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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.
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5:20 PM on 12.17.2014

Why did it have to be The Interview?

The Interview is the most important film of 2014.  Does that sentence depress anyone else? It really should, because it's undoubtedly true. The film that will have the greatest impact on the world at large is not Boyhood...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:00 PM on 12.17.2014

This 12 Days of Christmas-themed Taken 3 trailer actually exists

The original Taken was probably one of the biggest Pleasant Surprises in recent memory. The slightly offensive but completely badass film saw the birth of Liam Neeson as an aged action star, and I'm so freaking okay wit...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

6:00 PM on 12.15.2014

Harrison Ford says Blade Runner 2 script is the best thing he's ever read

I think we can all agree that Blade Runner is an incredible film. I think we can also agree that it probably doesn't need a sequel. But a sequel is probably going to be made anyway, so all we can hope is that it will do ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

7:00 PM on 12.11.2014

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...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:30 PM on 11.23.2014

SAIFF Review: Killa (The Fort)

I never moved when I was growing up. I knew people who moved once or twice, and then I knew others in military families and the like who would come and go almost annually. In a small town with a small school, that made a diff...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 11.21.2014

SAIFF Review: Dukhtar

Most of the modern foreign films that I watch are from countries that are reasonably similar to the United States. People live in apartments and drive sleek cars. They use smartphones and credit cards. They have the internet....

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 11.20.2014

NYKFF Review: A Hard Day

Every so often, I see a film and think that the title is a perfect encapsulation of its very existence. If I were to name the film, those are exactly the words I would have chosen. A Hard Day is that exactly, in par...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 11.19.2014

NYKFF Review: The Attorney

If you look up stills from The Attorney, you're going to have a wildly inaccurate perception of what the film is supposed to be. Look at the poster. They're happy, right? Below you'll find another image of people being h...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Flixgiving: Five Movies Alec Is Thankful For

Seeing so many movies means that sometimes it's hard to really appreciate any individual film. Just because I loved Movie X doesn't mean I'll be thinking about it three months later when I've seen Movies Y, Z, Alpha, Beta, Ga...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Here comes the South Asian International Film Festival

As is often the case, it's a festival of festivals here in New York. And if you're particularly fond of Indian and/or Pakistani films, this is probably the one you've been waiting for. The South Asian International Film Festi...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:00 PM on 11.13.2014

Review: Rosewater

I remember distinctly when Jon Stewart left The Daily Show for three months to head to Jordan to shoot his directorial debut. It was an interesting time both because John Oliver took his spot (and did an excellent job there) ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

3:00 PM on 11.11.2014

Here comes the 12th Annual New York Korean Film Festival

When February came and went with no mention of the New York Korean Film Festival, I was disheartened. With all of the far-less-deserving festivals in this fine city, I couldn't accept that this one had gone away. Fortunately,...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 11.07.2014

Review: Interstellar

In SCREENWRITING 101, Film Crit Hulk devotes an entire chapter to plot holes. A subsection of that chapter specifically discusses the works of Christopher Nolan, using The Dark Knight as the primary example. Christopher Nolan...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

10:10 AM on 11.05.2014

Review: Why Don't You Play in Hell?

Last year, Japan Cuts played Sion Sono's Bad Film, a project filmed back in 1995 but not finished until 2012. In my non-review of the film, I unequivocally called it a masterpiece, and I stand by every word. It is a labo...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 10.22.2014

Review Companion: An analysis of theatre and cinema in Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman

I love Birdman. A lot. If you don’t believe me, go look at my ludicrously positive review. Even if you do believe me, you should do so anyway, because this is a companion (and not a replacement) to that piece. But unlik...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

12:00 PM on 10.17.2014

Interview: Adam Saunders, producer and CEO of Footprint Features

The role of a producer has always been kind of opaque to me. I just fundamentally get what directors do, cinematographers do, writers, etc., but "Producer" is such a broad term and encompasses so many things. For that reasons...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

You should see Birdman. In fact, you need to see Birdman. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film is something truly special, and were it not for the fact that Boyhood finally saw its release, it would u...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

1:00 PM on 10.12.2014

NYCC: Cosplay photos from the floor

If you live in New York, you're probably used to walking pretty quickly to get from points A to B. This makes being in a packed convention center like the Javitz Center during the increasingly popular New York Comic Con absol...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

10:30 AM on 10.12.2014

NYCC: So... someone made "sexy" female Freddy vs. Jason figurines

You know what I've never once thought? "There should be female versions of Freddie Krueger and Jason Vorhees!" And even if I had, I certainly wouldn't have followed that thought with, "Let's put them in skimpy outfits and sex...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

5:00 PM on 10.10.2014

Review: Whiplash

I thought the good folks over at the NYFF were kidding when they described Whiplash as "Full Metal Jacket at Julliard." I've been burned by their film descriptions before, so I couldn't trust something that just sou...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

6:00 PM on 10.08.2014

Dark Side of the Sun film series playing at New York's Japan Society

New York's Japan Society is awesome. I love the annual Japan Cuts film festival, and while it's definitely their biggest film-related event, there's a lot of other cool film-related (and not film-related) stuff that goes on t...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

6:00 PM on 10.06.2014

Flixist Discusses: An analysis of David Fincher's Gone Girl (Part 2)

Welcome to part two of our two-part discussion of David Fincher's Gone Girl. If you missed part one, I highly recommend checking it out. This is a direct continuation of the dialogue that special guest Hubert Vigilla and I ha...

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