Crowdfund This: MISTER LIMBO, Spiritual Sci-fi Goes for a Walkabout

Over the last decade, Cleveland based filmmaker Robert G. Putka has been intelligently mining the fields of familial catharsis in the shallows and shadows of American Suburbia with short form work such as the SXSW selected Mouthful, and most notably...

Crowdfund This: MURDER BURY WIN Takes a "Stab" at Board Games

Nary a human being on the planet can escape the craft (and sometimes wrath) of the board game. From the agony and ectasy of a slumber party Sorry, to the shores of Scrabble and the battlefields of Risk, the art...

Screen Anarchy's Favorite Films of 2018

Here's our favorite films of 2018, as voted on by more than 20 of our contributing writers, who collectively picked 114 films as their favorites. 1. Roma 2. The Favourite 3 (tie). BlacKkKlansman / You Were Never Really Here 5....

Review: BISBEE '17, Caught Between Documentary and Narrative

The city of Bisbee, Arizona is nestled between the hills and mountains of the Chihuahua desert, some 90 miles southeast of Tucson, and just seven miles north of the Mexican border. As one winds up the road to Old Bisbee,...

THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT: Slamdance Avant-Drama Goes to Gravitas

If you've been digging the weirder, bolder side of American Indies circa 2018ish, namely Josephine  Decker's stupendously stirring Madeline's Madeline, than you may want to keep your eye out for Christina Kallas' The Rainbow Experiment. Preposed as a jarring 21st century Rashomon,...

CineMage - Episode Two: (In)glorious Americana

SA Editor Benjamin Umstead's new column studies the intersections between film culture, social systems, mental health and the nature of self-awareness and actualization through a humorous lens.

Review: MADELINE'S MADELINE, Josephine Decker's Stunning Drama

The notion of authenticity can often get haphazardly tossed around when talking about cinema. Indeed, one's declaration of authenticity can tread a fine line with hyperbole. What are we really saying when we shout "this film is so authentic!" Authentic...

Japan Cuts 2018 Sneak Peek: New Work from Naomi Kawase Leads an Eclectic Slate

Summer in New York City means Japan Society presenting another round of delish contemporary Japanese films, ranging from the weird and macabre, to the sincere and bubblegum apeshit insane! It's all happening, starting today, July 19, and roaring until July...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Movies Of The First Half Of 2018

Time flies like a sonofabitch, and this year it seems to do so faster than usual. We are at 2018's mid-point already. Whoa! That does beg the question though: what films have managed to impress and touch us most, so...

New York Asian Film Festival 2018 Sneak Peek: Weird, Wild Summertime Cinema

With the summer heat on full blast this coming weekend in New York, patrons of the five burroughs may want to consider the cool and also very hip insides of a movie theater for proper retreat and enjoyment. And what...

Review: WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?...   If you were a child growing up in the United States between the late 1960s and early Aughts...

CineMage - Episode One: How Old is the Cinema and Why am I Here?

U.S. Editor Benjamin Umstead's new column studies the intersections between film culture, social systems, mental health and the nature of self-awareness and actualization through a humorous lens.

Crowdfund This: Season Two of THE EYESLICER Will Be So Good They'll Write Their Own Penultimate Headline, Thank You Very Much

If you are a curiously twitchy reader, one who likes their cinema and television jarring and jangling, you may already be in the know on the madcap brilliance of DIY web show The Eyeslicer a DIY. Devised by indie film...

Tribeca 2018 Poster Debut: Nathan Silver's THE GREAT PRETENDER Will Make You Believe

If you are a long time reader of these here pages, then you may very well already be aware of my love for the cinematic works of Nathan Silver. Working under the mode of roughly a movie a year, Silver...

Screen Anarchists On READY PLAYER ONE

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is the legendary director's highest-grossing film in over a decade, and audience reception worldwide is pretty kind towards it. Many critics like the film as well, and some herald it as a return to...

Crowdfund This: 2 WEEKS Uses Genre to Explore Asexuality

As cinema continues to be at the forefront of expression and representation in our ever deepening understanding of the nuances and touchstones of humanity's beautifully complex sexual cycles, one area that has rarely been looked at in storytelling is that...

Oxford Film Festival 2018 Dispatch: A Weekend of Cinema and Community in The Little Easy

What is a film festival? In my ten years attending such events -- sometimes as a critic, other times as a filmmaker and then a programmer -- this is a question I continue to ask every time I step into...

Sundance 2018 Review: WE THE ANIMALS Marks the Poetic Battle Cry of Childhood

At it's most visceral and true, Jeremiah Zagar's narrative feature debut is about the breath, blood and life of a child artist who is beginning to hone their passion in order to understand and survive, yes, but then also to heal, to grow, and to share.

Sundance 2018 Review: MADELINE'S MADELINE Dances in the Delight and Dread of the Feminine Intuitive

Madeline's Madeline is what we mean when we talk about authentic cinema; pure cinema, brimming over with euphoria and empathy and a direct perspective of a human, both inside and out, mental and physical, that feels so complete as to be dizzying. revelatory

Sundance 2018 Review: BISBEE '17 Looks at the Past and Present from All Sides

Known for his rigorous and radical deconstructions of performance, story and truth, documentary-tinkerer Robert Greene returns to Sundance with his most panoramic work yet, a wildly audacious de/reconstruction of the horrific -- and mostly forgotten -- deportation of striking immigrant miners from the town of Bisbee, Arizona in 1917.