Renaissance: The Films of South Korea


 

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I have been an admirer of South Korean films for a number of years now, constantly touting them as, along with the output from Romania, the most interesting films being made today, far more interesting more often than not, in comparison to American films.

 

Now that Parasite has won best picture at the Academy Awards, I thought I would list my favorite South Korean filmmakers and their films. For those who are not as aware of the movies being made there, this might hopefully serve as somewhat of a primer or introduction. I certainly am not the expert others are, but still, I think my list is probably pretty decent. Continue reading

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In the last few weeks I have participated in two LAMBcast podcasts.

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I also participated in a podcast called Roll Your Own Top 5 where we each chose our own subject. This was a lot of fun. Mine was a list of movies to see for an introduction to South Korean movies. You can listen to that at: http://ow.ly/ppu630eGKD7

My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 5/27-6/3/2016


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/27-6/3/2016
ff 1ON NETFLIX:  This week a television series: Occupied, created by Karianne Lund, Jo Nesbø, Erik Skjoldbjærg, takes place in the near future when Norway decides to stop producing oil and instead produce the more environmentally friendly element thorium. Russia, backed by the EU, has a velvet glove takeover of the nation. A tense and engrossing series and a must see. Russia was not happy with it, to say the least.
ff 2ON HULU:  Based on a true story, Memories of Murder, written by Sung-bo Shim and my favorite Korean director Joon-ho Bong (in spite of Snowpiercer, which I refuse to mention…oops), is about the first recorded Korean serial killer. A strong procedural as well as strong character study of the city mouse (a Seoul police detective) who comes to the country mouse (a local detective) and they join forces to find the murderer before he strikes again.
ff 3OF SPECIAL NOTE: Laemmle’s Royal is showing a new restoration of Carol Reed and Graham Greene’s movie The Fallen Idol. Highly recommended.
ff 4FIRST RUN and OPENING:  Alice Through the Looking Glass, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Idol, Presenting Princess Shaw, Australia’s Lost Gold, The One’s Below, The Nice Guys, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Love and Friendship, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, A Bigger Splash, The Measure of a Man, The Lobster Continue reading

My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 3/11-3/18/16


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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 3/11-18/16
ff 2ON NETFLIX: Panic in Needle Park, with a screenplay by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne from a book by James Mill, and directed by Jerry Schatzberg, is one of Al Pacino’s earliest performances (it’s before The Godfather) and is realistic and downbeat story about heroin addicts in New York. Intense and often moving.
ff 1ON HULU: In Memories of Murder, writers Sung-bo Shim and Joon Ho Bung, who also directed, a serial killer murdering women around a small town is investigated by a detective from Seoul and two incompetent local officers. Joon Ho Bung (more famous for the monster film The Host) is quite possibly South Korea’s greatest new wave filmmakers and this thriller is one of his best.
ff 3FIRST RUN and OPENING: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Eye in the Sky, The Boy and the Beast, Barney Thomson, Nightshift (2001), Backgammon, Rabin the Last Day, Bleak Street, The Wave, Knight of Cups, Zootopia Continue reading