Exposed Plywood: Lin Tuan-chiu’s ‘The Husband’s Secret’ (1960)

“When Le-hun sobs in the artificial rain, back pressed to a plywood facade, the plainness of the wood’s grain brings the audience closer to the material rather than adding distance: the production and the resulting film seem one in the same, part of an enthusiastic defiance of mass-market cinema in favor of local storytelling.” Continue reading Exposed Plywood: Lin Tuan-chiu’s ‘The Husband’s Secret’ (1960)

Review: ‘To The Moon’ (2020), dir. Tadhg O’Sullivan

by Ruairí McCann One of the most iconic images of early cinema, from Georges Méliès’s Le Voyage dans la Lune (1902), depicts a cylindrical rocket ship lodged in the eye of a personified moon. From this cast-iron splinter flows a gaggle of scientists with wizard-like abilities and appearances. Once they have bored their way through the great stony grimace, they find not a dead rock … Continue reading Review: ‘To The Moon’ (2020), dir. Tadhg O’Sullivan

Major Minor Love—On Hong Sang-soo’s ‘Introduction’ and ‘In Front of Your Face’

There’s no standard criterion for deducing the major/minor status of any given Hong Sang-soo film, which occur at such a steady clip that even the usual associative buzzwords––prolific, generous, obsessive, redundant even––fail at even their most basic purpose. Continue reading Major Minor Love—On Hong Sang-soo’s ‘Introduction’ and ‘In Front of Your Face’