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  • JUNG_E

    ★½

  • The Scary of Sixty-First

    ★½

  • Polytechnique

    ★★★★

  • Fantastic Planet

    ★★★★★

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  • JUNG_E

    JUNG_E

    ★½

    This felt like the first draft of a bad anthology series episode. A bloated hour of television stretched out into an utterly inconsequential “film”.

    Yeon Sang-ho is a madly prolific producer of pulp and I love him for it. The economy and forward momentum of his plots is part of what made things like TRAIN TO BUSAN and HELLBOUND (yes, I know you all don’t love this one) such a blast. Hell I even have a soft spot for PSYCHOKINESIS.…

  • The Scary of Sixty-First

    The Scary of Sixty-First

    ★½

    A rather frustrating watch.

    There’s a lot of purpose behind THE SCARY OF SIXTY-FIRST, both stylistically and thematically, but that purpose becomes muddled thanks to an overeagerness to be unique and edgy.

    The grungy 70s NY aesthetic is pretty well realised but generally speaking I don’t warm to films that ape a bygone aesthetic, whether it’s THE ARTIST or THE LOVE WITCH. 

    Here the style is incongruously saddled with contemporary issues surrounding conspiracy theories (namely regarding Jeffrey Epstein) and whatever…

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  • The Call

    The Call

    ★★★★

    Breathless, stylish and deliciously demented, THE CALL is the best Korean thriller of the past 2 years. Park Shin-hye and Jun Jong-seo battle across time in a wickedly fun ride that falters slightly in a relentless climax. Pick up when it rings worldwide on Netflix tomorrow.

  • Josée

    Josée

    ★★★★

    Director Kim Jong-kwan's long-awaited commercial debut doesn't disappoint. JOSEE, with Nam Joo-hyuk and Han Ji-min, is a rich and rewarding romantic drama, sumptuously textured to a degree seldom seen in Korean cinema before.

    Nam Joo-hyuk, in particular, shines in this achingly rendered remake of Isshin Inudo's JOSEE, THE TIGER AND THE FISH. Director Kim's deft touch for lyrical and layered dialogue is another highlight, which I expect will yield future rewards on repeat viewings.

    I was transfixed by most of…