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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

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



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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Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color photo
Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color
by Hubert Vigilla

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 risks of proximity; the way two faces can occupy a frame and cause tension through the simple and invisible intermingling of breath. These characters are so obviously attracted to each other -- magnets -- that the forces keeping them apart will have to succumb simply given the laws of science and of lust.

Moments like the above are some of the best romance I've seen on screen all year because it feels so raw and honest.

The oddest thing? The explicit lesbian sex scenes everyone's talking about feel so false and devoid of passion. In a film that gets so much so right about falling head over heels for someone, somehow it also gets so much so wrong (though not always) about sex with someone you love.

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of the 51st New York Film Festival. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's limited theatrical release.]

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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