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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Adult Animation?

Yesterday, our Eric Ortiz Garcia reviewed the animated web-series Tenacious D in Post-Apocalypto, and he wasn't overly positive. I quote: What's disappointing is that the idea of ​​Black and Gass to take advantage of the inherent freedoms to exhibit their...

Have Your Say: Weird Gimmicks.

Earlier this month, UK-based distributor Indicator released a boxset of films called William Castle at Columbia, Volume One. The set contains four films, each with a booklet and plenty of on-disc documentaries, a big chunk of which are about William...

Have Your Say: How Corrupt Do You Think We Are?

Another week, another troll on the Internet who claims I've been bought. Ugh... I wish things were that simple. It's fun to be able to claim you're untouchable, and of such strong moral fiber that you're incorruptible. But let's be...

Have Your Say: High Enjoyment With A Low Budget

This month, the Dutch post-apocalyptic science fiction film Molly (seen above) got its home-release in the United States, courtesy of distributor Artsploitation. I had seen that film at its world premiere, as part of 2017's Imagine festival Amsterdam, and I...

Have Your Say: Depictions Of The Afterlife

Last week I reviewed Yamazaki Takashi's new fantasy Destiny, The Tale of Kamakura, a film virtually crammed with ghosts, yokai, and Gods. I liked it a lot, stating in my review that the film "borders on being dangerously sentimental and...

Camera Japan 2018 Review: DESTINY, THE TALE OF KAMAKURA Is Sugar Sweeeeeeeet...

This year, the Dutch Camera Japan Festival is being held for the 13th time, and to celebrate that, its theme is "superstition and the supernatural". Opening the Rotterdam leg of the festival was Yamazaki Takashi's new fantasy Destiny, The Tale...

Have Your Say: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO Versus GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

Thirty years ago, then-fledgling animation factory Studio Ghibli released two new feature films, each starring two children: the gentle fantasy tale My Neighbor Totoro and the harsh war drama Grave of the Fireflies. Both films initially opened to great critical...

Have Your Say: What's The Bloodiest Non-Horror Film Ever?

Yesterday, Peter Martin reviewed The Night Comes For Us, Timo Tjahjanto's ultra-violent gang thriller which played at Fantastic Fest. In fact, it is SO ultra-violent, Peter jokingly states that to make its equal "All you need is a girl, a...

Have Your Say: A Missing Bit Which Warrants Its Own Film...

Remember that scene in the 1933 King Kong, when the film crew has stunned Kong with gas grenades, and as he lies on the beach, unconscious, they plan to ship him to New York? A few days ago, friend and...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Burt Reynolds Film?

Last week saw the sad news of Burt Reynolds having died from a heart attack. The 82-years-old actor was known to have some health-related problems, but his death came as a shock, especially as it just had become known that...

Have Your Say: When Does "Bending The Truth" Go Too Far?

Later this week will see the release of Corin Hardy's The Nun, a spin-off in the franchise of the The Conjuring films. It looks to be creepy fun with jumpscares, same as the previous films. What's interesting though is that...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Film About Making Films?

Ueda Shin'ichirô's zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead is currently on its way to become one of the biggest box office miracles this year. After a festival run, in which the ultra-low-budget film gathered rave reviews and awards from...

The Dutch Camera Japan Festival 2018 Reveals Its Great Line-up

September is almost upon us, and here in The Netherlands it doesn't just mean the arrival of Autumn and a downturn in the weather, but also that the Camera Japan Festival will soon start. Beginning in Rotterdam and moving a...