4 items from 2015
Among the foreign-language titles on display at Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York are many titles that will wind up in the foreign Oscar race as their countries choose their final official submissions. Other Oscar entries are nearing the end of their run on the festival circuit. See trailers below. China has selected China Film Group's big-budget Mongolian wilderness adventure "Wolf Totem" (September 11), directed by French director Jean-Jacques Annaud ("Quest for Fire"), which bears some resemblance to the Kazakhstan entry, Yermek Tursunov's sixth feature, "Stranger," which has its world premiere in the Toronto Contemporary World Cinema section. Both films are about the risks of interfering with the wild wolf population. South Korea has submitted period martial arts drama "The Throne." Taiwan is likely to go with Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Cannes martial arts epic "The Assassin" (Well Go USA); Sony »
- Anne Thompson
Ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, a trailer has arrive online for the Turkish horror Baskin, which we have for you here…
What should be a routine night on patrol becomes a trip into the darkness of the mind and soul for a squad of unsuspecting cops in this tour-de-force feature debut from the ferociously talented director Can Evrenol. Based on Evrenol’s terrifying 2013 short of the same name, and drawing upon a diverse range of inspirations — not only such films as Quest for Fire, Apocalypse Now, and Hellraiser but also the paintings of Caravaggio, Bosch, and Giger — Baskin offers up a nightmarish compendium of imaginative frights that will leave even seasoned horror-movie fans reeling.
Responding to an emergency call for backup, the squad arrives at an old building to find an abandoned patrol car and no sign of their comrades. Entering the building and making their way to the basement, »
- Gary Collinson
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
The high-concept film sees the film's actors favouring grunts for traditional dialogue, a la Quest for Fire. That's really all we know at this point.
Let's just say we're extremely excited to see what
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4 items from 2015
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