If you’re feeling a little Halloweened out today, maybe jump ahead a few months to Christmas. That holiday has a laundry list of films we traditionally watch and, last year, a new one fought its way onto the list: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. The Finnish film from director Jalmari Helander is about an archaeological dig that unearths the real Santa Claus. And Santa is not at all jolly. It’s now available on Blu-ray and DVD and we’re excited to debut some exclusive, original illustrations that were used in the film. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

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In the past decade Andrea Arnold has emerged as a promising art-house filmmaker, even if she has only two features to her name. Her 2009 film Fish Tank rightfully impressed many, thanks in no small part to Michael Fassbender’s effective performance. (His follow-up to Hunger.) And if her 2006 film Red Road is less impressive overall, it is photographed and assembled so beautifully that I couldn’t help but be drawn in to the dour, lonely world it depicts. Track down her Oscar-winning 2005 short film, Wasp, too.

Arnold’s command of visual language is enough to make me automatically interested in any new film she delivers, even if said new film is a version of the well-worn Emily Brontë novel Wuthering Heights. The picture premiered at Venice and played TIFF, where it was picked up by Oscilloscope for US distribution. That means we’ll get a chance to see it at some point in the next year. For now take a look at a dreamy, seemingly Malick-influenced teaser trailer, below. Read More »

‘Bellflower’ Review: Everything Ends, Badly

In considering Bellflower, picture a dirty back-hallway light fixture: stained, buzzing, scarred, two trapped moths desperately flapping in the yellowed plastic globe. The moths are Woodrow and Aiden, BFFs transplanted from Wisconsin to California, who find the only thing waiting in the west is each other. Their time is spent building flamethrowers and cars, burning rubber and ejaculating impotent flame in mild actualization of pathetic apocalyptic fantasies. But they realize too late that the ‘fantasy’ has arrived. They’re already living the end of their world. Read More »

The indie Bellflower powered through Sundance and SXSW, powered by the muscular engine of the mascot car Medusa and trailing waves of reviews praising the film’s forward-thinking blend of romance, hallucination and apocalypse. Young director Evan Glodell transformed a shelved script he wrote as a heartbroken 23-year old into something that generated extreme reactions at festival screenings, and the homemade tech — a unique camera rig, flamethrowers, and the like — make for great press.

But what the hell is Bellflower? The first teaser showcased only Medusa, albeit with footage triple-dipped in atmosphere and solidly confident style. Now a new full-length trailer is the first real look non-festival audiences can get at the blend of ideas that is Bellflower. Read More »

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