Tag Archive | Korea

VETERANS DAY/REMEMBERANCE DAY 2012

A dirge for the dead and a roll call for the fallen since WW1

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The Underrated: The Chaser

It’s been an extremely long time since I’ve done one of these, and I’m actually thinking about renaming this section “the underexposed”. This time up, I’m once again delving back into Korean Cinema for a 2008 crime film that is both severely underexposed and truly excellent. I don’t really understand the West’s attitude to Japanese/ Korean cinema. Any blue filtered two-bit horror movie gets ridiculous levels of, to quote Droid, nut stroking, and yet the best films that I’ve seen from Korea recently are all crime films of some description. The tendency that still floats around amongst people to write off a whole culture as either boneheaded horror, stupid monster movies or chop-socky nonsense is astonishing, particularly when you consider how good films like The Vengeance Trilogy, Memories of Murder and now The Chaser actually are. The Chaser, incidentally, is being sold by Lovefilm as a horror movie. It most certainly is not. You can argue that it is a thriller, but it isn’t the serial killer gorefest that I was expecting. Read More…

The Underrated: Memories of Murder

 

Once again, for the underrated film of the week I’m picking one that nobody has seen, but I think is simply superb and is being overlooked unfairly. Joon-ho Bong is turning out consistently excellent work (he followed this with the simply superb The Host, and I’m told that his latest, Mother, is also of a high standard) and this is a fine early example. If I had to make a comparison, then the nearest parallel I can draw is Fincher’s excellent Zodiac, being as they both deal with police procedure, an unsolved serial murderer, and are both first-rate films. Read More…

Because I’m sick of shit Vampires: Thirst

 

Well, I’ve had enough. I’ve tolerated shitty emo-vampires or ridiculous screechy vampires for far too long and my patience has finally snapped. I’m pig sick of vampires that sparkle like a magpie’s wet dream in sunlight, or vampires as an excuse for some drippy sub-Mills and Boon level romance drivel, or piss-poor lame cowardly fucking vampires. It’s reached the stage where if I even see the word “Vampire” on a film, then I’m automatically reaching for the off switch. Read More…

Jarv’s Top 10 2000-2009. Number 8: Daisy

Daisy is part 3 of my “big softie” triptych, and arguably the best film of the three.  Occasionally, some films get criminally and disgracefully overlooked for various reasons, and this is a case in point. The amount of, to be honest, utter rubbish that gets a cinema release (let alone a DVD release) on a massive scale is a depressing statement about our times when real quality such as this (or OUTLANDER/ what those pricks at Lionsgate did to Fierce People) gets neglected. Read More…