knockout Blow

Korean action maestro Ryoo Seung-wan goes back to basics with his latest film Veteran, a breathless and hilarious crime thriller featuring a knockout performance from Hwang Jung-min. With fluid action choreography, punchy pacing and sharp editing, this infectious summer offering... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

BiFan 2015 Review: OWNERLESS FLOWER UHWUDONG Can't Choose Between Erotica And Drama

Thirty years after Lee Jang-ho's landmark film Eoh Wu-dong (available to watch for free on the Korean Film Archive's Youtube channel), a period ero that became a surprise critical and commercial hit in 1985, Lee Soo-sung offers up his own... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: ROUND TRIP HEART, Director Tanada Yuki Goes Off The Beaten Path

The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky was one of Japan Cuts 2013's most-buzzed about offerings. The director of that film, Tanada Yuki, visits the festival this year with her latest feature, Round Trip Heart, a beautiful road trip around... More »
By Diva Vélez   
  

Blu-ray Review: KILL LA KILL Finishes With A Bang

(No, not THAT kind of bang, you filthy...) Last December, Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. released their first boxset of Kill La Kill, which was pretty much kick-ass and which I reviewed here. Now, just over half a year later, the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: OBSERVANCE Shows The Sexy And Scary Sides Of Surveillance

It seems that Parker has got himself a pretty good job as a private investigator. All he needs to do is to spy on someone who lives across the road from an abandoned apartment and report what he sees to... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Fantasia 2015 Review: THE ARTI: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS, You Will Believe That Puppets Can Fight

The Arti: The Adventure Begins is the most impressive full length puppet feature I have seen since Strings. It also helps that it is equally a martial arts film, which is right up my alley. With its Wuxia themes of loyalty,... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Karlovy Vary Wrap-Up: Celebrating Half A Century Of The Czech Fest

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival successfully wrapped last week in the Czech spa town, celebrating its 50th anniversary: a true milestone amongst film festivals.In total the 50th edition of the festival screened 226 films for 135,105 viewers.The grand... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  
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