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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    The Arclight Hollywood Parasite Screenings with Q&A with Director Bong Joon-ho, actor Song Kang-ho, and actress Park So-dam. Parasite is the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or, fortuitously on the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema.

    Eugene: You and I have just finished watching Parasite for the first time at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood. I am still in a daze since from this adrenaline rush of a movie, but I know for a fact that I was totally…

  • Hour of the Wolf

    Hour of the Wolf

    ★★★★½

    Among the movies in his 45-film-plus oeuvre, legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman‘s Hour of the Wolf stands out of the pack as his lone work in horror. Despite the campy images potentially conjured by its title, the film is no less psychologically probing than Persona or the Faith trilogy. During Hour of the Wolf, the metamorphosis that takes place is not that of the body, but of the mind, and of the movies themselves. In Bergman’s 1968 film, painter Johan…

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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ½

    For someone from a poor background, Christine (who christens herself with the asinine name of Lady Bird, a real mouthful) talks and acts with a disgusting amount of privilege, pettiness, and insensitivity. I already hated this movie just from the trailer when she basically casually attempts suicide by rolling out of a car after an argument barely happened with her mother. Suicide should never be a laughing matter. I don't even want to think about what would happen if I…

  • A Gentle Night

    A Gentle Night

    ★★★★½

    Very fitting for its 15-minute runtime, A GENTLE NIGHT criticizes the short attention given to the plights of everyday citizens in China, both from the authorities and from each other. The direction also defies and makes most of the short film format by shooting with subtle, spacious long takes. With the Academy Ratio, the camera is very selective about what is obscured off-screen and the light and noise that leaks in. Similarly, social issues ranging from police involvement, the position…