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If you’re one of the fortunate few who’ve seen Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-Ho’s latest film, I think you will enjoy going back to the beginning with Incoherence and see where it all started. The Seventh Art dug up the Bong Joon-ho’s episodic four-art student film. The nearly half-hour 1994 short film fins the director of Mother starting to hone his style with his characteristic dark sense of humour and sudden shifts in mood already flaring up, including social commentary about social figures. 

Wadjda, written and directed by the Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour, is not only a carefully directed film, but it’s also an important film that examines with subtle eloquence the realities of daily life for women in an oppressive male-chauvinistic society. It is a simple story set in a complex world which surrounds the ten-year-old Wadjda, played with delightful charm by Waad Mohammed; she’s sarcastic without being annoying, street savvy, determined, wonderfully unconventional, and heroically rebellious.  In the same vein as Italy’s neo-realist masterpiece The Bicycle Thieves, the movie explores the difficulties of daily life in Saudi Arabia by following Wadjda as she enrolls in a school competition. For the contest she has to memorize, recite, and answer questions on the Koran, a subject that doesn’t rank high on her list of interests. Her aim is to win prize money in order to buy a green bicycle and eventually race her neighborhood friend Abdullah.

- John David West (A)

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Muscle Shoals, a must-see and listen to documentary, begins in the late 1950s. Rick Hall, a local musician, is let go from his band for being all work and no play. He opens FAME Studios in Florence, Alabama. At his second studio, in Muscle Shoals, a sleepy little town located alongside the Tennessee River, Hall chalked up an instant hit with the first single recorded there: “You Better Move On” by Arthur Alexander; this would also become a 1964 U.K. success for the Rolling Stones, who later would also journey to Muscle Shoals. Some R&B breakthroughs, born from Hall’s studio, include Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” several tracks by Wilson Pickett, and the chain of hits that made Aretha Franklin a superstar after she’d been mismanaged and dropped by Columbia Records.

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Written by Andy Bellin and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Lovelace tells the story of Linda Boreman, better known as Linda Lovelace, one of the most famous porn stars in the world. If nothing else, the film does a terrific job of shattering audience expectations; while most film-goers were bound to expect a tawdry show of explicit nudity, what they got was a story about a woman who fought for her life and her dignity despite the odds. 

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I’ve been a Zack Snyder fan ever since Dawn of the Dead. His style is what first attracted me, but each consecutive movie brought with it more and more substance. I’m aware that a lot of people think he’s a one-trick, gimmicky director who doesn’t handle multi-dimensional stories very well, but I disagree. And if there’s ever going to be something to point toward when having that discussion with someone,Man of Steel is it.

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MoviefiedNYC’s Top Movie Picks for September:

 

As the summer is drawing to a close (I know, we still a have a few more weeks) and wafts of autumn begin to fill the air, Hollywood’s gaze turns to more adult fare. The theaters are no longer flooded with aliens, robots, and caped crusaders but rather with ensemble casts displaying their craft in hopes of some Oscar gold.  So whether you choose to check out that indie you heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title to view the trailers. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.