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Genre Seeds: I START COUNTING, Bolstered By a Teen

Jenny Agutter and Bryan Marshall star in director David Greene's great adaptation of a noteworthy novel, now available on Blu-ray from Fun City Editions.

Friday One Sheet: ENCOUNTER

Design house B O N D's key art for Encounter (currently getting buzz on the festival circuit, before heading to cinemas and Amazon Prime in December), continues a trend I highlighted here, about this relatively recent poster trope: The Vortex....

Genre Seeds: A LIFE AT STAKE, Indie Noir Shines Darkly

Angela Lansbury, Keith Andes and Claudia Barrett star in an indie film noir, now available on Blu-ray from The Film Detective.

Friday One Sheet: THE MIDDLE MAN

I remain committed to showcasing key art that makes good use of textured wallpaper. In this case, the poster is for a Canadian/Norwegian production from deadpan director Bent Hamer. Hamer's films are difficult to describe, oddball dramas, subtle comedies, ultra-niche...

Japan Cuts 2021 Preview: Newcomers and Old Faves at Fest's Hybrid Edition

After last year's all online edition, Japan Cuts, North America's largest showcase for new Japanese films, has chosen to go for a combination of online and in-person screenings (at Japan Society) for their 15th edition, taking place 8/20 - 9/2....

Friday One Sheet: INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR

Perhaps it is because this poster reminds me of the cover art of Nirvana's 1991 Nevermind album, perhaps it due to all the negative space at the bottom, or perhaps I just like the rippling reflection of actress Selma Blair...

MINDFRAME(S) Podcast: PIG and Loss

For the past three years, I've been doing a podcast and of late it's been regular enough that it seems like a good idea to start posting episodes. It's called MindFrame(s) and my co-host Mike Cockerill and I like to...

Friday One Sheet: DONDE CABEN DOS

Turquoise and pink, lots of skin, and a dash of neon, are all on artful display in Barfutura's design for this Spanish sex-comedy. The stand out here is the casual, but intentional, obfuscation of nipples and crotches. The entire ensemble...

Fantasia 2021 Curtain Raiser: This is What We're Watching, so You Should Watch Them Too

That's a bit of a presumptive title there isn't it? I mean, seriously, there are so many great titles at this year's Fantasia, how do you choose? Another man's junk yadda yadda, right?  The great thing is, Fantasia is three...

Friday One Sheet: ARMY OF THIEVES

Bauhaus-inspired clock faces and locks in bold, glorious orange, make for this excellent piece of teaser key art. Taking one of the better characters from the abysmally derivative Army of The Dead, and doing a safe-cracking prequel may salvage (some...

Friday One Sheet: BABY, DON'T CRY

This week, in anticipation of the Fantasia Film Festival coming in August, we have the key art for Jesse Dvorak and Zita Bai's troubled teenager coming-of-age drama, with a dollop of magical realism, Baby, Don't Cry. Be it hand painted, or...

First Look 2020/21 Showcases New Films Around the Globe

After taking a Covid hiatus last year, MoMI (Museum of Moving Image)'s annual new film showcase First Look is back! Celebrating its tenth year, First Look takes a peak at innovative new international cinema. Opening Night is the New York...

Friday One Sheet: THE INNOCENTS

I have a fondness for upside-down styled posters, and the entire key art campaign for Eskil Vogt's Norwegian supernatural thriller, The Innocents, makes me tingle.  While I do not know if the film bears any connection to either the classic...

Friday One Sheet: TITANE

An almost 'street art' design for Julia Ducournau's sophomore feature, Titane, debuting at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, features a mixture of haute couture and body horror, in high contrast 'club lighting' colours. Using nearly all the poster real estate...

Friday One Sheet: SWAN SONG

There are so many great elements to the key art from Todd Stephens' Swan Song, which features legendary character actor Udo Kier front and centre. Kier, whose career spans a staggering seven decades, has always had a photogenic, if off-kilter,...

Friday One Sheet: THE EMPLOYER AND THE EMPLOYEE

The rare film from Uruguay to play the Cannes film festival, Manolo Nieto Zas's The Employer And The Employee released this key art from the festival that popped out in large part due to the 'scope but sideways' design.  I...

Now Streaming: HOME BEFORE DARK, Kid Detectives Sure Grow Up Fast

Jim Sturgess, Brooklynn Prince and Abby Wilson star in a family crime series, created by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik, now streaming on Apple TV+.

Now Streaming: DOM, Police, Drugs, and Thieves, All in the Family

Gabriel Leone, Flávio Tolezani and Filipe Bragança star in the compelling crime-drama series from Brazil, created by Breno Silveira and now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Friday One Sheet: REMINISCENCE

It appears that between churning out seemingly thousands of variants of the Army of the Dead key art, design studio B O N D decided to toss off this Los Angeles sunset-inspired -- it is the smog that causes these...

Short Cuts: Rémy Barbe's TREAT

Short Cuts is a new bimonthly feature in which we chart a direct route to exciting genre shorts that deserve to cut through the clutter. The name Rémy Barbe should ring a bell, and not just because he’s been mentioned...