Took me long enough. I’m embarrassed that I hadn’t seen this film until now. François Truffaut’s first feature, The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups), is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s life-long cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own difficult childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof [...]
Remember those Sci-Fi Saturday afternoons as a kid? If you grew up in the 1960s, you might have had a lot of those Saturday afternoons and a steady diet of the 1950s science fiction movies which featured a trove of themes from atomic experiments gone awry to giant insects and invaders from outer space. As [...]
I love this movie. Every summer around this time I watch this movie. I like the story, the acting, the directing not to mention all the corn which makes me think about home. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why I have come to enjoy this movie so much in all the years that I [...]
One of the hardest scenes for me to write in War Remains involved a military funeral. Having never been to one, other than two repatriation ceremonies on Knight Field in the Yongsan Military Garrison, I tried to recreate the funeral as best I could from movies I had seen. However, I just couldn’t seem to capture [...]
Korean-American filmmaker Christine Yoo talked about her upcoming film Wedding Palace and Hallyu at the first SolBridge International Hallyu Symposium this past weekend at SolBridge International School of Business in Daejeon, South Korea. Hallyu is sometimes known as the Korean Wave which is the cultural export of Korean TV dramas and K-Pop around Asia.
This subject has come up a number of times and it has even been suggested that Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks get on board. Filmmakers it seems, are still more interested in World War II movies than Korean War movies. sadly, the war is still a “forgotten” one even in Tinseltown. I wrote War Remains [...]
He’s Captain America in almost every country around the world. Except three. According to an Associated Press story, “Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios gave distributors around the world the option of shortening the title of “Captain America: The First Avenger” to simply “The First Avenger,” out of concern about anti-American sentiment. But the only countries [...]
Finishing up my last essay for Invaders from Mars… and remembering one of the segments that used to be part of Garfield Goose, the serialized 1960 movie, Journey to the Beginning of Time, which was actually a 1955 Czech movie.