best foreign movies and tv streaming

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

Now that we’re in the height of film festival season and coming off a festival in Venice, no less, this week seems like a perfect week to highlight foreign films that made a splash at festivals, isn’t it? Wrong! We’re surprisingly anime-heavy this week, though that wasn’t certainly intentional. Apart from Gaspar Noé’s titillating mind-trip and festival favorite Climax, we’ve got a few anime films and shows that even the non-anime fan should try checking out. First is Satoshi Kon’s dreamy masterpiece Millennium Actress, a remastered version of which just hit select theaters, followed by the satirical sensation Gintama, and Shinichiro Watanabe’s new rock musical anime, Carole and Tuesday. Rounding out the list is a moody Colombian supernatural crime thriller, Green Frontier.

Let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.

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10 Gateway Anime Movies For Studio Ghibli Fans

gateway anime movies

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best anime movies to watch if you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli movies.)

It felt like a big, gaping hole was left in the animation industry when Studio Ghibli temporarily shuttered its doors in 2014. The game-changing studio’s co-founder and the greatest animation director of this generation, Hayao Miyazaki, had just retired (again). And with that, Disney was back to dominating the animation market, with quality alternatives few and far between.

For years, Studio Ghibli was an animation titan that not only offered a refreshing foil to Hollywood’s frenetic, action-packed animated movies, but was a genre unto itself. Fans of the works of Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Hiroyuki Morita, Gor? Miyazaki, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi didn’t have to say they liked anime — they liked Ghibli. Which is a shame, because Japan’s anime industry has so much more to offer.

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Satoshi Kon, the Japanese director of animated films such as Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress and the Inception-influencing Paprika, has died at the young age of 47. The director reportedly lost a battle with cancer. Read More »