Monthly Archives: July 2021

Media Mix, July 10, 2021

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about how the press moved away from talking about public opposition to the Olympics as it became clear that the powers that be would hold them regardless of how the pandemic developed. Since I wrote … Continue reading

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Review: The Mole Agent

It feels like cheating to label the Chilean movie The Mole Agent a documentary. Though we are informed right at the start of the premise of the investigation being recorded, there’s such an overriding sense of calculated setup that the … Continue reading

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Review: Samjin Company English Class

As the Korean Wave has brought greater attention to South Korean movies and TV dramas, differences must surely have become obvious. Korean cinema maintains fairly high production values across the board while varying greatly in tone and style, depending on … Continue reading

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Review: The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers’ previous movie, The Witch, was celebrated as a genre subversion. Touted as a horror film, it appropriated archaic speech directly from the source and grounded its terrors in experiences that only the truly God-fearing can suffer in order … Continue reading

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Media Mix, July 3, 2021

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the LDP’s LGBTQ “understanding” bill that stalled and what it really represented. One implication of the incident is that it’s difficult to legislate people’s opinions and feelings, and that popular culture and media exposure … Continue reading

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Review: The Asian Angel

Quality-wise, cross-border co-productions are rarely as good as their intentions. This Japanese-South Korean film is a case in point, a true hybrid in that it combines Japanese writing-directing styles with Korean production values while presenting a mixed cast that mostly … Continue reading

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