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The Front Line: Why do Koreans love bleak war movies? © 2011 Showbox/Mediaplex.

The Front Line: Why do Koreans love bleak war movies?

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.

So when Korea produces a movie about its history like the Korean War movie The Front Line, which opens in the U.S. this week, it tends not to be an inspirational story with choruses on the soundtrack and shafts of golden sunlight illuminating award-winning actors intoning words meant to stir men’s souls (see: Amistad, Patton, Glory). 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. This list is composed solely of motion pictures and TV shows. Music, books, paintings and other media are not included. Guillermo del Toro’s Top 10 - Explore.

Sheer terror and sheer poetry, but both stem from distinctive medieval traditions.

Guillermo del Toro’s Top 10 - Explore

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. S 50 Scariest Movies Of All Time, 40-31. 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. Here is my personal list of the great director’s movies, ranked from best to worst. As you can see, I consider the films Almodóvar made after 1999 to be consistently superior to their predecessors. Items 1 through 5 are outrageous masterpieces, Items 6 through 8 are disturbing and brilliant, Items 9 through 11 are odd and interesting, and Items 12 through 16 are flawed and creepy. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 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.

9/11 movies: Four brilliant 9/11 films that get overlooked. - By Bill Wyman

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. 13 killer films that take place in just one room. The ultimate family DVD list - Beyond the Multiplex. 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time. If the first 10 amendments to the Constitution went before today’s voters, how would they fare?

11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time

Change of Heart About the Bill of Rights? … Is it possible that some of our constitutional rights aren’t the dreamboats we think they are? Maybe they’re even cheating on us. For example, the Supreme Court has ruled that rich knuckleheads have the constitutional right to make unlimited political contributions. We’re Having a Steamy Affair With Rights…

25 classic science fiction movies that everybody must watch. Um Where's the original Terminator?

25 classic science fiction movies that everybody must watch

@bishop1j: I really think Terminator 2 is a better movie. @Charlie Jane Anders: I loved T2, but T1 even with it's lower quality production values was in my opinion a better film. Not as cheesy, truly conveyed the bleakness of the future, and forever set the tone of how evil the Terminators and Skynet are. The near final scene where the Terminator is chasing Linda Hamilton through the factory and she thinks it's dead only to have it come back to life clawing it's way towards her with it's hand inches from her ankle was enough to make anyone jump from shock.

& not to mention the phone call to Sarah's mother. Best Movies of the 2000′s. The Top 10 New Cult Movies. Inception_Infographic_by_dehahs.jpg (JPEG Image, 1000x1500 pixels) - Scaled (36.