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Series Preview: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2017

In its 22nd edition, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at FSLC remains one of the main attractions for cinephiles in a crowded New York spring film event season. This year's lineup features 23 films from established filmmakers and newcomers alike, including...

NYC Weekend Picks, Feb. 24-26: Jordan Peele Curates, Oscar Nominated Shorts and Best Picture Winners, and Doc Fortnight 2017

This Oscar weekend's offerings include:  At BAM Rose Cinemas, the continuation of the series "The Art of the Social Thriller," curated by Jordan Peele (half of the brilliant sketch duo Key & Peele), of films that inspired his feature directorial debut Get Out,...

AnarchyVision: JACKIE, THE RED TURTLE and Football Fun

On the night of the "big game," my latest video takes a look at Oscar contenders (Jackie, The Red Turtle) and the Marx Brothers' 1932 classic Horse Feathers....

NYC Weekend Picks, Jan 20-22: Dealing with Trump, Early Scorsese, Adapting Patricia Highsmith, Poetic Docs From Iran, and a Jarmusch Classic

I wasn’t with it, but just that very minute, it occurred to me the suckers had authority … – Public Enemy, “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos”   Today is when it all goes down, figuratively and literally. Regardless of...

Slamdance 2017 Preview: ScreenAnarchy's Top Picks

Touted as the festival "for filmmakers by filmmakers", the 23rd Annual Slamdance Film Festical kicks off Friday Jaunary 20th at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah. A stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of Sundance, Slamdance...

NYC Weekend Picks, January 13-16: Bowie, Rohmer, Spielberg, ROCKY and CREED, and More

This week, we feature an especially rewarding set of recommendations for viewings over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. And I can't help but note the irony of celebrating the life of one of the greatest Americans who ever...

Pretty Packaging: THE TATAMI GALAXY Gets Luxurious Housing

We're big fans of anime artist Yuasa Masaaki here at Screen Anarchy, and for a good reason: the man is a certified genius, and in an industry known for its endless rehashing, he is a bright light of raw originality....

NYC Weekend Picks, January 6-8: "Illuminating Moonlight," First Look Festival, Best Films of 2016, More

One of the very best things about living in New York City is the embarrassment of riches it offers movie lovers, whether you're a hardcore cinephile, a casual fan, or anywhere on the spectrum in between. You don't have to...

ScreenAnarchy's Top 10 Movies of 2016

This year, 23 Screen Anarchists from 11 countries around the globe shared with us 129 films for consideration in our collective top ten movies of 2016. Our criteria was simple: an individual contributor could include a film on their ballot...

Last Minute Gift Guide: Mondo Soundtracks, Middle of Beyond, Kino Blu-rays

Welcome to the last minute gift guide from yours truly. These are all things I'm really excited about. Mondo sent some records, Kino sent some great movies and Middle of Beyond sent a nifty Bigfoot sweater that I have a...

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...