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4:00 PM on 05.06.2014

Reviews: Whitewash and Big Bad Wolves

I like film festivals for a lot of reasons, but one of the best is the way films are forced into context with a number of other, entirely unrelated films. The act of watching multiple films in a day alone creates all sorts of...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 05.01.2014

Woman replaces the dead with dolls in "The Valley of Dolls" documentary

Filmmaker Fritz Schumann visits the mostly abandoned village of Nagoro in his creepily sweet short documentary The Valley of Dolls. Schumann profiles 64-year-old Nagoro resident Ayano Tsukimi, a woman who constructs lar...

Isabelle Magliari

8:00 AM on 03.17.2014

Review: Himizu

I can see why Sion Sono was drawn to Himizu. The manga, which ran from 2001 to 2002, seems like exactly the sort of thing that would appeal to the man who made Cold Fish and Suicide Club. But that's not really a com...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

5:06 PM on 03.08.2014

SXSW Review: The Desert

The Desert is a strange beast. A low-budget Argentinian zombie film where the main way money was saved was by having almost no zombies in the film at all. In fact the camera almost never leaves the house the three protagonist...

Matthew Razak

1:17 PM on 03.08.2014

SXSW Review: Wetlands

Wetlands came out of Sundance with plenty of buzz for being shocking for its disturbing sexual content and brazen display of sexual acts. It was that movie every year that someone got up and walked out of because they we...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 02.25.2014

Review: Child's Pose

At first glance, Child's Pose is making a political statement about the class divide present in modern day Romania. The narrative of a wealthy family trying to skirt its responsibilities to a poor family is heavily charg...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

10:30 PM on 02.19.2014

After the Credits: Not caring about unlikable characters

Last week, I saw a movie I didn't like very much, but I found the fact that I didn't like it interesting. I got about halfway through writing the review when I realized that I would rather talk about it than write. Hence thi...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

9:00 AM on 01.22.2014

Third trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal kicks ass

So can we just all agree The Raid 2: Berandal is something we're all looking forward to? I know I am. While the lucky few who are currently attending Sundance are watching it as you read this, the rest of us only have to wai...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 01.21.2014

The Act of Killing returning to theaters in February

The Act of Killing is a stupendous documentary. It's chilling, gripping, and even slightly humorous. I even liked it enough to put it on my Top 15 of 2013 list, and it's got an Oscar nomination now! It's all with good reason....

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 01.17.2014

The Top 6 Korean Films Released on Netflix in 2013

Nearly every time I tell people that I'm a fan of Korean films, I point them to the Korean subgenre on Netflix. It's easy, and even though many people won't ever check them out, I'm happy that the option is there. I understan...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

8:00 AM on 01.13.2014

Review: Commitment

Every time I watch an Asian film, I check out its page on AsianWiki. It's a pretty great database, especially for Korean films, and I have gotten a lot of use out of it over the past few years. Much of the time, the User Rati...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

1:00 PM on 01.07.2014

Next Korean Movie Night NY is wild, wild, wild... and sad

New year, new Korean Movie Night series in New York City. This first series, entitled "Wild Days," is about coming of age, with four films that deal with teenagers doing wild things as teenagers are wont to do (especially in ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

8:00 AM on 12.31.2013

International trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal

The Indonesian trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal makes its March release date seem so far away at this point. It's got everything you need from a Raid sequel (which is already something we needed, mind you) as it shows off lo...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 12.17.2013

Miyazaki's The Wind Rises gets English voice cast

Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (which could very well be his final film before retirement) has been inching closer and closer to a domestic release after it's fly through Japan. Shortly after getting the first US trailer for...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 12.14.2013

Review: What's in a Name?

It's a stereotype that the French are more cultured than Americans, but obviously that's a hard claim to either prove or disprove. There are any number of examples that could be used to show it either way, but here's evidence...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

8:00 PM on 12.09.2013

Live-Action Kiki's Delivery Service pops trailer cherry

There are very few things that make me squeal like a teen age girl that was asked to prom by the star quarterback, and this is one of them! Eiko Kadono's classic Kiki's Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyūbin)&nbs...

Michael Jordan

2:00 PM on 12.03.2013

SAIFF Review: Monsoon Shootout

Sometimes a movie in an established genre takes an idea from another genre and implements it, completely subverting any expectations. It's not that the genre changes, necessarily, so much as the context. A story that initiall...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

11:00 AM on 11.08.2013

Thor: The Dark World poster in Shanghai gets it right

One of the smaller things I noted in my review of Thor: The Dark World is the terribly wooden Natalie Portman. I guess that might stem from Portman and Hemsworth's lack of chemistry? Either way, it just makes sense that a pho...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 11.08.2013

Review: It's Me It's Me

Doppelgangers are the stuff of horror and of comedy. It would be uncanny to see yourself as a stranger -- the self's own reflection as the Other -- and yet being able to step outside yourself might provide you with some persp...

Hubert Vigilla

NYCFF Review: So Young photo
NYCFF Review: So Young
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I'm still young. Young enough that I can understand and generally relate to the characters in So Young, but also old enough to see just how silly they actually are. It's an odd place to be, and it leaves me wishing I was a few years older. Being young, or so young, anyway, is overrated. The desire to recapture that magical age where nothing really matters seems to miss just how awful it is when nothing really matters. I'm past that, mostly, and I'm thankful for it. I look at some of my younger friends, still at that point, and they want more responsibility, to age and for things to mean something. The more realistic of them know that life doesn't end in college.

So Young would disagree, choosing to believe that nothing really matters after college (or even high school, in some cases). What happens then are the defining moments and driving forces for the characters' lives, ones that stick with them for years beyond. And that's not cute or romantic.

It's just sad.

[This review is being posted as part of our coverage of the New York Chinese Film Festival. All of our coverage can be found here.]

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Watch out for the 2013 New York Chinese Film Festival photo
Watch out for the 2013 New York Chinese Film Festival
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

[Just a reminder that this is going on! I was hoping to have my review of So Young up by now to act as a reminder, but I have been at the AMC Empire all day and it's made writing kind of hard. Am still there, actually, and will continue to be for two more films. So come join me! And if you go to one of the Donnie Yen films tomorrow, you may see a ghost of Flixist past, Hubert Vigilla (RIP)!]

See? I told you there were more festivals for New Yorkers to get excited for. The latest is the 4th annual New York Chinese Film Festival, which will be taking place from Tuesday, November 5th through the 7th at various locations around New York City. The festival will be showing seven films over the three days (with the bulk of the showings taking place on Wednesday). It's a pretty good lineup, with a mixture of new films, new-ish films, and Donnie Yen classics.

And like all good film festivals, special guests from each of the films will be attending the festival, including Zhao Wei, Miriam Yeung, and Donnie Yen.

More information about the festival and the films can be found below, and tickets can be purchased here or here.

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Review: The Square photo
Review: The Square
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

It’s easy to ignore what’s going on half a world away. By the time the Egyptian people were fighting to take down Mohammed Morsi earlier this summer, I had forgotten all about the 2011 revolution. Of course, hearing about it brought back memories, but even those were pretty fuzzy. The whole thing sounded important, but I was too busy dealing with less important things to understand what was going on.

I paid a lot more attention to this summer’s events, and I went into The Square hoping that it would fill the gaps in my knowledge about what had been happening over the past few years. It doesn’t really do that, because it’s mainly focused on the events of 2011 and 2013, but it does give context for what kept bringing these men and women back to Tahrir S   quare. And now I feel like I have a grasp of what has happened.

That may actually be a dangerous thing, empowering the ignorant to believe they aren’t ignorant, but it doesn’t change the fact that if there is going to be a definitive document of the Egyptian revolutions, Jehane Noujaim’s The Square may well be it.

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