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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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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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