By: Henry J. Fromage –
This week I got a chance to take a breath and catch some flicks an the theater. Things are starting to heat up again there.
94. 1987: When the Day Comes
This multi-charactered drama follows the events of January to June 1987, when two student protester deaths catalyzed a nation into taking to the streets against the military dictatorship in what became known as the June Struggle. While chock-full of recognizable Korean actors and storylines that interweave leading up to the climactic protests, this is more about the movement than the characters, but an interesting perspective on seismic political events not even a generation ago in the democratic Korea. Two Beers.
95. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
This movie is as dumb as a box of rocks, stringing together preposterous situations in the name of set pieces and mild social commentary. The fact it’s still as fun and engaging as it proves to be is a testament to J.A. Bayona’s directorial flair and the commitment of the cast. Four Beers.
96. I Can Speak
I was not a fan of the severe tonal shifts of this erstwhile comedy which becomes a deadly serious war crimes movie, but Na Moon-hee is seriously great as the central pestering old woman who’s asked to hold court in the comedy, melodrama, and historical drama genres and does so with aplomb. Just too bad the rest of the film was such a structural mess. Four Beers.
This Korean indie film shows how the independent scene there is growing by leaps and bounds. Following a young woman couchsurfing her old bandmates, it becomes a social parable for the various roles women play in modern Korean society. A stunner from Jeon Go-woon, instantly putting herself on the map of rising world cinema talent. A Toast.
98. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Mr. Rogers was the closest thing this nation, and the institution of television, had to the embodiment of a conscience. This film does its best to reveal him as the man he was, and doesn’t need to tackle the mythos because, accordingly to apparently everyone, he was exactly who he presented himself to be A tearjerker if there ever was one, but because of kindness, goodness, and empathy, not tragedy. Unlike any experience you’ll have in the theater this year. A Toast.