4 items from 2011
The 33rd edition of the Pia festival wrapped on Friday, September 30. A week and an half in the rather dowdy National Film Theatre saw a slew of hipsters, film students, pedants, critics and film fans making their annual pilgrimage to check out the newest of the new – with hopes of discovering the newest and best of the Japanese film scene. Pia has played host to the first-time efforts of such folks as enfant terrible Sono Shion as well as the more gentle international festival favorite, Naomi Kawase. Recently they’ve been nurturing the career of whipsmart indie wunderkind, Yuya Ishii. This year’s festival opened with the Japanese premiere of his newest feature, Mitsuko Delivers. Like the best of Ishii’s work Mitsuko Delivers delivers a smart social satire couched in situation comedy. Riisa Naka handily plays a very pregnant Mitsuko, who embarks not only on controlling her own life, »
- Nicholas Vroman
This past week Criterion put up a ton of new content on their Hulu Plus page, a number totaling 37. What’s even more interesting is that they put 10 films that aren’t in the collection or any of their Eclipse sets either, which is always an exciting time for film fans everywhere. As per usual, I’ll be listing the films with the links to their respective pages. This entry will just focus on the non-Criterion collection films for the moment. Also, to keep this article going, please sign up using this link. I’ve already had one person do so, and every time one of you does so, it gives another 2 weeks. So a huge thank you to anyone who signs up.
- James McCormick
I was first introduced to writer/director Paul Solet through another indie genre director, Adam Green, who was serving as producer on Solet’s feature film debut, Grace, which premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2009. However, my first introduction to Solet’s horror sensibilities was through the disturbing (and sometimes hilarious) short film Means to an End he collaborated on with Jake Hamilton.
So when I had the idea of reaching out to independent genre filmmakers for this week’s Indie Horror Month coverage, Solet was a shoo-in. I knew his unique filmmaking vision would spill over into his list of his five favorite independent horror films, and I was right on the money. Check out Solet’s list below, and make sure to check in tomorrow for our final two lists!
The Tribeca Film Festival is getting a taste of pinku in this year's Cinemania program. And not just any pinku, this one's a full on fantasy musical with cinematography by acclaimed Dp Christopher Doyle.For the uninitiated, pinku is a subtype of softcore porn unique to Japan. These films have been used - among other things - as a proving ground for directors for years and the number of prominent talents that have rolled through the pinku world is pretty staggering. Hideo Nakata (Ringu) and Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure) have both spent time in pinku circles as did the director of Oscar winning Departures (Yojiro Takita) has pinku titles such as the lewdly titled Groper Train on his resume.The appeal is pretty clear on both sides. »
4 items from 2011
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