ESSAYS ON STAR WARS: It’s the Sound That…

"Aaaaauuuuugh!” — Wilhelm In November 2014, when the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens posted online, much hay was made about its focus on the new. Some writers marveled how the first Star…

Film Misery Movie Marathon – Essays on Star…

In the still-young history of movies, in the last half-century of popular culture, perhaps no work has triggered as much admiration and disdain, as much conversation and consternation, as Star Wars. Ordinarily, that sentence would…

KOREAN WAVE MARATHON: ‘Shiri’ (1999)

Kang Je-gyu’s Shiri is widely thought of as South Korea’s big break both in domestic and international movie markets, effectively leading the way for Korean Cinema as we know it today. It’s remarkable though, if…

Film Misery Movie Marathon – Korean Wave Cinema

[caption id="attachment_20793" align="aligncenter" width="540"] 'Mother,' by Bong Joon-ho[/caption] Movie buffs and critics have spent more than a decade praising the electrifying and idiosyncratic output from the numerous contemporary filmmakers working in South Korea. An argument…