August 12, 2010
Scott Pilgrim Poster by Martin Ansin

Martin Ansin’s limited special edition poster for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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June 25, 2010
NYAFF 2010 Begins!

Alternate Doronjo Janet

March 2009: Doronjo/Janet, briefly after watching Yatterman

At last! The New York Asian Film Festival is upon us again and this time it’s moved uptown to the Walter Reade Theatre at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The NYAFF is one of my top three New York filmfests. I usually try to catch as much as I can, but for a change this year I actually studied the schedule and bought tickets in advance!

I favored weirder fare + some kung fu, steered clear of stuff that sounded ‘serious’ or ‘respectable’ (these can be a mixed bag), but also took a pass on stuff that sounded like the kind of stupid or weird that I’d regret later, as well as some that I probably would fail to enjoy due to kung fu fatigue. Anyway, here’s the movies I’m laying my bets on. With links!

1. Ip Man 2 (just one of many live Sammo Hung appearances during the festival)

2. Boys on the Run

3. 8000 Miles

4. Secret Reunion

5. Symbol (Will I regret this one?)

6. Mutant Girls Squad (gotta include a Tak Sakaguchi)

7. Golden Slumber (this is the only movie I immediately felt the need to see when I saw it in the lineup: from the director of last year’s amazing Fish Story)

8. Doman Seman (this evening I have no recollection what this one is supposed to be about)

9. Castaway on the Moon (ditto, what is this about)

10. Blades of Blood

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I haven’t had time to inspect the Japan Cuts lineup, but this morning I bought

11. Confessions (some promising early buzz behind this one)

12. Sawako Decides

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Last year Subway Cinema had a special screening of Takashi Miike’s ‘Yatterman' (13), which is also part of this year's NYAFF lineup. This is a fun and hilarious movie! I am short on $$ so I don't intend to watch it again, but it deserves a place on my list of picks. It's worth more than a dozen Transformers movies, none of which will include the announcemenet of 'Titty missiles!' in subtitling

(the photo above is of my friend Janet striking a Doronjo pose shortly after we saw the movie)

Have some strong recommendations for stuff I haven’t committed to seeing? Send me a message through here or on twitter please! @handelsaurus thanks!

May 28, 2010
'Why I Won't Be Watching The Last Airbender Movie' by Gene Luen Yang

Someone thought the Airbender story would be improved if the heroes were more Caucasian? Really, Hollywood?! I hope the premiere weekend is plagued by irrelevant commercials, crappy trailers and obnoxious text-messaging jerks with the brightest, most-blinding phones. Clickthrough to Gene Luen Yang’s original post for more racebending-related commentary. Nice work, dude

May 13, 2010
May 13, 2010. Director Jessica Oreck in the Film Forum lobby following screening of BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO (taken from my cameraphone)
If you’d like to see some giant bugs in Japan set to dreamy music then BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO at the Film Forum is the movie to see right now. The movie muses on the Japanese passion for bug collecting, and takes a loose, meditative approach to its subject.
Wow those were some huge bugs.
After last night’s screening, director Jessica Oreck stuck around for some question and answer and then went to the lobby to talk more about bugs and share the opportunity to handle a big cricket and a giant millipede (I think it was a millipede). Some notes:
- Jessica Oreck is a docent and animal keeper at the American Museum of Natural History, but this film was not a departure for her but a return to her roots: she studied biology and film as a student
- One of the mysterious aspects of the film was that the voiceover narration was in Japanese. In fact, it was originally going to be in English, but ‘it just felt wrong’. The Japanese narration was later recorded, with some difficulty, over Skype (the narrator was in Japan). Oreck said she liked that the movie could be enjoyed without reading a single line of subtitling, and then watched a second time with subtitle-awareness that would add a new dimension to the experience (I did stop reading subtitles for a few stretches)
- Future projects: a film about reindeer herding in Finnish Lapland, and another about mushroom collecting in Eastern Europe
- I went to school with Jessica’s cousin Greg! Afterwards we got drinks a block away. There was a casual round of introductions and Jessica remembered meeting me many years ago at a restaurant
- p.s. GIANT BUGS

May 13, 2010. Director Jessica Oreck in the Film Forum lobby following screening of BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO (taken from my cameraphone)

If you’d like to see some giant bugs in Japan set to dreamy music then BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO at the Film Forum is the movie to see right now. The movie muses on the Japanese passion for bug collecting, and takes a loose, meditative approach to its subject.

Wow those were some huge bugs.

After last night’s screening, director Jessica Oreck stuck around for some question and answer and then went to the lobby to talk more about bugs and share the opportunity to handle a big cricket and a giant millipede (I think it was a millipede). Some notes:

- Jessica Oreck is a docent and animal keeper at the American Museum of Natural History, but this film was not a departure for her but a return to her roots: she studied biology and film as a student

- One of the mysterious aspects of the film was that the voiceover narration was in Japanese. In fact, it was originally going to be in English, but ‘it just felt wrong’. The Japanese narration was later recorded, with some difficulty, over Skype (the narrator was in Japan). Oreck said she liked that the movie could be enjoyed without reading a single line of subtitling, and then watched a second time with subtitle-awareness that would add a new dimension to the experience (I did stop reading subtitles for a few stretches)

- Future projects: a film about reindeer herding in Finnish Lapland, and another about mushroom collecting in Eastern Europe

- I went to school with Jessica’s cousin Greg! Afterwards we got drinks a block away. There was a casual round of introductions and Jessica remembered meeting me many years ago at a restaurant

- p.s. GIANT BUGS

May 12, 2010
Sion Sono, director of Love Exposure, Suicide Club, Noriko’s Dinner Table. July 7, 2009

Sion Sono, director of Love Exposure, Suicide Club, Noriko’s Dinner Table. July 7, 2009

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