another round trailer

During uncertain times like this, it’s tempting to stay drunk all the time. So Mads Mikkelsen has the right idea in the upcoming Danish-Swedish comedy-drama Another Round, which follows a group of high school teachers who decide to get a little bit buzzed every day…for science. Watch the Another Round trailer below.

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tragic jungle review

“Unfortunate you, if you cannot understand the mysteries of the jungle…”

There’s a Mayan myth of the “Xtabay,” a female demon said to dwell in the forest who lures men to their deaths with her incomparable beauty. Described as having lustrous, shining black hair that falls to her ankles and wearing a white dress, the Xtabay is an intriguing figure in Mayan folklore who has been everything from prostitute with a heart of gold, to a vengeful spirit of a fallen woman, depending on the storyteller. In Yulene Olaizola‘s lush, sweaty Tragic Jungle she’s a slave on the run from her lustful white master and the enigmatic embodiment of the film’s ecological rage. Part feminist revenge film, part environmental cautionary tale, Tragic Jungle is a bloody fable that posits that the mysteries of women are as deep and impenetrable as the jungle…and just as deadly.

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Best Foreign Movies and TV Streaming

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

We’re coming in right under the wire for our spooky season recommendations on Pop Culture Imports, but this Halloweekend, check out a few subtitled (or straight up silent) horror movies in addition to your old favorites. This week we have a French suspense film that was a major inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, two disturbing Korean horror films, a German Expressionist classic, and a French revolutionary take on the zombie genre. Fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming. These are the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.

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days review

Misery may love company, but loneliness craves it. Yearns for it. Counts down the minutes waiting for company to arrive until life is but a hollow shell, an endless repetition of mindless tasks, wasting away waiting for something that may never come. And then when that company is finally there, doesn’t know what to do it with it but shyly dance around it.

Taiwanese auteur Tsai Ming-liang has long delved into the feeling of alienation, isolation, and the miracles of human connection with his films, and Days is no exception. A mesmerizing exercise in the mundane, Days is almost completely free of dialogue — and intentionally unsubtitled for this reason — inducing a kind of calm hypnotic state that makes the viewer even more aware of the sharp stabs of loneliness felt by his longtime muse Lee Kang-sheng. Lee stars as Kang, a middle-class man wandering through the lonely urban landscape of Hong Kong, biding his time until he meets Non, a young Laotian immigrant working as a masseuse in Bangkok (Anong Houngheuangsy).

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the woman who ran review

A woman spends a couple days catching up with friends over coffee and home-cooked pasta. One is a happy spinster living in the countryside, the second is an aspiring artist who has found a second lease on life, and the last is a career woman dealing with marriage issues with her more famous husband. Are these just relaxed hangouts among friends or are they actually glimpses into three possible futures for Gamhee (The Handmaiden‘s Kim Min-hee), a pensive wanderer whose genial attitude appears to keep at bay any deeper probes into her psyche? In Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo‘s The Woman Who Ran, it could be either — the filmmaker’s penchant for the absurd poking its way through gentle, lackadaisical drama that smoothly glides through its slight story and slim 77-minute runtime.

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peninsula vod

Peninsula is making the stop to VOD much earlier than anticipated. Yeon Sang-ho‘s Train to Busan follow-up is set to be available on Digital on October 27, just before Halloween. The Peninsula VOD debut is set a month before it heads to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD in November.

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decision to leave filming

Park Chan-wook is getting started on his first feature film in four years. The celebrated Korean auteur behind Oldboy and The Handmaiden is starting production on his next film, Decision to Leave, which is set to star Park Hye-il (The Host) as a detective who begins to suspect and fall for the widow of a murder victim (Tang Wei, Lust, Caution).

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isabella review

All the world’s a stage, but many of its players are riddled with self-doubt in Matías Piñeiro‘s surreal exploration of female identity through the works of William Shakespeare. Isabella is the Argentinian director’s latest post-modern spin on Shakespeare, following two women who are imperfect reflections of each other as they audition for the part of Isabella in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.

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foreign movies and tv streaming

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

In this week’s Pop Culture Imports, we have quite a collection of international movies, from the critically acclaimed to the wildly controversial. The latter of which was a controversy that I was reluctant to wade into, but this is a column sharing the best in international titles, and that film at the center of the controversy falls into that category. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, and didn’t click on this column just because of one of the films in the headline, well, you’ll find out soon enough.

So fire up those subtitles, and let’s get streaming.

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parasite asian film awards

Remember when Parasite won Best Picture at the Oscars earlier this year? That may have been the last good thing to happen in 2020, before the world descended into the hell that we currently live in. But while the rest of the world has had a pretty bad year, Parasite continues to have one great one, picking up even more awards nominations on top of its historic Oscar wins, this time at the Asian Film Awards.

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