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 »
  

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 »
  

THE SILENT ARMY review

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 »
  

WHITE MATERIAL Review

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 »
  

Pusan 2010: THE LAST FLIGHT OF FLAMINGO Review

[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 Comicsbulletin.com 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 »
  

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 »
  

NYAFF 2010: DOMAN SEMAN Review

[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 »
  

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 »
  
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