You'll Never Look At DEVIL MAY CRY The Same Way Again

I would say that the voice over in the trailer for Bonsam Besu - what I can only assume is a completely unauthorized Ghanaian film version of Devil May Cry - is the best part but that would overlook the... More »
By Todd Brown   

Ghana Is Infested With Terminators And Predators In 2016.

Ladies and gentlemen, Ghana makes movies. Movies with action. Movies with adventure. Movies with special effects. Movies with famous characters from much better funded movies used in flagrant violation of international copyright law.You love The Terminator? Fond of Predator? So... More »
By Todd Brown   

Mads Brügger's THE AMBASSADOR opens IDFA festival (and starts a row...)

This week the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam starts with a bang: the opening film is Mads Brügger's "The Ambassador". Made up almost exclusively of hidden-camera footage, the film shows Mads acquiring a diplomatic passport and travelling to the Central... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Watch Kevin MacDonald's LIFE IN A DAY for FREE!

One of the most ambitious and successful documentaries of the year, LIFE IN A DAY is a beautiful collage of people, places, emotions and lives taking place over the course of a single day. Devised and compiled by Academy-Award Winning... More »

Canada's MONSIEUR LAZHAR And 62 Other Hopefuls Complete Oscar Foreign Language List

It's no secret that Philippe Falardeau's film about an Algerian immigrant who is hired to replace an elementary school teacher is Canada's submission for the category of Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars. I only tout it out... More »


(On the event of the Region 1 DVD release of "Viva Riva!", I present my belated review of the theatrical release.) Hailing from the District of Congo is "Viva Riva!", an unflinchingly violent gangster/crime film. One part De Palma's "Scarface",... More »
By Jim Tudor   

Fantastic Fest 2011: HOW TO STEAL 2 MILLION Review

Noir is a loaded term. Noir = doomed characters (hard-bitten heroes, cold-hearted villains, deadly femme fatales) + black and white imagery awash in shadows. In heart and soul, Charlie Vundla's How to Steal 2 Million * is pure noir,... More »

TIFF 2011: Trailer For South African Crime Drama MAN ON GROUND

There's no denying at this point that African cinema is undergoing a major change and audiences around the world can expect to see a lot more projects from the continent in coming years. And if there's a face to the... More »
By Todd Brown   

South Africa's Charlie Vundla Will Teach You HOW TO STEAL 2 MILLION

Might it be that Viva Riva was just the beginning of a new wave of stylish African action films? If the trailer for South African effort How To Steal 2 Million is any indication then the answer is hell, yes.... More »
By Todd Brown   


"The only real important filmmakers at the moment are the thousand and thousand YouTube providers."--Heddy Honigmann, in a Facebook entry dated Wednesday, March 12, 2011. The Disposable Film Festival (DFF) and YouTube co-presented a special free screening of Oscar®-winning film... More »

MIFF 2011 - The Festival Guide insight

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF 2011) is just around the corner; it is celebrating 60 years and is one of the oldest festivals in the world. I have chosen 60 (edit 60+) films and would like to share some... More »

Richard Stanley Returns To South Africa For CELLUDROID Film Festival

The director of cult favorites Hardware and Dust Devil is returning to his home turf of South Africa for the Celludroid Sci-Fi/Anime/Fantasy Film Festival as part of a special retrospective program honoring the writer and director. In addition to a great... More »

MIFF Channels World Cinema With New Promos!

The Melbourne International Film Festival is gearing up for its 60th anniversary -- already announcing a teaser program which includes 25 Cannes features including Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive as its closer. No doubt the 60 years milestone will see MIFF bring... More »


Heart-warming movies make great crowd pleasers. At the Sydney Film Festival so far this year, a clear crowd favourite is AFRICA UNITED, which stands a good chance of taking out the Audience Award. At its screening, the packed cinema... More »
By Hugo Ozman   

SFF 2011 Day 6 - Trailer of the Day is AFRICA UNITED

Today's pick for the Sydney Film Festival Trailer of the Day is the delightful AFRICA UNITED. Here's what the SFF Program says about the film: Three Rwandan kids hit the road to soccer's World Cup in this energetic and... More »
By Hugo Ozman   

Blu Ray Review: BLUE CRUSH 2

I suspect that despite the lack of clamor for a sequel to moderately successful 2002 surfer-girl drama, Blue Crush, its direct-to-video sequel might go over well with the tween and teen girls that movie appears to be targeting. It's a... More »

Hey NY, LA & Portland - Go See VIVA RIVA this Weekend!

We've been loving on Djo Munga's Congolese crime thriller Viva Riva! for months and months now and it's finally coming out in limited release this weekend! I had a chance to see it this week and completely agree with James... More »


[With African action picture Viva Riva! opening in limited release in the US tomorrow we revisit our earlier review.]Set in modern day Kingshasa - capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo - gasoline is in short supply. Riva, wonderfully... More »

New US Trailer for the Seriously Sexy VIVA RIVA!

I've been pretty vocal about my love for Djo Munga's Congolese noir VIVA RIVA!, singing its praises to anyone who will listen and now news has arrived that Music Box Films will be releasing it in the US on June... More »

SFIFF54: A Dozen

[Our thanks to Frako Loden for offering this egg carton's worth of reviews to Twitch.] For this year's San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF54), I have yet to go on a screener binge--that starts later today--so I'll be attending festival... More »
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