World Cinema


Boys with Toys: “Microbe and Gasoline”

Microbe and Gasoline (2015, Dir. Michel Gondry): Michel Gondry’s career has led him through music videos, surreal cult classics (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and even a stab at Hollywood blockbusters (The Green Hornet). His latest...


The Straight Story: “Paths of the Soul”

Paths of the Soul (2015, Dir. Zhang Yang):  “It’s true, I have no religious beliefs. However, the shooting, as well as the movie, was a process of rediscovering myself and hopefully for the audience, too. This doesn’t mean that...


Murderer’s Mambo: “The Assassin”

The Assassin (2015, Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien):  In the original story, the bluebird is a peacock, an exotic pet kept by the King of Jibing. Wishing it would sing, the Queen and King decide to place a mirror in front of it, hoping it might think its...

"Ode to My Father"

History Lesson: “Ode to My Father”

Ode to My Father (2014, Dir. Yoon Je-kyoon): Korean cinema, like Hollywood, likes to go big — but instead of CGI worlds and explosions, the Koreans traffic in sentiment. We’re used to a good cry with a chick flick or the latest...


Eternal Return: “Certified Copy”

Certified Copy (2010, Dir. Abbas Kiarostami): “The movie started when he invited me to Tehran and one night he started talking about a story that happened to him in Italy, about a woman unhooking her bra, and I didn’t know where it was...

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