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8:00 PM on 11.07.2013

NYCFF Review: So Young

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 fe...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

3:30 PM on 11.06.2013

Watch out for the 2013 New York Chinese Film Festival

[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, a...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

8:00 AM on 10.25.2013

Review: The Square

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, heari...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 10.24.2013

Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color

There are many examples of desire in Blue Is the Warmest Color that are nuanced and downright erotic. These moments are communicated in coy shifts in facial expression, through the brinkmanship of flirtation, the intimate ris...

Hubert Vigilla

2:00 PM on 10.23.2013

First art from The Raid 2: Berandal is already fantastic

The Raid: Redemption is one of the best things to happen to action cinema in a long time. The fact that we're getting more of it makes me excited, and it's now bigger than ever? That's even better! Taking place just two ...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 10.22.2013

A clip from Romain Gavras's Our Day Will Come

Our Day Will Come (Notre jour viendra) is the debut feature film of Romain Gavras, best known as the music video director behind "No Church in the Wild" by Kanye West and Jay-Z and "Born Free" by M.I.A. Released in France in...

Flixist Staff

8:00 AM on 10.18.2013

Review: CZ12 (Chinese Zodiac)

When the first promo/trailer hit for CZ12 (aka Chinese Zodiac), I bought into the hype and the possibility of the film. When news landed that CZ12 was going to be Jackie Chan's last big action movie, I was eager to see how he...

Hubert Vigilla

6:00 PM on 10.15.2013

NYFF Review: Gloria

Of all the things to latch onto first in Sebastián Lelio's Gloria, it was the dancing. Not because it was great, mind you, but because its quality changes over the course of the film. The movie opens in a single's club...

Hubert Vigilla

6:30 PM on 10.12.2013

CIFF Review: Burn it Up Djassa

Burn It Up Djassa tells the story of an Abidjan ghetto and one young man whose embrace of the ghetto ultimately led to his demise. Tony is a young cigarette seller who finds luck gambling in the ghetto. Despite his polic...

Geoff Henao

3:00 PM on 10.09.2013

Interview: Jia Zhangke & Zhao Tao (A Touch of Sin)

Jia Zhangke has been called one of the most important filmmakers in the world by Richard Brody of The New Yorker and John Powers of NPR. This isn't just because his films are well made. Jia occupies an interesting place in co...

Hubert Vigilla

6:30 PM on 10.08.2013

NYFF Review: The Missing Picture

At last year's New York Asian Film Festival I saw a documentary called Golden Slumbers, which focused on the lost cinema of Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge had destroyed cinema houses and film negatives throughout the country, wipi...

Hubert Vigilla

12:00 PM on 10.03.2013

Review: A Touch of Sin

It's remarkable what a little context can do. My initial impressions about A Touch of Sin were generally positive but also ambivalent. I wasn't sure of what to make of the four loosely connected vignettes, each a mix of right...

Hubert Vigilla

7:30 PM on 10.02.2013

NYFF Review: Stray Dogs

Sometimes I'm torn between the thing itself and the idea of the thing. I may not enjoy a book, for instance, but I may like the bigger ideas that are explored in the text independent of my enjoyment of it. Similarly, I may no...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 AM on 10.02.2013

Review: Argento's Dracula 3D

There was a time when "directed by Dario Argento" meant something wonderful. There'd be wild visual play, inventive deaths, remarkable set pieces, and a memorable score by Goblin (or at least Goblin frontman Claudio Simonetti...

Hubert Vigilla

12:00 PM on 09.26.2013

Review: Dark Touch

There were so many varying opinions at the screening of Dark Touch I went to. Flixist's pal Steve over at Unseen Films is going to compile some of the reviews from critics who talked to him about Dark Touch because they ...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 09.25.2013

Flixist Discusses Review: The Wind Rises

After the credits rolled at the screening of The Wind Rises at this year's New York Film Festival, Hubert and I spent the next hour talking about the film, what we liked and didn’t like, where we thought it succeeded or...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 09.25.2013

NYFF Review: Like Father, Like Son

The film Still Walking by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda has been on my to-watch list for a little while. It's supposed to be one of the better films from Japan in the last few years, examining how a family commemorates ...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 AM on 09.20.2013

Review: Ip Man: The Final Fight

In the review for The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, I mentioned how the character of Yip Man seems to be turning into the new Wong Fei-Hung. Here's a real-life historical figure who's suddenly become an idealized version of the rea...

Hubert Vigilla

10:00 AM on 09.12.2013

Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises hits NY/LA in November

I'm really excited to be seeing Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises at the New York Film Festival. If you're not attending the NYFF screenings and live in New York or Los Angeles, you'll be able to catch Miyazaki's final fea...

Hubert Vigilla

9:00 AM on 09.10.2013

Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer may not be cut for Weinstein

Not too long ago we reported that Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer would be getting cut by 20 minutes for US release because The Weinstein Company thinks flyover country is full of slackjawed dummies with short attention spans. It ...

Hubert Vigilla



Hayao Miyazaki explains why he's retiring photo
Hayao Miyazaki explains why he's retiring
by Hubert Vigilla

There was a shock at the Venice Film Festival last weekend when Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino announced that The Wind Rises would be Hayao Miyazaki's last feature film. Miyazaki has talked about retirement since 1997's Princess Mononoke, but this time the 72-year-old director says he's serious.

"[In the past,] we could make films in four and five months," Miyazaki explained at a 600-reporter press conference in Tokyo late last week. "But during that time, my staff and I were younger, and we often said that creating these movies was a once in a lifetime event. Now, you can't demand your staff work at this pace forever, because people get older and they have to choose between work and family."

As Vadim Rizov at The Dissolve points out, Miyazaki used to be able to work between 12 to 14 hours a day, but can only manage about seven hours these days. It took Miyazaki five years to make The Wind Rises, and it would likely take longer if there were to be a new film.

We'll be checking out The Wind Rises later this month at the New York Film Festival, so look out for some first impressions and our full review. To close on a hopeful and cheery note, Miyazki intends to remain involved with Studio Ghibli and restated his main goal as a filmmaker: "I wanted to convey the message to children that this life is worth living. This message has not changed."

[via The Dissolve]

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1:00 PM on 09.04.2013

The Young and Prodigious Spivet lands images and trailer

So you know how you like Amélie, but you sometimes think, "Man, I wish that movie could be even more adorable and heartwarming." Check out the trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's (director of Amélie...

Matthew Razak