Counter Programming: Narco Cultura and Unforgiven, Japanese style - The Culture Files Blog - Los Angeles magazine
 
 

Counter Programming: Narco Cultura and Unforgiven, Japanese style

Your guide to the best indie films of the weekend—popcorn not included.

Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Coen Brothers film, opens this week. We won’t blame you for checking it out, but here are some other options.

Narco Cultura
A music documentary as well as an expose of the Mexican drug war, this work of non-fiction weaves together the stories of a Juarez-based CSI investigator and a U.S.-based singer/songwriter who fronts BuKans de Culican, a band that plays traditional sounding ballads glorifying narco-traffickers. Directed by photojournalist Shaul Schwarz, this film is all about overlaps: Along with the issue of cultural crossover, the fantasy of being a criminal not only contrasts but reciprocates a grim and heartbreaking reality. Fittingly, Schwarz implements a controlled yet arresting visual style while documenting social chaos and its influence on popular art. Not for the faint-of-heart, Narco Cultura is another great documentary released in a year full of them.
WHEN: opens Friday, Dec. 6, various times
WHERE: Laemmle Theaters 

Unforgiven (Yurusarezaru Mono)
While we haven't seen this film, it’s too intriguing to ignore: As part of LA EigaFest, the Japan Film Society will host the U.S. premiere of Lee Sang-il’s samurai remake of Clint Eastwood’s film Unforgiven. Starring Ken Watanabe, who also starred in Letters from Iwo Jima, this Japanese reimagining of Eastwood’s final Western creates a nice symmetry to film history: A Fistful of Dollars, the Sergio Leone shoot-em-up that made Eastwood an international star, is a secret remake of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai actioner Yojimbo. Sometimes, what goes around does come around. (The screening includes a Q&A with director Sang-Il.)
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 6, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Egyptian Theater 

Leave a comment:

showing all comments · Subscribe to comments
  1. gank fu posted on 12/06/2013 03:07 AM
    It is a shame that you had to plagiarize ... If plagiarism is wrong in elementary school it is wrong now ...

    If you had a movie already shown would it be cool to have someone else use that name ...

    Copy infringement gets actors and staff now where in life ...
showing all comments

Stay Connected

 
Get Our LAmag.com Free Newsletter
 
more promotions
 
Advertisement
Subscribe to Los Angeles magazine
 
Close

Advertisement