Tag: poland

Review: MOSQUITO STATE, The Great Recession Meets Cronenbergian Body Horror

Beau Knapp and Charlotte Vega star in a horror thriller, directed by Filip Jan Rymsza, now streaming on Shudder.

Review: USEDOM: A CLEAR VIEW OF THE SEA, Where Nothing Ever Happens, Except Everything

Director Heinz Brinkman's documentary is an absorbing look at a Baltic Sea Island, diving beneath its surface beauties.

Review: QUO VADIS, AIDA?, Searing Indictment of War From Not So Distant Past

Writer/director Jasmila Zbanica presents a powerful, harrowing film, with a stellar performance by Jasna Djuricic in the title role.

Exclusive LEGACY OF LIES Clip: Scott Adkins, I Need Your Help

We are big fans of Mr. Scott Adkins. Period. Full stop. His new action action movie, Legacy of Lies, directed by Adrian Bol, looks likely to keep up his streak of entertaining pictures that fairly well explode on the screen....

L'Etrange 2019 Review: THE MUTE Strikes With Brutal Clarity

Bartosz Konopka's film stars Krzysztof Pieczyński, Karol Bernacki, Jan Bijvoet, and Jeroen Perceval.

Review: COLD WAR, Tragic Love Story, Told at a Breezy Pace

As Pawel Pawlikowski's acclaimed drama opens in theaters, we revisit our review from the New York Film Festival.

New York 2018 Review: COLD WAR, Tragic, Fatalistic Love Story, Briskly Told

Shot again in full frame monochrome by Lukascz Zal, the film is every bit as beautiful as Ida. His use of head space is there and it's lovely. Kulesza has a clear and beautiful singing voice in every style, providing some of the loveliest vocal tracks for the film's great, jazzy soundtrack.

Poland Has A PANIC ATTACK

While I do not understand a single word spoken in the trailer for Pawel Maslona's  upcoming Polish feature Panic Attack (Atak Paniki) there is absolutely zero problem understanding exactly what is happening. The premise is a simple one with the...

Blu-ray Review: Musical Man-Eating Mermaids in Agnieszka Smoczyńska's THE LURE

Part of the appeal of the Criterion Collection for lovers of film is its simple act of curation. Though weighing in at over 900 titles in its current run (The Lure is #896, hitting stores October 10), the collection still...

"One Day You'll Pay": I, OLGA HEPNAROVA Gets A Trailer And Poster For Its March 24th US Opening

While Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Smoczynska's killer mermaid musical The Lure may be getting all the press, there was another film from Eastern Europe quietly racking up award after award and stunning festival audiences last year. Tomás Weinreb and Petr Kazda's I,...

Berlinale 2017 Review: THE ERLPRINCE, The Polish Donnie Darko of Coming of Age Dramas

Emerging Polish director Kuba Czekaj demonstrates genre acrobatics in melancholic coming-of-age The Erlprince

Review: THE LURE, Mermaids, Love, Death, Song and Dance

In the crowded world of cinema, many filmmakers set out to try something different. However, it's one thing to be novel, which normally means stretching a thin gimmick over other recycled bits of past films, but another thing entirely to...

THE LURE: Red-band Trailer for Agnieszka Smoczynska's Superlative Musical

From Sundance to Sitges, The Lure was one of the purest delights on the festival circuit last year. The debut feature from Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska is a thoroughly unorthodox adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, re-envisioned as a 1980s nightclub...

ŻubrOFFka 2016 Review: BLACK, Award-winning Japanese Animation From Poland

There is something remarkably spellbinding about Tomasz Popakul's Polish-Japanese co-production Black, which won the award for Best Animation at this year's ŻubrOFFka Film Festival. It's unmistakably Japanese in style, and clearly a really passionate homage to the manga art so...

I'M A KILLER (Jestem mordercą): Watch The Trailer For Polish Serial Killer Film

Following its presentation as part of the First Look program in Locarno, writer director Maciej Pieprzyca's true life serial killer film Jestem mordercą (I'm A Killer) releases on Polish screens November 4th and the trailer for the film looks very...

Warsaw 2016 Review: In PARK, the Greek New Wave Becomes Pan-European

Sofia Exarchou elevates the Greek New Wave to the global level while remaining firmly anchored within it. Park is essentially European affair, a fine example of reverse glocalization, tackling highly actual and profoundly pan-European topic and execution easily transferable beyond the turf of the Old Continent

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: THE HIGH FRONTIER Tests the Borders of Tension

Baby, it's cold outside. The family at the heart of The High Frontier (original title: Na granicy) doesn't feel very warm toward each other, though. As the movie begins and a father and his two sons drive deeper and deeper...

Review: DEMON, A Ghost Story of a Different Colour

Anything you try to bury will come back to haunt you. And as many times as you bury it, it will come back, and no doubt hurt those you least want to see hurt. The past can never be escaped,...

Melbourne 2016 Review: 11 MINUTES Stylishly and Confidently Embraces its Concept

A new film from Polish master Jerzy Skolimowski, this 78 year old auteur shows no signs that he has slowed down in his latest thrilling venture. It is nearing 5:00 p.m. on an austere but sunny day in Warsaw, Poland...

DEMON Trailer: Prepare for a Strange, Jolting Ghost Story

Before we get to the trailer for Demon, let's start with the movie itself. "Demon is a ghost story of a different colour," according to our own Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg, "eschewing most conventional approaches to the manifestations of and reasons...