Review: CANOPY, An Interesting Experiment, But Less Than It Could Have Been

It was back in the early 2000's, shortly after the release of O Brother, Where Art Thou, that word began to circulate that the Coen Brothers intended to shoot a film adaptation of James Dickey's novel To The White Sea.... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: DOCTOR WHO S8E01, DEEP BREATH (Or, Look Who's Got A New Face)

As ever, there were a lot of questions to be asked as we welcome a new actor to the title role of Doctor Who. Few, however, questioned whether Peter Capaldi could deliver the goods. Unsurprisingly, he's excellent. He slips into... More »
  

Melbourne 2014 Review: GOD HELP THE GIRL, A Twee Little Mess

Coming from Belle & Sebastian front-man Stuart Murdoch, God Help The Girl is a directorial debut disaster. The film is stung by lashes of awkward editing, a sloppy screenplay, and a cloying suffocation of artificial, twee characters.Our 'girl' in this modern... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE CREEPING GARDEN Explores The Brave New World Of Plasmodial Slime Mould

In one of the year's most original and bizarre documentaries, Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp dive headlong into the largely unknown world of plasmodial slime moulds, and what emerges is a pioneering and at times hypnotic crawl through a largely... More »
  

Melbourne 2014 Review: CATCH ME DADDY Imbues Stunning Tension And Displays Confident Direction

Director Daniel Wolfe came into recognition with his awesome music video Time To Dance for the band The Shoes. The clip featured a disturbed psychopath, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who, essentially, murdered hipsters who could not dance. This tongue-in-cheek idea... More »
  

Review: CALVARY, 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 »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: THESE FINAL HOURS, The Peak Of Australian Genre

These Final Hours is a firecracker of a production set in the Australian city of Perth, on the final day before the world as we know it concludes. It is exactly what it sounds like; an intense genre exercise respecting the... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG, Fruitful But Melancholy

I first encountered the work of Filipino action hero and tiny man-child Weng Weng at this very festival in 2007. Andy Stark and Pete Tombs ran an absolutely bonkers reel of money shots from their Mondo Macabro release label in front... More »
  

Review: A MOST WANTED MAN, All Cloak, No Dagger

The stakes are surprisingly low in Anton Corbijn's latest effort A Most Wanted Man; a skewed take of the war on terror and the complexities of institutions and stateless beings. The film, set in the wintry German city of Hamburg, purposely... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: THE COMPLETE PHIBES Boxset Provides Plenty Of Priceless Price

(Love means: following your wife in death, after first killing off everyone you hold responsible for her demise...) In the late fifties, sixties and early seventies, horror fans young and old flocked to cinemas to see three iconic actors:... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: Joanna Hogg's EXHIBITION Is An Exceptional 'Scenes From A Marriage'

A three-story modern house is just as much a character in Joanna Hogg's Exhibition as a married artist couple (played by non actors Viv Albertine, of the punk rock band Slits, and artist Liam Gillick) who inhibit it. Equipped with floor... More »
  

The Kids Talk Film: MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR

When the opportunity presented itself to see George Miller's car-pocalypse cult spectacular The Road Warrior on the big screen in Toronto a dodging of the R rating was necessary for Willem (age 11), but his younger sister Miranda (age 9) was... More »
  

Review: FREQUENCIES, A Mighty Brain, But A Heart Three Sizes Too Small

There are two mantras at play in the offbeat philosophy lesson traveling in the guise of a film with the original gangly moniker of OXV: The Manual. The first one is that "knowledge determines destiny," and the second is that... More »
  

Review: WOLF CREEK 2, Nasty As Ever

The wide-open, spectacular beauty of the Australian Outback beckons to travelers from around the world, which makes it the perfect setting for a movie about a serial killer. Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) roams the outback, searching for unwary tourists he... More »
  

Review: THE DOUBLE Confirms Aoyade As A Potent, Fresh Voice

It seems fair to say that when Richard Aoyade's debut feature, Submarine, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010, it caught people by surprise. There were few expectations on the little indie comedy from the large-haired comedian turned... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Hot Docs 2014 Review: THE DARKSIDE Upholds the Tradition of Oral History

I learned a new phrase while watching spiritual Australian documentary The Darkside.  To take a 'stickybeak' is to pry around the premises and ask uncomfortable questions. A lady uses this phrase while talking about an Ouija board her and her... More »
  

Review: THE QUIET ONES, The Dull Roar Of Disappointment

As expected, the newest Hammer horror film is atmospheric and moody; unfortunately, the atmosphere is dire and the mood is dull. The Quiet Ones is a veritable alphabet soup of disappointment: a is for aimless, b is for baffling, c... More »
  

Review: LOCKE, An Ingenious Thriller

British second time director Steven Knight brings an ingenious thriller of 84 minutes in length solely shot in one location; the inside of a car. Its name: Locke. Welsh construction manager Ivan Locke, played by Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight,... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: Bill Forsyth's THAT SINKING FEELING From The BFI

Before creating such classics of modern British Cinema as Gregory's Girl and Local Hero, Glaswegian filmmaker Bill Forsyth's debut feature was the 1979 gem That Sinking Feeling, about a gang of young chancers who look to make a quick buck... More »
  

Tribeca 2014 Review: Ivan Kavanagh Dumps All of His Fears into THE CANAL

Take one part Lynchian weirdness, one part Polanski paranoia, toss in a hefty dose of J-Horror, mix 'em and cook 'em in a pot like gumbo, as the noted American poet Ice Cube once said, add just a smidgen of... More »
  
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