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Nobuhiko Obayashi: The Strange, the Sweet, and the Childlike

The largest retrospective of Nobuhiko Obayashi's work in the United States kicks off tonight at The Japan Society with a screening of House (Hausu). Hausu is Obayashi's best known work in the US, and probably the only one of his films that ...

 
 
 
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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 "big in Japan" ...

 
 
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BFF Short Film Roundup 2

I didn't get to see as many films at the Brooklyn Film Festival as I'd hoped to due to other obligations and personal matters, but I did get a chance to catch a few more shorts last weekend, two of which preceded the documentary Mr. Angel. ...

 
 
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BFF Short Film Roundup 1

Over the weekend I caught five short films at the Brooklyn Film Festival. One called Good Grief played before the feature-length documentary Furever (review of that later in the week); the other four (Love Letter, The Phantom Pain, Scattere...

 
 
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Review: Leviathan

Watching Leviathan made me think about how important the venue is for certain movies. The same goes for the difference between idea/intent and the actual work. This experimental documentary presents the stuff that happens on a fishing boat....

 
 
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Flix for Short: Tango

(NOTE: The above video contains some material that's not safe for work.) Amid Amidi had an interesting bit of commentary at Cartoon Brew yesterday. It concerned the way that animation compresses and distorts our perception of time. Multipl...

 
 
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NYC: House director Nobuhiko Obayashi in town this week

Japanese filmmaker Obayashi Nobuhiko is in New York this week, making a rare appearance overseas. Obayashi is the man behind the incredible 1977 film House (Hausu), which Alec wrote about for The Cult Club a couple months ago. (You can read...

 
 
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Flix for Short: Brave New Old

Brave New Old by Adam Wells is a compelling and fun work of experimental animation. The story is told without dialogue and through the rotation of a stage/frame. It's as if we're looking into multiple CG dioramas on a Lazy Susan. The resul...

 
 
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Help Adan Jodorowsky/Asia Argento make a short film

Adan Jodorowsky and Asia Argento are probably best known for acting in movies made by their fathers: midnight movie icon Alejandro Jodorowsky and giallo/Italian horror maestro Dario Argento. (Dario's brother Claudio was a producer on Jodoro...

 
 
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Flix for Short: "Roland I Feel You" by Get Well Soon

Alejandro Jodorowsky is one of my favorite filmmakers, and someone whose fingerprints are all over my imagination. On a few occasions I've expressed admiration for his influential handful of cult films (e.g., the Cult Club piece on Santa S...

 
 
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Review: Beyond the Black Rainbow

Beyond the Black Rainbow is a divisive film. A friend of mine who caught the movie a while back said he couldn't make it past the 20-minute mark and just gave up. At the screening I caught not too long ago, there were a handful of people en...

 
 
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Review: The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

One idea that underlies The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye comes courtesy of Beat icon William S. Burroughs and artist Brion Gysin: cut-ups. The cut-up technique involves literally cutting up existing texts and then rearranging the fragmen...

 
 
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The Ecstasy of Endurance: Bela Tarr's Satantango

Béla Tarr's Sátántangó is a notorious endurance test for even the most seasoned cinephile. Scott Tobias at The AV Club called it "the Mount Everest of modern cinema," and for good reason. This 1994 Hungarian art ...

 
 
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Trailer: 1000 Kings

1000 Kings is the feature-length debut of Georgian filmmaker Bidzina Kanchaveli, and it looks crazy go nuts in the good way. The imagery reminds me of the cult movies I enjoyed discovering in high school back in the 90s. There are little f...

 
 
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Underground filmmaker George Kuchar dies at age 69

The underground and experimental cinema community lost one of its great founding members. George Kuchar died last night at the age of 69. Most remembered for his lo-fi yet outrageous films, George, along with his twin brother Mike Kuchar, c...

 
 




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Justice League"Super, man?"

 

Inhumans (Season 1)"How did this happen?"

 

Murder on the Orient Express"Starring Kenneth Branagh, directed by Kenneth Branagh, produced by..."

 

Stranger Things 2 "Less of a killer thriller"

 

Thor: Ragnarok"♫ On we sweep with threshing oar / Our only goal will be the western shore / Ah-ah, ah! ♫"

 

Last Flag Flying"Richard Linklater standing at attention, but not at ease or at rest"

 

A Bad Moms Christmas"Moms are trouble"

 

Lady Bird"Fly, birdy, fly"

 

Blade of the Immortal"If you came here for Wesley Snipes, look elsewhere"

 

Suburbicon"Suburbicant get it right"

 

Jigsaw"Gettin' jiggy wit it"

 

The Square"The square is the ideal, the world is rectangles and trapezoids"

 

The Snowman"When you try your best but you don't succeed"

 

Wonderstruck"When the might of artifice meets the disappointing limitations of realism"

 

The Foreigner"Jackie Chan has a certain set of skills, too"

 

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)"Damaged people, decent people, dysfunctional families"

 

The Mountain Between Us"Why didn't they eat the dog?"

 

My Little Pony: The Movie"Straight to the glue factory"

 

Blade Runner 2049"Does Hollywood dream of electric reboots?"

 

Cult of Chucky"Don't cults require followers?"

 

NYFF Zama"Strange and without category, Lucrecia Martel's return to filmmaking is the best and most idiosyncratic movie of 2017"

 

Jeepers Creepers 3"Where does he get those wonderful toys?"

 

Battle of the Sexes"A back and forth volley never settling on a tone"

 

NYFF Thelma"Everything you need and more"