HotDocs 2012: THE AMBASSADOR Review

Either Mads Brügger has balls the size of grapefruits or there is mondo chicanery going on in The Ambassador.  Well, it's a given that there is trickery happening, so the thing to figure out is who the trick is on: The... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   


(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 »
By Peter Martin   


"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 »
By Michael Guillen   


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   

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 »
By Charles Webb   


[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 »
By James Marsh   

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 »
By Michael Guillen   


[Allow me to introduce the most recent intern for The Evening Class, Jackson Scarlett, known to local cinephiles through his efforts for the Global Film Initiative and as publicity coordinator for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. We... More »
By Michael Guillen   

THE UNFORGIVING - Alastair Orr (Review)

South-Africa might not have the most booming movie scene on the planet, from time to time some really interesting stuff is coming from over there. Just last year blockbuster District 9 stormed the world by force, now it's time for... More »
By Niels Matthijs   

HKIFF 2011: VIVA RIVA! Review

Scanning the festival brochure VIVA RIVA! instantly leapt off the page at me. Not because I had heard anything about it, but all the ingredients seemed to be in place for a fresh new take on a classic formula from... More »
By James Marsh   

ND/NF 2011 Review: Microphone

Watching Microphone now, which is basically a love letter to Alexandria, is all the more poignant considering what's been happening in Egypt for the last few months. Director Ahmad Abdalla succeeds in capturing the essence of the youth culture in... More »
By Dustin Chang   

HKIFF 2011: OCEANS Review

The last couple of years have seen the documentary field inundated with environmentally conscious films lecturing us in no uncertain terms about the scourge the human race has become and how time is running out if we don't want... More »
By James Marsh   


How could anyone dismiss The Silent Army? It's a sensitive film about a deeply troubling real-world issue (child soldiers in East Africa), made by a director who clearly feels very strongly about the subject matter both from a personal... More »
By Matthew Lee   


Claire Denis (Trouble Everyday, Beau Travail) goes back to the colonial Africa and tells a story of a coffee plantation owned by a white family caught in a civil war. Maria Vial (Isabelle Huppert), a matron of the family is... More »
By Dustin Chang   


[Our thanks to Padrhig Harney for the following review]With production from Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Mozambique, and Brazil "The Last Flight of Flamingo" brings globalization and film together in an attempt to create a film unlike any other. Director... More »
By Todd Brown   

Tioseco-Bohinc Film Series: CAMEROON LOVE LETTER (FOR SOLO PIANO) Review

A Westerner (Gertjan Zuilhof, voiced by Lourd de Veyra) travels to Cameroon. The place feels foreign. The roads are littered with potholes filled to the brim with muddy water. The cityscapes and the rural towns, while seemingly familiar, are estranged.... More »
By Oggs Cruz   

SDCC 2010: Lost Boys: The Thirst

[Cross-posted at as part of its San Diego Comic Con coverage] While at Comic Con my friend Alex and I got to talking about the review process. Alex asked how I sometimes arrive at some of my reviews and... More »
By Charles Webb   

Fantasia 2010: PHOBIA 2 Review

[Niels' review of Thai Horror Anthology, PHOBIA 2 is getting a bump back up to the top of the page to coincide with its  screening at Fantasia.]Thai horror is doing good for itself. Proof of that is the second installment... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   


[Doman Seman screens July 5th and 7th at the Lincoln Center with director Go Shibata in attendance.]For fans of out-there cinema, especially of the anything-goes Asian variety, Gô Shibata's new film presents something of a conundrum:  it's wild, wacky, subversive-minded,... More »
By Peter Gutierrez   
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