Combining tropes from classic Hong Kong vampire comedies of decades past with more contemporary vampire tales, Sin-Hang Chiu and Pak-Wing Yan’s Vampire Cleanup Department is a fun concept but lacks any real lasting power, falling short of laughs and plot.
Mixing animation with live-action photography is a consistently compelling tactic in contemporary filmmaking. Whether it’s in comedies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Space Jam or in action films like Kill Bill Vol. 1, the additional work required to mix the two modes demands an artistic intention that makes the animation mean something more than what could be done with either mode on its own.
Derek Tsang's Soul Mate is an interesting, if never fully compelling, romantic drama about the love and friendship shared by Ansheng (Zhou Dongyu) and Qiyue (Sandra Ma), two Chinese women who meet at age 13 and grow up, apart and back together.
Maybe it’s nothing more than a nod to Noboru Tanaka’s 1972 film, The Night of the Felines. Perhaps, something was lost in translation or there is a cultural disconnect but as it stands to me now, in the present, Dawn of the Felines contains an absolute dearth of redeeming qualities.
Kfc had me from the get-go. It opens with four separate and repetitive title cards adamantly announcing and insisting that this film bears no resemblance to past events or people. And you can understand why writer/director Le Binh Giang had to do this, as the script kept him from graduating film school due to it being deemed too violent by the Vietnamese Council of Examiners.
In his fourth feature (and first contemporary-set film), fireman-turned-director Yang Shupeng takes us down a winding path of cat-and-mouse intrigue with Blood of Youth. Full of surprise revelations, twists, turns and shocking moments, the film aims to keep viewers on the edges of their seats in this high-stakes crime thriller about a hacker playing a dangerous game with both the police and a criminal organization.
The Fandependent Spring Film Festival has officially wrapped and with that, the winners have been announced. Jacob Fallon’s Homebody won the Fan Award and received a $1000 prize, Alice Ralston’s The Pissy Tits Street Gang won the Audience Award and
The 2017 newportFILM outdoor screening series kicks off tonight and the full lineup of films has officially been announced. Ten great looking documentaries will be screening around the Newport area with Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story opening the fest. I had the
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema has released a new trailer to get us hyped for the upcoming New York Asian Film Festival, which is set to run June 30th – July 13th in NYC.
The 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival is wrapping up today and with that the winners of this year’s festival have been announced. Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell‘s Becks won the U.S. Fiction Award, Diego Ros‘ The Night Guard won the World Fiction Award, and Karen
New York’s Japan Cuts film festival is getting set to kick off beginning July 13th and running through the 23rd. The festival, which celebrates contemporary Japanese cinema, is celebrating its 11th year with a massive lineup, which you can check out below.
The 20th edition of the Dances With Films Festival wrapped last week, and here’s a quick look at three of the films that screened as part of their lineup. For more information about this yearly indie film fest, be sure to head