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‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Film Review: Ravishing Drama Is a Feminist Tale From a Pre-Feminist World

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Film Review: Ravishing Drama Is a Feminist Tale From a Pre-Feminist World
You don’t need any prior knowledge in order to be wowed by Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” a visually ravishing period drama that premiered Sunday in Cannes.

Walk in blind and take in all that this piercingly intelligent treatise on art, agency and queer love in the 18th century has to offer. Go in with a touch more context, however, and this already self-reflexive work takes on an entirely new dimension.

The story of a brief but passionate affair between a portrait artist and her subject, the film sets its sight on the gaze. Laced with bittersweet romanticism, the strong prize contender is fundamentally about the act of looking, of watching somebody else with intense yearning and seeing them stare back at you.

We follow talented artist Marianne (Noémie Merlant) from Paris to Brittany, where she is commissioned to paint the pre-wedding portrait of a young noblewoman,
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Netflix's The Perfection Trailer Sends Allison Williams Down a Sinister Path

Netflix has released the first trailer for The Perfection and it looks tweaked. Allison Williams stars and seems to be channeling a bit of her Rose Armitage character from Jordan Peele's Get Out in the upcoming horror movie. The project was directed by Richard Shepard, from a screenplay by Shepard, Nicole Snyder and Eric C. Charmelo. Shephard directed several episodes of Girls, so he and Williams already had a good working relationship before heading into The Perfection.

The Perfection premiered at last year's Fantastic Fest and was one of the most talked about movies to debut at the event. The movie is an elegant and terrifying suspense ride filled with unexpected twists and turns. When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences. The trailer teases
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Amazon Announces All Voices Film Festival for Filmmakers From Underrepresented Communities

Amazon Prime Video has announced the All Voices Film Festival, which will showcase short films from American filmmakers hailing from underrepresented and marginalized communities. The grand prize for the contest is $25,000 and a tour of Amazon Studios, with four finalists receiving $10,000; all five of them will be featured on Prime Video.

Submissions “must be created by or feature people from marginalized communities, such as people of color and ethnic, gender and religious minorities, Lgbtq people, veterans and people with disabilities,” according to Variety. Submissions open on April 8 and are capped at 40 minutes.

“At Amazon Studios, we are looking for passionate storytellers who reflect and represent all backgrounds, specifically so that we can share their experiences and stories. We created this opportunity because we wanted a way for underrepresented voices to be heard,” said Latasha Gillespie, Amazon Studios’ head of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Founded in 2010, Amazon Studios began distributing films
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‘Grass’ Trailer: Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee’s Café Society — Exclusive

Cinema Guild has unveiled the trailer for Hong Sang-soo’s “Grass,” the prolific Korean auteur’s 22nd feature. It’s also his fifth with frequent collaborator and romantic partner Kim Min-hee, perhaps best known for her role in “The Handmaiden,” who likewise stars in “Hotel by the River,” Hong’s other 2018 premiere. After debuting in Berlin last year, the 66-minute black-and-white film went on to screen at the Busan and New York film festivals, among others. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

Here, as they say, is the synopsis: “For his 22nd feature as director, Hong Sangsoo delivers a delicious cinematic riddle only he could concoct. In the corner of a small café, Areum (Kim Minhee) sits typing on her laptop. At the tables around her, other customers enact the various dramas of their lives. A young couple charge each other with serious crimes, an old man tries to rekindle
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Skarsgard supremacy at the Emmys? Alexander, Bill and Stellan could all be nominated this year

Skarsgard supremacy at the Emmys? Alexander, Bill and Stellan could all be nominated this year
Alexander Skarsgard earned his first Emmy nomination and win in 2017 for his supporting role in “Big Little Lies” as abusive husband Perry Wright. But this year he could bring his entire family of Swedish thespians along with him. Not only can we expect to see Alexander back on the Emmy ballot this year, but also his brother Bill Skarsgard and dad Stellan Skarsgard.

Alexander is hoping to follow his Emmy victory with a Best Movie/Limited Actor nomination for the British spy drama “The Little Drummer Girl,” in which he plays Israeli intelligence officer Gadi Becker. “Drummer Girl” aired in the United States on AMC and it’s based on a novel by John le Carre, just like another recent spy thriller that turned out to be a major Emmy contender, “The Night Manager.” Given its prestigious pedigree — the limited series also stars Michael Shannon and was directed by the
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Park Chan-wook and “Bone Tomahawk” writer S. Craig Zahler to Collaborate for Ultra-Violent Western

One of South Korea’s most prolific directors, every new project by Park Chan-wook is eagerly anticipated by Asian cinema aficionados. So the news that, for his next project, Park Chan-wook has joined hands with “Bone Tomahawk” and “Brawl in Cell Block 99” writer/director S. Craig Zahler to bring the latter’s script “The Brigands of Rattlecreek” on screen fills one with a lot of excitement!

“The Brigands of Rattlecreek” will be Park Chan-wook’s second English-language feature film after “Stoker” and is a project that he has been trying to get off the ground for a while now. The script famously topped the 2006 Black List but never quite got up and running, possibly due to its ultra-violent content. The script is said to be about “a sheriff and a doctor who seek revenge against a group of bandits who use the cover of a torrential thunderstorm to rob
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Matthew McConaughey Being Eyed To Star In Park Chan-Wook’s Ultra-Violent Western From ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Writer

Matthew McConaughey Being Eyed To Star In Park Chan-Wook’s Ultra-Violent Western From ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Writer
The pairing of Park Chan-wook and Matthew McConaughey sounds too weird, but at the same time incredible, to pass up, right? One is the acclaimed director from South Korea, who has amazed fans with works like “Oldboy,” “The Handmaiden,” and most recently, his TV series “The Little Drummer Girl.” And the other is an Oscar-winning actor that continues to take interesting roles, albeit with his Southern charm positioned front and center.
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Park Chan-wook to direct ultraviolent western thriller from Bone Tomahawk’s S. Craig Zahler

According to Collider, Oldboy director Park Chan-wook is set to helm The Brigands of Rattlecreek, an “ultraviolent western thriller” from S. Craig Zahler, the writer-director of horror-western Bone Tomahawk and Brawl on Cell Block 99.

The site reports that the film, which is being produced by Amazon Studios, “follows a sheriff and a doctor who seek revenge against a group of bandits who use the cover of a torrential thunderstorm to rob and terrorize the occupants of a small town.” Matthew McConaughey is reportedly the top choice to portray the doctor, although no casting offers have went out as yet.

Park has been circling the project for a number of years, with Zahler’s script having topped the Black List back in 2006 under its original title The Brigands of Rattleborge.

Park’s last film, the psychological thriller The Handmaiden, was released back in 2016. Zahler meanwhile has the crime thriller Dragged Across Concrete incoming,
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‘The Brigands of Rattlecreek’: Park Chan-wook to Direct Ultra-Violent Western

‘The Brigands of Rattlecreek’: Park Chan-wook to Direct Ultra-Violent Western
Here’s a collaboration you never knew you needed until now: Park Chan-wook and S. Craig Zahler are teaming for the ultra-violent western “The Brigands of Rattlecreek.” Park will direct from a script by Zahler, and the long-gestating project finally has a home in Amazon Studios. Zahler’s script received pride of place on the 2006 Black List, when it was still called “The Brigands of Rattleborge.”

According to Collider, which first reported that Amazon picked up the project, “Rattlecreek” follows “a sheriff and a doctor who seek revenge against a group of bandits who use the cover of a torrential thunderstorm to rob and terrorize the occupants of a small town.” Anyone who saw “Bone Tomahawk” knows that Zahler is no stranger to disturbing violence in a gunslinging setting, but whether his latest has as out-there a climax remains to be seen. He most recently wrote and directed “Dragged Across Concrete,
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Park Chan-wook’s ‘The Brigands of Rattlecreek,’ Scripted by S. Craig Zahler, Gets Revived at Amazon

It was seven years ago we got our last update on Park Chan-wook’s ultra-violent western The Brigands of Rattleborge. With the director going on to make The Handmaiden and Little Drummer Girl, he’s now returning to the promising project as it’s been revived by Amazon Studios, Collider reports.

Scripted by S. Craig Zahler–no stranger to bloody epics with Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99–the film is now titled The Brigands of Rattlecreek and the studio is pursuing Matthew McConaughey to take the lead role, although talks are currently in the early stage.

The screenplay, which made the Black List way back in 2006, is described as “a riveting, emotionally-charged story of vengeance and retribution,” and it deals with many themes Park knows well as we follow “a group of ruthless thieves who use the cover of a torrential rainstorm to plunder a frontier town named Rattlecreek.
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Film Review: Thirst (2009) by Park Chan-wook

One of South Korea’s most creative and fearless filmmakers, Park Chan-wook has made a celebrated career out of offering deep, complex genre films ever since he exploded on the international market with the ‘Vengeance trilogy’ of films in the early 2000s. Continuing his use of dark themes and bold, striking cinematography in this vampire tale, his turn to supernatural-themed works isn’t diminished in the slightest in this stellar effort.

In Korea, the dedicated Priest Sang-hyun volunteers for special research on the Emmanuel Virus, a strange virus that does not affect Africans, only Caucasians and Asians. However, he contracts the disease and dies, but after a blood transfusion, he surprisingly survives among the fifty volunteers and is considered a saint by the worshipers. Soon, Sang-hyun finds that the transfusion was made using vampire blood, that he is thirsty for blood but still tries to find a
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'Extreme Job' now second biggest all-time hit in South Korea

Has passed 14.5 million admissions.

In South Korea, Cj Entertainment’s action comedy Extreme Job has become the second biggest hit in history after reaching a total of more than 14.5 million admissions today (February 18), according to the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

Released January 23, the film has now made more than $111.3m at the local box office from 2,003 screens.

Directed by Lee Byoung-heon (Twenty), Extreme Job follows a team of narcotics detectives that goes undercover working at a fried chicken joint to bring down an organized crime gang. Their plans go awry when their chicken recipe is so good the place becomes the hottest eatery in town.
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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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Film Review: The Spy Gone North (2018) by Yoon Jong-bin

South Korean spy films have almost exclusively been action fares: an undercover agent from the North is stuck in the South or vice versa or agents from both agencies work together for a common end with lots of big action set pieces and hand-to-hand combats. This makes director Yoong Jong-bin’s latest film “The Spy Gone North” quite a unique effort, in that it draws inspiration from a real-life operation in South Korean covert operations history, to gives us a solid espionage thriller in the real sense.

The Spy Gone North” is screening at the International Film Festival Rotterdam

It’s 1993. News of the North establishing reactor plants capable of manufacturing nuclear weaponry have worried the power structures in South Korea, which leads the National Intelligence Agency, spearheaded by Director Choi Hak-seong, to put in place a spy to find out more about the status of these rumoured plants. Enter Park Suk-young,
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All 95 Foreign Film Nominees This Century. Oscar & Box Office Trivia!

by Nathaniel R

Roma's great competition: Shoplifters, Never Look Away, Cold War, and Capernaum

Dear readers, I've been filled with existential despair this week. I'm not sure how to continue covering the Oscars next year if the Oscars are going to drain all the art out of it by denying all the categories that make cinema, cinema, and announcing them off air. I haven't quite formed my thoughts on this (I expect this upcoming Oscar night to be disastrous) for a complete post but while we still have the more movie-fan friendly categories to look forward to let's continue to talk about them!  We've done some research on how the foreign film category tends to fare in the Us marketplace that we wanted to share. In addition to being a super high quality roster, this year's Foreign Film list has done well with audiences, too. 

Both Poland's Cold War  and
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New ‘Kingdom’ Trailer: Kim Seong-Hun’s Korean Medieval Zombie Netflix Series Looks Awesome

Let’s recap: South Korean cinema is terrific because these forward-thinking filmmakers— directors like Park Chan-Wook (“The Handmaiden”), Kim Ki-Duk (“Pietà”), Lee Chang-dong (“Burning”), Bong Joon Ho (“The Host”), Kim Ji-woon (“I Saw the Devil”) to name just a few — are masters of tone deftly flying through moods of hilarious dark humor, tragic pathos and back again while riding horseback and doing backflips through myriad genres; their deftness is a thing of beauty to behold.

Continue reading New ‘Kingdom’ Trailer: Kim Seong-Hun’s Korean Medieval Zombie Netflix Series Looks Awesome at The Playlist.
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Film Review: Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018) by Kim Yong-hwa

Following the epic success of part one, the vast majority of the team returns in yet another action-packed installment in the celebrated webcomic adaptation which shared much of the success of the original. Expanding the mythos of the story while enhancing the action and spectacle, writer/director Kim Yong-hwa’s celebrated sequel arrives on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital from WellGO USA on December 11.

Attempting to settle the turmoil, Gang-lim decides to put the other guardians Hae Won-maek and I Dong-chun on trial in order to achieve full reincarnation. While he becomes tasked with preparing a trial for the rogue spirit, they arrive in the real world to deal with an insolent human, protected by the special spirit Seong-ju who are looking after the man and his grandson. As the two sides carry out a plan in both worlds in order to return to the Afterlife realm together,
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See Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Shannon Talk ‘Little Drummer Girl,’ Filming at Acropolis

See Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Shannon Talk ‘Little Drummer Girl,’ Filming at Acropolis
Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon, stars of AMC’s latest John le Carré adaptation The Little Drummer Girl, talked about the six-hour miniseries, director Park Chan-wook and the still-ongoing Middle East crisis in this exclusive video interview with Rolling Stone.

The Little Drummer Girl marks the first U.S. television directorial debut for Park, the filmmaker behind Oldboy and The Handmaiden. “His visual language is very unique, it’s very poetic and it’s quite different from how I’m used to working,” Skarsgård said of Park.

The 1983 le Carré
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‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Review: Ignore the Plot, Admire the Beauty of Le Carré Thriller

‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Review: Ignore the Plot, Admire the Beauty of Le Carré Thriller
Charmian “Charlie” Ross (Florence Pugh), the title character of The Little Drummer Girl, is an actress who is recruited to be a spy and possibly a terrorist. But what AMC’s adaptation of the 1983 John Le Carré novel presupposes is… maybe all three of those are the same thing?

Little Drummer Girl (it debuts Monday; I’ve seen all six episodes) is fascinated by the blurred lines between Charlie’s chosen profession and the one she’s press-ganged into by pugnacious Israeli spy Martin Kurtz (Michael Shannon) and his stoic
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“Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days” Debuts on Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD December 11

Following the blockbuster success of “Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds”, writer/directed Kim Yong-hwa (“Take Off”) returns to bring back the characters based on a wildly popular webcomic in “Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days”. With an all-star cast, including Ha Jung-woo (“The Handmaiden”), Ju Ji-hoon (“Asura: The City of Madness”), Kim Hyang-gi (“Thread of Lies”) and Lee Jung-jae (“Assassination”) “Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days” debuts on Digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD December 11. The bonus materials include behind-the-scenes footage and character intros.


The fantasy epic that smashed box office records in Korea reaches its thrilling climax in “Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days”. As the deceased soul Su-hong and his three afterlife guardians face the remaining trials to obtain their reincarnation, the guardians come face to face with the buried truth of their tragic time on earth a thousand years ago,
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