Review: HUNGRY GHOST RITUAL Has No Appetite For Horror

Nick Cheung follows a string of critical and commercial hits with his debut as writer-director, a seasonal horror flick in which he also takes the leading role. While Cheung has a keen eye for detail when it comes to the... More »
  

London Indian 2014 Review: AS SEEN BY THE REST Presents An Intricate Puzzle Box For Movie Buffs

A thrilling mystery in several parts, As Seen By the Rest (Ulidavaru Kandante) is a bold leap forward for the cinema of Karnataka, India. The film is both completely comfortable in its own skin and with its identity as popular... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

NY Asian 2014 Review: HOPE, Devastatingly Sad Yet Beautifully Uplifting

One of the drawbacks of being a working critic is that the volume of film viewing this necessitates, trying to keep up with new releases, festival and retrospective screenings and such, can tend to flatten out your emotional responses to... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Review: BLIND MASSAGE, An Artful And Affecting Ensemble Drama

Often controversial Chinese filmmaker Lou Ye delivers one of his finest films with Blind Massage, a delicately observed and artfully directed ensemble drama, based on the novel of the same name by Bi Feiyu. Putting aside, at least for the... More »
  

NY Asian 2014 Review: GOLDEN CHICKENSSS, In Which the Third Time Isn't Entirely the Charm

The 2002 comedy Golden Chicken and its 2003 sequel Golden Chicken 2, starring Hong Kong's queen of comedy Sandra Ng, were love letters both to Ng herself, who was given perhaps the greatest showcase committed to film of her formidable... More »
  

Review: SNOWPIERCER, A Singular And Breathtaking Cinematic Experience

Cinema is a medium of motion and if anyone understands this, it appears to be Bong Joon-ho, whose visionary new work is a demented and stunning thrillride. In his first production outside his native South Korea, Bong has delivered his... More »
  

Review: SIDDHARTH, A Beautifully Tragic Portrait Of India

It is every parent's worst nightmare: You entrust your child to the care of another and when the allotted time for their return arrives, they simply do not. They're just gone and you're left not knowing where or how or... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: Cross-Cultural Mystery MAN FROM RENO Both Delivers And Disappoints

Touted as a thriller leading up to its world premiere last Sunday at the LA Film Fest, Dave Boyle's fifth feature is, in many ways both refreshing and frustrating, far less a typical pulse pounding number, and more a good... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: JOSSY'S Playfully Parodies Power Rangers

If you're a regular reader here at Twitch then you are probably aware of one of Japan's fastest rising directors: Fukuda Yuichi. Already a household name in his native country thanks to several TV shows, Fukuda broke out on the... More »
  

Review: MANUSCRIPTS DON'T BURN, An Angry, Raw and Chilling Protest Against State Censorship in Iran

Manuscripts Don't Burn, a searingly angry, chilling, and despairing work by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, is a visceral reminder that the ability to express oneself freely, whether in journalistic or creative endeavors, is never something to be taken for granted... More »
  

DVD Review: Urasawa Naoki's MONSTER, Episodes 61-74 (End...)

(Does it take two headshots to finish off someone with a split personality?) To say I've been eagerly awaiting the fifth boxset of the Monster anime is an understatement. The fourth set ended with enough cliffhangers to break off an... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Imagine 2014 Review: YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON 3D

(You WILL believe a man can fly, provided he jumps hard and adds enough corkscrews in mid-air...) One of the great things of film festivals is that they sometimes allow you a rare chance to experience foreign films as they... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: RIGOR MORTIS Pays Eerie Homage To Hong Kong Vampires

Hong Kong popstar-turned-actor Juno Mak continues to defy expectations with his directorial debut, a sombre and eerie eulogy to the hopping vampires of the 1980s that trades the sub-genre's signature laughs for world-weary melancholy from a fine cast of screen... More »
  

Udine 2014 Review: BILOCATION, A Surprisingly Intriguing But Messy Psycho-Thriller

Even though it has most of the ingredients of a typical J-horror, Bilocation spices up a slightly worn-out formula with material that would otherwise be reserved for other genres, and instead of relying on overused plot devices, controls the narrative with thought-provoking... More »
  

DVD Review: Urasawa Naoki's MONSTER, Episodes 46-60

(Being inconspicuous: you're doing it WRONG!) While I have yet to hold the last few discs in my hands, Australian distributor Siren Visual has stuck the landing and managed to get the anime Monster on DVD in its entirety. The... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Cannes 2014 Review: Action Thriller THE TARGET Misses the Mark

Normally we read about which new Korean thriller has had its remake rights snatched up by a Hollywood studio (news which invariably leads to a fervent chorus of opposition among Korean film fans) but these days we're starting to see... More »
  

Review: KOCHADAIIYAAN Is An Undercooked Epic Whose Reach Exceeds Its Grasp

Rajnikanth is a transcendent figure. He's more than a mere movie star; he's an idol, an ideal, an icon. He is the Superstar. So, when the makers of Kochadaiiyaan took that man and appropriated his image and voice and funneled... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Fantaspoa 2014 Review: CHAMELEON (BUQÄLÄMUN), A Minimalist Azerbaijani Drama

I never expected to watch a film like Chameleon (Buqälämun) at Fantaspoa. This is not fantasy cinema at all but rather a minimalist drama and the very first Azerbaijani film I've ever seen. It is about people who are only... More »
  

NYIFF 2014 Review: In SNIFFER A Man Finds Himself In The Dirty Laundry Of Others

Most people show a lot of who they are through their interactions with others. Sure, there's the person we think we are, or the person that we imagine ourselves to be on our best days, but it's really how we... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Cannes 2014 Review: A HARD DAY Is Easy-To-Love Genre Cinema

If you feel that tough genre fare in Korea has been spinning its wheels of late, you're not alone. While generally well made, the élan of yesteryear's hardboiled Korean thrillers has recently been replaced by a growing sense of familiarity... More »
  
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