Archive for the 'Reviews' Category

Alamar (To the Sea) Review

Director Pedro González-Rubio’s debut film Alamar is nothing short of a contemporary masterpiece. Deceptively simple in structure, its story woven around a Mexican father and his half-Italian son embarking on a trip to the coral reefs of Banco Chinchorro ahead of their impending separation, the work is infused with a delightful authenticity edging on neo-realist […]

The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (Светът е голям и спасение дебне отвсякъде) Review

Together with Kamen Kalev’s more recent but equally outstanding production Eastern Plays (2009), Bulgarian director Stephan Komandarev’s The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner puts the country on the cinematic roadmap of Europe.

How I Ended This Summer (Как я провёл этим летом) Review

Beautifully photographed and uniquely atmospheric, Aleksei Popogrebsky’s new film How I Ended This Summer is the latest entry in an emerging Russian art house trend.

Suspect X (容疑者Xの献身) Review

Hiroshi Nishitani’s Suspect X is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of mainstream popularity and the more artsy avant-garde, making it easy to recommend to serious Japanese cinema aficionados and more casual film buffs alike.

Eastern Plays (Източни пиеси) Review

Part of the nascent renaissance in Bulgarian cinema, exemplified most prominently by Stephan Komandarev’s Oscar contender The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008), Kamen Kalev’s new film Eastern Plays offers a much-needed fresh take on the modern Eastern European experience.

Strayed (Заблудившийся) Review

From Boratland comes Akan Satayev’s bold new supernatural thriller Strayed (Zabludivshijsya), an eerie, atmospherically rich effort of unprecedented quality for Central Asian productions in the genre.

Johnny Mad Dog Review

Raw, bold and frenetically charged, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s French drama Johnny Mad Dog is a film about child soldiers fighting a civil war in an unnamed African country one would likely have high hopes for.