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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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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Oct 23

Review: The Last Witch Hunter

There are movies that you know you will like before you see them. You'll hear the premise and it'll grab you. You don't need to see a trailer or read a synopsis. All you need to know is a few key words, the ones that get you ...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Oct 16

Review: Crimson Peak

The best piece of advice I ever got about writing film criticism was this: "Don't write about what the film isn't." Going for long tangents about What Could Have Been doesn't do any of us any good. Let's talk about what the f...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Oct 06

The Ten Best Korean Films Streaming on Hulu (2015 Edition)

Last month, we posted our list of best Korean films available on Netflix. But I made the point there that Netflix's supply has been drying up lately. Over the course of this year, the number of available films has quite liter...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Sep 14

Review: The Beauty Inside

The Beauty Inside is a remake of sorts. It's taken from a 2012 social film of the same name. "Social film" is a term I learned while writing this introduction. Social films are episodic and feature integration with socia...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Sep 11

Zack Snyder talks up DC's movie universe, down Marvel's

Zack Snyder has an obscene amount of influence on the future of superhero cinema. Between Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and the eventual Justice League movie, he is pretty much single-handedly shaping what the DC filmic g...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Sep 08

The Thirteen Best Korean Films Streaming on Netflix Instant (2015 Edition)

For the past six or seven years, I've told people that my favorite type of international cinema is Korean. And even though I've been a little less in the loop recently than I was a few years ago, I still have a deep love for ...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Sep 01

Apple may be getting into the original TV and movie game too

In the past couple of years, the purpose of content platforms has changed. Netflix was a way to watch other people's stuff, movies and TV at your fingertips (or in your DVD player). But nowadays the exciting things on Netflix...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Aug 27

A "super violent" Castlevania animated series is in the works

On Tuesday, Dredd and Power/Rangers producer Adi Shankar announced on Facebook that he would be producing a "super violent" mini-series based on Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse with Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde. F...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Aug 25

12 films based on Nintendo games we need (right now)

Video game movies are, nine times out of ten, not awesome. There have been exceptions, but generally speaking a movie is just a shade of the franchise it's supposed to represent. Why watch it when you can play it? But with Ni...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Aug 20

New Ash Vs. Evil Dead poster promises cars, guts, and chainsaws

When people think of the top tier of paid channels, there's really just HBO with a little bit of Showtime on the side. (And now Netflix and etc.) But Starz seems to be making a real effort to show something new and awesome wi...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Aug 11

Review: I Am Chris Farley

When I went into I Am Chris Farley, I couldn't have honestly said that I was a fan of his work. Not because I didn't like it, but because I didn't know it particularly well. I'd seen some stuff over the years, but I miss...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Aug 09

Review: Assassination

Director Choi Dong-Hoon's last film, The Thieves, was a thoroughly enjoyable film. It wasn't the smartest or most unique thing, but it wasn't dumb or bland either. It was stylish and interesting and fun, so much so that ...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Aug 07

Bojack Horseman is the Spec Ops: The Line of TV Shows

The first season of Bojack Horseman sort of came out of nowhere, at least as far as I was concerned. Back then, I was underemployed and watched pretty much anything that seemed vaguely interesting. I generally trust...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 31

Review: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

When Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol ended, I couldn't fathom how a sequel could top it. It went so far over the top that I truly believed it was un-toppable. (Turns out, I actually wrote something to tha...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 23

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 23

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 22

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 22

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 21

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 14

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 14

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 13

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 ...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 13

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 07

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 07

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 ...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jul 01

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jun 12

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 ...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jun 08

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jun 05

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jun 05

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...   0

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Alec Kubas-Meyer . Jun 04

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...   0




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