Review: In BE AFRAID, Sleep Paralysis Is A Mere Horror Show

Sometimes life has little coincidences: you suffer from sleep paralysis for a while, and years later you come across Rodney Ascher’s documentary The Nightmare, which finally helps in explaining all those sleepless nights, while showing that’s it’s not as uncommon...

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....

Review: In BOKEH, It's a Nice End of the World

Jenai (Maika Monroe) and Riley (Matt O’Leary) are an American couple vacationing in Iceland. One morning, they wake up to find that they are inexplicably the last people left in the place, and the world. With this simple setup, Bokeh...

Screen Anarchists On KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Unless you've been living under a (skull-shaped?) rock, you're probably aware there is a new King Kong film in theaters. It's called Kong: Skull Island, and opinions about it within Screen Anarchy are divided, to say the least. Kwenton...

Slamdance 2017 Review: DIM THE FLUORESCENTS, Work is Theater

In the tradition of films that pull back the curtain on the inner workings of showbiz, writer/director Daniel Warth’s Dim The Fluorescents shows us the ins and outs of… corporate training seminars. It’s not the most exciting place to be,...

Slamdance 2017 Review: Laugh At Awful People in NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD DRIVE

Neighborhood Food Drive’s synopsis should be a clue as to what kind of film it is: “Awful idiots fail at throwing a party over and over”. Director Jerzy Rose definitely wasn’t out to make a feel-good comedy with those emotional...

Slamdance 2017 Review: WEXFORD PLAZA, A Small Slice Of Real Life

Wexford Plaza plays out its story on a small and intimate scale, a picture of suburban life which probably repeats itself in many an abandoned strip mall. Joyce Wong didn't feel the need to go big, and this affecting little slice of life is all the better for it.

Rock Out In The Trailer For AVENIDA LARCO

Now that 2017 is up and running, all Peruvian films set for release this year are already starting their promo campaigns; one of the biggest ones will probably be Avenida Larco. Based on a successful stage musical, which had two...

ScreenAnarchy's Top 10 Movies of 2016

This year, 23 Screen Anarchists from 11 countries around the globe shared with us 129 films for consideration in our collective top ten movies of 2016. Our criteria was simple: an individual contributor could include a film on their ballot...

Screen Anarchists On ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

(Do anarchists like rogues and rebels, or is there a disturbance in The Force?) Earlier this week I managed to get into a 3D IMAX screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and I was surprised to notice...

Review: I.T., A High Tech Throwback

Since nowadays we can’t go two seconds without checking our cell phones and everyone seems to be spending enormous amounts of time online, cautionary tales about our overdependence on technology have suddenly become all the rage. I.T. is the latest,...

Lima 2016 Review: A Couple Reopens Old Wounds In LA ULTIMA TARDE

Estranged couple Laura (Katerina D’Onofrio) and Ramón (Lucho Cáceres) meet up after 19 years to sign their long overdue divorce papers. A bureaucratic mishap -- anyone who’s ever been to a public office in Peru sadly knows how common those...

Lima 2016 Review: In EPITAFIO, Man Dares To Defy Nature

In 1519, Spanish conquistador Diego de Ordaz was tasked by Hernán Cortés – then in the midst of conquering Mexico – with ascending to the top of the Popocatepetl, the second highest volcano in the country, at over 17,000 feet...

Lima 2016 Review: LA LUZ EN EL CERRO, A Morality Play in the Andes

As Lima Film Festival’s 20th edition kicks into high gear this week, it’s been refreshing to see that most of the Peruvian films both in and out of competition are all pretty solid; it’s a sign that local cinema is...

PUEBLO VIEJO: See the Peruvian Wild West in New Trailer

Pueblo Viejo (Old Town) is a first for Peruvian cinema: a full-fledged Western that substitutes dusty, tumbleweed-strewn streets and rowdy saloons for a remote town in the Andes. Directed by first-time filmmaker Hans Matos Cámac and shot on location in...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Movies Of The First Half Of 2016

One year ago, we arrived at the mid-year point in high spirits. We all marveled at the new Mad Max, got turned Inside Out by Pixar, and were seduced by Ex Machina. So we published our favorites as a nice...

Review: MARAUDERS, No Better or Worse Than Your Average Crime Thriller

On the surface, Steven C. Miller's Marauders is yet another movie about a gang of crooks and the determined lawmen tracking them down. It really wants you to think otherwise, though; its loftier aim is to be the next Heat....

MALIGNO: Visit a Haunted Hospital in First Trailer

Production company AV Films has quickly become a specialist in genre films being made in Peru. They were responsible for ushering in a new wave of local horror films with the found footage fright flick Cementerio General, also the first...

Review: INTRUDER Is A Variant On The Home Invasion Thriller

Home invasion thrillers have become so numerous over the past few years, they're pretty much their own genre now. It's easy to see why they work; they prey on our most basic fear of not even being safe inside our...

Dreaming Awake In The Trailer For EL SOÑADOR

Director Adrián Saba turned some heads with his first movie El Limpiador (The Cleaner) a minimalist drama with sci-fi elements that showed the relationship between an orphaned boy and the man in charge of cleaning up after the corpses left...