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Natasha Kermani on Crafting IMITATION GIRL

One of the more unique films I've seen lately is Natasha Kermani's Imitation Girl, a sci-fi indie drama that's made a splash on the festival circuit. The film stars Lauren Ashley Carter (Premium Rush, Darling, Jug Face) in dual roles --- one as...

Oxford Film Festival 2018 Dispatch: A Weekend of Cinema and Community in The Little Easy

What is a film festival? In my ten years attending such events -- sometimes as a critic, other times as a filmmaker and then a programmer -- this is a question I continue to ask every time I step into...

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies of 2017 Part 2

The Year of the Dog doesn’t kick off until this Friday, so technically it is not yet the end of the year, and I’m prepared to argue this point until I’m blue in the face. But who am I kidding?...

Notes on Streaming: Amazon's ABSENTIA Frustrates, While BRITTANIA Sprawls

Health alert: before binge-watching Absentia, make sure to limber up your eyeballs, because they'll be rolling in their sockets a lot once the series gets rolling. In that respect, Absentia reminds me of the first season of the murder-mystery series...

Notes on Streaming: DIRTY MONEY, Six More Reasons to Get Angry

All corporations are in business to make money. Some corporations, however, manifest greed, putting the bottom line above all other considerations, such as the law, and in Dirty Money, a new series on Netflix, we have the opportunity to behold...

Notes on Streaming: GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS and THE FROZEN DEAD (GLACE) Both Surprise

Also: Jack Black's serio-comic The Polka King and must-see Irish thriller Bad Day for the Cut. Is it just me, or do January's new offerings on streaming services feel ... er, kinda non-essential? Expectations may play a bigger role this...

Slamdance 2018 Preview: 15 Must-See Films

A slew of fresh and dynamic filmmaking voices await you at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 19 - 25. Once the upstart step-sibling of the once Indie minded Sundance, Slamdance (entering its 24th year) is...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite John Carpenter Film?

Many salutations and congratulations to director and composer John Carpenter, who turns seventy years old this very day! While it's been a while since one of his films has turned into a classic, his resumee boasts a fair few already,...

Zach Gayne's Favourite Screen Relics of 2017

If I knew what was good for me, I’d make a 2018 resolution to chill out on these over-elaborate year-end lists that have annually stuffed my Decembers with a round-the-clock obsession to leave no stone unturned. This is my fourth...

An American Film Geek's Top Ten of 2017

What an embarrassment. An embarrassment of riches, that is. 2017 had so many excellent, top-tier, wonderful, provocative, enjoyable films, that any given critic's list can't help but be embarrassing for what's not able to be included. I've seen no shortage...

ScreenAnarchy's Favourite Films of 2017

Another year over, and what an annus horribilis it proved to be in so many ways. But away from the political atrocities that took place in pretty much every country you care to mention, and the sexual harassment scandals that...

AFI Fest 2017 Dispatch: Metaphysial Masterworks and Nerve-Jangling Debuts

AFI Fest closed out their 2017 edition last Thursday in Los Angeles with a star-studded showing of the Jessica Chastain starring Molly's Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. And while the American Film Instituite certainly likes their gala premieres...

Notes on Streaming: VICE PRINCIPALS, David Gordon Green and Comic Horror

David Gordon Green directed the series finales of both HBO's Vice Principals and Amazon's Red Oaks, as well as the recent theatrical feature Stronger, thus reinforcing the notion that he refuses to be pinned down as a director. That may...

AFI Fest 2017 Preview: 8 Top Picks at Hollywood's Top Fest

It's time once again for the big Hollywood festival that is AFI Fest to roll back into the crazy Hollywood & Highland complex for a week of awards movies and awesome indie and international cinema. Like always, the festival is...

Milwaukee Film Festival 2017 Dispatch, Part 2: The Best Horror Film of the Year is a Documentary

When you come to a new city, you don't want to be an outsider and you don't want to be a tourist. But that is what you are. You can't totally escape it. But you damn as well try. It...

Milwaukee Film Festival 2017 Dispatch: A Weekend of Cinema & Culture in The Brew

On my first day in Milwaukee I learned a new term : Cream City Brick. Hold on a second and say it aloud. Let it roll around in your mouth. Cream City Brick. There's something very satisfying about the combination...

What Are You Watching in October?

Yesterday I finally caught up with Jaume Balagueró's La séptima víctima (2002), a completely nerve-jangling horror picture that I first saw in 2004 during its U.S. theatrical run. Released in a severely shortened version as Darkness, I remember being distinctly...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Interview: Larry Cohen Talks Movies, KING COHEN, Guerilla Filmmaking, and the FBI

Larry Cohen is a legend. When you hear the name as a genre fan, you usually think of such classics as Q, The Winged Serpent, It's Alive, God Told Me To, and The Stuff. Now, through Steve Mitchell's fun documentary...

Notes on Streaming: LITTLE EVIL and TAKE ME, Perfectly Good Films, Awaiting Discovery

We rush and we rush and we rush to see fresh new films on the festival circuit and in theaters, when there are perfectly good films awaiting discovery on various streaming services. Granted, it is absolutely wonderful to enjoy a...

AnarchyVision: #TIFF17 Edition!

A look at a slew of Toronto International Film festival (TIFF) films, from Darren Aronofsky's Mother! to the fantastic I, Tonya, The Shape of Water and Jane, as well as Canadian indie Porcupine Lake....