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2:00 PM on 07.21.2013

After the Credits: Why would you want to see trash?

Earlier this week, I finally posted my review of A Woman and War, a film that I saw several weeks ago and have been stewing over ever since. Here on Flixist, it got the reaction I was hoping for: "Nope." Even Matty Shoestrin...

Alec Kubas-Meyer




Japan Cuts Review: A Woman and War photo
Japan Cuts Review: A Woman and War
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

It's hard to offend me. Really hard. For a while, I thought it might be almost impossible. Not even A Serbian Film offended me (though it greatly disturbed me). At last year's Japan Cuts, I found out I was wrong: I can be offended. Hard Romanticker proved that. It's a poorly made film made much worse by its horrific treatment of women. But while it was bad, it didn't revolve around rape and misogyny, which made it marginally more palatable. I hated it, but it didn't consume me in the way that the truly worst films do. 

A Woman and War will consume me. In five years, I'll be homeless, sleeping on a bench in front of the Japan Society shouting into a stolen megaphone about how it ruined my life. A Woman and War is misogyny in film form. No, you know what? It's a disgusting, vile thing that doesn't even deserve to be called a film. It's trash. Horrible, disgusting trash. 

[For the next few weeks, we will be covering the 2013 New York Asian Film Festival and the 2013 Japan Cuts Film Festival, which together form one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in the world. For our NYAFF 2013 coverage, click here. For Japan Cuts 2013 coverage, click here.]

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Sympathy for Mr Vengeance remake is happening, depressing photo
Sympathy for Mr Vengeance remake is happening, depressing
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Yeah, it was kind of inevitable. With the release of the Oldboy remake coming ever closer and the announcement of a remake of Lady Vengeance, it was only a matter of time before the first film in Park Chan-Wook's incredible Vengeance Trilogy was remade for American audiences. Still, I hoped it wouldn't happen. Of the three films, Mr. Vengeance is the least foreigner-friendly, and I can't see American audiences reacting well to its extremely bleak narrative (much moreso than either Oldboy or Lady Vengeance, both of which end on somewhat hopeful notes). Despite all that, the unfortunate has happened, and remake rights have been picked up.

Behind the project are Silver Reel and Lotus Entertainment, backed by, bizarrely enough, Lorenzo di Bonaventura Mark Vahradian, producers of the Transformers films. Along with that pair, Broken City writer Brian Tucker has penned a script that, according to Deadline, "centers on two men who are bound by their common sense of loss and headed on a collision course of revenge." It's a vague description to be sure, but words like "bound" and "collision course" imply generic and dumb, and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is neither of those things. The original is a complex and disturbing film, and my opinion of the best Vengeance film oscillates frequently between it and Oldboy

In other words, it shouldn't be marred by American hands. Certainly not the ones that produced Transformers. That's just horrible. Remakes of the latter two films in the Trilogy are bad enough. A terrible trifecta will only make life worse for everybody. 

[Via Twitch, Deadline]

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2:00 PM on 02.26.2013

Flixist Awards 2012: Worst Film

As we award the best of 2012 with shiny golden dino statues it's important to note that sometimes movies aren't good. Sometimes movies are really, really, really, really, really, ridiculously bad. And we don't mean bad simply...

Matthew Razak



Sympathy for Lady Vengeance getting remake because awful photo
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance getting remake because awful
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I love Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance Trilogy. I love it so much that I'm marathoning it tomorrow. Literally. It's going to be a massively depressing day, but it is all okay because they're just so goddamn good.

What's not okay is that the final part in the trilogy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, is getting a good old American remake, much like its spiritual prequel Oldboy. Like that remake, things are being changed up a bit. For Oldboy, it's apparently getting a "darker" ending (which I don't believe for a second). For Lady Vengeance, it's Americanization. The director, William Monahan, is best known as the writer of The Departed, another Hollywood-ization that he won an Academy Award for. But Infernal Affairs isn't Lady Vengeance, and this time it's Monahan rather than Martin Freaking Scorsese in the director's chair. Monahan's first (and so far only) attempt at directing was the fantastically average London Boulevard, which hardly inspires confidence in his ability to take this on.

According to Monahan: "This will be very American – and very unexpected. Park is a genius; it's the Everest of adaptations and I've got blood in my teeth to do it."

Ugh.

[Via The Playlist]

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7:00 PM on 08.26.2011

Worst Movie Ever has Worst Opening Ever

With the internet allowing viewers to spread word faster and wider than ever before, the cult of the bad movie has become ever more popular in recent years - from Tommy Wiseau's barmy epic The Room ('Hi doggy!') to anything b...

Xander Markham

5:00 PM on 08.10.2011

Leon Kennedy to appear in Resident Evil: Retribution

Correction: As correctly pointed out by SirCacophony in the comments, George A. Romero was the director first attached to the original Resident Evil, not Wes Craven. Thanks for pointing it out, the article has been amended. T...

Xander Markham

10:00 AM on 06.16.2011

The Onion thinks Green Lantern looks stupid. I agree.

It's fun to laugh at how hard Hollywood pushes their films with over the top advertising, but then movies like Green Lantern come along and show why it's often necessary or you run the risk of your film being dead on arrival...

Tom Fronczak

9:50 PM on 01.31.2011

Flixist Awards 2010: Worst Film

The film industry can be fickle sometimes. The greatest films don’t always make for the most profitable or popular films. In the same manner, terrible movies tend to make a buttload of cash, giving the film’s creators so...

Geoff Henao

10:56 PM on 10.18.2010

Movies That Changed Us: Street Fighter

It was December of 1994, right around Christmas.  I was nine years old at the time, and that weekend I was extra excited.  Not because school was closed or Santa would bring me my next batch of video games, but beca...

Andres Bolivar