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THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT screens again 2.45pm today at Fantaspoa
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Time crime primer: Michael Felker's outstanding sci-fi feature THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT (2024) "traps fugitive siblings on a rural property, in time, and in a looping legacy of family tragedy". Screens 8.30pm tonight at Fantaspoa https://projectedfigures.c...
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03:54 AM - Apr 17, 2024
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"Seventies-set school invasion horror lets Manson-esque cultists and abandoned pupils raise some hell together": Christmas comes early, as Jenn Wexler's THE SACRIFICE GAME screens 8pm tonight for Femme Fatalities at Gateway Film Center. Full review at SciFiNow
03:45 AM - Apr 17, 2024
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"digs deep to disinter a range of historical and cultural influences, all as a way of revealing the different horrors that have contributed to today鈥檚 divided, haunted Korea": Jang Jae-hyun's ghost-busting EXHUMA, 9.30pm at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Review for Sight and Sound
03:40 AM - Apr 17, 2024
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This Collector's Edition Blu-ray is out today(ish) from Umbrella Entertainment, and includes my booklet essay "Iron ladies, riot grrrls, and the surreal superheroics of Rachel Talalay's Tank Girl (1995)", as well as an *amazing* video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
03:29 AM - Apr 17, 2024
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Less is moor: Chris Cronin's cold-case mystery/folk horror THE MOOR "sees two people seeking the right location to bury their grief, guilt and gall". Screened yesterday at Fantaspoa, and again 6.15pm 18 April. Don't miss this one! https://projectedfigures.c...
03:21 AM - Apr 17, 2024
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Very proud to have contributed a booklet essay to this 4K HDR/Blu edition of Park Chan-wook's JSA JOINT SECURITY AREA (2000), coming 7 Aug via Umbrella Entertainment. Pre-order here:
08:08 AM - Apr 16, 2024
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Honoured to have an essay on John Schlesinger as both insider and outsider artist in this Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of DARLING (1965), out 7 Aug from Umbrella Entertainment. Pre-order here:
05:53 AM - Apr 16, 2024
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"the fracturing relationship of a newborn鈥檚 parents and the furnishing that comes between them": Caye Casas' tragic farce THE COFFEE TABLE (La mesita del comedor, 2022) on US DVD from today via Cinephobia Releasing https://projectedfigures.c...
04:25 AM - Apr 16, 2024
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"a holy fool on an (un)orthodox spiritual journey in occupied Estonia": Rainer (NOVEMBER) Sarnet鈥檚 hard-rocking, genre-crossing kung fu comedy THE INVISIBLE FIGHT (N脛HTAMATU V脮ITLUS, 2023) on US Blu-ray/DVD from today via Kino Lorber
04:21 AM - Apr 16, 2024
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His and hearse: "Or莽un Behram鈥檚 nekromantic road/cult movie charts a lonely hearse driver鈥檚 relationship with his not quite dead cargo." THE FUNERAL (CENAZE, 2023) screens 9pm tonight at BIFFF. Astonishing! https://projectedfigures.c...
04:17 AM - Apr 16, 2024
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"Jason Yu鈥檚 psychodramatic feature debut brings ambiguous Polanskian dread to a new family in a nightmarish apartment": SLEEP (2023) screens 6.30pm at BIFFF - Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival https://projectedfigures.c...
04:10 AM - Apr 16, 2024
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Brucesploitation!: David Gregory's doc ENTER THE CLONES OF BRUCE LEE is "a funny, bittersweet slice of monofocused nostalgia". Screens 5pm today at Fantaspoa https://projectedfigures.c...
04:04 AM - Apr 15, 2024
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Adventures in the skin trade: Mike Cheslik's absurdly inventive, beautifully stylised feature debut HUNDREDS OF BEAVERS "rewrites America鈥檚 colonial history as surreally violent silent comedy". Now streaming in US via Apple TV & Prime Video
04:00 AM - Apr 15, 2024
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"a mannered, meditative take on a well-worn genre, transforming its slice-and-dice scenarios into a disquisition on the problem and persistence of incomprehensible evil": Chris Nash's IN A VIOLENT NATURE (2024) screens 9.30pm tonight at BIFFF
03:54 AM - Apr 15, 2024
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"Aki Kaurism盲ki鈥檚 proletarian romance has two ageing underdogs deadpanning their way through modernity鈥檚 oppressions": FALLEN LEAVES (Kuolleet lehdet) (2023) is on Blu-ray/DVD from today via MUBI UK & Ireland https://projectedfigures.c...
03:49 AM - Apr 15, 2024
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George A. Romero鈥檚 psycho-apocalyptic THE CRAZIES (1973) captures the madness of Vietnam-era America, while also foreshadowing its polarities today. On ArrowPlayer from today https://projectedfigures.c...
03:30 AM - Apr 15, 2024
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"the first, tentative taste of a very adult lesson about patriarchy and pecking order in Japan鈥檚 social hierarchies": I WAS BORN, BUT... (1932) out on Blu-ray from today as part of BFI's set TWO FILMS BY YASUJIRO OZU. Capsule for LWLies https://lwlies.com/article...
03:26 AM - Apr 15, 2024
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"A truly biting examination of the misogyny underlying patriarchal civilisation": Pollyanna McIntosh *is* THE WOMAN in Lucky McKee's 2011 film, streaming on ArrowPlayer from today. https://projectedfigures.c...
03:15 AM - Apr 15, 2024
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You can't step into the same river twice: in Junta Yamaguchi鈥檚 second looping SF feature RIVER, an inn鈥檚 staff and residents, frozen in a recurring two minutes, desperately seek a future. Screens 6.15pm today at Fantaspoa. Review for SciFiNow
02:52 PM - Apr 14, 2024
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His and hearse: "Or莽un Behram鈥檚 nekromantic road/cult movie charts a lonely hearse driver鈥檚 relationship with his not quite dead cargo." THE FUNERAL (CENAZE, 2023) screens 5pm today at Fantaspoa. Astonishing! https://projectedfigures.c...
02:44 PM - Apr 14, 2024
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"Zach Passero鈥檚 affectionate Eighties-inflected animated monster movie lets teen rites of passage camp alongside adult ritual": THE WEIRD KIDZ screening now (from 3pm) at Fantaspoa https://projectedfigures.c...
02:39 PM - Apr 14, 2024
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Miner classic: Mathieu Turi's 'underground' horror THE DEEP DARK (GUEULES NOIRES, 2023) has "a group of miners lost in both monstrous myth and their own confused masculinity". Screens 9.30pm tonight at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
04:46 AM - Apr 14, 2024
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A future that is hard to resist: Junta Yamaguchi鈥檚 breezy single-take, multi-time puzzler BEYOND THE INFINITE TWO MINUTES (2021) leaves you in awe of both its intricate plotting & 4D-chess filmmaking. How on earth did they do it? 8pm tonight at Fantaspoa
04:11 AM - Apr 13, 2024
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Rip(tide) Van Winkle: Austin Andrews and Andrew Holmes鈥 ghostly mystery THE ISLAND BETWEEN TIDES (2024) "traps a young woman in time, and in a paradoxical paradise". Screens 6.15pm this evening at Fantaspoa https://projectedfigures.c...
04:07 AM - Apr 13, 2024
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"post-apocalyptic proof-of-concept short introduces an anarchic skateboarding rogue": Eileen Yaghoobian's SKATER ZOMBIES: THE VILLAIN (2024) screens 3pm today at the Barn at Mission Farm in San Juan Bautista, CA for Poppy Jasper International Film Festival.
04:03 AM - Apr 13, 2024
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"while the slippery shapeshifter is certainly demonised (mostly by male characters), she is also a feminist heroine of sorts": Alberto Corredor's witchy curse horror BAGHEAD (2023) screens 9.30pm today Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Review for Sight and Sound
03:53 AM - Apr 13, 2024
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You can't step into the same river twice: in Junta Yamaguchi鈥檚 second looping SF feature RIVER, an inn鈥檚 staff and residents, frozen in a recurring two minutes, desperately seek a future. Screens 4pm today at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Review for SciFiNow
03:49 AM - Apr 13, 2024
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Time crime primer: Michael Felker's outstanding sci-fi feature THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT (2024) "traps fugitive siblings on a rural property, in time, and in a looping legacy of family tragedy". Screens 8.30pm tonight at Fantaspoa https://projectedfigures.c...
02:12 PM - Apr 12, 2024
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"a holy fool on an (un)orthodox spiritual journey in occupied Estonia": Rainer (NOVEMBER) Sarnet鈥檚 hard-rocking, genre-crossing kung fu comedy THE INVISIBLE FIGHT (N盲htamatu v玫itlus, 2023) screens 5.30pm today at Fantaspoa
02:07 PM - Apr 12, 2024
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Land of reckoning: F. Javier Gutierrez鈥檚 enigmatic horror oater THE WAIT (LA ESPERA, 2023) "makes a Spanish ranch in the 1970s reecho with Old Testament morality." Screens 5pm today at Fantaspoa. Excellent. https://projectedfigures.c...
02:04 PM - Apr 12, 2024
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