Toronto 2014 Review: SPRING Is No Sophomore Slump

"You saw me all fucked up and I am still here." So says Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) to his Italian girlfriend, Louise (Nadia Hilker), after discovering that her 'little secret' is well outside his comfort zone. It is this moment, well... More »
  

Lund 2014: Full Lineup Reveals Creepy Kiwis, Nazi Zombies, And Some Good Old Cannibalism

The full schedule for the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival was unveiled just before the weekend. We had previously announced that the festival already included highly sought after films like The Guest, The Babadook and V/H/S Viral. Well. if you head... More »
  

Australia's 15th Lavazza Italian Film Festival Has An Effervescent Lineup

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival playing across Australia is now in its 15th year. The festival has brought the best mainstream and accessible Italian festival titles to Australian shores and this year is no exception. The festival is tighter than... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA Will Age Gracefully

The eponymous image of Clouds of Sils Maria features a heavenly mist snaking its way through mountain peaks like a river, the rocks frozen in time, immutable, the clouds in perpetual motion.It is shown as shot for Olivier Assayas in 2014,... More »
  

Review: It's Baudrillard Revisited In Czech Anti-Rom DELIGHT

Czech director Jitka Rudolfová rejoins the ranks of emerging filmmakers worth following. Her feature debut, a sort of generational observation piece called Dreamers, focuses on a group of friends in their 30's who decide to change their aimless lives. Delight... More »
  

Review: WETLANDS, Not For The Faint Of Heart Nor Weak Of Stomach

When a film begins with a teenage girl deliberately smearing her genitals all over an especially disgusting public toilet seat, you pretty much have an idea what you're in for. Wetlands, director David Wnendt's sophomore feature after the award winning... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Watch The Trailer For Dark Crime Thriller WASTE LAND

Belgian director Pieter Van Hees is a slippery one. He made his feature debut with The Left Bank, a dark supernaturally charged thriller before moving on to clever action-comedy Dirty Mind. The tonal shift between the films was dramatic -... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Delectably Dark And Drily Hilarious Trailer For Roy Andersson's A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

Confession time: I have never seen a film by Roy Andersson. And clearly this needs to change because if his work is anything at all like the drily hysterical trailer for his Venice and Toronto selection A Pigeon Sat On... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Von Trier Returns To Television With THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

Lars Von Trier is returning to television.Though the Danish director has spent the vast majority of his career working in feature film his horror series The Kingdom - sadly never to be finished due to the passing of key actors... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Enter The WETLANDS With New 'Pink-Band' Trailer

David Wnendt's Wetlands has been turning heads and arching brows around the world for the past while now thanks to its frank, explicit and super stylish take on female sexuality. Adapted from the cult novel by Charlotte Roche this is... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

The Director Of Turkish Horror MUSALLAT Returns With SICCIN And Things Are Getting Grisly

Though Turkey is a country with a long history of genre film that history is precisely that: History. And largely in the past. Here in the present things are a bit different with just a small group of directors working... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: DOCTOR WHO S8E02, INTO THE DALEK (Or, They Shrunk The Doctor And Put Him In A Dalek)

Regeneration episodes tend to be anomalies, so Peter Capaldi's second installment as the Doctor was always going to be more telling as to his take on the character. The good news, then, is that he remains brilliant. This Doctor is... More »
  

Big Talk, Bigger Stakes In The Trailer For Zvyagintsev's LEVIATHAN

While Andrey Zvyaginstev has only made a handful of feature films over the last decade (The Return being a personal favorite), he's made everyone of them count, and none perhaps more so than his latest, Leviathan. Charting great buzz out... More »
  

Watch The U.S. Trailer For Palme d'Or Winner WINTER SLEEP

Equally hailed and disregarded for a plethora of reasons that could probably fill its near 3 and a half hour running time, Nuri Belge Ceylan, Turkey's preeminent filmmaker on the international stage, nonetheless walked away from this year's Cannes with... More »
  

Toronto 2014: The Woods Are Not Safe In Trailer for CUB

Dear forest child in the mask. Why are you so stabby? This was supposed to be a nice weekend for this pack of cub scout. Full of campfires, sleeping under the stars and sing-a-longs. But now you have shown up... More »
  

Lund 2014: THE GUEST, V/H/S: VIRAL And THE BABADOOK In First Wave

The Lund International Fantastic Film Festival will celebrate its twentieth anniversary this year! That is a lot of time giving the folks in Lund, Sweden a good dose of international fantastic cinema each year. It's once again time for Scandinavia's leading... More »
  

Review: THE CONGRESS, Ambitious And Mostly Successful

Loosely based on the sci-fi musings of Stanislav Lem, Ari Folman follows up his Oscar-nominated Waltz With Bashir with this ambitious and mostly successful exploration of celebrity, cinema and the subconscious. One of the biggest criticisms of Cinema, and Hollywood... More »
  

Review: THE NOTEBOOK, A Chilling Tale Of Creepy Twins In WWII Hungary

The idea of viewing wartime through the eyes of children has had its share of cinematic treatments over the years. Based on a prize winning novel of the same name, Hungarian director János Szász adds The Notebook/Le Grand Cahier to that... More »
  

Watch The Gorgeous Promo For Venice Selection THE POSTMAN'S WHITE NIGHTS

Other worldly. Out of time. Languid. Uncanny. Meditative. These are all fine and easy ways to describe the promo reel for veteran Russian-American director Andrei Konchalovsky's latest, The Postman's White Nights, which will be playing in competition at Venice early... More »
  

Now On Blu-ray: JACKPOT Strikes It Rich, Norwegian Style

Don't go to strip clubs, kids. Or, don't buy a lottery ticket with paroled criminals. Or, just sit back and enjoy Jackpot, (original title: Arme Riddere), a scintillating, Norwegian-style thriller, out now on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. from Doppelganger Releasing. Based on a... More »
  
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