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Fantasia 2017 Review: Small Gauge Trauma Showcases Horrific Standouts

(The still above is from iMedium, one of the best shorts in the Small Gauge Trauma block.) It's no secret that we adore Fantasia here at ScreenAnarchy. In addition to the great live events, features, and raucous Q&As, the festival always...

Fantastic Fest 2017: First Wave of Films Will Knock Your Teeth Out

Wow. Fantastic Fest isn't fucking around. The manic first wave of this year's festival includes the U.S. premiere of S. Craig Zahler's (Bone Tomahawk) new film Brawl in Cell Block 99 --- starring Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson, and Udo Kier --- fresh...

10+ Years Later: Checking-in On The Cult Status Of BATTLE ROYALE

More than ten years ago, my infatuation with surreal, thought provoking, challenging and unique anime was what led to my initial discovery and viewing of Kinji Fukasaku’s controversial and vastly influential final film Battle Royale. The anime I refer to...

Santiago 2017 Preview: Chilean Cinema, Yoko Ono and European Invasion in Santiago

The 13th Santiago International Film festival, introduces more than a hundred international and domestic productions at the Chilean gathering.

Guanajuato 2017 Dispatch: BRIMSTONE & GLORY, ME GUSTA PERO ME ASUSTA

This time, from the Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF), I review a couple of films related to Mexican culture. The first one is a documentary, made by a German filmmaker, about a massive fireworks festival that is celebrated every year...

Guanajuato 2017 Dispatch: RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD, HELLO DESTROYER

The Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) is celebrating its 20th edition with Canada as the spotlight country, Peter Weir and Fatih Akin as the principal guests, and certainly an interesting selection of films from all over the globe. Check out...

Have Your Say: What Is the Future of Movie Watching?

Last week, when speaking with indieWIRE, Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan shared his disdain for the way Netflix presents their original feature content, namely their lack of any theatrical window for films such as Bong Joon-Ho's Okja -- a big screen...

AnarchyVision: Fantasia 2017, DUNKIRK, A GHOST STORY, LOWLIFE

A look at Nolan's remarkable WWII film Dunkirk, as well as a few Fantasia flicks, David Lowery's A Ghost Story and the world-premiering, Tarantino-esque Lowlife....

Our Favorite Faces Of Rutger Hauer

This weekend, Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets travelled across America, where it faced tough competition in a VERY crowded blockbuster season. Our J. Hurtado had a hard time warming up to the film's leads, but...

10+ Years Later: Is David Lynch's DUNE Really So Awful?

The whole concept behind 10+ Years Later is to revisit films about which time has potentially changed your opinion. When perusing David Lynch's filmography, I found myself routinely thinking, “Of course Dune is terrible,” and ignoring it to the extent...

Pretty Packaging: The French PERFECT BLUE Is A Total Jawdropper

As part of celebrating 100 years of Japanese animation, French distributor Kaze released a special edition of Perfect Blue, Satoshi Kon's debut film as a director. This happens to be one of my favorite anime. Satoshi Kon basically used the...

Have Your Say: Is Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA Vastly Overrated?

Dario Argento's occult thriller Suspiria turns forty this year, and despite its age it is very much in the news. Synapse's cinematographer-approved restoration will have its grand reveal at Fantasia in August, while a separate Italian restoration is currently already...

Japan Cuts 2017 Preview: A Country at a Crossroads and the Movies at the Heart of it All

Japan Cuts: The Festival of New Japanese Film comes roaring back to life for another season of fresh flicks with the ninja-samurai action epic MUMON: The Land of Stealth kicking things off July 13 at the Japan Society in New...

BiFan 2017 Preview: Recommendations and Anticipated Delights

As we pack our bags before the start of this year's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, ScreenAnarchy has come up with a few recommendations to watch out for at this year's edition, as well as some new films we're personally...

Have Your Say: What's The Best Film Made By Andrei Tarkovsky?

Yesterday, our Matt Brown shared his thoughts about Criterion's new release of Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, a film considered by many to be the man's masterpiece. Matt had his reservations about that, but did not deny that something brilliant (if very...

Pretty Packaging: Arrow's New THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE

The good folks over at Arrow UK have always been dedicated to release great Italian genre films. I have a healthy collection of their "white slipcase" releases, which featured a translucent window. Combined with reversible artwork on the Amaray, inside,...

Pretty Packaging: The French PSYCHO-PASS Boxset Passes As Psycho

(...If you read or speak French, that is...) In France, anime got a foothold far earlier than in most English-speaking countries. Even today, the market for buying DVDs and Blu-rays of Japanese animation is roughly estimated to be thirty times...

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies of 2017 Part 1

As we hit the halfway point of the year, it is time to look back over the past six months, specifically the cinematic offerings from Asia. This year’s crop of new releases has been a mixed bunch, with precious few...

My Favorite 2017 Films (So Far)

Of the 48 49 * films I've seen that have received theatrical releases in the U.S. this year, here are my favorites. * With one late addition. (My complete list here.) What are yours?...

Preview: The New York Asian Film Festival Celebrates Sixteen Sweet Years

Lucky New Yorkers, it's that time again when the good folks at Subway Cinema bring us the New York Asian Film Festival, a superior alternative to bombastic multiplex fare, and a one-stop shop for the latest and greatest of the...