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Interview: Festival del Puerto Director on the 2018 Edition

From December 7 to 9, the fourth edition of the Festival del Puerto is taking place in Puerto Escondido, a very famous tourist place in the state of Oaxaca. Outdoor movies and the enjoyment of the Bacocho beach is what...

Shivers 2018 Review: THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK

Writer-director Henry Dunham's thriller The Standoff at Sparrow Creek has met with controversy and criticism well before any footage was actually shown to an audience. Initially titled "Militia" and produced by Cinestate, the project had acquired a reputation for being...

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...

Sundance 2019: Whopping 112 Features Announced In One Fell Swoop

Piecemeal be damned! Sundance has announced an overwhelming 112 feature films for their 2019 festival coming up on January 24. Why all at once, you ask? Well because that way they can spit out all these impressive stats: For the...

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...

Anime NYC Interview: MOB PSYCHO 100 Voice Actor Ito Setsuo on the Anime's Long-Awaited Second Season

Splashing onto the anime scene like a bolt of psychedelic lightning, Mob Psycho 100 captivated audiences in Japan and around the world with its sensational visuals by the legendary Studio Bones, its story by One Punch Man mangaka, One, and...

Leiden 2018 Review: THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST Exposes Sham of Conversion Therapy, Joy of Self-Love

In The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Desiree Akhavan adapts the essence of Emily M. Danforth’s popular young adult novel into a quietly soaring work of vindication, the value of self-love and teen resilience in the face of grown-up arrogance and...

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...

Morbido 2018 Review: ABRAKADABRA, The Onetti Brothers Final And Best Giallo Film

Lorenzo returns to the town where his father, Dante, The Great, died during an accident on stage during his magic act. Along with his assistant Antonella they bring their own brand of magic back to the theater where the tragedy...

Morbido 2018 Review: ANYA, Can a Twist Save a Worn Thin Horror Trope

Anya heads out for a night of partying with her friends, Rick and Mariana. She stalls as things get too hot and heavy between her and Rick so he makes a move on Mariana instead. Anya storms out of the...

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...

Leiden 2018 Review: In WILDLIFE, Carey Mulligan Rises From the Ashes

How does one cope with feelings of inadequacy, the acknowledgement of imperfection -- both in themselves and loved ones -- and what is a person’s own happiness truly worth? Wildlife, Paul Dano’s astounding directorial debut that has been making a...

Morbido 2018 Review: THE LAKE VAMPIRE, Rambling Horror Flick Hindered by Muddled Goals

Ernesto is looking for the subject of his next book. He believes he has found it when a series a ghastly murders occur, multiple beheadings in the area. What is strange about them is that the bodies are drained of...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...