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This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection: Now Playing on The Criterion Channel

Berlin-based Mosotho filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s devastating and hypnotic THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION marks the emergence of a major filmmaker and the swan song of a remarkable actress. The late Mary Twala Mhlongo, recognizable from Beyoncé’s blockbuster musical BLACK IS KING, gives a career-capping performance as Mantoa, an eighty-year-old woman who has lived in a small Lesotho village for her entire life. While preparing for her own death, she receives word of an accident that has…

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OMG! This was brilliant. I am not a gamer so never heard of this Taiwanese game and had no idea video games could be this political in nature. This film uses the tropes of horror in a way similar to Jordan Peele to deliver a gut punch of social/political commentary.

Here's the backdrop to the story that's helpful if you are not familiar with Taiwanese history or politics. The particular chapter in history is not often covered…

“what Mariam Ghani does is give these movies life outside of the archive they were eventually found in, gives them a different narrative, and finishes them"

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I really enjoyed this one. Full review posted to MovieJawn

Inspired by true events, Dachra starts by digging up a dead body, then sawing off the head of a child. If that does not set the tone for one supremely haunting two hours, I do not know what would. It has all your favorite horror ingredients: shrouded lead baddie, witchcraft, cults, cannibalism, and rituals! It’s Blair Witch, with a smattering of Green Inferno and a cherry-topping of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre just for good measure. Dachra is also notable…

"Reality is one absurd possibility" - stated by the writer-director of this Indie Dutch/Bosnian Drama in an interview, where she also said that she didn't want to portray the characters as heroes, she'd rather be with a joker than a batman. However, her debut feature is a strange little arthouse film about alienation, duality, migration and identity crisis. A quirky road-trip comedy-drama that seems to be going nowhere narratively, but going somewhere emotionally. Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger than Paradise" comes directly…

Deliciously deadpan and with no intention to sanitize its story or characters, this beautifully titled and equally gorgeously designed film is a coming-of-age story that refuses to come of age.

It observes its adolescent antics with good-natured wit and a healthy sense of the absurd, yet it never becomes condescending, aloof or cynical either. It just lets its wonderfully idiosyncratic characters be all that they are, and finds beauty and humor in even their darkest, ugliest moments and decisions.

It…

“Romanians are bad at making movies. We have such a beautiful country, but they only show doom and gloom,” whines Pompiliu (Alexandru Papadopol) in the shaggy, summery comedy “Two Lottery Tickets.” Meant as a playful jab toward the Romanian New Wave movement that has put the country on the cinematic map, local audiences might have found a little bit of truth in writer/director Paul Negoescu’s script as they were clearly ready for something different. A smash hit upon release in…

a critic's pick for the NYT :-)


Six million euros could change most people’s lives in significant ways. The down-on-his-luck Romanian mechanic Dinel (Dorian Boguta) could use the money to win his wife back from Italy, where he believes she is having an affair with her boss. With the encouragement of his gambling bud Sile (Dragos Bucur) and a small loan from his conspiracy theorist friend Pompiliu (Alexandru Papadopol), Dinel buys two lottery tickets. He plays the winning numbers and…