Tag: mystery

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...

Vancouver 2017 Review: GUKOROKU: TRACES OF SIN, a Haunting Debut

Gukoroku: Traces of Sin, a moody Japanese mystery based on Nukui Tokuro's novel, feels like a pristine, preserved relic from the golden age of Japanese horror (think late 1990's, early 2000's). A self-assured and masterfully shot feature-length debut, the film...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: GEMINI Lifts the Veil of the Hollywood Machine

Director Aaron Katz (Cold Weather, Dance Party USA) is back with a film about the entrenched weirdness of his adopted city. Gemini stars Zoe Kravitz as Heather, a beautiful movie star hounded by paparazzi, and Jill (Lola Kirke), her personal...

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...

Melbourne 2017 Review: RABBIT Falls Down a Meandering Yet Mesmerizing Hole

Luke’s Shanahan’s twisted twin sci-fi thriller Rabbit is a bold and confident debut feature with wonderfully detailed small moments and plot twists that recall some of the best in psychological horror. The film has a focused idea of how it...

Review: THE GRACEFIELD INCIDENT, A Collection of Rehashed Material

"Matthew Donovan (played by Mathieu Ratthe, who's also the film's director) embeds an iPhone camera into his prosthetic eye to secretly record a weekend with friends in a luxurious mountain top cabin”, says the official synopsis for the Canadian/American production...

Exclusive Clip: THE PERSIAN CONNECTION, A Man, A Woman, A Nightclub

A man enters a nightclub. He is late for an appointment. A woman greets him. They sit down for a moment. It becomes obvious that they share a shady past. What secrets wait to be revealed? Reza Sixo Safai, Helena...

Osaka 2017 Interview: Mikhail Red Talks the Violence And Beauty in BIRDSHOT

Mikhail Red triumphed at Tokyo Film Festival at the back end of 2016 when he picked up the Asian Future Award for his sophmore effort, Birdshot. Mikhail, along with producing partner Pamela Reyes, has now returned to Japan, bringing his...

WASTELAND: Quality Television Made in the Czech Republic

HBO Europe rolls out a bleak mystery miniseries Wasteland

Trieste 2016 Review: BLIND SUN, The Slow Burning of Madness

Joyce A. Nashawati's debut feature Blind Sun has been making the rounds of festivals for a year, so I was surprised to discover it had yet to be reviewed on Screen Anarchy. I was also quite pleased, as it was...

BFI Brings Early Scorsese, THE CRYING GAME, Lino Brocka and More to Blu-ray

On Friday the British Film Institute unveiled their upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release slate, and it promises to be a wealth of riches, including the early Scorsese classics Who's That Knocking at my Door? and Oscar winner Alice Doesn't Live...

Genre Cinema From Our Canadian Ladies in Inagural Bloody Mary Film Festival!

The week after Halloween the inagural Bloody Mary Film Festival will haunt Toronto at the Carlton Cinema on November 3rd and 4th. The brand new film festival's mandate is to bring focus on our awesome Canadian women working in genre...

MonsterFest 2016: A Gunfight, Deadly Relatives and an Autopsy Lead First Wave of Titles

MonsterFest is coming! Prepare yourselves, Melbourne, Australia, for your fill of fantastic film delights at the end of November. The first wave of titles was announced today and there are heaps of goodness coming to Melbs.    Attendees will see...

AnarchyVision: Toronto 2016 Highlights

Some of the main hits from the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), showcasing some of the highlights of this year's fest, including La La Land,  Arrival, Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea and more, are covered in the watch, which...

Melbourne 2016 Review: WHAT'S IN THE DARKNESS Reveals Deeply Ambiguous Nostalgia

What's in the Darkness is a murder mystery, a coming-of-age film and a directorial debut for Wang Yichun. Unfortunately, its poor direction and muddled plot uses far too many metaphors for what is really going on. This deeply nostalgic film is...

Exclusive Clip: SUN CHOKE, Barbara Crampton Delivers Some Good and Bad News

Ben Cresciman's Lynchian, psychological thriller Sun Choke hits VOD and iTunes on August 2  and ScreenAnarchy has a healthy exlcusive to share. In the clip below, horror icon Barabra Crampton (Re-Animator, Road Games) delivers some news to an inflicted Sarah Hagan (Freaks and Geeks)...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: THE BOYS WHO CRIED WOLF Director Kim Jin-hwang on Real Life Inspirations

Clocking in at a taut 79 minutes, director Kim Jin-hwang’s The Boys Who Cried Wolf is a sharp whodunit with engaging twists and fine performances. Before its screening at the New York Asian Film Festival, director Kim spoke with me...

Book Review: Piers Bizony's THE MAKING OF STANLEY KUBRICK'S 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

(My God, it's full of fold-outs...!) Last year, the German publishing house Taschen released an astonishing holy grail for fans of Stanley Kubrick's seminal science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey: a boxset which included four book volumes, enclosed in...

Jeonju 2015 Review: ISLAND, An Elegiac Arthouse Mystery

A man travels to Jeju Island, planning to kill himself in his grandparents' abandoned home, in the most intriguing Korean film to grace the Jeonju International Film Festival this year. A lushly filmed and thoroughly engrossing mystery channeling local family...

THE BLUE HOUR: Check A Dozen Stills From The Berlin Selected LGBT Mystery

Previously selected to screen in Berlin with his short film work, Thai director Anucha Boonyawatana returns this year with his feature The Blue Hour selected as part of the Panorama section. The gay themed mystery is already garnering advance buzz...