NY Asian 2014: HOPE, Korean Acting Legend Sol Kyung-gu Tackles Family Devastation

The New York Asian Film Festival gave their Star Asia award to an actor whose work has ranged from the provocative - Oasis, Peppermint Candy - to the popular - Silmido, Haeundae and the Public Enemy series. Sol Kyung-gu makes... More »
  

AKIRA Refuses To Die In Hollywood

In Hollywood, old ideas never die, they just get put 'on the back burner' until someone comes up with a brilliant new take that will push it to 'the front burner.' And that appears to be true for the live-action... More »
  

Toronto 2014: First Wave, Galas And Special Presentations

Like clockwork, the publicity machine for the Toronto International Film Festival revs up about this time every year to announce a number of the high profile films coming to the festival in September. A few Gala Red Carpet world premieres... More »
  

Durban 2014 Review: COLD HARBOUR Gets Moody About Corruption

Another South African film at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) brings another challenging reflection on the country's modern identity. This time, it's Carey McKenzie tackling corruption with her moody and noirish crime thriller, Cold Harbour, which just had its world... More »
  

HOW & WHY, Charlie Kaufman TV Show, Does Not Pass Go At FX

It sounded like a triumphant return to television for Charlie Kaufman, the Academy Award-winning writer of Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, but 'twas not to be, at least at one U.S. cable broadcaster. How & Why, a comedy pilot created... More »
  

Latin Beat: Mexico's Romantic Comedies, Plus CANTINFLAS; Peru's Apocalyptic Comedy JAPY ENDING

Mexico is in love with romantic comedies at the moment, according to Eric Ortiz Garcia, our correspondent in Mexico, and that includes the upcoming Casi Treinta and Amor de Mis Amores. He's already seen one, so he has comments on... More »
  

Fantasia 2014: New Artwork For Irish Sci-Fi Horror BLACK HORIZON

As the Frontieres International Co-Production Market looms ever closer we have another Off Frontieres project which has some new artwork to share with you. The folks behind the Irish sci-fi horror project Black Horizon will be in Montreal to show off... More »
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks BOYHOOD And Fantasia 2014

On location in Montreal, home to the 18th Fantasia Film Festival. Three weeks of genre debauchery, this year has been my first taste of this remarkable fest, and it's already been loads of fun.Also another look at Richard Linklater's Boyhood,... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: Chew On This - ZOMBEAVERS Is Dam Excellent

It begins with the pun.Sure, you have a slew of straight-to-VOD crap that is little more than a title stretched too thin over its running time. Be it Sharknado or other of its ilk, it's as if a bunch of... More »
  

NY Asian 2014: Director Fei Xing Judges the Court Of Public Opinion in SILENT WITNESS

A huge hit in its native China, SILENT WITNESS starts as a taut courtroom drama and then writer/director Fei Xing flips the script to turn it into something more. He spoke with me about this commentary on social media and... More »
  

Donnie Yen In KUNG FU JUNGLE Teaser: Smile When You Say That

The English-language title only hints at the hard-hitting action in the first teaser for Kung Fu Jungle, starring Donnie Yen. Directed by Teddy Chen (Bodyguards and Assassins), and formerly known as, variously, Best of the Best, Last of the Best, and... More »
  

First Look At TORO LOCO: SANGRIENTO (AKA TORO LOCO: BLOODTHIRSTY)

Beware the wandering homeless man who is seeking vengeance. Francisco Melo is featured in the first look at Toro Loco: Sangriento (aka Toro Loco: Bloodthirsty), a new action comedy by Patricio Valladares (Hidden in the Woods). Valladares adapted from a comic... More »
  

Hey, Mexico! Win Kim Ki-duk's PIETA On DVD

Winner of the prestigious Golden Lion at Venice 2012, Kim Ki-duk's Pieta is a truly great film; brutal, perverse, violent, but also heartfelt. It premiered in Mexico last year as part of Cineteca Nacional's Muestra 55, and now the DVD... More »
  

PREDESTINATION Trailer Twists And Turns Through Time

A new trailer for Predestination teases dazzling possibilities for time travel. The new feature by the Spierig Brothers (Undead, Daybreakers) spins a fascinating yarn that takes place in an intricately-detailed alternate universe, slowly transforming into a mind-bending thriller. I saw it... More »
  

Fantasia 2014 Review: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO Has An Identity Crisis

There seems to be some kind of movement out there where low-key indie dramas of personal tragedy cloak themselves in the veneer of heady science fiction concepts: films like Mike Cahill's Another Earth, James Byrkit Ward's Coherence, and what is... More »
  

Watch The Trailer For Jenna Bass' LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE

Jenna Bass' debut feature Love The One You Love has quickly emerged as a buzz title - arguably THE buzz title - at the Durban International Film Festival with chatter following the premiere of the gushingly positive variety and for... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Durban 2014 Review: Kenyan Crime Thriller VEVE Is A Damp Misfire

Though it boasts handsome production values and Tom Tykwer amongst its producer team, Kenyan crime thriller Veve is otherwise a catalog of missed and squandered opportunities, a thriller that simply fails to thrill thanks to a script overstuffed with unengaging... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Durban 2014 Review: LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE Is A Luminous, Perplexing, Engrossing Debut

Kennel worker Sandile and phone sex operator Terri have an unusual problem: Their life together is too good. They're perfect together. Their friends say so, holding the duo up as the ideal to which they aspire. Sandile's mother is pressing... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Spanish Actor Alex Angulo Dead At 61

I hope someone in Madrid is dimming the lights on the Schweppes sign; that would be a fitting tribute to one of its best actors. Álex Angulo, star of films such as The Day of the Beast, Live Flesh, and... More »
  

Thai Martial Arts Choreographer Panna Ritthikrai Dead At 53

Reports are surfacing from Thailand that celebrated martial arts choreographer and film director Panna Ritthikrai has died from liver disease, aged 53.Ritthikrai is probably best known for his work with action star Tony Jaa in films such as the Ong-Bak and... More »
  
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