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July 2019

by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

Japan Cuts 2019 | Dispatch 1

July 19, 2019

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 2016, which in large part prompted our full retrospective on the filmmaker, and of course there’s the spotlight that they put on Nobuhiko Obayashi’s audacious epic, Hanagatami (one of our top films of this year so far),…

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#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
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Stuber | Michael Dowse

Another in a long line of action comedies made by people who can’t shoot action, Michael Dowse’s Stuber is frequently funny and buoyed by two capable leads, but it fails to toy with the tropes in the buddy film sandbox, and is not particularly…

July 15, 2019
by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music

Top Albums of 2019 (So Far)

We’ve decided to do something a little different this year for our 2019 (so far) lists; instead of a formal poll, we’re using this as an occasion to plug some of the most positive stuff that we’ve written this year, with just a few…

July 10, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Sam Thomas-Redfern Film

Dead Man | Jim Jarmusch

Innocence and experience materialize in the poetry of William Blake as opposing forces; the former embodied within natural objects, passions and love, whereas the latter, like any good romantic, is found in the blackened corruption spreading across the land, engendering the extreme squalor of…

July 10, 2019
Before We Vanish by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film

Before We Vanish | June 2019

OK, so things don’t really vanish anymore: even the most limited film release will (most likely, eventually) find its way onto some streaming service or into some DVD bargain bin assuming that those still exist by the time this sentence finishes. In other words, while the title of In Review…

July 8, 2019
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