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Have Your Say: Sweet, Sweet Divisiveness...

Darren Aranofsky's elaborate mindfuck thriller mother! has landed in cinemas, but instead of making a splash it's sort-of hop-skipping along the surface. Opening day audiences even gave it the dreaded "F" score on CinemaScore. Ouch... Interestingly, reviews are more mixed,...

Pretty Packaging: Germany Primps OLDBOY, Korean Style

When DVDs started conquering the world, twenty years ago, the then-recently-invented "special edition" started to thrive like never before. One country especially started creating elaborately decorated boxes filled with bling and trinkets. That country was Korea. Well, to be honest,...

Pretty Packaging: The French GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND-ALONE COMPLEX Boxset Looks Ace

My fandom of (slash obsession with) Mamoru Oshii's adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is not exactly a secret here at Screen Anarchy (cough), so it will probably not come as a surprise when I say that I like Kamiyama...

Have Your Say: What's The Best Book-To-Film Adaptation Ever?

Andy Muschietti's It is breaking box-office records, and as has been famously pointed out a million times everywhere, it is based on the book of the same title by Stephen King. In his review, J. Hurtado lauded the film and...

Our Favorite Faces Of Javier Botet

This weekend, Andy Muschietti's big screen adaptation of Stephen King's It broke all sorts of records, especially if you look at the horror genre, or even all R-rated films. Critics and audiences alike took to it as well, and our...

Pretty Packaging: It Is OK To Pick Up The Boxset Of IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON?

Confession time: people often think I'm a bit of an anime expert, but I'm really not. There are some series and films I love, and many I like, but I'm terrible at keeping up-to-date with what's currently hot or not....

Have Your Say: Fun With Sequel Titles

And now for something silly. I was discussing films with a friend, as happens, and we started talking about obscure horror films. And my friend mentioned that over in Germany, director Oliver Krekel actually made a sequel of sorts to...

Film Community Pays Tribute to Beloved Icon Tobe Hooper

“To know Tobe was to love him.” — Mick Garris This past weekend, the horror film world was shaken by the death of Tobe Hooper, a director who forever changed cinema with the unequaled, still-terrifying The Texas Chain Saw Massacre....

Have Your Say: Well Begun Is Half Done

A popular Dutch saying is "Een goed begin is het halve werk", which means something akin to "The first blow is half the battle", or "Well begun is half done". If it were always true, it would mean some films...

Fantasia 2017 Interview: Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson on Crafting THE ENDLESS

Recently at Fantasia 2017, I was able to catch the Canadian premiere of The Endless, the new feature from co-directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. As with Resolution and Spring, what they did here with The Endless was rain...

Have Your Say: What Is The Best GODZILLA Film?

Last week, Anno Hideaki's Shin Godzilla got a theatrical release in the United Kingdom. At the same time, it got a DVD and Blu-ray release in Germany and the Netherlands, which is how I finally got to see it. And...

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...

Have Your Say: What is Your Favorite "Altered State" Movie?

After last week's epic discussion on the future of movie watching, I figured it best to approach this week's HYS with something a little less... daunting. Kinda. This past Saturday I unexpectedly found myself rewatching Ken Russell's Altered States for...

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...

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...

Pretty Packaging: Germany's SUSPIRIA Release Is A Bewitching Beauty

Dario Argento's beautifully nightmarish witchcraft thriller Suspiria was released in 1977. That is four decades ago already, and this has spurred German distributor "84 Entertainment" to release a 40th Anniversary Leatherbook Edition. Which is all fun and good, but it's...

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...

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...