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Wrote Mark Hodgson in Twitch: "Dorm is likely to get caught up in the latest wave of Asian horror films from Thailand. But it's not a horror film, so much as a ghost story. Despite the young cast, it's certainly not childish - it has an uncomfortably dark side, reminiscent of Stand By Me, that makes it unsuitable for a younger audience. Anyhow, while I can't quite categorise it, I can say that it's the best Thai film that I've seen so far... [A] beautifully shot film, with finely-judged performances."

Adds Variety's Richard Kuipers:....

Blog entry 05/30/2007 - 11:33am

By Sean Axmaker

"The ultimate cult auteur."

Jean-Pierre Melville is surely the ultimate cult auteur in the French cinema. Spiritual godfather of the French New Wave (Jean-Luc Godard paid tribute to Melville with a generous cameo in his debut feature, Breathless), Melville was a maverick in the system from his astounding, independently produced debut, La Silence de la Mer (1947), a chamber drama set in France during the Nazi occupation, to his final film, the buddies-turned-nemeses heist thriller Un Flic (1972). He's a favorite director of John Woo, Quentin Tarantino and Michael Mann (whose coolly attenuated crime thrillers owe a debt to Melville), and his masterpiece, Le Samourai, was an inspiration to both Walter Hill's The Driver and Woo's The Killer.

The Criterion edition of Army of Shadows is now available on DVD.

Blog entry 05/16/2007 - 12:56am

By David D'Arcy

"They're not ironic," Guillermo Del Toro says of his films. "Not even a thing like Blade II, not even a thing like Hellboy. I believe in these things. I love these things. I'm not being postmodern about it." David D'Arcy's conversation with the director of Pan's Labyrinth touches on the Spanish Civil War, Mexican film today, the books Del Toro reads (and rereads), the art he collects and the filmmakers he admires.

Pan's Labyrinth is now available on DVD. Don't overlook the bonus disc packed with some fantastic special features, including a Charlie Rose interview with del Toro and his creative parnters in crime Alfonso Cuaróa> and Alejandro Gonzáz Iñitu.

Page 05/16/2007 - 12:55am

 

By Jonathan Marlow

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Mysterious Object at Noon, the title of his first feature, applies to his entire project," J. Hoberman once wrote of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Jonathan Marlow talks to the Thai director whose work is mysteriously intriguing enough to be awarded the Special Jury Prize at Cannes.

Weerasethakul's newest DVD release Blissfully Yours, can be found here.

Blog entry 05/08/2007 - 11:55am

By Michael Fox

Claude Chabrol

"The murderously genteel Claude Chabrol has been compared to Alfred Hitchcock by so many critics, capsule biographers, trailer producers and pressbook writers that the label "France's master of suspense" is forever stuck to his lapel. The seed was planted back in the '50s when Chabrol co-authored an early book on the then-undervalued British filmmaker with fellow Cahiers du Cinema critic (and soon-to-be fellow Nouvelle Vague instigator) Eric Rohmer."

Two of Claude Chabrol's films starring Isabelle Huppert are now available on DVD; The Comedy of Power (2006), and Violette (1978). Read on as Michael Fox shares an overview of some of the director's most memorable works.

Blog entry 05/08/2007 - 11:39am

By Shade Rupe

With El Topo and The Holy Mountain seeing a limited theatrical release earlier this year, and now, at long last, official DVD releases as well, most of the well-justified hoopla has focused on these films as cult classics, landmarks in the early history of the pre-video era's "midnight movie" phenomenon. Some of the coverage has gone further, telling the story of the dispute between Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky and Beatles manager Allen Klein, who has owned the rights to these films and kept them out of circulation for three decades.

Blog entry 05/02/2007 - 12:55am

By Cathleen Rountree

Upon first meeting one of the great humanist filmmakers, Hirokazu Kore-eda, last September at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by his modesty and peacefulness, characteristics embodied also by Soza (Junichi Okada), the reluctant swordsman/hero in Kore-eda.s most recent film Hana, screening this week at SFIFF. An aficionada of his four previous films: Maborosi (1996), After Life (1999), Distance (2002), and Nobody Knows (2004), I was ecstatic at the opportunity to meet and speak with this foremost world cinema director, who, as far as I.m concerned, should be considered one of Japan.s Living Treasures.

Blog entry 04/30/2007 - 12:55am

By Sean Axmaker

"'Everyone has his reasons,' that famous quote from the inexhaustible 1939 masterpiece The Rules of the Game, has been the standard critical stamp on the work of Jean Renoir. Every individual in a Renoir film is a unique person whom Renoir attempts to understand, or at least make understood to us," says Sean Axmaker in his article about the French master's films and characters. A special three disc Collector's Edition featuring some of Renoirs finest works is now available on DVD.

Blog entry 04/27/2007 - 12:59am

By Jonathan Marlow

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the release of Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting on DVD, the vast and vital oeuvre of Raúiz, seemingly so far out of reach for most of us, is brought one small but welcome step closer. Jonathan Marlow met the Chilean director in Rotterdam. Also: A talk with Elsa Zylberstein about working with Ruiz on Time Regained and That Day.

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