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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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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

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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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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New Blu Ray Releases This Week: November 1st 2016

in Blu-Ray Releases

Because there isn’t much to talk about this week when it comes to Blu-ray, rather than having our top 3, we will just feature one single – but massive – release, which is Hell on Wheels – The Complete Series. Remaining in the shadow of other much-talked about AMC series such as The Walking Dead, this western show provided a fascinating look […]

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New Blu Ray Releases This Week: October 25th 2016

in Blu-Ray Releases

Here are our Top 3 new blu-ray releases for the week of October 25th and, to be frank, this week isn’t very exciting when it comes to new releases. First, we have the Mad Max High Octane Anthology Collection, which with a steep price of $200 is for die-hard fans only. It comes with all 4 Mad Max movies including Mad […]

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Salero

in Bolivian Documentaries

A vast, white salt flat that can be seen from space, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is one of the rare places that had been left untouched by modern civilization, until now. Through the portrait of one of the last saleros (salt gatherers), first time director Mike Plunkett documents the sudden, inexorable modernization of the area, capturing a world in transition. […]

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New Blu Ray Releases This Week: October 18th 2016

in Blu-Ray Releases

Here are our Top 3 new blu-ray releases for the week of October 18th and, we continue our mix of foreign and American classics. The first one is Criterion’s edition of Pan’s Labyrinth, a creepy fantasy tale from Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro which can be found as a stand-alone Blu-Ray or as part as a trilogy box set […]

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New Blu Ray Releases This Week: October 11th 2016

in Blu-Ray Releases

Here are our Top 3 new blu-ray releases for the week of October 11th and, this time, we have one indie movie and two horror flicks, since we officially entered Halloween season. The first one is the Criterion version of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2014) which follows a boy growing up. It was filmed in real-time, over a 12-year course, stars Ethan […]

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Everything Else

in Mexican Movies

For her debut feature, Mexican writer/director Natalia Almada follows the daily routine of Doña Flor (Academy Award Nominee  Adriana Barraza – Babel, Amores Perros), a  bitter and lonely woman working at a government office in Mexico City. Everything Else  (Todo Lo Demás) is built on a succession of repetitive, mechanical sequences aiming at making us experience her loneliness and tedious […]

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