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Review: GLEASON, A True Triumph of Filmmaking

Clay Tweel has been involved in some of the most entertaining documentaries in recent years including his producing role in The King of Kong, right up through his directing turn on both Print the Legend and last year's brilliantly witty...

Now on Blu-ray: Grindhouse Releasing's CAT IN THE BRAIN Will Have Fans Purring

Italian director Lucio Fulci had a 40-year career that saw him working in every conceivable film genre. However, no matter how varied his work was, he will always be remembered as the Godfather of Gore. Fulci's horror films, starting with...

Now on Blu-ray: Erotic Fantasy BELLADONNA OF SADNESS is Resplendent in HD

A few months ago we reported on the singular animated erotic experience that is Yamamoto Eiichi's Belladonna of Sadness. The film, produced in 1973 as part of the experimental adult animation trilogy Animerama, was one of the most unique cinematic...

Fantasia 2016 Review: MAN UNDERGROUND, A Love Letter to the Thrills of Conspiracy

William Koda (George Basil) is a man with a story to tell. Once a geologist for the U.S. government, he now spends his time in upstate New York telling tales of digging tunnels deep underground where they uncovered…something. Speaking to...

BiFan 2016 Review: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC Takes Quirky Journey to Known Destination

There's a certain type of film that'e become prominent and popular among a lot of American indie filmmakers in recent years; I like to call it the Sundance Film (though not all have played at that festival). It's a social...

Review: DON'T THINK TWICE, A Sweet and Poignant Examination of Finding Solace in the Art World Hustle

“Don't think twice, it's all right.” -- Bob Dylan As an ambitious writer, I know the struggles of trying to live my dream -- laboring tirelessly at my art for a small audience, working depressing side jobs to make ends...

Fantasia 2016 Review: IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE Is A Talky If Slight Examination Of Western Tropes

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 the bath-tub. The anonymous heavy lost his arm in a shootout with Tuco...

Blu-ray Review: THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD Gets A Definitive Release From Scream Factory

This might be a first for ScreenAnarchy. Today we are checking out the Scream Factory collector's edition Blu-ray of Dan O'Bannon's The Return of the Living Dead. This marks the third time we've reviewed a Blu-ray release of this film...

Fantasia 2016 Review: THE UNSEEN, An Exceptional Observation of Disappearance

In a cluttered single-wide trailer in a snowcovered, and anonymously dreary logging town in northern British Columbia, Bob Langmore finds himself disappearing. That it not to say that running away from his wife and daughter almost a decade ago to...

Neuchâtel 2016 Review: Jonas Cuarón Crafts a Savage Manhunt in DESIERTO

Having learned a few tricks working on his father’s multi-award winning space thriller Gravity, Jonas Cuarón brings the action down to earth to craft a similarly intense tale of human survival. The idea of putting up a wall between Mexico...

Review: HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE Is A Graceful Look At Two Interesting Men And What Inspires Them

The famous Serenity Prayer of american theologian Reinhold Niebuhr is as follows:  "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Jay...

Fantasia 2016 Review: RUPTURE Turns Capture Into The Rapture

"Don't fight it. Let it happen. This confusion is all part of the process." This advice is repeated, often in a beatific manner, by the mysterious group of captors who are intent on, among other things, helping the audience navigate the...

Review: In EQUALS, Emotions Are Discovered (Again)

In the future envisioned in Equals, it is as if Jony Ive ended debates on industrial design and all we are left with is Apple monoculture.  Everything is white and smooth surfaced. The architecture is soothingly clean concrete. The film opens...

Blu-ray Review: CARNIVAL OF SOULS, Still a Puzzling, Creepy Ride

Herk Harvey's Carnival of Souls is a weird little movie. Made in 1962 for about $30,000, Carnival of Souls is one of the creepiest films of the early '60s, and not entirely on purpose. The film was shot by Harvey...

Review: In ZERO DAYS, Cyber-Espionage Runs Amuck

Sometimes the best documentaries are thrillers. Zero Days, the latest non-fiction entry from director Alex Gibney (he of Going Clear fame) begins just the way you'd want an edgy, cloak-and-dagger tale of political intrigue to begin; a figure, obscured in...

Review: BREAKING A MONSTER, Growing Up at the Speed of a Double Bass Kick Pedal

Three young boys from Brooklyn, NY - Malcolm Brickhouse, Jared Dawkins and Alex Atkins- inspired by entrance music played for wrestlers at events and theme songs of their favorite anime shows started their own metal band, Unlocking the Truth  ...

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...

Opening: YARN Knits Together Women Artist's Tales Around The World

Una Lorenzen's documentary Yarn opens in New York this weekend at IFC Center and continues to roll out across the States all Summer.   Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of...

Review: SEOUL SEARCHING, Medicine the World Needs Now

Today, it seems Americans cannot escape the politics of identity. From Caitlyn Jenner to the wage gap to even Rachel Dolezal's complicated and troubling relationship to the hashtag #BLACKLIVESMATTER, each week seems to bring some new story asking Americans: "Who...

Review: RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0, Twisted Soulmates Dance With Darkness

In a nation with over a billion residents and an annual output of nearly two thousand feature films every year, there is one name that stands out from the rest and has become the face of the Indian film industry,...