pop culture imports

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

It looks like summer may finally be peeking out from behind the clouds — and you know what that means. It’s time to take refuge indoors as the weather becomes unbearably hot. And what better to watch on a warm summer day than a few foreign-language movies and TV shows?

In this week’s Pop Culture Imports, we have Netflix’s adorable anime about a death metal-loving red panda that has taken the internet by storm, a surreal Israeli religious comedy, a heartbreakingly human superhero movie from the director of Train to Busan, a Brazilian dystopian thriller series, and a Bollywood-inspired retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

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The Best Superhero Movies You’ve Never Seen

(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. In this edition, we look up in the sky for the best superhero movies you’ve never seen.)

You may or may not be aware of it, but superhero movies are big business these days. From Supergirl to Sgt. Kabukiman NYPD, from Darkman to Doctor Mordrid, audiences just can’t get enough of heroes with superpowers and/or good intentions. One just released in theaters to the biggest opening weekend in film history, meaning the people suggesting “superhero fatigue” is setting in are clearly not to be trusted. They’re not all as successful as the likes of Condorman (pictured above), though, and that’s where I come in.

My name’s Rob, and while I hesitate to call it a “superpower” exactly, I do enjoy drawing attention and eyeballs towards underappreciated and underseen films. The big names in this genre belong almost exclusively with Marvel and DC, so I’m going to point you elsewhere for movies that satisfy your need for justice, action, and the kind of heroics that only a cape and mask can provide.

Keep reading for a look at six of the best superhero movies you’ve probably never seen.

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Green Band Trailer

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 get a different kind of super power film, get back with the Fab 5, get in the ring with a real underdog, fall in love with the help, and kill some kangaroos. Read More »

Psychokinesis trailer

Yeon Sang-ho, the South Korean filmmaker behind the completely bonkers 2016 zombie movie Train to Busan, is back. And on the off chance you were worried he might tone things down a bit in his newest movie, you can safely put those worries to rest: Psychokinesis is bursting with a new batch of wild antics, and this thing looks like a total blast.
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