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Review: THE ROAD MOVIE, Hella-Entertaining, If Cautionary, Carnage

If you have spent any time lost in the YouTube wormhole, you have probably seen some of the crazy car accident footage that has been uploaded and archived by witnesses, usually from cheap cameras mounted at the front windshield of...

Review: ACT & PUNISHMENT, Pussy Riot's Journey from Art to Prison

In 2012, punk activist group Pussy Riot staged a performance of their song “Punk Prayer: Mother of God Drive Putin Away” in Moscow's Church of Christ the Savior. Three members of the group - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Mariia Alekhina and Ekaterina...

Review: LOVER FOR A DAY, An Exquisitely Shot Vision of Love and (In)Fidelity

Philippe Garrel – a stalwart filmmaker who admirably continues to keep the spirit of the French New Wave alive – with his latest, Lover for a Day, completes a trilogy also comprising his previous works Jealousy and In the Shadow of Women. Like the other two films, Lover for a Day is...

Review: PADDINGTON 2 Leaves the House for the Big House

When we last saw Paddington Bear on the big screen, he had happily settled in with the Brown family, nestled safely in the heart of picturesque London. This was much to chagrin of the evil villain played by Nicole Kidman,...

Review: AVA Nakedly Attacks the Female Coming of Age Film

Looking for a good female coming of age film, but Lady Bird is too soft for you? Meet Ava. Like Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed semi-autobiographical tale, Ava hinges on the strained relationship between a teenage daughter, Ava (Noée Abita),...

Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE, Extremely Silly and Endlessly Charming

I find it odd that no major filmmakers are tacking the Syrian refugee crisis. An estimated five million people have fled the war torn country since 2012 and the number easily doubles when you add up internally displaced refugees. I...

Review: AFTER LOVE, The Anger and Sadness of Divorce

A while ago, a judge in the UK proposed to make it harder for people to get married, and easier for them to get divorced. The logic being, that too many people get married without properly thinking it through; love...

Now on Blu-ray: Sergio Martino's TORSO Looks Great From Shameless Films

Shameless Films in the UK continues their commitment to sharing the best in classic sleaze with their new UK Blu-ray premiere of Sergio Martino's Torso. The company has recently released two of Martino's other classic giallo films on Blu-ray -...

Exclusive Creepy Clip: NAILS, Thick With Dread

In our creepy exclusive clip from Dennis Bartok's Nails, the room fills up with dread and then something happens ... well, I'll just stick with "creepy" as a descriptor, but I really like what it did to me. Described as...

Pingyao 2017 Review: LIFE GUIDANCE, a Conspiracy Against Non-Conformist, White-Collar Rage

Austrian drama Life Guidance sees a cult-like organisation installing aseptic conformism in Kafka´s The Trial reimagination in capitalistic dystopia

Trieste 2017 Review: In ZOMBILLENIUM, the Working Dead Have a Bone to Pick with Classism

Who would’ve guessed that even in death it’s no easy feat to find reprieve from social strictures? Or maybe it just depends on where you end up kicking the bucket. As Hector, a coldhearted safety inspector, will soon find out...

Review: XANGADIX LIVES! Provides A Candid Look At Dutch Horror Classic THE JOHNSONS

Twenty-five years ago, Rudolf van den Berg's thriller The Johnsons was released in the Netherlands, which was remarkable in several ways. For starters, it was a horror film and we don't make too many of those over here. But even...

Trieste 2017 Review: European Fantastic Shorts (2) Mix Delight with Disappointment

On Saturday November 4, Trieste’s Rossetti theatre once more welcomed short filmmakers from around the world for the second chapter of the European Fantastic Shorts competition.Ten more slices of fiction vied for the top spot but compared to Friday’s lineup,...

Review: In THELMA, Nothing Happens Without a Butterfly Effect

Directed by Joachim Trier, Thelma follows the titular character played by Ellie Harboe -- a young, beautiful student -- as she ventures to Oslo, Norway for school. Growing up is hard enough, but when you have acute seizures and come from a staunch...

Trieste 2017 Dispatch: Science Fiction Both Familiar and Fresh Strikes a Chord With Festivalgoers

As is to be expected from a festival that calls itself Science + Fiction, sci-fi offerings or scientific documentaries make up the bulk of the feature film program. While in Trieste, ScreenAnarchy filled out the weekend by traveling back and...

Trieste 2017 Review: European Fantastic Shorts (1) Offer an Eclectic Array of Budding Talent

Shorts were in high demand at the Trieste Science + Fiction festival. Audiences showed up in droves, welcomed the opportunity to attend programming blocks that well exceeded the two hour mark and respectfully applauded each work regardless of whether or...

Blu-ray Review: PERSONAL SHOPPER Haunts Criterion

American actress Kristen Stewart and filmmaker Olivier Assayas are back, and this time, it’s PERSONAL. But more than that, it’s mysterious, unknowable. Here, we find that the mysteries one assumes to be central to any given story labeled as such...

Warsaw 2017 Review: FIND THIS DUMB LITTLE BITCH AND THROW HER INTO A RIVER, a Viral Video Gone Bad

Dutch writer-director Ben Brand brings digital-day morality served in Hanekenian style for young adults in his first feature Find This Dumb Little Bitch and Throw Her Into a River

Warsaw 2017 Review: AURORA BOREALIS Glows in Bleak Times

Hungarian veteran director Márta Mészáros tackles Soviet occupation in her latest effort Aurora Borealis intertwined with a personal struggle of Sophie´s Choice-like plight

Warsaw 2017 Review: SO HELP ME GOD, a Wild True/False Search for Justice

Perplexing stranger-than-fiction pic So Help Me God captures the formalist zeitgeist in a highly watchable outcome