It’s Gonna Be a Busy Month…

Revolutionary Road

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

Release Date: February 19

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Kate Winslet, Leonardo Dicaprio

Not only do we get to see Kate and Leonardo reunited again for the first time on the silver screen since “Titanic,” but the film also stars the wonderful Michael Shannon in his first Oscar nominated performance. From the trailer, it looks as though “Revolutionary Road,” about a young couple in the 1950s whose marriage begins to fall apart after they move to a soul-crushing Connecticut suburb, will deliver plenty of marital angst as the husband and wife protagonists go at each others’ throats for two hours. Who doesn’t want to watch the now legendary love story between Jack and Rose turn bitterly sour?

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

Release Date: February 12

Directed by: David Fincher

Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

Based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” tells the tale of a man who ages backwards. It received critical acclaim back in America and now leads the Oscar race with thirteen nominations. The film boasts an impressive cast and crew with stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, writer Eric Roth (who penned the script of “Forrest Gump”), and, most importantly, director David Fincher (“Fight Club,” “Seven,” and “Zodiac”). Yet, I can’t help but be a little skeptical because Fincher seems to be begging shamelessly for a golden statue with this Academy-Award friendly fare.

FRENCH MOOD FILM SERIES

January 30 through March 1 at the Busan Cinematheque

The Busan Cinematheque has chosen an eclectic mix of French films for its next series entitled “French Mood.” The highlights include more recent movies by directors Maurice Pialat, Arnaud Desplechin, and Jacques Audiard, as well as some classics from the ’40s and ’50s. But I’m mostly excited about the handful of Eric Rohmer films – drawing from his “Six Moral Tales” and “Comedies and Proverbs” cycles – that will be shown. Both “The Baker of Monceau,” a twenty-five minute short, and “My Night at Maude’s” are excellent, but feel free to skip “Suzanne’s Career.” The other three, “A Good Marriage” (1982), “Pauline at the Beach” (1983), and “Boyfriends and Girlfriends” (1987) come highly recommended. All of the films will have English and Korean subtitles.

SERGIO LEONE RETROSPECTIVE

February 26 through March 1 at the Busan Cinematheque

Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone spawned the highly influential “Spaghetti Western” sub-genre with his work in the ’60s and ’70s. The Busan Cinematheque will honor him next month by showing three of his westerns – “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” (1966), “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968), and “Duck, You Sucker” (1971) – as well as his nearly four hour crime saga, “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984), with Robert Deniro, James Woods, and Joe Pesci.

Screening Information:

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” – February 26 at 13:00, February 28 at 15:30

“Once Upon a Time in the West” – February 26 at 16:30, March 1 at 19:00

“Duck, You Sucker” – February 27 at 15:00, February 28 at 19:00

“Once Upon a Time in America” – February 27 at 18:00, March 1 at 14:30

Once Upon a Time in the WestThe Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Duck, You SuckerOnce Upon a Time in America

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3 Responses to “It’s Gonna Be a Busy Month…”

  1. Thomas Says:

    Hey, I highly appreciate the information you provide here. Do you perchance have an idea when these (Sergio Leone) movies are showing? I could find the dates only, not the times on the website you mentioned.
    Thanks!

  2. jacobworrel Says:

    I updated the post with screening information.
    The cinemateque’s website is a bit hard to navigate since it’s mostly in Korean, but it does have screening times. Just click the “screening” tab (second from the left) on the bar at the top. It should bring you to a calender with all the current movie listings.

  3. Thomas Says:

    Wow, that was quick. Thanks a lot man!

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