Pretty Packaging: KIJU YOSHIDA, LOVE AND ANARCHISM Boxset

Ever since UK distributor Arrow surprised friends and foes alike by thinking "Gosh, wouldn't it be fun to release an ultra-pimped edition of Battle Royale?", five years ago, it has been worth the effort to keep an eye on them.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: King Hu's DRAGON INN

Considered by many to be the architect of wuxia cinema, King Hu was to martial arts was John Ford was to the western. Beginning with his 1966 Shaw Brothers adventure Come Drink With Me, Hu took a pulp genre associated... More »
By James Marsh   
  

"Nobuhiko Obayashi: A Retrospective": 5 Highlights From a Fantastic Oeuvre

"Nobuhiko Obayashi: A Retrospective," screening at Japan Society through December 6, offers a long-overdue (re)introduction to a fascinating and innovative filmmaker, one of the few of his generation still active. He's best known for his 1977 cult classic House, but... More »
  

Night Visions 3015: Hell Up In Helsinki

Earlier this month I went to the future. I mean this somewhat literally, as my flight from Toronto to Helsinki, Finland put me 8 hours ahead, but also because I was attending the Night Visions Film Festival, a biannual celebration... More »
By Peter K.   
  

Los Cabos 2015 Dispatch: Liam Neeson Talks SILENCE, Taipei Earthquake, STAR WARS, And Reunites With Ewan McGregor

The first official look at Liam Neeson in Martin Scorsese's Silence reveals him in an agonized pose. But the actor was completely relaxed and charming during a press conference at the Los Cabos International Film Festival this past Saturday morning,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Los Cabos 2015 Dispatch: Atom Egoyan Talks REMEMBER On A Day That Turned Very Dark

Early Friday morning, I awoke early on a glorious, sunny day to attend a press screening of Atom Egoyan's Remember at the Los Cabos International Film Festival in Baja California Sur, Mexico. By the time I returned to my hotel... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Los Cabos 2015 Dispatch: QUEEN OF EARTH, SLEEPING GIANT, And CAROL, An Impressive Trio

It's gorgeous and sunny today but yesterday the weather was overcast at the Los Cabos International Film Festival, which made it just a tiny bit easier to ignore the beautiful surroundings and head inside to watch movies. Happily, the trio... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Los Cabos 2015 Preview: Mexico, Canada, And U.S. Get A New Spotlight

The fourth edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival kicks off tonight with the Mexican premiere of Demolition, which is part of a tribute to filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée. The festival is held in Cabo San Lucas, located at the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

70s Rewind: FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE, In Praise Of Modest Frights

As a huge fan of 1970s cinema, it's always tempting to overpraise modestly entertaining movies. For comparison's sake to another decade, witness last week's effusive nostalgia for 1985's Back to the Future II, surely one of the most ghastly, sour... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Cornel Wilde's THE NAKED PREY

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, The Naked Prey remains the only film directed by Cornel Wilde to be widely available, a situation that based on this example, is a lamentable state of affairs indeed. An incredibly physical actor, who was... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Margaret Mead Film Festival 2015 Expands The Boundaries Of Documentary And Visual Anthropology

The Margaret Mead Film Festival, one of New York's finest documentary and visual anthropology showcases, returns for its 2015 edition, screening from October 22-25 at the American Museum of Natural History. This year's edition will screen 57 films from over... More »
  

5 Reasons To Check Out This Weekend's Film Independent Forum In LA

Anyone of us who has attended a film festival has been in the following tight spot: It's that one between seeing a possibly great movie or attending a grade A industry panel that could give superb insight into the world... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

St. Lawrence 2015 Preview: Twitch's Top Picks From The "Fourth Coast" Fest

The first ever St. Lawrence International Film Festival is about to kick off, October 22 - 25. But where one might that be? Well, St. Lawrence University is in the town of Canton, New York, and Canton is in the... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Latin Beat: 30 Peruvian Films Released In 2015, Plus Trailers For EL CEBICHITO, COMO EN EL CINE, EL BENEFICIO DE LA DUDA And THE NUTCRACKER SWEET

2015 has been a busy year for Peruvian cinema. A record-breaking 30 films will have opened in theaters by the time December rolls around; some have been better received than others. There's the box office smash of Asu Mare 2,... More »
  

Aruba 2015 Wrap-Up: More Reviews, Awards Announced, And Final Impressions From One Happy Island

Sunday, October 11, 2015 -- Just beyond the surf and the sand, the lights dim inside a movie theater. Then comes the digital coo of a projector and one final round of images thrust upon the screen for the audience... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Pretty Packaging: KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA Has A Pretty Armor

US-based anime distributor Sentai Filmworks has a reputation for special limited editions which are pricey yet properly pimped. However, the "pricey" part can often been dodged somewhat by waiting a couple of months. This is always tricky of course with... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: TOKYO GHOUL Collector's Edition Goes For The Jugular

Scotland-based distributor Anime Limited has featured prominently in these Pretty Packaging articles, and there is a good reason for that: they often provide pretty packaging. Gambling on a market which other distributors have flat-out denied the existence of, Anime Limited... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Aruba 2015 Festival Diary: An Opening Night Filled With Metaphysics And R&B

If one thing is clear at 1:37AM in the morning it is that the notion "we're all in this together" really applies on a small island off the coast of South America. That island in question is Aruba. And that's... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Aruba 2015 Preview: Twitch's Top 10 Picks From One Happy Film Festival

The nickname for the island nation of Aruba is "One Happy Island". So one would think that that the folks behind the 2015 Aruba International Film Festival would want to follow suite and create what'd be considered One Happy Film... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Camera Japan 2015: What The Rotterdam Audiences Liked Best

Last week saw the tenth iteration of Camera Japan, a Dutch yearly event which has grown into quite a Japanese culture festival, with the main focus on film. This year, its program had a whopping 51 films on it,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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