The Wandering Earth

Release: Monday, May 6, 2019 (Netflix) →Netflix Written by: Gong Ge'er; Junce Ye; Yan Dongxu; Yang Zhixue; Frant Gwo Directed by: Frant Gwo Describing The Wandering Earth as an ambitious movie is an understatement. That's like saying Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad had cult followings. The sheer scale and spectacle on display make the likes of Michael Bay and Peter … Continue reading The Wandering Earth

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Decades Blogathon — Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (1927)

Here we are in the penultimate day in the 2017 edition of the Decades Blogathon. It's been a really fun one to co-host yet again with the sterling Mark from Three Rows Back. With any luck this is a trend that will continue, it's just so great having the contributions we've had three years in … Continue reading Decades Blogathon — Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (1927)

Under the Shadow

Release: Friday, October 7, 2016 (limited) [Netflix] Written by: Babak Anvari Directed by: Babak Anvari For the better part of the 1980s tension between Iran and Iraq had been escalating into large-scale armed conflict, an eight-year period of violence recognized today as the Iran-Iraq War. Then-president Saddam Hussein, hoping to pounce on Iran in post-Islamic Revolution turmoil, invaded without warning … Continue reading Under the Shadow

Your Name.

Release: Friday, April 7, 2017 [Theater] Written by: Makoto Shinkai Directed by: Makoto Shinkai To say Makoto Shinkai's massively acclaimed anime is ambitious would be an understatement. Your Name. seems to be an opus on everything from teen awkwardness to the relationship between time and memory to astrology. At its core it's a grand romantic tale but fastened to that are … Continue reading Your Name.

Train to Busan

Release: Friday, July 22, 2016 (limited)  [Netflix] Written by: Yeon Sang-ho Directed by: Yeon Sang-ho Train to Busan is a breathless and brutal South Korean zombie flick that broke a number of records last year, becoming the first Korean feature to breach the $1 million mark at the Singaporean box office. Over the past several months it has taken the … Continue reading Train to Busan

Divines

Release: Friday, November 18, 2016 (Netflix) [Netflix] Written by: Uda Benyamina; Romain Compingt; Malik Rumeau  Directed by: Uda Benyamina  Divines provides a bleak but brilliant look into the lives of two teens in the Parisian banlieue. It follows Dounia and her best friend Maimouna as they seek out ways of making quick money so they can one day break … Continue reading Divines

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Taxi Tehran)

Release: Friday, October 2, 2015 [Netflix] Written by: Jafar Panahi Directed by: Jafar Panahi Jafar Panahi is an Iranian filmmaker seemingly undeterred by the consequences of his actions. Those consequences have, as a matter of fact, formed the basis of some of his oeuvre, such as his acclaimed 2011 documentary This is Not a Film, wherein he captured a day in … Continue reading Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Taxi Tehran)

Embrace of the Serpent

Release: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (limited) [Vimeo] Written by: Ciro Guerra; Jacques Toulemonde Vidal Directed by: Ciro Guerra This  review is my latest contribution to Mr. Rumsey's Film Related Musings. I would like to give a shout-out to James for allowing me to talk about this unique cinematic experience.  Embrace of the Serpent (El Abrazo de La Serpiente) was Colombia's … Continue reading Embrace of the Serpent