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Film Critics Awards: Jessica Chastain & Korean Surprise + Michael Bay Bomb & Cosmic Consciousness

I Saw the Devil with Lee Byung-hun. Released in August 2010 in South Korea, Kim Jee-woon's psychological action thriller I Saw the Devil stars Blue Dragon Award nominee Lee Byung-hun as a National Intelligence Service agent out to avenge the gory death of his fiancée. Written by Kim and Park […]


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Film Critics Awards: Jessica Chastain & Korean Surprise + Michael Bay Bomb & Cosmic Consciousness



Angelina Jolie Political Film Leads to Controversy & PGA Award + Best Animated Feature Oscar Contender Disqualified

Angelina Jolie In the Land of Blood and Honey director. Best known as the star of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, opposite Brad Pitt, and Wanted, opposite James McAvoy, Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Angelina Jolie (Girl Interrupted, 1999) has made her directorial feature film debut with the Bosnian War drama […]


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Angelina Jolie Political Film Leads to Controversy & PGA Award + Best Animated Feature Oscar Contender Disqualified



'Mother': Q&A with Bong Joon-ho

Kim Hye-ja in Mother Bong Joon-ho's Mother, a Spirit Award nominee and the winner of Korea's 2009 Blue Dragon Award for Best Picture, has received widespread critical praise. At Salon.com, the headline for Andrew O'Hehir review calls the film “a brilliant Hitchcock mystery, made in Korea,” while in his Village […]


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'Mother': Q&A with Bong Joon-ho



Blue Dragon Awards: 'Mother' Snub Surprise + Where's Anne of Green Gables?

Mother with Kim Hye-ja. The Blue Dragon Film Awards' Best Korean Film (and Best Foreign Film Spirit Award nominee), Bong Joon-ho's Mother strangely ended up taking home only two other statuettes: Best Supporting Actor (Jin Ku) and Best Lighting. Veteran television star Kim Hye-ja lost the Best Actress Blue Dragon […]


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Blue Dragon Awards: 'Mother' Snub Surprise + Where's Anne of Green Gables?



100 Films for the Ideal Cinematheque + Marrakech & Blue Dragon Winners

Via Cahiers du Cinéma: Seventy-eight film critics and historians – mostly from France or the Francophone world, apparently – among them screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, screenwriter-director Claude Miller, and author-documentarian, poll organizer, and editor of the book 100 Films pour une Cinemathèque Idéale Claude-Jean Philippe – have selected their top 100 […]


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100 Films for the Ideal Cinematheque + Marrakech & Blue Dragon Winners



Stockholm Film Festival + Blue Dragon Award Winners: Abortion Drama & Gangster Action Comedy Top Picks

Cristian Mungiu's Romanian abortion drama 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days received the Bronze Horse for best film at the 2007 edition of the Stockholm Film Festival. Mungiu's drama about a young woman helping a friend to undergo an illegal abortion during the Nicolae Ceausescu era was chosen for […]


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Stockholm Film Festival + Blue Dragon Award Winners: Abortion Drama & Gangster Action Comedy Top Picks



Monster Movie Tops Korean Film Awards + 'Family Ties' Tops Thessaloniki

'The Host': Monster movie tops 2006 Korean Film Awards Bong Joon-ho's monster movie The Host was the top winner at the 2006 Korean Film Awards, announced on November 19. The environmentally conscious film about a gigantic creature who comes out of polluted waters to feast on human beings took home […]


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Monster Movie Tops Korean Film Awards + 'Family Ties' Tops Thessaloniki