Archive for November, 2016

Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) movie poster

Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)

in Peruvian Movies

Whatever idea you might have of Peru, Videofilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) will probably come as a surprise, this experimental film taking us on an unexpected trip, whether it’s in terms of narrative or visuals. Set in the capital, Lima, the film follows Luz (Muki Sabogal) a teenage girl looking for new experiences who falls under the spell of a twisted […]

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The Net

The Net

in Korean Movies

For his latest feature, prolific Korean writer/director Kim Ki-duk uses a familiar premise – the border between South and North Korea as seen in his 2002 film The Coast Guard  – to underline the absurdity of a country divided in two antagonized but so similar halves. The Net follows a North Korean fisherman’s harrowing journey as he struggles to survive and […]

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Despite the Night

in French Movies

A sordid, obsessive romance set in the Parisian porn industry, Despite the Night (Malgré La Nuit) aspires to be a provocative French arthouse film with existential ambitions. Directed by Philippe Grandrieux (Un Lac), an experimental artist and filmmaker, this movie uses a pretty simple premise – a young man looking for his missing call-girl/prostitute girlfriend – to take us on an increasingly […]

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A Dragon Arrives!

in Iranian Movies

Mixing a fantastic tale with a fake documentary and political commentary, A Dragon Arrives! is an intricate work coming from Iran. Written and directed by Mani Haghighi (Modest Reception), the film centers on a mysterious haunted cemetery where earthquakes occur whenever somebody gets buried. The film opens with detective Babak Hafizi (Amir Jadidi) being interrogated following the assassination of the […]

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To Live and Die in L.A. Blu-Ray release on November 22nd 2016

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: November 22nd 2016

in Blu-Ray Releases

Here are our Top 3 new blu-ray releases for the week of November 22nd and, this time, we have some great movies out of Blu-Ray: First, we have one of my all-time favorites, William Friedkin’s cult To Live and Die in L.A. a crime drama which stars young William Petersen (C.S.I.), Willem Dafoe (Antichrist) and brushes a corrupted portrait of Los […]

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Crosscurrent review

in Chinese Movies

As I was watching Crosscurrent, slowly but surely getting sucked into its hypnotic, languid universe, one of the first things that crossed my mind was that Yang Chao’s film wouldn’t be fully alive if it wasn’t so deliberately slow and long (almost 2 hours), this storytelling and visual style symbolizing the  story – a journey on the Yangtze river. (As […]

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Breathless Blu-Ray cover - November 15th releases

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: November 15th 2016

in Blu-Ray Releases

Here are our Top 3 new blu-ray releases for the week of November 15th and, this week, we have some strong titles. First, there is Jean-Luc Godard’s essential existential crime tale Breathless, a French classic starring Jean-Paul Belmondo which is getting re-released by Criterion as it had gotten out of print (I own that one). Then there’s another of my […]

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AFI Fest 2016

AFI Fest 2016

in AFI Fest

The 2016 edition of AFI Fest is taking place at its usual Hollywood and Highland location, from Thursday November 10th to Thursday November 17th, most of the movies being screened at the Chinese, Dolby and Egyptian theatres. The festival will open with Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply. Centerpieces include Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Pablo Larraín’s Jackie Kennedy  biopic […]

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Taxi Driver Blu-Ray cover - November 7th releases

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: November 8th 2016

in Blu-Ray Releases

Here are our Top 3 new blu-ray releases for the week of November 8th and, this time, we have a pretty diverse selection: First, there Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, which stars Robert de Niro and doesn’t need any introduction. In a much lighter tone, we have Wes Anderson’s debut, Bottle Rocket, a comedy featuring brothers Like and Owen Wilson as wanna-be criminals. […]

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Gimme Danger

in American Documentaries

Knowing how cool his movie soundtracks are, it’s not really surprising to see Jim Jarmush (Dawn by Law, Broken Flowers) devoting a documentary to one of the most iconic rock bands, The Stooges (see pictures of Iggy and the Stooges here).  Intertwining archive footage with a long interview with singer Iggy Pop – who also starred in Mr. Jarmush’s  most […]

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