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3 FANTASIA: Filmmaker Jung’s twist on Nikita
Montreal Gazette T’CHA DUNLEVY
Jung Byung-gil wastes zero time with niceties in his wham-bam action flick The Villainess, which had a midnight screening at the Cannes Film Festival, closed the New York Asian Film Festival and opens Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival on Thursday evening.
Therein, the South Korean director drops viewers into the thick of it: a black-clad individual enters an ominous industrial building in the middle of the night and begins killing everyone in sight.
Our April meeting started at noon with the return of our Sunday morning SF movie matinee. Keith brought in 5 George Pal movies to choose from:
“War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, When Worlds Collide, Destination Moon, and Conquest of Space are the movies I’ll have on hand for folks to choose from. They’re all good! Classics!”
After watching the trailers, we voted and Conquest of Space was chosen. It wasn’t long before some of us began to regret we hadn’t gone with War of the Worlds or Time Machine. OTOH, we did have a lot of fun poking holes in the science, (or more properly, lack of) and the religious fanaticism screwing up the mission might be a good moral lesson for the GOP candidates.
Following the movie, Renée Walling gave a talk on the BDs, with emphasis on the European ones. The genre has come a long way since Asterix and TinTin, beloved graphic novels of our childhood. Renée also had quite a selection on hand for browsing.
After the break and the raffle (I won the chocolate Dragon, which was great, as I had huge problems with my email provider and seriously needed the chocolate to keep me from insanity) we went to work on our stop motion project. One scene is now complete, but there is much more to film. We may need to reorganize the programming for the May movie to complete the work.
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