Fantastic Fest 2014 Repertory Screenings: THE ASTROLOGER And DEATH WISH 3 Rock With Old-School Insanity

As I mentioned in our Fantastic Fest preview article, my heart belongs to the repertory screenings, the forgotten flicks that deserve a fresh look, presented by extremely knowledgeable and passionate curators. That was certainly the case this year. I only... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: THE BLUE ROOM Shows Off Mathieu Amalric's Directing Chops

Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room is a hard film to like-- its tone is cold and distant. But it is precisely designed that way to accompany in showing the mind of its passive protagonist. Based on the book of the... More »
  

Our Facebook Quiz Will Shortly Have Its 350th Film Guessed!

Way back when Twitch had its own separate forum, the most-trafficked topic used to be the screenshot quiz. The rules were simple: someone would post a screenshot, for all other people to guess which film it was from. And the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: GOODNIGHT MOMMY Will Keep You Up At Night

Serving as the single secret screening at this year's Fantastic Fest, Austrian arthouse horror Goodnight Mommy gets under your skin early and stays there long after the credits. Within its sparse and sterile decor, this minutely observed chamber piece tears... More »
  

Review: DOCTOR WHO S8E06, THE CARETAKER (Or, The Doctor Goes Undercover)

Now this is much more like it. "The Caretaker" is a considered and nuanced episode of Doctor Who that still manages to be great fun. It handles the complex relationships and emotions that are driving the show rather deftly, and... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: WASTE LAND, For This Detective, To Brood Is To Live

Diffusion is the name of the game in Waste Land, a brooding police procedural from Belgium that depends more on its pervasive ambience than plot twists. Actually, it's probably a disserve to describe the newest film by writer/director Pieter Van... More »
  

Crowdfund This: Ashlea Wessel's INK Promises Atmospheric Horror

Here's one thing I know about Ashlea Wessel's upcoming short film Ink: It's going to look fantastic. An award winning photographer, Wessel is making her directing debut with the proposed horror short and she's looking for a little bit of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Paul Sorvino, Robert Knepper And Stéfano Gallo To Star In Gambling Thriller COLD DECK In Toronto

Production of gambling thriller Cold Deck will begin here in Toronto on September 30th. The film stars Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas and Jersey Shore Shark Attack), Robert Knepper (Prison Break, Heroes and SGU) and Stéfano Gallo (The Collapsed and I Choose... More »
  

Check Out The Poster And Production Stills From Tsui Hark's TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN

We have the official poster for Tsui Hark's upcoming 3D epic Taking of Tiger Mountain and some behind the scenes stills featuring the director at work. The film is set to open during the highly coveted Christmas season on Christmas... More »
  

Watch The Fabulous Teaser For Indie Animation URBANCE And Help Bring It To Life!

Heads up animation fans, director Joel Dos Reis Viegas' indie effort Urbance may just be your new favorite thing and he's looking for your help to bring it to life."In a post-modern city torn by street violence, sex is prohibited... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: FORCE MAJEURE Is The Funniest Of Black Comedies

There is a certain kind of Scandinavian black humor that when done well, is just about the funniest comedy around. This was on prime display in Morten Tyldum's Headhunters from a few years back. That film took a crime thriller... More »
  

Watch The US Trailer For Fantastic Fest Winner THE BABADOOK

Fresh from its near-sweep of the horror categories at Fantastic Fest, IFC Midnight have released the US trailer for Jennifer Kent's Australian horror film The Babadook. A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

China Blocks Nicolas Cage's OUTCAST Hours Before Release

While Hollywood continues to scramble after rapidly growing Chinese box office numbers the unpredictability and risk of the market and it's often unpredictable censorship laws continues to inspire a certain degree of fear. And Nicolas Cage starring period action film... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch The Trailer For Michael Mann's Cybercrime Thriller BLACKHAT

Does the idea of a Norse god tapping away on a keyboard get you all hot and bothered to give away your money? Well, then, you're in luck! The first trailer for Michael Mann cybercrime thriller Blackhat - starring Thor's... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: HIGH FIVE Revels In Drug-Fueled Mayhem

Manuel Facal's High Five (Relocos y Repasados) is an Uruguayan stoner comedy that belongs in the company of the greats. While drug movies have been around for at least 50 years, it wasn't until the legendary Lou Adler's adaptation of the... More »
  

Feratum 2014 Second Wave Of Films: ABCs OF DEATH 2, V/H/S: VIRAL, DER SAMURAI, WHY HORROR?, And More

The upcoming third edition of Feratum (October 2-5 in Tlalpujahua, Mexico) is undoubtedly a very promising genre celebration. If the official selection announcement brought few renowned titles, now the second wave is precisely full of those. ABCs of Death 2 and... More »
  

New York 2014 Review: 3D As Visual Art Form In Godard's GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE

3D seems like it is here to stay, for now. It was a gimmick to win back the audiences the film industry lost to the emergence of TV in the 50s, now it is revived as a last ditch effort... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Denzel Washington

This week, The Equalizer premieres all over the world, confidently starring Denzel Washington as the friendly protagonist who kicks ass like no other (when called for). Confidence can be a seductive thing, and Denzel Washington exudes it so easily that... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: THE BOXTROLLS Is Corrugated Yet Impressive

You give a kid a flashy brand-name mechanical toy, but he'll have more fun playing with the box. As that old truism goes for kids, perhaps it'll prove just as true for filmgoers. In 2014, Transformers: Age of Extinction -... More »
By Jim Tudor   
  

Fantastic Fest 2014 Review: SHREW'S NEST Unleashes A Torrent Of Pent-Up Emotions

A maelstrom of highly-charged, dysfunctional family dynamics, Shrew's Nest (Musarañas) unleashes a torrent of pent-up emotions in the form of a bloody suspense thriller. The movie sets up easily as a two-hander about the tense relationship between Montse (Macarena Gómez)... More »
  
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