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Hubert Vigilla is a writer living in Brooklyn, which makes him completely indistinguishable from 4/5 of people living in Brooklyn. He likes writing about himself in third-person and watching/reading a bit of everything. He is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories.

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6:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Review: Kill Team

The war in Afghanistan is the longest military conflict in which the United States has been involved. The operation is nowhere near as successful as hoped, which is part of the reality of fighting a war in Afghanistan, a less...

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10:00 AM on 11.08.2013

Review: It's Me It's Me

Doppelgangers are the stuff of horror and of comedy. It would be uncanny to see yourself as a stranger -- the self's own reflection as the Other -- and yet being able to step outside yourself might provide you with some persp...

Hubert Vigilla

5:00 PM on 10.31.2013

Review: Man of Tai Chi

Most press screenings are pretty stodgy as far as audience reaction goes, even for comedies. When people laugh, it's often the very polite and quiet kind -- almost private -- a synonym for, "Oh my, how absolutely dr&ocir...

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3:00 PM on 10.31.2013

Review: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology

Slavoj Žižek is one of the most popular public intellectuals in the world, though maybe in a "big in Japan" sort of way. (Most public intellectuals who aren't Noam Chomsky or a member of the Four Horsemen of New Atheism have ...

Hubert Vigilla

12:00 PM on 10.30.2013

Review: These Birds Walk

Many people who hop into documentaries casually expect a certain amount of overt filmmaker guidance -- voiceover narration, talking head interviews, infographics, archival footage; anything to help impart information. Yet the...

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4:00 PM on 10.24.2013

Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color

There are many examples of desire in Blue Is the Warmest Color that are nuanced and downright erotic. These moments are communicated in coy shifts in facial expression, through the brinkmanship of flirtation, the intimate ris...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 AM on 10.18.2013

Review: CZ12 (Chinese Zodiac)

When the first promo/trailer hit for CZ12 (aka Chinese Zodiac), I bought into the hype and the possibility of the film. When news landed that CZ12 was going to be Jackie Chan's last big action movie, I was eager to see how he...

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6:30 PM on 10.17.2013

Review: All Is Lost

For some reason I was expecting Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity to be almost as spare as All Is Lost, though not quite. I actually don't know if Gravity would work if it dialed back its dialogue that much. The vast majority o...

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9:30 AM on 10.17.2013

The trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

Here's the first trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, and it looks old-timier than usual. Note the full frame aspect ratio throughout most of the trailer, which was probably a conscious decision to help evoke...

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8:00 AM on 10.17.2013

Review: 12 Years a Slave

When 12 Years a Slave played at the Toronto International Film Festival last month, there were reports of walkouts during screenings, even among the press. It wasn't because the movie was bad. Far from it. People walked out b...

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4:00 PM on 10.16.2013

NYCC Interview: The screenwriter and stars of Oldboy

Spike Lee's upcoming remake of Oldboy has drawn many strong opinions from our staff. While it's one of our most anticipated films of the holiday season, it's also a movie that makes us question how a remake can negatively aff...

Hubert Vigilla

12:00 PM on 10.16.2013

Netflix Now: The Homestretch Edition

Our 2013 New York Film Festival (NYFF51) coverage is coming to a close at the end of the week, and it feels good to be unburdened. There's a big weight about to be lifted from my shoulders, and it opens up a whole lot of free...

Hubert Vigilla

6:00 PM on 10.15.2013

NYFF Review: Gloria

Of all the things to latch onto first in Sebastián Lelio's Gloria, it was the dancing. Not because it was great, mind you, but because its quality changes over the course of the film. The movie opens in a single's club...

Hubert Vigilla

12:00 PM on 10.15.2013

New Releases, week of 10/19/13: Jaeger Bomb Edition

Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim hits stores today, meaning the movie may turn a decent profit yet on top of the Chinese box office returns. By far, this is the biggest new release this week, with The Heat starring Sandra Bul...

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7:00 PM on 10.14.2013

NYFF Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

On its surface, a vampire film is the last thing I'd expect out of Jim Jarmusch. Then again, the same can be said about a hitman movie (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Limits of Control) and a western (Dead Man). And s...

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9:00 AM on 10.14.2013

Box Office Numbers: Gravy for Gravity

No surprises here. Bolstered by strong word of mouth and increased revenue thanks to IMAX 3D, Gravity took the top slot at the box office for the second week in a row. The film took in more than $44 million in its second week...

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8:00 AM on 10.14.2013

NYCC 2013: Cosplay Photos

Another New York Comic Con means a whole lot of great cosplay. In my days at the con, I was able to snap a fair amount of pics, the best of which I'm sharing here. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it to the convention on S...

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11:30 AM on 10.11.2013

RIP Kumar Pallana (1918-2013)

Kumar Pallana, best known for his appearances in various Wes Anderson films, passed away yesterday at age 94. Pallana has been a part of the Anderson ensemble stable since Bottle Rocket and also appeared in Rushmore, The Roy...

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3:00 PM on 10.10.2013

NYFF Review: Nebraska

Before I was old enough to actually understand the jokes about sex and relationships, one of the movies I used to watch all the time as a kid was Making Mr. Right starring John Malkovich. (It had an android in it, so that was...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 AM on 10.10.2013

Review: Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips wasn't really on my radar for the year. I like Paul Grenngrass and I love Tom Hanks, but I really wasn't excited for the film in the same way I am for others. I expected something competent and modest: a serv...

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3:00 PM on 10.09.2013

Interview: Jia Zhangke & Zhao Tao (A Touch of Sin)

Jia Zhangke has been called one of the most important filmmakers in the world by Richard Brody of The New Yorker and John Powers of NPR. This isn't just because his films are well made. Jia occupies an interesting place in co...

Hubert Vigilla

6:30 PM on 10.08.2013

NYFF Review: The Missing Picture

At last year's New York Asian Film Festival I saw a documentary called Golden Slumbers, which focused on the lost cinema of Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge had destroyed cinema houses and film negatives throughout the country, wipi...

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