Review: IN FEAR Takes A White-Knuckle Ride On A Dark Night

New couple Tom and Lucy are on their way to a music festival, to meet up with friends, camp, and explore their new relationship, when things go terribly awry. In Fear opens with Lucy in the loo of a pub,... More »
  

Review: HONEY, A Beautifully Nuanced Directorial Debut From Actress Valeria Golino

Irene (Jasmine Trinca) lives alone by the ocean and has a peculiar job -- assisting deaths in terminally ill patients and their families by observing and providing poison used in putting down sick pets. Assisted suicide is a taboo subject... More »
  

Interview: Actress Valeria Golino On Her Directorial Debut, HONEY (MIELE)

Italian actress Valeria Golino (Rain Man, Hot Shots!, Indian Runner, Respiro among others) makes an assured directorial debut with Honey/Miele, a drama about a woman who assists suicides for a living. It's a beautiful film that plays out like a... More »
  

Review: Emotional Drama LOVING Searches For Truth About The Mechanics Of Love

In an impassioned and perceptive manner, Loving (Milosc) breaks down the essence of a marriage on the verge of collapse. The sharply-written script goes beyond the surface in order to expose all the ingredients crucial for the formation and further development of... More »
  

Preview: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014 Packs A Punch

The 19th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films' celebrated annual showcase of the best in contemporary French film, hits screens at The Film Society, the IFC Center and BAMcinématek in New... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: Take A Closer Look At The UK Release Of PERFECT BLUE

(Never judge someone with "multiple personality disorder" by her cover, or her other cover!) Josh just reviewed the new Blu-ray release of Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue, and did a wonderful job describing its contents. But you might wonder what the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Watch The Pitch Trailer For Icelandic Miniseries GRILLINGUR

Icelandic filmmaker Logi Hilmarsson first popped up on our radar when his short film Þygdarafl (Gravity) played at the Tribeca Film Festival. Hilmarsson has just sent word that he has a new project in the works, a television miniseries called... More »
  

Review: AMBASSADA Has An Extremely Poor Sense Of Humor

Apparently, after all those magnificent years of creating hilarious, crowd-pleasing comedies Juliusz Machulski (Vabank, Sexmission, Kiler) has finally lost his comedic touch. His oeuvre is like an almost never-ending bag of laugh-inducing creations and a source of great joy, mostly... More »
  

New To Netflix: Iceland, Oscars, Palme d'Or Winners, Cronenberg, And Cannibals

Have you finished binge-viewing House of Cards yet? This week's entry of New To Netflix is the usual grab-bag of independent and foreign fare, speckled award winners, some cult Canadian stuff, and a couple of remakes. We start at the 2013 Cannes... More »
  

OFFSCREEN Film Festival Brussels Welcomes Radley Metzger, And A Whole Lot More

This week, the seventh edition of the Offscreen Film Festival in Brussels will start, undoubtedly one of the best 'genre' festivals in Europe. And their line-up this year is very much yummie. Radley Metzger is one of the guests of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

RIP Cinema Giant Alain Resnais

One of the greatest film directors of the 20th century, Alain Resnais died yesterday at the age of 91, it was announced by his long-time producer, Jean-Louis Livi. Just a few weeks ago, I saw what has turned out to... More »
  

Review: THE DARK VALLEY Is As American As Austria Can Get

In Andreas Prochaska's Austrian Neo-Western about an enigmatic horseman who comes to a remote Austrian village in a deserted valley everything looks like a big Hollywood production with stunning production design, costumes and make-up. The Dark Valley is then an... More »
  

Review: STALINGRAD Offers Massive Visual Spectacle But Little Else

Its US release coming on the heels of the just-wrapped Sochi Olympics, where Russia presented a noble image of itself for both domestic and international consumption, the Russian war film Stalingrad seeks to do much the same in cinematic terms. It... More »
  

Trailer: Polish Psychological Thriller THE WORD

How far would you go to make up for mistakes that ruined your relationship? Through mixing elements of coming-of-age drama and psychological thriller, Anna Kazejak (Flying Pigs) delves into painful and difficult issues of young love, infidelity, and emotional manipulation. Three... More »
  

Watch An Exclusive Clip From Danish Martial Arts Short ECHOES OF A RONIN

Director Shaky Gonzalez and star David Sakurai have teamed up to create something very unusual for their homeland of Denmark: A martial arts drama rooted in the Japanese bushido code. Sweden's Tim Man - a rapidly rising star in the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Belgian Black Comedy HALFWEG Puts A Different Spin On Haunting

Geoffrey Enthoven and the rest of the creative team behind European hit Come As You Are move into rather different territory with their latest effort, Halfweg. Freshly on Belgian screens this week the film is a black comedy with a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Totally Manic Trailer For Turkish Horror AMMAR Evokes Old School Raimi

As the saying goes, talent borrows while genius steals. And while stealing certainly isn't enough to make you a genius if you're going to steal you should steal from the best and Ammar director Özgür Bakar - to say nothing... More »
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Turkish Boogeyman Lurks In The Woods Of GULYABANI

Dear women of Turkey, or at least women of Orçun Benli's Gulyabani: If you happen to find yourself alone in the remote woods when you stumble upon a sealed well in the middle of nowhere, just leave it sealed. Don't... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

OPEN WINDOWS: Black Leather, New Poster For Nacho Vigalondo Thriller

I had the opportunity to see Nacho Vigalondo's third feature Open Windows at the European Film Market in Berlin earlier this month. And while I can't tell you any details, I can say that it was pretty incredible: intelligent, innovative, brilliantly... More »
  

Review: TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT Boldly Exposes The Dark Side Of Police Work

Though still on the verge of being Poland's new voice of morality, Wojciech Smarzowski (The Wedding, The Dark House) has undoubtedly found a very convincing way of exposing the country's greatest and most frustrating absurdities. Never far from controversy, Smarzowski's unflinching... More »
  
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