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Film Comment Selects 2018 Showcases Recent Cinematic Highlights

Curated by its esteemed editors, Film Comment magazine's 18th edition of Film Comment Selects returns to Lincoln Center. A great mix of old and new cinematic gold, this year's lineup includes Ildikó Enyedi’s Berlinale Golden Bear-winner On Body and Soul;...

Berlinale 2018 Review: INFINITE FOOTBALL, Corneliu Porumboiu Kicks Up A Smile

Corneliu Porumboiu’s Infinite Football (Fotbal infinit) is definitely a film you could watch in its entirety without thinking it’s a documentary. Staying nicely onside of what feels like a deadpan comedy for a delightfully compact seventy minutes in Berlinale’s Panorama...

Berlinale 2018 Review: THE INVISIBLE HANDS, An Unlikely Meeting of Cultures Yields Strange and Beautiful Results

The Invisible Hands, an excellent documentary by Marina Gioti and Georges Salameh, explores the unlikely collaboration between American musical provocateur Alan Bishop and a group of young Egyptian musicians whose lives were upended by the Arab Spring. The film's international...

Berlinale 2018 Review: THE REAL ESTATE, a Devilishly Good Invasion of Personal Space

It's been hard to find something truly worth writing home about since opening night of this year's 68th Berlinale programme, but thankfully Swedish film The Real Estate (Toppen av ingenting) has finally exploded onto the scene. Like a cinematic pipe...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS a Top Story, by Miles

The great Jeanne Moreau died July 31, 2017. She was an undisputed titan of World Cinema, a deep and dour, alive yet melancholy presence, ever unmistakable. Always elevating. I say this here and now because I couldn’t at the time....

What The Film Festival 2018: Fourth Year of Eccentric Cinema Coming This March

It bears repeating. Here in Toronto we are blessed with an embarrassing abundance of cinematic experiences. Beyond the multiplexes hemorrhaging with the latest, popular fare, small strongholds like The Royal Cinema act as safe harbors and shelters for cinematic oddities...

First Still and Synopsis for Claire Denis' HIGH LIFE

A new film by French auteur Claire Denis (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum, White Material) is always cause for great anticipation. But perhaps even more with her latest film, High Life. While she has ventured into fantastic genre material...

Criterion in May 2018: MIDNIGHT COWBOY, MOONRISE, MISHIMA and More

In the immortal words of Harry Nilsson, "everybody's talkin'" about Midnight Cowboy, the first X-rated movie to win an Academy Award. In fact, the film won three Oscars -- Best Picture, Best Director (John Schlesinger), and best adapted script (Waldo...

Review: LOVELESS Examines A Couple's Life As They Search For Their Child

Years ago, when our children were smaller, my wife and I used to share a dark joke about the 'reverse custody battle.' It went like so: In the event of our marriage falling apart, we would each try to convince...

Watch HOLY F__K: A (S)exorcist Tryst for Valentine's Day!

“Dominate me with that God power!”, the demon implored the priest. If that sounds somewhat kinky and right up your alley, you’re in luck! After a successful festival run and nine awards, Chris Chalklen’s exorcist romp is available online (and...

French Fantastic: Introducing Les Films de La Mouche

In addition to being an excellent yardstick for measuring talent, shorts can jumpstart film careers if the stars align just right. Much rarer and, in some ways, more intriguing than the solitary artist lighting up the festival circuit with one...

Review: François Ozon's DOUBLE LOVER Sizzles

I find it funny that the film is being released on Valentines Day against yet another Fifty Shades movie from its franchise. Let me put it simply - French does it better, effortlessly. Steamy and seductive, Double Lover is an infinitely better choice for a date movie.

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...

Rotterdam 2018 Review: WESTERN Documents Clashing Cultures

Valeska Grisebach's new film Western takes place, ironically, in Eastern Europe, the narrative following a group of German builders on a construction site deep in the remote woods of Bulgaria. But the title immediately provides its viewers with an interesting...

SXSW 2018: Midnighters Unveiled! FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL, THE RANGER, HEREDITARY, GHOST STORIES, UPGRADE, and More!

Austin's annual entertainment smorgasboard, SXSW, is set to explode all over Central Texas beginning on March 9th, and today the Film Festival announced the lineup for my favorite section of the event, the Midnighters.  These are the films that Screen...

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite François Truffaut Film?

Today would have marked the 86th birthday of François Truffaut. Well, it actually still does, but the man himself died 32 years ago. A famous director, producer, writer, and occasional actor (see the still from Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of...

NIGHT WORLD: Latest Horror From Patricio Valladaras Coming to Netflix

Chilean director Patricio Valladares (Downhill and Toro Loco) wrote us today to let us know that his latest horror flick, Night World, starring Jason London and horror icon Robert Englund will arrive on Nerflix US on February 16th. You will...

Now on Blu-ray: Duelling SUSPIRIAs From Cult Films UK and Umbrella Entertainment AUS

With the 40th anniversary of Dario Argento's legendary ballet school nightmare Suspiria having just passed in 2017, it's only natural that to commemorate the occasion there should be some pomp, circumstance, and of course competing home video releases in different...

Rotterdam 2018 Review: BLUE MY MIND Is Frank, Feminine and All-around Fantastic

There’s something about first-time filmmakers turning to the coming-of-age genre that feels oddly appropriate. Ostensibly at least, it’s a perfect experiential match between creator and creation insofar as both cineaste and protagonist are debuting into the world after a journey...

Rotterdam 2018 Interview: WILD BOYS, Bertrand Mandico on Shooting Gender-Bending Surreal Film

"I create hybrids, sexual and cinematic" French filmmaker talks to ScreenAnarchy about his daring feature debut Wild Boys