Jo Shishido

Japanese actor Jo Shishido died on January 20, 2020. He had cheek surgery to emphasize his cheekbones. He is known for starring roles in Branded to Kill (available in the Criterion Collection) and other action films directed by Seijun Suzuki in the 1960s.

'Parasite' is bringing well-deserved attention to Korean films

I haven’t seen Parasite yet but I have seen and admire most of Bong Joon-Ho’s other films. It’s success is bringing attention to other Korean films. I have seen others and will post comments on them later. Well Go USA is a company that releases a lot of Korean films in the US.

Films that were not release in the US are frequently available on eBay. I use film festival lists and sites like Eastern Kicks and Modern Korean Cinema to learn about the films.

This is a great list of Korean films – more in the next tweet

Korean Film series in Baltimore last year

Korean Film list from BFI

Korean film list from the Houston Chronicle

Night of the Living Dead – 10/1/68

Night of the Living Dead is available on DVD and Blu-ray through the Criterion Collection

Buster Keaton films on TCM on 8/19/19

TCM will be showing a big selection of both his silent and sound films:

Silent films: Battling Butler, The Cameraman, The General, Sherlock, Jr., Seven Chances, Steamboat, Bill, Jr., The Navigator

They’re all great. The General is considered the best. I am partial to Steamboat Bill, Jr. which has the amazing stunt of the house front falling down around him (see below). The Cameraman was his first film for MGM and is as good as his earlier films which were made without studio restrictions. I have seen rumors that it will be released by Criterion.

The rest are sound films. I haven’t seen the ones from the 1930s that were made for MGM but they are not nearly as well thought of as his silent features.

TCM is also showing the excellent recent documentary, The Great Buster.

His pre-MGM films have been released on Blu-ray and DVD by Kino Lorber. Cohen has begun issuing Blu-rays with new transfers. The MGM films from the 1930s have been released on DVD by Warner Brothers.

Keaton at Yankee Stadium in The Cameraman
from Steamboat Bill, Jr.

The Great McGinty on TCM 8/13/19 at 8 pm

The Great McGinty (1940) was the first film directed by Preston Sturges and it’s one of his best.

It was released on Blu-ray on 1/14/20.

Blobfest 2019

I went to Blobfest for the fourth time on July 13, 2019. I saw a double bill of The Blob and Forbidden Planet. The audience is like the people who attended The Rocky Horror Picture Show events. They really know the movie and clap along with the rhythm of the theme song. For the first time that I have seen, the audience laughed at the end when the blob is taken to the Arctic because it is frozen. We know that it is thawing because of global warming.

I also posted YouTube videos I found about this year’s Blobfest.

It’s great to see the movie in the theater that is in the movie – see this clip from The Blob. There is now a plaque near the windows of the projection booth.