the host 10 years later

When The Host was first released, it broke box office records in South Korea, and received critical acclaim upon its festival and stateside debut. It’s been a decade since then, and in the intervening years, the movie’s reputation as a masterpiece has only solidified.

Directed by Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, Mother, and more recently Snowpiercer), the film centers on a family thrown into chaos after a monster emerges from the Han River and kidnaps its youngest member. It’s a monster movie, a family movie, a tragedy, a comedy, and a sociopolitical commentary; its elements should be at war with each other, but instead, they coalesce into a remarkable whole. A decade after release, it’s better than ever.

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Brigsby Bear pic

The summer movie season is almost upon us. Comic book movies, reboots, spin-offs, and an unwanted sequel or two – they’re all coming out these next four months. We’re looking forward to more than a few of them, but I’m more hopeful for some of the movies coming to on-demand, steaming services, and local arthouse theaters this summer. Last week, we brought you the list of our most anticipated wide releases arriving this summer. And now, here’s the companion pieces: the 15 limited releases we’re most excited to see!

A few of the titles listed in our indie-themed 2017 summer movie preview below, including Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, are set to go wide after a small launch. However, keep your eyes open – most of these movies may require you to actively seek them out…and a fair number of them will surely prove worth the effort!

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The Eyes of My Mother Trailer

Since it’s Halloween, it’s the perfect time for a new trailer to promote the creepy indie horror flick The Eyes of My Mother. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and reviews are pegging it as a truly chilling nightmare. The first trailer was certainly ominous and foreboding, and now a new trailer has come along that’s even more creepy.

In the new The Eyes of My Mother trailer, we basically get a single scene that introduces us to Francisca, one of those children who you just know is going to haunt you when you go to sleep. It appears she has certain proclivities to making friends in the creepiest way possible. Closing your eyes during this movie will be just as much about being scared as it will be protection from Francisca.

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the handmaiden review

Park Chan-wook has spent much of his career being compared to the great Alfred Hitchock and The Handmaiden isn’t going to stop that. But there’s something to be said for a modern filmmaker being constantly placed side-by-side with one of the greatest directors of all time and there’s something more to be said when that director was known for his range and his willingness to take risks. Yes, Park’s films are Hitchockian in that they’re technically precise thrillers, but they’re also Hitchcockian because they muddle elements of horror and black comedy into the mix. And with The Handmaiden, Park proves that he can also match Mr. Hitchock in another category – he too is gloriously perverted.

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The Eyes of My Mother trailer

It’s easy for smaller films to slip through the cracks at Sundance, drowned out by scandalized headlines for oddballs like Swiss Army Man and deafening buzz for multimillion-dollar acquisitions like The Birth of a Nation and Manchester by the Sea. But The Eyes of My Mother has refused to fade into obscurity, despite hailing from a first-time feature filmmaker (Nicolas Pesce) and centering on a mostly unknown cast, and there’s an excellent reason for it: it’s really freakin’ creepy.

The story centers around Francisca, whose idyllic if sheltered childhood is interrupted by a horrific act of violence. Except that the family’s reaction to said incident isn’t quite what you’d expect. As Francisca grows up into an isolated young woman (played by Kika Magalhaes), she develops a genuinely twisted way of connecting to the world. Watch the Eyes of My Mother trailer below.

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the lovers and the despot trailer

The story chronicled in the new documentary The Lovers and the Despot sounds like a joke, which only makes the truth of it feel all the weirder and all the more horrifying. In 1978, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il abducted South Korean director Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee (who were estranged lovers) and forced them to help revitalize his struggling film industry. What followed was truly stranger than fiction and directors Ross Adam and Robert Cannan look to chronicle every beat of this incredible tale in The Lovers and the Despot. You can get a sample of what to expect in the newly arrived trailer.

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tickledmovie

Tickled is one of the most bizarre and riveting documentaries of the year, but the real-life story unfolding around the film is also getting stranger by the day.

Last night at a Tickled Q&A in Los Angeles, the film’s co-director Dylan Reeve encountered a surprise: several people featured in the documentary showed up for the screening. Hit the jump for the cringe-worthy video that resulted, and some thoughts from co-director David Farrier on how he feels about proceeding with the film’s release. Massive SPOILERS for the Tickled documentary follow (If it’s playing in a theater near you, you should see it. It’s great).
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Zero Days Trailer

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney‘s (Taxi to the Dark Side) new movie Zero Days premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and has been playing the film festival tour before it hits theaters this July. The film is about the world of cyberwar. The title is a reference to the concept of a zero day vulnerability, which is a hole in software that can be exploited by hackers. Once the flaw becomes known, the software’s author has zero days in which to plan and advise any mitigation against its exploitation.

We’ve seen many movies about these kind of things, and in today’s technology driven world, its a real threat. Magnolia Pictures has released a new Zero Day trailer, which you can watch after the jump.

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‘Tickled’ Trailer: Who Is the Tickle King?

tickled

Have you ever heard of competitive endurance tickling? Today’s the first I’ve heard of it, thanks to the trailer for the upcoming documentary, Tickled. The doc follows a journalist named David Farrier, as he investigates the dark underbelly of the world of endurance tickling. While that synopsis sounds like a joke, it’s not.

Watch the Tickled trailer below.

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high-rise posters

High-Rise started dividing audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival. I was lucky enough to see Ben Wheatley‘s (Kill Listadaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s novel a few short weeks later at Fantastic Fest, where it was embraced more warmly by festivalgoers. High-Rise is far from a movie for everyone, and it’s better for it.

Watch the latest High-Rise trailer below.

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