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Review: Ugetsu

The films of Kenji Mizoguchi have been a major blind spot in my life as a filmgoer. I've seen plenty of Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu films, but for some reason Mizoguchi had always hovered on my to-watch list, always put off until recent...

 
 
 
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Review: Tampopo

Prior to this week, the last time I saw Juzo Itami's 1985 food comedy Tampopo was in the mid-90s. I remembered so little of the movie save for the fact that I enjoyed it. Some isolated scenes are easy to recall, though. There's an etiquette...

 
 
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Review: A Touch of Zen

A Touch of Zen is King Hu's masterpiece, yet unless you're patient and a bit adventurous, it may not be the best introduction to his work. Dragon Inn, his straightforward wuxia classic from 1967, might be a more palatable entry point into K...

 
 
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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 Bullock and Meliss...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 9/21/13: World War Hee Hee Edition

The big new release of the week is the in-name-only adaptation of World War Z. Once maligned and expected to tank, the movie wound up being profitable and there's talk of a sequel. Other big new things this week include Sofia Coppola's The ...

 
 
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Netflix Now: REALLY REALLY GOOD LOOKING EDITION

Hubert's off for the week, so it's my pleasure to tell you that my personal favorite movie of all time, Darren Aranofsky's Requiem for a Dream, has officially hit Netflix. Actually, there's a number of awesome movies this week, including T...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 8/31/13: The Replacements Edition

I know there was some crazy stuff that happened in the music industry over the weekend that everyone's been talking about on the internet, so I figured we should address the matter here on Flixist. I'm speaking, of course, about the reunion...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 8/24/13: Starzinger Edition

When I was a kid, I used to watch the same three or four episodes of Spaceketeers (aka Starzinger) on a VHS tape over and over again. I never knew how the series ended or where the story was going to go, but I just kept watching those episo...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 8/17/13: Olympus Edition

The big new release this week is Antoine Fuqua's White House Down, starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. Oh, sorry, I meant Olympus Has Fallen, starring Channing Tatum as Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx as Aaron Eckhart, and Roland Emmerich ...

 
 
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Mondo releasing Guillermo Del Toro Criterion posters

The Criterion Collection put out The Devil's Backbone on DVD and Blu-ray this week, one of Guillermo Del Toro's bona fide masterpieces. This is the second Del Toro movie in the Criterion Collection, the other being his fine debut film,...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 8/3/13: NY Drafthouse Edition

Guys! The first New York Alamo Drafthouse is opening this weekend! Sure, it's up in Yonkers and a bajillion miles from my apartment, but I'm going to do my darndest to get up there. It's staff training weekend, so there'll be discount ticke...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 7/27/13: Hypnotwixt Edition

This week's set of new releases is making you very sleepy. You feel a sudden urge to give me all of your money, or at least enough for me to buy a breakfast sandwich tomorrow, because breakfast sandwiches are delicious and I am poor, so poo...

 
 
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Ten more films that should be in the Criterion Collection

As many of you already know, Barnes & Noble is doing their 50% off sale for the Criterion Collection. We offered some staff recommendations for available Criterion Collection titles earlier in the week. This is a time when many of us go...

 
 
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Ten films that should be in the Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection is amazing, but it could always be more amazing. The ever-expanding list of films (so much of which is worth buying) has some pretty big gaps. So that's why I'm here: to help coax the company into choosing some film...

 
 
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FlixList: Best of the Criterion Collection (Part 2)

It's that time again: the sun is up and both game and movie lovers go back into their caves to enjoy their respective hobbies. For gamers, Valve's Summer Sale is in full swing; for cinephiles, it's Barnes & Nobles' 50% Criterion Collect...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 7/20/13: Evil Edition

Another week means more new releases, fellas. I have no clever intro this week because I am just that tired. There are three biggies this week on the new release side: Evil Dead, 42, and Bullet to the Head. On the re-release side are a few ...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 7/13/13: Street Trash Edition

Of all things that are coming out on Blu-ray today, there's the bats**t crazy cult film Street Trash. There are melting bodies, exploding homeless people, scenes of extreme violence, lots of gore, and something to offend everyone. And it's ...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 6/29/13: Achoo Resneezes Edition

I've been sick for the last three weeks, and it's gone from being unpleasant to just downright annoying. After looking up my symptoms online, I'm led to believe that I'm suffering from The Scriverner's Lung, The Hipster Dropsy, or delirium ...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 6/1/13: Who Are You? Who, Who Ed.

We don't usually highlight the TV releases on DVD and Blu-ray, but since this week is light on the movie side, we're making an exception. The biggie this week is Doctor Who: Series Seven - Part Two, which includes "The Name of the Doctor." ...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 5/25/13: Arnold's Return Edition

It's a week of many new releases and re-releases on DVD and Blu-ray. Leading the way is Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen The Last Stand, along with the horror anthology The ABCs of Death, the Jason Statham flick Parker, Stev...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 5/11/13: Heading Upstream Edition

First off, sorry this edition of New Releases is a day later than usual. Running behind with lots of things this week. Netflix Now will also be a day late. I owe you an ice cream.* The new releases this week include Jack Reacher with Tom Cr...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 4/20/13: Djangowned Edition

Howdy, folks, and welcome to this week's new releases, a sort of pre-Tribeca reprieve for me. This week boasts two genre deconstructions. The biggie is Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx (who, as Nick points out, was ...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 4/13/13: Historical Hot Dog Edition

It's another slow week on the DVD/Blu-ray release front. The most high-profile title is the disappointing Hyde Park on Hudson, which features Bill Murray as FDR. (More accurately, Bill Murray doing an impersonation of Cary Grant doing an im...

 
 
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Artist creates gorgeous and unofficial movie posters

A Los Angeles based artist who goes by the name Midnight Marauder has been quietly pumping out some incredible, unofficial movie posters over the last few years. Midnight Marauder (let's call him/her MM) seems to be inspired by a mix of old...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 3/30/13: Fightin' Abe Edition

Today is the day that Steven Spielberg's Lincoln rolls onto DVD and Blu-ray. I think Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt are my favorite U.S. Presidents. Both were supreme badasses in different ways. Lincoln steered the country through its ...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 3/23/13: Les Little People Edition

Back from warm and awful nice Austin to the cold, jerk-filled New York and what do I see? Lots of major releases out this week on DVD and Blu-ray. (Worst thing about Austin by the way: limited free wifi at the airport. Damn you, Boingo.) So...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 3/2/13: Who is the Master Edition

Even though Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master didn't do well at the 2013 Academy Awards, it will always run Bartertown in my heart. If you watched Flixist's Google Hangout for the Oscars, you know we all expected Joaquin Phoenix to rush the...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 2/23/13: Jack Kirby Saves Edition

Ben Affleck's Argo is the big release of the week given all the momentum it has heading into the Oscars. Based on the true story of how Jack Kirby helped saved the day, Argo won Best Picture and Best Director at the 2013 BAFTA Film Awards a...

 
 
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Criterion Collection is free on Hulu this weekend

That's right, guys and gals. If it's a Criterion release and if it's on Hulu, you can watch it free starting now and lasting through Sunday. You know how you (meaning me) wanted to get work done over the weekend and hang out with people? Yo...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 2/16/13: Bond... James Bond Edition

Today is the day that Skyfall hits DVD and Blu-ray. Not only is the movie badass, it was declared Best British Film at the BAFTA Film Awards last weekend. Skyfall's release today is accompanied by a number of James Bond Blu-ray re-releases,...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 2/9/13: My Bloody Valentine Edition

[UPDATE: Just received notice of a new addition to today's new releases. The horror anthology V/H/S is available today on VHS.] All of your dorky music nerd friends probably wet themselves last weekend over the new My Bloody Valentine ...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 1/26/13: Hong Kong Action Edition

I'm continuing my idiocy abroad, which included a brief rush through Hong Kong last week. Soon it's back to California for a few days before returning to New York, jetlagged and poorer. I've included some recreations of my adventures in Hon...

 
 
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Watch a clip of Del Toro discussing Alfred Hitchcock

It's a beautiful thing to see a great director discuss one of the greatest directors in all of filmdom, and to do so as eloquently as Guillermo Del Toro always manages to be. This is a clip from the DVD/Blu-ray extra of Criteron's release ...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 1/19/13: Bananas Edition

I am currently abroad, and by this point I should have a decent palate for the bananas of the Philippines. (I may also have dysentery and ringworm.) I could share a photo of these exotic 'naners and describe the rich flavors I've experience...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 1/12/13: KDOC New Year Edition

I don't know if you're seen it already, but the KDOC New Year's Eve show with Jamie Kennedy is a special kind of trainwreck. Uncensored f-bombs, technical glitches, an extremely faded Macy Gray, and a fight at the end. (Highlights after the...

 
 
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Criterion Collection teases 2013 releases with this image

The Criterion Collection is teasing some of its 2013 releases with a "name that movie" image. And... well there's... Wow, I'm really, really bad at this one. Adam Chitwood of Collider says the image contains the following: David Lynch's Er...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 12/15/12: "Dragon Sound" edition

Today you can enjoy Miami Connection in the comfort of your own home. Yes, the Citizen Kane of Florida-based taekwondo movies has arrived on DVD, Blu-ray, and limited edition VHS. (That makes Miami Connection more hardcore than Michel Gondr...

 
 
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New Releases, week of 11/24/12: "That's Expendable" ed.

This week's new releases are a little skimpy but still keen. The big one worth mentioning is The Expendables 2, which contains a Herculean dose of testosterone, machismo, and asskick. Those three qualities are probably not found in the new ...

 
 
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FlixList: Best of the Criterion Collection

There is just a day and a half left in Barnes & Noble's 50% off art-house DVD/Blu-ray sale, and your friends at Flixist are here to tell you how to break your bank. We've collected 19 of our favorite Criterion Collection releases a...

 
 




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Preacher (Season 2)"Adapting the unadaptable"

 

Mother!"Mother of god this is pretentious"

 

American Assassin"American Ass"

 

It"Stephen King's scariest adaptation to date"

 

Good Time"Robert Pattinson: Vampire, no more"

 

Logan Lucky"No relation to Wolverine"

 

The Defenders (Season 1)"Masters of karate and friendship "

 

The Hitman's Bodyguard"I won't always love you"

 

Detroit"History, but not really"

 

The Dark Tower"The elevator pitch of an epic"

 

Atomic Blonde"Charlize Theron can fight"

 

The Emoji Movie"To live is to suffer"

 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"Such a well polished turd."

 

Dunkirk"Take a bow, Mr. Nolan, and cue the appla"

 

NYAFF Capsule Mrs. K"Who, What, When, Where, and Mostly Why?"

 

Endless Poetry"A portrait of Jodorowsky as a young poet"

 

Castlevania (Season1)"That's four! Four episodes! Ha-ha-ha! "

 

The Little Hours"I lost two of them."

 
 
 
 
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