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Nearer My Hong Sang-soo To Me

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Hotel by the RiverIsn't the miracle of art how we see the panoply of our own lives via a magical panopticon? Every time we look, we see something that's really all about us. In concert with this, I vaingloriously clutch Walter Pater's concept of how art gives “nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments' sake.” But each of these moments, for me, is a multiplicity of moments, the past surfacing after bottom-feeding for minutes, months, or years. It might not be easy to see one's life in film—not in the narrative itself, but in the regard of the camera, the editing, how people say things and what their silences are like. It's really only happened for me with Eric Rohmer and now Hong Sang-soo. But it shouldn't be so surprising, since they are both romantics who capture the improvisatory moments in life,
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New Official Us Trailer for Hong Sang-soo's B&W Cafe Drama 'Grass'

"An exquisite hangout movie." The Cinema Guild has debuted an official Us trailer for the film Grass, one of the latest works from prominent Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo. This originally premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year, and also played at the Busan and New York Film Festivals last year, but is only now getting a release in Us cinemas. Grass is Hong Sang-soo's fourth feature film over the last two years - following On the Beach at Night Alone, which also premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, as well as The Day After and Claire's Camera. This one, also shot in black & white, is about a young Korean woman, played by award-winning actress Kim Min-hee, who sits at a cafe in the corner writing on her laptop about people she sees around here and their interactions. Seems like a good time, offering some nice insight. It's only 68 minutes,
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Link Tank: Behind The Curve Takes on the Flat-Earth Movement

Spencer Mullen Mar 12, 2019

Behind The Curve, American Gods, Mr. Rogers, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Psychologists have determined the key trait that psychopaths share.

"What makes a criminal a psychopath? Their grisly deeds and commanding presence attract our attention — look no further than Ted Bundy, the subject of a recent Netflix documentary, and cult leaders like Charles Manson. But despite years of theorizing and research, the mental health field continues to hotly debate what are the defining features of this diagnosis. It might come as a surprise that the most widely used psychiatric diagnostic system in the Us, the Dsm-5, doesn’t include psychopathy as a formal disorder."

Read more at Inverse.

The documentary Behind The Curve takes on the flat earth conspiracy theory.

Please watch Behind the Curve and become obsessed with this notion that the Earth is flat with me. For those unaware, there is a
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Trailer for Upcoming Korean Film “A Resistance” by Jo Min-ho

Another year, another film about the Japanese occupation of Korea. A very delicate subject for a lot of people, most films that are based on it are met with mixed reactions. Director Jo Min-ho’s film “A Resistance” focuses on the female prisoners of war.

Synopsis

17-year-old Yu Gwan-sun participates in the Korean independence movement. The country is under the rule of Japan, which annexed the country in 1910. Yu Gwan-Sun is arrested and sent to Seodaemun Prison. There, she is tortured, but she does not yield her will to her oppressors.

The film stars Ko Ah-sung in the central role of Yu Gwan-sun as well as Kim Sae-byuk and Jeong Ha-dam is supporting roles. It releases in South Korea on February 27th, 2019.
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Sang-soo Goes for Slight(ly) Sober in B&W Mix-up ‘The Day After’ | Blu-ray Review

Prolific South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s twenty-first feature, The Day After, was also his second time competing for the Palme d’Or when it premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival (where it would leave empty-handed). After a long stint on the festival circuit, where it was perhaps a bit obscured his two other 2017 titles, On the Beach at Night Alone and Claire’s Camera, Us distributor The Cinema Guild finally landed a limited theatrical run in New York in May of 2018.

From our 2017 Cannes Film Festival Review:

“Throughout it all, a series of scenes featuring characters breaking down into ugly, sometimes drunken sobbing is accompanied by the film’s wonderfully overbearing keyboard inspired score, which lends these moments a droll dimension.…
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Review: Hong Sang-soo's "Hotel By The River" Offers Something New

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The oft-repeated joke about Hong Sang-soo is that he makes the same movie over and over again, but at this stage in his career there is a necessary, if often overlooked asterisk: though the start- and end-points may vary slightly from viewer to viewer, he has carved out distinguishable periods. If periodizing the South Korean director is a manageable task, it’s ultimately a limiting one as well, a way to make a sometimes overwhelming oeuvre more digestible. Hong’s genius becomes most apparent when—as is the case with Yasujiro Ozu, another director who visibly honed and refined his style from film to film—one begins to look at the deviations, foreshadowings, and throwbacks within a particular period. Ozu’s pre-war sound films fascinatingly oscillate between polemical criticisms and more modernist depictions of Japan on the verge of mass societal uprootings, but maintained a commitment to a particular stylistic approach; Hong,
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'The Day After I'm Gone': Film Review | Berlin 2019

'The Day After I'm Gone': Film Review | Berlin 2019
In Israeli director Nimrod Eldar’s feature debut, The Day After I’m Gone (Hayom Sheachrey Lechti), the failed suicide attempt of a teenage girl prompts her father to finally take an interest in her life — or at least to try to. The result is a delicately handled if rather underwhelming story of communication breakdown, where there’s more showing than telling but not enough of an emotional charge, especially in the last act. A premiere in Berlin’s Panorama section should give the film a push abroad.

Eldar delivers some of his strongest scenes during the opening reels,...
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‘Hotel by the River’ Trailer: Hong Sang-soo Returns With a Low-Key Rom-Com

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‘Hotel by the River’ Trailer: Hong Sang-soo Returns With a Low-Key Rom-Com
Hong Sang-soo is among the most prolific filmmakers in the world, and somehow manages to make each new film an event unto itself. “Hotel by the River” is his fifth film in the last two years — “On the Beach at Night Alone,” “Claire’s Camera,” “The Day After,” and “Grass” all preceded it on the festival circuit — and, like all of those earlier works, stars his creative and romantic partner Kim Min-hee (“The Handmaiden”).

After premiering at Locarno last summer, the black-and-white romantic comedy will soon be released theatrically. Watch the trailer below.

Here’s the synopsis: “Two tales intersect at a riverside hotel: an elderly poet (Ki Joo-bong), invited to stay there for free by the owner, summons his two estranged sons, sensing his life drawing to a close; and a young woman (Kim Min-hee) nursing a recently broken heart is visited by a friend who tries to console her.
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When Hong Sang-soo Pays You A Compliment

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Mubi's retrospective Solving Puzzles: The Cinema of Hong Sang-soo is showing January 21 – 2019 in the United Kingdom.Can a director have a trademark line of dialogue? Just as the sure presence of a stylistic camera movement (the dramatic zoom) or narrative convention (doubling or dreams), there exists in the films of Korean minimalist auteur Hong Sang-soo a trademark phrase. Three guesses are already too many for these scripts that are heavy on talking, but bereft of easy meaning. A hint: it’s often got to do with looks. The Hongian catchphrase is: “You’re so pretty [너무 예쁘다]!” An impetuous and instigating force, the allure of the physical, or pretty, as descriptor is often arbitrary and inexplicable. The young women who bear the burden of such a compliment are hardly extraordinary. This is not at all to remark on the outward appearances of the actresses who play them, but to note that as a trait,
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The 50 Best 2019 Films We’ve Already Seen

We don’t want to overwhelm you, but while you’re catching up with our top 50 films of 2018, more cinematic greatness awaits in 2019. Ahead of our 100 most-anticipated films (all of which have yet to premiere), we’re highlighting 50 titles we’ve enjoyed on the festival circuit this last year (and beyond) that either have confirmed 2018 release dates or are awaiting a debut date from its distributor. There’s also a handful seeking distribution that we hope will arrive in the next 12 months. U.S. distributors: take note!

The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard; Jan. 25)

Another miraculous, meticulously feat of cinematic collage, The Image Book finds the French New Wave icon continuing his boundary-pushing editing techniques, both in video and sound (to see this at Alice Tully Hall during New York Film Festival was something truly special). Rory O’Connor said in his Cannes review, “Split into five sections of various lengths titled Remakes,
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Ryan Swen’s Top 10 Films of 2018

After the relatively lackluster theatrical release year of 2017, the variety and depth of quality found in 2018 felt like a breath of fresh air. Due to other commitments, I wasn’t able to watch (or write on) as many films as in previous years, but what I did see more than satisfied. True, there were more known quantities, and the pleasures felt slightly more familiar, but even in those environs there is a great deal of comfort and inordinate amounts of true artistic ingenuity to be found.

My favorite films can be roughly divided into the top two films and the other eight, so seismic are the former movies’ impacts, but this should by no means discount the immense value of the rest. A few films that I couldn’t fit into this expanded fifteen but which continue to stick with me, among others: A Star Is Born, Western, and Notes on an Appearance.
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Film Review: Hotel by the River (2018) by Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo can be a very frustrating artist at times for some. He has developed a formula that he has stuck to so well for so long that audiences can pretty much guess several settings and situations off the bat, a quality that you either love or hate in the director’s works. The main thing that differs are the narrative choices he takes. His latest film, and his second of 2018, “Hotel by the River” however takes a simpler, more linear approach to the narrative. The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, where it won Best Actor for Gi Ju-bong.

Hotel by the River” is screening at Five Flavours Festival

On the invitation of the owner, renowned poet Young-hwan has been living at a lovely riverside hotel for the past couple weeks, in the middle of winter. Though he seems hale and hearty, he seems to be under the
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Mexican Revolution: Paula Amor

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Los Cabos, Mexico — Paula Amor, the former head of communications of Mexico’s Morelia Festival, now has one of the most exciting jobs in Mexico, running La Corriente del Golfo, the new film-tv production shingle launched by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna in April.

An inevitable major production force, it also marks a pivot in a film-tv company’s range and focus of operations.

At Canana, Luna and García Bernal leveraged their fame as actors to ensure movies got made at a budgetary level which their directors required. Think Pablo Larraín’s “No.” García Bernal once remarked that launching Ambulante, the touring documentary festival, was one of his proudest achievements. They have now applied this leverage in a different sphere with the launch of The Day After.

“The idea is to provide a base for their projects in film, TV, theater, projects with a social impact,” she explained to
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Film Review: Hotel by the River (2018) by Hong Sang-soo

Hong Sang-soo can be a very frustrating artist at times for some. He has developed a formula that he has stuck to so well for so long that audiences can pretty much guess several settings and situations off the bat, a quality that you either love or hate in the director’s works. The main thing that differs are the narrative choices he takes. His latest film, and his second of 2018, “Hotel by the River” however takes a simpler, more linear approach to the narrative. The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, where it won Best Actor for Gi Ju-bong.

Hotel by the River is screening at London Korean Film Festival

On the invitation of the owner, renowned poet Young-hwan has been living at a lovely riverside hotel for the past couple weeks, in the middle of winter. Though he seems hale and hearty, he seems to be under
See full article at AsianMoviePulse »

The Best Films at the 2018 Toronto, Venice, and Telluride Film Festivals

With the Toronto International Film Festival concluding today and Telluride, Venice, and Locarno in the rearview, the first phase of fall film festivals have concluded. Ahead of the New York Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, AFI Fest, and more we’ve rounded up our favorite films seen over the past month or so, resulting in a selection of premieres to have on your radar.

Stay tuned over the next months (or years) as we bring updates on films as they make their way to screens. One can also click here for a link to all of our festival coverage, including news, trailers, reviews, and much more. As always, thanks for reading, and let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below. Also, for a more substantial look at what’s coming to theaters this season, check out our fall preview, which also includes titles from Cannes,
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Frank Serafine, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Tron’ Sound Editor/Designer, Dies at 65

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Frank Serafine, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Tron’ Sound Editor/Designer, Dies at 65
Hollywood sound maven Frank Serafine died on Wednesday in Palmdale, Calif., according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. He was 65.

According to the a report by the Antelope Valley Times, he was fatally struck by a motorist travelling west on Palmdale Boulevard, and Serafine died at the scene of major head and body trauma.

Serafine was known for his work in sound design, editing, and composing for many hit movies, television shows, shorts, and commercials. His list of credits includes “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979), “Tron” (1982), “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984), “Manhunter,” “Field of Dreams,” “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), “The Addams Family,” and “Tron: Legacy” (2010). He was sound designer on the 1983 telefilm “The Day After” (which won an Emmy for its sound editing).

In addition to his film and TV credits, he worked on several film and video game projects, including the original “Grand Theft Auto,” “Pocahontas,
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‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ Episode 1 Recap: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

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‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ Episode 1 Recap: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
Spoiler Alert: The Recap contains spoilers from tonight’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse season 8 opener “The End”:

Eight seasons in, and one thing you can’t say is that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk don’t know how to reinvigorate a TV Series. Tonight’s first episode of season 8 of American Horror Story: Apocalypse titled “The End” which has largely been shrouded in secrecy (except for the fact that it’s a crossover over between season 1’s Murder House and season 3’s Coven) literally began with a bang: Nuclear missiles have decimated Hong Kong, Russia, the Baltics and more and the United States isn’t too far behind. A jarring, unnerving sequence which makes us realize just how far TV has come since 1983’s The Day After. Plus they’re some great dark zingers as Beverly Hills just can’t come to grips with the world that’s melting around them.
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Trailer for Upcoming Korean Movie “Hotel by the River” by Hong Sang-soo

Long walks, meals, drinks, conversations and Kim Min-hee are all back in Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s latest monochrome offering “Hotel by the River”.

Synopsis

An old poet staying for free in a riverside hotel summons his two estranged sons. This is because he feels, for no apparent reason, like he is going to die. After being betrayed by the man she was living with, a young woman gets a room at the hotel. Seeking support, she summons a friend. The poet spends a day with his sons and tries to wrap up the loose ends in his life. But it’s not so easy to do that in one day. But then he sees the young woman and her friend, after a sudden, unbelievably heavy snowfall.

Apart from Hong Sang-soo’s muse Kim Min-hee, the film stars regular Hong Sang-soo collaborators Song Seon-mi, Kwon Hae-hyo, Yoo Jun-sang, who won
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Locarno Review: ‘Hotel by the River’ Ushers in an Unexpectedly More Tragic Hong Sangsoo

“He’s hardly a real auteur,” says a woman of an arthouse director in Hong Sangsoo’s achingly melancholic Hotel by the River, “and he does ambivalent stuff.” Hong’s acolytes have reasons to rejoice in the Korean’s latest feature: beautifully shot in crisp black and white by Kim Hyung-koo – reminiscent of his work in Hong’s The Day After (2017) and Grass (2018) – and packed with a few of the director’s recurrent casting choices (including muse Kim Min-hee and Kwon Hae-hyo) Hotel by the River is imbued with the self-irony that permeates much of Hong’s ever-growing filmography, only this time the mockery is mixed with a tragic aftertaste that adds to the drama an unsettling and refreshing aura.

A lingering presence traversing much of Hong’s canon, death in Hotel by the River feels a lot more tangible than usual. Harboring much of the film’s action is
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Hulu Japan Gives Online-Offline Release to Russia’s ‘Day After’

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Hulu Japan Gives Online-Offline Release to Russia’s ‘Day After’
Streaming service, Hulu Japan is to give Russian zombie series “The Day After” coordinated releases online, offline and on free TV. The company acquired rights to all three seasons of the show, produced by Art Pictures, and previously broadcast in Russia from 2013-16 by Ctc Media.

Hulu Japan, which is owned by Nippon TV, will upload all three seasons of the show to its SVoD platform from Oct. 5. The same day, the show will be given a DVD release through Fox Home Entertainment.

Terrestrial channel, Nippon TV will carry a single episode as part of its “Hulu Episode-1 Theatre” strand on Oct. 6. The show will then be available on TVer, an advertising-supported VoD platform jointly operated by Japan’s top five terrestrial networks, for catch-up for one week. Fully a month later, on Nov. 10, Nippon TV’s Bs Nippon will begin terrestrial broadcast of the three seasons.

“Exclusivity is something we do care about,
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