Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Massive WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI Box Set

Physical media is a beautiful thing for those who still treasure it. It can be held, viewed, borrowed, or even traded or sold, and unless something happens to it, there's never a chance that your chosen streaming service won't have...

Blu-ray Review: The Flawed, Fascinating JUST A GIGOLO

Out on June 29th here in North America, Shout Factory releases --- to my knowledge --- a rarely-seen David Bowie film on Blu-ray, Just a Gigolo. Bowie stars as Paul Ambrosius von Przygodski, a Prussian solider whose been injured in...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's Superb NIGHTMARE ALLEY

The Criterion Collection releases the original 1947 film Nightmare Alley in just over two weeks' time in North America. Directed by Edmund Goulding (Dark Victory with Bette Davis and Grand Hotel, the Academy Award winner for Best Picture in 1932), this film...

Blu-ray Review: MEMORIES OF MURDER

This week, the Criterion Collection released Bong Joon-Ho's (Parasite, The Host) Memories of Murder in North America on double-disc Blu-ray and DVD. This film was the Oscar-winner's second feature, and was a huge breakout for him, having topped the South Korean...

Blu-ray Review: EVENT HORIZON 4K

"Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see." Uttered in devious delight, this iconic line from Sam Neill's futuristic mad scientist Dr. Weir, has stuck in my head since Event Horizon's original 1997 theatrical release. Originally, the film had...

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...

Blu-ray Review: THE ASCENT Remains a Sublime Example of Soviet Cinema

Ukrainan-born filmmaker Larisa Shepitko attended famed Russian cinematography school VGIK, where she was a protoge of Alexander Dovzhenko (Earth) and peer of Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris, Stalker) and Elem Klimov (Come And See), whom she married and collaborated with. (In fact, after...

Blu-ray Review: RELIC Uses Horror Metaphors Masterfully

I've said it before and I'll say it again: horror works best as metaphor. When examining societal, personal, or political issues (or a heady combination of all three, mmm delicious), the horror genre is like no other. Sci-fi comes close,...

Blu-ray Review: THE BRIDES OF DRACULA

Today's Blu-ray review may not be available in time (the North American street date is November 10) for the spookiest time of the year, but if you're like me, you love all things creepy year round. I know I keep...

Blu-ray Review: THE HIT, a Funny, Reflective Crime Story

The 1984 film The Hit is out today on Criterion Collection --- and they're having a 50% off flash sale right now, so if you've been waiting to score some awesome box sets, get to it ASAP. (For those of...

Blu-ray Review: THE ELEPHANT MAN Criterion Release Stuns

In this crazy industry, it's often someone with at least a semblance of power that can give a filmmaker his or her big break. After all, not all filmmakers come from rich, connected families (though it helps immensely and this...

Blu-ray Review: TO YOUR LAST DEATH: Supremely Smart, Animated Carnage

Happy October, weirdos! If you're looking for something different to watch in celebration of the spookiest month of the year, here's a strange and smart animated full-length horror film for you to check out.   I first saw To Your Last...

Blu-ray Review: THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK CLASSICS COLLECTION

The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment was released this month in a 4K UHD and Blu-ray combo package, and it's simply stunning. This review is for the Blu-ray discs, as I don't yet have a system that...

Crowd Fund This: Help Build INSIDE and Black Mansion Films

Producer Heather Buckley (The Ranger) is currently raising funds to support the first production within her new horror studio, Black Mansion Films. That film is called Inside, and it's to be directed by Elise Salomon in Ireland. If you know...

Review: STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY

Have you ever watched Charlize Theron, Lynda Carter, Michelle Rodriguez, Michelle Yeoh, Brie Larson, Pam Grier, or Carrie-Anne Moss in an action flick and wonder, "How the hell did they do that?"    Based on the best-selling book by Mollie...

Fantasia 2020 Review: SMALL GAUGE TRAUMA Shorts Program

[Still from Who Goes There.] Ever since I began attending Fantasia in 2005, I've looked forward to the Small Gauge Trauma shorts program. which is always filled with devious, cutting, creative, weird, quease-inducing, and shocking moments. Smash cut to 15 years...

Fantasia 2020 Review: SANZARU Intrigues and Baffles

Genre film festivals are champions of the weird, and Fantasia is a champion of the highest order. Likewise, independent film is a prime channel for investigating the strangest ideas and themes: small crews can move quickly and easily, and filmmakers...

Fantasia 2020 Review: BORN OF WOMAN Shorts Program

[Still from Rioghnach Ni Ghrioghair's Break Us.] Since its inception, the Born of Woman shorts program at Fantasia has been a draw, selling out each screening at the De Seve auditorium at Concordia University every July. This year's program includes nine...

Fantasia 2020 Review: MARYGOROUND Reflects on What it Means to be Independent

There aren't very many films made about women over a certain age (especially in America). That's because financiers tend to be overwhelmingly male, and they want to see movies made about and for them, by people who also look like...

Fantasia 2020 Review: International Science Fiction Short Film Showcase

[Still from Toto.] Science fiction in film is --- and can be --- a lot of things, like a look at the intersection of politics, genre, and science as it pertains to what we imagine the future may be... or...