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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...

ScreenPrint: BEYOND TERROR Is Fuel For Fulci Fanatics

Back in June, we reported about an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to get a book about Italian director Lucio Fulci reprinted. That book was Beyond Terror by Stephen Thrower, originally published in 1999. It had seen some minor reprints already, but...

Friday One Sheet: LA FEMME NIKITA in Thailand

Between Christmas and New Year's Eve, it is a slow news cycle, and few film companies are debuting their key art. So, at the risk of hijacking Mack's wonderful one-sheet posts on our Instagram feed, here is the colourful Thailand...

Pretty Packaging: The French VALERIAN Limited Collector's Edition

Last summer, Luc Besson released his long-awaited Valerian film, an epic forty years in the ... dreaming? Conception? Making? Anyway, we were promised that the director's beloved The Fifth Element would pale in comparison... Weeeeeell... the end result, called Valerian...

The Anatomy of 2017: World Cinema and Stand-Out Shows

The crash course in 2017 overlooked gems in the world cinema of 2017 and a handful of stand-out small screen joys

Pretty Packaging: LASTMAN Stands Tall

The French market for anime has proven to be a healthy one for decades already, with many series and films getting decent releases there while English speaking territories still had to wait for years. Check how fast the French were...

Pretty Packaging: The GENIUS PARTY Boxset Is Plain Genius

Over the past decades, the animators at Studio 4˚C have been cultivating a reputation for releasing anime which is often edgy, arty, and risky. Ten years ago, the Studio facilitated "Project Genius", an anthology of short anime films by a...

Notes on Streaming: Diabolical DARK, Murderous MINDHUNTER

In which two Netflix series seek to unsettle and undermine expectations. Let's talk about crime. In the 1970s, U.S. broadcast television networks were awash in weekly crime shows that wrapped up cases in less than an hour. Beginning with Hill...

Pretty Packaging: EUREKA SEVEN's Ultimate Edition Arrives

(And it looks great enough to jump out of a bath for...) Scottish distributor Anime Limited has made a habit out of releasing pimped editions of several beloved older anime series (cough) (COUGH), and recently they announced they'd give Kyōda...

Pretty Packaging: YOUR NAME Will Be Remembered

A year-and-a-bit ago, Shinkai Makoto's Your Name was released in Japan. It struck the box office like a meteorite, sending financial shockwaves all over the world. Depending on which (ac)counting method you use, it is either ONE of the highest-grossing...

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...

Pretty Packaging: A SILENT VOICE May Leave You Speechless

While the anime industry seemed to be in a rut for the last few years, desperately looking for new star directors to emerge, recently there has been no shortage of great adult-oriented films. Shinkai Makoto's Your Name broke all records,...

DOC NYC 2017: Six Must-See Selections

DOC NYC, the largest documentary featival in the US, returns for its 8th edition, running from November 9-16, and screening at IFC Center, SVA Theatre, and Cinepolis Chelsea. This year's slate includes well over 100 features, and includes new works...

10+ Years Later: 28 WEEKS LATER Has A Fierce Bite

I do not quite recall the mood around 28 Weeks Later upon its 2007 release. I remember the wonderful “Maintain The Quarantine” poster, and that the production was financed at the full flush of Fox Atomic, 20th Century Fox’s ill-fated...

Preview: Margaret Mead 2017 "Activates" Cross-Cultural Connection

The Margaret Mead Film Festival, the premier showcase for documentary films in New York, returns for its 41st edition, screening at the American Museum of Natural History from Oct. 19-22. This year's typically impressive slate consists of 29 feature films and 12...

Pretty Packaging: Germany Primps OLDBOY, Korean Style

When DVDs started conquering the world, twenty years ago, the then-recently-invented "special edition" started to thrive like never before. One country especially started creating elaborately decorated boxes filled with bling and trinkets. That country was Korea. Well, to be honest,...

Pretty Packaging: The French GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND-ALONE COMPLEX Boxset Looks Ace

My fandom of (slash obsession with) Mamoru Oshii's adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is not exactly a secret here at Screen Anarchy (cough), so it will probably not come as a surprise when I say that I like Kamiyama...

Pretty Packaging: THE TAISHO TRILOGY Boxset Pays Proper Homage

In February of this year, we lost the Japanese filmmaker Suzuki Seijun at the venerable age of 93. His work lives on of course, and UK distributor Arrow will be releasing (re-releasing on some cases) his films in a collection...

Our Favorite Faces Of Rutger Hauer

This weekend, Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets travelled across America, where it faced tough competition in a VERY crowded blockbuster season. Our J. Hurtado had a hard time warming up to the film's leads, but...

Pretty Packaging: The French PERFECT BLUE Is A Total Jawdropper

As part of celebrating 100 years of Japanese animation, French distributor Kaze released a special edition of Perfect Blue, Satoshi Kon's debut film as a director. This happens to be one of my favorite anime. Satoshi Kon basically used the...