Watch A Mitt Full Of TV Spots For Yamazaki's Live Action PARASYTE

Fresh from its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival - where our own Christopher O'Keeffe saw and reviewed it - a quartet of TV spots for Japanese VFX wizard Yamazaki Takashi's live action adaptation of popular manga Parasyte... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

DEATH AND THE ROBOT: Watch This Bittersweet Story Of Friendship

We have a nice animated short film to share with you called Death and the Robot. The short was director Austin Taylor's 4th Year Thesis Film at the UNC School of the Arts. The puppets were created by using a... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Raoul Walsh's THE THIEF OF BAGDAD

Douglas Fairbanks, "the first King of Hollywood", is today remembered as the star of numerous silent swashbuckling epics, including The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers and Robin Hood. However, he attained the popularity and industry clout to get such... More »
  

THE HORSEMAN Director Takes A Visit To The BLOODLANDS

Things have been quiet since 2009 for Australian writer-director Steven Kasrissios. It was back in 2008 that his gritty, intense debut The Horseman turned heads around the world and though he's been hard at work developing other concepts since none... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Morbido Fest 2014 Dispatch 2: [REC] 4, THE GREEN INFERNO, THE STRANGER And More Stir The Senses

What a fantastic day at the Morbido Film Fest! I got to spend time walking around the zocalo (town square), just a minute from the hotel where I'm staying here in Puebla, Mexico, visiting a bookstore and milling along with... More »
  

Lisbon & Estoril 2014 Review: Abel Ferrara's PASOLINI Hits Some, Misses Some

Abel Ferrara's take on Pier Paolo Pasolini's life (more than his career as a filmmaker, poet or philosopher) is the breed of biopic that seems modest and straightforward enough to make up for its obvious shortcomings. Its modesty comes from... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: SILVERED WATER, SYRIA SELF PORTRAIT Will Break Your Heart

We often see fleeting images of war and its victims, or brief scenes of torture on the news, but these are often presented in a sensational way, or sometimes sanitized, or more than often, ignored if they are happening in... More »
  

Third I 2014 Review: MEET THE PATELS Mixes Modern Love And Timeworn Tradition

Ravi Patel is an actor. He's one of those guys. You know, that guy. The guy who plays a doctor or a lawyer on TV, typical Indian American jobs. He's not setting the world on fire, but he makes a... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

BLADE OF THE MAIDEN: Check The Teaser For Filipino Martial Arts Fantasy

The Philippines' Cinema One Originals program continues to support a broad range of talent across more genres than you can shake a stick at with their annual funding grants - unlike most nations Filipino festivals actually commission and pay for... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Turkish Horror Helmer Steps Into English Language With First MAGI Teaser

Prolific Turkish horror director Hasan Karacadag has been a familiar face in these parts since bursting on the scene with D@bbe in 2006. And with a handful of titles under his belt since then, Karacadag is making the step into... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

DARK SAMURAI: Watch The First Teaser Now

We have been keeping a close eye on the development of Sidney Lexi Plaut's Dark Samurai for some time now, drawn in by the gorgeous imagery and the presence of Valhalla Rising producer Lene Borglum on the production team of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Cairo 2014 Review: A CINEMA OF DISCONTENT Deftly Explores Censorship

I'm sure many cinephiles are familiar with the Motion Picture Production Code, used by Hollywood in the mid-20th century to govern 'morality' in films. A self-imposed censorship, it banned any sexual acts beyond kissing, excessive violence, profanity, and many other... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: THE BOY AND THE WORLD, Wonderous Animation and Storytelling

Within the first few frames, it's easy to see why The Boy and The World won both Best Feature and the audience award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, considered to be the most important of its kind. This is... More »
  

Morbido Fest 2014, Dispatch 1: FEED THE LIGHT, EL INCIDENTE, And TEKUANI Explore Limits Of The Human Psyche

"We're under the volcano," said filmmaker Richard Stanley, referring to the novel by Malcolm Lowry, adapted for the screen by John Huston in 1984, and the location of the Morbido Film Festival in 2014. The tops of volcanoes were enshrouded... More »
  

Preview: The Foreign Oscar Contenders Meet At Tallinn's Black Nights Film Festival

It used to be that the big late season festival stop was the Viennale in Austria, where the important titles of the year were collected in the exquisite programming. However, a festival wolf has started howling in Estonia and gets... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: QUEEN AND COUNTRY, Funny and Heartfelt Nostalgia

John Boorman's 1987 film Hope and Glory, about the London Blitz seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy, is a favourite in the Rowan-Legg household (seriously, we can all quote it almost verbatim to the point of annoying guests).... More »
  

Los Cabos 2014 Review: FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: THE STORY OF RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Salutes The Mexican Guitar Duo

For Those About to Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela is a straight celebration of Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo and Gabriela, going from their origins in Mexico City to their eventual worldwide success. Mexican journalist and the documentary's director... More »
  

DOC NYC 2014 Boasts An Expanded, Impressively Diverse Slate

DOC NYC, the largest documentary festival in the U.S., which runs this year from November 13-20, gets even bigger with its fifth edition, with well over 150 films, panels, masterclasses, and tributes, spanning across three venues: the IFC Center, the... More »
  

Park Chan-wook To Direct Sci-fi Thriller SECOND BORN

Park Chan-wook, Korean director of the much lauded Vengeance Trilogy - Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance - has been attached to an upcoming sci-fi thriller Second Born, reports Variety. This will be his second English... More »
  

Morbido 2014 Dispatch 0: How To Establish A Macabre And Playful Tone For Your Festival

I've been in Puebla, Mexico less than 12 hours and already it seems like the Morbido Film Festival owns this bustling city. That would be quite a remarkable feat, considering that the metropolitan area contains more than two and a half... More »
  
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