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Love And… review [Lkff 2015]: “Aimed solely at an art crowd.”

15 November 2015 4:03 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Love And… review: “Never boring or frustrating, but it can become rather tedious.” Love And… review

I’ve noticed a trend with a couple of films I have not been enamoured with this year, and that is the taking of a short film and expanding it to feature length. Although it can be done, I always feel as though there is a desperation and polluting of the original idea. Love and… isn’t terrible by any means, but the avant-garde nature does seem confusing and tacked on. The film, split into four chapters, makes the same points using different techniques.

The first chapter, shot over a few days, sees a young woman (Han Ye Ri) visit her grandfather (Ahn Sung Ki) in a psychiatric ward. They have a chat and the young woman thanks the janitor (Moon So Ri) who has shown great care for the old man. The old »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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The Classified File review [Lkff 2015]: “All the trademarks of a dark noir.”

14 November 2015 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Classified File review: Three quarters a solid piece of genre filmmaking and one quarter an inspirational character study. The Classified File review

Set in 1978 and based on a true story, The Classified File follows an investigation into the kidnapping of a young girl. The girl, Eun Joo, is taken away after school, but the kidnapper makes no contact with the police, media, or parents. At a loss, and after the local police beat up Eun-Joo’s father’s driver, prying more into the affairs of her father than into who may have taken his daughter, it is decided to bring in a cop who has got results in the past. Detective Kong (Kim Yun Seok) joins the case and decides to keep everything away from the media, believing a low profile will make the kidnapper feel more relaxed. However, the family have also approached the apprentice of a respected psychic. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Memories Of Murder review [Lkff 2015]: “One of the greatest films of the last 15 years.”

3 November 2015 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Memories Of Murder review: It mixes comedy, terror, social commentary, memorable characters, along with a sense of dread and powerlessness without becoming depressing or vile. Memories Of Murder review

Out of all the films released in the last 15 years, whenever I think about which ones are an absolute must see and should be recommended to all, one film always springs to mind; Bong Joon Ho’s 2003 masterpiece Memories Of Murder. The South Korean true life thriller managed to define the Korean new-wave in the early 00s, along with other such classics as Oldboy and A Tale Of Two Sisters. It mixes comedy, terror, social commentary, memorable characters, along with a sense of dread and powerlessness without becoming depressing or vile.

Set in the 1980s, the film charts the police investigation into South Korea’s first documented serial killer. This is the first strand of interest for western audiences, given that »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Viff’15: Josh’s Top 5 Hidden Gems at Viff

20 October 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Another year, another film festival goes by.  The 34th Vancouver International Film Festival was 16 days of intense film watching, as I tried to immerse myself in a fleeting atmosphere celebrating the some of the best of contemporary world cinema. And even though Viff may not boast the prestige or media frenzy of Cannes, Tiff, or Nyff, it does – like almost any film festival does – hold a special place in the mind of this budding cinephile. With over 350 films,  it’s necessary to schedule my time according to the best films, generally award winners from previous fests.

But I try to deviate from the known auteurs and films which garnered bouquets of critical praise earlier in the year, because my favourite part of film festivals is nestling into the Pacific Cinematheque or Vancity Theatre at a sparsely populated screening, with the anticipation of seeing what could be a masterpiece or a disaster. »

- Josh Hamm

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200 Greatest Horror Films (160-151)

10 October 2015 4:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Special Mention: Battle Royale

Written and directed by Kinji Fukasaku

Japan, 2000

The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Koushun Takami’s cult novel Battle Royale, adapted for the cinema in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is set in a dystopian alternate-universe, in Japan, with the nation utterly collapsed, leaving 15 percent unemployed and 800,000 students boycotting school. The government passes something called the Millennium Educational Reform Act, which apparently provides for a class of ninth-graders to be chosen each year and pitted against one another on a remote island for 3 days. Each student is given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water, and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred fight to the death. With 48 contestants, only one will go home alive. Yes, this has been often cited as the original Hunger Games; whether or not Suzanne Collins borrowed heavily »

- Ricky Fernandes

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Bong Joon-ho Lines Up Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton and More For ‘Snowpiercer’ Follow-Up ‘Okja’

5 October 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“I’m already planning more adventures with Bong Joon-ho. He is a great master,” Tilda Swinton said just last week, confirming plans to reteam with her Snowpiercer director. Like his previous effort, an English-language debut which grossed nearly $90 million worldwide and certainly more on VOD, we’ve now learned she’ll be accompanied by a major cast yet again for the director’s follow-up.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy are also in talks for the feature, which is titled Okja, according to The Wrap. Details are scarce, as one might expect in this stage of the game, but it’s looking like it’ll see him return to his days of The Host as it will be “a multilingual monster movie.” Despite all of the English-language actors currently in stages to join, the lead will actually be played by a Korean actress, yet to be cast. »

- Leonard Pearce

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Watch: Video Essay Studies Perspectives & Perceptions Of David Fincher's 'Zodiac' & Bong Joon-Ho's 'Memories Of Murder'

9 September 2015 1:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The comparison has been made, many times in fact, between Bong Joon-Ho’s “Memories of Murder” and David Fincher’s “Zodiac.” If you had to pigenonhole either film into a genre, they’re both essentially serial killer whodunits, each imprinted with the signature stamp of their respective maker. Both films are inspired by real-life events (to varying degrees) and both are also concerned with the high cost of obsession and how a series of grisly, violent crimes send waves of paranoia and panic throughout cloistered communities. Other than that, though — and this is just this writer’s opinion — the films are as different as night and day. Bong Joon-Ho, as always, brings a pointed sense of socio-political commentary to his film (not to mention his characteristically perverse sense of humor) while Fincher’s picture is a more solemn, languorous affair. The director is concerned, as always, with procedure above all else and microscopic detail, »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Marshland review: “Creepy, terrifying, and beautiful”

10 August 2015 2:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Marshland review: A rare film that both wears you down and tears you apart, but also brings you hope -Almost faultless. It’s creepy, terrifying, and beautiful.” Marshland review

The serial killer genre is one that is always endlessly entertaining and interesting. The exploration of men driven to extremes and the men sent to catch them seems to always strike a chord with audiences wanting to safely explore the darker side of humanity. It is also one of the genres that hit any level of quality, from the very poor, to mediocre, and some of the best films ever made. Marshland is Spain’s effort into the genre and happily sits just below the genre’s best.

Marshland arrives with a lot of hype attached to it, having picked up many awards at Spain’s answer to the Oscars, and it’s success should come as no surprise. Director Alberto Rodriguez »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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2015 Fantasia Film Festival Unleashes Very Impressive Lineup; World Premiere of Antisocial 2 Included!

9 July 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Always a film festival that prides itself on giving its audiences a hell of a lineup, filled to the brim with standout titles every year and world premieres for films that are greatly anticipated, the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival has now revealed its final lineup. Like we’ve all come to appreciate, this year is no exception, with films such as Tales Of Halloween, Ant-Man, the greatly anticipated Cop Car (which will be screened with Kevin Bacon in attendance!!) and Jeruzalem all being standout films to look out for, along with a pretty epic list of other films that are sure to leave viewers entertained and excited throughout the entire event (July 14th-August 4th).

If the full lineup wasn’t already enough to make your horror loving heads explode, the new announcement that Fanstasia will host the July 30th premiere of Cody Calahan’s sequel to 2013’s Antisocial,  Antisocial 2, »

- Jerry Smith

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‘Attack on Titan’, Sion Sono, ‘Cop Car’ among full Fantasia ’15 lineup

7 July 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 19th Annual Fantasia Film Festival is only a week away, beginning July 14 and running through August 4. And as promised for today, they’ve revealed their full line-up of films screening at 2015’s festival in Montreal.

This year’s line-up boasts 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres. Both Marvel’s Ant-Man and the animated Miss Hokusai were previously announced, but now they’ve added the much anticipated Attack on Titan movie as their closing night film. Other highlights include the Sundance darlings Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn WilsonCop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by the upcoming Spider-man director Jon Watts, and a trio of films from horror auteur Sion Sono.

See the full line-up announcement of films below via Fantasia’s Facebook page, and be sure to check out their website at for additional information.


Fantasia 2015:

36 Countries, 135 Features, and Nearly 300 Short Films

- Including 22 World Premieres, »

- Brian Welk

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Cannes Review: South Korean Horror-Thriller 'Office' Brings Murder To The Workplace

21 May 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Anyone who's been paying attention knows that for the last decade or so, some of the most exciting cinema, or just cinema period, has come out of South Korea. The nation's produced, since the turn of the century, filmmakers like Park Chan-Wook, Bong Joon-Ho and Kim Jee-Woon, and films like "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance," "Memories Of Murder" and "I Saw The Devil," to name but a few. Cannes has been a big part of introducing this Korean New Wave to the world, with "Oldboy" and "The Host" among those that screened here, and it was only last year that Jessica flipped for crackerjack thriller "A Hard Day." It's become sort of a tradition that one of the midnight movie slots is filled with a Korean genre pic, and this year the honor has fallen to "Office," the directorial debut of Hong Won-Chan, who co-wrote Korean thriller hits "The Chaser" and "The Yellow Sea. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Cj Entertainment at 20: Still Remaking Movie Markets

13 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“The challenge we have set ourselves over the last 20 years was to become the number one Asian film studio,” says Jeong Tae-sung, CEO of Cj Entertainment. “This means that we want to be Asia-wide, while also being truly localized.”

It’s a bold statement, but it comes from a company that has helped remake the Korean cinema industry.

When Cj Entertainment entered the fray 20 years ago, Korean audiences had turned their backs on cinema and filmmakers were struggling to find the funds needed to make their films.

How times have changed. Today, Cj is the largest film conglomerate in South Korea. It dominates the scene with a 25% share of the theatrical distribution market and is South Korea’s leading film financier and producer.

Over two decades Cj has been one of the few international companies to have come close to replicating the model provided by Hollywood’s “dream factories,” with »

- Sonia Kil

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Kristen Wiig & Will Ferrell Shot a Secret Lifetime Movie

1 April 2015 8:26 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Spoils of Babylon stars Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig have reunited for a secret Lifetime TV movie entitled A Deadly Adoption. The movie has already completed production, and is set for an early summer debut on Lifetime. The movie coincides with the network's 25th anniversary of their TV movie empire, with A Deadly Adoption described by The Hollywood Reporter as, "campy and fun and a contemporary wink at the genre."

The story centers on a married couple (Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig) who take care of a young pregnant woman (Jessica Lowndes), in hopes to adopt her child, when things start to go awry. Will Ferrell and his Gary Sanchez Productions partner Adam McKay serve as executive producers. Will Ferrell is said to be a huge fan of Lifetime original movies, and has always wanted to make one himself.

Rachel Lee Goldenberg (Escape from Polygamy) is directing from a »

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Nd/Nf Interview: Shim Sung-bo Talks About Taking The Helm On Haemoo

24 March 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

A box office hit in its native Korea, Shim Sung-bo's directorial debut, Haemoo {Sea Fog} made its New York premiere at Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films Festival.  Regarded for his screenwriting collaboration with Bong Joon-ho on the now-classic, Memories of Murder, Shim spoke with us about what it took to direct this first feature, having Bong as his producer, and casting one of Korea's top idols.The Lady Miz Diva:  When you spoke of Bong Joon-ho before we began our interview, you called him your boss.  What is it like to work with him as the producer of Haemoo, since you have been writing partners for so long?Shim Sung-bo:  It was like a big umbrella for me, definitely.  For example, the character of Chang-wook would not...

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Forever episode 17 review: Social Engineering

4 March 2015 7:45 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Forever's recent uptick in quality is reflected in this week's well-written and engaging episode about a cybercrime-related murder...

This review contains spoilers.

1.17 Social Engineering

When I read the synopsis for this story I groaned a little inside, because the focus on cyber-criminality when Henry doesn’t even own a mobile phone seemed concerning. Movies and TV shows are notoriously bad at representing anything to do with computers, as if those involved in creating them have never actually used one.

Thankfully, the amount of made-up-junk surrounding computers was kept to a reasonable minimum in what turned out to be one of the strongest stories so far. 

Someone connected has his dirty washing aired on TV by a hacktivist group, and then ends up dead, unexpectedly. The suspicion quickly falls on the politician, except it is pretty obvious he comes from the Gerald Ford School of Presidential hopefuls, and not the Richard Nixon one. »

- louisamellor

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Review: The Deal, A Serviceable But Generic Korean Revenge Thriller

2 March 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Korea delivers yet another serviceable revenge thriller with The Deal, a well-oiled but overly familiar addition to the longstanding local genre staple. With young women violently murdered during downpours and Kim Sang-kyung once again playing a hapless detective at his wit's end, the film immediately calls to mind modern classic Memories of Murder (2003), an inevitable comparison but a tough act to live up to. Veteran cop Tae-soo takes on a small hit-and-run case but what he ends up tracking down is Gang-chun, the perpetrator of a brutal series of wanton slayings. At first basking in his victory, he soon realizes that the killer's last victim was his sister. He desperately tries to get her whereabouts out of Gang-chun but fails, bringing despair upon him...

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Forever episode 16 review: Memories Of Murder

25 February 2015 6:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

All bets are off in this week's episode of Forever. Does the show have a massive twist in store for the season one finale?

This review contains spoilers.

1.16 Memories Of Murder

When The Ecstasy Of Agony first introduced Iona ‘Molly’ Payne (Hilarie Burton) it marked a previous high point for the series. Because at the time it very effectively railroaded the show off a predictable track towards Henry and Jo becoming partners. While Forever has slipped back towards that on occasion, Memories Of Murder, and the return of Molly really scuppered some of those possibilities, and also entirely altered what appeared to be the future focal point of the whole show.

But before I get into that, there’s a mystery to unravel about a women found dead as if she’d time travelled from the seventies, and how that links into fading memories of the past. That was at best so-so, »

- louisamellor

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Night Train to Tokyo: ‘Café Lumière’ and Ozu’s Legacy

8 February 2015 8:39 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Taiwan’s Hsiao-hsien Hou has often spoken of his admiration for Japanese master Yasujirō Ozu. In the 1993 documentary Talking with Ozu, attached to the Criterion edition of Tokyo Story and featuring such commentators as Claire Denis and Aki Kaurismäki, he compares the man’s work to that of a mathematician: one that observes and studies in a detached, clinical fashion. Often, returning to the same themes of generational conflict within the family unit, but doing so with a profound self-confidence that only lends such reiterations more weight. Hou goes on to state that, while he considers his own “observations and insight into the human condition” to be similarly objective, he really can’t compare. Yet, the similarities are very much evident. Indeed, few batted an eyelid when Ozu’s longtime employer Shochiku, upon commissioning a project for his centenary, chose not a Japanese but Taiwanese director to best capture the spirit of his films. »

- Nicholas Page

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TV News: Murder, Limitless, Titans, Colony

3 February 2015 9:54 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Memories of Murder

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's second film "Memories Of Murder" is being adapted for Korean television as the police procedural series "Signal" which Korean TV vet Kim Eun-Hee will produce.

The original film deals with the true story of South Korea’s first known serial murders. Details on the cast or the production start date aren't known yet. [Source: The Playlist]


"The Amazing Spider-Man" director Marc Webb has taken over directorial duties on the pilot for CBS' TV series based on the film "Limitless". The story follows a man who discovers the drug Nzt and becomes coerced by the government to use his incredible abilities to help the FBI solve cases every week.

Neil Burger, the original film's director, was slated to helm the episode but was forced to drop out after scheduling complications arose with his currently shooting Showtime drama pilot "Billions". Burger remains on board as an executive producer. »

- Garth Franklin

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Bong Joon-Ho's 'Memories Of Murder' Becoming A Korean TV Series

3 February 2015 8:39 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

What do the movies “Fargo,” “Parenthood,” and “Teen Wolf” have in common? They’ve all been turned into successful TV shows. Soon joining their ranks, albeit not stateside, is Bong Joon-Ho’s “Memories Of Murder.” Per Fandor (via Twitch), South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s sophomore feature will be adapted for Korean television as “Signal,” under the tutelage of Korean TV vet Kim Eun-Hee. With police procedurals as popular as ever on the small screen both here and abroad, it’s only natural that one of the best big-screen attempts of the last decade would get the long-form serialized treatment. In case you didn’t know, Bong Joon-ho’s film follows the true story of South Korea’s first known serial murders. For those that only know of the director through “The Host” and “Snowpiercer,” "Memories Of Murder" is a great look at a long investigation that stands toe-to-toe with »

- Cain Rodriguez

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