2019 American Society of Cinematographers Awards Winners - Cold War

Even though Roma walked away with the big prizes at the 2019 BAFTAs, there’s one award it wasn’t able to pick up from the American Society of Cinematographers.

Even though Roma has been cleaning up throughout awards season, it appears to be facing some strong competition from Pawel Pawlikowski‘s Cold War. The film has been nominated for Best Cinematography alongside Alfonso Cuarón‘s work in Roma several times, but it’s only won in a few critics circles. Until now. Director of photography Lukasz Zal finally upset Roma in a big way by winning one of the major 2019 American Society of Cinematographers awards. Does that mean we could see an upset at the Oscars? Read More »

ash is purest snow trailer

World-renowned director Jia Zhangke has become a film festival constant, with his films like Still Life and and A Touch of Sin regularly earning accolades at the Venice and Cannes film festivals. And his latest film, Ash is Purest White, is no exception, earning acclaim and becoming a fast favorite at last year’s Cannes Festival. Now, the decades-spanning romance/crime drama is coming to the U.S. this year, as revealed by the first Ash is Purest White trailer.

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

With the Lunar New Year recently passing, it’s fitting that a lot of our picks for the best foreign movies and TV streaming this week are Asian properties. Whether it’s an enthralling zombie series set in medieval Korea, a kooky family comedy mixed with an LGBT romance, or an anthology series showcasing Asian folklore, we’re ringing the Year of the Pig in right. But not everything in this week’s Pop Culture Imports hails from the Asian continent — we also have the Oscar-nominated Alejandro González Iñárritu Spanish drama starring Javier Bardem and the fantastically absurd Asterix & Obelix live-action film featuring Gerard Depardieu in giant balloon pants.

But it’s no question that we lucked out with this week’s selection of foreign movies and TV streaming across digital platforms. So let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.

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never-ending man hayao miyazaki clip

Hayao Miyazaki is returning to Studio Ghibli after the animation studio closed down following his 2013 retirement. Most of his former employees and coworkers ended up migrating to the newly established Studio Ponoc, but that doesn’t mean Miyazaki will be the only one occupying the dusty offices at Ghibli. The elder Miyazaki is bringing his son and filmmaker Goro Miyazaki with him, and the pair are reportedly working on two new Studio Ghibli movies.

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we are little zombies review

Sometimes, a movie comes along that’s so jarring, so visually explosive, and so utterly madcap that you can’t help but fall in love with it, even if you don’t quite like it. We Are Little Zombies is one of those films. Writer/director/composer Makoto Nagahisa is the mad scientist behind this concoction, which plays out like someone plugged a fever dream directly into a console video system, and then set it on fire. I don’t think it entirely worked for me, but god damn it, I had fun watching it.

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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 now in that part of January where it’s too cold and windy to step outside. So much for New Years resolutions, but at least that leaves you plenty of time to watch more foreign-language films, especially on the heels of the exciting showing of foreign films among the Oscar nominees. You can expect an Oscar-themed column in the next few weeks, but for now we have an Argentinian Nazi drama, a gritty Hindi-language crime drama, a lush French drama as beautiful as the painter at its center, an Israeli war series with an intriguing central mystery, and the last of Netflix’s Godzilla anime films.

So without further ado, here are the best foreign movies and TV streaming across digital platforms.

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netflix theatrical

Even though Roma ended up with a total of 10 Oscar nominations this morning, including Best Picture, that’s not a good enough reason for AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark to pack away their grudge with Netflix. Every year, the two movie theater chains host a showcase of all the Best Picture nominees, but since Alfonso Cuarón‘s critically acclaimed Roma is a Netflix movie that didn’t stick to the traditional theatrical release plans, they won’t include the film in their line-up. You know, like a pouting child. Read More »

The Villainess TV series

The hyper-violent South Korean action movie The Villainess is finding new life on TV. Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, the company behind The Walking Dead, will produce The Villainess TV series, with the original feature director Jung Byung-gi lined-up to helm the pilot. The story focuses on a young woman who was trained since childhood to become a deadly assassin.

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Roma Theatrical Release

Roma has been pulling in awards left and right this season, and director Alfonso Cuarón has been the recipient of several of them as the director, writer, producer, editor, and cinematographer of the foreign language drama. At every turn, he’s been extremely grateful to Netflix for releasing a film that most studios probably wouldn’t touch. But a recent problem has emerged that has Cuarón unhappy with Netflix.

The entirety of Roma is a Spanish-language film featuring subtitles for those who don’t speak the language. However, for some reason, in the country of Spain where Spanish is the native language, a set of subtitles in Iberian Spanish is being offered, implying some kind of disconnect between the Spanish spoken in Mexico and the Spanish spoken in Spain. This is what has upset director Alfonso Cuarón, who calls it “parochial, ignorant and offensive to Spaniards themselves.”

Find out more about the Roma subtitles problem below. Read More »

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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.)

New year, new foreign movies and shows to add to your ever-growing queue! If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become more cultured, then look no further than Pop Culture Imports, where I recommend all the best titles you can watch with subtitles. But it’s not all European arthouse films — this week we have an array of movie and TV shows of all genres, including Guillermo del Toro‘s masterful dark fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth, a harrowing and human political drama about a former Uruguayan president’s years in prison, a wacky video game anime, a lavish K-drama set in Spain, and a quiet Estonian-Georgian anti-war film.

Now let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.

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