December 30, 2011

Underwater Love (Shinji Imaoka, 2011)

Underwater Love is weird. No, I mean really weird. The unconventional premise attracted me, as I perused through this year’s thick Fantasia program. In the movie, a dreamy-eyed innocent fish factory worker meets a kappa, a Japanese anthropomorphic turtle-like water spirit that, as it happens, was a high-school comrade of hers. The two will eventually end up together, but not […]
December 29, 2011

Hello Ghost (Young-tak Kim, 2010)

There’s a lot of buzz around Hello Ghost at the festival and my ticket for this showing is part of my first batch, as I’m eager to watch this film. Some have compared it to My Sassy Girl (Jae-young Kwak, 2001), one of the early films people associate with the Korean Film Wave of the last decade, and, having seen […]
December 11, 2011

Love (William Eubanks, 2011)

Stranded aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Lee Miller is alone to ponder the majesty of our Earth and the fragility of his own existence, as he grapples with his waning sanity and dwindling air supply. I have to say that I was looking forward to this film. Although philosophical / psychological / contemplative sci-fi is rarely done right, there […]