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Friday One Sheet: SHAZAM! (And the Deadpool Effect)

It has been a slow month for movie posters. And I rarely highlight superhero stuff, because I am no expert at the nuance/history of the characters and they are ubiquitious, and generally they are lazy. And yet, here we are...

Shivers 2018: What The Audiences Liked Best

Last week saw the fourth edition of the Shivers genre film festival being held in Konstanz, Germany. Its host, the Zebra Kino, may not be the largest of venues and has only one screen, but it's run by a bunch...

Notes on Streaming: MANDY Gets Reckless, THE WORLD IS YOURS Stays Cool

Busting out of the gate at Sundance this past January, Panos Cosmatos' Mandy, starring Nicolas Cage, drew huge attention, especially, I suspect, from those who had disregarded Beyond the Black Rainbow, which was gorgeous and haunting in both spirit and...

Have Your Say: German Cinema

Yesterday saw the end of this year's Shivers Film Festival in the city of Konstanz, in South Germany, right on the border with Switzerland. A fine festival it was too; as always, their selection was small but pretty awesome, with...

Friday One Sheet: THE EMPEROR OF PARIS

The art of the character poster is alive and well in France at the moment. Jean-François Richet's glossy blockbuster on the worlds first Private Detective, François Vidocq is no exception. Vincent Cassel is playing the criminal turned criminologist, who enraptured...

Notes on Streaming: Good News, No News and Things That Make Me Wonder

Good news for Criterion, no news for FilmStruck, and studios producing films directly for streaming services makes me wonder.

Morbido 2018 Wrap-up: Stories From My Happy Place

Since the first year I went to Morbido it quickly became my home away from home. I use my vacation time to go to two festivals and/or copro markets each year and one week always goes to mi Familia...

Have Your Say: Martin Scorsese

Last Saturday marked Martin Scorsese's 76th birthday, and if that wasn't enough to bring him to my attention (birthdays often aren't), Eureka's new Blu-ray of The Last Waltz arrived in the mail that afternoon. As coincidences go it's a good...

Pretty Packaging: THE BIG LEBOWSKI Limited Edition Gift Set Really Ties The Room Together

On the occasion of it's 20th anniversary, Universal Pictures have released The Coen Brothers' classic The Big Lebowski on 4K UHD for the first time. The disc made it to stores last month, but a bit of traveling on my...

Notes on Streaming: MAY THE DEVIL TAKE YOU Delivers a Horrifying Sugar Rush

Recently enjoying its North American theatrical premiere at Fantastic Fest, Timo Tjahjanto's May the Devil Takes You (original-language title: Sebelum Iblis Menjemput ) arrives today on Netflix and it's a must-watch for horror fans. Tjahjanto also recently directed The Night...

Los Cabos 2018 Dispatch: BORDER and THE SISTERS BROTHERS, Two Of The Festival's World Highlights

At the core of Let the Right One In, one of the most memorable vampire films of the past decade, was Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a lonely, misfit, and bullied young boy with little attention from his divorced parents. He found...

Friday One Sheet: RECHAZADOS (Rejected)

This is our second week in 'God's Eye' overhead views. Here is the key art for Argentinian 'Future Medieval' post-apocalyptic narcotics drama Rechazados, aka Rejected. On one hand, teenagers bathing nearly naked in a natural lake reminds me of Nic...

Los Cabos 2018 Dispatch: LORDS OF CHAOS and LETO, Two Gems From The Festival's Music Section

In the documentary Supersonic, the Gallagher brothers are heard discussing what is most important for a rock 'n' roll band, whether music itself or the mythology that is created around them. Although Noel argued for the artistic material, while Liam...

Los Cabos 2018 Dispatch: BLACKkKLANSMAN, Plus Spike Lee's Comments on Alfonso CuarĂ³n'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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...