Rotterdam 2016 Review: BEYOND SLEEP

One of the tasks Dutch high-school boys and girls need to conquer is finishing the dreaded Dutch "literature list", meaning they need to have read a certain number of famous Dutch books. One of the more often-used titles to put... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: IL SOLENGO Speaks To The Heart Of Italian Culture

There is a side to Italian culture which, given the importance it has, receives far too little attention. Beyond the cop vs. mafia gun battles and the eccentric lives of Italian dilettantes, there lurks a mysterious, timeless figure: the contadino.... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  

Review: LOST IN MUNICH, A French Parrot In The Czech Republic

As the year 2015 drew to a conclusion, Czech film critics had to do their homework to round up domestic titles suitable for annual awards bearing their name. (The awards ceremony will be held on January 23). Out of... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Review: AFERIM!, Angry And Rough, A Must-See Ride In Romania

For over a decade Romanian Cinema has produced many breathtakingly great films, and directors such as Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristian Mungiu and Călin Peter Netzer have gained international recognition, becoming household names in world cinema. The usual term of... More »
  

Review: Garrel's IN THE SHADOW OF WOMEN Finds Infidelity Is An Equal Opportunity Offender

Philippe Garrel, known for making films about deeply self-reflexive romantic entanglements since the late 60s, is at it again with In the Shadows of Women. Infidelity, art, improvisation, one-take scenes, shot in monochrome on film and natural settings have been... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Review: SON OF SAUL, A Unique Holocaust Horror Story

Son of Saul has two obvious strikes against it. It's a handheld, close POV movie, usually the sign of filmmakers too austere to pick up a tripod, eschewing good framing in favour of shakycam "grit." Then there's the subject... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Review: MACBETH, Injected With Dread And Cool

Justin Kurzel's Snowtown was a remarkable film, a brash feature debut that signaled the emergence of a unique talent joining a slew of them coming out of the Australian independent scene. Following up a powerful true crime story with... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Black Nights 2015 Review: DAWN, A Surreal Image Of Soviet Life

Tales of mythic figures, particularly those whose myth is perpetuated by governments, are ripe fodder for film. This can be especially interesting if someone like myself is ignorant of said mythic figure. Such is the case with Dawn, Laila Pakalnina's... More »
  

Black Nights 2015 Review: THANK YOU FOR BOMBING Shines a Critical Light on War Reporting

War correspondants can be mythic figures, something of romantic heroes. They go to dangerous places in order to bring us the truth. It's been said that it was the reporter's stories that helped begin protests against the Vietnam War; although... More »
  

Black Nights 2015 Review: BODY, The Connection Between Flesh and Spirit

Malgorzata Szumowska's previous films (Elles, In the Name Of) have looked at the conflict between mind and body, in a darkly serious tone. In her latest film Body (which won the Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlinale), she again... More »
  

Black Nights 2015 Review: DON'T LOOK AT ME THAT WAY Asks Much, Answers Little

Most stories are about love: falling in love, falling out of love, betrayal, passion, death. And often, there is a good lover and a bad lover, or at least, someone with whom the audience is supposed to share perspective. But... More »
  

Black Nights 2015 Review: GHOST MOUNTAINEER, The Scariest Stories Are True

Growing up in Canada, you develop a healthy respect for the cold, when you could die just from being caught outside, not to mention activities that could have you buried under snow, or trapped in places with no civilization for... More »
  

Black Nights 2015 Review: THE BRIDE, Love In The Ruins

Federico García Lorca's play Blood Wedding has been popular for over 80 years, for its level of drama akin to Greek tragedy, blood feuds between families, and one woman caught between two men she loves. In The Bride, Paula Ortiz... More »
  

Review: COURTED Finds Humour Without A Trial

Winner of the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at this year's Venice Film Festival, Christian Vincent's dryly comic courtroom drama was selected as the opening film for the 44th Hong Kong French Cinepanorama on 18 November. Michel Racine (Fabrice Luchini)... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Review: LEGEND, The Full Package, Including Two Killer Roles For Tom Hardy

From his star-making role in Bronson to his box office busting turn in Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy has quickly established himself as one of the most bankable and most well respected actors working today. So what could be... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Blu-ray Review: SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS From Camera Obscura (Ger)

Camera Obscura is one of the finest cult home video labels that most people have never heard of. Over the last three or four years TwitchFilm has been fortunate to jump on board the Camera Obscura train to see them grow... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Warsaw 2015 Review: THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER, A Doc With Strong Storytelling And Wild Ideas

Chad Gracia's documentary boasts a title that could be misleadingly attributed to a newly devised coital constellation or a daunting and supposedly nasty mob technique. Neither of the two is a close call, as The Russian Woodpecker refers to a... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Review: THE WONDERS, A Poetic Realist Portrait Of Painful Adolescence

The Wonders (Le meraviglie) is a poetic realist portrait of painful adolescence. Director Alice Rohrwacher tells a slight coming of age tale infused with melancholy, hardship but not without a sense of beauty. Gone is the Italy of opulence and... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Review: LOVE, Much More Than A Gimmick

Gaspar Noé. For some even the name sends shudders. Thoughts of the visually bombastic Enter the Void cause a kind of PTSD, and his Irreversable still haunts some 13 years on. The Argentine-born, France-based director occupies a unique and... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Now on Blu-ray: DER TODESKING And ANGST From Cult Epics

Cult Epics is one of the most under-appreciated cult home video labels haunting video store shelves these days.The label's owner, Nico B., has turned his company an essential source for hard-edged avant garde horror and splatter of yesteryear with releases... More »
By Charlie Hobbs   
  
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