Screen Anarchists On ALIEN: COVENANT

("And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" The Second Coming, 1919 - W. B. Yeats) Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant has arrived in cinemas, and a strange film it is indeed....

Crowdfund This: A Big, Big Reprint Of BEYOND TERROR

What makes for a good crowdfunding campaign? An interesting subject helps, a goal limit which is humble helps, giving something back for your contribution helps... Well, Fab Press' campaign for re-issuing Stephen Thrower's long-sold-out book about Italian director Lucio Fulci...

Pretty Packaging: Sculpting Time With The Andrei Tarkovsky Boxset

When we think of pretty packaging of DVD/Blu-ray releases, the usual disc-pimping suspects pop up: Arrow, CJ-Entertainment, Criterion (when so minded), Anime Limited, Eureka, Funimation, Wild Side Video, Sentai Filmworks... Curzon Arificial Eye will generally not be in that shortlist,...

Have Your Say: About That Netflix Versus The Cannes Film Festival Thingy...

The Cannes Film Festival wouldn't be the Cannes Film Festival without a controversy or scandal or two, but this year it all seems to be rather mild. Yes, there's something wrong with you if you think Claudia Cardinale at that...

Our Favorite Faces Of Michael Fassbender

This weekend, Sir Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant entered North American cinemas, and aboard its titular spaceship we find a cast which includes Michael Fassbender as the artificial human Walter. Years ago we featured Michael Fassbender in our quiz (found here),...

Hosoda Mamoru Announces His Next Film MIRAI

With Cannes in its full tumultuous swing this news nearly passed us by, but site favorite Hosoda Mamoru actually announced his next animated film at the festival, a few days ago. His earlier efforts The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,...

Have Your Say: What's The ALIEN-est Film Which Is Not An ALIEN Film?

Depending where you are in the world, there's currently a new Alien film in cinemas or you're about to get one. And not just any Alien film: this one has been directed by Sir Ridley Scott, for the first time...

Our Favorite Faces Of Cate Blanchett

Guess whose birthday it was yesterday? Yes, Cate Blanchett turned 48, and as the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok showed last month, she still easily commands the screen and has no trouble kicking ass while doing so. In short: she rules....

Pretty Packaging: We Raise Our Hats To The Strange PHENOMENA

British distributor Arrow Video UK is no stranger to re-releasing their older catalogue titles, and this month sees the re-release of Dario Argento's 1985 horror thriller Phenomena. Like many of his films, it is a decidedly weird affair, with atmosphere...

Have Your Say: Name The Film With The Best Visual Compositions

Yesterday we got to see the trailer for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, and it was sheer cinematography porn by camera-and-lighting wizard Roger Deakins. I expect much from Villeneuve and crew, but even if it turns out that they spectacularly...

Our Favorite Faces Of Kurt Russell

This weekend saw the massive arrival of James Gunn's The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, scoring over 145 million USD domestic in its first few days. And as I said in my review, it's a pretty fun film too,...

Pretty Packaging: Having A Ball With The PHANTASM Boxset

Fans of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm horror franchise had reason to rejoice in April: both in the US and in the UK, Blu-ray boxsets of the five films were released. Well Go USA did the honors on the West side of...

Have Your Say: Pick Actor Siblings Who Aren't Siblings!

A few weeks ago I saw the Dutch apocalyptic science fiction film Molly, and noticed a striking resemblance between actress Annelies Appelhof (who plays Molly's exoskeleton-enhanced nemesis Kimmy) and American actress Julianne Moore. I mean... check that image. And that's...

Our Favorite Faces Of Tom Hanks

This weekend saw the première of James Ponsoldt's The Circle (read Christopher Bourne's review here), starring Emma Watson and, interestingly, Tom Hanks in one of his less avuncular roles. Two years ago we did a quiz on him and at...

Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 Goes For Emotional Beats

When Marvel created their plan for a cinematic universe, they had to take the risk of making several stand-alone films which, by themselves, didn't have all that much of a business case. We're talking about Captain America: The First Avenger...

Overlook 2017 Review: In PREY, A Lion Stalks Amsterdam

(In the Vondelpark, the mighty Vondelpark, the lion sleeps tonight...) For decades now, director Dick Maas has been bucking trends in Dutch cinema. "We should focus on art-house, we can't compete with Hollywood!" has been the industry mantra here since...

Have Your Say: Which Film Has Most Unjustly Underperformed?

The most enjoyable film I've seen so far this year is Ben Wheatley's Free Fire. There, I've said it. I loved it, and I left the theatre invigorated with a huge smile on my face. It's therefore with puzzlement that...

Our Favorite Faces Of Rosario Dawson

This weekend saw the première of famous producer Denise Di Novi's first film as a director: Unforgettable, starring Rosario Dawson as a woman terrorized by the deranged ex-wife of her soon-to-be-husband. Reviews have been mixed (and puns regarding the title...

Pretty Packaging: Carlotta's PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE Is A Stunner

When the French distributor Carlotta Films started with their line of "Ultra Collector" boxsets back in 2015, we sat up and took notice. Each of these featured a newly remastered Blu-ray and DVD of a chosen title, fitted on the...

Imagine 2017 Review: GET OUT

(What? We hadn't reviewed this one yet?! Sacrilege!) Two weeks ago, Jordan Peele's Get Out opened the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam, starting the festival on a really high note with a really high audience rating. And as happened two years...