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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#Alive trailer

After starring in director Lee Chang-Dong’s international hit Burning in 2018, actor Yoo Ah-in starred in a Korean financial thriller called Default, but his next movie may well be another crossover success. He’s the star of a new genre thriller called #Alive, in which he plays a guy who finds himself seemingly trapped in a high rise during a zombie apocalypse. But he’s not alone: there’s a girl (Shin-Hye Park) living in a nearby building, and the two battle the frothing hordes to get to each other. Check out the first trailer below.
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Movies Leaving Netflix July 2018

Netflix giveth, Netflix taketh away. Just as in life, the old must make way for the new, which means that as Netflix adds new titles for July, they get rid of some old ones as well. Below, we’ve rounded up the movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in July. If you’ve had some of these titles sitting in your queue for the last year, now would be a good time to binge them. These are the TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in July 2018.

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January Movie Releases That Didn’t Suck

best january movie releases

There’s no month quite like January on the movie release calendar. It’s the worst. January is a month to catch up on the awards contenders released in the weeks prior and for studios to drop all their wide releases they have no idea what to do with. The reasoning is simple. There are no major vacations for one. And two, if a movie is really good, the studio would’ve either released it earlier over the holidays, or will hold it until the summer.

Basically, if a movie comes out in January, most of the time you know it’s going to stink. Over the past few years, however, the early calendar-dump months have been getting slightly more competitive. In the near future, we’re going to start getting legitimate blockbusters in March. But that’s a new practice. For the past several decades, January has been a horrible month to release movies.

With that knowledge, we decided to go back through history. Were there any really good movies released in January? The answer is “Yes,” but it’s not as many as you’d think. In fact, in the past 35 years, I found only about 30 films most people would consider “good.” We’ll mention them all below, then dive a bit deeper on the better ones. Below, read about the 15 best January movie releases of the past 35 years. Read More »