Review: KEEP AN EYE OUT, At Its Best, Absolutely Brilliant

The first scene of Keep an Eye Out, another crazy film by France’s Quentin Dupieux, evokes that memorable speech from Rubber about how all the great films have stuff with "no reason" to be. That’s because in said sequence, we...

RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE Interview: Jay Baruchel On His Potent Horror Debut

Canada’s Jay Baruchel became known as part of the group of young comedians linked to Judd Apatow. In the romantic comedy Knocked Up, for example, he portrayed one of the friends of the protagonist played by Seth Rogen. He later...

Sundance 2021 Review: CENSOR, The Danger Of Confusing Fiction With Reality

One of the most popular arguments to despise horror films and related genres – in their most violent and explicit incarnations – is that they can inspire atrocities in real life. It's a thought as old as the films with...

Sundance 2021 Review: COMING HOME IN THE DARK, The Bleak Past That Never Goes Away

The New Zealand film Coming Home in the Dark, James Ashcroft's first feature, starts off intensely: a well-off family (father, mother and two teenage sons) enjoy a road trip in the countryside. During a picnic, they are interrupted by a...

Sundance 2021 Review: KNOCKING, Genre Cinema With Social Subtext

All filmmakers introduced their works before each Sundance 2021 virtual screening. Swedish director Frida Kempff, responsible of Knocking, spoke about her film background. Until now she had developed her career in the documentary genre, always interested in social issues. She...

Sundance 2021 Review: MOTHER SCHMUCKERS, An Absurd And Very Dark Comedy

The absurd/dark comedy Mother Schmuckers, the first feature film by Belgian brothers Harpo and Lenny Guit, opens with some idiots cooking in a frying pan what appears to be a piece of shit. Although these young brothers, Issachar (Maxi Delmelle)...

Sundance 2021 Review: PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND, Sono's Insane Film About Redemption

More than 30 years after his first film, Sono Sion has established himself as a brilliant, prolific and chameleonic director. In the past decade alone, you can find some of his best work: a hilarious tribute to guerrilla filmmaking and...

EARWIG AND THE WITCH Interview: Miyazaki Gorô On Helming Studio Ghibli's CGI Debut

As the years went by, the influential Studio Ghibli didn’t seem interested in using computer animation, which had its first big movie success, Toy Story, more than a quarter of century ago. Their most recent work, Earwig and the Witch,...

Interview: Zoë Bell On Directing, Tarantino's Plan To Retire And HAYMAKER

It's been 20 years since New Zealand’s Zoë Bell arrived in Los Angeles, California, trying to take her stunt double career to another level. Originally from Waiheke Island in New Zealand, Bell enjoyed physical activity from a very young age,...

The Great Festival Rebound of 2020: Let The Anarchists Speak

We are not at Sundance right now. However, we do have Anarchists who are covering the festival lineup. IFF Rotterdam started today and we won't be there either. But, we do have an Anarchist all raring to go and cover...

JIU JITSU Interview: Star Alain Moussi And Director Dimitri Logothetis Talk Martial Arts And Science Fiction

The classic martial arts film Kickboxer was given new life in 2016 by producer and screenwriter Dimitri Logothetis, the man behind the remake Kickboxer: Vengeance. The legendary Jean-Claude Van Damme took on the role of the mentor, while martial artist...

LEAP OF FAITH Interview: Alexandre O. Philippe Talks THE EXORCIST And William Friedkin

The legacy of The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin, is truly immense. For example, the most popular horror saga of our times, which started with The Conjuring, owes it everything. However, the impact of the 1973 film goes beyond the...

Los Cabos 2020: Guide To The After Dark Section

The Los Cabos International Film Festival kicked off its 2020 edition last Wednesday, November 11th. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the prestigious Mexican festival decided to bet on an entirely virtual format, with no cost. As genre cinema aficionados, we...

Morelia 2020 Interview: Director Rodrigo Reyes on 499, A Docufiction About Mexico's Violent Past And Present

2021 will mark the 500th anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlán, the capital of the Aztec Empire. No doubt this landmark is going to be a much-discussed topic in Mexico. Director Rodrigo Reyes has ready a film that by thinking...

Nightstream 2020 Interview: FRANK & ZED Director Jesse Blanchard On His Joyous Puppet Horror Comedy

Frank & Zed enjoyed its world premiere as part of the virtual film festival Nightstream. It's an irresistible movie, a cocktail of horror, gore, humor, mythology and values, such as friendship, starring puppets. A couple of centuries ago, a castle and...

THE CALL Interview: Tobin Bell on His Latest Film and the Legacy of Alan Parker

American character actor Tobin Bell is, of course, a true horror star after appearing throughout the entire Saw franchise as the antagonist John Kramer, aka Jigsaw. More recently, Bell has worked on other movies of this genre, including the Mexican...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Lloyd Kaufman On #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM and Challenges of Independent Filmmaking

Even though Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment and director/star of #ShakespearesShitstorm, has a new movie to promote, his mind is always on the problems that American independent cinema has faced for years. “The independents in America don’t have any...

Fantasia 2020 Interview: Director Sidharth Srinivasan Talks KRIYA, Death Rituals and Male Guilt

India’s representative at this year’s (virtual) Fantasia International Film Festival was Kriya, written and directed by Sidharth Srinivasan. At a nightclub party, the DJ, a young man named Neel (Noble Luke), ends up hooking up with a girl (Sitara, played...

BLOOD QUANTUM Interviews: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Michael Greyeyes Talk Zombies and Indigenous Representation in Film

Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantum is a very singular zombie film, set in a First Nations reserve in Canada called Red Crow. Structurally, Blood Quantum follows pretty much two days in the lives of several characters from the reserve, including the chief...

Los Cabos 2020 Interview: Artistic Director Maru Garzón On The Festival Going Virtual

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, part of the Mexican film industry is trying to make the public return to theaters under the so called “new normality.” Back on August 12th, cinemas in Mexico City officially reopened, including the...