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Blu-ray Review: Fassbinder's FOX AND HIS FRIENDS Cuts Just As Deep 40 Years Later

Rainer Wener Fassbinder has always been an artist I've respected by reputation, rather than through a deep knowledge or understanding of his work. In fact, I've only see a handful of Fassbinder films and I will admit to tapping out...

Blu-ray Review: A MAN CALLED OVE, A Grumpy Old Man Who's More Than That

I laughed, I cried, I cheered. Granted, I'm just an old sap, and Hannes Holmes' big- screen adaptation of Fredrik Backman's popular novel En man som heter Ove -- out today on Blu-ray and DVD from Music Box Films --...

Review: TONI ERDMANN, Truly Fascinating, Immersive and Undoubtedly Great

German filmmaker Maren Ade's third feature, Toni Erdmann, about an estranged father connecting with his adult daughter in unorthodox and aggravating ways, garnered glowing critical praise when it premiered in competition at Cannes this past spring. While there is something...

Review: A MONSTER CALLS Goes Through the Motions

You might be able to argue that J.A. Bayona is not the most original filmmaker currently working today, but there is no denying that he has a masterful understanding of how to direct a film that will grab (almost) all...

Review: JULIETA Abandons the Drama for the Mellow

Alfred Hitchcock once said, 'Drama is life with the dull bits cut out'. To twist that a bit, Pedro Almodóvar's new feature film Julieta is a slice of life with the drama cut out. The story of one woman's journey...

ŻubrOFFka 2016 Review: BLACK, Award-winning Japanese Animation From Poland

There is something remarkably spellbinding about Tomasz Popakul's Polish-Japanese co-production Black, which won the award for Best Animation at this year's ŻubrOFFka Film Festival. It's unmistakably Japanese in style, and clearly a really passionate homage to the manga art so...

ŻubrOFFka 2016 Review: A NIGHT IN TOKORIKI Is Like Mixing QUADROPHENIA with BORAT

There's been a handful of shorts at ŻubrOFFka that have opened by filming horses, like a symbolic statement of intent about the pace they intend to continue at. Few do it quite as well as Roxana Stroe's A Night in...

ŻubrOFFka 2016 Review: In DEBUT, Katarzyna Kijek Makes Procrasturbation an Artistic Joy

Amidst the growing excitement surrounding Klara Kochańska’s Tenants, now seems an exciting time for female Polish filmmakers, and Katarzyna Kijek is no exception with her gorgeously surreal animation Debut, located in ŻubrOFFka’s Independent Competition selection. What a film it is...

ŻubrOFFka 2016 Review: In BALCONY, Toby Fell-Holden Puts His Finger on the Pulse of Brexit

Small film festivals really are the best, both in terms of vibe and the sense of inclusion they give. Short film festivals are particularly cool too, either because they're having to fight so damn hard for attention or simply because...

Review: EVOLUTION, a Strange, Unsettling Tale of Body Horror

I'm a great believer in minimalism, particularly when it comes to body horror in film. Used carefully and deliberately, a few choice scenes can have far more weight in a story and a far more effective impact on the audience. ...

Black Nights 2016 Review: THE WHITE KING, Dystopia Through A Child's Eyes

Dystopian film and literature has taken a turn from science fiction to possible current affairs, in our recent political climate. With the rise of right-wing political ideology and right-wing political control of influential countries, these stories are more important than...

Black Nights 2016 Review: A MONSTER CALLS, Emotional Manipulation at its Finest

You might be able to argue that J.A. Bayona is not the most original filmmaker current working today, but there is no denying that he has a masterful understanding of how to direct a film that will grab (almost) all...

Black Nights 2016 Review: VIOLENTLY HAPPY, Theatre of Intimacy and Pain

Most of us spend our lives trying to avoid pain. Whether it be physical or emotional, our bodily instinct (at least for physical pain) seeks to keep us out of harm's way. Emotional pain is harder to avoid even though...

Black Nights 2016 Review: Steven Cantor's DANCER Dazzles, But Risks Falling Short

Director Steven Cantor turns his attention to ballet prodigy Sergei Polunin in his latest documentary, Dancer. Having already taken the stage at the 60th BFI London Film Festival, and now returning for an encore at Tallinn's Doc@POFF strand, this feature-length...

Black Nights 2016 Review: THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED Enchants With Its Docu-drama Blend

If there's one thing everybody needs to know about, it's Tallin Black Nights (or PÖFF as it is rather fantastically named in Estonian). Having gained A-list status back in 2014, it's now officially one of the top fifteen film festivals...

Review: ELLE, Sordid Without Being Exploitational

Paul Verhoeven is one of the more unique directors in cinema history. As perhaps the most famous Dutch auteur, he's gone from ribald little European films to the biggest of Hollywood bangs, incorporating his unique wit, visual sense and narrative...

Blu-ray Review: Severin Films' BURIAL GROUND, the Definitive Look at a Gut-Munching Gore Feast

If you're a Burial Ground fan, this is definitely the disc to own. Great image quality and comprehensive bonus materials make this an easy recommendation.

Blu-ray Review: Berlanga's THE EXECUTIONER, A Satirical Masterpiece

The Executioner is the story of an undertaker who falls in love with the daughter of an executioner and who is then forced to take over for his father-in-law when the elder ages out of service.

Trieste 2016 Review: VIRTUAL REVOLUTION

As video games become more cinematic in their audio-visual aesthetic, so films are looking to video games for inspiration. But though there can be some crossover, these are still two different mediums that require different approaches to storytelling. Guy-Roger Duvert's...

Trieste 2016 Review: THE OPEN, Sport at the End of the World

What if your life's dream, a goal you had been working years to achieve, was suddenly made impossible by, say, the end of civilization as we know it? What if a global war meant that any semblance of your old...