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3:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Trailer for Force Majeure creates avalanche of family drama

Force Majeure is a Swedish film that premiered at Cannes and it examines a seemingly perfect Swedish family (husband and businessman Tomas, refined wife Ebba and their two lovely children) as it unravels when their trip to t...

Liz Rugg

11:00 AM on 09.14.2014

Review: The Pirates

Every so often, a film comes along that completely shatters your expectations. You think you've got it figured out and then it throws a curveball. Then another. Then five more. Soon you realize you can't figure the film out a...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

3:00 PM on 09.09.2014

First trailer for boy scout horror film Cub

I really don't know what to expect from Cub. It premiered during the Toronto International Film Festival, and has a unique premise (cub scouts are attacked by a feral child) but the trailer doesn't look too appealing. Then again, we rarely get a chance to promote a Belgian horror film.  There's no domestic release date yet, but we'll keep an eye out for one. The poster's neat though.

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 09.05.2014

Trailer for final Rurouni Kenshin film, The Legend Ends

Although we'll never get a proper release here in the states, I can't stop covering the Rurouni Kenshin films. After seeing the first one, I read through the manga it's based off of and I can't wait to see it in action someh...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 08.31.2014

Review: Kundo: Age of the Rampant

When I decide to watch a movie, it is usually based on two thing: Whether or not the press picture implies some kind of action. The runtime. While there's obviously some leeway on the first one, once a movie pushes past the...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

7:00 PM on 07.11.2014

NYAFF Review: Cold Eyes

Some of my favorite movies are ones that make me want to go and do something after the lights come up. Some films make me want to travel the world or shave my head or something. Others take professions and make them seem so m...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

6:00 PM on 07.10.2014

NYAFF Review: Silent Witness

Before the screening of Silent Witness, it was introduced as an example of what mainstream Chinese filmmaking is like in the modern era. Many of the films that play at the New York Asian Film Festival fit into some sort of ni...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 07.07.2014

NYAFF Review: R100

Thanks to R100, we know the proper recipe for a shirt: 24 hours in a slow-cooker, with red wine sauce, celery and carrots. Not because the film involves shirt eating (not directly at least), but because it forced Twitch found...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

8:00 AM on 07.07.2014

Japan Cuts 2014 continues where NYAFF leaves off

With our NYAFF coverage still running strong, it seems an appropriate time to let you know that there's much, much more where that came from. Starting this Thursday, July 10th, the Japan Society kicks off their NYAFF crossove...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:00 PM on 07.05.2014

NYAFF Review: The Eternal Zero

The Eternal Zero is one of the biggest blockbusters ever released in Japan. A tale of the World War II from the viewpoint of the fighter pilots who took on the American forces. An ostensibly epic tale celebrating... some...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:00 PM on 07.04.2014

NYAFF Review: The White Storm

Before the screening of As the Light Goes Out, NYAFF co-founder/the world’s greatest salesman Grady Hendrix made a pitch for people to stay for The White Storm, the film that was playing immediately afterward. He descri...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

6:00 PM on 07.03.2014

NYAFF Review: As the Light Goes Out

There’s something uniquely fascinating about firefighters. When they arrive on a scene, they aren’t armed to the teeth and ready to take down some villain; they are there to save lives. That’s pretty much th...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:00 PM on 07.02.2014

NYAFF Review: Top Star

When one of NYAFF's programmers introduced Top Star, he said that it was surprising that this was Park Joong-hoon's directorial debut. Park has worked as an actor in the Korean film industry for 28 years, but this is his...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

8:15 PM on 06.30.2014

NYAFF Recommendation: Han Gong-Ju

Han Gong-Ju is incredible. It's easily the best film I've seen at the New York Asian Film Festival thus far and among the best I've seen in a long time. It's also extremely depressing, to the point where I'm not sure I can re...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

7:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Review: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer has been among my most anticipated films for the past several years. Every time we did a preview of what's upcoming, Snowpiercer has been on there in some capacity. When it got its Korean release last ye...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 06.24.2014

Review: Nothing Bad Can Happen

The German title of Nothing Bad Can Happen is "Tore Dances," something I knew from the beginning thanks to the multiple attempts I have made at learning German in my life. It's one of the few things I remember, but ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

8:00 AM on 06.23.2014

The 2014 New York Asian Film Festival is about to rock you

It's that time again. Summer is here, which means that New York City residents have retreated to their air conditioned apartments, offices, and movie theaters. For the next few weeks, that theater of choice should be the Film...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

10:00 AM on 06.17.2014

Flix for Short: O Futebol Classico, a Mickey Mouse short

To celebrate the FIFA World Cup kicking off in Brazil, Disney has crafted a new Mickey Mouse short entirely in Portuguese, O Futebol Classico. It's short, sweet, and funny. You don't even need to know Portuguese to like it!  JOSE CARIOCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.  

Nick Valdez



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Review: Rigor Mortis
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

In Hong Kong, vampires hop. The Jianshi (literally translated as "stiff corpse," but who cares about literal translations?) are undead creatures that, arms outstretched (not unlike our vision of Frankenstein's Monster) jump to get from place to place. It's more than a little ridiculous to consider, but that's the myth. In the mid to late 80s, the Mr. Vampire series took the Jiangshi legends and turned them into horror-comedy gold. It set off a craze that died down during the 90s and by the 2010s has been all but extinguished.

Except for Rigor Mortis, a new hopping vampire film that is a tribute to the good old days. But unlike those films, Rigor Mortis isn't funny. Not at all.

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Review: Blood Glacier
by Liz Rugg

When I heard there was a movie titled Blood Glacier, I knew I wanted to see it. After learning about its premise, my heart was set on it. What Blood Glacier ended up being was more, oh -- so much more, than I ever expected.

I was able to catch a screening of Blood Glacier at this year's Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). While C2E2 is a comics convention, I'm sure the show organizers expected there to be enough of an overlap of horror movie fans to make the screening worthwhile. A small crowed gathered for the screening, most of which was made up of knowledgeable horror fans, unlike myself. Disclaimer: I know pretty much nothing about horror movies, they're just not my thing. What I do know about however, is "so bad it's good" movies, and in that sense, Blood Glacier was right up my alley.

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Reviews: Whitewash and Big Bad Wolves
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

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 weird unintentional connections and relationships, and doing that day after day after day makes it sometimes difficult to distinguish one film from another when it comes time to buckle down and think about what each film did well, didn't do well, and what it all meant. When two films play within 24 hours of each other that highlight the successes and failings of the other, looking at them individually seems silly.

Such was the case with Whitewash and Big Bad Wolves. In execution, the films could hardly be more different, but they are both black comedies that made me seriously consider the role of humor in gravely serious situations. Like any good student of George Carlin, I believe people can joke about anything. But those jokes, while I support their right to exist, may be tasteless or insensitive or flat-out horrifying.

Whitewash understands this. Big Bad Wolves does not.

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. It is being reposted to coincide with Whitewash's VOD release.]

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