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OKJA: a girl and her supermutant pet flee from corporate greed

Okja is a master filmmaker’s wickedly biting anti-corporate satire.  It’s an endearing Girl-And-Her-Supermutant story with one of the best comic chase scenes since What’s Up, Doc?.  Okja also carries a strident anti-meat-eating message (see my diatribe several paragraphs below). Director … Continue reading

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SFFILM: YOURSELF AND YOURS

The absurdism of Luis Buñuel meets the social awkwardness of Seinfeld in Hong Sang-soo’s Koran comedy Yourself and Yours. I just saw Yourself and Yours (Dangsinjasingwa dangsinui geot) at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILMFestival).  In an Only-At-SFFILM moment, … Continue reading

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Cinequest: CURTAIN CALL

In the madcap Korean comedy Curtain Call, a talent-challenged theater troupe is about to go under. The company specializes in soft porn, and they are so bad that – even though they are simulating sex on stage – they still … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: THE HANDMAIDEN – gorgeous, erotic and a helluva plot

After a few minutes of The Handmaiden, we learn that it’s a con artist movie. After 100 minutes, we think we’ve watched an excellent con artist movie, but then we’re surprised by a huge PLOT TWIST, and we’re in for … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT – a crazy dictator makes for a crazy story

The documentary The Lovers and the Despot tells one of those you-would-never-believe-it-if it-were-made-up stories.  The late North Korean nutcase Kim Jong-Il, dissatisfied with the cinematic element in his propaganda machine, sought an upgrade by KIDNAPPING a top South Korean director … Continue reading

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THE HANDMAIDEN: gorgeous, erotic and a helluva plot

After a few minutes of The Handmaiden, we learn that it’s a con artist movie. After 100 minutes, we think we’ve watched an excellent con artist movie, but then we’re surprised by a huge PLOT TWIST, and we’re in for … Continue reading

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UNDER THE SUN: a wackadoodle regime subverts its own propaganda

The subversive documentary Under the Sun is a searing insight into totalitarian North Korean society, all from government-approved filming that tells a different story than the wackadoodle dictatorship intended. The North Korean regime gave filmmaker Vitaly Mansky permission to film … Continue reading

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Pieta: sickening violence

Here’s proof that it’s possible for a movie to be too dark and violent even for The Movie Gourmet. Pieta is about a 30-year-old Korean loan shark so heartless that he cripples his unpaying clients and steals their disability payoffs.  Out of … Continue reading

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