Interview: THE RED TURTLE Director Michael Dudok de Wit Talks Studio Ghibli and More

Dutch animator, director and illustrator, Michael Dudok de Wit is the first foreign director to collaborate with Studio Ghibli as the Japanese animation house embarks into foreign waters and international production. After years of making award winning shorts (how many...

Review: GOLD Is Not Entirely Worth Its Weight

Are you old enough to recall Bre-X? If not, Stephen Gaghan's Gold is a fanciful, fictional retelling of a story about Wall Street greed and hubris that is happy to take the cautionary tale and gild it with Hollywood glitz....

Review: THE FOUNDER, There Will Be Burgers

The evolving nature of the film biopic has recently become quite interesting to me. Insofar as Pablo Larraín's Jackie is as much about Theodore H. White's Life magazine article as it is about the iconic First Lady, so John Lee Hancock's...

THE LURE: Red-band Trailer for Agnieszka Smoczynska's Superlative Musical

From Sundance to Sitges, The Lure was one of the purest delights on the festival circuit last year. The debut feature from Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska is a thoroughly unorthodox adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, re-envisioned as a 1980s nightclub...

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...

The Many Faces of James Earl Jones

This week sees the worldwide release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first in a series of stand-alone films taking place in the famed franchise's universe. According to our Jim Tudor it is quite good, and it has...

The Many Faces of Dame Judi Dench

Today sees the 82nd birthday of Dame Judi Dench, so this week we dedicate the quiz to her! A renowned actress for over six decades, she achieved worldwide fame at age 60 when she took on the role of "M"...

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,...

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...

Review: In NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, Bad Things Happen

For the engaged cinephile, right from the opening credit sequence of Nocturnal Animals, there will be a sense of confidence that things here are in good hands. Hyper-glossy and daringly uncommercial in the same breath, it puts some fine Lynchian...

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...

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...

Review: DOG EAT DOG Doesn't Give A Shit What You (Or I) Think

The press notes for Paul Schrader's grotesque, and let's face it, kind of loopy, story of disorganized crime offer a mission statement for its own unusual blend of zero budget and A-list talent: "The freedom not to be boring." This...

Portentous Trailer For Tom Ford's NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

Tom Ford's sophomore feature scratches many itches while adapting Austin Wright's 1993 novel for the big screen. It is challenging populist entertainment, garnished with Lynchian genre elements, but done with the kind of top-shelf craft one expects out of Hollywood,...

Review: IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE, Ti West's New Western

In Sergio Leone's classic The Good The Bad And The Ugly, one of many iconic scenes involves a gunfighter sneaking up to murder Eli Wallach's Tuco in a bathtub. The anonymous heavy lost his arm in a shootout with Tuco...

Review: MISS HOKUSAI, A Rounded Work of Beauty and Intellect

Prolific animation house Production I.G. subtly captures the rhythms of mood of the art and publishing community in 19th century Edo, Japan. Miss Hokusai is simultaneously misleadingly quiet, and furiously idiosyncratic.  Blending the magical realism sensibility of Studio Ghibli with...

The Many Faces Of Emily Blunt

This week sees the premiere of Tate Taylor's The Girl on the Train, which our Jim Tudor kindly called "a manipulative wreck". However, it stars Emily Blunt, and that immediately decided who to choose for this week's quiz. For Emily...

The Many Faces Of Hugo Weaving

This week, Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven has its premier, and with a cast that strong, I had no doubt that one in that group would end up being the focus of this week's quiz. But guess what? I was...

BMW Films' THE HIRE Gets A New Chapter With Clive Owen

Back in 2001, automaker BMW spent a fair bit of money to hire A-list directors to write, produce and shoot a series of short films that had only one stipulation: Clive Owen had to drive a BMW in them at...