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 »

Review: THE SOURCE FAMILY - Spiritual Utopia Or Exploitive Cult?

There are those in The Source Family, a film exploring a radical, Utopian community in the 70's, who still claim that they experienced unexplainable miracles while living under the guidance of spiritual leader Father Yod. Stillborn babies were seemingly magically... More »

Udine 2013 Review: MARUYAMA, THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER Is A Surprisingly Endearing Comedy About Self-Fellatio

Before seeing Maruyama, The Middle Schooler, I would have said that making a two-hour comedy about a fourteen-year-old boy who's primary ambition throughout the film is to, as the omniscient narrator puts it, "to touch his own weeny with his... More »

Brussels 2013 Review: TEBANA SANKICHI: SNOT ROCKETS Will Turn Your Brain To Mush

Writing a review of Tebana Sankichi: Snot Rockets is impossible, and probably stupid to attempt. Reviews involve structuring words and sentences in order to give the reader an idea of what a movie is like and whether it is good... More »

Brussels 2013 Review: CULT Is A Wacky Found-Footage Horror Oddity

Those miffed by the fact that the monsters in Apollo 18 turned out to be moon rocks with legs will likely be even more enraged by antagonists of the Japanese found-footage horror film Cult. Granted, I never actually saw the... More »

Review: Roman Porno Double Feature -- I LOVE IT FROM BEHIND! and SEX HUNTER: WET TARGET

I Love It From Behind! and Sex Hunter: Wet Target are spine numbers #10 and #11 for those playing along at home, and between the pair I may have a new contender for a favorite in the series, I'll get... More »


In the upcoming wave of programming starting this week from SyFy you can take your pick of fighting robots, stranded paranormal investigators and paranormal interventions. Robot Combat League WWE wrestler Chris Jericho hosts what is essentially Rock 'Em Sock 'Em... More »

Blu-ray Review: THE OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN, The Porno Pygmalion, Is A Revelation In HD

The 1970's were probably the most revolutionary decade of the modern era of cinema. Those ten years saw the invention of the blockbuster (Jaws), the introduction of the fan-friendly space opera (Star Wars), the emergence of the men who are,... More »

Short Film, Short Review: LATE LUNCH Offers Up A Charming Picnic Basket Of Dark Comedic Delights

Often in film, whether short or feature, we're presented with a moral fable, a lesson and a warning to show us just how wrong humanity can be, just how vile and terrible someone can get. The naughty mustn't go unpunished... More »

IFFR 2013 Review: F*CK FOR FOREST Tries To Spread Love And Peace!

(It's a documentary about f*cking hippies... No, I'm not being reactionary! They're really hippies and they're really f*cking!) This year there were several feature documentaries at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, but few had a subject (or a title) as... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Sundance 2013 Review: STOKER Is A Triumph Of Beauty And Violence

Around these parts, a new Park Chan-wook film is an event to be highly anticipated. So I was quite excited to have the chance to see the maestro's latest film, Stoker, his first in English to boot, at Sundance last weekend. His uber-violent... More »

Black Movie 2013 Review: Carlos Reygadas Brings the Devil Home in POST TENEBRAS LUX

As I review more and more films out of festivals, I'm beginning to notice a pattern: I'm much more forgiving and enthusiastic about films that shoot the moon and fall somewhere short than with serviceable movies trodding well-worn territory that... More »

Slamdance 2013 Review: Atmospheric JUG FACE Is Ultimately Half-Baked Horror

The Deep South can be a very strange place for outsiders. Mired in traditions and rituals which may now seem foolish or outdated, it is still a ripe place to cull old legends anew, projecting them up on the silver... More »

DVD Review: THERMÆ ROMÆ, The Animæ.

(Are time-travelling hot-tubs a new general topic for comedies?) Before Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo broke records a few weeks back, the most successful Japanese film was Thermæ Romæ, a ribald and silly live-action comedy about bathing habits which... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Blu-ray Review: L'AGE D'OR / UN CHIEN ANDALOU Show Buñuel In Bloom (BFI)

I am by no means an expert on the work of Luis Buñuel, but I know what I like. Having plowed my way through roughly half a dozen of his films, I can say that his debut feature, L'age d'or,... More »
By J Hurtado   

Blu-ray Review: EEGA Is The Best Film Of 2012, So Why Such A Crappy Blu-ray?

I've made no secret of my love for SS Rajamouli's Eega. Back in July I called it the best film of the year, and now, halfway though November, I don't feel any differently. The film was recently released on Blu-ray,... More »
By J Hurtado   

Blu-ray Review: BASKET CASE: THE TRILOGY Is The Only Way To Go! (Second Sight Films)

Frank Henenlotter is a filmmaker and film lover who holds a very special place in my heart. His tireless dedication to the preservation of sleaze and exploitation history is nearly unparalleled, as a filmmaker, his work is instantly recognizable for... More »
By J Hurtado   

Blu-ray Review: Nicholas Ray's WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN Shows How The Rebel Found His Cause

Nicholas Ray is one of the most respected filmmakers in Hollywood history, and with a CV that includes films like Rebel Without a Cause, Johnny Guitar, In a Lonely Place, and many more, it's no surprise. What impresses me the... More »
By J Hurtado   
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