Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: Only A Mother Could Love JAMES WHITE

The debut feature from Josh Mond, producer of Simon Killer and Martha Marcy May Marlene, is a tough coming-of-age tale featuring a couple of top-notch showboating performances. However, the desperate circumstances alone do not make for an engaging drama, and... More »
By James Marsh   

Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME, Good With Reservations

The debut feature from Beijing-born Chloe Zhao focuses on the unlikely subject matter of adolescent Lakota indians in South Dakota. Beautifully photographed and confidently directed, Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a notable first film, marred only by a rather... More »
By James Marsh   

Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: ADVANTAGEOUS, Underachieving Sci-Fi For Tiger Mums

Jennifer Phang's ambitious sci-fi drama presents some intriguing ideas about identity and sacrifice in a uniquely female context, but she invests her budget into the wrong elements, and is unable to fashion her final film into anything particularly engaging.In the... More »
By James Marsh   

Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT Wields Significant Power

The events that went down at Jordan Hall in August 1971 have been recounted numerous times and inspired at least two films already - Oliver Hirschbiegel's excellent Das Experiment (2001) starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Paul Scheuring's American remake from 2010, starring... More »
By James Marsh   

Bauhaus' Peter Murphy To Star In And Co-Produce Chris Alexander's BLACKGLOVEKILLER

This hit the trades yesterday but is still worth mentioning. Bauhaus front man Peter Murphy will star in and co-produce Chris Alexander's fourth film, Blackglovekiller. Also joining the cast, and front man of another legendary rock band, is Nivek Ogre... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Raven Banner Catches CRABS! Seeks Medical Help

Raven Banner Entertainment has got a case of the Crabs! The Toronto based production and sales company have come aboard the indie creature feature and will serve as executive producers. "We never thought we'd say this but we are so happy to... More »
By Andrew Mack   

EXCLUSIVE: UNISOL's John Hyams To Helm The Refn Produced MANIAC COP Remake

We have just received word from ground zero at Fantastic Fest that John Hyams, director of the recent Universal Solider films Regeneration and Day of Reckoning, will direct the upcoming remake of the cult film Maniac Cop. Innocent people are being brutally... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Crowdfund This: Southern Gothic Goes DIY In UNFINISHED BUSINESS

For many of us, our childhoods were filled with ghost stories. Whether it was around the campfire, or sneaking a read with the flashlight under the covers, or catching a midnight movie, there was something vital and enduring about those... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Toronto 2015 Review: BEASTS OF NO NATION Spills Blood On A Large Canvas

A big screen movie made by streaming media behemoth Netflix, for click and view streaming, Cary Fukunaga's beautifully brutal war story, Beasts of No Nation feels too large and too difficult a watch to warrant a casual click on a... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Fantastic Fest 2015: It's A Classic Horror Grab Bag In THE BABYSITTER MURDERS Trailer

Ahead of its big screening at Fantastic Fest down in Austin, director Ryan Spindell and the fine folks at Trapdoor Picturess have offered up a fresh trailer of their award winning short film The Babysitter Murders. While you may at... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Toronto 2015 Review: ANOMALISA Considers The Human Condition With No Strings Attached

When the philosopher says, "Hell is other people," he perhaps means that in trying to figure ourselves out, we are beholden to our reflections and interactions with other people. Or maybe he is talking about the modern customer service experience. In... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Toronto 2015 Interview: Robert Eggers And Anya Taylor-Joy Talk THE WITCH And Puritan Excess

At any moment in human history, no matter how civilized we may think we are, dark woods have a long reach for scaring us. The Witch viscerally demonstrates how easily fear and superstitions take over in early 17th century New England... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

EMPYREAN: First Poster Offers Stark, Beautiful Look At Canadian Indie

Thomas Robert Lee's debut feature film Empyrean will have its world premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival on October 4th. The Calgary local has passed along the first poster from his first film. It is a simple design, taking... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Toronto 2015: PORTAL TO HELL!!! One Last Taste of Roddy Piper's Greatness

Jack would like to read his book in peace. The trouble is, he is the superintendent of a low-rent building with inhabitants that require too much of his time. Toilets get clogged. Bulbs burn out. Toasters no longer toast. Then... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Celebrate 30 Years Of Glass Eye Pix And Larry Fessenden This October

Coming up next month Glass Eye Pix, run by the man of many hats, Larry Fessenden, is celebrating thirty years in independent horror and genre filmmaking and more. Fessenden and his company have brought us so many cinematic delights over the years and... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Toronto 2015 Review: EQUALS, A Romantic LOGAN'S RUN For Millennials

In the future envisioned in Equals, it is as if Jony Ive ended debates on industrial design and all we are left with is Apple monoculture. Everything is white and smooth surfaced. The architecture is soothingly clean concrete. The film opens with... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Toronto 2015 Review: RIVER, Man On The Run, But Not A Typical Chase Thriller

As children, we are often taught that, when someone is in trouble, we should try to help, or if someone is being bullied, we should intervene. But sometimes, there can be unforeseen consequences that would endanger ourselves. Jamie M. Dagg's first... More »

Toronto 2015 Review: HIGH RISE Throws A Lot Of Stuff Off The Ledge

As audience empathy tests go, killing the dog is perhaps the most capital of movie-crimes. Here it is gleefully committed in the opening minutes; a bellwether for the casually curious to beware. Several other canine-murders are peppered throughout the film, each... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

Toronto 2015 Review: INTO THE FOREST, A Masterful Portrait Of The Family Bond

What will we all do when the lights turn off? Wait impatiently for them to come back on, trying to maintain a normal existence and the planned future? Begin raiding other people's homes? Go off in search of some semblance... More »

THE EDITOR: Canadian Theatrical Dates And The Canadian Only Blu-ray Covers

The latest cult film offering from the lads at Astron-6 is the Giallo inspired horror fest The Editor is coming to a cinema near you this Friday. That is, if you live in Ontario, Canada. I do not know what... More »
By Andrew Mack   
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