(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)
Welcome back to another edition of Pop Culture Imports, where I spotlight international films of both the arthouse and the audience-pleasing variety. And in this week’s column, we’ve got a healthy heaping of both. From Georgia’s hypnotic Oscar contender to South Korea’s first space blockbuster, here are the best foreign movies and TV streaming now.
Now fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, take a look at how Marvel Studios begins to plan movies like Avengers: Endgame through previsualization, often before the screenplay is completed. Plus, find out what jazz pianist Robert Glasper thinks of movies featuring jazz-centric scenes like La La Land, Whiplash, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. And finally, go behind the scenes of Netflix’s new movie The White Tiger. Read More »
Parasite wasn’t the first, nor the last, mainstream hit to tackle class struggles, but it’s certainly opened the door for the subject to become widely sought after in Hollywood. This time, we get to see how rigid class divisions play out in India, in Netflix’s upcoming Priyanka Chopra-produced (and starring) drama, The White Tiger, based on Aravind Adiga’s searing 2008 novel. But Chopra takes the backseat — literally — in The White Tiger, using her platform to bring to the screen a darkly-comic drama about an ambitious taxi driver who will do anything to rise above his means. Watch the trailer below.
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In 2008, Indian author Aravind Adiga published The White Tiger, a searing, darkly comic account of the underbelly of Indian society and the horrifying lengths that one man would take to break out of its rigid class structure. It was an astounding debut novel, especially coming in the same year that the notoriously sentimental Slumdog Millionaire became an awards darling by painting a fairy tale picture of that same impoverished class of people. But “don’t believe for a second there’s a million-rupee game show you can win to get out of it,” the serving-class protagonist (Adarsh Gourav) of The White Tiger cheekily remarks in the recently released trailer, making a dig at the feel-good Danny Boyle film in Netflix’s feature adaptation of Adiga’s acclaimed novel. Watch The White Tiger trailer, which also stars Priyanka Chopra, who executive produces the film, below.
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