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Hong Sangsoo’s The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996)

Ready or not, this year’s awards season is now officially on with yesterday’s announcement of the nominations for the Gotham Awards. Fortunately, we’ll always have other diversions to which we can avert our eyes—and ears.

  • In Review Online has launched a series of twenty-five reviews of every feature Hong Sangsoo has made since The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (1996). Introducing the special feature, Tony Huang Gengsi argues that “in [Hong’s] most developed style, the immoral and unruly subconscious of Korean society would tend to be revealed to us as if by accident, through the uncontainable messiness of the behavior Hong chooses to depict, and through cracks in seemingly sound, but actually unreliable, narrative structures.”
  • The Cinephiliacs is back after a month off, with the podcast’s host Peter Labuza speaking with Terri Francis, director of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University. The topics of the conversation range from Kathleen Collins’s Losing Ground (1982), one of the first narrative features by an African American woman, to Josephine Baker, black identity, and the changing nature of cinephilia.
  • Karina Longworth’s wildly popular podcast You Must Remember This returns from a brief hiatus with a mini-season that’ll serve as supplementary listening to her forthcoming book, Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood. Longworth will be telling the stories of “four actresses who were briefly seduced by Hughes, either professionally or romantically, and one writer whose travails in Hollywood during the Hughes era speak to the conflicted female experience behind the camera in twentieth century Hollywood.”
  • Variety critic Owen Gleiberman calls his list of the twenty best horror films of the past twenty years “a catalog of the cinematic fears and obsessions that define an era.” Topping his list is Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017), “an indelible roller-coaster of dread, as well as a definitive projection of what it looks and feels like, in that sunken place, when black lives don’t matter.”
  • The new issue of the Canadian open access journal Synoptique features, among other articles, essays on experimental filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh’s Pittsburgh Trilogy (1983) and Philip Scheffner’s indefinable yet haunting Havarie (2016) as well as reviews of Michael Gillespie’s book, Film Blackness: American Cinema and the Idea of Black Film, and Asian Video Cultures: In the Penumbra of the Global, a collection edited by Joshua Neves and Bhaskar Sarkar.

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