New Trailer For Nacho Vigalondo's OPEN WINDOWS Thrills And Disturbs

Nacho Vigalondo's ingenious and manic third feature Open Windows has been making the festival rounds this season, and is due for release in the US (October 2 on VOD, November 7 theatrically) and the UK on October 17. The first... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: F.W. Murnau's FAUST - A GERMAN FOLK LEGEND

In today's cinematic marketplace, audiences have grown increasingly used to Hollywood fare dominating both domestic and international box offices. In the last few years we have even seen studios steer their biggest blockbusters increasingly towards overseas markets, with particular focus... More »
  

Review: THE TRIP TO ITALY, Very Funny, Yet Overly Familiar

Michael Winterbottom's The Trip was an enormously pleasant surprise. The 2010 UK TV series -- also cut into feature form for the international market -- was built on what appeared to be the flimsiest of premises, featuring British comics Rob... More »
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Review: RAGNAROK, Monstrous Family Fun, Norwegian Style

Curse you, Indiana Jones! The bullwhip-toting, fedora-wearing, hard-loving professor created unrealistic expectations for all cinematic archaeologists who have followed in his footsteps. Thus, the gentle, mild, soft-spoken Sigurd, a tall and slender family man who is still coping with the... More »
  

New York 2014: Festival's Main Slate Includes Godard In 3D, And Many Of The Usual Suspects

Jean-Luc Godard in 3D highlights the main slate of the New York Film Festival, which announced its selections today. As we've come to expect, the 52nd edition includes many of the usual suspects, with the latest films by David Cronenberg,... More »
  

Memories Of The Future: Chris Marker Retro With Newly Restored LEVEL FIVE At BAM

With the theatrical release of the digitally restored 1997 film Level 5, Brooklyn's own BAM Cinematek is hosting a rare retrospective of Chris Marker, one of the most singular voices in cinema history.Marker passed on in 2012. But as a... More »
  

MOOD INDIGO And ZERO THEOREM To Open Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival

The Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival announced the first four titles of this year's lineup for our festival. Formerly the Dark Bridges Film Festival, we announced these four titles the other night during a screening of Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer at our home... More »
  

AUTOMATA Posters Show A Battered And Weary Antonio Banderas

It's been five years since Spanish director Gabe Ibáñez crept onto the film scene with his subtlely disturbing thriller Hierro, and I for one have been waiting in anticipation for his next project. It looks like the waiting is almost... More »
  

L'Etrange Announces The 2014 Lineup

One of the world's premiere genre film events, France's L'Etrange Festival have announced their 2014 lineup and - true to form - it's a doozy. What's coming? Read on to find out! L'ÉTRANGE FESTIVAL PARIS COMPLETE LINE-UP 20TH EDITION /... More »
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ONE MILLION KLICKS Trailer Introduces The Ass-Kicking Skills Of Mike Moeller

The first trailer has just popped up for German language martial arts flick One Million Klicks, and showcases some pretty impressive fighting skills. The first project from production company Silent Partners, recently formed by Ruediger Kummerle and Mike Leeder, One... More »
  

Rutger Hauer Is Making CLONES

Rutger Hauer wants to copy your brain. And there's a fighting chance it's not going to go particularly well. At least that's what I took away from the trailer for Rafael Bolliger's handsome scifi short Clones. But it's Rutger, right?... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

The WONDERBROTHERS Need A Miracle In the Charming First Trailer

Meet the Wonderbrothers (Wonderbroeders), a quintet of Dutch priest who - it must be said - are not particularly good at priestly things. Unless, of course, you consider the age old traditions of brewing beer and then drinking said beer... More »
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Head Underground With The Teaser For Dark Norwegian Comedy PROLETAR

Expect to hear morefrom young Norwegian director Øyvind Holtmon over the next few years. His short film, Proletar, has been nominated as the best student film in all of Scandinavia and it's not hard at all to see why from... More »
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The Craft Goes To Sweden With The First Teaser For CIRKELN (THE CIRCLE)

You may have expected there to be a wave of young adult oriented fantasy film to arise in Sweden following the runaway international success of Let The Right One In but, surprisingly, there was not. Adaptations of the original author's... More »
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Fantasia 2014 Review: THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED

For all of us who feel Robert Zemeckis's Forrest Gump is a sentimental, condescending insult to cinema audiences everywhere, and David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is not a helluvalot better, we finally have an entry into 'the man... More »
  

Melbourne 2014 Review: In TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, The Dardennes Eschew Nothing

Why did Two Days, One Night work so well for me? It's not easy to explain. This is especially the case, considering this is my first experience watching a film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and the fact I know nothing about... More »
  

COLT 45: Watch The Second Trailer For Du Welz's Ultra Slick Action Flick

Well, now. If the idea of Calvaire and Vinyan director Fabrice du Welz tackling a dark crime / action thriller wasn't enough to get you all excited and the stellar first trailer for his upcoming Colt 45 wasn't enough to... More »
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HARD BOILED COP: Watch The Short And Long Versions Now

Early last month we brought Ulrik Bruchholz's short film Hard Boiled Cop to your attention, primarily because it starred German martial artist Mathis Landwehr. Landwehr has done loads of work in television (Lasko - The Fist of God) and short films... More »
  

Elle Fanning To Play Mary Shelley In Film By WADJDA Director Haifaa al-Mansour

Nineteenth-century author Mary Shelley wrote her novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, when she was 19 (just let that sink in for a minute.) The subject of countless adaptations and recreations, it is one of the two things for which she... More »
  

Review: THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT, A Masterclass In Minimalism, From A Newcomer

While cinema acts as a temporal artifice like no other medium out there, films that capture the absolute spark of a moment -- the Nowness of a breath or a look -- for all to experience at a further moment,... More »
  
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