Author Archives: Tom

Wiener-Dog – New Release Review

Wiener-Dog is a tough film to like. You certainly can’t, or maybe aren’t supposed to, love it. I’m actually pretty sure you’re just supposed to be shocked by it. It’s about a dog who gets shuffled from weirdo to weirdo who in some way or another finds their life affected by its presence. Put that […]

Best of 2016: Embrace of the Serpent

Embrace of the Serpent was Colombia’s entry into the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards, proving that for director Ciro Guerra the third time is the charm. His first unsuccessful submission happened to be his very first feature, the 2004 drama Wandering Shadows, and the second in 2009 for The Wind Journeys. Guerra […]

The Darkest Universe – New Release Review

The Darkest Universe, from BAFTA-nominated Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley, is a thoroughly original British independent release that identifies the young directors as a tandem to keep an eye on. Not only is their second effort (their first being 2011’s Black Pond, for which they were nominated) able to pull off that oh-so-tricky juggling act of remaining […]

Cemetery of Splendor – New Release Review

Cemetery of Splendor plumbs the depths of the soul in a meditative and meandering narrative that simply defies categorization.

Exclusive Interview: Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley Talk The Darkest Universe!

The Darkest Universe is a thoroughly original British independent release that follows a young man in search of his sister whose mysterious disappearance leaves him reeling. It is directed and edited by BAFTA-nominated directors Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley, whose work on the 2011 indie Black Pond earned them critical acclaim. In The Darkest Universe, […]

Embrace of the Serpent – New Release Review

Embrace of the Serpent was Colombia’s entry into the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Academy Awards, proving that for director Ciro Guerra the third time is the charm. His first unsuccessful submission happened to be his very first feature, the 2004 drama Wandering Shadows, and the second in 2009 for The Wind Journeys. Guerra […]

Hurricane – Short Film Review

Hurricane is the brand new short film from Christiano Dias, an experienced short film director who has managed to fit 20 writer-director credits under his belt in the span of a decade. His latest puts a humorous spin on anti-Communist sentiments running rampant in 1950s America. It tells a darkly comic tale of a couple, Oslo (Corey Page) […]

Baskin – New Release Review

We take a look at this outlandish nightmare of a film! Eye-gougings. Keyholes in foreheads. Buckets of frogs and portals to Hell. Welcome to the mad, blood-soaked world of Baskin, the debut feature from Can Evrenol, one of only eight Turkish films ever to receive distribution in North America. If you want the truth, there’s no […]

In a Time for Sleep – New Release Review

We take a look at this curious and impassioned short film… In a Time for Sleep uses a simple but wholly unexpected act of violence as an allegory for the frustration felt by women of Turkey — and many other nations besides — who remain quagmired in oppressive laws and archaic customs that to this day refuse to embrace western concepts […]

The Measure of a Man – New Release Review

We take a look at this Cannes success which opens today in cinemas… The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) could turn out to be a measure of one’s patience if they’re not prepared for the meditation that lays ahead. But if you’re willing to stick with it, you’ll hardly miss Stéphane Brizé’s biting critique of […]