Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (2000)

The employment of a narrative of diptychs, title cards, and the artistic decision to shoot in monocolor alone would have vaulted Sang-soo Hong's ode to cinema halfway to realization without factoring in his recurrent and self-referential character stocks. Screenwriters and filmmakers. Such archetypes while not constants in his work still are reliable regulars in an oeuvre one would be wrong to classify as entirely meta. Continue reading “Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (2000)”

Babel (2006)

The notion of the global village gets a stirring screen treatment in what came across to some as contrived coincidence in Babel. But detach yourself a little from the forced probabilities — the story really is a perversion of the six degrees of separation theory — and you’ll unearth a beautifully crafted humanist drama. Conceived by longtime collaborators Alejandro Gonzales Iñàrritu and Guillermo Arriaga (just don’t take either side’s story) Babel borrows from the Biblical fable of Babylon. Obviously, since it befits the errors in communication when disparate cultures meet. Here, four intersecting storylines take place in San Diego, Tijuana, the Moroccan desert, and Tokyo; far-flung locales that on one fateful day’s events showcase fleeting inseparability despite the enormity of space in between. Earth’s vastness is temporarily defied. The plot employs Murphy’s law striking two sides of that quadrangle, with a third caught in the crossfire. Continue reading “Babel (2006)”