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.
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.
Cheddar Goblin is a terrific gross fake commercial in the excellent revenge film Mandy which stars Nicholas Cage. His character sees the commercial on TV. More on the back story is here.
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.
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.