© 2011 Showbox/Mediaplex. Korea had a bad 20th century. First Japan occupied the country, then Allied forces occupied it, then a war ripped it in half, then North Korea became a dictatorship, then South Korea experienced a coup followed by a decade of military rule, followed by another decade of martial law, followed by the assassination of the president, another coup, another military regime, and, finally, in 1987, a return to constitutional government. The Front Line: Why do Koreans love bleak war movies? The Front Line: Why do Koreans love bleak war movies?
Movies for a desert island You don’t need much of a setup for this one: It’s a Desert Island List of visual media that I’d like to have with me if I were shipwrecked. Here are the rules: 1. Movies for a desert island
Guillermo del Toro’s Top 10 - Explore Sheer terror and sheer poetry, but both stem from distinctive medieval traditions. Häxan is the filmic equivalent of a hellish engraving by Bruegel or a painting by Bosch. It’s a strangely titillating record of sin and perversity that is as full of dread as it is of desire and atheistic conviction, and a condemnation of superstition that is morbidly in love with its subject. Vampyr is, strictly speaking, a memento mori, a stern reminder of death as the threshold of spiritual liberation. Like any memento mori, the film enthrones the right morbid imagery (skull, scythe, white limbo) in order to maximize the impact of the beautiful, almost intangible images that conclude it. If only Criterion had acquired my commentary track—sigh—from the UK edition. Guillermo del Toro’s Top 10 - Explore
SExpand What is the scariest science fiction or fantasy film of all time? Which movies stand above the rest off all horror flicks as the most terrifying? The staff at io9 has painstakingly selected the best of the best, and compiled our ultimate list of the scariest movies of all time. s 50 Scariest Movies Of All Time, 40-31 s 50 Scariest Movies Of All Time, 40-31
Almodóvar’s films, ranked from best to worst Almodóvar’s films, ranked from best to worst Photo by Miguel Bracho, © Sony Pictures Classics. All rights reserved. After weeks spent spotting recurring patterns in Pedro Almodóvar’s films, it was a pleasure to tackle a task that involved ordering rather than counting.
9/11 movies: Four brilliant 9/11 films that get overlooked. - By Bill Wyman 9/11 movies: Four brilliant 9/11 films that get overlooked. - By Bill Wyman From the fall of Troy to the bombing of Hiroshima, the response of artists to tragedy and cataclysm has been wide and varied. In the years since 9/11, we've seen everyone from Bruce Springsteen (The Rising) to Don DeLillo (Falling Man) try to make sense of the senseless in one way or another. As the 10th anniversary looms, the New York Times has published an almost comically long list of 9/11-related arts events. I can't help wondering: Have these last 10 years helped us understand the tragedy any better? One of my former colleagues at NPR, Renee Montagne, explored the idea that we're expecting too much too soon in an interview with Kurt Vonnegut on an earlier 9/11 anniversary. One of Vonnegut's most searching works, Slaughterhouse-Five, was inspired by events nearly a quarter of a century earlier, when he'd witnessed Britain's firebombing of Dresden, a horrific extinguishing of innocent life as well as the physical obliteration of a gem of a city.
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The ultimate family DVD list - Beyond the Multiplex The ultimate family DVD list - Beyond the Multiplex Philip Roth is wrong about elderly sex Macho novelists wail about the loss of potency. But intimacy can be deeper than they imagine Lynne Segal Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 1:00 PM UTC Life Sex, Books, Writers and Writing
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25 classic science fiction movies that everybody must watch SExpand Science fiction has rocked cinemas for a century, and the genre has produced many undisputed classics during that time. But which movies are essential viewing for anyone interested in the genre? We broke down the 25 must-watch science fiction films. Methodology: We looked at a few different criteria, including overall cinematic excellence. 25 classic science fiction movies that everybody must watch
Best Movies of the 2000′s [Note: Every Friday on First Thoughts we host heated, half-serious, half-cocked arguments about some aspect of pop culture. Today’s theme is the best movies of the past ten years. Have a suggestion for a topic? Send them to me at jcarter@firstthings.com] The most remarkable thing you’ll discover in making a list of the best movies of this decade is how many unremarkable movies have been made in the past ten years. Best Movies of the 2000′s
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