If you don’t recognize the name Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, you probably missed the recent story about him taking the spot vacated by Elvis Mitchell on the upcoming new show Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies. The 24-year-old movie blogger will be going toe to toe with Associated Press film critic Christy Lemire each and every week discussing the latest films to come out in theaters. And that will soon make him one of the most famous film critics in the world.

Vishnevetsky voice is still new to many of us, so we thought you might be interested to see his top ten films of 2010. [EDIT: This isn't actually his top ten, per se, but a ballot submitted as part of IndieWire's Anuual Critics Survey for 2010. We apologize for any confusion as this was originally presented.] It’s quite different from most of the regular top 10′s you’re used to seeing. No Social Network, no King’s Speech and, thankfully, no Scott Pilgrim vs. The World [EDIT: Because god-forbid someone likes that movie.] But everyone’s favorite Portugese film, Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, did just make the list. Check it out after the break. Read More »

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piranha-posterThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley reflect on the ethics of basing a film on a true story, share their thoughts on Johnnie To, and praise Bong Joon Ho’s directorial debut, Barking Dogs Never Bite (now out on DVD). Special guest Tasha Robinson from AV Club joins us for this episode.

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IFC Launches New Genre Label, IFC Midnight

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For the past year IFC has bought up a lot of left-field, genre and oddball movies to distribute in the States. It started with Antichrist — not such a weird buy, given the prestige status of Lars von Trier — and then went to Valhalla Rising, Human Centipede (First Sequence) and Enter the Void, among many others.

Now IFC has spun off a genre label called IFC Midnight, which is a name that has been used by the company for a slate of on demand films in the past. It sounds similar to Magnolia’s offshoot Magnet, and will send all these films to video on demand, DVD and some theatrical releases. Read More »

Johnnie To’s Vengeance Movie Trailer

Johnnie To's Vengeance

Johnnie To may be one of the most prolific Hong Kong directors working today, having directed at least two films a year since the early 90s, but he’s also one of the most important. With John Woo and many other prominent HK directors crossing the waters to direct films in America during the 90s, things back home started to get a bit stale, especially when it came to modern-day crime films. Johnnie To helped rejuvenate Hong Kong cinema with some stellar crime and action films (see The Mission and Fulltime Killer), and he’s only gotten better over time. 2006′s Exiled (now available on Netflix Watch Instantly) is a prime example of his dedication to characters, slick action, and all-out baddassery.

Now we have a trailer for his upcoming film Vengeance, and it surely doesn’t disappoint. The film stars French actor/musician Johnny Hallyday (wearing the Charles Bronson mask well, I might add), and To regulars Simon Yam and Anthony Wong. If you’ve seen any major HK films in the past ten years, you’ll probably recognize the latter two.

The synopsis:

A father comes to Hong Kong to avenge his daughter whose family was murdered. Officially he’s a French chef. Twenty years ago, he was a killer.

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