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La Soledad

in Venezuelan Movies

The acclaimed debut from Venezuelan director Jorge Hielen Armand, La Soledad is a bare, allegoric work portraying a country in decay. Based on the filmmaker’s childhood, featuring family and friends playing themselves, the movie uses a dilapidated mansion as its central setting and, most importantly, main character. José (José Dolores López) is a young father taking care of his sick grandmother […]

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The Lure

in Polish Movies

Somewhat based on The Little Mermaid, The Lure (Córki dancingu) is a daring, surprising work that manages to turn a children’s tale into an adult horror story while preserving its innocence. Set in Poland in the 80’s and featuring several new wave influenced music performances, The Lure centers on 2 mermaids, Gold and Silver, who find a new life as […]

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The Before Trilogy release on February 28th 2017

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: February 28th 2017

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Here are our Top 3 new blu-ray releases for the week of February 28th and, this time, we have a pretty eclectic selection: First, there’s The Before Trilogy released by Criterion and including Richard Linklater’s three talkative features – Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight – which chronicle Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline’s (Julie Delpy) romantico-philosophical encounters through 3 decades. Then, there’s […]

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2017 Oscar Winners

2017 Oscar Winners

in Academy Awards

Here is the full list of Oscar winners and nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards. The Oscars were being held on February 27th at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. BEST PICTURE Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Manchester by the Sea Moonlight BEST DIRECTOR Arrival – Denis Villeneuve Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson La […]

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Razzies 2017 Winners

Razzies 2017 Winners

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Here are the Razzies award winners and nominations which are to bad movies what the Academy Awards are – supposedly – to good movies. The Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony was taking place on February 25th in Los Angeles. WORST PICTURE Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  Dirty Grandpa Gods of Egypt Independence […]

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3 Classic Films by Claude Chabrol  Blu Ray release on February 21st

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: February 21st 2017

in Blu-Ray Releases

After a few weeks poor in worthy Blu-Ray releases, this week has quite a few strong contenders which are getting timely released right before Academy Awards voting ends. The first one is the much acclaimed drama Manchester by The Sea about a man (Casey Affleck) whose life gets transformed when he becomes the guardian of his teenage nephew. Then we […]

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The Sicilian Clan release on February 7th 2017

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: February 7th 2017

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Here are our Top 3 new blu-ray releases for the week of February 7th and, this time, we have a pretty varied selection: First, there is the classic French film noir The Sicilian Clan about a group of Sicilian mobsters pulling an ambitious heist. Directed by Henri Verneuil, it stars Alain Delon (Le Samouraï), Jean Gabin and Lino Ventura with […]

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The Coffin Joe Trilogy release on January 31st 2017

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: January 31st 2017

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Here are our top new releases for the week of January 31st but, this time, we will focus on DVDs, rather than Blu-ray discs as the following titles are only available on DVD. First, we have the cult Horror Brazilian Coffin Joe Trilogy which includes At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul, This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse and Awakening of the […]

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The Man Who Fell To Earth Blu-Ray release on January 24th 2017

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: January 24th 2017

in Blu-Ray Releases

Not much going on this week in terms of Blu-Ray releases – sorry we’ll skip the Nicholas Cage direct to DVD submarine drama – but if, like me, you’re a fan of the much missed David Bowie, his cult sci-fi movie The Man Who Fell To Earth Blu-Ray is finally getting Blu-Ray treatment (it was his first starring role). If […]

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Ixcanul Blu-Ray release on January 17th 2017

New Blu Ray Releases This Week: January 17th 2017

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This week, we only have one pick, rather than 3, with the blu-ray release of the acclaimed award-winning Guatemalan movie Ixcanul, which was originally screened at the AFI Fest film festival here in Los Angeles and released last year in theaters. Set in Guatemala’s highlands, in a Mayan community living under the shadow of a god-like active volcano, Ixcanul centers […]

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The Modern Jungle

in Mexican Documentaries

Quite a few ethnographic films have been emerging from Latin America these last few years, most of them introducing little-known cultures, languages and rituals to audiences around the world. While ethnographic works are by definition documentaries, it’s undoubtedly their fictionalized variations that have been getting the most attention – I’m more particularly referring to the recent Ixcanul, Embrace of the […]

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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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