Berlinale 2014 Review: THE MIDNIGHT AFTER, Fruit Chan's Maddening Pop-Art Apocalypse

It should have been clear as soon as the title, "Based on the novel by PIZZA", rolled onscreen. Fruit Chan's The Midnight After was sure to be loopy, irreverent and a rare kind of crazy. And it was! But... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: YVES SAINT LAURENT Is Saved By Lead Performance

There are two biopics out this year on Yves Saint Laurent, the iconic French women's fashion designer. Considering his importance in French fashion culture, this is probably not surprising (at least that there might be more than one film about... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014 Review: HARD TO BE A GOD, Russian Science Fiction Unlike Anything Before

(Persevere, even though it's sometimes hard to be an audience...) Every year it's a delicate game of pick-and-choose when the International Film Festival Rotterdam reveals its roster. With almost 400 titles to choose from, all you can see is bound... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: LOVE IS IN THE AIR Crashes On Familiar Romantic Rocks

Awash in cliches, flashbacks, and montages, Love Is In The Air (Amour et Turbulences) subscribes to the exhausted yet still popular notion that for everyone there is but one true love. It must be fate, therefore, that seats Antoine (Nicolas... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: The U.S. vs THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT Examines A "Merchant Of Death"

The Pussy Riot documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, had its world premiere last year at Sundance. The doc was co-directed by Russian filmmaker Maxin Pozdorovkin, who now is teamed with a different director (Tony Gerber), but returned to the... More »
  

Review: Van Damme Goes Violently Vegan In ENEMIES CLOSER

Jean Claude Van Damme is gleefully deranged in Peter Hyams' no-frills Friday night beat-em up, in which a park ranger and vengeful ex-con form an uneasy alliance against a gang of marauding mercenaries on the Canadian border.The last decade has... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: THE DISOBEDIENT Is A Marvelously Absurdist Abstraction Of Young Adulthood

About half way into Serbian director Mina Djukic's feature debut, our heroes, Leni and Lazar (childhood loves reunited) get caught in a rather curious rain shower. As if by magic conjured by the cinematic gods themselves, the sunny summer fields... More »
  

Review: STRANGER BY THE LAKE Explores An Uncanny Attraction

It is hard to know exactly where to begin when it comes to discussing Alain Guiraudie's psychosexual thriller Stranger by the Lake. This controversial film was strangely given an R18+ rating and uncut in more conservative places like Australia. However,... More »
  

Review: Slovenian School Drama CLASS ENEMY Presents Collective Crime And Individual Punishment

The times seem to be ripe for a new generation to overthrow the old one and usurp the ruling sceptre. The New Waves are splashing on all sides, yet still some go unnoticed. Such is the case of Slovenia. Lately,... More »
  

Review: THE STRONG ANGEL INN Has A Serious Drinking Problem

Addiction is a relatively familiar topic in the film world. Even though it might seem quite impossible to depict such a horrible and consumptive, yet extremely human illness without any actual experiences, over the years many artists tried to deal... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: WAR STORY, A Devastating Study Of Conflict, From Within

Mark Jackson did not so much as burst forth onto the independent film scene in 2011 with his brilliant first feature Without. Rather he made a careful set of imprints and impressions, distinct and measured, over the entire year on... More »
  

Slamdance 2014 Review: LOVE STEAKS Is Bold, Brash And Beautifully Ugly

A flash in the pan. Hands on a middle aged body. Scented oils. Grease. Steaks sizzling. Hips. Thighs. Raw meat. Chakras. Auras. A slab of frozen lamb. The fizz-boom-fizz of industrial music kicking our ears in. The images keep pummeling... More »
  

Slamdance 2014 Review: COPENHAGEN, A Heartfelt Ode To The City, To Sorrow, And To Change

William is a twenty-something American traveling in Europe. Except he's Canadian 'cause "that's still a thing right?" He's obnoxious, rude, a veritable asshole, putting anything he's got left (a potent mix of self-loathing, male ego and hormones) into drinking and... More »
  

Review: NYMPHOMANIAC PART 2 Brings The Pain...

It was only yesterday that I reviewed Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac Part 1, as spoiler-free as possible. After that, I ran back to the cinema for the premiere of Nymphomaniac Part 2, and this leaves me in a rather uncomfortable... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: NYMPHOMANIAC PART 1 Teases, Entices...

When discussing Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac within team Twitch, I suddenly realized a couple of things which surprised me. One, that I've never been disappointed yet by a Lars Von Trier film. Two, how few Lars Von Trier films I've... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS, A Decently Weird And Hilariously Illuminating Greek Film

The following is a powerful excerpt from the influential postmodern scribe and great mind, Don DeLillo, vividly illustrating man's paramount prerogative of lacanian fantasy and psycho-hygiene concealed in the inherent virtue of homo sapiens in the novel White Noise. "How... More »
  

Review: SHERLOCK S3E01, THE EMPTY HEARSE Marks A Welcome Return

Two years on from plunging to his apparent death before the horrified eyes of his closest - and very nearly only - friend and compatriot John Watson the great Sherlock Holmes makes his return with BBC fave Sherlock hitting the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: Amnesia Thriller OPEN GRAVE Doesn't Forget About Character

Sharlto Copely is the secret weapon of the amnesia thriller Open Grave. The District 9 actor easily flits between monster, savior, and victim in a role that demands that he  not know whether he's any of the above. His work... More »
  

Review: DOCTOR WHO, THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR (Or, Farewell To Matt Smith As The Christmas Special Welcomes Peter Capaldi To The Title Role)

Opinions appear to be divided when it comes to "The Time of the Doctor", something that is bound to make discussing the episode rather lively. Personally, I liked it in parts but don't think it adds up to a complete... More »
  

Review: MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Never Stops To Plant Its Feet

Idris Elba is a mighty fine actor, and he gives a very striking impersonation of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. More's the pity, then, that the film, directed by Justin Chadwick, comes across as headlines dramatized from... More »
  
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