The Many Faces Of Li Bingbing

Last week saw the premiere of Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal in China. Our editor of Asian Affairs James Marsh saw it, and had plenty of good to say about it, especially concerning lead actress Li Bingbing.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Now On Blu-ray: UN BIANCO VESTITO PER MARIALE And COME CANI ARRABBIATI From Camera Obscura

As the physical media hording masses of the world look to Blu-ray as their next best option, it's only a matter of time before our favorite distributors do the same. This time around it's the underappreciated German label, Camera Obscura.... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects Of Desire: Matsumoto Hitoshi's R100

The astonishingly surreal work of Japanese comedian-turned-filmmaker Matsumoto Hitoshi has long been championed here at TwitchFilm, and in some ways his fourth feature film - R100 - transcends anything he has yet produced. Positioned not as a comedy, but rather... More »
By James Marsh   
  

A Year In Czech Cinema

On the day before the Academy Awards were handed out Stateside, another feast of awards occurred in the Czech Republic. The Czech Lions, an annual event, welcomed domestic filmmakers and people from the film industry to celebrate their yearly work. The... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Latin Beat: Netflix Award Helps Mexican Cinema

Netflix is constantly growing in Latin America, and while in Mexico the catalog is still nowhere as big as the North American one, several hotly anticipated TV series, such as Better Call Saul and House of Cards, are greatly helping... More »
  

Osaka 2015 Preview: Most Anticipated Movies

Beginning life in 2005 as the Korea Entertainment Film Festival, the Osaka Asian Film Festival broadened its outlook in its sophomore year to cover all East Asian cinema, quickly rising to become Japan's premier festival solely covering Asian film. Based... More »
  

Offscreen Brussels 2015: Line-up And Recommendations

Next week the Offscreen Festival in Brussels will start, providing an eclectic mix of films and events from the 4th of March till the 22nd of March. Most of the content can be considered "genre", as the festival has... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Film Comment Selects 2015: Choice Cuts From Old, New And Around The World

Film Comment Selects, Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual film series that showcases the best films from all corners of the world selected by folks at Film Comment magazine, marks the arrival of spring for New York cinephiles in an... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Latin Beat: ASU MARE 2, Will Lightning Strike Again In Peru?

Is box-office success a blessing or a curse? Ernesto Zelaya Minano, who is based in Peru, addresses that question in regard to the brand-new trailer for Asu Mare, the follow up to the 2013 smash hit. Critics are sharpening their... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Rotterdam 2015: What The Audiences Liked Best

(Because let's face it: what do all those artsy-fartsy-lovin' paid critics know, anyway?) Years ago, there was a time when the coming of the International Film Festival Rotterdam annoyed me. All my favorite cinemas were taken over by this event,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects Of Desire: Ari Folman's THE CONGRESS

Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects of Desire (or Drafthouse FOOD if you must) is a new regular column assessing the home cinema releases from the Austin-based distributor.Ari Folman's follow-up to his animated Oscar-nominated documentary, Waltz With Bashir, is a loose adaptation... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Sundance 2015: TwitchFilm Wraps It Up With Our Reviews And Top Picks

This year's Sundance Film Festival was eclectic as ever, with a slew of standout films, including big winners Me, Earl And The Dying Girl and The Witch. It was also a year where sales were more robust, no thanks to... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Latin Beat: Ambulante Doc Fest Kicks Off; Watch Chilling Trailers For Peru's POSEIDAS And DESAPARECER

Our newest Latin Beat column features contributions from Eric Ortiz Garcia in Mexico and Ernesto Zelaya Minano in Peru. First, Eric tells us about the Ambulante documentary festival and presents his top five picks. Next, Ernesto shares news about two chilling... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Stanley Donen's TWO FOR THE ROAD

Smart, stylish, insightful and brimming with technical inventiveness, Stanley Donen's Two For The Road is a wonderful examination of the modern marriage whose influence can still be felt in Hollywood cinema today, nearly 50 years after it was originally released.Inspired... More »
By James Marsh   
  

TURBO KID: You Know What This Clip Needs? Blades. And Fire!

As the Turbo Kid crew prepare to unleash their post-apocalyptic tale upon the audience at Sundance on Monday, January 26th, IGN released a clip from the film.  It shows Michael Ironside, as Zues, chewing up the scene and one of the writers/directors... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Sundance 2015: Short Film Round-Up

Amidst so many feature narrative and docus to choose from at Sundance, the wide ranging selection of shorts can be easily overlooked. But this is not for a lack of quality as both the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Fiction grand... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Slamdance 2015: TwitchFilm Raises The Curtain With 10 Must-Sees

The always surprising and exciting Slamdance Film Festival kicks off today, so we've got ten selections from their narrative and doc competitions, Beyond and special screening slates that you are gonna wanna keep an eye on. The festival looks to... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas 2015 Dispatch: Costa-Gavras On Charlie Hebdo, Mexico's Missing Students, And More

The San Cristóbal De Las Casas International Film Festival honored master filmmaker Costa-Gavras, who was in town for a couple of days. Gavras received the festival's highest honor, the Ámbar award, and the Cineteca Nacional medal. He also offered a one-hour... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: GIOVANNI'S ISLAND Ultimate Edition Hits The Soul

Nishikubo Mizuho's film Giovanni's Island is picking up awards by the truckload all over the world, and is currently a nominee in the upcoming Japan Academy Prizes. And rightly so, if our man-in-Japan Christopher is to be believed. He called... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Films That Haunt: HORSEHEAD, A Potent Mix Of Dreams And Reality

Do movies haunt your consciousness? I'm not thinking so much about straight horror flicks, per se, but movies that enter your mind and continue to percolate long after you've seen them. In particular, I've been thinking about Horsehead (aka Fievre)... More »
By Peter Martin   
  
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