Lesbianism? The Handmaiden (2016)

WATCH! Don’t confuse this with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (film and TV movie) even though it might sound similar. This is from the acclaimed South Korea’s director Park Chan-wook, whose best known film Old Boy (2003) is now a Hollywood’s remake that retains most of his trademark violence and gore. But if you are unfamiliar with Chan-wook’s accolades, […]

Movie Review: Frantz(2016)

WATCH! Once again I was mesmerized with François Ozon’s creativity and originality; he took us to a small town in Germany after WWI was over. German’s antagonistic view of France and her français was apparent. Sons were killed. Anna’s (Paula Beer) fiancé – Frantz(Anton von Lucke) – was killed in the war, leaving Anna as a young grieving […]

Movie Review: Lazy Eye (2016)

WATCH!“I wanted to tell a story from the perspective of the post-marriage equality world we are living in, but one in which the obstacle in the film was not the characters’ sexual orientation.”  –Director, Tim Kirkman. Lazy Eye was an unembellished film no one will have a problem empathizing with: been there, done that. Kirkman’s storytelling was natural, […]

WATCH: Signal(시그널)

Tired of North American’s crime thriller, sci-fi fantasy, or fairy tales monsters? Then maybe it’s time to watch some Korean police dramas. Signal(시그널) is definitely the one you should pick. Sure they don’t have fancy forensics, elaborated scenes, and famous actors; they are certainly just as or more entertaining. The only caveat is that you must […]

SKIP:Hunger Games:Mockingjay(Part II) 2015

First, I had no recollection of how part I ended, and secondly, with so many  YA franchises’ dystopian worlds, which I didn’t really care; I just wanted to watch how this one ended: have faith; Christian’s. In other words, heroic idealism as martyrdom, divine inspired heroism as Joan of Arc’s, or mere 21st century equality as […]

Documentary Review: In Country (2014)

**Media materials belong to BOND/360**   “One of the twelve must see documentaries this year,” says Katherine Brooks of the Huffington Post.   “How do you honor the soldiers when you hate the war? Our goal is to tell a provocative story about memory and coping that looks deeply at the veteran experience and complicates […]