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2013

by Sean Gilman Retrospective

Our Sunhi | Hong Sang-soo

October 25, 2018
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Our Sunhi is the culmination of a cycle of Hong Sang-soo films, each starring actress Jung Yoomi, about aspiring women filmmaker with a weakness for strong drinks and a tendency to find themselves in the middle of love triangles between older and younger men. All the men enamored with the characters Jung Yoomi plays all seem unable to see her characters as people, blinded as they are by their own perceptions of her beauty, her innocence, her artistic taste, etc.…

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by Tony G. Huang Retrospective

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon | Hong Sang-soo

October 25, 2018
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Nobody’s Daughter Haewon is an exemplary minor film, shaped more by its incidental pleasures than any grand design. It owes much of its charm to actress Jung Eun-chae, as Haewon; Jung’s natural exuberance is used to energize Hong’s characterization of Haewon, who appears to us as a dreamy, childlike romanticist hiding her passion and sincerity…

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by Carson Lund Film

The Island of St. Matthews | Kevin Jerome Everson

March 6, 2014
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Kevin Jerome Everson’s The Island of St. Matthews plays like something that might be unearthed in the furthest reaches of a “community films” search criteria, on some creative commons internet archive. With its unadorned 16mm footage and lack of contemporary signifiers, it’s strange to think that the film was made in the present, or even that it was made at all. Like an unedited roll of film stock whose colors have dulled from sitting out in the humid sun for…

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by Carson Lund Film

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet | Alain Resnais

June 7, 2013
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As with the latest films by Manoel de Oliveira and — prior to his recent passing — Raul Ruiz, it’s tempting to digest a new film by the 91-year-old French director Alain Resnais as an all-encompassing swan song, a final testament on the filmmaker’s accumulated thoughts on cinema and life. It becomes especially seductive, albeit worrisome, when taking into account the surface parallels between Resnais’s new movie and the final works of those two directors. Like Ruiz’s Night Across the Street, Resnais’s latest features…

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