Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2019

Last year I started my overview of 2018 with lamenting about how few films I had seen. The sad truth is: in 2019 I saw even significantly less. I strive for at least 150 films each year, yet in 2019...

Crowdfund This: Please Tell Hal Hartley WHERE TO LAND?

Hal Hartley is no stranger to crowdfunding. Over the past years, he has used Kickstarter to finance Ned Rifle, the last part of his Henry Fool trilogy, and to restore (and re-issue) his own back-catalogue of films. And now he...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Ten Films of 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, ScreenAnarchy’s global team of critics and cineastes weighs in with our favourite cinematic offerings from the past 12 months, which saw Netflix lead the charge for cementing the legitimacy of the streaming platforms, while...

Shivers 2019 Review: FEHÉRLÓFIA Provides Mythical Psychedelic Visions

The Shivers Film Festival in the German city of Konstanz can pride itself with a killer line-up of new films each year, but the roster always also contains the odd classic or two. This year, Ridley Scott's seminal Alien got...

Shivers 2019: An Aftermath Of Shorts This Friday

The Konstanz-based genre film festival called Shivers has come and gone in November, and to my shame I still have to finish some articles about it. For fans of the festival (or just fans of great cinema) who live a...

Pretty Packaging: Criterion's GODZILLA SHOWA ERA Boxset Is A Monster

We've said it before: Criterion doesn't often release "pimped" vanity sets, but when they do... ooooh boy. And perceptive fans of the distributor knew that something spectacular would be happening. Criterion was one of the first companies to use spine...

Pretty Packaging: Criterion's THE KOKER TRILOGY Is An Iranian Russian Doll

If we look at the Blu-ray distributing landscape, I think nobody will contest that Criterion is the most prestigious company in existence there. From 1984 onward the company has focused on quality, and, quoting Wikipedia: "Criterion is noted for helping...

Shivers 2019 Review: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION

Ryan Spindell's horror anthology is a visual feast, and Clancy Brown is fantastic in it.

SHIVERS 2019 Features Another Goosebump-inducing Line-up

For the past few years I've written an alert of sorts about Germany's genre film festival Shivers, in the city of Konstanz. each time, the reason has been that the fest's line-up was unusually strong. In 2018 the festival allowed...

Camera Japan 2019 Review: RISE OF THE MACHINE GIRLS Doesn't Elevate Its Niche

Back in 2007, our site got one of its highest traffic spikes when we hosted the outrageous trailer for Iguchi Noboru's The Machine Girl. For many people, it was their first exposure to Japan's bloody splattergore genre. And when the...

Review: MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN Bursts Open Mythology

(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...

The Dutch Camera Japan Festival 2019 Is Upon Us

As the end of September nears, so does one of the most fun yearly Dutch film events: the Camera Japan Film Festival! Dedicated entirely to Japanese films, food and (other) culture, this festival visits Rotterdam from the 25th till the...

KILLMODE Gets A Teaser And A Poster

Back in 2015, Dutch directors Colinda Bongers and Thijs Meuwese won a pitching contest at the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam, and were allowed to advertise their film idea at Fantasia in Canada later that year. Their vision of a...

Crowdfund This: Dennis Hopper's OUT OF THE BLUE Restored In 4K

Now here's a nice project being crowdfunded: Dennis Hopper's 1980 gritty family drama Out of the Blue will be restored in 4K. Yes, "will be", because the initial goal of 35,000 USD has already been achieved. Backers can either bask...

Rest In Peace, Rutger Hauer

It is with sadness that we hear the news that last Friday, actor Rutger Hauer died after a brief illness, at the untimely age of 75. His breakthrough as an actor in the Netherlands was in Paul Verhoeven's television series...

Fantasia 2019 Shorts Review: LILI Provides A Quick Punch

Reviewing a short can be a difficult endeavour, especially one which is only nine minutes long. At that length, it's hard to tell people what a film is about without spoiling it almost entirely. So rest assured I will keep...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Movies Of The First Half Of 2019

With 2020 only half a year away, let's do the mid-2019 Top-Ten thing. We asked our staff of writers and editors what, in their opinion, were the best films this year so far. And because that's too easy, as writer...

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...