HAVE YOU HEARD FROM JOHANNESBURG?: REVIEW

[Our thanks to Frako Loden for offering her review to the Twitch readership.] I spent a weekend enthralled, watching Connie Field's monumental 8½-hour-long epic documentary, Have You Heard From Johannesburg?, on DVD screeners. Those of you who choose to watch... More »
  

WSFF 2010: Sci-Fi: Out There

The Sci-Fi: Out There program plays tonight at Cumberland Cinema at 9:15pm. There is still an opportunity to purchase tickets here. Opting for a smaller line up of longer short films the Sci-Fi: Out There program offers good diversity of subjects... More »
  

TRIBECA 2010: LEGACY Review

[Once again, thanks goes to Aaron Krasnov for the review.]When I initially heard Idris Elba would be headlining a cryptic thriller I became eager to see what he could do in a complex dramatic role. The allure of Legacy is strong:... More »
  

James' Top 10 of 2009

Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to all of you - trust you're turkeys were stuffed, crackers pulled and your Auld and Lang well and truly Syned. For your pleasure, scrutiny, ridicule or whatever, please find my 10... More »
  

NYFF 09: WHITE MATERIAL

Set in an unspecified French speaking African nation mired by civil war, Claire Denis' White Material skirts around much of the social and political commentary that comes with many films shot on the African continent by semi-outsiders. It is in... More »
  

District 9 review

If you're wondering why this review appeared so long after its initial release, it's because I live in that part of the world where this film just opened in theaters. District 9 is without a doubt the media hype of... More »
  

TADFF 09: Black

It's all about confessions today (after Embodiment of Evil last night I feel dirty). Thanks to Canadian distributor Evokative Films I have had Black for some time now and have been able to watch it more than once. At first,... More »
  

TADFF 09: BLACK Review

A second viewing of Pierre Laffargue's kitchen-sink genre-mash cements the notion that if there is a reasonable successor to John Carpenter, albeit with more global leanings, Laffargue is quite possibly the man. While not as overtly funny as something like... More »
  

DVD Review (Part 4): Jeonju Digital Project 2000-2008

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Jeonju International Film Festival has released a handsomely packaged compilation of 27 shorts by filmmakers from Asia, Africa and Europe. For the past decade, JIFF has been commissioning films from three directors... More »
By Jon Pais   
  

DVD Review (Part Three): Jeonju Digital Project 2000-2008

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Jeonju International Film Festival has released a handsomely packaged compilation of 27 shorts by filmmakers from Asia, Africa and Europe. For the past decade, JIFF has been commissioning films from three... More »
By Jon Pais   
  

Fantasia 09 Review: BLACK

[OK, so I am not actually in Montreal right now, but in the spirit of the fine programming on hand at this years festival, I had a look-see at Pierre Laffargue's directorial debut, the action crime extravaganza, Black.] Kitchen-sink filmmaking... More »
  

DVD Review (Part Two): Jeonju Digital Project 2000-2008

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Jeonju International Film Festival has released a handsomely packaged compilation of 27 shorts by filmmakers from Asia, Africa and Europe. For the past decade, JIFF has been commissioning films from three... More »
By Jon Pais   
  

DVD Review (Part One): Jeonju Digital Project 2000-2008

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Jeonju International Film Festival has released a handsomely packaged compilation of 27 shorts by filmmakers from Asia, Africa and Europe. For the past decade, JIFF has been commissioning films from three directors... More »
By Jon Pais   
  

IFFR 2009 Wrap-up by Peter Cornelissen: more reviews than you can shake a stick at!

Last year I commented how funny it was that loyal forumer and sometimes contributor Peter Cornelissen had seen many movies, yet our lists hardly overlapped. Well, guess what: this year I saw more movies, Peter Cornelissen saw more movies, but... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

REVIEW of DELWENDE at the SFFS Sundance Kabuki Screen

In his unpublished 1997 dissertation "From 'Culture' to 'Commercialization': The Production and Packaging of an African Cinema in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso", Thomas J. Bikales offered the sobering reminder: "[A]s much as Africa's and Burkina's films and film makers penetrate the... More »
  

KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS, Taiwanese Regionfree LE DVD Review

Take note Criterion, take note Eureka. You're both concerned and dedicated about bringing works of art to the attention of movie-lovers worldwide, by providing English-friendly releases of select worthy titles. You hunt for the best possible audio- and video transfers... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

TIFF REPORT: Bamako Review

Bamako reminded me of why I chose The Evening Class as the name for my personal film blog. It is right in league with Sembene's assertion that African cinemas are the evening class for adults who approach cinema as... More »
  

MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI'S THE PASSENGER DVD

Using his camera like a mute witness, and sans virtually all standard genre conventions and special effects Michael Antonioni creates a suspenseful masterpiece about identity and desire. I was told by my PR rep that if it were in... More »
  

Hot Docs Report: Black Gold REVIEW

So the first question you have to ask yourself before you decide to go and see a film about the devastating effects of the global coffee industry upon agriculture in Africa is – Do you even like coffee? Because... More »
By Mathew   
  

AFI Fest Report: Tsotsi Review

Checking in once again from AFI here's Peter Martin with a quick look at one of the year's big buzz films: Gavin Hood's Tsotsi. ---------------------------- Yes, TSOTSI lives up to the hype. The South African film was a surprise... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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