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Notes on Streaming: THE NEW LEGENDS OF MONKEY Childishly Delights

Inspired by the Japanese television drama Monkey (1978-80), which in turn was based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, the Netflix series The New Legends of Monkey starts off with a lot of cultural baggage, which it...

Friday One Sheet: THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

Lars Von Trier's latest film is a serial killer art-film -- I mean this quite literally: it is about a serial killer who creates works of art with his kills -- and is scheduled to take a bow at Cannes...

Fantasia 2018: First Wave of Announcements is a Tsunami of Awesome!

[still from Nightmare Cinema] It's no secret that Fantasia is one of our very favorite film festivals here at ScreenAnarchy. We've already spread word about the fest's awesome 2018 poster ("meow!!") and the first two homegrown titles (Summer of '84...

Notes on Streaming: In the Fabulous AGGRETSUKO, Death Metal Enlivens the Working Stiff

Five years after landing her first job, Retsuko, an angry red panda, is losing her will to live. She is an accountant who faces daily, high-pressure demands from her superiors, as well as from her increasingly irritating coworkers. At the...

Art of the Real 2018 Preview

Art of the Real, FSLC's annual celebration of non-fiction cinema is back and remains my most anticipated cinema event even in the city that is not in short supply of great film series all year round. An amazing array of...

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,...

Pretty Packaging: The FOOD WARS SECOND PLATE Premium Boxset Looks Yummie Too!

Fellow collectors alerted me last month about the second boxset of Yonetani Yoshitomo's anime Food Wars!, saying it looked outrageous. It did, so I started collecting the series. So far, it's been very amusing. I could have done without all...

Have Your Say: Will We See EVANGELION 3.0 + 1.0 This Decade?

Ah, Evangelion... sigh. Its series and films are rightfully the stuff of legends. I tried to write a short overview of the franchise's history, when the first of the fou... Wait. That's what I wrote over two years ago already....

Friday One Sheet: Silent Cry Face, DOWNRANGE

One of the greatest modern posters, in my humble opinion, is Akiko Stehrenberger's striking key art for the American remake of Michael Haneke's Funny Games. In it, we see Naomi Watts, in high-contrast close-up, hair out of place, silent tears...

Friday One Sheet: Kaiju RAMPAGE

There is little in the way of nostalgia, or classic video game tropes on display in this Kaiju-infused Japanese key art for Rampage. I cannot tell if it is hand-painted or digital mimicry, but it seems quite fitting for the...

Notes on Streaming: A.I.C.O. INCARNATION Bursts Into Action Early and Often on Netflix

The animated series A.I.C.O.: Incarnation, which premiered on Netflix worldwide on March 9, 2018, is terrific. Produced by Japanese studio Bones, directed by Murata Kazuya, and written by Nomura Yuuichi, the series is filled with nicely-choreographed action, while also taking...

Friday One Sheet: LOWLIFE

It is a good day if you like the Character-Collage style poster, as indie-LA picture Lowlife has released a good one in anticipation of their April 6th release. Warm yellow-orange colour tones showcase the Luchador at the centre of the...

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...

Friday One Sheet: YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

Three colour, simple, and bloody, this is one of several pieces of key art for Lynne Ramsay's take on Taxi Driver, featuring Joaquin Phoenix, which at one point was called A Beautiful Day, but will be released as You Were Never...

Notes on Streaming: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, Good Live Action Without Whitewashing

Here's one fantastic way to avoid charges of whitewashing: just don't do it. A film adaptation of Arakawa Hiromu's Fullmetal Alchemist, directed by Sori Fumihiko, was released in Japanese theaters on December 1, 2017. Now it's arrived as a "Netflix...

Preview: Documentary, Iranian Style: The Films of Mehrdad Oskouei

When one mentions Iranian cinema, the names that most often come to mind are such directors as the late Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi, and Asghar Farhadi. More knowlegedable aficionados may also be able to mention such filmmakers as Mohsen Makhmalbaf,...

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;...

Best Mexican Cinema of 2017

2017… The year in which the Mexican Senate came up, out of nowhere, with the National Day of Mexican Cinema, a joke that - rather than an initiative of promotion and recognition - ended up being a vile movie marathon...