Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg
London, England

Shelagh is a Toronto-born, Europe-based writer. She also a programmer for Film4 FrightFest and Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and recently completed her PhD on contemporary Spanish fantastic film.

Trailer for CRUEL SUMMER Shows Some Pretty Cruel Teenagers

Teenagers can be quite nasty, especially to those they perceive as weak or whom they think they can attack without fear of retribution. Such is the case in the new film Cruel Summer. Shot in South Wales during the incredible... More »
  

Review: CUBAN FURY Shakes Some Good Moves, But Falls A Bit Flat

Romantic comedies have hit a bit of a slump in recent years, at least ones from big Hollywood and UK studios. The same patterns, cliched images, characters, and formulas have become predictable and dull. And in many ways, Cuban Fury... More »
  

Film4 FrightFest Really, Really Wants You to Turn Your Bloody Phone Off!

So much so, that they've made a competition! While last year, a select group of filmmakers were invited to make short idents "encouraging" patrons to turn off their phones (and it was an amazing set of idents), this year they're... More »
  

Twitch Picks the 2014 Oscars

Love them -- for honoring the ostensible best-made movies -- or hate them -- for reducing an art form to an insufferably smug horse race -- the Academy Awards can inspire and provoke discussion about movies like nothing else. And... More »
  

RIP Cinema Giant Alain Resnais

One of the greatest film directors of the 20th century, Alain Resnais died yesterday at the age of 91, it was announced by his long-time producer, Jean-Louis Livi. Just a few weeks ago, I saw what has turned out to... More »
  

OPEN WINDOWS: Black Leather, New Poster For Nacho Vigalondo Thriller

I had the opportunity to see Nacho Vigalondo's third feature Open Windows at the European Film Market in Berlin earlier this month. And while I can't tell you any details, I can say that it was pretty incredible: intelligent, innovative, brilliantly... More »
  

New Trailer for PENNY DREADFUL Will Give You Chills

Set to premiere at SXSW next month before its TV debut in May, the new Showcase series Penny Dreadful has a new trailer. And it's pretty creepy, with plenty of blood, mystery, sex and overall macabre-ness to appeal to the... More »
  

Review: CUBAN FURY Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Romantic comedies have hit a bit of a slump in recent years, at least ones from big Hollywood and UK studios. The same patterns, cliched images, characters, and formulas have become predictable and dull. And in many ways, Cuban Fury doesn't... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Looks Spectacular, But Story Fails

In the 21st century, how is one to present a fairy tale? There are stories ripe with opportunity to create great visual, frequently with lots of action, but the stereotyping, themes, and gender representation can be a bit tricky in... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: ALOFT Doesn't Quite Soar

The sense of touch can be tricky to convey in film. A filmmaker must rely upon visually accurate information in order for the spectator to 'feel' the sensation. Touch is very prominent in director and writer Claudia Llosa's Aloft, how... More »
  

Berlinale 2014 Review: YVES SAINT LAURENT Is Saved By Lead Performance

There are two biopics out this year on Yves Saint Laurent, the iconic French women's fashion designer. Considering his importance in French fashion culture, this is probably not surprising (at least that there might be more than one film about... More »
  

Review: A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING, A British Horror-Comedy With A Strong Heart

A quirky gem of a film, Crispian Mill's feature film debut A Fantastic Fear of Everything fits well into the British tradition of horror-comedy, where slightly-crazed logic flows along with an acceptance of the weird, the existential and the eccentric.... More »
  

KING OF THE HILL Director Gonzalo López-Gallego To Helm New Thriller SANCTUARY

US-based production company Atlas Independent has tapped Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego (King of the Hill, Apollo 18, Open Grave) to direct their new film Sanctuary, based on a script by Ryne Douglas Pearson (Mercury Rising, Knowing).According to an article on... More »
  

Trailer for OCULUS Gives Chilling Reflections. Literally.

As a child, I had an intense fear of mirrors and would cover up the one in my bedroom every night (maybe I read C.S. Lewis' Through the Looking Glass a few too many times). So the new trailer for... More »
  

New Trailer & Image for Hammer's Second Feature THE QUIET ONES

The British more or less invented images of gothic horror, haunted buildings and creepy possessed children. Add in some American-style found footage and a retro setting, and you've got the revamped Hammer Films' second feature, The Quiet Ones. Directed by... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Film

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Director

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Actor

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Moment In The World Of Film

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special... More »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's List Of Shame - December

And here we are, at the end of our year-long exploration into the shadowy reaches of classic cinema where we have dared not venture before now. Each of us now experienced up to a dozen highly praised works for the... More »
  
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