Are biopics of people who are still alive analytical enough?
D: Lee Chang-dong (Poetry, Secret Sunshine, Oasis, Peppermint Candy, Green Fish).
S: Ah-In Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jeon, Seong-kun Mun.
Six for six from director Lee Chang-dong. 148 minutes of gripping, creeping emotional devastation. Class and gender discourse are mixed into a story concerning crushing loneliness.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/burning.html
IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE is nuttily entertaining. Why do we need a remake?
It is actor Winona Ryder’s birthday. Her top 5 films:
- EDWARD SCISSORHANDS
- STAR TREK
- THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
It is actor Joaquin Phoenix’s birthday. His top 5 films:
- DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT
- THE SISTERS BROTHERS
- YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
D: Ali Abbasi (Shelley).
S: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Ann Petrén, Sten Ljunggren.
A very rare cinema occurrence: An uncategorisable film. Continually evolving, it feels like a lot of thought has gone in. Disturbing, as you'd predict from the author of 'Let the Right One In'.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/border.html
HOLD THE DARK ★★★★½
D: Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room, Blue Ruin, Murder Party).
S: Jeffrey Wright Alexander Skarsgård, Riley Keough, James Badge Dale.
Genre directors can learn from Jeremy Saulnier. All four of his films build on what has gone before. HOLD THE DARK is his best. So far.
ILLANG: THE WOLF BRIGADE ★★★★☆
D: Kim Jee-woon (Illang: The Wolf Brigade, The Age of Shadows, The Last Stand, I Saw the Devil, The Good the Bad the Weird, A Bittersweet Life, A Tale of Two Sisters, The Foul King, The Quiet Family.)
S: Woo-sung Jung, Hyo-Joo Han, Dong-won Gang.
Director Kim Jee-woon returns to form after the disappointing 'Age of Shadows'. A political sci-fi dystopia flick that doesn't skimp on action.
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