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Japan Cuts 2018 Sneak Peek: New Work from Naomi Kawase Leads an Eclectic Slate

Summer in New York City means Japan Society presenting another round of delish contemporary Japanese films, ranging from the weird and macabre, to the sincere and bubblegum apeshit insane! It's all happening, starting today, July 19, and roaring until July...

Pretty Packaging: The Commemorary Boxset Of THE DAM BUSTERS Hits The Mark

In May 1943, a squadron of British Lancaster bombers (carrying specially designed bouncing mines) managed to breach several dams in Germany, damaging the industrial war-power of Hitler's "Third Reich" and providing a huge boost in morale for the Allied forces....

Notes on Streaming: A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL Simmers, G.L.O.W. Burns Bright

The most frequent complaint about Netflix is that their flood of new series all have too many episodes that are all too long. Here is my two-pronged solution: (1) try another streaming service; (2) watch shorter shows with fewer episodes....

New York Asian 2018 Dispatch - Japanese Films: Smut Peddlers, Angsty High Schoolers, Enigmatic Murderers and Edo Sisterhood

The Japanese films in this year’s edition of the New York Asian Film Festival are typically eclectic and mostly accomplished, ranging from fresh takes on period films (Kakekomi, Sekigahara), dark and often disturbing depictions of high school life (River’s Edge,...

BiFan 2018: ScreenAnarchy Offers Its Picks for This Year's Jam-Packed Bucheon!

We're now just 48 hours away from the opening of this year's 22nd Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), and while the ScreenAnarchy team is busy packing their printed tees, brollies and aspirin, we've also found a little time to...

Friday One Sheet: EL ANGEL

The top-down persepective, the teal and white framing, and the clean yellow type-face all make for a meticulously designed bit of key art for Argentinian serial killer biopic, El Angel. Sure, it might be very, very reminiscent of the poster...

Notes on Streaming: India's SACRED GAMES Could Be Netflix's Next Big Winner

This Friday, July 6th, Netflix launches its most ambitious project out of India to date, the Anurag Kashyap & Vikramaditya Motwane directed miniseries Sacred Games, based on the hit novel by Vikram Chandra. The company has had a strong foothold...

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies of 2018 Part 1

2018 is halfway over already, so now is a good moment to cast our eyes back over the last six months, and more specifically, the cinematic offerings that emerged from Asia. Traditionally the first half of the year tends to...

New York Asian Film Festival 2018 Sneak Peek: Weird, Wild Summertime Cinema

With the summer heat on full blast this coming weekend in New York, patrons of the five burroughs may want to consider the cool and also very hip insides of a movie theater for proper retreat and enjoyment. And what...

Pretty Packaging: The REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA Boxset Wins All Duels

(Its full title is the Revolutionary Girl Utena 20th Anniversary Ultra Edition boxset, but hey, what's in a name...) The nineties were an interesting times for anime. On a technical front, computer graphics were slowly but surely becoming cheaper, allowing...

BAMcinemaFest 2018 Dispatch: Spotlighted Selections

The tenth edition of BAMcinemaFest, screening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Rose Cinemas and the BAM Harvey Theater through July 1, continues its tradition of showcasing bold, idiosyncratic, and accomplished cinematic visions in American independent cinema, along with...

Pretty Packaging: That Gorgeous STAND-ALONE COMPLEX Boxset Is Back, But Bigger And English-friendly

If you see the pictures in this article and think you've seen them before, you may be right about most of them. Last year, the French branch of distributor All The Anime released an absolutely kick-ass Blu-ray boxset of the...

Pretty Packaging: The WOLF'S RAIN Ultimate Edition Is Good Enough To Howl About

When Scotland-based distributor Anime Limited announces a new ultimate edition, I tend to take notice. So far, the company has displayed great taste in picking up titles old and new, and previous ultimate editions have been pretty grand. Their newest...

70s Rewind: JUGGERNAUT, British Time Bombs Tick, Tick, Tick Away at Sea

An old-fashioned, ticking time-bomb suspense thriller, Richard Lester's Juggernaut (aka Terror on the Britannic) (1974) satisfies on the most elemental level: it made me increasingly tense and nervous as I watched. Lester made his directorial debut with the very charming...

Have Your Say: Sitting Through The End Credits Because The Music Is So Good...

Not everyone is inclined to watch the end credits of a film. Many broadcasting channels even cut them off, a practice I find frown-worthy to say the least. But sometimes a film ends and even though there's no after-joke or...

Pretty Packaging: The French Collectors' Edition of SHERLOCK HOUND

The films of legendary anime creator Miyazaki Hayao get plenty of attention, and rightly so. The man is one of the few true cinema geniuses the world has, and even better: he's still alive and creating a new film. Rejoice!...

Notes on Streaming: PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, Bring Your Own Preconceptions

A new version of Picnic at Hanging Rock takes a markedly different approach to the material, resulting in a pungent series that endeavors to peer more closely into the souls of its characters. First published in 1967, Joan Lindsay's novel...

Notes on Streaming: THE NEW LEGENDS OF MONKEY Childishly Delights

Inspired by the Japanese television drama Monkey (1978-80), which in turn was based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, the Netflix series The New Legends of Monkey starts off with a lot of cultural baggage, which it...

Friday One Sheet: THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

Lars Von Trier's latest film is a serial killer art-film -- I mean this quite literally: it is about a serial killer who creates works of art with his kills -- and is scheduled to take a bow at Cannes...

Fantasia 2018: First Wave of Announcements is a Tsunami of Awesome!

[still from Nightmare Cinema] It's no secret that Fantasia is one of our very favorite film festivals here at ScreenAnarchy. We've already spread word about the fest's awesome 2018 poster ("meow!!") and the first two homegrown titles (Summer of '84...