As Kubrick bought the rights to A.I. based on Brian Aldiss's short story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" it became a problem for him as he realised that with all the complexities of the story and his vision of putting it on screen the SPFX of his day could not do it justice especially in creating the main human-like android of the original story, and so he sat on it.
When he met Steven Spielberg and saw Jurassic Park he realised that the industry SPFX were right to achieve his goal he handed the reigns of production in 1995 to the young filmmaker. Ironically it was in 2001 that Speilburg made the film and I'm certain that Kubick would have approved.
After having seen an online interview held on the NT stage between John Lithgow and Nicholas Hytner following John's brilliant performance in The Magistrate. I needed to read this book.
It's such an insight into an actor who I knew very little about. Being brought up emerged in Shakespeare John tells us about his journey in a witty and wilfully engaging manner. A real page turner. Even if you only know him from "3rd Rock From The Sun" this book will be a complete revelation about John.
I saw this film in a film festival and fell in love with the performances and the sensibility of the storyline. The Blu Ray completely lived up to my expectations. Having seen Céline's previous film I knew I would be in for a treat. A most unusual story told with great affection and humour.
After a series of rapes and murders in a small town in South Korea the local detectives bungle crucial evidence and their tack is taken over by A more competent Seoul Detective. The film has a high degree of unease but the gruesome images are also balanced by a devilish sense of dark humour. Song Kang-ho the lead actor in the film went onto star in the south Korean blockbuster The Host and more recently in "Thirst". Get your hands on this film it's a milestone in Asian cinema.
"Memories of was the second feature film directed by Bong Joon-ho, following his 2000 debut film Barking Dogs Never Bite. The screenplay was adapted by Bong and Shim Sung-bo from Kim Kwang-rim's 1996 stage play about the same subject. Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung star as two of the detectives trying to solve the crimes.
The film won the South Korean film industry's 2003 Grand Bell Award for best film, while Bong Joon-ho and Song Kang-ho won the awards for best director and best leading actor respectively.
While a total body count was never mentioned in the film, a total of 10 similar murders were committed in the Hwaseong area between October 1986 and April 1991. Over 300,000 policemen took part in the investigation and over 3,000 suspects were interrogated."
These guys had us laughing out loud so much that the neighbours rang the bell to see if we were being assaulted! Brilliant idea in double (sometimes triple) Point-Of-View video techniques with over-dubbed thought streams.
This "Peep Show" phenomenon needs to be sold to New Zealand Television so us Kiwi's can all soak up the joy.