Issue 21

Cinema this month is all about Baader-Meinhof, with the release of the controversial drama The Baader-Meinhof Complex and the screening of Andres Veiel‘s acclaimed 1993 documentary Black Box Germany at the German Film Festival on November 30.

This month also sees the release of one of the year’s best films, the astonishing Israeli animated documentary Waltz with Bashir, which is included in our round-up of the best of the 52nd London Film Festival. Also out this month is lo-fi Japanese charmer Fine, Totally Fine, the Chuck Palahniuk adaptation Choke and sharp observer of French social mores Agnès Jaoui’s Let’s Talk about the Rain.

In the DVD releases, we have the mighty Joseph Losey Collection, Johnnie To’s schizophrenia thriller Mad Detective, and Hitchockian suspense story The Clouded Yellow. And we review Starfish Hotel, a captivating East meets West dark fairy tale, and interview its Welsh-born, Tokyo-based director John Williams.

At this year’s Raindance film festival we were able to interview Peter Greenaway, who told us about his multi-media project around Rembrandt’s The Nightwatch. Elsewhere we have a feature on Dolly Mixture, who were the subject of a film shown at the Barbican’s Pop Mavericks season. And we report from the Colombiage festival, which makes us very much look forward to the Discovering Latin America film festival, opening on November 27.

In the Short Cuts we review the Future Shorts DVD. And in the Film Jukebox, indie popsters with an edge Shrag tell us about their favourite films.

The Electric Sheep Magazine team

Issue 20

To psyche ourselves up for the scares and thrills of Halloween, we focus on the black and white French animated film Fear(s) of the Dark, in which celebrated illustrators and comic book artists explore our most profound phobias. Comics expert Paul Gravett reviews the film for us and we also have an interview with Charles Burns (the author of the acclaimed Black Hole), whose section is one of the highlights of the film.

In the cinema releases, we look at the perversely pleasurable Korean thriller A Bloody Aria, twisted female-centred indie anti-rom-com Good Dick, Tarsem’s visual feast The Fall and socially conscious Mexican thriller La Zona

DVD releases include the warped dream world of Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, John Carpenter’s anti-apathy B-thriller They Live, psycho-political western Terror in a Texas Town, explosive black British youth manifesto Babylon, Abel Ferrara’s gangster tale King of New York, the two sci-fi classics Westworld and Logan’s Run and more B-movie fun with Killer Klowns from Outer Space. And we celebrate the re-release of Eraserhead and discuss David Lynch’s shorts, now available on DVD, in relation to his entire career.

As the festival season closes, we have a preview of the London Film Festival and a report on the Toronto Film Festival. And fuzzy folksters Christy and Emily pick their favourite films in the Jukebox.

The Electric Sheep Magazine team