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Slamdance 2018 Preview: 15 Must-See Films

A slew of fresh and dynamic filmmaking voices await you at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 19 - 25. Once the upstart step-sibling of the once Indie minded Sundance, Slamdance (entering its 24th year) is...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite John Carpenter Film?

Many salutations and congratulations to director and composer John Carpenter, who turns seventy years old this very day! While it's been a while since one of his films has turned into a classic, his resumee boasts a fair few already,...

Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2017

This is the fourth time I'm doing a "musings" article (after 2014, 2015 and 2016) and... well, I really like this format. rather than doing a strict top-10, this allows me to speak about anything, really... as long as it's...

Have Your Say: What Are You Looking Forward To Most In 2018?

And thus, faster than a year passed ever before (or so it feels), 2017 is gone. A Happy New Year, everyone! The previous twelve months were nothing if not tempestuous. World politics brought horrors and amazing short-sightedness to a whole...

Pretty Packaging: The EVERYDAY LIFE WITH MONSTER GIRLS Boxset Comes Stacked

(Stacked... get it? Hurhur...) Hanging somewhere between mainstream anime and hardcore pornography "hentai" is the large grey area called "ecchi", which has timid fan-service on one side and full-out softcore sex on the other side. And like with their live-action...

Have Your Say: Which Film Gives You That Christmas Feeling?

It's Christmas, or at least it still is in those countries where the festivities last two days. Food is eaten, presents are given, movies get seen and old memes re-shared. One of those old memes is the infamous "It ain't...

Our Favorite Faces Of Santa

Hi All, and Happy Holidays! It's Christmas Day and therefore I'd like to keep it short and simple this week: who or what is your favorite cinematic interpretation of Santa? There is plenty of choice, as there have been many....

Friday One Sheet: The Best Posters of 2017

We are only into the second entry of this column, but it is the season, so please enjoy the best 10 posters of 2017 (and a single reason why they were selected) in the gallery below....

Have Your Say: Is 4DX About Sense Or Nonsense?

Last January, I mentioned in this series of articles that cinemas in the Netherlands were finally getting their frikkin lasers, and guess what: we're now getting frikkin moving chairs as well. Yes, the famous 4DX logo has arrived at several...

Have Your Say: What's The Best Short Film You've Ever Seen?

People in the Netherlands who went to see Thor: Ragnarok in certain cinemas were treated to a short in front of it: Junaid Chundrigar's Kort Maar Krachtig (Short But Strong, the Dutch saying for "short but sweet"). It's an animated...

Have Your Say: You're A Fake, Baby!

The 'fabricated human' is a recurring theme in fiction, and a very interesting one. From the clay golems of old, to the more modern monsters of Frankenstein, to androids, to Artificial Intelligences, to Blade Runner 2049's replicants, there sure is...

Milwaukee Film Festival 2017 Dispatch, Part 2: The Best Horror Film of the Year is a Documentary

When you come to a new city, you don't want to be an outsider and you don't want to be a tourist. But that is what you are. You can't totally escape it. But you damn as well try. It...

Milwaukee Film Festival 2017 Dispatch: A Weekend of Cinema & Culture in The Brew

On my first day in Milwaukee I learned a new term : Cream City Brick. Hold on a second and say it aloud. Let it roll around in your mouth. Cream City Brick. There's something very satisfying about the combination...

Have Your Say: The Best Films In Life Come Three!

So a few days ago, a friend posted an innocuous enough question over on Facebook. It was to the effect of: "I've got about 5-8 hours of free time this evening and want to watch a triple-bill. What three films...

10+ Years Later: Exhumating the Genius of BBC's HUMAN REMAINS

Julia Davis and Rob Brydon's no-holds-barred comedy series Human Remains brilliantly eviscerates dysfunctional marriages to find humor in depression, death, and other dark topics.

Have Your Say: Which Film Would You Like To See Fanatically Restored?

A few months ago I did a "Pretty Packaging" article about the German Suspiria release, and mentioned that while that edition contained a fine HD rendition of the film, fans were avidly awaiting Synapse's 4K restoration, a labor of love...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: GERALD'S GAME Is Oscar Worthy

Warning: spoilers ahead. For the record, I never cracked open Stephen King's Gerald's Game because I just couldn't take what the cover --- a pair of handcuffs hanging from a bedpost, its top carved into a crouching, hurting woman ---...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Interview: Larry Cohen Talks Movies, KING COHEN, Guerilla Filmmaking, and the FBI

Larry Cohen is a legend. When you hear the name as a genre fan, you usually think of such classics as Q, The Winged Serpent, It's Alive, God Told Me To, and The Stuff. Now, through Steve Mitchell's fun documentary...

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,...