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70s Rewind: In COFFY, Pam Grier Goes Nuclear

Don't mess with nurses. In Atomic Blonde -- read our review here -- Charlize Theron proves herself to be quite deadly as an MI5 undercover agent during the Cold War. In Coffy, released in June 1973, Pam Grier proved herself...

Fantasia 2017 Review: ALMOST COMING, ALMOST DYING Shreds Dignity For Laughs In Surprising Ways

In french, an orgasm is sometimes referred to as, la petite mort, or little death. The phrase can also infer, with less existential hubris, simply a nervous spasm. Kobayashi Toshimasa playfully uses the two ideas in his feature film debut Almost...

Exclusive Trailer: MIKE BOY, Why Does Everyone Want to Die Today?

it begins quietly, and then the action kicks in, and then we see the guns, a lot of guns. In Mike Boy, guns play a big role, as showcased in our exclusive trailer, but there's also a secret society and...

Watch Now: Short Flick THE PRIVATES Burns Down the House... and Then Some

Dylan Allen's short film The Privates is one of my favorite shorts of 2017. It's funny, it's weird and it's chock full of a dynamic bunch of characters that jump off the screen and make you long for further adventures...

Critical Distance: THE ASSIGNMENT, Man-Made Women

Impeccably made and persuasively acted, The Assignment is a thriller that's a throwback to director Walter Hill's prime period in the late 70s and 80s. It never throws off the stink of its odious premise, but it's so otherwise entertaining...

Run Away! An Exclusive Clip From THE GRACEFIELD INCIDENT

Mathieu Ratthe's weekend gone awry flick The Gracefield Incident opened in U.S. cinemas and arrived on Digital HD and On Demand last Friday, July 21st.    Our man down in the MXCity, Eric Ortiz Garcia, had... issues... with the film,...

Crowdfund This: MORGANA, a True Tale of a Housewife / Pornographer / Artist

Some of our readers might be familiar with Australian filmmaker Isabel Peppard. She specializes in stop-motion animation and horror, and her stunning work has won multiple awards and played at festivals around the world (you can take a peek at...

AnarchyVision: Fantasia 2017, DUNKIRK, A GHOST STORY, LOWLIFE

A look at Nolan's remarkable WWII film Dunkirk, as well as a few Fantasia flicks, David Lowery's A Ghost Story and the world-premiering, Tarantino-esque Lowlife....

Notes on Streaming: CASTLEVANIA Animates the Right Buttons

As neither an anime buff nor a video game addict, Castlevania should be a perfect test case for the power of the algorithm. Supposedly, Netflix, the all-powerful and multinational streaming service, makes extensive use of algorithms to see what subscribers...

PARADOX World Premiere to Open Hong Kong Summer Film Fest

Wilson Yip's much-anticipated action thriller Paradox will have its world premiere on 15 August as the Opening Film of this year's Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival, organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.   Paradox is the...

Fantasia 2017 Review: Thai Period Action Flick BROKEN SWORD HERO Introduces a New Action Talent

Joi’s childhood was plagued with teasing and bullying by the governor's son and his friends. Though his father refuses to put him in a Muay Thai school, Joi secretly trains himself.   When a confrontation with his bullies leaves the...

EL BAR Trailer: Trapped in a Cafe By Alex de la Iglesia

Recent winner of the Best European feature award at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, Alex de la Iglesia's comedy thriller El Bar is preparing to open in Chile, so we have a new trailer to share. At nine in...

Fantasia 2017: Born Of Woman Shorts Programme Highlights a Trio of Haunting Standouts

For its second year at Fantasia, the theme running across the curation for the shorts programme Born Of Woman has moved away from the cerebral physical fetishes, and queer emotional landscapes of last year, towards the nature of haunting. The highlights were...

BEHIND Trailer Sneaks Up On Unsuspecting Viewers

Ever had the sensation you were being watched by someone or something behind you, only to turn around and see nothing out of the ordinary? It’s a recognizable feeling and one that also creeps up on Arianne (Macarena Gómez), a...

Interview: Everardo González On His Powerful Documentary DEVIL'S FREEDOM

Everardo González, documentary filmmaker best known for Ladrones viejos and Drought (Cuates de Australia), is visibly enraged when he starts talking about the case of Javier Duarte, a Mexican politician who in early 2017 was detained for a huge corruption...

TRIPLE THREAT Teaser: Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais and Tiger Chen Team-Up

In which the headline says it all and I don't need to write anything else... Okay, well, that's not quite true. Only a few days after announcing they accquired the North American rights, WellGo USA has dropped a teaser to...

BRIGHT Trailer: Netflix's $100 Million Blockbuster Shines

Humans, Orcs, Elves... everybody is just trying to get along in Netflix's $100 million original film Bright, based on the Max Landis script that caused something of a bidding war when it was passed around. The film about "racial" tension...

Exclusive: AMERICAN JEDI Heads for Release via Freestyle Digital Media

Though the very idea of following a religion based on a popular series of films may sound amusing to outsiders, it's clear that at least some of the people interviewed in American Jedi are very serious about their beliefs. That...

PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING Teaser Assembles the Jaegers

Legendary has released a short teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 monsters vs. Kaiju epic, Pacific Rim. More of an opportunity to show off some new Jaeger designs and pimp out the film's first...

New York Asian 2017 Interview: MAD WORLD Director Wong Chun Challenges Misconceptions of Mental Illness

For his first feature film, director Wong Chun decided to shine a spotlight on the serious topic of mental illness, and one Hong Kong family’s struggle to cope. The project generated such momentum that both of its stars, Shaun Yue,...