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Alec Kubas-Meyer signed up for Flixist in May of 2011 as a news writer, and he never intended to write a single review. Funny, then, that he is now the site's Reviews (and Features) Editor. After stumbling upon the existence of that year's New York Asian Film Festival only two days before it began (and getting very lucky that they wanted the press), he saw some movies that radically changed his worldview, and that was that. Now he is one of the most prolific reviewers on the site, greatly helped by the constant stream of screening series and film festivals around New York City. Generally speaking, the films he reviews are ones that won't make many waves in mainstream American cinema, but he feels that, bad or good, those are the films that need the coverage most of all.

He likes all kinds of movies, everything from Jason Siegel-centered romantic comedies to black-and-white Swedish arthouse movies to movies that would make the average person all but skin themselves in the shower in an attempt to get clean. Also Asian films, especially Korean films. Alec really likes Korean films, thanks in large part to that same film festival.

When not watching or writing about movies, Alec can be found making them amateurish-ly. He also plays videogames, and writes about them on the internet sometimes, usually for The Daily Beast or Continue-Play.com, where he is also Reviews Editor.
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4:00 PM on 09.19.2014

How I did Kickstarter: Making the pitch video

While I would say that the written pitch is probably the most important part of a Kickstarter project, the video is definitely the face of it. And it’s also vital. While you aren’t required to have a pitch video,...

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11:00 AM on 09.14.2014

Review: The Pirates

Every so often, a film comes along that completely shatters your expectations. You think you've got it figured out and then it throws a curveball. Then another. Then five more. Soon you realize you can't figure the film out a...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

5:00 PM on 09.12.2014

How I did Kickstarter: Writing the pitch

When you go to a Kickstarter page, what's the first thing you do? I always read (or at least skim) the text of their pitch. If it looks interesting, I'll read through it properly. If not, I'm not going to back it. If I see th...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:00 PM on 09.08.2014

How I did Kickstarter: Avoiding content-specific stretch goals

Another few days, another few backers. Seriously, this is one of the most stressful things I've ever done in my life, and I can't even imagine what it would be like on a larger scale. In the grand scheme of things, $3,500 is ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:00 PM on 09.05.2014

How I did Kickstarter: Choosing a goal (and considering stretches)

We're now a week into our Kickstarter, and it's been pretty crazy. As of this writing, we've made more than one-third of our goal, which is fantastic. If we can keep up this momentum during the lull that always befalls projec...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

11:00 AM on 09.03.2014

Netflix Now: Joseph Khan's Detention Edition

Here's a partially true fact about me: If someone wants to be my friend, they have to watch Joseph Khan's Detention. If I spend any amount of time with a person and they haven't seen it, I hound them about it until they ...

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9:00 AM on 09.03.2014

Nick Cave performing in NYC for special screening on 20,000 Days on Earth

Are you a Nick Cave fan? Do you live in or around New York City? Then you need to mark September 20th on your calendar, because whatever you might have been doing that day is less important than what you will be doing now. To...

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2:00 PM on 09.01.2014

How I did Kickstarter: Five things I wish I knew before starting

My friend and I launched our Kickstarter four days ago. A lot has happened since then, some behind the scenes and some exceedingly public. Through all of that, a few lovely people (primarily friends and family) have already h...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

1:00 PM on 08.31.2014

Review: Kundo: Age of the Rampant

When I decide to watch a movie, it is usually based on two thing: Whether or not the press picture implies some kind of action. The runtime. While there's obviously some leeway on the first one, once a movie pushes past the...

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4:00 PM on 08.29.2014

I'm Kickstarting a short film, and you're coming with me

Sometimes a particularly scathing review is met with some version of "Oh yeah? Let's see you do better." While I don't think it's a valid non-argument, it's an interesting thought. But if you have ever felt that way after re...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

6:00 PM on 08.27.2014

GOG.com adds DRM free documentaries to its library

A while back, Valve's Steam service added Indie Game: The Movie to its library. It was an odd choice, and a lot of people expected it might set some kind of precedent. It didn't. Only a couple of other films have been ad...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

11:00 AM on 08.23.2014

Review: Cam2Cam

In past reviews, I've written about the problems with poor subtitles on foreign films. Improper use of language serves as a distraction from the comedy or drama and makes the experience worse. I love the English language. It'...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

8:00 AM on 08.15.2014

Review: The Giver

It's been more than 20 years since Lois Lowry's The Giver first hit shelves, and more than a decade since I first read it. It's one of those transformative books, and before the recent YA trend towards totalitariani...

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12:30 PM on 08.14.2014

Netflix Now: Third Party Pseudo-Exclusives

It's Gamescom, which means big game publishers not named Nintendo are all in Germany telling people about big new things that they're doing with their money. The biggest, showiest example of this was the announcement that the...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Judd Apatow producing new music-themed comedy from The Lonely Island

For quite some time, The Lonely Island's digital shorts were the best thing that Saturday Night Live had going for it. The combination of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone made for some great scenes and some exc...

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1:00 PM on 08.05.2014

Production has begun on the Herschell Gordon Lewis co-directed Herschell Gordon Lewis' Bloodmania

If you don't know the name Herschell Gordon Lewis, then you have missed an extremely important part of film history. H. G. Lewis' effects are seen in cinemas all over the world even today; his 1963 film Blood Feast was t...

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6:30 PM on 08.04.2014

Fantasia Review: WolfCop

Puns are a lot more interesting than most people give them credit for. While they're exceedingly easy to come up with and throw into literally every conversation ever, they're much harder to actually pull off. The title for t...

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12:00 PM on 08.02.2014

Fantasia Review: Live (Raivu)

To those who know it, Noboru Iguchi's name brings up a very particular image. In fact, when people with only a tangential knowledge of Japanese cinema, Iguchi's work is probably the first thing they think of. It's exactly the...

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6:30 PM on 07.25.2014

Sam Raimi had to save The Last of Us adaptation from the game's writer

The Last of Us was a fascinating movie with a not-very-good game attached to it. The narrative and cutscenes told a compelling story that were undermined at every minute by stupid decisions forced onto the narrative by i...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:00 PM on 07.23.2014

New clip from Honeymoon is intriguing (and not spoiler-y)

Although I never reviewed it, Honeymoon was the best film I saw at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. It's a cabin in the woods sort of film with some nice creep factor and incredible chemistry between the two main charact...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

9:00 PM on 07.15.2014

NYAFF Review: Aberdeen

You never know what you’re going to get from a Pang Ho-Cheung film. In 2010, you got an ultraviolent slasher with Dream Home. In 2012, you got uproarious sex comedy Vulgaria. Before and between, you’ve got any oth...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

3:00 PM on 07.12.2014

NYAFF Review: Firestorm 3D

I wish I’d seen Firestorm 3D a week and a half earlier. In my review of The White Storm, I talked extensively about expectations. The film had been sold as X and turned out to be Y, which was good bu...

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