Jazz, film, and improvised culture.
Monday, August 21, 2017
The Villainess: Kim Ok-vin Vanquishes All Pretenders
Sook-hee is a lot like La Femme Nikita, but she lends herself more readily to Freudian analysis. Gangster Joon-sang became both her fathe...
Polina: Juliette Binoche can Dance
Not much has changed in Russia. The president is a former KGB officer and the Bolshoi Ballet is still the nation’s most prestigious cultu...
Eclipse Viewing: Night of the Comet
The Sun and the Moon exert an influence over the Earth every day of the year, so there is no rational reason to fear the eclipse. However...
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Future Imperfect: Slow Action
In the future, Samuel Butler’s Erewhon has been lost. Sociologists and ethnographers now believe utopia is attainable, though admittedly ...
Saturday, August 19, 2017
New Filipino Cinema ’17: Hamog (Haze)
Whatever you do, do not stereotype these homeless children, the so-called “batang hamog” or “children of haze,” living by their wits on t...
Friday, August 18, 2017
Old School Kung Fu ’17: Yes, Madam
It was the start of something big, in many ways. It was Michelle Yeoh’s first film as a lead and Cynthia Rothrock’s very first acting gig...
Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky
It is not exactly Le Mans, but since it usually runs over four hours, the Coca-Cola 600 is easily the longest race of the NASCAR season. ...
Thursday, August 17, 2017
New Filipino Cinema ’17: Lily
This shape-shifting witch has become a popular Cebuano urban legend, but it should not surprise anyone to there is a man to blame for all...
Old School Kung Fu ’17: Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan
It’s time for 50 shades of the Shaw Brothers. It might seem pretty tame to us now, but in its day, this 1972 film was billed as the first...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
6 Days: The Other Iranian Hostage Crisis
It was the other Iranian Hostage Crisis. While the prolonged captivity of American embassy personnel in Tehran made Jimmy Carter look wea...
New Filipino Cinema ’17: Bliss
Reportedly, film production in the Philippines is much more regulated now than during the glory days of Roger Corman’s jungle prison movi...
Old School Kung Fu ’17: My Young Auntie
Martial arts talent definitely runs in this family. Cheng Tai-nun married into it, but she has as much chops as anyone. She is also surpr...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The Adventurers: Andy Lau Steals His Way Across Europe
Evidently, French prisons are so hot at rehabilitation either. To be fair, this Hong Kong jewel thief was primed for recidivism. He was c...
The Hitman’s Bodyguard: Guarding Samuel L. Jackson
Alexander Lukashenko must be bent out of shape. Hollywood makes a movie about a Belarusian dictator trying to escape prosecution for crim...
AOF ’17: Bosatsu—Year of the Dragon (short)
It is always nice when animated films can teach us a lesson in comparative religion. Take for instance, Fugen Bosatsu, a Bodhisattva (an ...
Future Imperfect: Ghost in the Shell 2 Innocence
These cops freely quote Descartes, Confucius, and Milton. It is impressive, but their cybernetic implants probably help. Batou has been a...
Monday, August 14, 2017
What Happened to Monday?: Multiple Noomi Rapaces on Netflix
In the medium-future, the Euro-dystopia has adopted China’s family planning policies. One-child allotments are rigorously enforced by the...
Sidemen: The Long Road to Glory
Just imagine how awesome the original Blues Brothers movie soundtrack would have been if it also included Muddy Waters. That had been the...
New Filipino Cinema ’17: Seklusyon
The training for these post-war Filipino priests is almost like a spiritual Fear Factor . For seven days, they will be sequestered in a r...
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