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In 1950, Akira Kurosawa released a film based on two stories, told from four perspectives. Rashomon is a gorgeous exercise in minimalism with courageous acting from Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo and Takashi Shimura. This iconic movie tells the tale of the rape of a woman and the murder of a man, but the details and actions change depending on who’s telling the story. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s high time they did. For those that have, they know how infinitely rewatchable it is. It is, without hyperbole, one of the best movies ever made, which is why we’re honored to be hosting a very special online screening of this masterpiece on Wednesday, March 28th at 7pm Central. It’s our first, powered by our new partnership with Constellation, and the perks are undeniable: The site works like a box office, but the movie comes to you. Which means you don’t have to leave the house or put on pants to enjoy the movie. There’s an interactive chat room during the screening where we’ll be tossing out trivia and conducting viewer polls… …but you can turn it off if you just want to see the movie purely. Plus, we’ll be hosting a Q and A after the movie with Kurosawa fan/expert Landon Palmer. Tickets to the event are as low as $3.99 and you can get discounts for sharing the event on Facebook and inviting friends. Plus, we have 10 free tickets to give away, so if you […]

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I would love to be able to tell you all about the story of Fire of Conscience, only I’m not sure after seeing it I’m qualified to do so. Despite sitting through the entire running time I don’t really know if I fully understand who the different people are and, in some cases, why exactly they were doing what they were doing. In this way the film is rather frustrating, because almost every other aspect is exceptional.

Regardless of my ineptitude to accurately sum things up, Fire of Conscience is pretty much a good cop vs. the unknown rat in the vein of Infernal Affairs. We know that a detective recently trying to cope with the death of his wife is partnered up with another officer who we see at the outset of the film running after his former partner who is chasing down a group of teenage thieves that stole his phone, which seems to have some valuable information saved on it. Post-partnership the two officers try to first track down the stolen phone, for different reasons, and begin to work on a case of a murdered prostitute and two cops whose connective thread is leading to something larger, but each attempt to capture the killer and mastermind seems to uncover that he’s being tipped off by an inside informant.

That sounds….right.

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We here at Film School Rejects are big fans of film festivals. You’ve seen our coverage of SXSW, Fantastic Fest, Sundance, and this year we’re hoping to add a few new festivals to our roster. First up is the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, or SFIAAFF.

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