Contagion Spreads to Theaters Everywhere

CONTAGION

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Starring: Big Name Hollywood Talent

Release Date: Thursday September 22

Matt Damon. Kate Winslet. Jude Law. Gwyneth Paltrow. Laurence Fishburne. Marion Cotillard. Wow, this orgy of Big Name Hollywood Talent hits theaters today and I’m not sure whether I’m disgusted or impressed by its bloated cast. Of course, the only name of any importance here is the director’s, one that doesn’t usually tickle my fancy, but what the hell, I’ll give this one a try.

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Irish Indie-Musical to Screen Once at Busan Cinematheque

Directed by: John Carney

Starring: Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova

Where: Busan Cinematheque

When: Sunday June 19 at 17:30

The Busan Cinematheque will be screening “Once,” the Irish indie-musical that took home the Oscar for Best Original song back in 2008. It’s a good film to bring your girlfriend on a date to, and in accordance with its title, it’s only playing once.

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South Korea Summer Movie Release Dates

I just discovered a nifty page on Naver that lists all the mainstream movies to be released in South Korea in the upcoming months. Hopefully, this is just a preliminary list and more titles will be added on a week-by-week basis. “The Tree of Life” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” my two most anticipated movies slated to come out this summer in the US, have yet to be given release dates here.

http://movie.naver.com/movie/running/premovie.nhn

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Introducing the Gukdo Art Cinema in Daeyeon

In my first two-year stint in South Korea, I neglected to mention the Gukdo Art Cinema in Daeyeon in any of my posts, although it was featured as a link on the sidebar, on account of its obscured location, user-unfriendly website and,  most importantly, poor selection of films. I only visited it once, when I was dragged along to a screening of “The Limits of Control” (Jim Jarmusch, 2009), a bad film made worse by the fact that the projector kept crapping out, giving the audience a series of unplanned intermissions. As soon as the end credits rolled up, I did what I usually do after enduring a bad example of art film – I darted for the exit. But instead of the liberation I sought, I was met with the trollish theater attendant who insisted that I stay until the final reel, that I would be missing an essential part of the movie if I didn’t. She was so insistent, in fact, that she wouldn’t let me leave.

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You’ll Never Be Starving Again

After a one year hiatus, the site will be up and running again. The regularity with which I post will depend on a variety of factors: how busy I am at my various paying jobs, readership, and, of course, if there’s anything interesting out in theaters. The post-Oscar, pre-Cannes dry spell just ended, and the summer blockbuster season has officially begun with the release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” so I’m looking forward to seeing some films. Unfortunately, no South Korean release date has been set for Terrence Malick’s cosmic, time-bending, Palme d’Or winning epic, “The Tree of Life”, and after glancing at the disappointing June schedule for the Busan Cinemateque, I know I won’t be visiting my once favorite film spot in Busan for at least a month. But, hey, it’s nice to be back in a country where the internet speed is so fast I can down***d entire films in under 10 minutes.

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