From The Editors

Leiden 2018 Review: ASSASSINATION NATION Guns For Toxic Masculinity, Dishes Out Vengeful Comeuppance

As a species, ‘we are SCREWED!’ So shouts Assassination Nation, a bleak 21st century pseudo-satire that’s less ‘state of the nation’-critique than it is a doomsday parable that exposes disaffected youth to virulent misogyny in order to yield explosive, controversy-baiting...

Los Cabos 2018 Dispatch: BLACKkKLANSMAN, Plus Spike Lee's Comments on Alfonso Cuarón's ROMA

Early seventies. Leaders of the civil rights movement, such as Kwame Ture (Corey Hawkins), continue to carry their message to young African-Americans. So-called blaxploitation films, with characters like Shaft and Coffy, empowers them at the cinema. The black power shout...

THE SONATA: Watch The Striking Teaser For Andrew Desmond's Chilling Debut

Andrew Desmond is a director we've been keeping a close eye on in these pages for some time now. His short film work has been striking and we were pleased to share the first images from his debut feature, The...

Los Cabos 2018 Dispatch: AMERICAN ANIMALS and WIDOWS, a Heist Movie Double Feature

Reminiscent of the recent Mexican film Museo, by Alonso Ruizpalacios, American Animals is a heist movie starring youngsters who, on paper, would have no obvious reason to carry out a robbery. With the support of their families, without economic problems,...

Review: RAMPANT Fails to Catch On

The actor-director team behind last year's hit spy action-comedy Confidential Assignment returns with their latest tentpole Rampant, an action-horror that looks to put a period twist on Yeon Sang-ho's runaway 2016 zombie hit Train to Busan. Hyun Bin versus the...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's THE PRINCESS BRIDE Whiffs On New Features, But You're Going To Buy It Anyway

Perhaps the worst confession I could make at the top of this review of Criterion's glittery new Blu-ray release of Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride (spine #948) is to offer up the fact that I haven't seen the movie, or...

Leiden 2018 Dispatch: International Favorites THUNDER ROAD, PROFILE and More Are Sure-Fire Crowd-Pleasers

The Leiden International Film Festival came to a close on Sunday November 11 but we were lucky enough to attend its final weekend, which was jam-packed with quality films. The festival, taking place in a college town in South Holland...

Morbido 2018: Winners of The Gold, Silver, Bronze and Wood Skulls

Morbido has wrapped up for another year and though we are sad to see her go we know that we will be back in her dark and warm embrace next year for numero twelve!    While we play catch up...

Have Your Say: Let's Talk About Pop Music

For the past few weeks, two films about music artists have done tremendous business at the box office: Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and Bradley Cooper's newest adaptation of A Star Is Born. While one is based on a true story...

RIP and Excelsior, Stan Lee

You will spend the rest of your life bumping into things that are in the world because of Stan Lee. The obvious: Spider-Man, The Avengers, Black Panther, Thor (kind of), Captain Marvel, Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Doctor Strange, The...

First Teaser for TOY STORY 4: Toys in the Clouds

I'm not sure if it just an odd coincidence that two movies this year have made use of Judy Collins' recording of 'Clouds' (the first being Hereditary during its closing credits, an interesting choice for certain). But here it is...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE Has It Both Ways

August Strindberg once said, “Could there be anything more terrifying than a husband and wife who hate each other?”  The question is raised by a character in Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage (1973), a five-hour, six-part miniseries made for Swedish...

Exclusive BLUE MY MIND Clip: Poor Fish

Our own Tom Kiesecoms described Blue My Mind as "a confident, full-bodied portrayal of adolescence and its fearful insecurities" in his review. We have an exclusive clip that gives a hint about the changes that a young women is experiencing....

Leiden 2018 Review: HEARTS BEAT LOUD, A Modest Success, But Not Quite a Hit

If, based on the film’s title, you’d be inclined to give Hearts Beat Loud a pass for thinking it’s either going to be a saccharine musical dramedy or melodramatic tearjerker, you’d be forgiven. Doing so, however, would result in you...

Pretty Packaging: John Carpenter's THEY LIVE

(OK, seeing as how the releases are so similar, I'm cribbing the first bit of this article from my previous one about The Fog...) The UK distributing branch of StudioCanal is an unpredictable one. Their home releases range all the...

Friday One Sheet: God's Eye View in ARCTIC

Maximizing negative space is a tried and true strategy to communicate "Survival Movie" with your key art. Big kudos to design studio B O N D for going all the way with the full God's Eye snowy wasteland view for...

Blu-ray Review: SINGLE WHITE FEMALE Remains Creepy

The early Nineties were the era of the psycho thriller, particularly those of the sexually charged variety. One of the most well-known films of that genre was Single White Female, directed by Oscar nominee Barbet Schroeder (Reversal of Fortune, Barfly). Adapted...

Notes on Streaming: HOMECOMING Compels, HOUSE OF CARDS Wraps, THEY'LL LOVE ME WHEN I'M DEAD Captivates

The new film by David Mackenzie, Outlaw King, is my pick of this weekend's streaming crop. Chris Pine, Florence Pugh and Aaron Taylor Johnson star; the historical battles and heated drama look impressive (watch trailer below). Mackenzie (Hell or High...

Review: EL ANGEL, Lorenzo Ferro Dazzles in Period Crime Drama

The latest film of Pedro Almodovar's production company El Deseo, El Angel, opens with the image of a young man walking in the streets of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. It's a breezy warm autumn afternoon of the late...

Pretty Packaging: John Carpenter's THE FOG

The UK distributing branch of StudioCanal is an unpredictable one. Their home releases range all the way from borderline barebones to absolutely fantastic. Luckily, their new series of John Carpenter film releases fall in the second category. This month, StudioCanal...