Fall 2019

25 New Faces of Independent Film 2019

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They Came From Within: Bong Joon-ho on Parasite

“This is so metaphorical!” Ki-woo’s metatextual reaction to the unlikely gift of a stone from his friend Min early in Bong Joon- ho’s Palme d’Or–winning Parasite isn’t the film’s most startling moment, but it’s an early jolt that both sets and undermines viewer expectations. Ki-woo (wide-eyed Choi Woo-shik—Okja, Train to Busan) lives in an underground apartment with his underemployed family, including humbled but unvanquished father Ki-taek (Bong regular Song Kang-ho, unsurprisingly great) and scheming sister Ki-jung (Park So-dam, cynical and hilarious). When Ki-woo becomes a tutor for the daughter of a rich family, the action settles into that family’s stunning […]

  • Outer Visions: Leo Goldsmith and Gregory Zinman on Serving as Ad Astra‘s Experimental Film Consultants

    It’s a rare thing for scholars to be asked to serve as advisors on studio films of any size, no matter the topic. (Hell, we’re usually not even asked to authenticate representations of academia itself.) So, it came as a pleasant surprise indeed for Brooklyn-based scholar and curator Leo Goldsmith and Georgia Tech film and media professor Gregory Zinman when they were asked by director James Gray to serve as advisors on his latest film, Ad Astra, scheduled for a September release by 20th Century Fox. Said to be a moody, existential science fiction film (Zinman and Goldsmith have read […]

  • Also Sprach Kubrick: Sayings, Maxims and Aphorisms of Chairman Stanley

    It was 1966, a year into the production of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the MGM Studios in Borehamwood, northwest of London, when I suddenly realized I had been quoting some of Stanley Kubrick’s sayings over the preceding months. One of the props men had complained to me about the difficulty in buying something, and I replied, “Well, you know what Stanley says: ’In England, it is easier to sell something than to buy something.’” Up until then, I’d had an arsenal of quotes from Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary (a work Kubrick much admired, see below—and right) and one […]

  • Inside Out Planets: NASA’s Influence on Cinema’s Visions of Outer Space

    In 1975, an interdisciplinary group of engineers, artists, physicists, architects and urban planners convened for 10 weeks at Stanford University and the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. The group assembled to design complete and convincing systems for sustained life in outer space. Fred Scharmen—author of Space Settlements, a new book that considers the cultural impact of the 1975 Summer Study’s proposals—notes the most “influential outcomes” were the trippy paintings made to illustrate these ideas. These paintings, in watercolor, acrylic and gouache, depict bright bubbles of life and majestic rings—appearing like cornucopias in cutaway view—with tranquil landscapes and […]


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