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Monday
Jan 16 2017

Streaming: Netflix is still a mini-haven for foreign films

The Wailling wasthe 3rd most popular South Korean movie in the US last yearafter Train to Busan and The Handmaidenby Brian Zitzelman

The accepted mindset is that Netflix Instant is no longer a paradise for cinephiles.There are countless things to binge,sure,but large swaths of those are the service's original series and TV series from other networks.For moviegoers interested in material beyond the recent blockbusters or Hollywood fare,the pickings are much much slimmer than they once were.For example,those spurred to view the work of Meryl Streep after her powerful speech at Sunday's Golden Globeshave only five streaming options,two of them being documentaries.A Hepburn fanatic,be it for Katharine or Audrey,has but two pictures to choose from.

Yet there remains one avenue where Netflix secretly and continually excels;foreign cinema...

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Tuesday
Jan 10 2017

Thoughts on this season's BAFTA nominations

La La Landwas the not unexpected leader for the BAFTA nominations.Slightly less known ahead of time was what film would threaten its leader status and that is arguably more surprising: divisiveNocturnal Animalstied for second place with the not very divisiveArrivalwith nine nominations each.

The film suffering the most this morning from lack of BAFTA love is surelyLoving,which had the advantage of a popular new homegrown star Ruth Negga but missed in all categories but for "Rising Star"for Ruth Negga.The nominations in all categories after the jump...

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Tuesday
Dec 13 2016

Interview: Babak Anvari on British Oscar Submission 'Under the Shadow'

ByJose Solís.

At first glance,Babak Anvari'sUnder the Shadowseems to announce itself as a fine Iran-set social drama,as we meet Shideh (Narges Rashidi) a young mother who discovers her political past - she protested the war against Iraq - has deemed her ineligible to return to medical school.When her husband (Bobby Baderi) gets sent to a battle zone for work,she is left behind with her daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi) trying to make sense of her life,while their city is under the constant threat of Iraqi missiles.If that wasn't enough,strange things begin to occur in their home as Dorsa is convinced there is a presence that wants to take her away.

Even though this is Anvari's first feature film,he displays a mastery of horror techniques that would put others to shame...

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Wednesday
Nov 02 2016

BIFA Nominations focus on a small handful of films

We claim no expertise on the British Independent Film Awards but this year's slate seems especially teeny-tiny.Not in the size of the films,mind you  -- some are quite supersized...at least with their length -- but in the small handful that received nominations.Most of the titles were nominated in five or six categories including the UK's Oscar submissionUnder the Shadow,though Ken Loach's Palme D'Or winnerI Daniel Blakejust barely leads with seven citations...

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Tuesday
Oct 18 2016

Reviews: "Desierto"and "Under the Shadow"

by Nathaniel R

Jeffrey Dean Morgan & Gael García Bernal in "Desierto"

Two more Oscar submissions are now in limited release in the US: Mexico'sDesiertoand the UK's Tehran set filmUnder the Shadows.Both are what you might call horror films though one suspects only the latter would accept the label.

Desierto
We'll go anywhere with Gael García Bernal,who has blessed us with a number of fine road trip / travel movies in his career likeY Tu Mama Tambien,The Motorcycle Diaries,andThe Loneliest Planet.In short,he's the perfect choice as a protagonist if you want us to sign up for a gruelling journey...

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