Roma Trailer

There’s a new Roma trailer, and it looks legitimately stunning. Said to be director Alfonso Cuarón‘s most personal work to date, Roma draws on the filmmaker’s own childhood to “create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s.” Even if you have no idea what this movie is about, I promise you this trailer is going to take your breath away.

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pop culture imports august 10

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best, wackiest, and weirdest foreign-language movies and TV shows streaming right now.)

A new month, a new batch of foreign movies and TV shows to please the ears and eyes! That’s right, subtitle lovers, it’s time for a new Pop Culture Imports, in which we all huddle inside during the hottest month of the summer to watch the best new foreign movies, dramas, animes, and everything in between. This week, we have a reversed Korean romance, an unlikely Indian love story, a quirky Japanese sci-fi, a familiar Swedish sci-fi series, Netflix’s newest anime anthology film.

So let’s fire up the subtitles and dive into the best foreign movies and shows streaming now.

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hayao miyazaki kingdom of dreams and madness

When Hayao Miyazaki comes back from retirement (again), he’s going to do it right. The animation legend has long had his hands in every detail of his productions, but as he nears 80, you would perhaps expect him to take it easy or slow down just a little. Nope. He’s been dubbed “The Never-Ending Man” for a reason, and this famously perfectionist filmmaker will take as long as he needs to complete his next movie, titled How Do You Live? Even if that means we have to wait another three to four years for it.

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Tokyo Vampire Hotel Review

Tokyo Vampire Hotel is a 142-minute bloodsucker royal rumble – cut down from roughly 390 minutes of Amazon’s original Japanese series – almost entirely located inside an almighty princess’ “nether region.” Are you tuning out after that sentence? Don’t. Writer and director Sion Sono’s (kinda) got this. The man behind Why Don’t You Play In Hell?, Cold Fish and Tokyo Tribe (to name only a few) knows his way around extended runtimes and maximum discombobulation. The weirder, grander, and zanier, the better suited to Sono’s methodologies (Tokyo Vampire Hotel is no different). Prepare yourself for warfare carnage sticky enough to make Blade blush. Mr. Sono, are there no boundaries you’d consider setting ablaze? Read More »

luz trailer

As far as graduate thesis films go, Luz goes above and beyond the curriculum. German writer-director Tilman Singer‘s debut film originally began as a film-studies thesis project, but had more than enough style and verve to escape into the real world. Luz is both a bold experiment in horror and a throwback thriller that calls back to the atmosphere that dominated ’70s European horror. And after making a splash at Berlinale and the Fantasia International Film Festival, the first Luz trailer gives us a glimpse of the hypnotic horror film.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now August

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

The world of streaming services can be overwhelming, and more often than not, you might find yourself unsure what to watch, and where to watch it. That’s where Now Stream This comes in! I’m here to help you navigate the murky waters of all thing streaming, and this week, I have some doozies for you. There’s not one, but two Keanu Reeves films; John Carpenter‘s last great movie; an underrated David Fincher thriller; a slasher remake; and much more.

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.

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The Outlaws Review

Remember the name Kang Yoon-Seong, writer and director of South Korea’s damn near flawless gangster war-wager The Outlaws. His how-the-hell-is-this-a-feature-debut bursts through the screen like if the Kool-Aid Man was hightailing it from hordes of rough-and-tumble delinquents. Each interrogation, high-intensity scuffle and frantic chase explodes with action-packed fury as Ma Dong-seok (aka Don Lee) steps into spotlight stardom after graduating from support-level zombie bashin’ in Train To Busan (burly enough to play “the train” itself). Two hours long and worth every swagger-steppin’ frame. You’re hard pressed to find a more accomplished, confident and effortless first-time feature – South Korean or not. Read More »

pop culture imports july 26

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best, wackiest, and weirdest foreign-language movies and TV shows streaming right now.)

Hello subtitle lovers! We’re back for another round of Pop Culture Imports, wherein I recommend to you good foreign-language movies and TV shows, and we binge-watch them all together to make us feel like we’re learning another language. This week, we have a historical epic K-drama from the writer of last year’s supremely popular Goblin, Luis Bunuel‘s mystifying final film, a harrowing Amazon adventure film, a tender Indian fable about a boy and his donkey, and an enchanting anime from a Studio Ghibli alum.

Let’s dive into the best foreign movies and TV shows streaming now.

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Batman Begins - Christian Bale

Movie-goers can’t resist a true story of triumph, which might explain why there are now six new Thai cave rescue movies in the works. You read that right: six.

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in-rang the wolf brigade netflix

Netflix has picked up the next Kim Jee-Woon film for international release. The Korean auteur behind acclaimed works like A Tale of Two Sisters and The Good, the Bad, the Weird, will soon be thrilling South Korean audiences with his adaptation of the classic manga series Kerberos, but a global release was nowhere in sight — until now. Illang: The Wolf Brigade will soon be brought to international audiences on the streaming service.

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