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Pretty Packaging: JODOROWSKY'S DUNE Gets A Spiced French Release

Frank Pavich' documentary Jodorowsky's Dune has a lot of fans in these parts, with our Ryland Aldrich being one of them. Its subject is Jodorowsky's failed quest to create a film based on Frank Herbert's Dune saga, an attempt often...

Pretty Packaging: THE RED TURTLE Gets A Glorious French Release

(It almost would end up on my list of "ten things to bring with you if you went to a deserted island"...) It's been a few years already since we got the news that Studio Ghibli was mothballing itself with...

Pretty Packaging: OUTLAW STAR Makes Itself Wanted

After Scottish distributor Anime Limited's veritable onslaught of special editions last month, I've become almost skittish to post even more articles about them for a while. Still, for a company aiming at a niche market in difficult times, they're doing...

Pretty Packaging: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Ultimate Edition

(Anime Limited goes crazy pimping, part III...) Last week saw a veritable deluge in releases from Scottish distributor Anime Limited, three of which easily qualified for a "Pretty Packaging" article. So on Saturday we showed Miss Hokusai, yesterday we showed...

Pretty Packaging: The ESCAFLOWNE Ultimate Edition Is A Box Of Boxes

(Anime Limited goes crazy pimping, part II...) Glasgow-based distributor Anime Limited released three royally decorated Blu-ray boxes this week, and we're covering all of them. Yesterday saw the pretty wooden box of the Miss Hokusai release, tomorrow we'll look at...

Pretty Packaging: MISS HOKUSAI Brings The Art

(Anime Limited goes crazy pimping, part I...) It's not a secret that I'm a huge fan of Scottish distributor Anime Limited, one of several struggling UK companies trying to keep their heads above water in an increasingly hostile market, especially...

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...

Pretty Packaging: Krzysztof Kieslowski's DEKALOG AND OTHER TELEVISION WORKS

(is it a Criterion? Is it a Eureka MoC? No, it's...Arrow Academy again!) Blimey, the good people of Arrow Academy are on a roll this year, what with their release of Kobayashi Masaki's The Human Condition and now this, a...

Gamera Obscura: I Miss Guillermo del Toro

I suppose the tenth anniversary of the release of Pan’s Labyrinth would have done the trick all by itself. As with any such anniversary, you wonder where all the time went. And sometimes you wonder what exactly all those intervening...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Jean-Claude Van Damme Film?

Sometimes it's hard to think of what our question of the week should be, sometimes it's easy. The moment I saw that today was Jean-Claude Van Damme's birthday, it was very easy indeed. The "Muscles From Brussels" becomes 56 years...

Margaret Mead 2016 Continues to Innovate In Its 40th Year

The 40th edition of the Margaret Mead Film Festival, screening at the American Museum of Natural History through October 16, continues its mission of bringing audiences artful and fascinating global perspectives on the most pressing issues of our time. Women's...

Have Your Say: What's The Best Dutch Film You Ever Saw?

Last Friday saw the awarding of the "Golden Calves", the Dutch version of the Oscars. The big winners were Joost van Ginkel's The Paradise Suite (which took the Best Film award), Boudewijn Koole's Beyond Sleep, and David Verbeek's Full Contact....

The Many Faces Of Timothy Spall

This week sees the limited premiere of Mick Jackson's true-life courtroom drama Denial, in which Rachel Weisz plays Deborah Lipstadt, an American professor who had to defend herself in court by proving that the genocide against the Jews in World...

Warsaw 2016 Preview: Central and Eastern European Cinema and Beyond

Phoenix City will be hosting the 32nd edition of the Warsaw Film Festival, running from 7 until 16 October. The programmers have prepared a rich line-up, shining a light on productions from the Central and Eastern regions of Europe, while...

L'Etrange 2016: Special Focus and Homage - Imamura, Henenlotter and Zulawski

Paris’ premier fantastic festival L’Etrange is kicking off on Wednesday and on top of a huge Competition Section comprised of 22 features there’s a whole range of high profile events. Top of the must-watch list come three tantalising retrospectives from...

Karlovy Vary 2016: Central and East European Cinema in the Spotlight

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival wrapped its 51st edition and the display of new Central and East European cinema with the award-giving ceremony. Hungarian filmmaker Szabolcs Hajdu was picked for the Grand Prix in the main competition for his independently...

Pretty Packaging: StudioCanal's THE THIRD MAN Is A Well-Kept Secret

On-line stores tend to give you friendly advice on "other purchases you might be interested in", and while I generally don't have much use for these, some stores have such vast catalogues and such good algorithms that I do occasionally...

Pretty Packaging: A LETTER TO MOMO Dresses Modest But Nice

Okiura Hiroyuki's A Letter To Momo is a fine piece of anime, released in 2012 in its home country of Japan, and the Sitges festival had it even earlier. But despite critical and general acclaim, it had so far not...

Panorama Europe 2016 Thrills, Challenges and Transports Viewers

Now in its eighth edition, Panorama Europe - screening from May 6 through May 22 at the Museum of the Moving Image and the Bohemian National Hall - has consistently proved itself to be an essential addition to New York...

Pretty Packaging: MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA Makes You Say Eureka

A few choice distributors have made a name for themselves by making their releases veritable own-able museums about the films they contain. Criterion can rightfully call themselves the inventor of the term "Special Edition", back in their Laserdisc days, experimenting...