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Toronto 2020 Review: NIGHT OF THE KINGS, A Young Convict Fights For His Life In This Stunning Ode To Storytelling

In ninety-three spellbinding minutes, director Philippe Lacôte takes us through centuries of magical storytelling devices in Night of the Kings, as a young convict attempts to talk his way through the night in this magnificent take on One Thousand and One...

Fantasia 2020 Review: FRIED BARRY, A Deep-Fried Stick of Sizzling Bloody Dynamite

My fok, Marelize! What a weird, wild, and wonderful road-trip through the psycho-delic-gorgiastic-extra-terror-restrial-killer-eidoscope of Fried Barry's human reconditioning. And if that motley and manic description doesn't pique your cinesense, then this film may not be to your tastes. It's an...

Grimmfest 2020: First Wave For This Year's Online Event in October

Festivals in the latter half of 2020 have had the benefit of watching the circuit respond to the current health crisis and make decisions for their own festivals from there. At this midway point a few that are going ahead...

Fantasia 2020: FRIED BARRY Gets Freaky Trailer

Described as "an absolute first in the history of South African cinema - and perhaps in humankind itself!", Ryan Kruger's Fried Barry will enjoy its Canadian premiere at the upcoming Fantasia 2020, which will be a "virtual event accessible to...

Arrow Video Shows Us The Way This September With Fukasaku, Miike, MALLRATS, Llansó, and IVANSXTC

September will be another banner month for Arrow Video! This fall sees a 25th anniversary edition of Kevin Smith's slacker classic, Mallrats (US/CAN), a box set of both Fukasaku Kinji and Takashi Miike's versions of Graveyard of Honor (US/CAN/UK), a...

Now On Demand: CRAZY WORLD, Best Movie Ever

On impulse, I responded to an email about a movie from Africa. It's the best US$2.99 that I've spent all month. The email came from Alamo On Demand and the film is Crazy World, which our own Andrew Mack wrote...

Exclusive Trailer: JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY Leads Arrow Video Channel June Additions

We've got your first look at the Arrow Video Channel's June additions to their streaming services in the US & UK, and cult film fans are in for a treat! First up is a Miguel  Llansó's (Crumbs) second feature, the...

HEKS: Watch The Trailer For Reine Swart's South African Horror

South African actress turned director Reine Swart makes her feature directorial debut with upcoming horror film Heks. With a story tapping in to black magic a first trailer has just arrived as the film comes to the end of post...

Review: A WHITE, WHITE DAY, Time Exposes Terrifying Wounds

Icelandic film has a reputation of setting tones similar to the country's landscape: sparse in character, frequently cold, often impenetrable and inscrutible, but with seething passion and rage beneath its ice. Maybe this is why their thrillers and family dramas...

Miami 2020 Review: ARAB BLUES, Cultures Clash in Modern Tunisia

For many first-generation immigrants, or those taken to another country at a young age, the place they could call 'home' is often difficult (not least if you're a person of colour raised in a predominantly white culture). Do you continue...

Boston Underground 2020: 22nd Annual Festival Features SAINT MAUD, DEERSKIN, JUMBO And More...

The Boston Underground is an institution of genre goodness in The People's Republic of Cambridge. Now in it's twenty second year BUFF prepares to bring another lineup brimming with hits and delights.      There are a few favorites in...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Ten Films of 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, ScreenAnarchy’s global team of critics and cineastes weighs in with our favourite cinematic offerings from the past 12 months, which saw Netflix lead the charge for cementing the legitimacy of the streaming platforms, while...

Review: THE TOKOLOSHE, South African Monster Haunts the Lonely

I'm fascinated by other cultures' mythologies of monsters: the boogeymen, the witches, demons of the air and sea, whatever lurks in the closets or under the beds or in the forests and byways to haunt and harm. According to the...

THE TOKOLOSHE Trailer: South African Myth Terrifies in New Trailer

Many cultures have creatures in their folklore that come at night, dispute sleep, and generally terrorize a person or a community to the point of madness. In Zulu mythology, that creature is the Tokoloshe, and in Jeremy Pikwane's feature debut...

New York 2019 Review: ATLANTICS, A Ghost Story with Female Solidarity Twist

Expertly weaving the current headlines of marine disasters and the ghost story with the female solidarity twist, 'Atlantics' has all the right ingredient to be a success story of a small art film breakthrough, recalling 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.'

Toronto 2019 Exclusive: We Have The CRAZY WORLD Poster And Stills From Wakaliwood Martial Arts Action Flick

If there is a better way to close out the Midnight Madness program at TIFF no one has suggested it yet. This Saturday, Ugandan filmmaker IGG Nabwana comes to Canada for the fist time to present the world premiere of...

Watch The Striking Trailer For African Survival Tale THE STORY OF RACHEL DE BEER

Following his acclaimed short film work, South African director Matthys Boshoff makes his feature debut with upcoming period drama The Story Of Rachel de Beer. Adapted from a best selling Afrikaans language novel by Brett Michael Innes - himself and...

Friday One Sheet: JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY

This striking poster is for Ethiopian avant garde science fiction satire (or farce) Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway, which is the follow-up feature to equally strange, but more subdued Tarkovsky-Jodorowski inspired Crumbs (2015). Taken from a still from...

Fantasia 2019 Review: JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY Will Smash Your Brain To Pieces

Truly original artistic voices are few and far between. When it comes to contemporary genre cinema, a few innovators come to mind when one thinks about the 21st century. Filmmakers like Khavn from the Phillippines, Q from India, Sono Sion...

Fantasia 2019: Massive First Wave of Titles Announced

Summer is also upon us and for many Anarchists that means it will soon be time for our annual trek to Montreal for the Fantasia International Film Festival. For three weeks the raucous and jubilant Fantasia crowd will meow and...