Class dismissed!

Posted in Uncategorized by Joie on May 26, 2008

Congrats to Laurent Cantet’s Entre Les Murs (The Class) for winning the Palme d’Or and returning national pride back to France ever since 1987 , hope it comes to Telluride. I’m happy that Ceylan and the Dardennes received their consolation prizes as well. I think this was still a great year for CINEMA, since opinions were heavily divided rather than reaching some overrated consensus. It leaves the rest of the world waiting to become his/her own critic.

(Ryan Gosling to reprise his pedagogical persona if there happens to be an American remake?)

The Second Half of 2008:

The Quicktime trailer for Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button will appear on the web in a few days, but those who went to see Indy 4 already got their Christmas gift early this year!

Another film I’m dying to see is The Good, The Bad, and The Weird (one of the later Out-of-Competition films), directed by Ji-Won Kim , whose two previous features, A Tale of Two Sisters, and A Bittersweet Life, were some of the best genre-benders I’ve seen in a long time…from familial horror to meditative gangster pic, and now a wacky “kimchi” western along the lines of Sergio Leone. Kim possesses a certain panache that’s never wildly excessive, yet it envelopes mundane source material with a sublime layer of terror and enchantment. Most of all, he’s a damn good interior designer.

(please let the whole video load before playing! Don’t know Korean? Well, just know that the titular characters appear in reverse order)


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