Category: Film

Film Short Review
I AM, 26 Minutes of Cinematic Ebullience

A female techie, Nigerian, living the life of a recluse in a remote German forest, on an evening jog inadvertently crosses paths with an android, also female, prostate and comatose on the ground – and decides to carry it home. Stunning cinematography … but there’s one hitch: The storyline is so ephemerally gauzy and byzantine, it’s as if the the filmmakers decided that the out-of-this-world cinematography was more than enough for their film – and left it to audiences to figure out a plot for themselves.
Review by Gregg W. Morris.

2021 72 Hour Shootout Premiere Dedicated to Actor, Writer Howard Fong

The Film Lab’s 17th annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition premiered its winning films at the Asian American International Film Festival, celebrating and empowering voices and stories too often marginalized by mainstream media. For the first time in its history, the premiere was dedicated to an individual: Actor, Writer Howard Fong. By Gregg W. Morris

Damn the Pandemic, Full Speed Ahead Film Review
THE MEANING OF HITLER – An Inquiry into Decades of Cultural Fascination with the Nazi Leader and the Ramifications of Such a Fascination on Present Day Politics

THE MEANING OF HITLER’s bravura cinematography and deft use of visuals – such as animation, graphics, vintage news reels, Hollywood and foreign movie footage, social media visuals – as well as interviews with historians and writers speaking with a believe-it-or-not-if-you-dare tempo about a truth, a whole truth and nothing but that truth – resulted in a sweeping panoramic documentary with prophetic and apocalyptic tones about the Who, What, Where, When, Why & How of the never-ending macabre fascination with Hitler.
By Gregg W. Morris

Second Wave of Cinematic News for the New York Asian Film Festival, Running August 6 to August 22, 2021

Second Wave: More NYAFF news fit to print. This year’s festival will open with the international premiere of Ryoo Seung-wan’s tense political thriller ESCAPE FROM MOGADISH; it will include the North American premiere of Fruit Chan’s new horror masterwork COFFIN HOMES; and it will launch a new Asian American Focus selection. And there is sooooo much more, from August 6 to August 22, 2021. By Gregg W. Morris

New York City Reportory Cinemas’ Unprecedented Collaboration

In an unprecedented collaboration, repertory cinemas across New York City – Anthology Film Archives, Film Forum, Film at Lincoln Center, Light Industry, Metrograph, MoMA, and Museum of the Moving Image – are taking part in a centenary celebration of film programmer, author and co-founder of NYFF, Amos Vogel. Film at Lincoln Center is kicking off the collaboration in the Spotlight section of the 59th New York Film Festival.

TAILGATE
“The sort of film that’s so densely drenched in dread that it leaves you jumping, barking, screaming along with the characters and begging for some level of respite that you just know will likely never come.” – IMDb

From Film Movement, A North American Distributor of Award-Winning Independent and Foreign Films Based in New York City  Founded in 2002

Genre: Horror/Thriller
Running Time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 Widescreen
Audio: Dolby 5.1/2.0 Stereo
Language: English/Dutch with English Subtitles

Premiering in U.S. Theatrical venues, Virtual Cinema, VOD and Digital on July 30, Street Date: August 3, 2021. DVD: $24.9 Will be Available Exclusively at Walmart

Synopsis, Edited for Style

Hans, his wife and two kids are on a road trip to visit family, and after their vehicle, driven by dad, gets stuck behind a slow-moving van. Hans blows his cool, regresses to infantile road raging, macho derring-do, infuriating the van driver who just happens to be deranged beyond belief. [Please Note: Road Rage Stats for 2021].

Tailgate is an official selection at the badass film fests Sitges Film Festival and FrightFest.

Check out the Pics!

Uh Oh, will the kiddies bite the dust.  Picture, courtesy Movie Moment

Oh, no. Picture, courtesy Movie Moment

About Film Movement
Founded in 2002, Film Movement is a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. It has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide including the Oscar-nominated films Theeb (2016) and Corpus Christi (2020). Film Movement’s theatrical releases include American independent films, documentaries, and foreign art house titles.
Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, King Hu, Sergio Corbucci, Ettore Scola and Luchino Visconti. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com. Visit www.filmmovementplus.com for more information about Film Movement Plus, the new subscription streaming service from Film Movement.
Gregg W. Morris

Kapow! Kapow! Kapow!
New York Asian Film Festival, 20th Edition, August 2-22

Two world premieres, six international premieres, 29 North American premieres, eight U.S. premieres, and nine New York premieres, showcasing the most exciting action, comedy, drama, thriller, romance, horror, and art-house films from East Asia. August 6 – 22. An unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic and shocking, heinous violence against Asian and Asian Americans in the United States presented enormous challenges in every aspect of American society, let alone film and media. NYAFF is announcing that it is even more committed than ever to increasing exposure of Asian representation on screen and to providing opportunities for audiences of all communities to experience the diversity and brilliance of Asian cinema. – By GreggWMorris