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Daily Archives: September 29, 2016

The incredible success of Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe, even in a year so good for horror movies, proves once again that claustrophobic environment and minimalist cast/locations are prime ingredients for the genre. Surely, it puts more pressure on the director to create atmosphere and on the writer to keep things tense and interesting, but the results are often as riveting… Read more »

29 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“You came and brought ruin with you,” says Fatma (Nahed El Sebai) through tears of anger and heartbreak, to her one-time lover, Aly (Ahmed Abdala Mahomud), recently escaped from prison in the new intense new Egyptian drama, Sins of the Flesh. Written and directed by Khaled El Hagar (Room to Rent, El Shooq), himself a rather controversial figure in his… Read more »

29 September 2016 | Features, Reviews

“The plane wakes up,” says one of the Ju/’hoansi people as she takes her first trip ever on an airplane, destined for “overseas” aka Germany in Simon Stadler’s endearing and open-handed documentary, Ghostland. With an observant but never overly intrusive eye Stadler presents the Ju/’huansi as engaging and endearing subjects. A tribal people who’ve lost their traditional hunting practices thanks… Read more »

29 September 2016 | Features, Reviews

From the birth of cinema, filmmakers have always tried to delve deep into our subconscious, overcoming restraints and taboos, in a constant search of discovering the most repressed aspects of the human psyche. Among these aspect, human erotisism thematically dominated the seventh art. Major directors from every corner of the world pushed the limits of what’s socially (and cinematically) proper,… Read more »

29 September 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Ready for the additional dose of eclectic cinematic weirdness? If your answer is affirmative, then have a look at another twenty films, which fit this category and originate from many corners of the world. The criteria are the same as the last time, meaning you’ll find titles that belong not only to different countries, but to various periods, genres, mediums… Read more »

29 September 2016 | Features, Film Lists