The immediate standout quality of "The Classic" is its musical score. The sound weaves effortlessly between classical beats and more modern ones, marking a constant shift in situations. In the rustic countryside of South Korea, a certain beauty is built up to by the slowly rising frequency of the tones. Meanwhile, city life moves according to a quicker more modern beat. In either case, the quality of the sound reflects that same feeling of general life, of being young, and the hopeful optimism that's all too infectious regarding those bygone days.
Then actual conflicts start showing up in the story and all this stuff starts to get rather weird and annoying...More
Wrapped in bloody brilliance and a creepy mind-bending narrative, Kim Jee-woon's "A Tale of Two Sisters" is a potent psychological horror of note. The film, Kim's third feature, drew inspiration from the Joseon-era folktale of "Janghwa Hongryeon jeon", a dark domestic tale that has inspired no less than five previous Korean films along with the moderately successful 2009 American remake "The Uninvited". The film also claimed a number of awards during its time, most noticeably winning actress Im Soo-jeong the Best New Actress award at both the 2003 Blue Dragon Film Awards and at the Pusan International Film Festival, and remains a favourite among Korean cinephiles and horror buffs...More
Kim's 2003 psychological horror "A Tale of Two Sisters" is one of Korea's most successful horrors of all-time; a truly cryptic film that is as fascinating as it is disturbing. The film won a string of awards following its release, and remains a top tier feature that many cite when pushed to pen their top ten. It's dark, befuddling, and possesses a rich tapestry of cinematic cues that is sure to keep any cinephile musing over Kim's efforts long after he fades to black. Enjoy! [spoilers]...More
A selection of shots from Spike Lee's "Oldboy" (2013):
When news broke that Spike Lee was to direct a remake of Park Chan-wook's award-winning classic "Old Boy" many were skeptical as to the why, exactly, a remake was even considered. Lee's version hit theatres last year and struggled, ultimately grossing just a fraction of its $30 million budget and recieved poor reviews across the board. The film pays homage to Park's version in a number of interesting ways, and also contains a number slight tweaks on Park's 2003 film to keep things interesting. Still, fans have been dismissive of Lee's attempt to stand atop the titanic shoulders of Korea's unmissable masterpiece. Take a look, judge for yourself, and enjoy! [spoiler]...More
Poor Jin-hee. It's never a particularly fun time when mooching relatives, having burned all their other bridges some way or another, force themselves on a household using "but think of the baby!" as an excuse. I like the frustration the early portion of this episode gives off. Of course Jin-hee's mad but she can't be that mad. It's not like her younger sister, younger sister's husband, and baby are awful people or anything. They're just messy idiots.
Not much is really done with that focus this time around though. For the most part the emphasis is on that simple expression- what do you care? Chang-min is suddenly taking every hypothetical romantic infraction against Jin-hee bizarrely personally...More
I'm reasonably sure at this point that Min-woo is going crazy. Still not so clear on the ghosts. Yes, apparently there is more than one ghost. Don't expect much of an explanation of this, as "Mimi" appears determined to manage its story in terms of abstractions. In many ways this episode is a repeat of the first one. Min-woo has these rather bizarre dreams that seem to be stating something specific, then he goes off and wanders around a bunch of very clean voids for awhile.
Most dramas, most media really, are filled with extras...More
From the very beggining it's clear that "Tell Me Something" is not a film for the squeamish. You see the body on the table and then there's this person with some sort of tool and...oh dear. No, this isn't going to end well at all. It's pretty easy to guess what's in those black bags and no, it's never a good thing when they're inevitably opened. There's blood, body parts, plenty of general dismemberment. Just remembering those scenes makes me feel a little ill.
But rest assured- the film is quite tasteful in its depictions of discomforting bodily horrors. Director Jang Yoon-hyeon clearly went about the production of "Tell Me Something" with an artistic mind...More
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