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July 2019

#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Quentin Tarantino

July 25, 2019

Though not wanting for the anticipated grisly violence or digressions into pop pastiche, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood might be Quentin Tarantino’s sweetest, most thoughtful, and most tender film in a couple of decades — at least since Jackie Brown. While Tarantino himself has criticized his third feature as “too much of a 34-year-old man’s attempt to imagine the life of a fortysomething black woman,” this new work finds the director in his mid-50s, and thus has his characters…

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by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

Japan Cuts 2019 | Dispatch 2

The 2019 edition of New York-based film festival Japan Cuts runs from July 19 to the 28th (find the full schedule of screenings here). We are forever grateful for Japan Cuts for many reasons: there’s that Sion Sono triple feature they programmed back in…

July 25, 2019
#ObscureObject by Greg Cwik Music

Brian Eno | Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks

Released in the summer of 1983, one year after Steven Spielberg’s E.T and four months after Ronald Reagan unveiled his plan for “Star Wars,” Brian Eno’s Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks is an album at once rooted deeply in its space-obsessed epoch, and yet timeless, ephemeral. It was…

July 22, 2019
by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

Japan Cuts 2019 | Dispatch 1

The 2019 edition of New York-based film festival Japan Cuts runs from July 19 to the 28th (find the full schedule of screenings here). We are forever grateful for Japan Cuts for many reasons: there’s that Sion Sono triple feature they programmed back in…

July 19, 2019
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

The Lion King | Jon Favreau

Say what you want about endless Marvel entries and Star Wars episodes, but no film so perfectly represents fears of a total corporate takeover of the cinema than Disney’s new fully computer-generated remake of 1994’s beloved The Lion King. Faithfully (in many cases, shot-for-shot)…

July 18, 2019
by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

New York Asian Film Festival 2019

The 18th annual New York Asian Film Festival ended on Sunday, and we’ve prepared one dispatch from the festival this year, with some notable titles: the fest’s opening selection, Candyman director Bernard Rose’s Samurai Marathon; the latest from Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden, Jinpa; a comeback of sorts…

July 16, 2019
#ObscureObject by Greg Cwik Music

Thom Yorke | Anima

“Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then,” Philip K. Dick wrote in A Scanner Darkly. Thom Yorke, modern music’s paranoid soothsayer, has, since OK Computer in 1997, often been called “prescient” for his neurotic, cryptic lyrics, so obsessed with systems of communication, with…

July 15, 2019
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