Review: DOCTOR WHO S8E06, THE CARETAKER (Or, The Doctor Goes Undercover)

Now this is much more like it. "The Caretaker" is a considered and nuanced episode of Doctor Who that still manages to be great fun. It handles the complex relationships and emotions that are driving the show rather deftly, and... More »
  

Watch The US Trailer For Fantastic Fest Winner THE BABADOOK

Fresh from its near-sweep of the horror categories at Fantastic Fest, IFC Midnight have released the US trailer for Jennifer Kent's Australian horror film The Babadook. A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch The Complete WASTELANDER PANDA: EXILE For Free Now!

Fresh from its premiere at Fantastic Fest the complete run of Victoria Cocks' post-apocalyptic web series Wastelander Panda: Exile is now available online for free viewing worldwide! Here's how I pitched the series in my Fantastic Fest program notes: The... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: WASTELANDER PANDA: EXILE Takes Its Anthropomorphic Oddity Very Seriously

Victoria Cocks' post-apocalyptic saga of an anthropomorphic panda trekking across a great barren wasteland in search of redemption is remarkably restrained in its treatment of this absurd concept. Wastelander Panda: Exile's greatest asset is, without a doubt, its commitment to world... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD Argues And Excites

A wonderfully exhaustive documentary, Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD argues pointedly that the British comic book deserves more recognition for its influence on modern popular culture. Far better known in its native land than in the rest of the... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY'S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU Proves Far More Successful

One of the more notorious production debacles in recent memories, the maelstrom behind the scenes of New Line's The island of Dr. Moreau (1996) is the subject of this candid and entertaining documentary from David Gregory.Following the relative success of... More »
  

Review: DOCTOR WHO S8E05, TIME HEIST (Or, The Doctor Finds The Time To Rob A Bank)

On the surface, there's so much about "Time Heist" that should be loads of fun. Doctor Who and time travelling bank robbery shenanigans seems like such a perfect fit that it had me wondering if the show's taken on this concept... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: WYRMWOOD, A Wild, Wild Apocalypse

Wildly apocalyptic with dollops of silliness, Wyrmwood proves to be a splendidly gritty affair, a tale that feels like it's being told from the back of a jeep as it races away from doomsday on a very bumpy road in... More »
  

Watch The Trailer For Sundance Winning FISHING WITHOUT NETS

While we've had an interesting string of films about Somali pirates, Cutter Hodierne's feature debut is the only one of these that is from the perspective of the pirates themselves.Fishing Without Nets follows a young Somali fishermen who is thrust... More »
  

Udo Kier Joins Jury For Viewster Online Film Fest #3

If you submitted your film to the third annual Viewster Online Film Fest (#VOFF), then watch out! Cult film icon Udo Kier is going to judge you! The third annual festival began last Friday and will continue through September 25. This year's... More »
  

THE DEAD LANDS: Magnet Releasing Snatches NA Rights For Kiwi Flick

The North American rights for the Kiwi action flick The Dead Lands have been picked up by Magnet Releasing, according to Deadline. There are plans for a theatrical release next year, although no date has been set yet. The deal was negotiated... More »
  

Review: THE ZERO THEOREM, A Step Back Into The Future

In Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem, the old master of visual overload and absurd humor heads back to his "Brazilian" roots. He tells the story of Qohen Leth, a schizophrenic futuristic data mathematician trying to find a solution for the... More »
  

A Homecoming Turns Violent In Gritty UK Thriller PLEASURE ISLAND

You can never go home again, not really. That's the basic premise of Mike Doxford's UK thriller Pleasure Island, the reality being that either home has changed enough, you have changed enough, or both have in your absence that it's... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Mayhem 2014: Full Lineup Reveals Chainsaws In Texas, Haunted Houses And Vampires

Oh, what a week of Mayhem lies ahead for the folks in Nottingham, England! The Mayhem Film Festival, or Mayhem X to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, runs from October 30 through November 2. We have already reported that members from Astron-6... More »
  

Head To Soviet Russia With The Online Premiere Of Impressive Aussie Short Film FACTORY293

You could say that writer-director Roderick MacKay, producer Justin McArdle and their talented team set themselves an unlikely goal - if not an impossible one - with their latest short film FACTORY293. How so? Well, they were attempting the very... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: DOCTOR WHO S8E04, LISTEN (Or, The Doctor Has A Question, Clara Has A Date, Both Go To The End Of The Universe)

"Listen" is Doctor Who at its best. And its scariest. The show hasn't been this terrifying in a while, and Steven Moffat's episode manages to have a bit of everything you could possibly want. It's gripping, funny and tense, providing... More »
  

Exclusive: THESE FINAL HOURS Poster Premiere Gets Apocalyptic

Apocalyptic Australian thriller These Final Hours opens in select theaters in Canada on October 17 and will also be available across Canada on iTunes® and On-Demand the same day. To celebrate, we are pleased to premiere the gorgeous, yet still... More »
  

Watch The Exclusive Teaser For Raucous Australian Zombie Film WYRMWOOD

Though the Roache-Turner Brothers' Wyrmwood won't mark the first time that the undead have sauntered through Fantastic Fest we're willing to bet that this rowdy Australian effort will leave quite a mark when it arrives. Hugely stylish while adding a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

DANGER 5 Things Hitler Didn't Count On In Season 2 - Watch The Trailer Now!

You can't go back in time without cheese. Danger 5 know this all too well as they continue their bonkers mission to kill Hitler, only this time it's personal!The trailer from Dinosaur has hit, promising the most insane two minutes... More »
  

Toronto 2014 Review: '71 Is A Remarkably Assured, Emotionally Powerful Debut

Yann Demange is very clearly a filmmaker who knows what sort of stories he wants to tell and how he wants to tell them. The sort who clearly knows his own skill set, how to best put it to use,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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