Japan Cuts 2020 Review: SACRIFICE, Impressive, Brooding Examination of a Generation Under Siege

The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake of 11th of March 2011, which took the lives of 15,000, seared deeply into the collective Japanese psyche. There have been films dealing with the aftermath of the disaster, manifested into popular culture in myriad...

Melbourne 2020: Australia-Wide Digital Showcase Infuses Streaming

The impact of Coronavirus left little doubt the annual slate of festivals that kept every type of cinema across metropolitan Melbourne engaged would be severely impacted this year. Thankfully we adapt, and as streaming, and the proliferation of media available,...

Japan Cuts 2020 Review: LIFE: UNTITLED Explores Humanity in Lower Depths

One can't go without mentioning Mizoguchi's superb melodrama, Street of Shame (1959), when we talk about films about sex workers. Like Street of Shame, where there were five different individuals with their own stories to tell, Yamada Kana's Life: Untitled...

Japan Cuts 2020 Review: Impending Doom Fuels IT FEELS SO GOOD

Emoto Tasuku and Takiuchi Kumi star in director Arai Haruhiko's romantic tale.

Review: In GUEST OF HONOUR, Sins of the Father Aren't What They Seem

David Thewlis stars in a comeback of sorts for writer and director Atom Egoyan.

Review: THE BEACH HOUSE, Effective, Lean, Lovecraftian Horror

Liana Liberato, Noah Le Gros and Jake Weber star in writer/director Jeffrey A. Brown's horror film, streaming soon on Shudder.

Review: In FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC, Werner Herzog Examines Human Connection in Japan

Werner Herzog's new film, straddling the line between narrative and non-narrative forms, is now available on Mubi.

Now Streaming: CERTAIN WOMEN, Vivid Inner Lives of Lonely People

Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone and Kristen Stewart star in Kelly Reichardt's drama, now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

Review: In THE TRUTH, Kore-eda Hirokazu Goes French

Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, and Ethan Hawke star in Kore-eda Hirokazu's first film shot outside Japan and in a non-Japanese language, with an international cast.

Review: Boaz Yakin's AVIVA, An Exhilarating, Physical Interpretation of Gender Fluidity

Writer/director Boaz Yakin's new film is a stunning new vision about gender fluidity, in close collaboration with dancer/choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith.

Now Streaming: SYNONYMS, Hilarious, Poignant, Filled With Manic Energy

Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, and Louise Chevillotte star in director Nadav Lapid's film, now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

Now Streaming: ZOMBI CHILD Digs Deep As It Journeys Home

Director Bertrand Bonello dabbles in the zombie movie genre and turns it into a cautionary tale in post-colonial, multi-ethnic France, now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

Review: Bruno Dumont's JOAN OF ARC, An Experiment in Austerity

On an intellectual level, I understand what Dumont, the famed contemporary auteur of French cinema, is doing with 'Joan of Arc.'

Review: In HOW TO BUILD A GIRL, Beanie Feldstein Shines

Gemma Arterton, Michael Sheen, and Emma Thompson also star in director Coky Giedroyc's lively comedy, inspired by a true story.

Interview: Rebecca Zlotowski Talks AN EASY GIRL

Before everything went to hell with the COVID-19, I was prepping for attending Film at Lincoln Center's annual Rendezvous with French Cinema Festival, as I've been covering it for Screen Anarchy for the last several years. I was even lucky...

Interview: BACURAU Directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles

Flipping the idea of first world hegemony on its head, a Brazilian Western sci-fi genre mashup Bacurau is a campy, violent, funny, angry, energetic and carthartic film that is extremely enjoyable for both genre fans and politically minded. It is...

Review: THE WILD GOOSE LAKE, Stylish Noir and Controlled Chaos

The followup to Black Coal, Thin Ice, Diao Yinan's blistering noir that put him on the international cinema map, The Wild Goose Lake is another stylish noir/policier. If Black Coal Thin Ice was a cold noir with its wintry setting,...

Review: BACURAU, Resilience and Resolve Against a Mounting Assault

Let's consider what's been happening in Brazil before we talk about the batshit crazy movie that is Bacurau (from the makers of Neighboring Sounds and Aquarius - director Kleber Mendonça Filho and co-director/production designer Juliano Dornelles). In early 2018, Luiz...

Preview: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2020

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema returns in March with another edition that exemplifies the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking. The films on display, by emerging talents and established masters, raise ideas both topical and eternal, and take audiences to...

Review: Fruit Chan's MADE IN HONG KONG in 4K Restoration Is a Gloriously Gritty Affair

Fruit Chan's Made in Hong Kong came out right after Hong Kong Handover to Mainland China in 1997. With its youthful energy and boisterous amateur cast, the film reflects rather an anxious and pessimistic view of what lays ahead for...