Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2015

While I saw more films in 2015 than I had in 2014, I can almost use the same text here that I wrote for my "dozen of musings" article of last year. For again I have a big backlog of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL Gets A Silly 40th Anniversary Edition

(And now for something completely different...) This year marked the 40th anniversary of Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones' Monty Python and the Holy Grail, one of the most famous British comedies ever made and (together with Life of Brian) arguably... More »
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Have Your Say: What Was Your Money Best Spent On This Year, Film-wise?

(My precioussss...) I'm a hoarder, and parts of my house are becoming borderline unliveable because of it. Some of the special editions you see in these here pages will have been sent to me by industry for review purposes, but... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of The Real Santa!

Yesterday we featured a quiz full of fake Santas, but today we move on to the real deal: cinematic depictions of Santa himself! Yep, Santa is a popular guy in films, and not just as a costume or a disguise.... More »
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The Many Faces Of Santa's Imposters

It's the first day of Christmas, and at the same time we have our weekly celebrity quiz! Who else should we feature but Santa? Then again... the number of cinematic Santas is rather staggering, though a lot of them turn... More »
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Pretty Packaging: NEKROMANTIK 2 Need Not Be Called A Sloppy Second

(But... but... who said I wanted more of this?!) Last year, Arrow UK shocked everyone by announcing a pimped edition of Nekromantik, Jörg Buttgereit's grungy art-horror film about a necrophiliac, his hobbies and his dreams. In fact, that edition was... More »
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The Many Faces Of Angela Bassett

This week, Spike Lee's new film Chi-Raq premieres wide, and according to our Jim Tudor it's a "wailing, wrenching, and downright bizarre screed on the crisis of gun violence", but also "an unforgettable experience" which has Spike Lee "re-emerging as... More »
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The Many Faces Of Bruce Lee

On the 27th of November 1940, Bruce Lee was born. Which means that today, he would have become 75 years old, had he not died from cerebral edema at the young age of 32. His extremely untimely death at the... More »
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Have Your Say: Whose Fictional Death Have You Rooted For The Most?

(No points for mentioning the piece of shit I'm using for an example...) Ah, villains! What would heroes be without them? More boring, for starters? Oftentimes, the villains have better character arcs, and are far more interesting than the good... More »
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Pretty Packaging: LOVE, CHUNIBYO AND OTHER DELUSIONS Is Adorably Adorned

(Someone, really, really, REALLY liked this series!) When US distributor Sentai Filmworks gets the urge to go to town on their releases, they go full throttle apparently. When I posted pictures earlier this year of their lavish Knights of Sidonia... More »
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Have Your Say: In Science Fiction, Do You Prefer Science Or Fiction?

Now that James Bond has had his big premiere this year, the single biggest remaining event is, of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hopefully it will mean a glorious return of the franchise which made science fiction films a... More »
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The Many Bios Of Our Halloween Quiz Solution

Last week on Friday, instead of doing a celebrity screenshot quiz as usual, we made a big quiz about horror directors. And at the end of the article, I promised to write mini-bios for each and every director in it.... More »
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Have Your Say: To Boldly Go... Where?

Yesterday the news hit the Internet that the Star Trek franchise keeps Trekking, and not just in cinemas but also as a new streaming television series. My first reaction was "Cool!", but afterwards it got me thinking: exactly WHY do... More »
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The Many Faces Of Halloween

Today, instead of our regular thespian-of-the-week screenshots quiz, we are going to do something different. Today it is Halloween! First we thought about doing a Michael Myers gallery, like we did with Jason on a Friday the 13th, but... let's... More »
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TwitchFilm Presents: 101 ZOMBIE KILLS

Pulled out of the dark, rotting bowels of the internet, TwitchFilm proudly presents this extended narrative of undead carnage, 101 Zombie Kills, or in its far more elegant sounding French moniker, Cent Une Tueries de Zombies. Produced by film archivist... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

Have Your Say: What's Your Incredible Imploding Film?

We've all known this pain: you're in a cinema, and the film you're in the middle of watching is absolutely fantastic, delivering far beyond your expectations. And then... it suddenly doesn't. Something sours it, sending the whole construct crashing down... More »
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Have Your Say: Gorgeous, Gorgeouser, Gorgeousest...

(Gorgeous: ˈɡɔːdʒəs/ adjective, meaning: beautiful; very attractive.) Guillermo Del Toro's gothic romance fairy-tale Crimson Peak is currently flailing at box-offices worldwide, despite many people liking it a great deal. In his review, Jason Gorber calls it "...a grand vision...", and... More »
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Pretty Packaging: Arrow's VIDEODROME Release Does Not Look Like A Beta

In recent years, UK distributor Arrow has comfortably caught up with special edition superstars Criterion and Eureka Masters of Cinema, with Arrow's releases having grown from "neat" to "nice" to "cool" to "awesome". At the moment I'd be hard-pressed to... More »
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Aruba 2015 Wrap-Up: More Reviews, Awards Announced, And Final Impressions From One Happy Island

Sunday, October 11, 2015 -- Just beyond the surf and the sand, the lights dim inside a movie theater. Then comes the digital coo of a projector and one final round of images thrust upon the screen for the audience... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Aruba 2015 Preview: Twitch's Top 10 Picks From One Happy Film Festival

The nickname for the island nation of Aruba is "One Happy Island". So one would think that that the folks behind the 2015 Aruba International Film Festival would want to follow suite and create what'd be considered One Happy Film... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  
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