South Korean, Mongolian movies win awards for emerging talents as Busan film festival closes By Associated Press, SEOUL, South Korea Movies from South Korea and Mongolia have won $30,000 New Currents Awards for emerging filmmakers at Asias largest film festival. Busan International Film Festival organizers said Saturday that the festivals biggest prizes went to Pascha by South Korean director Ahn Seonkyoung and Remote Control by Mongolias Sakhya Byamba. Its the first time a Mongolian movie entered and won the competition in the festivals 18 years. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas The awards, given to first- or second-time Asian directors, show the festivals efforts to discover and support the regions new talents. The organizers said Pascha, an unusual love story between a 40-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, won the jurys heart with its highly original expression. They said Remote Control neatly portrayed tensions between reality and fiction. The jury, led by Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, picked Transit, Hannah Espias drama about Filipino migrant workers in Israel, as a special mention. The 10-day festival that ended Saturday drew more than 200,000 visitors for the second straight year, even as a rare October typhoon forced the organizers to reschedule some events and close outdoor booths by corporate sponsors four days before the festival drew to a close. The fair closed Saturday evening with The Dinner, South Korean director Kim Dong-hyuns independent feature. The festival, which opened Oct. 3 with Vara: A Blessing, a Bhutanese drama about classical South Indian dance, screened about 300 movies from all corners of the world.
‘Captain Phillips’ and other new movies, reviewed
All Rights Reserved. Photo by Hopper Stone Captain Phillips (PG-13) ‘Captain Phillips,’ a taut, finely crafted, superbly acted maritime thriller, is just one of a wave of fabulous films heading our way. Its autumn, my friends, a time of falling leaves and soaring cinematic standards. Hallelujah, and pass the buttered popcorn. Ann Hornaday The Summit (R) Because The Summit jumps around in time and because the events on the mountain happened over two days and at locations often far apart, the already garbled chronology of deaths is made even more confusing. Michael OSullivan When Comedy Went to School (Unrated) At first, the movie sets out to prove that the mountain resort was the seminal location for mid-century Jewish comedians to get their start. But after so many detours into other terrain, the movie feels muddled and unwieldy. Stephanie Merry The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (R) Wright and Mackie have small parts, playing a homeless veteran and a pimp, respectively. Like all the other grown-up actors, their work is fine and tightly focused. But its Brooks and Dizon that youre not likely to forget. They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances. Michael OSullivan Escape from Tomorrow (Unrated) As a social critique, ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ is weak. At times, the filmmaker seems to suggest that Disneys mechanistic manipulation of the imagination after all, its park designers are called imagineers is stifling original thought. Michael OSullivan Machete Kills (R) Bad acting, narrative illogic, inattention to character development and storytelling so choppy that the film seems to have been edited with a, well, machete are what you expect from a movie like this, which originated as a fake trailer incorporated into the 2007 film Grindhouse. Michael OSullivan Romeo and Juliet (PG-13) ‘Wherefore art thou Romeo?’ remains, as do the plays other most famous lines, but screenwriter Julian Fellowes, the creator of ‘Downton Abbey,’ has dumbed down much of the remaining dialogue. Does that mean it will appeal to a broader audience? Its possible cursing ‘zounds’ is so 1597, after all but replacing existing text with old adages about the road to hell being paved with good intentions or striking while the iron is hot comes across as lazy. Stephanie Merry A.C.O.D. (R) The cast is uniformly strong, with standout performances from Lynch, OHara, Jenkins, Poehler and Howard. Jessica Alba also makes a nice, if brief, appearance as a fellow child of divorce with whom Carter almost cheats on Lauren.
Keswick is always our testing ground for new shows, new concepts, said Vivino. I really cant tell you why, but theres just something about this audience out there in Glenside they really get it. The audience there has always been with us and are hip with us changing up the shows. Its one of those secret little towns and theaters, and we just love playing there. Vivino said the band doesnt plan on making the show a chronological retrospective or anything of that nature. The group will likely jump from one album to another with no rhyme or reason other than doing what works best for the show theyre trying to perform. They didnt put all their hits in the movies, but some of their very best songs are in those movies, said Vivino. We have five movies to pull from, so the playlist is amazing. Theres a lot to work with. Youre really getting a great show out of these five movies and five albums. As for the movies themselves, Vivino thinks because of the Beatles rampant success in all corners of pop culture, the films are perhaps slightly underrated and underappreciated. Continued… See Full Story Back then you really couldnt be a success unless you had movies, TV shows, albums and concerts, he said. And The Beatles had everything going like that.