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Destroy All Monsters: GHOSTBUSTERS Got Rid of Capitalism; Can We, Too?

I suppose the best thing that happened this past weekend, pop-culturally speaking, was that Ghostbusters finally came out, and more than lived up to both the original premise (bustin' ghosts!) and the new one (ladies bustin' ghosts!). To clarify, because...

Karlovy Vary 2016: Central and East European Cinema in the Spotlight

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival wrapped its 51st edition and the display of new Central and East European cinema with the award-giving ceremony. Hungarian filmmaker Szabolcs Hajdu was picked for the Grand Prix in the main competition for his independently...

Gamera Obscura: GHOSTBUSTERS and Why Your Childhood Should Be Ruined

I’ve actually never read any of the online screeds, purportedly penned by middle-aged nerdy guys, about how the new Ghostbusters was bound to “ruin their childhood” -- I know only that catchphrase. But since I’m a middle-aged nerdy guy, I...

Preview: Japan Cuts 2016, As Dynamic as Ever

Japan Cuts, Japan Society's annual festival of contemporary Japanese cinema, turns 10 this year. What the value of a film festival is may seem easy to talk about in terms of age and program focus. It  can also be hard...

Destroy All Monsters: The Toxic Masculinity of Shaming the GHOSTBUSTERS Haters

The cadre of solipsistic, misogynist Ghostbusters fanboys executed what one hopes would be their final coup de grace against Paul Feig's imminent Ghostbusters reboot this week, by spamming the IMDB (and Letterboxd) with disastrously low user ratings for a movie...

Have Your Say: My Prescient! My Prescient!

Through the technological wonders of the smartphone and Pokemon Go, half of the United States is currently chasing after imaginary creatures, or rather artificial and virtual ones. And I cannot help but wonder how incredibly spot-on Iso Mitsuo's 2007 anime...

70s Rewind: THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE Remains a Highly Charged, Terrific Thriller

Newly available on Blu-ray, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three remains a great, charged, gritty thriller, shot through with sardonic humor. Growing up in Los Angeles, I couldn't help but take my hometown for granted and wish that I...

Asian Film Festival of Dallas Starts Thursday, July 14 With An Awesome Lineup

The 2006 edition of the Asian Film Festival of Dallas (AFFD) was the first time I ever wrote about film for the public, so it has a special place in my heart.  This year marks the 15th anniversay of the...

The Many Faces Of Frank Langella

This week sees the limited North-American release of Matt Ross' Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen. So this week, our quiz is... but no, we did Viggo already, heh. Further down the cast-list we see Frank Langella though, so guess what?...

Gamera Obscura: The Best Five Minutes of THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR Are Clichéd and Nonsensical

One of the many reasons I’ve never been terribly successful as a movie reviewer is that I tend to confuse “interesting” with “good.” Consistent with that, yet worse still, as in the case of The Purge: Election Year, is that...

Destroy All Monsters: Gazing At THE NEON DEMON

Spoilers for The Neon Demon, which I recommend everyone see at least twice. Looking is everything in Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon. Besides being the kind of cinematic scopophilia masterpiece that we only seem to get every couple of...

Have Your Say: Which Anime Would You Like Another Season Of?

Yesterday brought happy news for fans of Araki Tetsurō's anime Attack on Titan, as the series' site announced a second season is finally being made, and readied for airing early next year (thanks to Kotaku for spreading the news). Attack...

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies of 2016 Part 1

With the first half of 2016 now in the can, it’s time to take my customary glance back over the Asian cinematic offerings from the past six months. There have been an encouraging number of successes in 2016, as well...

The Many Faces of Djimon Hounsou

This week sees the premiere of The Legend of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgård as the titular ape-man. But going through the cast-list reveals many a famous or interesting name: we see Samuel L. Jackson, we see Christoph Waltz, Jim Broadbent,...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Movies Of The First Half Of 2016

One year ago, we arrived at the mid-year point in high spirits. We all marveled at the new Mad Max, got turned Inside Out by Pixar, and were seduced by Ex Machina. So we published our favorites as a nice...

Destroy All Monsters: Movie Brands Are Ads, Not Outcomes

Independence Day Resurgence had all the makings of a mega-hit (in North America, at least): apocalyptic action, big(ish) returning stars, and most importantly in terms of what properties have netted huge returns in this decade, a nostalgia-friendly recognizable brand. So...

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Nicolas Winding Refn Film?

Last week, Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon went into limited release in North America, to mixed results and a disappointing box office. Film critics are divided as well, some calling it the year's best, others calling it a shallow...

Pretty Packaging: Arrow's BLOOD BATH Provides A Pool Of Different Versions

When distributor Arrow announced their release of a title called Blood Bath, I assumed it would be another generic eighties'-slasher-with-its-own-peculiar-fans-who-consider-it-a-classic-though-I-have-never-heard-of-it. Looking a bit closer though, this turned out to be something much, much weirder, and Arrow's approach towards this release...

Parenting in the Film Industry: Raising Films' Survey Yields Sadly Unsurprising Results

Two years ago, I interviewed director Liv Corfixen on her film My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, about her husband and the making of Only God Forgives. Refn was there as well, and one of the points that had...