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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, »
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
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
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
Two films by Bong Joon-ho are slated for adaptation. Snowpiercer will become an "erotic parody," reports Pierce Conran at Twitch, and Memories of Murder is headed for Korean television. Stephen Chow and Tsui Hark are in talks to collaborate on a sequel to the $215 million Chinese movie Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. Woody Allen’s next film, featuring Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, Emma Stone and Jamie Blackley, has a title: Irrational Man. Shooting begins on Whit Stillman's adaptation of Jane Austen's Lady Susan next month. And we've got more news of projects in the works. » - David Hudson »
It looks like Snowpiercer isn't the only Bong Joon-ho film getting the remake treatment. I don't normally cover TV news but I thought I'd make an exception for this. Considered by many to be one of the greatest Korean films of all time (it's my favorite), Memories of Murder is heading to the small screen in Korea as Signal. Writer Kim Eun-hee (2006's Once in a Summer and Kdrama Three Days) will adapt the film, written by Bong Joon-ho and Shim Sung-bo, which itself was based on Kim Gwang-rim's 1996 play 'Come See Me'. No word yet on casting, but given Kim's stature in the Kdrama industry, not to mention the fame of the original film, I think we can safely expect a few big...
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London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.
The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.
Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »
- Leo Barraclough
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