Friday One Sheet: NOCTURNE

Yellow is the new pink. After the bold and original poster for Brandon Cronenberg's Possessor dropped, I commented on the re-appropriation of yellow from the 'Sundance Indie Dramedy' to art-house horror film space. Here is the poster for Zu Qurike's...

Toronto 2020 Review: LIMBO, The Refugee Experience As A Dazzling, Deadpan Fantasia

We are in a small grocery store on an isolated island off the northwest coast of Scotland. The camera smoothly glides along, past the canned goods and hardware, to the ‘spice’ section. Here it stops to reveal only salt, pepper,...

Toronto 2020 Review: UNDER THE OPEN SKY Showcases Another Exceptional Yakusho Koji Performance

At the midpoint of Under The Open Sky, Mikami Masao, the ex-convict at the heart of the story, observes, “Prison is the one place they do not throw you out for bad behaviour.” After several on again off again prison sentences,...

Friday One Sheet: UNDER THE OPEN SKY

Three things stand out about this key art for Nishikawa Miwa's Post-Yakuza drama, Under The Open Sky: One, the small hints of pink go a long way. The small "cosmos flowers" figure into the actual film, physically and metaphorically (they...

Teaser: NOMADLAND's Quiet, Beautiful Pitch

Searchlight Pictures just dropped a short, single-shot teaser trailer for Chloe Zhao's (The Rider) new feature, Nomadland. And it is beautiful, measured, and melancholic, with Frances McDormand at her understated best. Adapting Jessica Bruder's journalism-novel of the same name, the...

Now Streaming: CASTLE IN THE SKY, Where Dreams Come True

Miyazaki Hayao directs a terrific animated adventure, now streaming on HBO Max.

Friday One Sheet: POSSESSOR

This disturbing key art for Brandon Cronenberg's latest film, Possessor, comes in 'industrial warning yellow.' It is a striking improvement from the orange-red teaser poster. Something about this shade of yellow, which is typically reserved for easy-viewing 'Sundance-hit' indie films,...

Friday One Sheet: THE DARK AND THE WICKED

The title of Bryan Bertino's latest film is evocative all on its own. The Dark And The Wicked has a minimal, handsome poster, to compliment such a moniker. A film that begins with the description, "On a secluded farm in...

Remembering A Genius: Kon Satoshi, Who Left Us Ten Years Ago.

You know about those historical moments, of which you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when the news broke? Ten years ago, I was called out of bed in the morning by an anime-loving friend...

Friday One Sheet: NOMADLAND

Today we have this minimalist poster for Chloé Zhao's hybrid documentary slash adaptation of Jessica Bruder's wonderful book (of investigative journalism) of the same name. Big on white space (and I mean that quite literally), Frances McDormand's name floats well...

Friday One Sheet: I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS

First off, it is simply exciting that we will be getting a new Charlie Kaufman film. Each one is a celebration, with him as the writer, or, for the past decade, as the writer and director. He returns to the...

Friday One Sheet: RESIDUE

The key art for Merawi Gerima's Residue is capital "S," serious: Classic typesetting, centered title cards and credit block on what appears to be, expensive paper-stock. Looky there: noils! Also, the logo for the hip offshoot of the Venice Film...

Friday One Sheet: SAINT MAUD

With its ultra high-grain photography aesthetic, black background, and minimalism, aspects of the new key art for this tense little British horror-psychodrama resembles the paperback boom of the 1960s and 1970s, the surge of horror and supernatural themes that brought...

Review: NINA FOREVER, Blood and Sex, Dark But Droll

Cian Barry, Abigail Hardingham, and Mandeep Dhillon star in the horror comedy-drama, directed by Ben Blaine and Chris Blaine, now streaming on Shudder.

Friday One Sheet: MAKE UP

This striking, lo-fi, key art for Claire Oakley's debut feature, Make Up, does unlikely things with colour. Mixing red and green is a one-way ticket to evoking Christmas, but here, it is cosmic and ethereal, like the stargate sequence of...

Friday One Sheet: SHE DIES TOMORROW

The genre sales and distribution companies, such as XYZ and here, Neon, have been favouring bold (and surreal) pink and blue in their posters as of late, and there is still much water (and glitter) in the well. Take, for...

Friday One Sheet: Fire and Matches in UNHINGED

The rather impossible to miss (again, I lament that these things will not hang in movie theatre or multiplex lobbies) pair of orange warning signs for Unhinged makes up for the rather unremarkable original poster. This contemporary, incel-inflected, MAGA take...

SLEEZE LAKE Trailer: The Greatest Party You Never Heard Of

"Set among the foggy memories and ephemera of the world's largest custom van club, Sleeze Lake tells the story of a wild van party thrown in the middle of a fictitious resort town and the people who dreamt it up."...

Calgary Underground Film Fest 2020: Online-Up and Drive-In Edition June 22-28

As a film festival enthusiast, and a fan of independent genre cinema, you are no doubt by now familiar with the 2020 film festival circuit moving to an online format due to gather restrictions and health and safety measures all...

Friday One Sheet: DA 5 BLOODS

Netflix and Design Agency Gravillis Inc. have done yeoman's work with the series of Key Art and One Sheets for the upcoming Spike Lee Joint, Da 5 Bloods. Recently, they hired one of the best in the business, Akiko Stehrenberger,...