International Reviews

Rotterdam 2024 Review: 13 BOMBS Brings Fire And Noise

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is know for its slant towards new talent, often featuring low-budget arthouse cinema from all over the world. But the festival sometimes also shows the big-budget blockbusters from countries of which the output almost never...

DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS Review: Dykes on the Run

There are times when a movie both needs to be un-serious, and needs to hit its target of cultural critique. There are times that call for some indie b-movie wit and raunchiness, a story that finds its charm in odd...

Rotterdam 2024 Review: LA LUNA, Naughty In The Nicest Way

This year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam started with the fairly inoffensive comedy-drama Head South (reviewed here), and it closed with an equally inoffensive film: M. Raihan Halim's Singaporean small-town comedy La Luna. In it, we see the daily life...

Berlinale 2024 Review: ARCADIA Pushes Marital Drama to Mystical Realities

Greek director Yorgos Zois, alongside leading actress Angeliki Papoulia, delves into a exploration of love, loss, and ethereal spaces.

CONCRETE VALLEY Review: The Quiet Lives of Those Trying to Fit In

Urban parkland can bring both solace and anonymity. For someone who is new to a place, connecting with their environment can be at once daunting and daring - the constructed landscape being one against which an immigrant is often antagonized,...

STOPMOTION Review: Beautiful, Disturbing Journey Into Creation as Self-Destruction

Aisling Franciosi, Stella Gonet, and Tom York star in Robert Morgan's cross-genre horror movie.

THE HEROIC TRIO / EXECUTIONERS 4K Review: Hong Kong Action Symphony in Two Movements

Maggie Cheung, Anita Mui and Michelle Yeoh star; Johnnie To and Ching Siu-tung direct. Now in 4K from the Criterion Collection.

RESTORE POINT Review: Have You Backed-Up Today?

It’s year 2041 and the technology has found a way to cheat death – to ensure it, you just need to remember to back-up your memory every 48 hours. The action takes place in an unspecified country in Central Europe...

MCCABE & MRS MILLER Blu-ray Review: Robert Altman's Frontier Western Remains a Masterpiece

Part of both the New Hollywood era and the second wave of Westerns, Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs Miller might have suffered from poor box office on its release, but luckily did not have to wait long to find its...

HOUSE OF NINJAS Review: Shinobi Stealth Success

Kento Kaku, Yosuke Eguchi, Tae Kimura, Kengo Kora, Aju Makita, and Nobuko Miyamoto star in Dave Boyle's Japanese-language action series.

Rotterdam 2024 Review: THE LIGHT Points Attention To An Art Scandal

In May 1995, Denmark was celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the end of its occupation by the Nazis during World War 2, and many festivities were planned. As part of these, an art installation called 'Peace Sculpture 1995' was greenlit...

Rotterdam 2024 Review: MILK TEETH, Werewolves Or Weren't Wolves?

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is primarily an arthouse festival, but that doesn't mean there is no genre representation there. Indeed, with some titles you get both flavors. Director Sophia Bösch' Swiss/German film Milk Teeth certainly can be classified as...

MONOLITH Review: Thriller Becomes a Creeping Nightmare

Lily Sullivan stars in director Matt Vesely's intelligent and exquisitely-mounted sci-fi thriller, written by Lucy Campbell.

Rotterdam 2024 Review: BLUE GIANT Hits All Notes

The Japanese anime director Tachikawa Yuzuru isn't quite a household name yet, despite having directed the stylish Death Parade series and the totally (and tonally) bonkers series Mob Psycho 100. But his film adaptation of Ishizuka Shinichi's famous manga Blue...

THE TASTE OF THINGS Review: You Will Get Hungry!

In September 2023, The Film By the Sea Festival in Vlissingen focused on French cinema, and on literary book adaptations. With Trần Anh Hùng's The Taste of Things they scored a double-whammy, as it falls in both categories. A loose...

Rotterdam 2024 Review: KISS WAGON Proves That Liking A Movie Isn't All Black And White

Kiss Wagon, by director Midhun Murali is an epic, 3 hour shadow play animation, that is at the same time both minimalist and maximalist. It is also, somehow, undercooked and overbaked, too convoluted and holding the viewers hand too much;...

Rotterdam 2024 Review: THE PARAGON, No-Budget Comedy About A Psychic Loser Is A Winner

Micheal Duignan's The Paragon might be his debut feature, but he has a storied career as a director of music videos, short comedy movies, television soaps and episodes of the new Power Rangers series. Somehow, this eclectic blend of...

HERE Review: Two Strangers Find Solace in Simplicity, Human Touch

Stefan Gota and Liyo Gong star in Belgian filmmaker Bas Devos' breathtaking ode to nature and human connection.

DISCO BOY Review: Decidedly Human, Nuanced and Stunning

Disco Boy, directed by Giacomo Abbruzzese, is about the search for independence and its subsequent consequences.  Aleksei/Alex (Franz Rogowski) is an illegal Belarusian immigrant in Paris, who enlists in the French Foreign Legion to legalize his stay. This trade has...