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Imagine 2019: What The Audiences Liked Best

It's been two months since Amsterdam hosted its Imagine Film Festival, one of the finest Dutch genre events of the year. And I notice that while I always mention the audiences' reception of films in my reviews, I never wrote...

Imagine 2019 Review: MONSTRUM Presents Silly, Gory Entertainment

Last year saw several entries added to the sub-sub-genre of Korean history-slash-horror films (and there's even a Korean historical zombie series on Netflix). Last month, the Imagine Film Festival showed one of these: Korean director Huh Jong-ho's historical action thriller...

Check Out Dutch Horror Short SANDWITCH In Full, Online And Free!

Every year at the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, there is a collection of Dutch short genre films shown. Last year, one of the best and funniest of those was Sandwitch (not a typo), a horror comedy directed by Jasper...

Imagine 2019 Review: MEMORY Reminds Us Why We Love ALIEN

(That's Dan O'Bannon peeping around the corner...) Over the past decade, writer-director Alexandre O. Philippe has made a name for himself as a documentary maker, picking all sorts of interesting subjects like Paul the Psychic Octopus, or Star Wars fandom...

Imagine 2019: Heads-Ups And Recommendations

Yesterday saw the start of my favorite Dutch Film event: the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam. As festivals go it sure isn't the largest, but their line-up never fails to bring a smile to my face, and each year it...

I TRAPPED THE DEVIL: Watch The Trailer For Josh Lobo's Debut Horror Film

We announced last week that Josh Lobo's debut horror flick I Trapped the Devil is playing at four film festivals down in the States this month before IFC Midnight puts it out in U.S. cinemas and On Demand on April...

Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2018

In 2018 I saw 156 films, or 155 if you count two of the three Deadpool 2s as one. While that may seem like a lot to some people, what this number tells ME is that I've spent less time...

Imagine 2017 Review: MOLLY Wins You Over With Perseverance And Ingenuity

Dutch science fiction films are few and far between, so when the Imagine Film Festival announced the world premiere of Molly, I was intrigued to say the least. And indeed, Colinda Bongers and Thijs Meuwese have managed to create a...

Imagine 2017 Review: GUARDIANS

(As the editor-in-chief of Preview Magazine exclaimed when introducing this screening: "Criticize it all you like, but it has a bear with a minigun!") If you've seen its trailers (and why shouldn't you have), you know exactly what to expect...

Imagine 2017: Lineup And Recommendations

This Wednesday sees the start of the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, which has, over the years, become my most anticipated genre movie event of the year. Oh sure, I'd love to visit Cannes, Sitges, Neuchâtel, Brussels, and the...

Imagine 2016: What The Audiences Liked Best

Two weeks ago the Imagine Film Festival ended, and as usual it had provided me with a ridiculously high batting average: every film I saw there was either very good or excellent. It's a testament to the festival's rigorous programming,...

Imagine 2016 Review: THEY CALL ME JEEG ROBOT Hits All Its Beats

(In short: it's like a sad Captain America versus a sad Joker, and it's great!) This year's winner of the audience award at the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam came from an unexpected direction: Italy. While that country has a rich...

Imagine 2016 Review: I AM A HERO Is Awesome, Gory, And Fun

(Or: how you can do things right by doing nothing wrong, and adding some brains...) It's hard to think of a more tired horror sub-genre than the zombie flick. Due to the popularity of George Romero's Night of the Living...

Imagine 2016 Review: Oshii Mamoru Takes NOWHERE GIRL To His Familiar Places

(The movie which can be summed up as "Stay awake, stay awake, stay awake, WHOA!!!) One cannot help but wonder what would happen if Japanese director Oshii Mamuro would ever decide to make a straightforward action film. Whether he is...

Imagine 2016: Lineup And Recommendations

From the 14th till the 24th of April, the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam is hosting the Imagine Film Festival 2016. Festivals often focus on the stuffy and the arty, but Imagine has a legacy of going for hard-to-catch...

Imagine 2015: What The Audiences Liked Best

All good things must come to an end. And even though, at eleven days long, the 31st Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam was longer than ever, this weekend it still ended. Last Friday saw the awards ceremony, where Liza, the...

Imagine 2015 Review: LIZA, THE FOX-FAIRY Magnificently Kills With Kindness

This weekend, Liza, the Fox-Fairy won the Silver Méliès Award at the Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam. It was hardly the first award it won either: a few weeks earlier at Fantasporto, it won awards for Best Film and Best Special...

Imagine 2015: Line-up And Recommendations

This Wednesday (the 8th of April) sees the start of the 2015 Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, the largest Dutch genre film festival. What started as an annual horror marathon has now, in its 31st iteration, grown into an...

Imagine 2014 Review: YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON 3D

(You WILL believe a man can fly, provided he jumps hard and adds enough corkscrews in mid-air...) One of the great things of film festivals is that they sometimes allow you a rare chance to experience foreign films as they...

Imagine 2014: What The Audiences Like Best

(Amsterdam audiences can famously not be argued with, so let's just see what they liked best!) This year's Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam had an extraordinary fine line-up of genre movies, resulting in an audience appreciation which was considerably higher than...