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by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

CineCina Film Festival 2019

April 25, 2019

The inaugural CineCina — officially, New York’s only Chinese cinema-focussed film festival — wrapped about a week ago. Featured in this report are just some of the fine narrative and documentary films from across the Chinese diaspora that played as part of the program, including: the fest’s Opening Film, an intimate documentary account of one family’s experiences over a four-year period (Lu Qingyi’s Four Springs); two debut features from relatively new talents (Cai Chengjie’s The Widowed Witch and Mei Fang’s Mr. No…

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#KickingtheCanon by Lawrence Garcia Film

A City of Sadness | Hou Hsiao-hsien

If A City of Sadness represents Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s greatest achievement to date — an assessment that its Venice Golden Lion and long-standing reputation would seem to support — this is in part because Hou’s oblique, elliptical approach to narrative creates an astounding frisson with the film’s…

February 16, 2019
Before We Vanish by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film

Before We Vanish | Issue 1

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…

February 14, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Greg Cwik Music

Galaxie 500 | On Fire

Galaxie 500 is often labeled as a “shoegaze” band, which is understandable: their indolent, undeviating style (gently distorted guitars committing to one riff, one obsessive, rhythmic progression, and Dean Wareham’s sui generis singing, that indelible voice pervading each song like an unsound apparition) doesn’t…

January 5, 2019
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 31

#31: Too Dumb for Roman Numerals: The Sleazetacular ’80s of Charles Bronson & J. Lee Thompson Download episode here. Episode Description: The Reagan ’80s did funny things to people. Charles Bronson and J. Lee Thompson, the subjects of this month’s Bad Idea Podcast, were not exempt. The…

May 2, 2017
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Drew Hunt Film

Drugstore Cowboy | Gus Van Sant

What Woody Allen is to New York — or, more accurately, what John Waters is to Baltimore — Gus Van Sant is to Portland. His films, particularly Mala Noche, Drugstore Cowboy, and My Own Private Idaho (known collectively as the “Portland Trilogy”) played a seismic role in cementing the city’s counterculture identity,…

March 9, 2015
#KickingtheCanon by Andrew Schenker Music

The Mekons | The Mekons Rock N’ Roll

Damning rock n’ roll for its racist and imperialist legacy while having the gall to simultaneously rock like hell, “Amnesia” stands at the thematic center of The Mekons most thematically compelling record. The ninth of the fourteen songs on The Mekons Rock N’ Roll (on the UK…

January 30, 2015
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