In Rotation: Steve Hauschildt, Lorn, Software (Review)
Highly evocative electronic music, unused synthesizer movie scores, and vaporwave composed before vaporwave was a thing.
Watch Sufjan Stevens’ Live Performance of Carrie & Lowell
And just in case you were wondering, there is a cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
In a Silent Way by Nico Niquo (Review)
The gently unsettling aspects of Nico Niquo’s ambience makes it all the more beautiful and intriguing.
Review Round-Up: James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
The second outing for Marvel’s outer space misfits sounds like it’ll be just as much fun as the first.
The Best Streaming Titles Arriving in May 2017
Coming soon: Cyberpunk anime, Nazi hunters, Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme, Roman gladiators, 007, Frank Drebin, and more.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Stranger Things, Together at Last
There’s no way I’m not immediately watching this.
Random Thoughts (and Theories) About Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name
Makoto Shinkai’s latest is a thoughtful, winsome, and visually gorgeous film.
Still Walking by Hirokazu Koreeda (Review)
Still Walking explores family drama with grace, and never once slips into Hollywood melodrama.
The Good, The Bad, The Weird by Kim Ji-Woon (Review)
Kim Ji-woon’s “kimchi western” is all about style as substance.
Summer Wars by Mamoru Hosoda (Review)
Summer Wars adroitly balances sci-fi geekiness, technology-focused social commentary, and family melodrama.
13 Assassins by Takashi Miike (Review)
I love the idea of a Takashi Miike samurai film, but 13 Assassins just doesn’t live up to its promise.
Ping Pong by Fumihiko Sori (Review)
Yes, there’s lots of ping pong, but also a surprisingly nuanced exploration of the thin line between friendship and rivalry.