Cut to the chase: Malady is a progressive rock band from Helsinki, Finland. I had the chance to see the band live couple of weeks ago at Bar Loose in Helsinki. Continue reading “Malady’s progressive rock soothes and heals”
This time we look at a recent DVD release that has strong historic and cultural value: Linnaisten vihreä kamari (1945) is a peculiar phenomenon in Finnish film history. Just imagine setting up a horror film in the midst of WWII. Continue reading “DVD Release: Linnaisten vihreä kamari”
Today, we’re headed for the backwoods. Earlier, I’ve mentioned about Finnish rural backwoods which are vast and dark. From these surroundings jumps out Backwood Madness, a film that seems to really delve into the subject. Continue reading “First teaser trailer for Backwood Madness”
Cheers from London! I was visiting my home away from home and for the first time I stayed in east London, Hackney, to be exact. I know it’s pretty much hipstrict nowadays, but that didn’t stop me from loving the vibe. Few years ago I lived in south London and while I did spend a few blurry nights in Shoreditch, I never really focused on the east. Continue reading “London & Lanterns on the Lake”
Bunny the Killer Thing started out as a short film. Where did you get the idea for the character?
Originally, when I started digging up my ancient movie ideas, in one script there was a hand doll size bunny, which killed people screaming ”Fresh Pussy!” Continue reading “Interview with Joonas Makkonen, the director of Bunny the Killer Thing”
It’s time for the raddest film festival in Helsinki, Night Visions Maximum Halloween 3015. This time I skipped the all-night-long horror movie binge and focused on screenings at day/evening time. I guess I’m becoming old. So, without further ado, here are my 10 picks to watch at this autumns festival. Continue reading “My 10 picks at Night Visions”
The film festival year gets wrapped up in style, as Night Visions Maximum Halloween 3015 -festival brings to table its wicked mixture of genre film in Helsinki from Wednesday November 4th until Sunday November 8th.
44 feature films, mostly premieres, will be screened in Maxim and Kinopalatsi film theatres during the five day festival. Night Visions will also be the last festival to be organised in the atmospheric Maxim, so grab your chance. Continue reading “Night Visions offers horror, sexual fantasies and iconic classics”
Raul Garcia’s animated anthology of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, Extraordinary Tales, was actually my first pick at this years festival. There’s a couple of good reasons. Firstly, I love horror and Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, and secondly, in the near past I’ve worked on some puppet animation myself. Continue reading “HIFF 2015: Extraordinary Tales”
Good start to this years festival. My next two movies were somewhat related, though not in the most obvious way. I’ll go into that later.
The concept for The Lobster is hilarious: “In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into animals and sent off into The Woods.” Continue reading “HIFF 2015: The Lobster and Drone – a Dive into the Surreal”
Off we go. My first screening at the annual Helsinki International Film Festival was the action sci-fi movie Turbo Kid. Lots of hype and positive anticipation surrounded this movie prior screening, and I’m not gonna lie – I hate hype. So the movie probably lost some of its edge before I’d even seen one frame of it. Continue reading “HIFF 2015: Turbo Kid”