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Blood In The Snow 2017 Review: Kill Order, a Showcase of Canadian Talent in Sci-fi Action Flick

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David is high school student who struggles with random horrific visions and seizures at home. In the middle of class gunmen storm in his classroom and attempt to take him captive. He breaks free from his captors and awakens powers dormant inside him. On the run from a mysterious organization and other powered up agents David must find out more about his clouded past if his is to live another day.    The Action.    Billed as a sci-fi action flick from brothers James and Chris Mark, Kill Order has a handful of solid action sequences in it. Chris and all of the actors who played ‘Subjects’ in the film all have extensive stunt backgrounds doing the dirty work for international and Hollywood productions here...

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Pretty Packaging: Your Name Will Be Remembered

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A year-and-a-bit ago, Shinkai Makoto's Your Name was released in Japan. It struck the box office like a meteorite, sending financial shockwaves all over the world. Depending on which (ac)counting method you use, it is either One of the highest-grossing Japanese film ever made or The highest-grossing Japanese film ever made. Its success unfortunately also made it hard to see it in certain areas of the world. Festival screenings were forbidden after the first of April, as the film had proven itself to be so popular internationally, that the rights-holders decided that Your Name could only be bought for regular distribution after that date. The one festival which was able to show it in the Netherlands (in March, mere weeks before the deadline) had two...

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Do Not Obey!: Joko Anwar's Pengabdi Setan Remake

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(Originally published at https://storyboardfilm.wordpress.com/) A remake is rarely good news. But when you have a name like Joko Anwar attached to a remake, then there's possibly something to look forward to, or so I thought. I've been a fan of Joko's work, even though I've not seen them all. He has a knack for building a foreboding atmosphere that really gets under your skin. My very first big-screen experience of a film of his was Kala (2007), and I was very fortunate – or unfortunate, as I later discovered – to have an empty cinema hall all to myself in an afternoon screening. Midway through the film, the mood got to me as I nervously looked left and right, hoping no mysterious being had...

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Trailer Time: Tik Tik Tik Is India's First Modern Space Thriller. Miruthan Director's Follow-Up Looks Ambitious

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The director/actor duo of Shakti Soundar Rajan and Jayam Ravi tore up the genre festival circuit last year with their impressive - and very fun - musical survival horror action zombie thriller Miruthan last year, and the team is back at it again and upping the stakes with India's first space adventure film of the modern era. Tik Tik Tik pairs the team once more in what looks like a high concept space thriller that also has the potential to be extremely fun.  Tik Tik Tik is story of an impending asteroid strike set to wipe out a large section of south India. In typically filmi (hyperbolic) fashion, the only man who can save them is a "trained magician and escape artist" portrayed by Ravi...

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Review: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Reveals the Star's True Self

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Hedy Lamarr was one of Hollywood's most beautiful stars. She was known for her amazing face and propensity to stand up for herself in the old Hollywood boy's club -- a feminist before the word was invented.  But it wasn't widely known that she was also smart as hell; in fact, she was the inventor of the frequency hopping technology that secure wifi, bluetooth, cell phones, military tech, and Gps all use. Sadly, we learn in Alexandra Dean's eye-opening doc, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, that she was largely ignored because of her looks and Hollywood status. Lamarr had delivered her patent (created with friend and composer George Antheil) to the U.S. Navy with hopes of helping defeat the Nazis in World War II --...

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Dreaming Of A Jewish Christmas: Trailer Explores Roots of Christmas Carols in New Doc

23 November 2017 5:30 PM, PST

Now that Yankee Thanksgiving has more or less given the rest of the free world permission to fully embrace holiday mode we should tell all of our Canadian readers of a documentary that is coming out just in time for the holidays, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas, a film by Larry Weinstein.    Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas will have a one time screening on Sunday December 3 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, for the cast/crew and public, hosted by Toronto Jewish Film Foundation. That same night it will premiere on documentary Channel at 8pm Est then air once more on CBC on December 7th at 9:00 p.m.   For your viewing pleasure we have your first look at the trailer for Larry Weinstein's...

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10+ Years Later: Donnie Darko, the Boy Who Leapt Through Time

23 November 2017 2:45 PM, PST

[note: the write-up below only takes the theatrical cut of Donnie Darko into consideration. I have not seen the director’s cut nor read Kelley’s The Donnie Darko Book] When Kojima Hideo released Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater in 2004 (the eight installment in the popular video game franchise), the stakes were higher than attaining victory or suffering defeat. After all, as a prequel to all previous entries, set thirty years before the original Metal Gear, premature death meant tampering with the flow of fate. If you waited long enough before triggering a soft reset to restart the action, the ‘Game Over’-screen would morph into a ‘Time Paradox’-message to confront you with the impossible turn of events you had created. Having no knowledge of the...

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Belgium's Black Duo Return With Hyper Stylized Gangsta

23 November 2017 2:15 PM, PST

If you were to draft up a list of qualities of typically 'Belgian' films, you likely would end up with the description of something an entire world away from Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallah's international breakout hit Black, which is almost crtainly as the duo intended. Essentially Romeo And Juliet remodelled as a bold and brash, youthful gangster tale amongst Belgium's immigrant communities, Black - the duo's second film - found great success on the international festival circuit, where it was considered a calling card for a forceful pair of new talents. And now El Arbi and Fallah are poised to return with their third effort, the simply titled Gangsta and they look poised to deliver exactly what the title promises: Not the serious...

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Poland Has A Panic Attack

23 November 2017 1:45 PM, PST

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 film following a disparate group of characters as they move from peace to panic and the trailer here is a marvel of spiky energy and playful visuals. There's an awful lot to love here - including an appearance from Danish star Nicolas Bro as a sweaty air passenger - as Maslona lays out his tales of urban angst and I can only hope for a chance to see the full feature soon. Check out the teaser below....

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Blu-ray Review: Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky on Criterion, Vital, Promising, More Quirky Than Funny

22 November 2017 12:00 PM, PST

Surprise! The delightful, self-deprecating audio commentary by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin is what sold me on Jabberwocky, a very British film loosely inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem. Released in the U.K. and the U.S. in April 1977 -- two months before Star Wars -- the film was savaged by critics, as Gilliam recalls, though it did better in territories where Monty Python and the Holy Grail had not been released, such as Germany. Indeed, the original release did not leave a mark in my memory, though I recall it frequently playing on the lively repertory circuit in Los Angeles in the late 1970s and early 80s. Of course, I was a latecomer to the entire Monty Python phenomenon, since the show was broadcast on...

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Interview: Justice League's Ray Fisher On Becoming Cyborg

22 November 2017 8:00 AM, PST

What do you if your acting debut is as one of the legendary characters in a long-awaited superhero series? If you are rising star, Ray Fisher, you handle your appearance as Cyborg in director Zack Snyder’s Justice League with coolness and grace.   In an exclusive chat, Fisher spoke with me about playing Victor Stone’s mecha-man alter-ego, Cyborg, being the new kid on the DC block, Apokoliptian tech, fandom, and making the choice to be a man or a monster.     The Lady Miz Diva:  Speaking with you before our interview, you mentioned that during promotion for Justice League is a labor of love.  Tell us about that?   Ray Fisher:  It’s a labor of love because this is something that I’ve loved as...

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Review: Darkest Hour Illuminates Wartime Anarchy in the UK

22 November 2017 6:02 AM, PST

It’s often observed that moviemaking, large scale moviemaking in particular, is akin to orchestrating a war. That’s not to belittle or demean the very real horror and cost of true war; in filmmaking the severity of casualties don’t usually stem beyond the sacrifices of pride, vision, money, relationships, and sanity. War devours all of that and considerably more. This includes no less than global balance and most importantly, human lives.   Though now unpopular -- who today, under the age of sixty, voluntarily watches classic military combat films? -- the chaotic, visceral verisimilitude and/or tense hyper-focus of war stories have long proven a formally ideal match for the language of cinema. Never mind the correlation in their very execution, considered above. It’s the very ability...

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Psycho Pompous: Expressionist Horror, Part II: The Man Who Laughs, An Expansion

21 November 2017 1:50 PM, PST

The Man Who Laughs is, for the most part, not a horror film. It is a melodrama and a tragic love story in which many of the melancholy elements are twisted into a haunting gothic representation of the emotional states of the main characters. Now... Why are we spending yet another installment of this column talking about this film? Besides finally getting to the movie itself, it’s because The Man Who Laughs injected the right elements into the horror scene at precisely the right time. This is when (in American horror filmmaking) the priority would shift from light to shadow, from daydreams to nightmares. German expressionism had arrived to upset the storytelling pastimes and ideals of American romanticism, from which horror films would never be...

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Giveaway: Win The Limehouse Golem on DVD

21 November 2017 11:00 AM, PST

Rlj Entertainment released Juan Carlos Medina's period thriller The Limehouse Golem on DVD at the beginning of the month. We've been a little lax giving stuff away this month, tis the season, but it is better late than never to give away something to our faithful readership.    The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer – dubbed The Limehouse Golem – is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood.  With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) – a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail.  Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star...

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Lifechanger: New Shapeshifter From Justin McConnell Begins Production

21 November 2017 10:00 AM, PST

Our friend Justin McConnell is back in the director's chair. Taking a hiatus from doing film things for other film people he is back in creative control on his new shape-shifting horror/thriller Lifechanger.    Production began last week, so we are a little late to the party announcing the new project. We hope to be visiting the set near the end of the shoot next month, and will report back to you in kind. Pictured above is Justin's best side as he gazes upon, it looks like Elitsa Bako in the monitor.    Justin McConnell’s Lifechanger begins production in Toronto Production continues until early December   The shape-shifting horror/thriller Lifechanger, written and directed by Justin McConnell, has begun production in Toronto.   Justin McConnell’s (Broken...

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Cinema One Originals 2017 Review: Changing Partners Satisfyingly Delivers Catharsis

21 November 2017 9:02 AM, PST

In the first minutes of Changing Partners, Agot Isidro’s Alex (don’t be confused, there’ll be two Alex’s here — that’s kind of the concept of the whole film) expresses her excitement over watching the new season of her favorite prime-time musical soap opera.   Her much younger boyfriend Cris (Sandino Martin, one of the Cris’s, that is) finds the notion of characters breaking into song quite absurd. Isidro’s Alex explains that when characters burst into song, it is so emotions can be more untethered and thus more felt — the tempered voice inside one's self breaking free. Then a few minutes later, both this Alex and Cris start belting high notes on the magic and peculiarity of their love.   With this first scene, there’s a...

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Gareth Evans Developing London Gangland Series For HBO Offshoots

21 November 2017 8:00 AM, PST

According to a report from Deadline The Raid's Gareth Evans is developing a gangland drama series for HBO's Cinemax and Sky Atlantic. The series will be called Gangs of London and is being developed by Evans and his long time cinematographer Matt Flannery.   The drama, which will launch in 2019, is set in contemporary London as it is becoming torn apart by power struggles involving a number of international gangs. The series begins as the head of one criminal gang is assassinated and the power vacuum threatens the fragile peace between the other underworld organisations.   Evans said he hoped the show would bring a “cinematic viewing experience” into U.S and UK homes.   “It has been a thrilling experience to leap into longform...

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Have Your Say: Crisis On Infinite Universes

21 November 2017 7:00 AM, PST

Fans of super-hero films sure will not have experienced a shortage of them in the past decade. Ever since Marvel's massively successful Avengers film, their "Cinematic Universe" has been a purring engine, raking in cash for Disney in jaw-dropping amounts for years now already. And of course when one studio has such a magnificent shiny toy, all others want one as well. Warner Brothers had the benefit of having their own comic-books empire attached and began setting up their "DC-Extended Universe", and is even trying to make a mega-monster-verse out of Godzilla and Skull Island as well. Universal tried to do a similar thing with its own recent re-imaginings of their horror classics. That's not to say Marvel's success is easy to copy though. Universal...

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The German Shivers Film Festival's Line-up Will Set Hearts Aflutter...

21 November 2017 12:00 AM, PST

From November the 23rd till November the 28th, the German city of Constance will be hosting the Shivers Film Festival. It's the third time the festival is being held and the organizers have just revealed the entire line-up, which happens to be a very impressing one. For starters they have Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missoury, and you can take "starters" literally, as it is the fest's opening film. Other Screen Anarchy favorites include Can Evrenol's Housewife, Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Bill Watterson's Dave Made a Maze and Nabwana I.G.G's utterly fantastic Wakaliwood extravaganza Bad Black. And hey, any festival which plays Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce and Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers gets our thumbs-up. And while Germany has had a (25...

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AFI Fest 2017 Dispatch: Metaphysial Masterworks and Nerve-Jangling Debuts

20 November 2017 12:00 PM, PST

AFI Fest closed out their 2017 edition last Thursday in Los Angeles with a star-studded showing of the Jessica Chastain starring Molly's Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. And while the American Film Instituite certainly likes their gala premieres and big homgrown fare, it is often when you dig beyond the mainstream and English language that you will be most greatly rewarded. From an astounding metaphysical masterwork to the two best narrative feature debuts I have seen this year, the following is my sampling of the titles I had the pleasure of seeing at AFI Fest 2017 -- enjoy these capsule reviews!     ...

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