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Another Korean Genre Sampling: ‘The Yellow Sea’ (2010) & ‘Burning’ (2018)

Directed by: Na Hong-jin [1], Lee Chang-dong [2] || Produced by: Han Sang-gu [1], Lee Joon-dong, Lee Chang-dong [2] Screenplay by: Na Hong-jin [1], Oh Jung-mi, Lee Chang-dong [2] || Starring: Ha Jung-woo, Kim Yoon-seok [1], Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo [2] Music by: Jang Young-gyu, Lee Byung-hoon [1], Mowg [2] || Cinematography: Lee … Continue reading

‘Yojimbo’ (1961): The Samurai with No Name

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa || Produced by: Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa Screenplay by: Ryuzo Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni || Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yoko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada, Daisuke Kato, Takashi Shimura, Kamatari Fujiwara, Atsushi Watanabe Music by: Masaru Sato || Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa || Edited by: Akira Kurosawa || Country: Japan … Continue reading

‘Hi, Mom’ (2021): Parenthood Through the Ages

Directed by: Jia Ling || Produced by: Bai Anwei, Chen Yedda Zhixi, Mi Lan, Wan Ying, Wang Zhonglei, Yin Sixie, Zhao Nan Screenplay by: Jia Ling, Sun Jibin, Wang Yu, Bu Yu, Liu Honglu || Starring: Jia Ling, Shen Teng, Chen He, Zhang Xiaofei Music by: Peng Fei || Cinematography: Sun Ming, Liu Yin || … Continue reading

‘Das Boot’ (1981): Survival at 280 Meters Below

Directed by: Wolfgang Peterson || Produced by: Gunter Rohrbach Screenplay by: Wolfgang Peterson || Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann Music by: Klaus Doldinger || Cinematography: Jost Vacano || Edited by: Hannes Nikel || Country: West Germany || Language: German Running Time: 208 minutes When I was in either my late teens or early … Continue reading

‘Bacurau’ (2019): When Weirdness Meets Western

Directed by: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles || Produced by: Emilie Lesclaux, Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt  Screenplay by: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles || Starring: Sânia Braga, Udo Kier, Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Silvero Pereira, Karine Teles Music by: Mateus Alves, Tomaz Alves Souza || Cinematography: Pedro Sotero || Edited by: Eduardo Serrano || … Continue reading

‘Good Manners’ (2017): Moonlit Dreams of Lycanthropy

Directed by: Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra || Produced by: Sara Silveira,, Maria Ionescu, Clément Duboin, Frédéric Corvez Screenplay by: Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra || Starring: Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo, Cida Moreira, Music by: Guilherme Garbato, Gustavo Garbato || Cinematography: Rui Poças || Edited by: Caetano Gotardo || Country: Brazil || Language: Portuguese Running … Continue reading

‘Huesera’ (2022): The Woman with a Bone to Pick

Directed by: Michelle Garza Cervera || Produced by: Paulina Villavicencio, Edher Campos Screenplay by: Michelle Garza Cervera, Abia Castillo || Starring: Natalia Solián, Alfonso Dosal, Mayra Batalla, Mercedes Hernández, Sonia Couoh, Aida López Music by: Gibrán Androide, Cabeza de Vaca || Cinematography: Nur Rubio Sherwell || Edited by: Adriana Martinez || Country: Mexico, Peru || … Continue reading

‘Gun City’ (2018): In the Shadow of the Law

Directed by: Dani de la Torre || Produced by: Emma Lustres, Mercedes Gamero Screenplay by: Patxi Amezcua || Starring: Luis Tosar, Michelle Jenner, Vicente Romero, Manolo Solo, Paco Tous, Jaime Lorente, Adriana Torrebejano, Ernesto Alterio Music by: Xavier Font, Manuel Riveiro || Cinematography: Josu Inchaustegui || Edited by: Jorge Coira || Country: Spain, France || … Continue reading

‘Suspiria’ (1977, 2018): Nightmares of Witchcraft Past & Present

Directed by: Dario Argento [1], Luca Guadagnino [2] || Produced by: Claudio Argento [1], Marco Morabito, Brad Fischer, Luca Guadagnino, David Kajganich, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, William Sherak, Gabriele Moratti [2] Screenplay by: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi [1], David Kajganich [2] || Starring: Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bose, Barbara Magnolfi, Susanna Javicoli, … Continue reading

‘Genome Hazard’ (2013): Memories of Screenwriting Nonsense

Directed by: Kim Sung-soo || Produced by: Hidemi Satani, Lee Geun-wook, Yang Gwang-deok, Cha Won-cheon Screenplay by: Kim Sung-Soo || Starring: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Kim Hyo-jin Music by: Kenji Kawai || Cinematography: Choi Sang-muk || Edited by: Park Gyeong-suk || Country: Japan, South Korea || Language: Japanese, Korean Running Time: 120 minutes I’ve written before on … Continue reading