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Neomanila: Check Out The First Teaser For Mikhail Red's Explosive New Thriller

15 September 2017 11:00 PM, PDT

Hot on the heels of an award-winning festival run for his last film Birdshot, Filipino director Mikhail Red is already hard at work on his third feature, Neomanila. Set in the deadly world of the drug war raging through contemporary Manila, the film follows Toto, a teenage orphan, as he is recruited into a notorious death squad. The gang's matriarch, Irma, becomes a surrogate mother figure to the boy, but when their next target is revealed to be a familiar face, loyalties will be put to the test. Fast becoming one of the most exciting young voices in Filipino cinema, Red's work, including his 2013 debut Rekorder, fuses genre elements with bold social commentary, and Neomanila looks to be continuing that trend. Check out the...

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Cowboy Bebop Helmer Announces Blade Runner Anime Black Out 2022

15 September 2017 2:30 PM, PDT

Big news has emerged from the anime world with the announcement that Watanabe Shinichiro - the helmer of iconic series Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo - is currenty at work on Blade Runner spin off anime Black Out 2022. The new anime is a short set shortly after the events of the original film and fans won't have to wait long: It will stream on the Sony Pictures Japan YouTube channel on September 26th. Watanabe has cited Blade Runner as one of the the greatest influences on his own work and it is very hard to imagine a director more appropriate to bring this world to animation than he. Check out the announcement below....

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Toronto 2017 Review: The Crescent, A Visionary Fusion of Horror Tradition and Originality

15 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Late in Seth A. Smith's The Crescent, there is a hushed shot of the lead character, who happens to be a 2-year-old toddler, sitting on a beach, framed inside an hollow wreck of an old seaside house. The camera slowly zooms backwards through the broken structure, never losing focus on the child, who is intuitively aware, but not completely so, of just how bad of a place he is in. There are many more grand and experimental shots in the film (including the finest opening credits sequence of the year), this one unobtrusive zoom stands out as the purest distillation of a quietly confident tone. The Crescent is remarkable realization of an ambitious story on a tiny budget by way of copious amounts of intelligence...

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Wizard (Matwetwe) Trailer: Get High With The South African Crime Comedy

15 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

South African comedian turned writer-director Kagiso Lediga has had himself a busy year. His feature debut - the Engish language romantic dramedy Catching Feelings, in which he also starred - had its world premiere at the La Film Festival and he's back already with his second effort, local language coming of age crime comedy Wizard (Matwetwe). It’s New Year’s Eve in Atteridgeville and Lefa’s life is on the cusp of major change. Accepted into university to study botany, he’s about to leave the ghetto township that has been his home behind if only his deadbeat father will come through with his school fees. Though he may not need his father’s help at all, not with his horticultural skills and the criminal mind of his albino...

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On Screen Anarchy And Fantastic Fest

15 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

As many of you are no doubt aware, I have recently made the decision to step down from my role as director of international programming at Fantastic Fest. After over eleven years in the position this was in no way a decision that I took lightly. My reasons for making the decision - which have played out very much in public, so should be easy to find if you're looking for the background on this - were mine and mine alone. I have kept the conversation around the move to my personal Facebook account up until this point so as not to create confusion between what were personal decisions and what were official Screen Anarchy policies. That said, with the start of the festival now...

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Camera Japan 2017: Line-up And Recommendations

15 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

Next Wednesday, Rotterdam gets the start of the Camera Japan Festival, which will move to Amsterdam for its second half a week later. This year the fest's theme is based around the island of Kyushu, the source of much of Japan's art and the region where the Dutch had, for 250 years, the only foreign trading base allowing goods in and out of the (then isolated) country. While the festival is primarily focused on Japanese films (more than 45 are in the program), there are always live performances, lectures, expositions and workshops about Japanese culture as well. Some highlights this year from the regular program (in no particular order): Rage - a thriller by Lee Sang-il, in which a murderer changes his looks and identity,...

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Review: Against The Night, Things That Go Bump in an Abandoned Prison

14 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

Trapped in a large building with ghosts? Scary! Trying to explain everything? Eh, not so scary. In Against the Night, writer/director Brian Cavallaro aims for a different, potentially refreshing approach to a haunted house tale. Rather than maneuvering a small group of people into tight spaces and then recording their reactions to unexpected horrors, found-footage style, the story begins with a larger group of friends who are lured into a situation that slowly spins out of their control, with Pov footage employed only to a limited degree. Nine friends have gathered at a house-warming party. It's a warm and cozy evening, filled with laughter and alcohol, though an invasive peek into a lovemaking session suggests that one member of the group is a nasty creep....

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"Twin Peaks" season 3 ("The Return") to hit DVD/Bluray

14 September 2017 12:47 PM, PDT

Just announced via the Twin Peaks' facebook page, "Twin Peaks" season 3 ("The Return") to hit DVD/Bluray on December 5. "The stars turn and a time presents itself. December 5, 2017 Blu-ray and DVD!" - David Lynch...

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10+ Years Later: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Much More Than a Spine-tingling Visual Knock-out

14 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Who framed Roger Rabbit? ‘Who indeed?’, is the question I found myself asking a few weeks back when suddenly Robert Zemeckis’ vibrant crossbreed of live action and animation reemerged into my life as a Netflix recommendation. What exactly did they accuse the rabbit of? And why was it necessary to frame him? Jokes aside, I clearly hadn’t seen the film in ages and could only remember it in the broadest of strokes: a grumpy detective, a hyperkinetic rabbit, Toontown filled to the brim with cameos, and – for some reason – weasels. Except, that’s not entirely true. Circling the play button with my mind already half made-up about revisiting the beloved classic, the multitude of emotions it had triggered into my childhood self resurfaced: wonder,...

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Tragedy Girls: Watch The First Trailer For The Festival Hit

14 September 2017 10:30 AM, PDT

Tyler MacIntyre's Tragedy Girls is undoubtedly one of the darlings of the festival circuit picking up dates for the prom right and left. And rightly deserved. It is a terrific horror comedy, written by MacIntyre and Chris Lee Hill off of Justin Olson's original screenplay.    After a few monts on the festival circuit, with more dates to come internationally, the first trailer has arrived ahead of its theatrical release in the States on October 20th. You may find it below. Enjoy.    Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they...

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The Shape Of Water Red-Band Trailer: Hey, Man, Learn Sign Language

14 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

I liked the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, but I love the new red-band trailer. Not because of the red-band (Not Safe For Work) elements, though. The initial trailer emphasized the loneliness and isolation of government worker Sally Hawkins. Now we see more of her playful side, and we also get much more Michael Shannon -- always a good thing, because I love that dude -- as he sturms und drangs around the secret laboratory where experiments are being conducted upon a very unusual creature. Please take a look below. Then let us know your thoughts, either via the 'Love It' / 'Hate It' buttons above or below, or in the comments section below. The Shape of Water will open...

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Red Sparrow First Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence, Russian Sex Spy

14 September 2017 9:30 AM, PDT

In the upcoming thriller Red Sparrow, Jennifer Lawrence reteams with director Francis Lawrence -- he helmed three of the Hunger Games installments -- and the first trailer paints her as a Russian sex spy. Frankly, I am baffled by the marketing approach in this day and age. Perhaps the official synopsis will help? Official Synopsis: When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever...

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Rabbit: Trailer Premiere For The Aussie Psychological Thriller

14 September 2017 8:30 AM, PDT

Luke Shanahan's feature debut, Rabbit is beginning to reach out into the international film festival circuit. In the coming weeks Rabbit will play at Fantastic Fest and it was just picked up by Sitges in Spain.    Almost a year after her identical twin’s disappearance, 25 year old medical student Maude Ashton is still haunted by visions of her violent abduction. Convinced she is still alive, Maude follows the clues to a derelict caravan park where she discovers her fate is intrinsically linked to that of her sister, while the entire experiment is controlled by a ‘secret society’ that likes to watch. If Maude wants to see her sister again she’ll have to go through with a series of strange experiments.   Screen Anarchy is pleased...

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Pretty Packaging: The French Ghost In The Shell: Stand-alone Complex Boxset Looks Ace

14 September 2017 3:00 AM, PDT

My fandom of (slash obsession with) Mamoru Oshii's adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is not exactly a secret here at Screen Anarchy (cough), so it will probably not come as a surprise when I say that I like Kamiyama Kenji's anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex a lot, both seasons of it. Scripted for a large part by Oshii himself, the series was a more action driven take on the source material, while its length as a series allowed for more character development in the supporting roles. The series ran from 2002 till 2005 and can Still be considered one of the best anime ever released, and still far ahead of most recent output. As such, you might expect this title to...

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Busan 2017: Women Filmmakers Bookend 22nd Edition with Glass Garden and Love Education

14 September 2017 1:45 AM, PDT

The Busan International Film Festival returns on the 12th of next month with its 22nd edition, which will kick off with the world premiere of Glass Garden, the latest film from Madonna and Pluto director Shin Su-won. For the first time in the festival's history both the opening and closing selections hail from women filmmakers as director Sylvia Chang (Murmur of the Hearts) will close the event with her latest work Love Education. Darren Aronofsky's mother!, John Woo's Manhunt and Koreeda Hirokazu's The Third Murder are among the hot Gala screenings this year, along with Butterfly Sleep, a new Japan-set melodrama from Jeong Jae-eun (Take Care of My Cat) and Yukisada Isao's Narrative. Other major selections include Ruben Östlund's Palme d'Or winner The Square and Guillermo del...

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Toronto 2017: The First-Look Clip From Kitamura's Downrange

13 September 2017 8:30 PM, PDT

The new poster and a first-look clip debuted from Ryuhei Kitamura's upcoming thriller Downrange. It is his fourth film that will play in the Midnight Madness program of Tiff. The world premiere is this Friday.    In the film, six college students are carpooling cross-country when one of their tires blows out on a desolate stretch of country road. Getting out to fix the flat, they quickly discover that this was no accident. The tire was shot out. With their vehicle incapacitated, the group is pinned down and mercilessly attacked by an unseen assailant as they desperately attempt to find a way to escape.   The clip is below and it gives just a hint of the gore audiences are in store for this weekend...

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Screen Anarchy Exclusive: Watch This Clip From Mateo Gil's Realive

13 September 2017 7:00 PM, PDT

Mateo Gil's sci-fi flick Realive will open in U.S. cinemas on September 29, 2017 and available on VOD and Digital HD on October 3, 2017. Screen Anarchy has been given an exclusive clip to share with you tonight.   In it, Marc and West speak about his progress after his awakening. This is early on in the film so there is not much to say about it, especially anything that may spoil the film for you.    Marc is diagnosed with a disease and is given a short time to live. Unable to accept his own end, he decides to freeze his body. Sixty years later, in the year 2084, he becomes the first cryogenically frozen man to be revived in history. Marc discovers a...

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Hellboy First Look: David Harbour Looks the Part

13 September 2017 3:00 PM, PDT

Neil Marshall's Hellboy has already seen its share of controversies. From its lack of Ron Perlman to its lack of diversity when casting an Asian character, the film has become a target for some onlookers and fans. But here's one thing that seems to be uniting fans - the first look at David Harbour in full Hellboy mode. The Stranger Things star is virtually unrecognizable as Hellboy, and in fact bears a striking resemblance to Perlman who played the role in Guillermo del Toro's previous films. I think the word the kids like to use is "badass" Hellboy is being produced by Millenium Films. In the film, Hellboy comes to England, where he must defeat Nimue, Merlin's consort and the Blood Queen. But their battle will...

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Toronto 2017 Review: Brawl In Cell Block 99, Prestige Grindhouse Moviemaking

13 September 2017 12:00 PM, PDT

Sometimes, you have to smash things to bits before life can get better. But then life only gets better for a while before it gets much, much worse. More smashing is required, some resolution gained. Then, well, hmmm, that seems to be the thesis of S. Craig Zahler's gritty, deliberate, and ultimately, gruesome tale of masculinity descending deeper and deeper into hell; prisons inside of prisons. Brawl In Cellblock 99 (hereafter Brawl) with a remarkable mano-a-auto bit of demolition, in which beefy and tattoed Vince Vaughn, playing ex-boxer (and addict) Bradley Thomas, takes out his rage on his wife's car after he loses his job and finds out she is having an affair. This is not your ordinary break a window and throw away the...

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Toronto 2017 Dispatch: Worldwide Faves Deliver in their Mother Tongues

12 September 2017 4:30 PM, PDT

Although it's often the big Hollywood awards movies that get the most column inches, Tiff is always loaded with international films. 2017 is no different with many a Foreign Language Oscar submission making its North American debut at the festival. The Square (Sweden) and In the Fade (Germany) are two of such, both films having world premiered at Cannes. While many countries have yet to submit their official selections, you can bet that when the list is final, many of those films would have played Tiff. One notable film that has been announced as Belgium's selection is Michaël R. Roskam's Racer and the Jailbird. Roskam notably debuted on the scene in 2011 with the much-loved genre crimer Bullhead before switching over to English for 2015's...

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