Brian Clark
Editor-at-Large; Los Angeles

Mark Your 2014 Calendars For Lars Von Trier's NYMPHOMANIAC

Magnolia Pictures has announced the official U.S. release dates for Lars Von Trier's two-part erotic epic Nymphomaniac, which the press release assures us contains "graphic depections of sexuality to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film." So uh, welcome... More »
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Review: THE LAST DAYS ON MARS, As Lifeless As The Planet Itself

After the screening of The Last Days on Mars in the director's fortnight competition, many were wondering why exactly the clunky, derivative Mars-zombie movie was programmed at a high-class festival like Cannes. Fair enough, but the bigger, even more nagging... More »
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Euro Beat: You Must Watch This Dario Argento Video Essay From The Directors Of AMER

Whether you're new to Italian horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria) or a seasoned fan, this excellent montage/essay put together by Belgian directing team Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet (Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) is essential viewing. Also... More »
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Anthology Horror Reaches Perverse Extremes In NSFW Trailer for GERMAN ANGST

So, how do you up the ante in the current anthology horror movement? Getting Jörg Buttgereit, the director of the infamous Nekromantic to contribute is a hell of a start. But from the looks of this very NSFW trailer for... More »
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Euro Beat: Luc Besson's Company Accused of Embezzlement, Takes Legal Action

In today's Euro Beat: All is not fine in Luc Besson's giant European Hollywood complex. Or maybe it actually is fine and the journalists are the ones to blame! Either way, law suits are coming. Also, the Rome Film Festival... More »
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Euro Beat: Notable Upcoming Films From Spain, Denmark, France And More

The American Film Market (AFM) is gearing up in Los Angeles. For the small bubble of industry folks, this means wheeling, dealing, meetings, drinks, dinner and whining/bragging about busy schedules. But for the rest of us film lovers, it means... More »
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Euro Beat: First Image From Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner Project!

Also in today's edition of Euro Beat: Catherine Deneuve turns 70 and remains awesome, Alain Delon goes a little nuts at 77 (or has he always been?), promising films win at the London Film Festival, plus, Europe takes back its... More »
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Euro Beat: Michael Hazanavicius Works In Secret, James Marsh Takes On Stephen Hawking

After our exhaustive look at the European Oscar submissions, Euro Beat is back to its normally scheduled Tuesday spot with good news about upcoming projects, bad news about Spain, Portugal and a great director and some very interesting European box... More »
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Review: Dario Argento's DRACULA 3D Is Predictably Bad, Until...

Early warning: This review will eventually spoil what was -- for me -- the only great minute of Dario Argento's Dracula 3D. It is not a plot spoiler per say, and it was also spoiled by the sales reel that... More »
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Euro Beat: Get To Know The European Oscar Contenders

Yesterday was the deadline for each country around the world to choose a film to submit for Oscar consideration. While only a few of them will make the cut come January 16 when the final nominations are announced, this moment... More »
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Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - September

September has been an incredibly busy month for the Twitch collective, with many of our writers travelling the Earth seeking out cinematic delights in as far-reaching corners as Venice, Toronto and Austin. As a result, this month's Full Disclosure is... More »
By James Marsh   

Lars Von Trier's NYMPHOMANIAC Gets Literary In The Latest Clip

The marketing train for Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac keeps on rolling! All aboard for the latest clip, which is decidedly more somber and monochrome that what's been released previously. But at least the framing of this also-just released still promises... More »
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Review: Sam Rockwell Breaks Age-Old Movie Rule in A SINGLE SHOT

Briefcases full of money are bad news. Terrible news, even. If you see a briefcase full of money, run as far away from it as you can, and maybe stay inside for a few days just to be safe. You... More »
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Trailer For Nacho Vigalondo's OPEN WINDOWS Traps Sasha Grey and Elijah Wood In Tech-Nightmare

I suppose it was inevitable that some confident, ambitious director would eventually make a movie set entirely in different windows of a computer screen. Fortunately, first one to the punch is the endlessly innovative Nacho Vigalondo, and, as anyone familiar... More »
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Euro Beat: French Zombies Will Attack The States, Funding Woes for Joachim Trier, And More!

We've got a slew of news in today's Euro Beat, including French zombies, Venice awards, Spanish Oscar hopefuls, disheartening Joachim Trier news and some scandalous tidbits about the upcoming erotic coming of age drama Blue is the Warmest Color. Plus,... More »
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Live In A David Cronenberg Movie With New Interactive Project BODY/MIND/CHANGE

David Cronenberg and Lance Weiler (The Last Broadcast) have teamed up with TIFF and the Canadian Film Center Media Lab to create a new interactive, multimedia project that allows you to "experience what it is like to live inside a... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2013: Closing Night Film And Final Wave Of Programming Announced!

While I'm sure no one is quite ready to think about the end of the Austin, TX genre orgy that is Fantastic Fest before it's even started, you should at least be aware that the fest will be finishing with... More »
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The 8 Best Things I Learned At The RIDDICK Press Conference With Vin Diesel, Katee Sackhoff and David Twohy

In a cinema culture where "sequel" is usually synonymous with "bigger-louder-flashier," Riddick is something of an anomaly. After expanding the universe of his cult-sleeper-hit Pitch Black significantly in the studio-backed Chronicles of Riddick, writer/director David Twohy has actually scaled things... More »
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Review: PASSION, Great Erotic Fun That Doesn't Hold A Candle To De Palma's Best

After the experimental political polemic Redacted and the gun-for-hire mess The Black Dahlia, Brian De Palma has returned to what should be his comfort zone; a violent, erotic thriller which he actually wrote himself. In fact, every scene of Passion... More »
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Euro Beat: Art-Porn-Surrealism Master To Be Honored In Paris

Today's eclectic edition of Euro Beat features a spotlight on a singular adult filmmaker, a simple way to help save Portuguese cinema culture, a guide to watching Venice film festival premieres at home, European box office and more.We'll kick it... More »
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