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 »
  

Out Now On UK DVD: DEAD SUSHI Is Iguchi Insanity At Its Finest

My friend and colleague Peter K once wrote a paper on the question of cultural difference, and how that translates when one watches a film from a different country. Can we really understand all the nuances of films that come... More »
  

Camera Japan 2013 Review: EVANGELION: 3.0 Has (Not) Left The Remake Arena.

(Change whatever you want, how much you want: it's all still the same in the end...) A year ago, we were only a few weeks removed from the world premiere of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, yet so little... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

TIFF 2013 Review: MANAKAMANA Transcends The Simplicity Of Its Journey

Two elderly women sit in a gondola while it travels down a verdant Nepalese mountain.  Having visited the Manakamana temple earlier in the day, they have purchased ice cream on a stick for the ride down and it is melting... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013: Tamae Garateguy Drunkenly Reviews Tamae Garateguy's SHE WOLF

My movie is the World's most innovative film, I like sex. And my movie has the hottest scenes and funny Anios the last 30, first Was the empire of the senses, I remember that movie was hot, I liked the... More »
  

Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: MIRAGE MEN Offers Disclosure And Discomfort In Equal Measure

It was a classic Fantastic Fest experience. A documentary with a seemingly wonky premise that ultimately offered profound food for thought. It seems fitting that in the same year the festival honors Errol Morris it also embraces Mirage Men. The... More »
  

DVD Review: MONONOKE Delivers Ghostly Thrills With Both Flash And Feeling

(Featuring that most mythical of creatures: a traveling salesman you should trust!) Back in 2007, Nakamura Kenji's horror anime series Mononoke -- not to be confused with Miyazaki Hayao's film Princess Mononoke -- was aired in Fuji TV's famous noitaminA... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

TIFF 2013 Review: WITCHING & BITCHING Is Vulgar Auteurism At Its Most Manic

They are in every city along the main tourist drags, those living statues of celebrities, comic book characters and horror icons just standing there, silently hoping for your loose change.  In Álex De La Iglesia's latest bit of mayhem, they're... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: UNDER THE SKIN, Brilliant Cinema Of Alienation

A long shot of a man waiting for a bus on a cool, foggy morning. The road winds through a valley where the stop and bench are at the bottom, and snakes up the other side. A woman walks into... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE Lets The Good Times Load

When it comes to the ample challenge of squeezing out profit from an indie film, current dogma would have it that titles closer to the start of the alphabet do better on digital VOD platforms. Therefore you'd be forgiven... More »
  

Review: GHOST SHARK Asks, Can Great White Lightning Strike Twice?

From the brilliant minds that brought you Arachnoquake and Mega Piranha comes the chilling tale of the vengeful spirit of a great white shark, Ghost Shark. It airs tonight on SyFy at 9 p.m.ET. A shark is attacked by a group of... More »
  

DVD Review: HAKABA KITARO Offers Creepy Nostalgia

(This series sure doesn't make you want to poke your eye out.) In 2008, Fuji Television aired a very unusual eleven episode anime in their famed noitaminA slot. It was called Hakaba Kitaro, meaning "Graveyard Kitaro", the titular character of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Fantasia 2013 Review: FATEFUL FINDINGS, Beyond All Working Definitions Of Cinema

Fateful Findings concerns the fallout of a magical day when two children, Leah and Dylan, discover a supernatural black cube. It is not until years later, after the children have grown up, their friendship estranged, that the cube lives up... More »
By Peter K.   
  

NYAFF 2013 Review: Sono Sion's BAD FILM Is By No Means That

Nobody should walk into a Sono Sion film and expect to anything close to a conventional experience. The director's two most well-received films -- 2008's upskirt photography romance Love Exposure and 2010's fish store owner/serial killer epic Cold Fish-- are... More »
  

Blu-ray Review: MAWARU PENGUINDRUM (Second Half) Baffles While It Breaks Your Heart

(I always thought majorettes were kinda weird anyway...) Back in May, I reviewed the first half of the anime series Mawaru Penguindrum and was very, VERY positive about it. Those first twelve episodes tell the story of Himari, a young... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: KICK-HEART Kicks Hard, Tickles Heart

I'm a big fan of Japanese animation director Yuasa Masaaki. The man's output is often weird but always wonderful, and his designs never use the standard templates so often used in anime. Just look at his series Kaiba and The... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Blu-ray Review: SKULL WORLD! Skullman Rocks Large on Blu-ray

Justin McConnell's documentary Skull World just came out on DVD and Blu-ray! I got my grubby hands on the Blu-ray and would like to share my thoughts with you about Justin's film. But first, a story... Back in high school I... More »
  

Review: Jodorowsky's THE DANCE OF REALITY Finds Magic In Brutality

When we first meet the young-boy version of Alejandro Jodorowsky in his new "imaginary autobiography" The Dance with Reality (La Danza de la Realidad), he is wearing a long blond wig and watching in terror as his dad brawls with... More »
  

Review: Michel Gondry's MOOD INDIGO Exhilarates, Exhausts

Michel Gondry is back. And he's going no holds barred.After slumming it as studio hired-gun and inner-city auteur (in 2011's The Green Hornet and 2012's The We and the I, respectively), the French director is back in small-batch surrealist mode with Mood Indigo (L'ecume... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Blu-ray Review: BLANCANIEVES, An Enchanting Spanish Limited Edition

("Special Editions" like these make the collector in me live happily, ever after...) Cinematically, 2012 was pretty busy for Snow White: no less than four film versions of her story were released last year. From the USA we had... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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