(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best, wackiest, and weirdest foreign-language movies and TV shows streaming right now.)
It’s nearly the end of March and spring is in full bloom. Or at least, it’s supposed to be. Four days into spring, and the northeast has already been ravaged by a massive snowstorm, cancelling flights and closing down governments. So when you have an unexpected March snow day, what are you to do? Watch some foreign-language movies of course! Because I know the one thing you want to do during a snowstorm is read some subtitles.
This month, we have the return of a soothing Japanese reality show, a wintry Swedish family drama, a bonkers samurai bloodbath, an inspiring Indian athletic documentary, and one of the best new Netflix original animes yet. Tuck in for some of the best foreign-language TV shows and movies streaming now.
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Every week we attempt to answer a new pop culture related question. This week’s edition of /Answers takes on the question: Which movie scene made you the most uncomfortable? As always we have the most of the /Film writing and podcast team providing answers, but beginning this week, we will be introducing a new person to the mix.
The idea is to have a different writer, director or actor join our weekly question game. This week we have 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg providing his answer to the question. Find out the most uncomfortable movie scenes, after the jump.
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Cool Stuff is your geeky holiday shopping guild published all year round. In today’s edition, we bring you an all screenprint edition of Cool Stuff. We have Mike Mitchell Star Wars portrait prints featuring Princess Leia and Wicket the Ewok, a Mulan poster by artist Craig Drake and a couple screen prints celebrating some great arthouse releases: a Force Majeure screenprint, a Swiss Army Man limited edition screenprint by Mark Englert. All this and more, hit the jump to dive in.
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Since AMC’s Mad Men came to a satisfying conclusion, actress Elisabeth Moss has continued to work with very promising and very talented directors. She was most recently seen in Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, an abrasive and dense piece of filmmaking, and before that she collaborated twice with writer/director Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Phillip, Queen of the Earth). Next, Moss will appear in Ruben Östlund‘s The Square. It’s the director’s follow-up to the fantastic Force Majeure, one of the best films of 2014 that was snubbed by the Academy Awards.
Learn more about The Square cast below.
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The Swedish film Force Majeure took festivals by storm last year thanks to a tough but blackly funny story and some great performances. The film, directed by Ruben Ostlund, was an awards favorite at home, sweeping the Swedish version of the Oscars, and it took the Un Certain Regard jury prize at Cannes in 2014. And now the film is winning another, slightly more dubious honor, as there’s now a Force Majeure remake in the works thanks to Fox Searchlight. Read More »
Top-ten lists can be predictable. They often feature the same 15 or so movies, recycled and reshuffled to a point where it’s pretty obvious those were the best movies of the year — or at least the ones that made it to the top of the consensus pile. But out of the hundreds of films released every year, why cut it off at ten?
This list is not the ten best movies of 2014. These are the films that almost made the cut. Numbers 11-25. I decided to feature them because, unlike my top ten, these movies are at least a bit more varied. Foreign films, independent films, documentaries, animation, the movies on this list come from all over and contain at least a few surprises in an otherwise tired format.
Make no mistake. The films I previously wrote about, in my opinion, are the ten best of 2014. But these movies are pretty damn great too. Below read my not quite top 10 movies of 2014.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we look at the Top 10 trailers of 2014.
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The shortlist for potential Best Foreign Film Oscar nominees is out. As usual, the list is going to generate as much talk about what didn’t make the cut as it does about what ended up on the list. Many of the year’s most significant films were left off: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, which was this year’s Palme d’Or winner at Cannes, didn’t make the cut. Nor did Mommy by Xavier Dolan, also a Cannes prize winner, taking the Jury Prize; or Kornel Mundruczo’s White God; or the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days One Night.
But the Best Foreign Film shortlist for 2015 does feature some great films, including Ida, from Pawel Pawlikowski and Force Majeure (above), from director Ruben Östlund. The full list is below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 27th, 2014 by Angie Han
One of the many reasons we’re thankful for Thanksgiving is that it cuts the work week short, giving us twice as much weekend time to spend at the movies. And there’s no shortage of titles right now to spend that time on. The only question is where to start.
To help you answer that, we’ve put together a helpful guide that (we hope) covers every base. Hit the jump for our list of 25 movies to watch this Thanksgiving. Read More »
The Swedish film Force Majeure upends the disaster movie concept. A family finds its ski vacation disrupted when an avalanche threatens the mountain and lodge. And while disaster is averted on a grand scale, the brush with fear and death reveals something disturbing about the family patriarch, and creates some big problems. Check out the first Force Majeure trailer below. Read More »