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Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Soundtrack Score?

For the last eight-or-so months, Matt Schrader's Score: A Film Music Documentary has been shown at festivals worldwide, and has won itself a nice set of awards while travelling. Last week it got a limited theatrical release by Gravitas Ventures...

10+ Years Later: PRINCESS MONONOKE, So Much More Than "The STAR WARS of Animated Features"

Blurbs are a strange thing. Always intended to get a certain hype going, they can easily help set up false expectations, intentionally or not. And so, while Roger Ebert was spot on when he placed My Neighbor Totoro in the...

AnarchyVision: WONDER WOMAN, ABACUS, DRONE

Besides the (fine) entry to the comic book canon, a look at Steve James' Abacus and the Sean Bean flick Drone....

AnarchyVision: Cannes 2017, THE SQUARE, 120 BPM, THE FLORIDA PROJECT and More

Here's another look at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival as it started to wind down, including another shot at The Square (above), which won the Palme d'or; Lynne Ramsay's return with You Were Never Really Here; the amazing The Florida Project;...

10+ Years Later: CODE 46 Showed Us That We Are All Replicants

With a new Blade Runner film on the way later this year, it seems an appropriate time to revisit a certain overlooked 2003 film that is as close to a prequel to Ridley Scott's seminal clone-noir as there ever was....

Pretty Packaging: Sculpting Time With The Andrei Tarkovsky Boxset

When we think of pretty packaging of DVD/Blu-ray releases, the usual disc-pimping suspects pop up: Arrow, CJ-Entertainment, Criterion (when so minded), Anime Limited, Eureka, Funimation, Wild Side Video, Sentai Filmworks... Curzon Arificial Eye will generally not be in that shortlist,...

AnarchyVision: ALIEN: COVENANT, Cannes 2017, OKJA, LOVELESS, THE SQUARE

A look at the latest in the Alien franchise, as well as Cannes gems Loveless, The Square, and how Okja's Neflix nature has unsettled local purists....

Pretty Packaging: We Raise Our Hats To The Strange PHENOMENA

British distributor Arrow Video UK is no stranger to re-releasing their older catalogue titles, and this month sees the re-release of Dario Argento's 1985 horror thriller Phenomena. Like many of his films, it is a decidedly weird affair, with atmosphere...

70s Rewind: ZARDOZ, Much More Than Sean Connery Running Around in a Loincloth

James Bond running around in a loincloth. That may be the singular image that comes to mind when Zardoz is mentioned. If another image pops, it's likely "giant statue of a head flying through the air." Out of context, the...

Tribeca 2017: Ten Notable Fest Selections

The Tribeca Film Festival returns for its 16th edition, running at various venues through April 30. As usual, it doesn't lack for boldface names and big events, opening with Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, a documentary about the legendary...

Art of the Real 2017: Series Preview

Art of the Real, a nonfiction filmmaking showcase at Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, celebrates its fourth year with 27 films in the lineup, continuing the exploration of cinematic possibilities of the film/digital medium. This year, the...

Hong Kong Cinema's Fresh New Wave

Trivisa was a big winner at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards but judging by the number of new talents whose films were nominated and awarded, the Hong Kong film industry was perhaps the biggest winner of all, as a...

10+ Years Later: BELOVED Remains a Haunting Tale of Love & Horror

I was a latecomer to horror film; as a kid/teenager, I was far more interested in science fiction, and was a bit of a wimp when it came to horror. Arriving at it in my 20s, it's now become a...

Have Your Say: What's Your Best Major?

When Scarlett Johansson was announced as the lead in Rupert Sanders' live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, people had issues with her suitability for the role. And now that the film has been released, opinions are divided. Whitewashing...

Critical Distance: What Movies Have You Loved in 2017?

What movies have you seen that you loved this year? Anything? In wide release, I've quite enjoyed Logan, Get Out, The Belko Experiment, John Wick 2 and A Cure for Wellness. Logan lived up to my high hopes, a reminder...

AnarchyVision: LIFE, WILSON and Kristen Stewart in PERSONAL SHOPPER

This week's segment looks at the Spacephalopod romp Life, Woody Harellson's misanthropic turn in Wilson, and Kristen Stewart in the ghostly Personal Shopper....

"Beyond Godzilla" Highlights Lesser-Known Japanese Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films

"Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures and Fantasies in Japanese Cinema," a film series screening at Japan Society from March 24 through April 8, looks at the long history of Japanese tokusatsu eiga, or special effects films. On the heels of Shin Godzilla, the latest...

AnarchyVision: TRAINSPOTTING 2, GOON 2 and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Two sequels and a remake (aka, new normal) yet still some surprises this week - a look at Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast, T2: Trainspotting and Goon: Last of the Enforcers....

70s Rewind: THE DISAPPEARANCE, Melancholy Blooms Slowly in the Winter

A man returns home after a business trip and discovers that his wife has disappeared. In the moody drama The Disappearance, directed by Stuart Cooper (Overlord), Jay Mallory (Donald Sutherland) appears to be a successful businessman, living on the top...

New Directors/New Films 2017: 6 Must-See Selections

The 46th edition of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art's New Directors/New Films Festival screens from March 15 through 26. As always, it's an eclectic international showcase of interesting new talents and approaches to cinematic...