Busan 2014 Review: THE TRUTH SHALL NOT SINK WITH SEWOL Invokes Tears And Outrage

The Sewol Disaster, the most significant event to rock South Korea since the IMF Crisis in 1997, gets its first big screen treatment with The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol, the first of what are sure to be many... More »
  

Watch Debut Short CARMELO From THE BOOK OF LIFE Director Jorge Gutierrez

Hitting theaters from Fox this Friday, The Book of Life is one of the most anticipated films of the Fall. While this stylized animated adventure is produced by Guillermo del Toro, its director is a relative unknown. That man is... More »
  

Crowdfund This: Aussie True Crime Thriller HOLT!

In December of 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War, Australian Prime Minister vanished without a trace. No warning. No clues. He was simply gone and has never been heard from since. What happened to Holt? That's been the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch The Trailer For Espinoza's SANTIAGO VIOLENTA

[Now with English subtitles.] It's been a busy time for Chilean writer-director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza. Just last month Espinoza had the world premiere of Redeemer - his latest collaboration with martial artist Marko Zaror - at Fantastic Fest while just... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Warsaw 2014 Review: GENTLE, A Polished And Splendidly Acted Adaptation Of Dostoyevsky's Touching Short Story

Le-Van Kiet's Gentle starts with an unexpectedly drastic scene, as if trying to wash away the tranquility so pleasantly accentuated by the film's opening credits and its intriguing title, inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1876 short story 'A Gentle Creature'.From the... More »
  

Sono's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL Lands A New US Trailer

With its arrival on North American shores imminent a new trailer for Sono Sion's gonzo Why Don't You Play In Hell has arrived online. I literally ate my shirt at Fantastic Fest last year because of this film (and R100,... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Valdivia 2014 Review: SANTIAGO VIOLENTA, A Pleasant Surprise And A New Era For Díaz Espinoza

Though there are still three months left in the year and To Kill a Man has already been chosen for the Oscars as the Chilean representative (and rightfully so) I might say that the latest film by action-oriented director Ernesto... More »
  

Even By Miike Standards, This Is Just Weird. Check The Full Trailer For AS THE GODS WILL

The are exploding heads o'plenty in the full trailer for Miike Takashi's adaptation of popular manga As The Gods Will. Heads exploding into piles of beads, apparently, all of it presided over by a mocking sculpture. Then there's the guy... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Toronto After Dark 2014: We Pick Nine Must-See Flicks

As the ninth edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival approaches, I conferred with two other Twitch Film men-about-Toronto, Kurt Halfyard and Jason Gorber, and we came up with our top nine must-see films of this year's festival, which... More »
  

Mórbido 2014: First Wave Of Films Includes REDEEMER, LATE PHASES, MÉXICO BÁRBARO, And More

After confirming that Puebla, Mexico is their new home, Mórbido has now unleashed the first wave of programming for its upcoming seventh edition (November 13-16). 18 international films and five Mexican titles have been confirmed, and it's a really exciting... More »
  

Pink Eiga Brings Back DVD Releases With PRISON GIRL And MILK THE MAID

After three years of distributing Pinku titles solely on VOD, Pink Eiga is bringing back the DVD! What may seem to be a silly venture to take up again is, in reality, a response to their fans and the numerous requests... More »
  

Latin Beat: Grotesco, New Mexican Horror Exhibition; Chile's PARTIR TO LIVE; Hollywood In Argentina

Producer Guillermo del Toro brings Mexican "Day of the Dead" culture to movie screens in the animated adventure The Book of Life, which opens wide across much of Latin America on Thursday (and North America on Friday). I'm a bit... More »
  

FROM PARTS UNKNOWN: FIGHT LIKE A GIRL: Watch The Trailer For Australian Zombie-Wrestling-Video Game Movie

Aussie production company Strongman Pictures Entertainment is proudly gearing up for the imminent release of a movie that has been almost a decade in the making: Daniel Armstrong's From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl. The story behind this wrestling/zombie mashup... More »
  

Sitges 2014 Review: MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT, An Intense Yet Alienating Ordeal

Four years after Gareth Edwards exploded onto the sci-fi scene with his inventive and industrious indie alien invasion flick Monsters, first-time director Tom Green delivers a sequel that bears little resemblance to the original, in tone, content or invention.Reportedly set... More »
  

Warsaw 2014: NAME ME Zooms In On Abandoned Daughters

Nigina Sayfullaeva's feature debut Name Me opens with 17-year-old Olya collecting the courage to look her biological father in the eyes for the first time. To ease the melodramatic atmosphere, she is accompanied by her easygoing, overly self-confident and fun-seeking friend,... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: The Wonderfully Surreal SELF-MADE Has More Than A Few Screws Loose

Shita Geffen's Self-Made could be the strangest film I have ever seen. Part black-comedy, part surreal drama, and all feminist parable, the film follows two very different women as they inexplicably swap identities.This is vastly complicated by the locations... More »
  

Warsaw 2014 Review: FANTASIA, A Beautifully-Lensed, But Overly Familiar Chinese Indie

In Wang Chao's Fantasia, one family's struggle to overcome a personal crisis, inevitably worsened by the father's progressive terminal illness, serves its purpose as a catalyst for the director to weave a tale of seemingly great social significance. Even though... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: KABUKICHO LOVE HOTEL, A Raunchy Charmer

Kabukicho Love Hotel (better translated as Sayonara Kabukicho) is the latest urban-centric film from esoteric director Hiroki Ryuichi (Vibrator). Although the film contains the sprawling metropolitan malaise that permeates his contemporary films, this is a far more accessible and crowd-pleasing effort that plays... More »
  

Watch SET FIRE TO THE STARS Trailer, Poetic Beauty And Trouble

Wales' most famous literary son, Dylan Thomas (A Child's Christmas in Wales, Under Milk Wood) led a relatively short life, but a successful one, one that has not, until now, appeared much on screen. Set Fire to the Stars premiered... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: FIRES ON THE PLAIN Drags Us Into The Abyss

Though based on Ooha Shohei's book of the same name rather than Ichikawa Kon's languid and harrowing 1959 film, Tsukamoto Shinya's Fires on the Plain was always going to be an entirely different beast. Low-budget and with a frenetic and... More »
  
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