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Tribeca 2018 Dispatch: The Many Pleasures of Horror

Perhaps not every horror fan will confess this, but we’re not always looking for masterpieces, or even movies that we’d recommend wholeheartedly. Instead, it’s all about moments and ideas, preferably ones that reflect the whole of the filmmaker’s heart and...

Tribeca 2018 Preview: Ten Notable Fest Selections

The 17th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, running through April 29, is once again packed with films, talks, and moving image work beyond film such as VR, television, online work, and gaming events. The opening film is Lisa D'Apolito's Love,...

Preview: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2018

There are different ways to celebrate the arrival of Spring. But if you are in New York, there is only one way to do it, in style: you go see some great new French films at the Film Society of...

Notes on Streaming: Brooding BABYLON BERLIN, Gambling KAKEGURUI, Deathly HOTEL BEAU SÉJOUR

Recently, I've been sampling a few non-English series from the past year or so that are available on Netflix. Are any sufficiently intriguing to justify the time investment to binge-watch them in their entirety? Have you seen any less-heralded shows...

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;...

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...

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...

Friday One Sheet: Imagine 2018 Festival Poster

We typically do film posters in this space. However, there is a long history of design for film festival key art that warrants examination. Especially when the design is this superb. Festival posters have their own set of tropes. Indie...

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...

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...