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Misunderstood Teens, In a Fresh Take

Misunderstood Teens, In a Fresh Take

BY STEVE ERICKSON | When it comes to the nation of Colombia, Americans immediately think of drugs and violence. The first Colombian film I saw, “Rodrigo D.,” addresses these issues directly. Tragically, several of its teenage cast members were killed in the period between its shoot and release. The second Colombian film I’ve seen, Lina […]

Sisterhood Rhapsody

Sisterhood Rhapsody

BY STEVE ERICKSON | There are Americans who live in a world made entirely of Japanese culture: anime, manga, outrageous fashion. The frequency with which Japanese settings are used in cyberpunk science fiction suggests that many writers see the country as our future. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda is busy doing something else, exploring the style, if not […]

A Father Knows

A Father Knows

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Among Japanese directors of his generation (now in their 50s), Hirokazu Kore-eda stands apart. Other than the fanciful “Air Doll,” in which an inflatable sex doll comes to life, he’s shown no interest in making genre films. Instead, he’s stuck to Japan’s lengthy tradition of family dramas in the vein of Yasujiro […]

Greatest American Film Actress

Greatest American Film Actress

BY DAVID NOH | Although she is not as celebrated and written about as her contemporaries Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis, a very strong case could be made for Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990), far more versatile than either, as the pre-eminent American film actress of the sound era. Easily supporting this assertion are her films themselves, 88 […]

South Korean Filmmakers Getting First US Shot

South Korean Filmmakers Getting First US Shot

BY STEVE ERICKSON| In most respects, the South Korean film industry is a success story. Thanks to a quota system, it’s one of the few national cinemas that’s managed to resist Hollywood and hang on to the majority of its own market. As of April, six of this year’s top 10 highest-grossing films in South Korea […]