Sundance 2014: IFC Midnight Nabs Aussie Horror THE BABADOOK

No doubt a high point for many of us Twitchers at Sundance, Jennifer Kent's storybook monster turned real monster tale The Babadook also caught on with much of the Park City audience. Which means it was only going to be... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: KILLERS Is A Brilliant Rumination On Our Violent Ways

Killers, the latest from by Timothy Tjahjanto and Kimo Stomboel (aka, "The Mo Brothers"), is many things. It is a dark, stylish, somber, almost post-modern take on genre tropes. It is elegantly presented with impressive performances. It is a horrific... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: Farsi Vampire Western A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT Barely Gets By On Novelty

Yes. You read that right. A vampire western with a Farsi speaking cast. It's moody, and steely, and chock full of Lynchian atmosphere broadened by a Leone-esque scope. It's also in black and white and widescreen. If this doesn't sound... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: THE DISOBEDIENT Is A Marvelously Absurdist Abstraction Of Young Adulthood

About half way into Serbian director Mina Djukic's feature debut, our heroes, Leni and Lazar (childhood loves reunited) get caught in a rather curious rain shower. As if by magic conjured by the cinematic gods themselves, the sunny summer fields... More »
  

Sundance Speed Dating with... FISHING WITHOUT NETS Director Cutter Hodierne and Lead Abdikani Muktar

Cutter Hodierne was at Sundance the first time in 2012, with his short of the same name that took home the Grand Jury Prize. This year, he's brought the feature-length version of a story about hardship, hard choices, family and... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: THE RAID 2 Sets a New High Point for Violent Action Cinema

It was no hyperbole when we called The Raid: Redemption "the best action movie in decades." That film redefined martial arts cinema for the 21st century and announced Gareth Evans as one of the most exciting young directors working... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: MEMPHIS Is A Truly Mesmerizing Meditation On The American South

Dusk. A blue summer day ending on a worn and warm boulevard. The pin prick glow of street lamps dazzle in the distance. A figure lumbers down the block. A hat tipped to one side, he is lost in thought.... More »
  

Jim Mickle Finds It Is COLD IN JULY With IFC Films

News out of Park City today is that one of our favorite directors, Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are and Stakeland), will see IFC Films release his latest film Cold In July this summer. IFC bought the North American... More »
  

Well Go USA Gets U.S. Rights For DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD

U.S. fans of the Nazi zombie flick Dead Snow will rejoice knowing that Well Go USA has picked up the rights for Tommy Wirkola's sequel, Dead Snow: Red Vs. Dead. The film premiered on Sunday night at Sundance and fierce... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Will Make You Laugh 'Til You Bleed

From the opening title card that reads "New Zealand Documentary Film Council," it's pretty clear that What We Do in the Shadows is not going to be your typical vampire movie. Co-directed by Taika Waititi (Eagle Vs. Shark, Boy) and... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: In THE SKELETON TWINS Bill Hader Elevates An Otherwise Pedestrian American Dramedy

I've been here before. This all looks quite familiar. It's not quite deja vu though. The window dressing is different. They've swapped a cute dog for goldfish. I think that's a new couch. But that's the same ottoman.Craig Johnson's The... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: COOTIES Delivers Bloody Laughs

What happens when the creator of Saw and Insidious teams up with the creator of Glee? Cooties happens, a gleefully bloody crowd pleaser of a horror-comedy weighted more towards the comedy end of the spectrum blessed with a sterling cast... More »
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Sundance 2014 First Impression: THE RAID 2 Is More Epic Than We Ever Imagined

What is perhaps the most anticipated film of 2014, at least for most of us at Twitch, made its world premiere this evening at the Sundance Film Festival and suffice to say, the sequel does not disappoint. Clocking in... More »
  

Sundance Speed Dating With... WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Filmmakers Taika Waititi And Jemaine Clement

Writer/director/actor Taika Waititi, who's been at Sundance before with Boy (2010) and Eagle vs Shark (2007), comes back with something altogether different. Co-written and co-directed with Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords), What We Do in the Shadows is a... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: LISTEN UP PHILIP Asks For Sympathy For The Asshole

A few years back Alex Ross Perry caught the eye of many in the American independent scene with his second feature, the delightfully awful (or is that awfully delightful?) The Color Wheel. A sibling road tripper with the penchant for... More »
  

Sundance Speed Dating with... LOVE IS STRANGE Writer/Director Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs has been bringing queer cinema to the screens since 1996, making him one of the few pioneers who have challenged the status quo of Hollywood's (and the indie world, for that matter) white, hetero-dominant stories. For this year's... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: Thumbs Up For Roger Ebert Doc LIFE ITSELF

If you do what I do -- cherish film and have the chutzpah to tell other people what you think about them -- then you're almost certainly indebted to Roger Ebert. I've documented at length the effect that he had... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: CALVARY Is A Tragic, Devastating Masterpiece

John Michael McDonagh's 2011 directorial debut The Guard was one of the stronger debut films of recent years, combining as it did McDonagh's fabulous script, a strong but not overwhelming sense of visual style and a blazing performance from leading... More »
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Sundance 2014 Review: COLD IN JULY Is Dank And Sweaty And Fabulous

Stake Land and We Are What We Are director Jim Mickle exits his customary horror territory and heads for something altogether darker with grimy crime thriller Cold In July. Adapted from the novel by Joe R Lansdale, Cold In July... More »
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Sundance 2014 Review: Though Still Very Funny, THE TRIP TO ITALY Is A Pale Imitation Of The First

Michael Winterbottom's The Trip was an enormously pleasant surprise. The 2010 UK TV series - also cut into feature form for the international market - was built on what appeared to be the flimsiest of premises, featuring British comics Rob... More »
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