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Pretty Packaging: JODOROWSKY'S DUNE Gets A Spiced French Release

Frank Pavich' documentary Jodorowsky's Dune has a lot of fans in these parts, with our Ryland Aldrich being one of them. Its subject is Jodorowsky's failed quest to create a film based on Frank Herbert's Dune saga, an attempt often...

AnarchyVision: From Whistler 2016, Talking LA LA LAND, SLED DOGS & I AM BOLT

This week's movies hit from the slopes of Whistler, BC, site of their sixteenth anual international film festival. A fantastic showcase for American Indies, Canadian premieres and loads of docs, it's kind of a "Sundance North", full of energizing conversations,...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Movie Musical?

This week sees Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land opening wide across America. Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the film won the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival this year, and many people hail it as a glorious...

Destroy All Monsters: We're Bad At Confronting News Like The Bertolucci News

On the weekend one of my listeners jumped on the comment thread for my latest podcast episode to voice his disgust at the news that Bernardo Bertolucci had conspired with Marlon Brando to rape Maria Schneider for a scene in...

Pretty Packaging: THE RED TURTLE Gets A Glorious French Release

(It almost would end up on my list of "ten things to bring with you if you went to a deserted island"...) It's been a few years already since we got the news that Studio Ghibli was mothballing itself with...

The Many Faces Of Richard E. Grant

This week sees the American wide release of Pablo Larraín's Jackie, starring Natalie Portman as the famous First Lady in the week following the murder of her husband John F. Kennedy. Other notable actors in the film are Peter Sarsgaard,...

Pretty Packaging: OUTLAW STAR Makes Itself Wanted

After Scottish distributor Anime Limited's veritable onslaught of special editions last month, I've become almost skittish to post even more articles about them for a while. Still, for a company aiming at a niche market in difficult times, they're doing...

Destroy All Monsters: Why The World (Of SUPERGIRL) Doesn't Need Superman

TV's Supergirl (nee CBS, now of the CW) remains an odd beast. It's loud, brash, immature, and often tries to do so many things in a single episode that it half-asses most of them and only lands a few of...

7 Reasons Why the Valdivia Film Festival Is One Of the Most Important in Latin America

After the end of the Mar del Plata Film Festival last week in Argentina, I was left wondering which other festival could really come up and compete with the only A Class Festival of Latin America. No name came up...

Have Your Say: What's The Best Biopic Ever Made?

This week sees the American wide release of Pablo Larraín's Jackie, which follows the life of Jackie Kennedy in the week immediately following the murder of her husband John F. Kennedy. The film is reportedly very good, with scriptwriter Noah...

The Many Faces Of Mifune Toshiro

This week sees the American premiere of Steven Okazaki's documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai, about probably the most famous Japanese actor of all time: Mifune Toshiro. In his review Patryk Czekaj calls it "...a perfectly informative and well-researched documentary that...

Destroy All Monsters: Filmmakers Need To Get Over The Idea That We Want To Be "Immersed"

I'm as big a fan of high-frame-rate cinema as probably exists in the general audience (i.e. I'm not Doug Trumbull, but I've seen Ufotog). Hey, I liked Avatar a hell of a lot, too - 3-D included. Saw it six...

Have Your Say: Which Size Matters Most?

While a great many people these days download films, legally or illegally, I'm one of the stalwart few who prefers his media on discs and/or books. People have reacted scornful, called me stupid for buying stuff which can be stolen...

Pretty Packaging: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Ultimate Edition

(Anime Limited goes crazy pimping, part III...) Last week saw a veritable deluge in releases from Scottish distributor Anime Limited, three of which easily qualified for a "Pretty Packaging" article. So on Saturday we showed Miss Hokusai, yesterday we showed...

Pretty Packaging: The ESCAFLOWNE Ultimate Edition Is A Box Of Boxes

(Anime Limited goes crazy pimping, part II...) Glasgow-based distributor Anime Limited released three royally decorated Blu-ray boxes this week, and we're covering all of them. Yesterday saw the pretty wooden box of the Miss Hokusai release, tomorrow we'll look at...

Pretty Packaging: MISS HOKUSAI Brings The Art

(Anime Limited goes crazy pimping, part I...) It's not a secret that I'm a huge fan of Scottish distributor Anime Limited, one of several struggling UK companies trying to keep their heads above water in an increasingly hostile market, especially...

The Many Faces Of David Hemmings

Today marks the 75th birthday of David Hemmings, one of the greatest British actors of the last century. Unfortunately, the man is no longer with us as he died in 2003, but his legacy exists and is vast. Effortlessly cool...

Destroy All Monsters: The Tyranny of Straight Lines in ARRIVAL

Spoilers for Arrival, even if (on one level) Arrival makes a pretty compelling argument that spoilers do not matter. Everything is at right angles in Arrival, which is one of the strategies the film uses to disorient and disrupt its...

AnarchyVision: Live from Los Cabos Edition! CHRISTINE, ARRIVAL, LOVING

My latest report comes from the decadently sunny Los Cabos International Film Festival, where a number of premieres and festival faves come to play in an area they're building up as the "Cannes of Mexico". After giving up at Sundance...

Have Your Say: Are People Over-Sensitive Or Under-Sensitive About Whitewashing?

Our attention of the last few days went, film-footage wise, to the marketing team of Rupert Sanders' live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. After the merest of snippets and peeps, this weekend we all got a trailer, behind-the-scenes footage,...