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THE HOST (Joon-ho Bong, 2006)


THE HOST (Joon-ho Bong, 2006) The combination of political commentary and monster thriller seems to be a classic film model. However, The Host is one of a kind, for it also comes with… Continue reading

Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985)


Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985) In the dystopian masterpiece Brazil, Jonathan Pryce plays a daydreaming everyman who finds himself caught in the soul-crushing gears of a nightmarish bureaucracy. This cautionary tale by Terry Gilliam, one of the… Continue reading

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968), To Space and Beyond


2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968), To Space and Beyond 2001: A Space Odyssey is always associated with “gorgeous,” “epic,” and inevitably “impossible to understand.” Released in 1968, 2001 is a truly… Continue reading

Jason and The Argonauts (Don Chaffey, 1963)


Jason and The Argonauts (Don Chaffey, 1963) Ray Harryhausen, the associate producer of Jason and The Argonauts and the technical magician who created its special effects, just turned 92 years old earlier this year… Continue reading

Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954), Monster and Metaphor


Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954), Monster and Metaphor    On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city Hiroshima, bringing World War II to the closing stage. Three days later,… Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946): The Beauty of the Beast


Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946): the Beauty of the Beast Jean Cocteau worked closely with stage plays and poems in his early years, starting off as a writer and a poet… Continue reading

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