Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut - Steven Spielberg

And so we come to the last in our current season of Full Disclosure features. Each month we have dived deep into the back catalogues of some of world cinema's finest auteurs to experience their films for the very first... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Pretty Packaging: PATEMA INVERTED Gets A Release Worth Flipping Over

For the last months, Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. has been churning out classy Limited Edition after classy Limited Edition, and the end is not yet in sight if their announcements are to be believed. But even among their great current... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Best Of 2014: South Africa

The South African cinema scene continues to grow from strength to strength. Exciting new directing and acting talent seems to appear each year, and a burgeoning generation of riveting young film-makers is now established and gaining global momentum. This year... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Joshua Chaplinsky's Favorite Films of 2014

It's that time of year again. When everyone and their mother's nephew's cousin foists their unenlightened opinions on the equally unenlightened masses. Consume, regurgitate, repeat. Why do we do it? You'd be better off asking Why is the sky purple?--because... More »
  

2014: A Dark And Personal Year At The Movies

"Nobody knows anything." Back in 1983, veteran screenwriter William Goldman was writing about the inability of anyone in Hollywood to know how a movie would fare with the public. (His book, Adventures in the Screen Trade, continues: "Not one person... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Best Of 2014: Ryland's Top 10 US TV Series Of The Year

Not to knock the big screen but 2014 was one hell of a year for the ol' boob tube. With the continuing maturation of streaming networks, the blurring of lines between mini-series and seasonal dramas, and an uptick in quality... More »
By Ryland Aldrich   
  

Complete Set Of Posters For MÉXICO BÁRBARO

With México Bárbaro screening this weekend at Mexico's most important film complex, that would be the Cineteca Nacional, it is the perfect time to share the complete set of posters that were designed for the horror anthology. Eduardo Santaella (aka Guro)... More »
  

The Stack Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Drafthouse Films Part Two

Going through Drafthouse Films entire catalogue for the gift guide has reminded why I love film so much. It literally connects to every aspect of life. They have films that are just plain doofy fun. This episode will cover titles... More »
By Dave Canfield   
  

Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Pretty Packaging: CINEMA PARADISO Gets Korean-Pimped!

(Always good when nostalgia pays off, and we get to see the return of a fine tradition...) Just over a decade ago, DVD-collection became a bit of a thing, and the "Special Edition" format which had been so special to... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Meeting The Criterion: Criterion Christmas #5 RIFIFI

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting The Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collection's great releases from the past year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or... More »
By Dave Canfield   
  

Hobbitty Twitches: Our Favorite Film Dragons

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now in cinemas all over half the world, an will soon arrive in the other half as well. And for those who saw the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Sir Ian McKellen (+Prize!)

I'll be stepping in for my colleague Ard Vijn this week, in an effort to get a fix for my Hobbit habit. Brace for bombastics!Smaug was believed to be the last great fire-drake of the North. If others remain they... More »
By Stuart Muller   
  

Director Mipo O. Speaks On Academy Awards Submission THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE

With an April release here in Japan, director Mipo O's The Light Shines Only There had been and gone from cinema screens when a Best Director Award from the Montreal World Film Festival kick started a new wave of recognition. Now... More »
  

Latin Beat: Trailer For Peruvian Horror LA ENTITAD, Plus Top 10 Highest-Grossing Mexican Movies

This week we hear from our correspondents in Mexico and Peru. First, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano follows up on a previous report on Peruvian horror movie La Entitad with a trailer that gives a much better idea of what the filmmakers... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks WILD, GEMMA BOVARY, And TIFF's Canada Top 10

A bunch of TIFF-themed releases are making their way to theatres this week. Wild shows Reese Witherspoon wandering in the wilderness, while Gemma Bovary is a cute, if slight, redux of the Flaubert classic. I also take a look at this... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Pretty Packaging: THE RAID And THE RAID 2, German Ultimate Editions

(Wowzers, them Germans sure do like these films!) This week, German distributor Koch Media has released The Raid 2: Berandal on Blu-ray. That in itself may not be a world-shattering fact, as the film is available pretty much everywhere by... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Black Bear Filmfest 2014: Twitch's Top 5 Picks

Black Bear Filmfest is about to begin and we can't be more excited! In its second edition after a triumphant debut in 2013, Black Bear Filmfest returns as Poland's only genre film festival specializing in horror, action, fantasy, sleaze, and independent... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Meeting The Criterion: HEARTS AND MINDS

It's a Criterion Christmas! I'll be using Meeting the Criterion as a convenient way of reminding you of many of the Criterion Collections great releases from the last year. Whether your Criterion Collection is organized by spine number, title or... More »
By Dave Canfield   
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Kathryn Bigelow

The only woman to win a Best Director Oscar, Kathryn Bigelow has built a formidable reputation for directing tough films about no-nonsense individuals in circumstances of incredible stress and danger. Winning her plaudits for The Hurt Locker - beating ex-husband... More »
By James Marsh   
  
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