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Laurie Anderson's "Heart of a Dog" Has Heart and Soul

For more than four decades, Laurie Anderson has been telling us stories about her soul. In the avant-gardists's entrancing new movie Heart of a Dog, she expresses the spirit of her deceased rat terrior as well. Lolabelle, as Anderson told me in 2010, was her "best friend." So it's not surprising that the documentary is dedicated to that companionate canine's loving memory. More about that here: http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1146/laurie_andersons_heart_of_a_dog_has_he...

Tickets Now on Sale for Cellar Door Film Festival!

OTTAWA, ON – Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) returns for a second year of strange and unusual cinema. After a successful first year featuring a sold-out opening night and enthusiastic audiences, Ottawa’s first film festival devoted to films in the speculative genres is opening up the cellar again to showcase sinister and supernatural films to Ottawa audiences. Advance tickets and festival passes are now available through Universe at a discounted price. Things go bump in the night ...

Shaandaar, Review: Insomniacs, maniacs, megalomaniacs and necrophiliacs

Shaandaar, Review: Insomniacs, maniacs, megalomaniacs and necrophiliacs It’s a Shaandaar combination. Producers of this eagerly-awaited film include the Dharma banner owner Karan Johar (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, My Name is Khan, Student of the Year; also director), Vikramaditya Motwane (director of the mini-classic, Udaan, and co-owner of the production house, Phantom Films, with Shaandaar director Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, and Madhu Mantena) and Anurag Kashyap himself, the director of such...

Chuck Norris vs Communism

Chance to catch this fun movie next week in London in a joint screening with Eunic at Picturehouse Central - all details on our website: Communist Romania - 1980s. Culturally isolated, ideologically censored; all images of life outside the Iron Curtain are banned and TV is reduced to a couple of hours of propaganda bulletins each day. From the drab concrete housing blocks to the food ration queues, an overwhelming fear of state surveillance had prevented the people from stepping out of line. ...

Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, Review: Sucker bunch and the sex carrots

Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, Review: Sucker bunch and the sex carrots                                              Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 has been described in some media reports as a not so true sequel to 2011 film, Pyaar Ka Punchnama. Not having seen the earlier Punchnama (dissection/five witnesses to a crime report report/post mortem; ‘punch’ means five), I cannot comm...

Talvar, Review: Whodunit? Doesn’t matter!

Talvar, Review: Whodunit? Doesn’t matter! Like the 1950 Japanese cult film Rashomon, directed by Akira Kurosawa and often rated as one of the greatest films ever made, remade n number of times in India, Meghna Gulzar’s Talvar (sword) presents three contradictory accounts of a nation-rocking real life double murder, which variously portray the prime accused as guilty or innocent. It fictionalises names and dates, amalgamates some characters into a single entity and does not take a ...

Cellar Door Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-up!

    Cellar Door Film Festival Offers Audiences a World Tour of Speculative Cinema!   Festival returns with a mix of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films from around the world.   29 September, 2015 For Immediate release   OTTAWA, ON – Cellar Door Film Festival (CDFF) returns for a second year of strange and unusual cinema. After a successful first year featuring a sold-out opening night and enthusiastic audiences, Ottawa’s first film festival devote...

Kis Kisko Pyar Karoon, Review: Odd Kapils

Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon, Review: Odd Kapils                                                                                        What is Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (KKPK)? A remake of the Kannada film Nimbe Huli, produced by Subhash Ghai? A remake of some yet to be identified Eng...

"Wolf Totem": Jean-Jacques Annaud on Running with Wolves

We often hear that directing animals and children is hell on a filmmaker. So why is Jean-Jacques Annaud nostalgic about the 200 horses, 1,000 sheep, 35 wolves and smattering of young humans he worked with for his new picture Wolf Totem? Maybe his fascination with wolves has something to do with it. As the title indicates, they're the real stars of this gorgeous 3-D spectacle.  Drawn from Jiang Rong's semi-autobiographical novel, Wolf Totem tells the epic saga of a young Beijing s...

"The Second Mother"

Anna Muyleart's drama "The Second Mother" delivers the latest closeup of class and work relations in Brazil. See it this Labor Day or whenever. Here's why it shouldn't be missed:  http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/1062/the_second_mother_maid_in_brazil ...

The Path of Zarathustra, Review: The temperature of departure

The Path of Zarathustra, Review: The temperature of departure To say that Parsees are a minority community in India, or, for that matter, anywhere in the world, might be an understatement. Official figures put their entire population as 80,000, most of them being Indians. Followers of the prophet Zarathustra (Zoraster) and natives of Iran, they fled an oppressive regime in their parent country to seek refuge in India, and were granted asylum in what is present day Gujarat, along the western c...

Get Happy selected at Montreal Film Festival

    We will be screening at the 39th Montreal World Film Festival /Festival des Films du Monde de Montreal - FFM on September 3rd (9AM) and 4th (7PM)! If you're around, do join us! ...

Chehere: A Modern Day Classic, Review: What’s in a name?

Chehere: A Modern Day Classic, Review: What’s in a name? Even seven years after it was shot, Chehere: A Modern Day Classic, was unlikely to see even the light of modern day. That it has managed to reach the screen is a miracle, as is the survival of its lead actress, Manisha Koirala, who was battling cancer when the film was almost complete. First screened at the Pravasi Film Festival, New Delhi, in 2010, probably short of a few Manisha scenes, the film was initially titled Badalte Cheh...

Phantom, Review: RAW-hide Rambo

Phantom, Review: RAW-hide Rambo Saif Ali Khan comes in for Salman, Katrina stays put, so do the London locales and the secret agent assassin theme, as director Kabir Khan tries to go one up on his last outing in the genre, Ek Tha Tiger (2012). He has claimed that Tiger was unrealistic, whereas Phantom is close to reality. That claim is highly debatable. Phantom is indeed inspired by real and devastating, events that wreaked terror in Mumbai, in November 2008, killing 167 persons. That does ma...

2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES!

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We're accepting films to our 3rd year!  We will boast 7 days of independent cinema from all over the world in a modern theater in the heart of the world-famous arts distrcit in North Hollywood, California!  All genres accepted.  Awards given in multiple categories.  Check us out at www.nohocinefest.com.  We are on Withoutabox and Film Freeway! ...

2015 British Urban Film Festival Schedule Announced

6-day event features 27 screenings and 4 UK Premieres          BUFF 2015 begins on Wednesday 16 September with the pre-festival party at The W Hotel in Leicester Square.          The first ever BUFF awards from The Cinema Museum in Kennington on Thursday 17 September hosted by DJ Abrantee (Capital Xtra) & Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Metro).          Opening Night ...

SHE WHO MUST BURN (d: Larry Kent, Canada, 2015) - World premiere at Montreal's Fantasia

Once again, recently closed Fantasia International Film Festival (19th edition, July 14 - August 5, Montreal 2015), the largest genre film festival in North America, has offered an incredible program. Among 22 world premieres, a special place belongs to She Who Must Burn, a “burning” piece by legendary iconoclastic filmmaker Larry Kent, pioneer of Canadian independent scene since early 1960ies. Unfortunately, Kent is not so widely known even in Canada, yet he made more than a dozen...

Gour Hari Dastaan/The Freedom File, Review: His-story

Gour Hari Dastaan/The Freedom File, Review: His-story Described in the press as a Kafkaesque black comedy when it was launched in 2011, Gour Hari Dastaan is based on a true story, of Gour Hari Das (now 85), with some Kafkaesque undertones, but very little or no black comedy. It cannot afford to be a comedy, let alone a black one, since it deals with the sensitive subject of the neglect and disregard suffered by those who participated in the struggle to rid India of British colonial rule. Brit...

Bangistan, Review: Citizen Wong Kar-Wai meets Raging Bull at FcDonald’s

Bangistan, Review: Citizen Wong Kar-Wai meets Raging Bull at FcDonald’s If references, allusions and name-dropping could make a film watchable, Bangistan would have arrived with a bang. Sadly for debutant director Karan Anshuman, that récipé fails to tickle the taste-buds, and the film turns out be a dish that is half un-cooked and half over-cooked. Why he chose to use crutches like parodying the title of Orson Welles’ all-time masterpiece, Citizen Kane, poking fun a...

38th Asian American International Film Festival Awards

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By Maria Esteves – August 7, 2015 The 38th Asian American International Film Festival 2015 (AAIFF15) Closing Night Awards Ceremony hosted by executive director John Woo and festival director Judy Lei, Asian Cinevision, honoring the best independent cinema and emerging directors by Asian and Asian American descent was held at the Museum of Moving Images, Queens, New York, Saturday, August 1, 8:30pm. LIVE FROM UB received two awards including Emerging Director LAUREN KNAPP. AAIFF15 jurors i...

25 YEARS OF MONTREAL AUTOCHTONE FESTIVAL

 FIRST NATIONS OF THE AMERICAS   Towering over First Peoples Festival’s 25 years, seven thousand years of human presence in this place looks down upon you… The First Nations festival returns to Montreal in 2015 in a spectacular setting that will spread its wings at Place des Festivals: thrilling concerts, an exacting selection of films and videos, the great multicultural parade along Saint-Catherine Street and many indoor venue and gallery events.  Gran...

Drishyam, Review: Missing Corpse, Hissing Cops and Habeas Corpus

Drishyam, Review: Missing Corpse, Hissing Cops and Habeas Corpus What would drive producers to make and remake a film in five different Indian languages in a span of two years? Box-office success of preceding language versions and a potential remake goldmine at hand, or the merits of a script that tries to turn the killer v/s cops genre on its head, and could have viewers gasping for breath? In the case of Drishyam, whose Sanskritised title can be approximated as Drishya (scene/sight in Hindi...

My Voice, My Life N.Y. Premiere Q&A

By Maria Esteves – July 31, 2015 The 38th Annual Asian American Film Festival 2015 (aaiff15) Opening Night New York Premiere documentary MY VOICE, MY LIFE http://www.myvoicemylifemovie.com, by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang, commenced Thursday, July 23, 7:00PM at Asia Society. The Q&A discussion with director Yang and cast members Coby Wong and Sio Fan Lam moderated by La Frances Hui, film curator, Asia Society, preceded the Opening Night Gala Reception. Questions posed to...

What Merry White, recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun has to say about COCKTAIL PARTY

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  The Cocktail Party is a compelling look at what at first appears to be another military rape by a young American soldier on the Japanese Okinawan islands, heavily inhabited by U.S. bases. Okinawa is at least twice afflicted, first by the Japanese who claimed the Ryukyu Islands as their own, making Okinawans second-class citizens and running rampant over their indigenous culture. Second, the postwar agreements placing the majority of the post-Occupation U.S. troops on these islands mea...

Mr. Holmes-The Man beyond the Myth, Review: And you thought you knew your Sherlock!

Mr. Holmes-The Man beyond the Myth, Review: And you thought you knew your Sherlock! Mr. Holmes presents a 93 year-old Sherlock without his coat and pipe, after Dr. Watson and his house-keeper Mrs. Hudson are dead and gone, living with a new housekeeper (Mrs. Munro) and her young boy (Roger) in Sussex, cultivating a keen interest in bees and nurturing an apiary, in the year 1947, having quit his Baker Street office and his profession 35 years ago, out of professional disappointment, suffering...
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