Because it’s always great to introduce Portuguese cinema festivals to people around the world who  don’t have the single clue of what great things are made in Portugal, I’ve decided to present you a 5-day festival dedicated to the horror genre and that will take place this September in Lisbon. In its eight anual edition, MOTELx (Festival Internacional de Cinema de Terror de Lisboa) brings some of the most recent horror films, workshops, masterclasses and it features also a short film competiton.

From September 10th  to September 14th, MOTELx will bring chills and screams to three well known places from Lisbon: Cinema São Jorge, Teatro Tivoli BBVA and Palácio Foz.

This year, in the main section of the festival, the highlight goes to the release of “Honeymoon” here in Portugal, Leigh Janiak’s first feature film about a couple who travels to a remote lake for their honeymoon and that will live a series of sinister and dark events that will put their lives into grave danger.

Alongside with the main section, there is a competition of Portuguese short films taking place with 13 movies and a masterclass  of special effects with Dan Frye from “Shaun of the Dead” and “Prometheus”. It will also take place in the festival, the first masterclass of stunt preformers with David Chan.

For those of you who are interested in attending the festival, I will publish some articles about this festival soon. Till then feel free to check the official website of the festival:






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This week, with the San Diego Comic Com just less than 20 days away, a couple of extremely great news arrived to the internet. While “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is dominating theaters worldwide before the release of “Dawn of The Planet of the Apes” and while I’m finishing a couple of books I started reading this semester (one of them is “The Disaster Artist” by Greg Stessero), I was unable to publish “Friday Madness” yesterday so I’m deeply sorry for this. This week, the gang from “Horrible Bosses” returned in a new trailer for the up-coming sequel and it was really funny. For those of you who are fans of Bill Murray, the new trailer for his up-coming movie, “St. Vincent”, was also released this week alongside with the trailers for “Foxcatcher” with Channing Tatum, “Behaving Badly” and “Before I Go to Sleep”. This week, the world was also invited to watch the first Superman pick from Snyder’s up-coming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and Peter Jackson told that he has just finished working on a teaser trailer for “The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies”.


The true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler and his relationship with his sponsor and his brother is the plot of this new movie starring great actors such as Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. Directed by Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher” already received positive reviews.


“Before I Go to Sleep” is a thriller about a woman who wakes up every day remembering nothing after a traumatic accident in her past, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.


No god, please no! Not another teenage movie with superficial characters again. Basically a teenager wants to win the heart of a sexy girl and he will do whatever it takes, even with some unusual obstacles like: a suicidal mother, her psycho ex, a manic strip club manager and a lecherous priest. This could actually be some how funny but I’ve strong doubts. The movie stars Selena Gomez and Nat Wolf.


With Bill Murray, Naomi Watts and Melissa McCarthy, “St. Vincent” tells the story of a boy with divorced parents that finds a new friend and mentor, a war veteran which is also his neighbor.


For those of you, like me, who are super excited for the up-coming “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, here is another funny work by Screen Junkies.


After the successful comedy with Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis “Horrible Bosses”, the gang is back to the theaters and this time to start their own business! With Jennifer Aniston, Christoph Waltz and Kevin Spacey, “Horrible Bosses 2” appears to be a sequel that will not disappoint the fans of the first movie.

Without anything else to say about this week, it’s time for me to say goodbye. Follow Panda’s Choice on facebook or twitter to know what’s new on the website!



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