pop culture imports

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

It’s almost mid-March, which means there’s a slew of new foreign titles on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and more. As the weather tries to make up its mind over whether it’s winter or spring, why not stay in and binge-watch some great foreign movies and shows instead?

This month, we have a beloved French romantic-comedy, an Oscar-nominated Swedish satire, an over-the-top Korean revenge thriller, and one of the best Netflix original TV series you’ve never heard of. So fire up the subtitles and get ready to watch the best foreign movies and TV shows streaming right now.

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the square trailer

Three years ago, Swedish director Ruben Östlund broke out with Force Majeure, a pitch black comedy that probably deserves to be on the short list of the best movies of the 21st century so far. His new feature, The Square, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it took home the Palme d’Or and a number of critical accolades. Now, the trailer has arrived so you can see what the fuss is all about. But if you’ve seen Force Majeure, you already know why Östlund’s work should be on your radar.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Rent It

There’s something so captivating about the caper-gone-wrong genre that, even after you’ve seen the scenario play out a dozen times before, it still maintains its appeal. There’s an inherent thrill in it—the watching of a group of people scrambling to keep their lives from falling apart, while every decision they make leads them further and further to that predetermined destination. Even though you know what’s going to happen, you hope that it won’t, and you want to keep watching to see if it does. Of course, this is all dependent on how successfully the tale is spun. And lucky for us, the Edgerton brothers know how to spin a tale. The Square isn’t perfect, but it’s a solid neo-noir thriller that gets the job done, ratcheting up the tension nicely as these normal, flawed individuals seal their fate with mistake after mistake. My one point of frustration with it: halfway into the film, a barely related incident is introduced that really strains believability. Forgiving that, The Square is everything a film like this should be.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Featurettes (“Inside The Square”, “Pre-Visualisation”, “Visual Effects”), and a short film (“Spider”).

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bad-lieutenantIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley assess whether or not Joss Whedon would make a good Avengers director, try to figure out what Summit Entertainment is trying to do with the final Twilight films, and discuss why the Green Lantern’s CG-only suit…actually makes a lot of sense.

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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: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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