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Jul 23 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

NYAFF Capsule Review: Partners in Crime

Partners in Crime is the reason I love the New York Asian Film Festival. It's the reason I love film festivals in general. It's the sort of gem that you will likely never see outside of a festival. I have always been imp...
Jul 23 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Japan Cuts Capsule Review: Pieta in the Toilet

Pieta in The Toilet is done a disservice by its name. From the country that brought us Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead, there are certain expectations that come with a name of that sort. And the use of such a well-known religi...
Jul 22 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Japan Cuts Capsule Review: Strayer's Chronicle

It's hard to make a rip-off of X-Men without hundreds of millions of dollars to back up the production. With a relatively minimal budget, any version of the mutants with superpowers who have to fight other mutants with (bette...
Jul 22 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

NYAFF Capsule Review: Kabukicho Love Hotel

When director Ryuichi Hiroki came out to introduce Kabukicho Love Hotel, he said something to the effect of, “Please stay through the credits. After the credits, you will see some hope.” It wasn’t really adv...
Jul 21 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Japan Cuts Capsule Review: I Alone

I Alone is a film about a lot of things. It's about political corruption and kidnapping, sure, but it's also about responsibility and staying true to one's own beliefs. It's about fighting until the bitter end, because i...
Jul 14 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

NYAFF Capsule Review: Revivre

Revivre is director Im Kwon-Taek’s 102nd film. Think about that. Really, really think about what that means. Even if most of his early films were essentially throwaways created to entertain the unwashed masses, this man...
Jul 14 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

NYAFF Capsule Review: Coin Locker Girl

Director Han Jun-Hee introduced Coin Locker Girl as a "fun" film. He said that he doesn't joke much but he made a fun movie and hoped we would have fun with it. And either his translator really missed the point of his in...
Jul 13 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

NYAFF Capsule Review: Chasuke's Journey

Chasuke’s Journey is an indictment of dramatic shortcuts in writing. The head tea server in heaven works among the screenwriters who decide the fates of everyone below, but their stories are trite. The immortal one who ...
Jul 13 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

NYAFF Capsule Review: Nowhere Girl

New York Asian Film Festival co-programmer Samuel Jamier has a tendency to describe films as “interesting,” and he will sometimes say the word five times in half as many minutes when introducing them. He didn&rsqu...
Jul 07 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

NYAFF Review: Tokyo Tribe

My favorite film to play at last year's New York Asian Film Festival was Sion Sono's cinematic love-letter/masterpiece Why Don't You Play in Hell?. It's a spectacular film, and now that it's seen a domestic release, y'all hav...
Jul 07 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Full 2015 Fantasia Film Festival lineup unveiled

Although we've just kicked off coverage of one film festival and will soon be covering another, this seems like as good a time as any to let you know that there is a third pretty awesome festival that happens every July: the ...
Jul 01 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

NYAFF Review: Meeting Dr. Sun

In the two hours leading up to the US premiere of Meeting Dr. Sun, I saw director Chih-yen Yee speak twice. First was at a reception hosted by New York Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. The second was just minute...
Jun 12 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: When Marnie Was There

Every so often, I think about old articles I've written, for Flixist or elsewhere, and wonder how different they would be if I'd written them now. Not from a grammatical or structural perspective. I wonder how my fundamental ...
Jun 08 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

The 2015 New York Asian Film Festival lineup and schedule are here

The New York Asian Film Festival is very near and dear to my heart. When I started at Flixist in 2011, I was a news writer. I wasn't supposed to be writing reviews or doing any of that high-minded stuff. But then my girlfrie...
Jun 05 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: Doomsdays

I get emails pretty much daily asking me if I want to review this film or that. Most of the time, I ignore those emails. Periodically, I glance at them and then ignore them. When you've read thousands of press releases, it be...
Jun 05 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

2015 Japan Cuts Film Festival lineup unveiled

One of the best parts about being an Asian film lover in New York is the late-June-through-mid-July run of Asian-centric festivals. The second half of that time is taken up by the Japan Cuts Film Festival, a showcase at the N...
Jun 04 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: We Are Still Here

A few weeks ago, I opened my Ladies of the House review with a caveat: I knew the director, sort of. We're Facebook friends. He was the head publicist at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. But it was only sort of a disc...
May 22 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Five movies you love that aren't as good as Mad Max: Fury Road

I've seen Mad Max: Fury Road twice in the past week. Crucially, I paid New York City movie ticket prices to see Mad Max twice in the past week. Next week, I will all-but-definitely pay to see it a third time. I don'...
May 05 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: Reality

I imagine that the script for Reality is caustic. That it antagonizes the reader and makes for something that is even less comprehensible on paper than it is on screen. Rather than following the regular format, it's prob...
May 05 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Your (New) Guide to the Flixist Reviews Guide

One of the perks of being a writer at Flixist is that you get to read my super awesome, overly long reviews guide. I've been Flixist's Reviews (and Features) Editor editor for so long that I had to check my LinkedIn to see ju...
May 01 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: The Ladies of the House

At one of the various Tribeca press screenings, I was sitting around and talking with a few other NY critics. We were talking about what was coming up the rest of the year, and discussion inevitably turned to the New York Fil...
Apr 28 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: Boy Meets Girl

Boy Meets Girl is an antique magic mirror. The kind of thing you'd see in a movie. In an old, cobweb-filled antique shop, the camera slowly pans up an old, cracked and unpolished mirror. It's not really much to look at, ...
Apr 26 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Tribeca Review: Monty Python: The Meaning of Live

Even though Monty Python ended their run in the 1980s, they're still curtural icons. Even for people like me, born after their disbanding, films like Monty Python and the Holy Grain (though less their Flying Circus roots...
Apr 24 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Tribeca Review: A Courtship

A Courtship is a film about a thing I do not understand. But more than that, it's about a thing I can't even begin to understand. The concept of Christian courtship, where a woman waits for God to bring her a husban...
Apr 17 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: Unfriended

I went into Unfriended expecting garbage. I told multiple people that I was on my way to the screening, and they asked why. I told them I didn’t know, but I was expecting terrible things. The trailer compared itself to ...
Apr 09 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: The Reconstruction of William Zero

I spent the entire 97 minute runtime of The Reconstruction of William Zero thinking about Shane Carruth. It's not a Carruth film, but it feels like the kind of film he would make. It's discontinuous, scientifically complex wh...
Mar 24 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

NYC's Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 has so many ninjas

The folks over at Subway Cinema head up the annual New York Asian Film Festival, my favorite of all the year's festivals, and I'm always excited to see what else they cook up. Last month, we brought news of their efforts to f...
Mar 20 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: The Gunman

It's impossible to talk about The Gunman without discussing Taken. Everything director Pierre Morel ever does is going to be compared to it. And by starring Sean Penn, The Gunman invites those comparisons. Take...
Mar 19 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: The Divergent Series: Insurgent

I never saw the original Divergent. I'm not a preteen girl or Flixist News Editor Nick Valdez, which means I have to ration my YA intake. I can only handle so many dystopian fantasies about chosen-ones that spend all the...
Mar 12 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: It Follows

I saw It Follows sort of on a whim. I went to two press screenings that day, because it was mostly a day off for me, and I'd heard good things. I figured, why the heck not? Worst case scenario: I have nightmares forever ...
Feb 22 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Here are your 2015 Oscar winners

Despite what some may say (and even more might want), the Academy Awards are a huge deal. It's a club for old white men, sure, but the choices they make absolutely affect what projects studios do and don't greenlight going fo...
Feb 22 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

We're live-talking the Oscars!

Hello everyone. With the Academy Awards just an hour away, we're finalizing our plans (which were thrown out of whack by the crazy news that someone on the Flixist staff is about to be a dad holy shit!). Check it out. Unlike...
Feb 10 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

SXSW announces films in the Midnighters

One of my favorite parts about any big film festival is the collection of atypical films you'll find on the slate. Such is the case with South by Southwest's "Midnighters" section, which features ten "scary, funny, sexy, cont...
Jan 22 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

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...
Jan 19 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Amazon is getting into the moviemaking business

When Netflix announced that it was developing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2, there was a lot of surprise. Netflix has been hitting original television programming pretty hardcore (and striking gold on several occasions, I ...
Jan 16 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Alec's Top 15 Movies of 2014

While I was binge-watching films at the end of last year and the beginning of this one to figure out where everything would stand on my official TOP MOVIES OF 2014 list, I noticed something odd: So many of the films I saw in ...
Jan 13 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

David Fincher and Gillian Flynn teaming up to remake Strangers on a Train

Here's something pretty cool: David Fincher is directing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. It is being written by Gone Girl novelist/screenwriter Gillian Flynn. Ben Affleck is involved too. Here's something...
Jan 09 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: Two Days, One Night

Sometimes you watch a movie and you immediately know how you're going to feel about it. There's something about the atmosphere that it creates that just strikes you. You know exactly what the film is trying to do, and you kno...
Jan 09 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Review: Inherent Vice

I’m not educated enough to have an intelligent conversation about Inherent Vice. I’m smart enough, but to seriously wrestle with what Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s book is tryin...
Jan 06 // Alec Kubas-Meyer

Iko Uwais and other Raid 2 actors will be in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Since its unveiling, I've thought that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has looked cool, but J. J. Abrams movies always look cool, so I wasn't sold on the whole thing. I knew I'd see it eventually, and it will undoubted...

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