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Cinema One Originals 2017 Review: CHANGING PARTNERS Satisfyingly Delivers Catharsis

In the first minutes of Changing Partners, Agot Isidro’s Alex (don’t be confused, there’ll be two Alex’s here — that’s kind of the concept of the whole film) expresses her excitement over watching the new season of her favorite prime-time...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Exclusive Creepy Clip: NAILS, Thick With Dread

In our creepy exclusive clip from Dennis Bartok's Nails, the room fills up with dread and then something happens ... well, I'll just stick with "creepy" as a descriptor, but I really like what it did to me. Described as...

Review: REVOLT, a Massive Case of Deja Vu

It’s a known fact that movies influence and feed off each other. With so many being made, it’s becoming harder every time to do something truly original; it’s up to filmmakers to use well-known elements in fresh, new ways. Take...

Cinema One Originals 2017 Review: PAKI (PLEASE CARE), a Poignant Ensemble Piece on Family, Contempt, and Love

About two-thirds into Giancarlo Abrahan’s sophomore feature Paki, almost the whole of its ensemble start to gather around a table for a meal.   This is the first time the family’s matriarch Alejandra (acted to a tee by Dexter Doria)...

TAKE ME TO THE MOON Trailer: High School Romance Takes Flight

The first trailer for Take Me to the Moon stars Vivian Sung (Our Times) and Jasper Liu and looks to be a potentially delightful high school romance.  Set in Taiwan and directed by Chung-yi Hsieh, the film is inspired by...

TO HELP THE HUMAN EYE: Watch The Gloriously Perplexing Trailer For Experinmental Spanish Anthology

If the unenthusiastic red devil up above appears familiar to you then, well done! You've been paying attention! We first came across the ruddy fellow back in April when Spanish maverick director Cesar Velasco Broca shared with us a first...

THE ROAD MOVIE: Watch The Bonkers Trailer For Russian Dashboard Cam Doc

To say that Russians are insane conjures up different ideas of what insane is, pending what corner of the World you are observing them from. Do not take our word for it. Thankfully for the rest of the World the...

Crowdfund This! Help Send Kelsey Egan's THE BULL To The World!

There's a wave of talent cresting in South Africa right now and while the film may be a short what we are able to see of Kelsey Egan's The Bull already makes it clear that it'll make an out sized...

Pingyao 2017 Review: LIFE GUIDANCE, a Conspiracy Against Non-Conformist, White-Collar Rage

Austrian drama Life Guidance sees a cult-like organisation installing aseptic conformism in Kafka´s The Trial reimagination in capitalistic dystopia