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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Pretty Packaging: Criterion's TRILOGIA DE GUILLERMO DEL TORO Is Stunningly Packaged

(And yes: I deliberately mirrored the title of Michelle "Izzy" Galgana's excellent review...) Distributor Criterion probably doesn't need an introduction here, but I'll give one anyway: they basically invented the "Special Edition", and they did it years before DVDs were...

The Many Faces Of Isabelle Huppert

Today, after several months of bouncing around the International festival circuits, Paul Verhoeven's newest film Elle arrives in American cinemas. In his review, Jason Gorber says: "Elle is a masterwork by a master filmmaker, while Huppert's performance reminds the world...

Review: Watch Out, THE MONSTER Hides Under The Drama

It's been a while since Bryan Bertino's invasion thriller The Strangers premiered. It was a film which wrung a lot of tension from a simple premise, helped by strong acting from its terrorized lead actors. The same can be said...

Have Your Say: Make America's Greatest Film Known Again!

Truth be told I was tempted to have today's "Opinion Subject of the Week" be about the U.S. elections, but that idea had one problem: I kinda used it already a mere three months ago. Given the fragile nature of...

Pretty Packaging: Krzysztof Kieslowski's DEKALOG AND OTHER TELEVISION WORKS

(is it a Criterion? Is it a Eureka MoC? No, it's...Arrow Academy again!) Blimey, the good people of Arrow Academy are on a roll this year, what with their release of Kobayashi Masaki's The Human Condition and now this, a...

The Many Faces Of Benedict Cumberbatch

Last week saw the premiere of Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange in all sorts of places worldwide, and today the sorcerer supreme projects himself on screens across the USA and Canada. I thought the film to be a fun and spectacularly...

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

(Oh man, does this make me feel old...) Yesterday 20 years ago, the video game Syndicate Wars was released by Peter Molyneux' studio Bullfrog, and from the moment I finished my first steps in its world I was smitten by...