(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)
It’s time to shake off the holiday lethargy and set your 2020 New Year’s resolutions: to watch more foreign films. Or at least, catch up on the 2019 ones to add as last-minute additions to your best of the year lists. It’s the perfect time to tackle some of those more arthouse releases — you’re feeling fired up from making all your resolutions, and you haven’t yet given up on that gym membership yet. So watch some of the best foreign movies and TV streaming now, including a German romantic thriller with a surprising sci-fi twist, a staggering technical achievement of a neo-noir, the vital first and last feature film from deceased director Hu Bo, as well as a Bollywood Netflix melodrama, and an anime samurai satire.
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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: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week we catch up with JCVD, watch a story about fascism that fits in quite well with today’s climate, get supernatural in New Zealand, beat up the beat in Scotland, and spend time with family. Read More »
Are you looking for some excitement? Well, nothing, and I mean nothing, is more exciting than a trailer round-up. This latest trailer round-up features a new film featuring Saoirse Ronan; Pandas!; a horror movie that looks good but has a bit of a poor title; a documentary about Andre the Giant; yet another Thoroughbreds trailer; and much more. The trailer round-up awaits you below.
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Briefly: I’m not sure that we’ve talked about Transit: it’s the After Dark Films thriller to be directed by Antonio Negret from a script by Michael Gilvary, with Joel Silver as exec producer. The story is ” about a band of thieves on the run from a bank robbery and the suburban family they come across during their escape. When the criminals stash their stolen money in the family’s SUV at a rest stop, the road trippers unwittingly draw the murderous band of outlaws on their trail.”
Boilerplate thriller stuff, but the cast is starting to get a bit interesting. Yesterday Elisabeth Rohm, Harold Perrineau and Diora Baird signed on, and today James Caviezel and James Frain are on board. Caviezel is, of course, the father of the family (would be better if he was cast against type as the criminal leader) and Rohm is his wife. Perrineau and Baird make up part of the thieving team. Still: Caviezel goes from working with Terrence Malick and being in one of the bigger movies of all time (that Mel Gibson thing) to this? Hurm. [THR]