We’ve collected our best news and newest films into one handy guide for your viewing pleasure.
This is one of those weeks when there’s so many cool new movies in the Fandor library (thirty-four, to be exact), that it’s hard to know where to start. So let’s just pick a random jumping-off point and go from there:
Master of the Flying Guillotine, anyone? We’ve got this chopsocky classic, which features one of the most awesome weapons ever to appear on film, along with two other new releases — murder-heavy genre-blending mashup Blind Woman’s Curse and striking Yakuza revenge saga Massacre Gun — just in time to release our psychotically fun Spotlight on Asian Cult Cinema. We also recommend creature feature Death Kappa (pictured), which pits a water goblin from Japanese folklore against a radiation monster created by an atomic bomb. Ka-blam.
If you prefer a slightly different but no less decadent in psychotronic flavor, Santa Sangre (pictured in our featured image), a bloody, opulent fable from the one-of-a-kind mind of Alejandro Jodorowsky, is brand new to the library and ready blow your mind. Sweeter escapes that are also new this week include campy teen scream satire Devolved and Peek-a-Boo, a vintage burlesque revue with plenty of cheeky charm.
Would you prefer films that deal with the extraordinary lives of real people? This week’s Criterion Picks profile the lives of Historic Figures, including the return of Eisenstein’s epic double-feature of Ivan the Terrible. If you want to take a deep dive into some incredible lives, now’s your chance.
When it comes to new non-fiction film, we’ve got you covered with a ton of great new choices for many interests:
- The Contradictions of Fair Hope, about a historical Southern community’s deep roots and current state of generational flux
- The Greatest Ears in Town, a fascinating profile of legendary producer, arranger and composer Arif Mardin, who is responsible for multiple mega-hits and top-selling records
- A pair of documentaries on the dynamic medium of poster art, one taking a historical view of an international art movement (Behind the Poster) and the other profiling the man behind some of the most iconic movie posters in the United States (Drew: The Man Behind the Poster)
- Doctors of the Dark Side, a comprehensive account of the United States’ program of torture in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and select CIA Black Sites that exposes the complicity of psychologists and physicians in the activities of that program; “the scandal behind the scandal”
- And Without Shepherds, a fresh and nuanced view of life inside contemporary Pakistan from six diverse and authentic viewpoints that shatter preconceived notions of a complex country
Again, these are just some of our newest movies, so be sure to check the Recently Added films page for the whole list. And don’t forget to check back next week, when we’ll have FIX and Fandor Festival Alliance updates along with plenty more of our most recent releases. Happy watching!