Review: JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM Goes Places Earlier Films Fear To Tread

For the past quarter century, the Jurassic Park films have been synonymous with summer blockbuster fare. Based on Michael Crichton's novel (itself an inferior re-working of his own Westworld) the first film in the franchise set the world alight in...

Pretty Packaging: That Gorgeous STAND-ALONE COMPLEX Boxset Is Back, But Bigger And English-friendly

If you see the pictures in this article and think you've seen them before, you may be right about most of them. Last year, the French branch of distributor All The Anime released an absolutely kick-ass Blu-ray boxset of the...

Have Your Say: Why Do You Watch Horror?

This weekend saw a strange phenomenon appear at the American box office: Ari Aster's horror film Hereditary arrived, and broke records for studio A24. Word of mouth had already been incredibly strong ever since its early showings at festivals, and...

Pretty Packaging: The WOLF'S RAIN Ultimate Edition Is Good Enough To Howl About

When Scotland-based distributor Anime Limited announces a new ultimate edition, I tend to take notice. So far, the company has displayed great taste in picking up titles old and new, and previous ultimate editions have been pretty grand. Their newest...

Have Your Say: Sitting Through The End Credits Because The Music Is So Good...

Not everyone is inclined to watch the end credits of a film. Many broadcasting channels even cut them off, a practice I find frown-worthy to say the least. But sometimes a film ends and even though there's no after-joke or...

Pretty Packaging: The French Collectors' Edition of SHERLOCK HOUND

The films of legendary anime creator Miyazaki Hayao get plenty of attention, and rightly so. The man is one of the few true cinema geniuses the world has, and even better: he's still alive and creating a new film. Rejoice!...

Have Your Say: DEADPOOL Cross-overs...

Deadpool 2 has hit cinemas worldwide, and so far the second shot hasn't been disappointing. Critics and audiences alike were very kind to the merc-with-a-mouth, and were amused rather than disgruntled upon finding out just how much Ryan Reynolds and...

Have Your Say: Machinima

While I don't have anywhere near as much time for it as I used to, I do play videogames once in a while. The one my kids have recently been urging me to join is Fortnite and so far all...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite CGI-Animated Character?

This weekend Avengers: Infinity War lumbered further across the Earth, spreading shock and dismay in its path while picking up a cool billion dollars. Who says nihilism doesn't pay? Seriously, I think I haven't felt such a "disturbance in the...

Have Your Say: Shakespeare in Film

The third Avengers film is still making waves, showing there is plenty of life in the franchise yet. Fun interactions between likable characters do not grow old. Wit has been a staple of the MCU so far. One of my...

Have Your Say: What Are You Looking Forward To, This Summer Season?

Is it me, or is this year's blockbuster season seriously front-loaded? After an incredible hype, Avengers: Infinity War landed with a massive thud, obliterating box office records everywhere. Rampage seemed like ultimate summer fare, but was wisely programmed a few...

Imagine 2018 Review: KING COHEN Has Always Entertained Us

Documentaries about film have always been received well at the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, and Steve Mitchell's King Cohen, which was shown this year, is not an exception. It helps of course that the subject of the film, writer-director-producer...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Anthology Film?

Last weekend I watched Ghost Stories, the closing title of the IMAGINE Film Festival in Amsterdam this year, and had a lot of fun with it, as with more horror anthologies recently. Anthologies, whether with or without a framing device,...

Imagine 2018 Review: GHOST STORIES Presents Brains With Its Jumps

The film Ghost Stories has an unusual pedigree and conception to say the least. The brainchild of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, it first saw life as a very successful stage-play in 2010. Britain has a rich history of horror...

Have Your Say: In Spaaaaaaaaaace...

This weekend I went to visit the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, an absolutely fantastic genre movie event as always. One of the films I saw there was Klim Shipenko's Salyut-7, a riveting space thriller, based on the 1985 attempt...

Pretty Packaging: The FOOD WARS SECOND PLATE Premium Boxset Looks Yummie Too!

Fellow collectors alerted me last month about the second boxset of Yonetani Yoshitomo's anime Food Wars!, saying it looked outrageous. It did, so I started collecting the series. So far, it's been very amusing. I could have done without all...

Have Your Say: Will We See EVANGELION 3.0 + 1.0 This Decade?

Ah, Evangelion... sigh. Its series and films are rightfully the stuff of legends. I tried to write a short overview of the franchise's history, when the first of the fou... Wait. That's what I wrote over two years ago already....

Screen Anarchists On READY PLAYER ONE

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is the legendary director's highest-grossing film in over a decade, and audience reception worldwide is pretty kind towards it. Many critics like the film as well, and some herald it as a return to...

Rest In Peace, Takahata Isao

It is with sadness that we've heard that Japanese writer, director and producer Takahata Isao died yesterday. His passing has been confirmed by several Japanese news sources. He had been struggling with his health since last summer. Takahata Isao's achievements...

Have Your Say: What About Easter?

Ah... Easter. Depending on where you are in the world, it can mean so many different things. Some weird feast with bunnies and eggs, watching the pope on television, one-or-two extra days of leave, one of the few times the...