Tag: drama

Blu-ray Review: LE SAMOURAÏ Examines A Solitary Life Lived In Gunmetal Grey

It's a bit intimidating to be the one tasked with delivering an opinion on one the most beloved gangster fims ever made. The legendary Jean-Pierre Melville is one of French cinema's most revered filmmakers, and with good reason. Working adjacent...

KILL ORDER: Key Art Debut For Canadian Sci-fi Actioner

James Mark's sci-fi actioner Kill Order had its Canadian Premiere at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival here in Toronto over a week ago. It will be released in the U.S. on DIGITAL HD and DVD on February 6,...

Trailer Time: Amit Kumar's MONSOON SHOOTOUT Gets a Unique Interactive Trailer

Following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, it's been a long road to Indian cinema screens for Amit Kumar's Monsoon Shootout. The film, which stars Vijay Varma as a rookie cop making a fateful decision, has...

Review: ANGELICA, Sex, Or The Lack Thereof, Ectoplasmic Visions and Hysteria In A Victorian Gothic

Sex, or the lack of thereof, visions and hysteria in the Lichtenstein´s slow-burning Victorian gothic plays as a home invasion subgenre albeit transferred on the protagonist´s mind follows a downward spiral of hysteria and paralyzing paranoia with a rich inventory of phallic symbols

AFI Fest 2017 Dispatch: Metaphysial Masterworks and Nerve-Jangling Debuts

AFI Fest closed out their 2017 edition last Thursday in Los Angeles with a star-studded showing of the Jessica Chastain starring Molly's Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. And while the American Film Instituite certainly likes their gala premieres...

Camera Japan 2017 Review: Lee Sang-il's RAGE Keeps You Guessing

A lot of films tend to look unpolished, and bland, handheld video is often accepted to be good enough it seems. Not so with the films of Lee Sang-il, which look as bright and shiny as if the visuals have...

San Sebastian 2017 Review: SOLLERS POINT, Baltimore's Cinematic Response to Ulysses

The Baltimore indie helmer Matt Porterfield forges fatalistic drama of an one-in-a-million existence molded by the circumstances of its purlieu in his fourth feature Sollers Point.

THE SACRIFICE Trailer: Strange Bird Deaths and an Awakening Monster, From THE SQUAD Director

Director Jaime Osorio Marquez made his feature debut six years ago with the very moody and impressive The Squad (El Paramo). (Here's my review, as well as one by my colleague Swarez. Now he's returning with his sophomore feature, The...

TAM CAM THE UNTOLD STORY: Watch This Exclusive Clip From The Vietnamese Epic Fantasy

The top grossing film in Vietnam last year was Veronica Ngo's action fantasy film Tam Cam The Untold Story. Her second film from the director's chair has found its way to U.S. shores and will bow in cinemas in San...

Blu-ray Review: A DARK SONG Soars

Scream Factory is an awesome imprint and they show no signs of slowing down with their superb releases. To that end, the horror distribution arm of Shout! Factory has recently released the festival hit A Dark Song, which toured the circuit...

Toronto 2017 Review: NINA, A Child's Story For Adult Audiences

Juraj Lehotský´s drama Nina marries Dardenian vérité style to child´s unsterile POV amid a divorce proceedings with a pinch of Hanekenian social horror.

Review: INDIVISIBLE, The Pain and Joy of Constant Companionship

If we are only truly ourselves when we are alone, what would it mean if you were, quite literally, never alone? If both your private and public identity was entwined with another person whose presence was constant? If your body,...

Toronto 2017 Review: FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES, Cowboys & Corruption, South Africa Style

The western genre, long associated either with American film and the lone cowboy holding fast to independence in a changing landscape, or the spaghetti western, in which European directors examined more forcefully the often insidious nature of the more corrupt...

Toronto 2017 Short Film, Short Review: GREAT CHOICE

A woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial. That is the helluva succinct elevator pitch for Robin Comisar's short film that recently graced the Ryerson screen of Toronto's Midnight Madness.  Great Choice meticulously recreates said Red Lobster advert from...

Toronto 2017: LES AFFAMES Clip, Because Even Zombie Killers Need a Theme Song

It's a cool, overcast day. A breeze is rippling gently through the air. An anonymous car pulls to a stop. The radio plays a pleasant French-language tune. Then a stranger lurches into view. And then WAM! WAM! WAM! WAM! Beware...

Melbourne 2017 Review: PERSON TO PERSON, A Wonderfully Expansive New York Narrative

Expanded from the quirky short of the same name, Person to Person is an effortless riff on a specific indie vibe. Crafted lovingly and naturally by director Dustin Guy Defa, Person to Person moves from his initial concept, following the quest...

Review: In Brendan Muldowney's PILGRIMAGE, Faith Is a Weapon

Ireland in the 13th century is an island divided by war and fraught with peril as close as the next turn. An isolated group of Benedictine monks are the keepers of a holy relic when the church in Rome calls...

Killer Versus Killer In Taut Trailer For Korean Thriller MEMOIR OF A MURDERER

If Korean cinema has taught the world one thing it's that there is no such thing as too much melodrama on the big screen and with upcoming thriller Memoir of a Murderer director Won Shin-yun has found an intriguing way...

Locarno 2017 Review: SCARY MOTHER, A Fever Dream of Emancipation

A bold feature debut by emerging Georgian filmmaker Ana Urushadze putting an original yet bleak spin on the process of emancipation

NANG: The Best Film Magazine You're Not Reading

The printed word is dead. That’s what we have been told. It’s too expensive, cumbersome and environmentally unfriendly, especially when we have the internet, with its limitless word counts and instantaneous editing functions. Film criticism is dead too. Nobody wants...