SXSW 2015 Review: WESTERN, A New American Marvel

The Ross Brothers' 2012 film Tchoupitoulas showcased Bill and Turner's proclivity for visually arresting imagery, compelling yet dreamlike narrative flow, and a keen eye for the undercurrents that run below the more obvious stories that have flooded from post-Katrina... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT Trailer Dives Into An Addict's Own Personal Hell

Winner of the top prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2014, Josh and Benny Safdie's latest film, Heaven Knows What, is based on Arielle Holmes' unpublished memoirs about her days as a heroin addict on the streets of... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

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   
  

SXSW 2015: Trouble Abounds In BABY Trailer & Poster

Samuel Aaron Bennett's narrative short debut Baby, starring Renée Felice Smith (NCIS:Los Angeles), has its world premiere this weekend at SXSW. Today we've got a trailer and that nifty poster art for the acerbic and existential comedy. As trailers for... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

LA Happenings: Celebrate Kurosawa's Birthday With Screenings At The Crest

World-renowned filmmaker Kurosawa Akira was born March 23, 1910. To celebrate what would have been his 105th birthday (he passed away in 1998), The Crest Westwood movie palace are hosting Sunday screenings of some bonafide classics. Coming up this Sunday,... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

CODE OF HONOR: Production Begins On New Steven Seagal Flick

What is that, you say? You never tire of watching Steven Seagal films, but gosh, you sure could use some fresh material? Production has begun on Code of Honor, a brand new Seagal film, in Salt Lake City, UT. The film... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

SXSW 2015: Watch This Exclusive Clip From SWEATY BETTY

As we gear up for this year's SXSW film festival we have an exclusive clip from the African-American indie DIY film Sweaty Betty to share with you. It features two characters in one of the film's two story lines, Rico... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Review: BETTER CALL SAUL S1E06, FIVE-O (Or, The Tragic Backstory Of Mike Ehrmantraut)

"Five-O" is the Mike-focused episode of Better Call Saul we've all been waiting for. It must be incredibly confusing for those that are fans of Breaking Bad to find themselves watching an episode entirely devoted to a Saul side character,... More »
By Simon Cocks   
  

SXSW 2015: Just Try Not To Make Eye Contact With This Poster From WE ARE STILL HERE

The official poster for Ted Geoghegan`s horror flick We Are Still Here has just been debuted by EW and boy, is it a beaut. Gorgeous. Geoghegan`s flick is part of the midnighter program at SXSW this year and you can count on our attendance... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

NYC Happenings: First Time Fest 2015 Showcases And Supports New Talent In Its Third Edition

First Time Fest, which runs this year through March 9, is now in its third edition, and the festival continues its mission to support and spotlight first-time filmmakers with a competition (grand prize is distribution by Cinema Libre Studio), panels,... More »
  

Review: BETTER CALL SAUL S1E05, ALPINE SHEPHERD BOY (Or, Need A Will? Call McGill!)

More than any episode of Better Call Saul so far, "Alpine Shepherd Boy" questions whether Chuck's condition is something physical that he's really suffering from, or more of a psychological affliction. It's to the show's credit that this has been... More »
By Simon Cocks   
  

THE NIGHT WATCHMEN: Director Of HOLY GHOST PEOPLE Is Back With A New Horror Comedy

Mitchell Altieri, one half of The Butcher Brothers (The Violent Kind and The Hamiltons) and director of Holy Ghost People, has started on his next film, a horror comedy called The Night Watchmen. The story and screenplay were written by... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Review: WILD CANARIES, An Effervescent Comic Murder Mystery, Both Retro And Modern

One of the most interesting forms of music sampling is what's known as the "mash-up." In some of the best and most creative examples of this practice - e.g. Danger Mouse's Grey Album (Jay Z's Black Album/Beatles' White Album) or... More »
  

Crowdfund This! Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs Wants To Make STOLEN

When we at TwitchFilm were all making our 2014 year-end lists, I put an item in mine about Rhymes for Young Ghouls, and in particular about its lead actress Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs. About her, I wrote:"...the story introduces Aila, played... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

China Lion To Bring Andy Lau's LOST AND LOVE To N. America, Watch The Trailer

China Lion Film Distribution will release the Andy Lau drama Lost And Love in North America, Australia and New Zealand day-and-date with mainland China next month. Tackling the en vogue theme of child abduction, and based on real events, Lost... More »
By James Marsh   
  

FrightFest Glasgow 2015 Review: 88, Two Women, One Body

In British bingo, if the number 88 comes up, the caller will shout, "Two fat ladies!", as a conventional code for the two figures' pictographic appearance. Similarly the title of April Mullen's 88 represents a conundrum in need of decoding:... More »
By Anton Bitel   
  

Review: MAPS TO THE STARS, Cold, Dreary, And Dull

This doesn't bode well. For the second film in a row, David Cronenberg has made a stinker. Yes, there were some bits in Cosmopolis that didn't suck, but it was hardly vintage DC. As I mentioned in my review for... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Interview: MINE Co-Director Fabio Guaglione Talks Armie Hammer & Italian Genre Film

The Italian co-directing and writing team of Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro, whose short film Afterville won the Melies d'Argent at Sitges in 2008, are hard at work in post-production on their first feature directing job, Mine. (True Love, which... More »
  

GOOD KILL: A Game of Drones, Latest Trailer for Andrew Niccol's Tense Thriller

Will Andrew Niccol's latest feature capture the imagination of the movie going public in a similar fashion to American Sniper? On the surface, both films share a number of commonalities, not the least of which are soldiers having to kill... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Review: BETTER CALL SAUL S1E04, HERO (Or, The Plan Comes Together)

With its fourth impressive episode so far, we can now confidently say that Better Call Saul knows what its doing and is doing it well. It's a worthy successor to Breaking Bad, not because it slavishly mimics what that show... More »
By Simon Cocks   
  
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