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...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Quentin Tarantino Film?

Today is Quentin Tarantino's birthday, and the writer / director / actor turns 55 already. Over the years, he has been portrayed in the media as a visionary filmmaker, a rebel, a thief, a genius, a liar, a copy-machine, responsible,...

Pretty Packaging: The FOOD WARS Premium Boxset Looks Scrumptious!

(Bring out your apron for this one... oh wait, it has that covered already!) Recently some fellow collectors alerted me about the second boxset of Yonetani Yoshitomo's anime Food Wars!, saying it looked outrageous. And indeed it does, but so...

Have Your Say: The New York Background

Last weekend I checked out Vinegar Syndrome's Blu-ray release of Slava Tsukerman's 1982 film Liquid Sky, and was very much impressed by what I saw. Liquid Sky is an obscure cult-film that's often been described as "trippy low-budget science fiction",...

Have Your Say: What Should Alex Garland Adapt Next?

Yesterday I saw Alex Garland's new film Annihilation, and loved it. I wasn't the only one either, judging from Kurt Halfyard's review. Frankly, I would have dearly liked to have seen it in a cinema, but alas: Paramount and Netflix...

Have Your Say: The Great Big Oscar Robbery!

Last Sunday saw Hollywood's annual back-patting exercise, the granting of the Academy Awards, being held for the 90th time. And while many people were happy enough with the nominees in each category, or were ecstatic about the winners, there are...

Rotterdam 2018 Review: THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL Marches Across All Emotions

Recent times have been kind to fans of animation director Yuasa Masaaki. The man has been quite prolific: in 2017 we got two new films from him, and Netflix viewers could start 2018 with his 10-episode-take on Go Nagai's Devilman...

Have Your Say: What's the Funniest Thing That Happened at a Q&A?

One of the things I love about film festivals is the chance to speak with filmmakers. The international Film Festival Rotterdam, for example, is famous for its low threshold between audience and guests. Most of the time there are no...

Rotterdam 2018 Review: THE DEATH OF STALIN Makes You Laugh At A Corrupt Tragedy

We're big fans of Scottish writer/director Armando Iannucci here at Screen Anarchy, and have been ever since he was doing short comedic skits on the BBC. The man is now of course most famous for his series Veep, The Thick...

Have Your Say: About Representation In Hollywood Films...

Last weekend, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther slashed box office records left and right around the world, answering the question of whether or not we are tired of superhero films with a resounding "NO". It's a huge financial and critical success,...

Have Your Say: The Next Stage Of Watching Films

So last week, I succumbed to wanting to see the new Cloverfield Paradox film, and took a subscription for Netflix. It kinda felt like I was the last person in the world doing so, but that's true to my technological...

Rotterdam 2018 Review: WESTERN Documents Clashing Cultures

Valeska Grisebach's new film Western takes place, ironically, in Eastern Europe, the narrative following a group of German builders on a construction site deep in the remote woods of Bulgaria. But the title immediately provides its viewers with an interesting...

Rotterdam 2018 Review: MUTAFUKAZ Crackles With Visual Prowess

Last year, French comic-book publisher (slash-gaming-company) Ankama and the Japanese animation legends of Studio 4°C released a joint effort which has to be seen to be believed: the urban action science-fiction satire Mutafukaz. Based on Ankama's edgy comic-book series of...

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite François Truffaut Film?

Today would have marked the 86th birthday of François Truffaut. Well, it actually still does, but the man himself died 32 years ago. A famous director, producer, writer, and occasional actor (see the still from Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of...

Rotterdam 2018 Review: SATAN'S SLAVES Are Coming For You

Horror elements have always played a role in Joko Anwar's thrillers. The Indonesian filmmaker seems to revel in making his audience cringe or jump from time to time, and he has always gladly incorporated supernatural elements to do so. Therefore...