Montreal Nouveau 2020 Review: KILL IT AND LEAVE THIS TOWN, An Animated and Discordant Purgatory

In one scene in Mariusz Wilczyński’s Kill It and Leave This Town, characters are taking a long train ride, telling stories in fits and starts, as the vehicle crosses what seems like an endless parallel universe populated by bird people...

Review: SYNCHRONIC, The Science of Altered States

The Justin Benson/Aaron Moorhead oeuvre has successfully wandered in the fields of science fiction and horror, examining questions of the meaning and purpose of existence, the nature of love, and the concept of time through some serious philosophical discussions and...

Montreal Nouveau 2020 Review: THERE ARE NO FALSE UNDERTAKINGS, Vignettes of the Odd and Surreal

Having moved into television, Denzel Washington is hoping to land the role of Angel in a reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; he's interested in the role because of Angel's struggle with testicular cancer. But alas, being too old, he...

Montreal Nouveau 2020 Review: THE SHEPHERDHESS AND THE SEVEN SONGS, A Luscious Fable of the Clash of Magic and Modernism

In the vast and gorgeous region of Kashmir (which most outsiders might only associate with its contestation between India and Pakistan), nomadic tribes still live difficult but not unpleasant lives, herding their animals beneath the beauty and drama of the...

Montreal Nouveau 2020: NIGHT HAS COME, Collective Memory and the End of Days

Imagine waking up in an sanitorium, and finding your memory slowly being eaten away by a virus in your brain. Scientists are trying to harvest your memories, which are replaced, inside you, by darkness. While this film started the festival...

Review: EVIL EYE, Listen to Your (Traumatized) Mother

We in the west tend to look down upon the practice of arranged marriages, but it has some benefits: often couples are brought together because of similarities in socio-economic bckgrounds, similar goals, interests, and expectations. And yes, I am aware...

Nightstream 2020 Review: CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER, Witchy Magic in the Rural Gothic

Sisters Alma (Ginger Gilmartin), something of a hippie-free spirit, and Elizabeth (Mary Buss), a D.C. lawyer who's wound a little tight, are at their family's old cabin in the backwoods, perhaps trying to reconnect with each other, but their bond...

One Night in Miami, Minari, Black Bear, and More at Savannah Film Festival, Online Edition

While there are down sides to festivals moving online, there are definitely perks. Mainly, that people who for financial or mobility issues may have not been able to attend previously, now have the opportunity to see films they would otherwise...

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN: New Poster, Trailer, & Release Date for Highly Anticipated Intense Drama

Certainly one of the hottest and most controversial titles to come out of Sundance this year (this year? it feels like a lifetime since January...), Promising Young Woman has been anticipated for its stellar reviews of Carey Mulligan's blistering performance,...

Lindsay Peters Appointed Program Director of From Our Dark Side

Even in our uncertain pandemic times, we at ScreenAnarchy knew it wouldn't be long before we heard about the next great endeavor from Lindsay Peters. Peters stepped down from Frontières earlier this year, after several years steering that ship to...

SIBERIA, MY SALINGER YEAR, SAINT-NARCISSE, and More at Montreal Nouveau 2020

As parts of Québec have been put back in the pandemic red zone, thereby closing cinemas for at least 28 days (that's not ominous), the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma has moved (most of) its programming online, running October 7th -...

Review: A FIRE IN THE COLD SEASON, Crime and Tenderness in the Remote

We're in what I might dare to call a new renaissence of crime thrillers, ones that take their time not only to look at crime, but the various sociopolitical factors that surround it (for me at least that's a good...

HIS HOUSE Trailer: The Terrifying Plight of the Unwanted

If you've kept an eye on news from Europe and the UK for the past several years, you'll know that refugees and asylum seekers have made harrowing journeys across land and sea to try and reach safety and a better...

Review: ETHERIA Season 2: Assassins, Cannibals, Time Travellers, and Witches Bring Terror to the Small Screen

The second bloody season of the anthology series is back! I love anthologies, which may or may not have a theme running through them; in this case, not such much a theme as just films directed by women. And not...

Review: MISBEHAVIOUR, A Tidy Moment in Feminist History Time

I've been thinking a lot lately (as I'm sure many people have) about what it means to fight back against oppression. Whether it be sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other of the sadly numerous hatreds that are held...

SAVE YOURSELVES! Trailer: Watch out for Alien Pouffes

I do love weird sci-fi. Especially what is often termed lo-fi sci fi, those films that use either little or no special effects, and are far more about how humans deals with really weird shit happening (other examples being The...

Oldenburg 2020 Review: BUCK ALAMO, The Strains of a Surreal Twilight Song

When your name comes up on Death's list, there's not really much you can do, except wait for him to collect you. Well, maybe not quite for Eli Cody; he might have gotten his fatal diagnosis, but he's not going...

Trailer & Poster for SYNCHRONIC: Psychedelic Time Travel Chaos

It's not secret that we at ScreenAnarchy are big fans of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson. And we love their movies, too. They have a particular perspective in blending science fiction and drama with some horror thrown in, that makes...

Toronto 2020 Review: TRICKSTER, Mischief and Mayhem in the North

Being a teenager these days is not easy. But if you add to that being one in a rural community with few job prospects, in which you are an Indigenous person and therefore frequently treated like a second-class citizen (to...

Review: RESIDUE, The Fading Light of Home & Identity

What is home? Is it the place you grew up? Where you parents reside? Just the general neighbourhood, or the whole town? What does it mean to move back again, and what differences in you as a person would make...