(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’s anime Godzilla trilogy has suffered in some ways from the staggered method of its release. The installments have been spaced out about six months apart from each other so that the movies could enjoy a theatrical run in Japan before their worldwide Netflix release. In retrospect, this is a series that might benefit more from a binge-watch.
The concluding film, Godzilla: The Planet Eater, vindicates the trilogy in a way that manages to stay true to it while also being true to the franchise and what fans have come to expect when they sit down for a Godzilla movie. If the name Ghidorah isn’t on your radar, it should be. He’s Godzilla’s arch-nemesis, the fearsome three-headed dragon who will be making his live-action Hollywood debut next year in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. In The Planet Eater, Ghidorah makes his first appearance in animated form, where he and the cult of death surrounding him prove themselves to be the trilogy’s secret weapon: capable of plumbing great thematic depths through kaiju action and character intrigue.
On Godzilla’s 64th birthday, November 3, 2018, The Planet Eater will make its world premiere as the closing film of the Tokyo International Film Festival. The film screened for the press this week in advance of its festival premiere and we’ve got an early review of it for you right here.
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