Tag: domekarukoski

Blu-ray Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE Explored via Criterion

Refugees travel lightly, but we can unpack this: What is “the other side of hope,” anyway?  Some say it’s despair; others more cynically say it’s truth.  But what they mean with those answers are “opposite,” which is not necessarily the...

New York 2017 Review: THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE, Syrian Refugee Crisis, Aki Kaurismaki Style

Extremely silly and endlessly charming, The Other Side of Hope reminds us that the complicated world we are living in doesn't need to be complicated. Through the Kaurismakian glass, the world is filled with decent people and it remains a hopeful place as long as people help each other out.

Watch the new trailer for TOM OF FINLAND

New trailer about Finnish gay icon and artist, TOM OF FINLAND, starring Pekka Strang and directed by Dome Karukoski hits online. The film opens on the 24th of February....

TOM OF FINLAND Gets Its First Poster ***UPDATE***

Tom of Finland, a film about Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, gets its first poster. Biopic directed by Dome Karukoski stars Finnish actor Pekka Strang in the title role. Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991), a prominent figure in gay art scene and a...

Now On DVD: Artsploitation Explosion! GANDU, LAPLAND ODYSSEY, And HARD ROMANTICKER!

I'm a little late on these, but it is well worth catching up on a trio of recent releases from the upstart Artsploitation label on DVD. So, here are the initial releases, now on DVD:GanduWe love Gandu. Both Todd Brown...

Exclusive! Artsploitation Bringing LAPLAND ODYSSEY To The US On January 8

Hot on the heels of their acquisitions of the past two months, upstart indie distributor Artsploitation Films is at it again, this time announcing their sophomore home video release with Finnish comedy Lapland Odyssey. This isn't one I've seen, however, we...

Fantasia 2011: LAPLAND ODYSSEY Review

[Our thanks to Brandon Tenold for the following review.]With Lapland Odyssey director Dome Karukoski makes an admirable attempt to offer up a Finnish take on the vaunted road trip comedy genre, and for the most part he succeeds, with almost...

CINEFEST 2011: LAPLAND ODYSSEY REVIEW

Anymore, attending film festivals has become a laborious activity. There's no longer a sense of discovery in this digital age of instantaneous information and gratification. Very rarely am I taken off guard by a film that I know nothing...

Love Stories Are A Little Different In Finland. Prepare For A LAPLAND ODYSSEY!

Things are a bit different in Finland. In a typical Hollywood romantic comedy it's all wining and dining and the occasional misunderstanding. In Dome Karukoski's Lapland Odyssey, however, it's a quest for a free TV cable box that leads to...