Tag: history

L'Étrange 2020 Review: FANNY LYE DELIVER'D Delivers a Tepid Period Drama

It's the 16th century, after the English Civil War, and Fanny Lye (Maxine Peake, Black Mirror) lives a relatively bleak existence, married to a much older man, John, who basically bought her (Charles Dance, Alien III), on a remote farm,...

Review: MULAN, Not Quite Equal to an Illustrious Predecessor

Directed by Niko Caro, Disney's live-action adaptation of a classic Chinese tale stars Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen and Jet Li.

Review: THE IRISHMAN Feels the Heavy Weight of Mortality

Martin Scorsese's epic gangster saga, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, Ray Romano, Harvey Keitel, and Anna Paquin, falls short of his masterpieces 'Goodfellas' and 'Casino,' but is still well-made and magnificently acted.

Trailer for THE UNION OF SALVATION: Epic Drama of Russian History

I'm a bit of a sucker for a historical costume drama; one which is a sweeping epic of a pivotal moment in a nation's history, that also has both non-fictional and fictional characters, that test the waters of love, politics,...

GWEN: Watch The New Trailer For William McGregor`s Debut Film

William McGregor`s debut feature film, Gwen, is coming to cinemas, On Demand and Digital HD on August 16th. We have a new trailer to share with you below.    Gwen is a young girl desperately trying to hold her home...

Mayhem 2019: First Three Titles Announced, EXTRA ORDINARY, SWORD OF GOD (THE MUTE) And SOMETHING ELSE

Mayhem returns to Nottingham, England this October and it is bringing some friends. The festival announced the first three titles for this year's program.    The Mayhem audience can look forward to Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman's wonderful horror comedy...

GWEN: RLJE FILMS And Shudder Pick up William McGregor's Debut Thriller

RLJE Films and Shudder have announced that they will handle the theatrical and streaming release of William McGregor's debut feature film, the thriller Gwen.    Gwen is a young girl whose life seems to be collapsing around her. Struggling with...

Edinburgh 2019: Timothy Spall Is Artist L.S. Lowry In Clip From Festival Closing Film MRS LOWRY & SON

Timothy Spall has already enjoyed success in the role of a renowned British artist, having stepped into the shoes of revolutionary painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh's 2014 biopic Mr. Turner. This time the actor is tackling the life of...

Review: ALL IS TRUE, As The Bard Prepares to Slumber, You May, Too

Kenneth Branagh directs a domestic drama in which he stars as William Shakespeare.

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Collection's A STORY FROM CHIKAMATSU

A Story From Chikamatsu is one of Japanese master Kenji Mizoguchi's more well-known films, along with Ugetsu, Sansho the Bailiff, and The Life of Oharu. This 1954 film also goes by The Crucified Lovers here in North America, which refers to an...

Vancouver 2018 Review: NO. 1 CHUNG YING STREET Champions the Spirit and Courage of Hong Kong

No. 1 Chung Ying Street is the latest from director Derek Chiu, a well-established figure in the Hong Kong film industry. The movie takes place during two periods of political unrest in Sha Tau Kok, a neighborhood that borders mainland...

Review: DIETRICH & VON STERNBERG IN HOLLYWOOD on Criterion Blu-ray

"Shadow is mystery and light is clarity. Shadow conceals, light reveals. To know what to reveal and what to conceal and then what degree and how to do this is all there is to art." - Josef von Sternberg  In...

Venice 2018 Review: THE FAVOURITE, Lanthimos' Sassy, Fresh Period Comedy

Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz star in the latest film by Yorgos Lanthimos.

THE COOLEST GUY MOVIE EVER: Revisit THE GREAT ESCAPE With New Trailer

Few World War II adventure films are as, well, great, as John Sturges’ 1963 film The Great Escape. Based on true events the film had an unrivaled ensemble cast including Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn,...

Konstantin Khabenskiy Leads An Escape From SOBIBOR

Russian star Konstantin Khabenskiy rose to international fame through his lead roles in Timur Bekmambetov's Night Watch films - followed by a memorable support part in Bekmambetov's English debut Wanted -  and he now makes his directorial debut with the...

Blu-ray Review: THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES Is Blu With Criterion

“Art, no matter how high it rises, cannot forget the land which birthed it.” - Martiros Saryan. That quote, by a prominent Armenian painter, begins The Color of Armenian Land, a scarcely seen short documentary by Mikhail Vartanov which, at...

Osaka Asian Film Festival 2018: Watch The Trailer For Opening Film ANARCHIST FROM COLONY

Gearing up for it's 13th edition, Osaka Asian Film Festival today announced it will kick off proceedings on March 9th with the Japanese Premiere of Korean film Anarchist from Colony. A sizeable hit in its native country when released last...

CHASING THE DRAGON: Andy Lau Pursues Donnie Yen And His 1970's Hair In First Explosive Trailer

Hong Kong superstars Andy Lau and Donnie Yen face off in director Wong Jing's upcoming 1970's set crime thriller Chasing The Dragon. And, yes, if the trailer is to be believed then fans of both stars should be very, very...

Fantasia 2017 Review: MOHAWK, A Brutal Action Drama, Sadly Relevant in Our Time

New York 1814, late into the War of 1812, and a Mohawk woman, Oak, and two men, Joshua and Calvin, are hunted down by a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge for an attack on their camp. The Americans...

Toronto Japanese Fest 2017 Review: IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD

A young girl named Suzu who, in 1944, moves from neighbouring Hiroshima to the port city of Kure, the largest military base for the Imperial Navy and home to ships like the Yamamoto. She moves there to marry Shūsaku, a...