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Oct 11 2020

Time To Hunt (Sanyangeui sigan)

Published by under Movies

The more I watch Korean cinema, the more I love it. “Parasite” might have won several Oscars, and it certainly is a movie that represents everything that movies are all about, but there is so much more to discover when you begin watching Korean motion pictures.

“Time To Hunt” – on Netflix! – is such a movie that took me to a place I’ve missed so much for such a long time.

Many of its scenes contain homages to the works of George Romero, John Carpenter and several others of the old movie gods that I grew up with. Just wait for the “hospital” and the “safe house” segments later in the movie. Or the abandoned buildings in the final showdown. You’ll know exactly what I mean when you’ve watched Romero’s and Carpenter’s films.

Here’s the link to the movie’s IMDB page:

Believe me: Its ratings are significantly underrated there.

As always, watch it in the original language. Even though my native language is German, I’ve watched it with English subtitles – most of the time the English localization is better than the German one.

I will most certainly watch out for more movies from director/writer Sung-hyun Yoon, that’s for sure.

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Jul 17 2017

Farewell, George Andrew Romero

Published by under Endnacht,Movies,Thoughts

George A. Romero, the father of the modern zombie movie, died on July 16, 2017. He was the director of one of my most favorite movies of all time, the original Dawn Of The Dead, the movie that lit my imagination as a teenager in ways like nothing else before. This is not an exaggeration: I was so hooked that only after the 100th time I actually stopped counting how often I had watched Dawn. Mind you: I merely stopped counting. I didn’t stop watching the film or letting it run in the background so that I could suck up more of its atmosphere while I was doing something else.

Dawn Of The Dead is the end time movie, and no other director could ever create such a cold, apocalyptic atmosphere in a film as Romero. He didn’t need a huge Hollywood budget to bring the end of the world on your screen, he didn’t need big name actors to make you believe that the end of civilization had come. And he didn’t need cheap close-ups on gore scenes to scare you for nights and days to come – but his movies use an almost comic-style, bizarre version of violence nonetheless; not because of cheap showmanship, but to make a point, to emphasize the dire reality his characters – and his audience – cannot escape from.

Romero knew how to capture his vision of the downfall of mankind on film, and he knew how to plant those images into your brain in a way that makes it impossible to shake them out of your mind.

He was an artist, a filmmaker extraordinaire, and he was the creator and unrivaled master of what we later came to call the zombie apocalypse. Attempts at copying his unique style were made countless times, and some decent movies, books and computer games were created along the way, but nothing ever matched Romero’s total vision or could hit you with the same impact his Dawn Of The Dead did.

We have lost one of our greatest movie writers and directors.

Farewell, George. You will be missed.

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