Blu-ray Review: HOTEL DU NORD, Criterion Takes a Poetic Stroll Through Carné's Paris

Paris is arguably the most romanticized city in the world, and no wonder, given the music, the wine, the food, and the stereotype of all of these things being enjoyed by all citizens all the time. Much of early 20th...

Sitges 2022 Second Wave Announces Edgar Wright, VESPER, and more

Sitges remains the cornerstone of fantastic genre film in Europe, and we're thrilled to be returning to the festival in person this year to cover their tremendous offerings. Besides the previously announced Tron theme, there's announcements on awards, several films...

Fantasia 2022 Review: COUNTRY GOLD, The Second Best Legend After Johnny Cash

Mickey Reece, prolific indie filmmaker, is no stranger to tackling stories of famous musicians (according to my partner, Reece's film Alien is a far superior look at the life of Elvis than the recent Baz Lurhmann film). After his previous...

Blu-ray Review: OKJA, Big Love Comes to Criterion

I remember being filled with excitement as I sat in the Palais auditorium in Cannes back in 2017, awaiting the press screening of favourite filmmaker Bong Joon ho's new film, Okja. I was with my ScreenAnarchy colleague Pierce Conran, who...

Review: GOOD MADAM, Chilling Haunted House Story

Laws might change, but it can takes years, or even generations, to change a society and how it operates. What's bred in the bone cannot be easily overturned, and even as some people might techncially have the hard-fought freedom they...

Review: GONE IN THE NIGHT, Be Careful Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Kath is tired: she's getting older and feeling it. Despite a job and business she likes, her younger boyfriend perhaps has the opposite effect of what she had hoped. His boundless energy makes her feel the lack of her own...

Review: DIARY OF A SPY, An Intimate & Provocative Thriller

The movies have not exactly given us a realistic portrayal of the life of a spy; the kind of action we see from characters such as James Bond, Jason Bourne, and Ethan Hunt is rare in real life, and an...

Neuchâtel 2022 Review: ASHKAL, Fire Without End

If a person sets themselves alight and no one sees it, does the act lose its meaning? Is a half-built housing complex still a potential home, or a constant reminder of impermenance? Can justice be served only through the law,...

ScreenAnarchy's Top 10 Films Of The First Half Of 2022

Blimey folks... they say "time flies" but this year it flies on a rocket, it seems. While the second half of 2022 technically didn't start on the first of July (because February is so short), we DID pass the halfway...

Review: CLARA SOLA, When Quiet Desperation Explodes

What does it mean to leave a life of quiet desperation? The quote's originator might have been referring to people's values, but we could take our own interpretation, of how too many people are unable to find happiness and contentment....

Blu-ray Review: THE TALES OF HOFFMAN, A Majestic Opera Gets Majestic Release

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger were one of the best directing duos of the 20th century; their varied output included comedies, drama, war stories, and a few musicals. Though none was quite so extravegant, rich, and ambitious as The Tales...

Review: OFFICIAL COMPETITION, Cinema Is Skewered and Satirized

Anyone who has attended film festivals - whether as a filmgoer, a critic, or an industry member - will know that there is a certain kind of 'festival' film. It certainly varies according to the festival, but for the big...

Review: GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE, Let's Talk About Sex

You may not know the technical term, but I'm guessing many reading will know the sensation: skin hunger. Humans are social animals, and one of our social needs is touch, and the (hopefully) pleasant sensation it brings. Expanding that into...

First Trailer for THE MENU: Are Your Eyes Bigger Than Your Stomach?

I remember a line from Carrie Fisher's character in When Harry Met Sally: "Restaurants are to people in their 80s what theatre was to people in their 60s"; at the time, I was a bit too young to understand what...

Review: AFTER BLUE, A Dream, Or a Nightmare, At the Edge of Waking

Elina Löwensohn, Paula Luna, and Vimala Pons star in a fantasy/sci-fi concoction from France, directed by Bertrand Mandico.

Review: THE TIME CAPSULE, A Missed Opportunity

Many of us dream of being young again, or at having a second chance at first love. Many of us have a crisis in our middle age, when certain dreams haven't come true and we have to completely re-assess where...

Cannes 2022 Review: CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, The New Flesh Still Lives

There's a reason why Cronenberg is the first name in body horror - his, ahem, body of work, spanning several decades, has evolved from arguably the more explotative (Shivers, The Brood), to the more Romantic and deeply rich psychological/body horror...

Blu-ray Review: MISSISSIPPI MASALA, A Gorgeous Restoration of a Vibrant Romantic Drama

Romantic dramas are a bit too few and far between in recent years (at least good ones); have we become too cynical in the 21st century, has the burden of existence mean we too seldom scoff at those stories who...

Review: THE INNOCENTS, Beware, Children at Play

It can often be difficult to know when to trust a child; on one hand, we want to believe that children are innocent and good, and will tell us the truth. On the other, I've known plenty of children who...

Blu-ray Review: EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE), Intimate Lives of Quiet Longing

African filma are sorely lacking in the Criterion collection, certainly not for lack of a quality cinema. And while most cinephiles might be familiar with the term 'Nollywood', the opportunities to see films from Nigeria, or many other African nations,...