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HOCCI @ HIFF42: FASHIONED REIMAGINED, LYNCH/OZ & ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED

FASHIONED REIMAGINED, LYNCH/OZ, and ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED were official selections of the 42nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani I love documentaries a lot, but I know that puts me in the minority. Most of my friends can’t stand documentaries, they think that they’re boring and are only meant to be …

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HOCCI @ HIFF42: “How Film Festivals Can Save Cinema” [Video Essay]

HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) mentee Alioune Fall turns in a video essay summing up how the film festival ecosystem is the last line of defense to “save cinema-going” and cinema appreciation. He brings in the prominence of legacy IP (anything Disney, MCU, Star Wars, etc) as the new mono-culture and how attending film …

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HOCCI @ HIFF42: Hunting for context in Lee Jung-jae’s HUNT

It’s no secret that the highlight of my experience at HIFF42 was the screening of Lee Jung-jae’s HUNT (HIFF42 Centerpiece), which, as of writing this article, is now available on-demand online (I strongly recommend it!). So, given that I am neither Korean, nor am I particularly familiar with Korean history, I decided to look into …

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HOCCI @ HIFF42: BROKER Review [Podcast]

BROKER was an official selection of the 42nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani. The film will be released commercially in select U.S. theaters in late December.  HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) mentee Jim Fahey sits down with Leo Williams, a NY-based film critic, to discuss about the HIFF42 Closing Night Film BROKER …

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HOCCI @ HIFF42: GODDAMNED ASURA shows how everyone has demons [Review]

GODDAMNED ASURA was an official selection of the 42nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani. Warning, this review contains spoilers. GODDAMNED ASURA (2021, Dir. Lou Yi-an) is a Taiwanese crime drama that takes place twice with two alternative endings. In this movie, we originally follow the storyline of a young rich kid with divorced …

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HOCCI @ HIFF42: PLAN 75: Subtlety in Tragedy [Video Essay]

PLAN 75 was an official selection of the 42nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani. The film will be released in U.S. theaters and on demand in early 2023. Here is a video essay review of PLAN 75 by HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) mentee Carson Lommers. After the HIFF42 screening, Carson overhears …

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HOCCI @ HIFF42: “Why You Should Watch NANNY” [Video Essay]

NANNY was an official selection of the 42nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani. The film will be released on Amazon Prime on December 16th. HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) mentee Alioune Fall turns in a video essay on the HIFF42 official selection NANNY, which won the Grand Prize Jury Award at Sundance …

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HOCCI @ HIFF42: “I watched SHIN ULTRAMAN knowing nothing about the character… and loved it!” [Video Essay]

SHIN ULTRAMAN was an official selection of the 42nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) mentee Devin Hung reviews SHIN ULTRAMAN, the latest reboot from the minds of Hideako Anno (EVANGELION) and Shinji Higuchi (ATTACK ON TITAN). Devin prefaces his review that he had never seen an episode …

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HOCCI @ HIFF42: SHE SAID Review [Podcast]

SHE SAID was an official selection of the 42nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani. It is currently in commercial release in U.S. theaters. HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) mentee Jim Fahey sits down with Leo Williams, a NY-based film critic, to discuss about the film SHE SAID directed by Maria Schrader. They …

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HOCCI @ HIFF42: WOMEN TALKING Review [Vlog]

WOMEN TALKING was an official selection of the 42nd Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani. The film will be released in U.S. cinemas on December 23rd. HIFF ONLINE CREATIVES & CRITICS IMMERSIVE (HOCCI) mentee Mya Frye reviews the HIFF42 official selection WOMEN TALKING directed by Sarah Polley. Mya highlights the self-imposed constraints of the film …

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