Category: Screen

Fantasia 2019 Review: DREAMLAND Plays Free Jazz With Genre Conventions

In Dreamland, the ubiquitous Stephen McHattie plays a weary, nameless, assassin, who does the dirty work for a mid level gangster named Hercules. Disgusted to find out that his boss is getting into the human trafficking of young children…

Fantasia 2019 Review: COME TO DADDY Delights in Putting Elijah Wood Through The Ringer

I am drawn to father-son stories like a moth to flame. The difficult communication barriers, awkward processing of emotion. The silence and the rage. In the movies, these stories often culminate in the father expressing a deep pride or love…

Fantasia 2019 Review: JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY Will Smash Your Brain To Pieces

Truly original artistic voices are few and far between. When it comes to contemporary genre cinema, a few innovators come to mind when one thinks about the 21st century. Filmmakers like Khavn from the Phillippines, Q from India, Sono Sion…

Fantasia 2019 Review: THE DEEPER YOU DIG Is A Fascinating Micro-Budget Psychological Horror With A Great Origin Story

A mother, Ivy (Toby Poser) and her daughter Echo (Zelda Adams) live alone out in the country. They seem to share an unusually close relationship, despite the fact that Echo is of the age where a young girl would be…

Edinburgh 2019 Interview: Richard Dreyfuss Talks Aging and ASTRONAUT

With a career stretching back to the 1960s and screen credits including American Graffiti, Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, actor Richard Dreyfuss needs little introduction. In his latest role, the actor play an elderly widower, Angus, in…

Notes on Streaming: ASTRA LOST IN SPACE, Sci-Fi Winners

What happens when you are unmoored from familiar surroundings? Astra Lost in SpaceSimulcast episodes now streaming weekly, every Wednesday, on Funimation and Hulu. When you’re young, getting lost can be a terrifying feeling. Now magnify that a thousand fold,…

London Indian 2019 Review: GHOST OF THE GOLDEN GROVES

An avant garde ditych set in the jungles of West Bengal, Ghost of the Golden Groves is a trippy Indian sci-fi fantasy sure to engage more adventurous viewers. Made in two parts by directors Roshni Sen and Aniket Dutta, known…

Review: TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG, Hazy, Coming-Of-Age Mood Piece of a 90s Chilean Summer

Dominga Sotomayor’s Too Late To Die Young is a coming-of-age drama that takes place during the halcyon summer of 1990 in Chile, a time when the nation was slowly emerging from the shadows of a violent military regime. Against a…

THE WRETCHED Trailer: Some Neighbors Are Creepier Than Others

The Wretched, from filmmakers Brett and Drew T. Pierce is having its world premiere at Fantasia this Summer. Here is the brand new trailer! There is a Tauntaun joke somewhere in there. You won’t have to wait long for it. …

Someone is a Real Stickler For Tenant Rules in This 1BR Clip

David Mamor’s debut film, the horror thriller 1BR, will have its world premiere at Fantasia in less than two weeks. The first clip from his film was released and we have right here for you. In the clip, Sarah (Nicole…

NYAFF 2019: Komatsu Nana on the East-Meets-West of SAMURAI MARATHON

Debuting at the tender age of 18 in the darkly disturbing THE WORLD OF KANAKO, Komatsu Nana made it clear she was serious about her transition from teen supermodel to actress.  An impressive array of films, including Director Martin Scorsese’s…

Blu-ray Review: MIA AND THE WHITE LION, Born in Captivity

Are good intentions enough? Mia and the White LionNow available on Blu-ray/DVD from Shout Factory. Watch an interview before the movie — that’s a suggestion I’ve never given before. In an interview included on Shout! Factory’s excellent new Blu-ray,…

Review: INTO THE DARK: CULTURE SHOCK Is An Attempt To Wake Up From An American Nightmare

America is a nation at war with itself. Just like an distressingly ballooning number of countries around the world, the United States is growing ideologically fractured at an alarming rate. The political middle is dropping away almost entirely in favor…

A Liquidator’s real story after he survived Chernobyl

In 2010 I found out about a group of Russian scientists that did some weird stuff on a remote Greek Island. The same year I met them and decided I am very interested in the “weird stuff” they did. I…