From The Editors

AFI FEST 2017 Dispatch: Metaphysial Masterworks and Nerve-Jangling Debuts

AFI Fest closed out their 2017 edition last Thursday in Los Angeles with a star-studded showing of the Jessica Chastain starring Molly's Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. And while the American Film Instituite certainly likes their gala premieres...

Notes on Streaming: THE PUNISHER, Geysers of Blood, Torture and Violence

After sampling The Punisher, Marvel's latest small-screen series, I shared my reaction on social media: "Unrelenting brutality of Frank Castle + extreme bloodshed through 3 eps. is wearisome." Boy, was I wrong -- I vastly underestimated the capacity for torture...

AFI Fest 2017 Dispatch: A Tour Through the VR at AFI's 'Tech Showcase'

AFI Fest wrapped up last Thursday but not before a host of cool awards movies, indie darlings, and international gems played for the Hollywood audience (see our preview for a few highlights). But another main element of the AFI Fest...

Blu-ray Review: Landmark Lesbian Drama DESERT HEARTS Looks Tremendous and Feels Almost as Good

A woman arrives in Reno by train and will leave the same way, with one seismic difference: she has met and fallen in love with Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), a local artist and resident free-spirit. The year is 1959, and Vivian...

Our Favorite Faces Of Jeremy Irons

This weekend saw the arrival of Zack Snyder's and Joss Whedon's Justice League, and while Pierce Conran mentioned in his review that the film is overstuffed, he also noted that it "...manages to stand its ground as reasonable popcorn entertainment."...

THE BLACK CAT Short Film Now Online for Your Viewing Pleasure

Fairy tales are ripe fodder for films, especially short films, and Indian director Bhargav Saikia knows a good fairy tale when he reads it. His latest short film The Black Cat, an adaptation of Indian author Ruskin Bond's short story....

Review: AFTER LOVE, The Anger and Sadness of Divorce

A while ago, a judge in the UK proposed to make it harder for people to get married, and easier for them to get divorced. The logic being, that too many people get married without properly thinking it through; love...

Now on Blu-ray: Sergio Martino's TORSO Looks Great From Shameless Films

Shameless Films in the UK continues their commitment to sharing the best in classic sleaze with their new UK Blu-ray premiere of Sergio Martino's Torso. The company has recently released two of Martino's other classic giallo films on Blu-ray -...

Kolkata IFF 2017 Review: TIKLI AND LAXMI BOMB Takes Back The Streets Of Mumbai

There's no escaping the topic of treatment of women around the world right now. From the ominous spread of sexual assault accusations and the accompanying fallout in Hollywood, to the way the American political system has been similarly affected by...

Cinema One Originals 2017 Review: NERVOUS TRANSLATION, an Enamoring Look into Childhood

People often say “see the world through the eyes of a child,” acting as if these words are the remedy to cynicism. Somehow this phrase is charged with what we imagine childhood to be: innocence, authenticity, joy and tears (somehow...

TUFTLAND: Finnish Hillbillys Get Creepy in New Trailer

The Hillybilly trope has generally been the pervue of American cinema; but seemingly weird people and cults in the countryside exist everywhere, and a new feature from Finland aims to set a new bar. With its North American premiere set...

South Africa Enters The Streaming TV Revolution With TALI'S WEDDING DIARY

The moving to streaming video services continues to have repurcussions around the globe and that shift is reaching South Africa now with upcoming comedy series Tali's Wedding Diary. The first ever original series from African streaming service Showmax, Tali's Wedding...

VR Dispatch: Exploring the Intersection of Art and Tech at The Engadget Experience Alternate Realities

Earlier this year the tech blog Engadget announced that they were giving away half a million dollars in $100,000 chunks to five media arts pieces exploring the technologies of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality. Half a year later...

ISKRA: Watch The Impressive Trailer For Montenegrin Crime Thriller ISKRA

The local cinema culture of Montenegro is still a fairly emergent one but there are some promising young talents in the region, among them Gojko Berkuljan who makes his feature debut with Iskra. The political turmoil of the region is...

DREAMLAND Reunites Bruce McDonald, Tony Burgess and Stephen McHattie for a New Genre Mashup

Fans of Pontypool may rejoice for the beginning of production on Bruce McDonald's latest film, Dreamland. It reunites the director with writer Tony Burgess and star Stephen McHattie. While not the long rumoured sequel to the Canadian cult semiotic zombie film...

Head Transplant Leads To Asses Kicked In Victor Vu's LOI BAO

Everyone loves a good origin story, right? That seems to be the general premise behind the structure of the ongoing wave of superhero films and in the quest to come up with a compelling origin Vietnamese director Victor Vu has...

70s Rewind: Disney's THE RESCUERS, Fun for Kids, Diverting for Adults Too

The theatrical release of Pixar's Coco, distributed by Disney, prompted me to watch The Rescuers (1977), a hand-drawn animated artifact that, it turns out, holds up quite well. As many children of my generation did, I grew up in the...

Phyllis Grande's HAUNTED Explores The True Horrors Behind An Urban Legend

The annual Cinema One Originals festival is just around the corner in the Philippines and by far - BY FAR - the film that I am most curious about in this year's line up is Phyllis Grande's documentary Haunted: A...

Review: THE SWINDLERS Cons Viewers Out of Their Time

Stars Hyun Bin and Yoo Ji-tae go toe-to-toe in this month's The Swindlers, a loose and jazzy caper thriller that mines Korea's abundant fascination with grifters. Or at least that's what it attempts to do, as this blatant ripoff of...

THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT Trailer: Will The Sequel Retain its Early Aughts Era Roots?

A strong first teaser for The Strangers: Prey at Night has landed from Aviron Pictures. 47 Meters Down director, Johannes Roberts, takes the reigns on the loooong promised sequel to Bryan Bertino's seminal home invasion thriller The Strangers which shocked...