Archive for April 16th, 2010


                                   Copyright © 2010 by James Clark

      On first viewing Fire Walk with Me (1992), we soon find a motif sending out characteristic Lynch wit and daring, and then our heart sinks. There are two FBI agents, the junior member of the exploratory team bearing a vertigo-inducing resemblance to long-ago child star, Bobby Driscoll, who lent such charm to Walt Disney’s 1950 adventure, Treasure Island. During their brief stint on the screen, their investigation into the murder of a runaway teenaged girl is interrupted by a denizen of the trailer park setting, one eye covered by a poultice of sorts, hunched over a makeshift crutch. He backs off when questioned as to the case, but he has already made his point, as “Black Dog,” delivering the “Black Spot” of pirate recriminatory (resentful) justice to “Billy Bones.” The senior partner is “Chet Desmond,” a spare, self-impressed and combative representative of “Federal” power on behalf of mainstream justice. He soon perishes on poking around a trailer nearby the girl’s last home, his windshield becoming lipstick- inscribed to read, “Let’s Rock.” (more…)

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by Allan Fish

(South Korea 2008 130m) DVD1/2

Aka. Joheunnom nabbeonnum isanghannom

Close your eyes, kids

p  Jai-Won Choi  d  Kim Jee-woon  w  Kim Jee-woon, Kim Min-suk  ph  Lee Mo-gae, Oh Seung-chul  ed  Nam Na-young  m  Dalparan, Yang Yeong-gyu  art  Cho Hwa-Sung

Song Kang-ho (Yoon Tae-go – the Weird), Lee Byung-hun (Park Chang-yi – the Bad), Jung Woo-sung (Park Do-won – the Good), Jo Kyeong-hun (Doo-chae), Oh Dal-su (Man-gil), Lee Cheong-a (Song-i), Ma Dong-seok (Bear),

As I write this piece, Quentin Tarantino has just received his second Oscar nomination for Inglourious Basterds.  I begrudge QT nothing, he’s a wonderfully infectious guy, but it’s a nomination to make you weep, for through all its flashy action highlights and Christoph Waltz’s deliciously nasty performance, there really was little to admire about Basterds, except perhaps as further proof that the man who made Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction was beginning to prove what we always thought; that success had gone to his head.  If you want to see the sort of film Tarantino wishes he himself could make, you need to go to his beloved far-east, more specifically to Korea, where Kim Jee-woon crafted a film that not only does what Tarantino could only wish his Basterds could have been, but outdoes even his Kill Bill (and pays reference to it musically) and goes even further still.  Described by those culture vultures of MTV as being “everything that the latest Indiana Jones flick should have been”, in actual fact it’s everything Raiders of the Lost Ark should have been and too often wasn’t.  (more…)

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