In Search Of New Images

“…There are few images to be found. One has to dig for them like an archaeologist. One has to search through this ravaged landscape to find anything at all… It’s often tied up with risk, of course, which I would never shun, but I see so few people today who dare to address our lack of adequate images. We absolutely need images in tune with our civilization, images that resonate with what is deepest within us. We need to go into war zones, if need be, or anywhere else it takes us…to find images that are pure and clear and transparent… I’d go to Mars or Saturn if I could…because it’s no longer easy here on this Earth to find that something that gives images their transparency the way you could before.”

From Werner Herzog, a man who has added countless new images to cinema. I found the quote here.

Not So With The Panda

How disdainfully did I snicker when I first played this film out of desperation and exhaustion for a couple of elementary-school tutorees who had for several weeks running refused to speak to me during our hour-long classes, snorting at the first lines—”Find more metal!”—and failing to see at all through my prejudices. This is a kid’s movie, I thought. Unworthy of my austere grandeur.

It took two or three more viewings to realize that something remarkable was present in this film. For months I had been showing a battery of Disneys and Pixars to my very young son, sticking to the dictum proffered to me by some philosophical friends that you should only let your kids watch what you yourself enjoy. Though he slept through a lot of these he seemed to like them, never requesting to see them again after we had finished.

Wreck It Ralph

Wreck it Ralph

So on Tuesday I was allowed to join the Coppard clan in their daily festivities. I met Eleanor, aka Nicky Fury, and her husband through roller derby and they have three of the funniest boys that I know.

On skates Fury is one big ball of ferociousness who it's better to have on your side or to keep out of the way of. Once she's traded her skates for DMs I think it's still best not to wind her up, a lesson her kids are yet to learn, but it does lead to hilarity for observers.

As it was half term, I went along with her to the cinema to watch a film called Wreck It Ralph, which I'd never heard of, so had absolutely no expectations of it, but it was amazing!

All Aboard the Korean Wine Train

Recently, I signed on to film an episode of "Top 10 Korea" with Arirang TV.  I've spent the past few weekends traveling to destinations around Korea that have some sort of relation to railroads, the theme of the episode.  I'm positively certain that I will end up looking like an idiot on international television, but despite that, it has been a really fun experience so far.

Busan International Film Festival

I've always loved films, back home Natasha and I had Cineworld cards and would go multiple times a week. Therefore I was happy that before I'd got to Busan people told me about the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) which happens annually here. We've trudged over the name plaques in BIFF square in Nampo hundreds of times and never really given it much thought before. It's the Asian Film Industry's equivalent of Grauman's Chinese Theatre plaques on Hollywood Boulevard.

2011 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF 2011)

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 15:00
: October 6th (Thu) – 14th(Fri), 2011 (9 days)
Screening Films: around 300 from 70 countries


Retro Korean Horror Movie Posters

Even though Korean cinema has only enjoyed international recognition since recently, the history of the peninsula's cinematographic industry goes back to the early twentieth century. Horror films started to emerge as a genre in the sixties and remained popular until today. As you'll see from the movie posters below, the stories almost invariably centered around a revengeful female ghost who came back among the living to wreck havoc.

Sorry, someone is sitting there!

A few weeks ago I went to the cinema in Jangsan, Haeundae. Practically everything I enjoy about the cinema was there. Movie posters, old and new, selling their films to a world ready to be taken out of the everyday world for a gifted moment or two. There was the almost tangible feeling of the alluring anticipation of seeing a film on the big screen. Then sitting in your seat just in time to catch the trailers of future films, designed to do nothing more than entice you back to the cinema. Finally, being lost (hopefully) in a world that the director is trying to portray. All parts of the cinema magic were to be found in that typical Korean cinema.

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