DVD Review: MONONOKE Delivers Ghostly Thrills With Both Flash And Feeling

(Featuring that most mythical of creatures: a traveling salesman you should trust!) Back in 2007, Nakamura Kenji's horror anime series Mononoke -- not to be confused with Miyazaki Hayao's film Princess Mononoke -- was aired in Fuji TV's famous noitaminA... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

TIFF 2013 Review: WITCHING & BITCHING Is Vulgar Auteurism At Its Most Manic

They are in every city along the main tourist drags, those living statues of celebrities, comic book characters and horror icons just standing there, silently hoping for your loose change.  In Álex De La Iglesia's latest bit of mayhem, they're... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: UNDER THE SKIN, Brilliant Cinema Of Alienation

A long shot of a man waiting for a bus on a cool, foggy morning. The road winds through a valley where the stop and bench are at the bottom, and snakes up the other side. A woman walks into... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE Lets The Good Times Load

When it comes to the ample challenge of squeezing out profit from an indie film, current dogma would have it that titles closer to the start of the alphabet do better on digital VOD platforms. Therefore you'd be forgiven... More »
  

Review: GHOST SHARK Asks, Can Great White Lightning Strike Twice?

From the brilliant minds that brought you Arachnoquake and Mega Piranha comes the chilling tale of the vengeful spirit of a great white shark, Ghost Shark. It airs tonight on SyFy at 9 p.m.ET. A shark is attacked by a group of... More »
  

DVD Review: HAKABA KITARO Offers Creepy Nostalgia

(This series sure doesn't make you want to poke your eye out.) In 2008, Fuji Television aired a very unusual eleven episode anime in their famed noitaminA slot. It was called Hakaba Kitaro, meaning "Graveyard Kitaro", the titular character of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: FATEFUL FINDINGS, Beyond All Working Definitions Of Cinema

Fateful Findings concerns the fallout of a magical day when two children, Leah and Dylan, discover a supernatural black cube. It is not until years later, after the children have grown up, their friendship estranged, that the cube lives up... More »
By Peter K.   
  

NYAFF 2013 Review: Sono Sion's BAD FILM Is By No Means That

Nobody should walk into a Sono Sion film and expect to anything close to a conventional experience. The director's two most well-received films -- 2008's upskirt photography romance Love Exposure and 2010's fish store owner/serial killer epic Cold Fish-- are... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: MAWARU PENGUINDRUM (Second Half) Baffles While It Breaks Your Heart

(I always thought majorettes were kinda weird anyway...) Back in May, I reviewed the first half of the anime series Mawaru Penguindrum and was very, VERY positive about it. Those first twelve episodes tell the story of Himari, a young... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: KICK-HEART Kicks Hard, Tickles Heart

I'm a big fan of Japanese animation director Yuasa Masaaki. The man's output is often weird but always wonderful, and his designs never use the standard templates so often used in anime. Just look at his series Kaiba and The... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Blu-ray Review: SKULL WORLD! Skullman Rocks Large on Blu-ray

Justin McConnell's documentary Skull World just came out on DVD and Blu-ray! I got my grubby hands on the Blu-ray and would like to share my thoughts with you about Justin's film. But first, a story... Back in high school I... More »
  

Review: Jodorowsky's THE DANCE OF REALITY Finds Magic In Brutality

When we first meet the young-boy version of Alejandro Jodorowsky in his new "imaginary autobiography" The Dance with Reality (La Danza de la Realidad), he is wearing a long blond wig and watching in terror as his dad brawls with... More »
  

Review: Michel Gondry's MOOD INDIGO Exhilarates, Exhausts

Michel Gondry is back. And he's going no holds barred.After slumming it as studio hired-gun and inner-city auteur (in 2011's The Green Hornet and 2012's The We and the I, respectively), the French director is back in small-batch surrealist mode with Mood Indigo (L'ecume... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Blu-ray Review: BLANCANIEVES, An Enchanting Spanish Limited Edition

("Special Editions" like these make the collector in me live happily, ever after...) Cinematically, 2012 was pretty busy for Snow White: no less than four film versions of her story were released last year. From the USA we had... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: You Have Nothing To Fear From Chiller TV's CHILLING VISIONS: 5 SENSES OF FEAR

Chiller TV gets into the horror anthology game with their first ever horror anthology Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear. The show airs this Friday, May 31st at 9pm ET. All this week Chiller has been screening five films that this quintuplet... More »
  

From Regions Beyond: French Gore on DVD, OGROFF - MAD MUTILATOR & DEVIL STORY

Welcome to a newish, somewhat irregular, but totally awesome feature, From Region Beyond! We commonly review home video releases from all over the English speaking world, but it's about time we started letting you guys know that there's a whole... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

Cannes 2013 Review: Jean-Luc Godard Does 3-D In THE THREE DISASTERS, And No, James Cameron Will Not Be Spared

"The digital medium is a dictatorship," intones Jean-Luc Godard as images flash over text, which flashes over more images, ultimately demonstrating how, ironically, 3-D is actually the perfectly-suited to Godard's recent information-overload collage-style filmmaking. But just because the enfant-terrible-turned-bitter-recluse is... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: MAWARU PENGUINDRUM Will Make You Dance To Its Beat!

(Insert Linux joke here...) Recently I lamented the general lack of originality in anime. Next thing I know, this series was dropped in my lap, making me eat my words. For Mawaru Penguindrum is not just original, it's beyond batshit... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: THE CHILD FROM MARACAIBO, Life, Death, Noir, And The Fantastic

The Child from Maracaibo is Miguel Curiel's second film. His previous movie, Una Noche Oriental was released more than 25 years ago (!), so I will treat this one as his real 'first film.' Watching it, I couldn't stop thinking... More »
  

Review: HENTAI KAMEN Delivers A Face Full Of Crotch

There's an all too common formula for trailers for domestic titles in Japanese theatres: shots of a high school age daughter, a jovial old rascal, a man running through the streets, and a lot of crying. So the HK: Hentai... More »
  
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