Review: FRANCESCA, A Visually Striking Homage To The Famed Italian Genre

Francesca, daughter of the renowned storyteller, poet and dramatist Vittorio Visconti, disappeared 15 years ago. A psychopath, inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, is intent on cleansing the city of "impure and damned souls". Moretti and Succo, the police detectives in... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Five Flavours 2015 Review: LAZY HAZY CRAZY, A Carnal And Vivacious HK Youth Film

Follies of youth, burgeoning passions and ephemeral connections form the backbone of Luk Yee-sum's sensational debut Lazy Hazy Crazy. Set in a Hong Kong that has seldom been seen on the big screen, here is a film that feels uniquely... More »
By Pierce Conran   
  

Review: MUSTANG, An Impressive Debut Of A Turkish Woman Filmmaker, Deniz Gamze Ergüven

The school's out for the Summer, but for the 5 luminous protagonist orphan sisters, the indignity of being virgin brides in a 'wife factory' has just begun. After some innocent water splashing horseplay with the boys on the beach, they... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Short Film, Short Review: If You Listen Closely You Can Still Hear Their VOICES

A young newspaper reporter Alonso is sent to investigate police reports of the disappearance of children down a mysterious hole that suddenly appeared in a warehouse. There he bumps into Ramon who describes himself as a "news reporter, journalist, and... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Short Film, Short Review: Something Lurks Behind That Door In AGRAVOY

A lone figure stalks back and forth in a dilapidated apartment. Through peepholes he watches the woman next door engage with a new male tenant on the same floor. Jealousy boils over and the true nature of their relationship comes... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Review: O DIABO MORA AQUI (THE FOSTERING), An Impressive, If Not Subdued, Debut Horror From Brazil

Three friends - Jorge, Ale and Magu - join their friend, Apolo, at his old farmhouse for the weekend. Old tales tell of a malicious Barão do Mel (Honey Baron) who owned the property during the height of the slave... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

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   
  

Short Film, Short Review: The Backwoods Collide In NEVER TEAR US APART

Two young men have driven out to a remote house in the woods. One thinks it is quaint and idyllic. Are these guys lost? Are they at the right cabin? One of them walks up to the window and what... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Blu-ray Review: KWAIDAN, Sensational, Surreal Colors Of An Ancient Japanese World

From the opening moments of 1965's ghostly anthology Kwaidan, the viewer experiences a dissonant display of color and atmosphere matched only by its precisely sparse experimental musical score (courtesy of Takemitsu Toru). Recounting four disparate yet separate classical ghost stories from... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Mar Del Plata 2015 Review: HOW MOST THINGS WORK (COMO FUNCIONAN CASI TODAS LAS COSAS) Blends Social Realism And Indie Quirk In One Of The Year's Finest Debuts

There is a dog in space - Milos the astronaut-dog - manning (dogging?) a probe meant to be bound for Mars but which has gone tragically off course, leaving the world awaiting the sad news that the whole sorry affair... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Mar Del Plata 2015 Review: ROAD TO LA PAZ (CAMINO A LA PAZ) Is A Charming, Heartfelt, Deeply Humane Road Movie

Sebastian had no idea how much a wrong phone number could change his life. If he had, he likely would never have answered the phone in the first place. And what a shame that would have been ...When we first... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Mar Del Plata 2015 Review: KRYPTONITA Puts A Darkly Satirical Spin On Superhero Conventions

It's just another night as usual for Dr Gonzalez working the graveyard shift in the ER. Another battered young thug left for dead at the hospital doorway, another patient the police make clear they'd prefer not to survive, another in... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: Isaac Ezban's THE SIMILARS Pays Homage To An Era Of Fear And Paranoia

In an isolated bus station five hours outside of Mexico City a lone man is getting impatient waiting for the next bus to arrive to take him to his wife who is in labor. The bus is well late due... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Morbido 2015 Review: Is ATROZ This Year's Most Notorious Horror Film?

I have already said on a handful of occasions that Mexican filmmaker Lex Ortega gave me fair warning that his film Atroz was not going to be a walk in the park. I did not bring the vomit bags from... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

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   
  

Warsaw 2015 Review: ALIAS MARIA, Disturbing Tale of Child Soldiers

The sophomore feature of Colombian director José Luis Rugeles, Alias Maria world-premiered in the Cannes Un Certain Regard sidebar before being programmed in the Warsaw Film Festival's Discoveries section which rounds up cherry-picked worthy-to-see films from around the festival... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Toronto After Dark 2015 Review: PATCHWORK's Combo Of Laughs And Gore Will Leave You In Stitches

Jennifer, Ellie and Madeleine could not be more different from each other. Jennifer is a professional businesswoman ready to celebrate her birthday and closing a big deal at work. Ellie is a party girl looking for a good time. And... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Toronto After Dark 2015 Review: THE HEXECUTIONERS, Welcome To The Job From Hell

Sanctioned euthanasia is a full blown industry and Malison is just starting to get her feet wet at her new job. After a rough start she is paired up with seasoned veteran Olivia and together they head out to the... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  
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