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Gran Torino and Rachel Getting Married Release Dates Changed


The South Korean release date of “Gran Torino” (Clint Eastwood) has been pushed back to March 19. “Rachel Getting Married” (Jonathan Demme) was released in Seoul today, but no word on when it’ll come to Busan (or if it will). I’ll keep you updated as soon as I find out.


Reactions to the 2009 Academy Award Winners


The results are in! My predictions weren’t quite as spot-on as I had hoped they would be (I got 6 out of 10 right), but I did say it would be a big night for “Slumdog Millionaire,” which ended up winning 8 of its 10 nominations. Then again, you didn’t need a crystal ball to foresee that one. The academy definitely went with the heavyweights this year, doling out top acting prizes to Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Heath Ledger, and Penelope Cruz (all of whom had previously been nominated). The less established actors were completely left in the dust. Otherwise, it was a pretty dull ceremony celebrating a pretty dull year in cinema. Let’s just hope 2009 is better.

Who Got Robbed:

Mickey Rourke (”The Wrestler) for “Best Actor” - stolen by Sean Penn (”Milk”)


Busan Cinematheque Film Archive Gives Access to Thousands of Rare DVD Titles


I made a new discovery at the Busan Cinematheque today - they have an archive of thousands of DVDs that you can watch there on small screens with headphones for free. It definitely doesn’t make for the best viewing experience (only hardcore cinephiles will probably want to bother), but it’s the only way to get access to such a vast collection of rare titles in Busan. I glanced at the selection for a few minutes, and it’s pretty impressive - lots of older, artsier stuff made by well-regarded filmmakers.

Cinematheque Film Archive


2009 Academy Awards Predictions


By no means does this list represent what I think should win, but what I think will win. That being said, some of these picks totally deserve to take home the golden statue.

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

I predict a big night for “Slumdog Millionaire” because it’s the obvious choice and the academy almost always goes for the obvious choice. I’ve seen three of the five films in competition this year and I liked “Slumdog” the most, but that isn’t saying much. It’s more like I hated it the least. I’ll save the juicy details for the review I plan on writing if and when it comes out in South Korea.

Best Actor: Mickey Rourke for “The Wrestler”


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