Archive for the ‘Korea’ Category

Okja

July 2, 2017

Netflix hit one out of the park with their new feature film, Okja. I haven’t felt this excited about the creative expressions of a film in a very long time. I keep thinking of I Heart Huckabees, even though the films aren’t even close to being similar. The artistic chances Okja takes and where it succeeds remind me of the best film making can do. Okja transports the viewer through humor, absurdity, and consciousness all wrapped up in a movie which tells the simple story of a little girl, her big pig and the lifetime love these two beings share. Filmed in South Korea and the U.S., I wanted to recommend this to my niece and nephew’s kids, but like any good creatively forward film the creators of Okja break convention and have some of the characters swear like sailors. So this is a film for “kids” who are old enough to understand the nuance of the word fuck. Directed by South Korea’s Bong Joon-ho (Snow Piercer, Mother), Okja takes the best fairy tale, animal rights activism, corporate greed, and bumbling humans everywhere mixing it up and putting it in his slow cooker until the subjects and genres blend into the most delicious cinematic experience. Outstanding cast featuring Tilda Swinton, Hee-Bong Byun, Giancarlo Esposito, Jake Gyllenhaal, Shirley Henderson, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Daniel Henshall, Lily Collins, Jihoon Park, Devon Bostick and introducing Seo-Hyun Ahn to American audiences as Mija. Darius Khondji’s (Amour, Se7en) gorgeous cinematography makes the crazy good animation seem all the more real. Bravo to the cast and crew. I’ve been avoiding watching the slew of factory farm documentaries out there because I knew I’d have to give up eating most meat. Okja provided a much-needed push in that direction. I want to watch more Bong Joon-ho’s films. Okja made my senses come alive. 5 out of 5 for this complex and masterful film.

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Sense8: Season 2

May 30, 2017

Took my damn sweet time making my way through the triumphantly gorgeous insanity that is Sense 8: Season 2.

Sun Bak
Riley Blue
Wolfgang Bogdanow
Kala Dandekar
Will Gorski
Nomi Marks
Capheus “Van Damme” Onyango
Lito Rodriguez

Seoul
London
Berlin
Mumbai
Chicago
San Francisco
Nairobi
Mexico City

Eight humans in eight cities around the globe connected both mentally and emotionally. We discover more about their origin in Season 2. More about Whispers and why they are being hunted. Some episodes are violent, some are corny, all are full of love. Sense8 breaks Sci-Fi barriers leading with love… friendship, romantic, familial, no matter what color, religion, gender, or sexuality. All are equal. All are full of love. I can’t stop thinking about this beautiful series. Sense8 continues to be flawed, but that’s part of its beauty. It’s busting through convention, experimenting with many different tools to tell their story. It’s contemporary, hip, sexy as all hell, nerdy, fun, dangerous, and dark with flashes of evil. These eight characters represent the future of humanity. We need to connect with others around the planet. Share what makes us unique and bond over what makes us the same. I’m excited to continue the journey hoping Season 3 will happen in 2018. Meanwhile discover, revisit, embrace Capheus, Kala, Lito, Nomi, Riley, Sun, Will, and Wolfgang streaming on Netflix. 4 out of 5 for their brave new world.

 

 

LGBT Movies Galore: Moonlight, The Handmaiden, and NewFest (Towleroad)

October 22, 2016

From Towleroad and Nathaniel Rogers of The Film Experience,

If there was ever a weekend to get your gay ass to the movie theaters it’s this one. The choices are suddenly abundant and very pleasurable… at least on the coasts (consider this a November preview if you’re further inland).

This is a crucial moment because we get not one but two new must-see art films, Moonlight and The Handmaiden, which couldn’t be more different but for their immense quality. Together they remind us of the range and diversity and aesthetic power that queer cinema is capable of. They’re also both platform releases and how well such releases do and how many cities they expand to always comes down to us; if we don’t support LGBT cinema we eventually get much less of it.

On top of these two arguably masterworks, those near New York City have even more options because NewFest opens today and runs through the 25th.

moonlight-beforekiss
Chiron’s first gay experience in “Moonlight”

Read the full article on Towleroad.

Snowpiercer (Change.org)

January 21, 2014

from Change.org,

The much-anticipated film Snowpiercer has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. Renowned Korean director Bong Joon-ho helms a stunningly crafted film with a solid, recognizable cast including Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jamie Bell and Octavia Spencer, not to mention award-winning  Korean actors Song Kang-ho and Go Ah-sung.

This film is a major breakthrough for both Bong Joon-ho and Korea as it would be the first Korean film to get a major American release with the potential to do very well with American audiences. Snowpiercer, almost entirely in English, has already been released in Korea and France (with upcoming releases in Japan, Germany, Sweden and other non-English-speaking countries ) to both great financial and critical success.

So why has no release been scheduled in the U.S?

Read the entire petition on change.org.
hat tip to Urban Food Guy.

free snowpiercer


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