Monthly Archives: June 2022

Review: Three Sisters

Perhaps because Lee Seung-won’s family melodrama stars two of Korea’s most respected actors, there’s a feeling that the tail is wagging the dog here, and often in the film these actors, Kim Sun-young and Moon So-ri, are saddled with scenes … Continue reading

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Media watch: Are school-based sports clubs on the way out?

As the debate heats up on the government’s desire to increase Japan’s defense budget, some people on social media have been posting a quote by ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Tomomi Inada from 2016 when she was the defense minister. … Continue reading

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Review: Soup and Ideology

Filmmaker Yang Yonghi’s career has been in the service of explaining why her family is what it is, and as with many such endeavors the family itself hasn’t always seemed happy with the attention. Most of this work has been … Continue reading

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Review: The Story of Film: A New Generation

British film scholar and filmmaker Mark Cousins takes the notion of fan service to its most obvious ends in that, as a fan himself, he only seems intent on satisfying his own needs, which turn out to be quite specific. … Continue reading

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Review: Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

In many ways every film is about its filmmaker, even when the ostensible subject is a different person. A viewer who approaches Werner Herzog’s documentary about the British travel writer Bruce Chatwin expecting a biography will likely be disappointed since … Continue reading

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Review: Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan

The centrality of “authenticity” comes and goes in the annals of music criticism. In its most common usage it represents an artist’s commitment to music as craft, which is why hip-hop and techno were originally dismissed by self-serious, trad-oriented types. … Continue reading

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Review: An Officer and a Spy

Roman Polanski is old and probably doesn’t have many more films left in him. Though he’s considered one of the most important directors of the last 60 years, his output since the turn of the millennium has been riddled with … Continue reading

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