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10+ Years Later: Can THE MUMMY RETURNS Withstand The Test Of Time?

When I saw Stephen Sommers' fun creature feature Deep Rising, back in 1998, I immediately added him to the list of directors to keep an eye on. That was because I had an absolute blast with the film, warts and...

Pretty Packaging: PRISON SCHOOL Provides Peeks At Perversity

Japanese animation can be decidedly frown-worthy at times. There are of course the infamous hardcore porn series, which are called "hentai" (meaning "pervert" or "perverse"), but for audiences who are grossed-out by those there is a wide selection of softcore...

Have Your Say: There Need To Be More Anime Series For Grown-ups

If you're a regular reader of the "Pretty Packaging" articles, or indeed this "Have Your Say" series, it won't come as a surprise that I'm a huge fan of Japanese animation. Indeed, ever since I saw Otomo Katsuhiro's Akira I've...

Have Your Say: What Will The Next ALIEN / PROMETHEUS Film Be About?

(Never mind the image, just having a bit of fun...also, BIG SPOILER ALERT!) While Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant isn't exactly setting the box office on fire, it's also nowhere near as expensive as many of the other "event" films of...

Have Your Say: About That Netflix Versus The Cannes Film Festival Thingy...

The Cannes Film Festival wouldn't be the Cannes Film Festival without a controversy or scandal or two, but this year it all seems to be rather mild. Yes, there's something wrong with you if you think Claudia Cardinale at that...

Have Your Say: What's The ALIEN-est Film Which Is Not An ALIEN Film?

Depending where you are in the world, there's currently a new Alien film in cinemas or you're about to get one. And not just any Alien film: this one has been directed by Sir Ridley Scott, for the first time...

Have Your Say: Name The Film With The Best Visual Compositions

Yesterday we got to see the trailer for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, and it was sheer cinematography porn by camera-and-lighting wizard Roger Deakins. I expect much from Villeneuve and crew, but even if it turns out that they spectacularly...

Pretty Packaging: Having A Ball With The PHANTASM Boxset

Fans of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm horror franchise had reason to rejoice in April: both in the US and in the UK, Blu-ray boxsets of the five films were released. Well Go USA did the honors on the West side of...

Have Your Say: Pick Actor Siblings Who Aren't Siblings!

A few weeks ago I saw the Dutch apocalyptic science fiction film Molly, and noticed a striking resemblance between actress Annelies Appelhof (who plays Molly's exoskeleton-enhanced nemesis Kimmy) and American actress Julianne Moore. I mean... check that image. And that's...

Have Your Say: Which Film Has Most Unjustly Underperformed?

The most enjoyable film I've seen so far this year is Ben Wheatley's Free Fire. There, I've said it. I loved it, and I left the theatre invigorated with a huge smile on my face. It's therefore with puzzlement that...

Pretty Packaging: Carlotta's PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE Is A Stunner

When the French distributor Carlotta Films started with their line of "Ultra Collector" boxsets back in 2015, we sat up and took notice. Each of these featured a newly remastered Blu-ray and DVD of a chosen title, fitted on the...

Pretty Packaging: An Uncensored EVIL DEAD Has Finally Arrived In Germany

(All good things to those who wait, as the saying goes, but apparently that applies to some evil things too...) Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead is one of the most infamous films of the eighties, and like with Godzilla, it's...

Have Your Say: What Does Your Regional Superhero Look Like?

After months of terrific trailers and awful reviews, this weekend I finally saw Saric Andreasyan's Russian superhero flick Guardians (see my review). And while a lot of fun to be had with the film is about laughing AT it rather...

Chattanooga 2017 Recap: A Must-Visit Genre Fest

As a journalist, programmer, and filmmaker, I've been to my fair share of film festivals. I've just arrived home from Chattanooga Film Festival 2017, and.... WOW. Only in its fourth year, this incredible festival has managed to blow most of...

Our Favorite Faces Of Ewan McGregor

Two of the most anticipated North American premieres this weekend were Bill Condon's new Beauty and the Beast and Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting (seen above), both of which have Ewan McGregor in them. It's not the first time that he...

Have Your Say: Which Film Would You Want To Forget... So You Could See It Again For The First Time?

Two weeks ago I saw Jacques Tourneur's classic horror film Night of the Demon, a first viewing despite me being curious about the film for over thirty years already. Surprisingly, after all that anticipation it didn't disappoint me. I loved...

Boston Underground 2017 First Wave: BITCH, PREVENGE, 68 KILL, THE VOID, TRINITY & More!

The weirdos at the Boston Underground Film Festival (Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA, March 22 - 26) unleashed its first wave of programming for its 19th year today --- and the selections are FANTASTIC. Features include previous BUFF alums, such as...

Have Your Say: What Was The Best Zombie Film Of 2016?

Oscars, Schmoscars. While I understand that it must be nice to be nominated (and even nicer to win), films aren't a sports event, and the very nature of art often renders straight comparisons meaningless anyway. Beauty is in the eye...

Have Your Say: What's The Best Theatrically Released Documentary Ever?

Theatrically released documentaries are a strange sub-class of film. Sometimes they can get away with not having a narrative or (other) technical merits, when the subject is interesting enough to just point a camera at. Sometimes, they take a mundane...

Have Your Say: IMDb Is About To Delete Its Message Boards

This weekend I was looking up something in the Internet Movie Database over on www.IMDb.com, and got distracted by a question in a message board. Intrigued and amused I started reading it, and as these things go I got even...