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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 Hoon-jung, and co-starring Choi Min-sik as a bus driver and serial killer, I Saw the Devil was a moderate hit in its native country. It was also the Austin Film Critics Association's surprise Best Foreign Language Film. 'I Saw the Devil' is Austin Film Critics' one major surprise pick This awards season, the Austin Film Critics Association has gone for some unusual – though not exactly “surprising” – choices. Well, […]


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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 In the Land of Blood and Honey. A year-end release, the film apparently has gone unseen by some (most?) critics groups; that may help to explain why In the Land of Blood and Honey has been all but completely bypassed by U.S. film critics this awards season. Even so – in no small part thanks to director Angelina Jolie's stellar name – the effort, with dialogue in Bosnian, Serbian, and […]


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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 Voice review J. Hoberman says “Mother is deftly plotted, applying Hitchcockian suspense with a Hitchcockian sense of fair play. It would hardly be surprising if Hollywood attempted a remake—although it will be a rare studio movie with the nerve to re-create Mother's convulsive final reel …” Starring one of Korea's most revered actresses, KIM Hye-ja, Mother chronicles the struggles of the title character, a small-town single parent who does whatever […]


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