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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Mar 03

Review: Before I Fall

If you read my Top 15 Movies of 2016 list, then you'll know that at the very top (number 0) was The Edge of Seventeen. Also worth noting: my favorite movie of ever continues to be Joseph Kahn's Detention. From that, we can de...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Feb 23

Review: Get Out

There's a story I heard but cannot verify about why Dave Chapelle ended The Chapelle Show when he did, with tens of millions of dollars on the line. So the story goes, he was working on a sketch that dealt prominently wi...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Feb 10

Review: John Wick: Chapter 2

In the John Wick cinematic universe, everyone who matters knows John Wick, by face, name, and reputation. They know the stories, they see the man, and they get a little concerned: “You working again, John?” asked ...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jan 25

Alec's Top 15 Movies of 2016

So, now that we've gotten those dumb Oscar nominations out of the way, I think it's finally time to let everyone know what the real best films of 2016 were. The hacks at the Academy wouldn't know quality if it slapped them in...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Dec 09

Flixist Discusses: An Analysis of Denis Villeneuve's Arrival [Part 2]

In the 24 hours since part one of this discussion was posted, I was talking with a friend about something completely unrelated when I realized that the point I was trying to make directly relates to my feelings on Arrival. It...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Dec 08

Flixist Discusses: An Analysis of Denis Villeneuve's Arrival [Part 1]

If you haven't seen Arrival yet, you should do so immediately. Not just because this thing right here spoils the hell out of the movie and won't really make any sense if you haven't seen it; see it because it's a genuinely fa...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Nov 21

Review: The Monster

As often as I can, I like to go into films relatively blind. In the case of The Monster, my Facebook feed had been full of friends talking about how stellar the leading performances were and how great it was that they had gon...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Nov 17

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

On my right wrist is a scar given to me by the seventh Harry Potter book. I was abroad at the time, at a language school. The book had just launched, and my Turkish roomate (not my French or Croatian ones) got a copy. I asked...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Oct 20

Review: Moonlight

I don't want to (and am not going to) make this review about the fact that Moonlight is a film about African Americans. It's not a topic I can avoid, but I want to get as much of that as I can out of the way in this intro. So...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Oct 14

Review: The Accountant

I remember seeing the first trailer for The Accountant a few months back and thinking, "That's a hilarious premise that looks like it could be terrible, but I bet it's going to be awesome." It seemed like the kind of bizarre ...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Oct 05

Review: American Honey

American Honey is shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio, where the image is approximately 1.33 times wider than it is tall. Movies looked like that a long time ago; TV looked like that much more recently. Neither looks like that anymore...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Sep 22

Review: The Lovers And The Despot

It can be kind of exhausting getting a dozen (or more) emails a day about movie X, Y, and Z. Do I want to see this? Do I want to learn more about this? And I'm sure I've turned down a lot of great movies because the sales pit...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Sep 16

Review: Snowden

I never saw Citizenfour, the documentary Laura Poitras made about Edward Snowden. I thought about it a lot and certainly meant to, but it was never really a priority for me. This was, in large part, because I followed along w...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Aug 31

Review: Don't Breathe

Three years ago, Fede Alvarez proved that he was a talent to watch. Evil Dead is a great film, tense and horrific and, more than anything else, polished (in stark contrast to the original film, which is anything but...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Aug 10

Review: Lake Nowhere

I saw Lake Nowhere last Halloween. I first heard about the film about a month prior, at the press screening for The Last Witch Hunter. A friend of mine brought as his +1 someone who worked on the film, who for the purposes of...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Aug 04

Review: Train to Busan

In my review of Yeon Sang-Ho's Seoul Station from this year's New York Asian Film Festival, I said that I felt it would have been better as a live-action film than it was as an animated one. There was just something...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 29

Review: Jason Bourne

My memory of the first three Bourne films is a bit like Jason Bourne’s memories of, well, everything: It’s fuzzy, jumpy, and full of Matt Damon hitting things. I remember liking the movies, though being disoriente...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 29

The first Women Texas Film Festival is coming (and worth paying attention to)

It feels like, at any given moment, there are at least 25 film festivals going on that I'm supposed to be watching out for. There are big ones that everyone knows and small ones that no one will ever know and everything in be...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 27

NYAFF Capsule Review: The Mermaid

It's always fascinating to me to see blockbusters from other countries. The Mermaid is the highest grossing Chinese film of all time; that's a big flipping deal. Apparently the lead actress was chosen out of literally 100,000...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 25

Review: Lights Out

Last April (man, time flies), I saw a film called Unfriended. I liked it well enough, but as is so often the case, the things I didn't like about it were more interesting than the things I did, so I ended up writing an obscen...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 03

NYAFF Capsule Review: Maverick

When you think of "Asian cop movie about systemic corruption" you likely get a very specific image in your head: fast-paced, action-packed thrill rides that keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. That's not t...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jun 30

NYAFF Capsule Review: Twisted Justice

It's fascinating to watch a film about the police searching for criminal guns while living in a country where the ubiquity of guns is a constant national conversation. It's something I think about a lot while watching foreign...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jun 29

NYAFF Capsule Review: Seoul Station

At NYAFF 2012, I saw a movie called The King of Pigs. I wanted to like it, but I couldn't get over the atrociously bad translation. It ruined what should have been a very serious dramatic animated film. Seoul Station is ...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jun 14

The 2016 New York Asian Film Festival Is Almost Here

Is it really that time again already? Wow. Apparently it is. NYAFF time. For the past five years, we have been covering the latest and greatest Asian films as brought to us by the swell folks at Subway Cinema, and this year i...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jun 03

Review: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

A couple weeks ago was the finale for the forty-first season of Saturday Night Live. At one point, fairly late in the show, a familiar title screen came up: "An SNL Digital Short" For people who loved everything from "Lazy Su...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . May 20

Review: Cash Only

What would you do to get your daughter back from an Eastern European mob man? Your first answer is probably, "Become Liam Neeson." And that's basically the correct answer, even if it's laughable for a whole host of reasons. B...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . May 01

Review: Keanu

I think everyone can agree that Key and Peele was a great show, and I think all of us were at least a little bit sad when it ended. Though it didn't hit with every sketch or every episode, the team's consistent creativity has...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Apr 08

Review: The Boss

The first time I saw a trailer for The Boss was just a few weeks ago. I'd kind of generally ignored its existence, because... why wouldn't I have? I mean, honestly, it looked terrible. I saw that trailer and thought, "Yu...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Apr 07

Review: The Invitation

I watched The Invitation alone in my apartment. I left the lights on, because I expected it to be scary and wasn't too keen on having a heart attack in pitch black. As it turns out, the film wasn’t scary, at least not i...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Mar 04

Review: London Has Fallen

A month ago, I signed up for Movie Pass. It’s a service where, for $45 a month, I can see a movie in a participating theater (which is most of them) every 24 hours. It’s a pretty cool deal, especially in New York ...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Feb 11

Review: Deadpool

I have never read a Marvel comic. There. I said it. In fact, I’ve never read any superhero comic that isn’t about a man who dresses like a bat. I think superheroes are all well and good, but I’ve never felt ...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Feb 05

Review: Hail, Caesar!

Joseph Kahn, director of Detention, the best film ever made, is an exceedingly well respected music video director. Most recently, he’s known as the guy who makes all those amazing Taylor Swift music videos. Together, t...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jan 08

Review: The Forest

I’ve written before about how wimpy I am at horror movies. I don’t know that I’m “scared” easily, but I’m exceedingly jumpy. A loud sound, sudden movement, or anything of that sort will lau...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jan 08

Review: The Revenant

I follow twelve people on Instagram. I don't really use it much, but it's something I check every so often. Of those twelve, only one is a person I don't know personally: Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki. And honestly, how could I no...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Dec 24

Review: The Hateful Eight

From the outset, The Hateful Eight has been a Big Deal. Tarantino was gonna do it, but the screenplay leaked, so he wasn’t gonna do it, until there was a reading, so he was doing it again. I paid pretty much zero attent...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Dec 04

Non-Review: The World of Kanako

I haven't hated a movie in a very long time. It's happened (oh it has happened), but it takes a certain special something to bring me over from annoyance or general dislike into sheer, visceral hatred.  The World of Kanako has that special something. It has it in spades. It is a film that cannot really be considered "bad." But it can absolutely be considered The Worst.   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Nov 20

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

I didn't read The Hunger Games or its sequels. When the first film came to theaters, I had heard a whole lot of people talking about the books, but I didn't know anything beyond the "It's pretty much Battle Royale" premi...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Nov 04

Review: Shrew's Nest

When I was in middle school, we'd periodically have a writer, Jon Land, come and talk to us. He'd talk about writing and life and whatever else. (Honestly, I don't really remember what most of those talks were about, but what...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Nov 03

Review: Summer Camp

In Resident Evil 4, Leon S. Kennedy is dropped in a Spanish village. He's an all-American hero (by way of Japan), but his enemies don't speak his language. The characters talk, but they speak Spanish.  To a Spanish speak...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Oct 26

The 2015 New York Korean Film Festival is coming

My favorite New York-based film festival of the year is the New York Asian Film Festival. It has a special place in my heart for a lot of reasons. Among the smaller, more tightly-focused festivals, though, the New York Korean...   0




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