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Korean Films

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Every few months I micro review three films. In the interest of the reviews making a little more sense I’m going to try and make them themed if I can. I don’t watch hundreds of films so a lot of the good stuff I come across is either word of mouth or good luck. Today I’d like to introduce you to three Korean films which are absolute must see. Each for different reasons and all thoroughly enjoyable. Old Boy was released in 2003 and I think became available in Australia in 2005. It’s directed by Chan-woo Park who’s been writing, producing and directing since the mid 90’s. His features are what I’d call cheesy thrillers but Old Boy is an absolute gem! I can’t say anything about this expect watch the movie.

Our beloved Bedeviled (not be confused with the 1955 crime feature of the same name), is a disturbing film. I don’t mind the occasional disturbing film but certainly can’t take too many in a row. Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fire Flies comes to mind for example.¬† The performances in Bedeviled are flawless and it keeps returning to me for so many reasons. I’m also really impressed with the fact that this is Chul-soo Jang’s first feature.

The Host is as good as a Monster film gets and it does not disappoint. It’s scary, believable and ridiculously funny at times. Give me the names and numbers of the team behind the CGI in this little baby! There’s a lot of filming in and around the sewers near the Han River which are all absolutely stunning shots. You don’t have to like Monster films to enjoy¬†Bong Joon-ho’s The Host. Now… who’s up for some Korean BBQ? In my case it’s vegetarian barbeque but that works just fine.

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Short Tales

I started writing a short story called Impossible Ali Mobile last Wednesday. Leaf has this thing where he’ll sleep for three hours when I look after him on a Wednesday while Tam does accounts. He normally sleeps around an hour an a half when Tam does the looking after the other four days in the working week. Go figure. Back to Mr. Mobile. The narrative is of the omniscient kind and the tone is very… distinct. It could go a number of ways and while I’m thoroughly enjoying just looking at it I might keep it hidden until I’m sure it’s solid gold. Currently mixing a distant cousin version of Richard’s I’m on Fire arrangement and thoroughly enjoying that also. The aim was to release it this Sunday but I’m not sure of the clip will be ready by then. Ho hum. Ah yes and a new crew member at DPM hailing from New York who bakes pies and is a pretty cool designer. Who know New Yorkers could design? A sad and lonely entry at 2:30pm because I’m just emerging from the trauma of Leaf falling down the stairs at 8:30am on his push car. His nose looks crooked so I’m pretty sure he broke it. Bad parents. Cooking a pickled galangal and mushroom stir fry tonight. All are welcome.

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Stuff ‘n stuff

I’ve just realised that my last Blog entry was almost a month ago and it made me sad. Well okay not sad, but a little bummed. It’s with good reason however. I had a ‘block’ of blogging and now I’m in the middle of a ‘block’ of booking gigs for Happy our latest musical adventure. This is a Monday Records initiative with the help of Anna Ballantine, DPM Creative Group and the Sly Fox. In addition to that we’re almost about to start building the studio with no name so these are pretty crazy times.

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