NYFF 2011: Team Twitch Wraps Up: Part 2

Aannd we're back with part 2 of Peter Gutierrez and Aaron Krasnov's wrap up of the 49th annual New York Film Festival. Part 1 can be found here. And now... a veritable NYFF blow-out with the dynamic duo dropping some... More »
  

NYFF 2011: Team Twitch Wraps Up: Part 1

And as quick as you can say "Alice Tully Hall and the Walter Reade Theater" the 49th annual New York Film Festival came to a close last evening with a whopping 4 screenings of Alexander Payne's The Descendants which took... More »
  

NYFF 2011: A DANGEROUS METHOD Review

During yesterday's press conference at Lincoln Center, director David Cronenberg insisted he doesn't think about his past pictures while engaged in the making of a new one. That doesn't mean that audiences, and more specifically his legions of fans--and I'm... More »
  

NYFF 2011: Patience (After Sebald) Review

Upon the outset, a coincidental bout of serendipity had struck; the smile inducing collision of events that feels slyly preternatural.  The book atop my to-be-read pile was W.G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn, The New York Film Festival was announcing... More »
  

NYFF 2011: MISS BALA Review

You've got to hand it to Gerardo Naranjo. Other filmmakers, particularly those of the Hollywood school, would have taken the easy way out when starting from such a winning, inspired-by-a-true-story premise:  a poor, would-be beauty queen becomes, against her will,... More »
  

NYFF 2011: The Loneliest Planet Review

Displacing Tom Bissell's short story "Expensive Trips Nowhere" to the verdant hills of Georgia, Julia Loktev re-imagines the somber, transient tale of love, fissured by a momentary, yet infinitely projecting incident. Set against the lush, ex-soviet highland The Loneliest Planet... More »
  

NYFF 2011: CARNAGE Review

I don't think I'm going out on a limb to say that Roman Polanski's Carnage, which opens in the U.S. on December 16, is in many ways a quintessential New York Film Festival title. Like The Social Network last year,... More »
  

NYFF 2011: The Nikkatsu Centennial Celebration

A studio's logo can sometimes be just as iconic as the beloved films produced and distributed under such an emblem. Think of the glitz and glamor of the MGM logo as the lion roars; The mighty peak of Paramount; the... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: Troubleshooter Review

Laced with slapstick and American action film influences, Troubleshooter owes as much to Tony Scott as it does producer Ryoo Seung-Wan. A frenetic-brained thriller with a deeply funny underbelly aiming to have fun with the genre, without skimping on serious-minded... More »
  

NYAFF/JAPAN CUTS 2011: HEAVEN'S STORY Review

When one hears the word 'epic' one usually thinks of 'battles' and 'dragons', 'conspiracy and intrigue', 'larger-than-life filmmaking.' When one hears the words 'revenge story' images of Charles Bronson mowing down street punks or Choi Min-sik dishing out justice with... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: HAUNTERS Review (A Very Different Take)

The screenwriter behind Kim Jee-woon's The Good, The Bad and The Weird makes his directorial debut with Korean box office hit, Haunters. Haunters is a quasi-superhero flick depicting the adversarial relationship between a powerful "psychic" and the only man impervious... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: THE MAN FROM NOWHERE Review

[Our thanks to Mark Popham for the following review.]Man, I have been really pulling the long NYAFF straws when it comes to gorgeously shot Korean action films. Last year I had Secret Reunion, a North/South spy versus spycatcher buddy... More »
  

NYAFF/JAPAN CUTS 2011: OSAMU TEZUKA'S BUDDHA: THE GREAT DEPARTURE Review

The first part in a projected trilogy based on Osamu Tezuka's 8 volume manga, Toei Animation's Buddha: The Great Departure chronicles the early life of Prince Siddhartha in bombastic fashion, constructing an epic on a scale intended to rival old-school... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: BTS: BETTER THAN SEX Review

[Once again, a round of applause to Mark Popham.] Ever since getting a screener of BTS: Better Than Sex in the mail, I kept bragging to people about the Taiwanese teen sex comedy I had to watch. I had to... More »
  

NYAFF/Japan Cuts 2011: RINGING IN THEIR EARS Review

The film starts out with Noko, a lead singer of Japanese metafunk band Shinsei Kamattechan, on stage, singing while holding a laptop in front of him. With fans' comments flying across the live streaming images of the concert in the... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: OCEAN HEAVEN Review

I won't lie: everything about the drama Ocean Heaven reeks of the kind of treacly drama and straining for "seriousness" that every action star seems to go through at least once in their career. In this case, it's Jet Li,... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: BEDEVILLED Review

This review contains spoilers.You know the saying, "A nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there?" Well, Moo-do Island isn't even a nice place to visit. With a population of roughly nine- including a pair of abusive... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: FOXY FESTIVAL Review

Hae-Young Lee's Foxy Festival is a romantic comedy about letting your freak flag fly set to a boom chikka chikka disco porn rhythm. For the most part, it's very funny, and occasionally sweet. But the overall experience suffers because one... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: THE RECIPE Review

The Recipe's Korean title, 'doenjang' refers to 'fermented soybean paste' which is the base of almost all Korean cooking- it is in soups, stews, marinades, condiments, side dishes... the list is endless. With such an ever-present, everyday ingredient as the... More »
  

NYAFF 2011: THE UNJUST Review

As a writer for a site that prides itself on top notch coverage of international cinema - especially from Asia - it pains me to say I'm not that hip to the current wave of Korean films. If I had... More »
  
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