Pretty Packaging: BELLE Looks, Well... Beautiful.

We're big fans of director Hosoda Mamoru here at ScreenAnarchy, and each new film of his is followed with interest over here. Our readers tend to agree: last year, my most-viewed article was about the trailer to Hosoda's film Belle....

Pretty Packaging: The DRIVE Limited Edition Is Not Middle Of The Road

The United Kingdom-based distributor Second Sight is building quite a catalogue of excellent special editions. Their limited edition of Adam Wingard's The Guest turned heads with its extravagance and high pricing. Was that a film which warranted it? Even fans...

Neuchâtel 2022 Daily: PUSSYCAKE, FREAKS OUT, Thai Monster, Japanese Gangsters

Reviews are popping as many people return to work (?!) today, but around Screen Anarchy headquarters, we're still obsessed with the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland, which is at its midpoint. Before we move on to today's highlights,...

ScreenAnarchy's Top 10 Films Of The First Half Of 2022

Blimey folks... they say "time flies" but this year it flies on a rocket, it seems. While the second half of 2022 technically didn't start on the first of July (because February is so short), we DID pass the halfway...

FROM BEYOND Genre Short Premières At Fantasia: Watch The Trailer

Contact with extraterrestrial life forms would be an event of Earth-shattering, Belief-shattering proportions, and there sure is no shortage of films about the subject. From intelligent thought-pieces to epic monster flicks, we've seen plenty of first contacts and last contacts....

Review: JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION Brings Action But Lacks Novelty

Twenty-nine years ago, Steven Spielberg rocked cinemas worldwide with his creature feature Jurassic Park. Literally so even, as it was the film which would make Digital Theater Sound (DTS) a household term. But what to this day it is most...

Pretty Packaging: The SHAWSCOPE VOLUME 1 Boxset Kicks Shins

Ah, Shaw Brothers... In the 1970s, 80s and 90s the company was a veritable fount of genre films. From martial arts to creature features to crazy horror to sexy exploitation, the studio from China delivered, and in the hundreds of...

Pretty Packaging: The SPECIES Films Get A Shiny New Boxset

British distributor 88 Films has made itself known over the years for releasing several martial arts films, horror from Asia, and thrillers from Italy. Occasionally though, they dip into the territory of the better-known American genre flicks as well, and...

Review: THE REVELATION Reveals An Emotionally Scarred, Scared, Scary Man

This April saw the return of the Amsterdamned Film Festival after two years of postponements and cancellations due to lock-downs. And what could be a better way to open such a long-missed event than with the world premiere of a...

Review: POUPELLE OF CHIMNEY TOWN, Heart Warming and Beautiful

Based on a children's book written by Japanese comedian Nishino Akihiro, Poupelle of Chimney Town is an anime film which premièred in Japan on Christmas of 2020. That's a fortuitous time of the year to see it for sure, as...

Pretty Packaging: The FIREBALL XL5 Boxset Is Out Of This World

Gerry and Sylvia Anderson are known as legends in the field of science fiction television series, and rightfully so. While they are probably most famous for their live action series Space: 1999 and the puppet series Thunderbirds, they have been...

Pretty Packaging: DUNE (The Lynch One) Gets An Extra Spicy Edition

Last year saw the belated release in cinemas of Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Frank Herbert's epic novel Dune, and if I say it was generally well-received here it would be an understatement. Bring on the second half! But Villeneuve's version...

Rotterdam 2022 Review: BATTLECRY, An Unfinished Animation Oddity

In the past, the International Film Festival Rotterdam was one of the few events in the Netherlands which allowed audiences to watch Japanese animation, and while that duty has now been taken over by a selection of other Dutch festivals,...

Rotterdam 2022 Review: THE MOLE SONG: FINAL

The International Film Festival Rotterdam wouldn't be itself without having at least one film by Miike Takashi in its catalog. Ever since the maverick filmmaker shocked everyone to the core with his horror thriller Audition, at the 1999 edition of...

Rotterdam 2022 Review: INEXORABLE Cannot Escape Its Expectations

Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz is no stranger here at ScreenAnarchy, as the man has made quite a few eye-catching genre films in the past two decades. His films tend to start as regular thrillers or dramas, but will at...

Pretty Packaging: ALL THE HAUNTS BE OURS Boxset Bewitches And Enchants

Last year, writer-director Kier-La Janisse released Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched at festivals and cinemas, and it fast gained word of mouth for being something special. Billed as a documentary about folk horror in films, it turned out to be...

Crowdfund this: THE SMILE, A Stop-Motion Movie Mockumentary

If you are a fan of stop-motion animation, but don't know who Dutch director Erik van Schaaik is, you should remedy that. An excellent way would be to watch his award-winning short Under the Apple Tree which is freely available...

Rotterdam 2022 Review: FREAKS OUT Is Fantastic

Back in 2016, Italian director Gabriele Mainetti won the audience award at the Amsterdam Imagine film festival with his excellent superhero drama They Call Me Jeeg Robot. In a world which started to be seriously oversaturated with superhero films already...

Rotterdam 2022 Review: THE LAST RIDE OF THE WOLVES Shows Much Riding

We've all seen several heist movies over the years, and we know the formula: if the plan gets explained, something goes wrong, if the plan is kept a secret, it seems to go wrong but SURPRISE, that was part of...

Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2021

This year I'm breaking my own record for reporting about LAST year: I don't think I've ever been quite this late. Ouch. If I continue like this, it'll become so bad that I will have to promise that next year,...