Friday, June 24, 2011

Notes, links and comments and stuff before we get distracted by the NYAFF and Japan Cuts (fixed)

It’s been ages since I’ve done an update post and things are at the stage now where if I don’t do it now, it’ll be several weeks before I get a chance to do it.

First up, starting tomorrow Unseen Films will be starting it’s full on coverage of the New York Asian Film Festival by flooding you with reviews of the 28 films we’ve already seen. We’ll be doing two a day between tomorrow and Thursday when we hit you with a huge post of capsule reviews of the rest. The good news is that out of the 28 movies there is only one I can’t really recommend (check back for Monday morning for that one). If you want a taste of what I think are the best films try Ninja Kids!!!, Troubleshooter and Machete Maidens Unleashed, all of which are so good I wanted to watch them again as soon as they ended.

If you think I’m going to be the only one babbling at you with reviews, you're wrong; Eden is going to be chiming in with a couple, as will Mondocurry, who will also be on the ground and in the trenches once the screenings start up.

As of right now it looks like we should be reviewing every feature film that screens. We’re working on attending the two short film collections, but those, like interviews we’re trying to line up, will depend upon our day jobs letting us out to play.

I want to point out that next Friday we’ll be running capsule reviews of four of the Japan Cuts titles that are not being co-presented by the Asian film festival. (I’m going to at least an additional five non co-presented Japan Cuts films during and after the NYAFF- so we’ll have coverage of 19 of the 32 Japan Cuts films).

During the film festival and Japan Cuts we’ll be running counter programming to the Asian film coverage so if you don’t care about those movies you’ll still have a reason to read. As a counter to to the FF coverage we'll dive into some documentaries designed to keep you out of the water, a week of westerns, Ken’s annual British Comedy series and a series of useful film reviews (I’ll explain that when it’s closer to time). We’re also going to be beginning our Wednesday summer matinee series, the eight films about Renfrew of the Royal Mounted.

Now that I’m done talking about the NYAFF it’s time to move on to some updates on films we’ve covered in the past before I end with some of the many many links I’ve been collecting since the last update post.

On the DVD front one of my favorite films from last year, Bodyguards and Assassins is finally getting a US DVD release in August. It worth the effort to pick it up.

Also coming out is Clash, the Vietnamese action soap opera I saw at last years Tribeca Film Festival. I recently saw it again via an import DVD and it’s still a mess. Great action but a plot that is a joke.

The devastating film Little Pond which screened at last years NYAFF and which left me depressed for days afterward is out on DVD under the title The Bridge at Nogunri.

Serial killer film Cold Fish hits US DVD on August 23rd.

BKO: Bangkok Knockout which is playing the NYAFF hits US DVD on August 30th

Trollhunter which I loved when I saw it at Tribeca (and which is in theaters and pay per view now) hits DVD August 23.

A good film from Tribeca Bang Bang Club hits DVD on the August 16th

The documentary A Matter of Taste yet another Tribeca favorite is running on HBO this month.

The Guard with Brendan Gleason and Don Cheedle is coming out at the end of July and worth your time.

Some up coming series here in New York:

The Museum of Modern Art begins a retrospective of Pixar films tomorrow until July 9th.

July 15 to the 19th Lincoln Center presents a series of films that were preserved by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.

July 20 to August 9 Lincoln Center will be running All Singing All Dancing All Judy Garland. A related series of Garland's TV work runs at the Paley Center from July 20th.

And now some links for your amusement:

Has Comicon stopped being a launching pad for big films is pondered here.

Who was almost cast in iconic roles?

Real Life Muppets?

Things they should have put in the up coming Star Wars Box Set.

Abandoned Theaters from around the US.

Hidden in Movies and TV Shows...

Kill Bill Remixed

Bad Yeti Films

100 Post it Notes of Vincent Price

NYC Time Lapse

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