Tag: Drafthouse Films

The Invitation

The Invitation

| July 24, 2016

Karyn Kusama’s career as a feature film director has certainly been unique. After her debut feature Girlfight made a huge impact on film festivals in 2000–including a win at Sundance for Directing and a tie with Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me for the festival’s Grand Jury Prize–Kusama was enlisted to direct the big-screen […]

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Dangerous Men

Dangerous Men

| April 12, 2016

The late John S. Rad’s Dangerous Men—produced over the course of 26 years before finally being released in 2005—is a film unlike any other I’ve ever seen. I mean, its constituent parts are all clearly sourced from any number of 1980’s action movies/rape-revenge movies, making it highly derivative in a sense. Yet, these particular elements […]

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The World of Kanako

The World of Kanako

| January 28, 2016

Back in 2014, Japanese film diary, Eiga Geijutsu listed Tetsuya Nakashima’s The World of Kanako as one of the worst films to come out that year. After finally being able to see the film, thanks to Drafthouse Films picking it up for U.S. distribution, its understandable as to why the publication felt this way. For […]

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The Look of Silence

The Look of Silence

| January 6, 2016

When I first witnessed the trailer for Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, I honestly thought it was a joke. It seemed so surreal and bizarre that in Indonesia there would be men that were celebrated for slaughtering millions of people and then going to recreate such atrocities in videos. After I saw the film, […]

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The Connection (La French)

The Connection (La French)

| September 28, 2015

The moment that I saw the classic Gaumont logo in front of the title credits of The Connection, (La French), I knew that I was in for a treat. From its stylized, production value to its suave cast of characters, The Connection acts as a perfect companion piece to William Friedkin’s The French Connection, as […]

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Spring

Spring

| June 1, 2015

I came to the attention of directors Benson and Moorhead from their first feature film, Resolution, through a friendly recommendation. “Yeah man, you’d dig it” was what my buddy just randomly spouted out, as I was discussing not having seen a worthwhile horror movie in the last few months. The film managed to both blur […]

R100

R100

| March 9, 2015

If you’re a fan of depraved Japanese cult cinema, like early Takashi Miike or Noburo Iguchi films, you simply owe it to yourself to see Hitoshi Matsumoto’s R100, which is the most, bats#!t, gonzo, absurdist film I’ve ever seen and that’s a great thing. Nao Omori plays Takafumi Katayama, a lonely salaryman whose wife has […]

The Overnighters

The Overnighters

| February 3, 2015

What worth is the “American Dream” if one’s own livelihood is destroyed at its pursuit? This is the lingering question that lies at the heart of Jesse Moss’ incredible film The Overnighters, a powerful documentary unlike any other and a spectacle of non-fiction filmmaking. Set in Williston, North Dakota, The Overnighters follows Jay Reinke, a […]

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Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

| January 26, 2015

From its egg throwing, intro ode to Kinji Fukusaku, to the madcap finale, soaked in blood and bullets, Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Jikoku de naze warui) is a brilliant ode to cinema itself and one of the best films that Sono has made thus far. In the film, we follow two […]

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20,000 Days on Earth

20,000 Days on Earth

| November 18, 2014

20,000 Days on Earth is one of the best films to come out in 2014 and is one of the most invigorating documentaries ever crafted. Part fiction, part non-fiction, part behind the scenes of recording an album, directors Iain Forsythe and Jane Pollard explore all of these different elements with Nick Cave, lead singer of […]

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