Bandhobi: The Most Interesting Korean Movie You’ll See This Year

Originally posted on The Grand Narrative:

Bandhobi

Well, it certainly sounds like it will be, although I admit I have some reservations about Bandhobi‘s (반두비) “crude political satire,” and especially of its portrayal of an American English teacher as an “occasional rotten apple.” Given that it otherwise aims to transcend and/or educate viewers about such issues as racism, illegal immigration, and possibly even teenage sexuality, then it would be both ironic and quite a pity if it resorted to gross stereotypes of foreign male English teachers in the process.

(In passing, as I probably won’t get to mention them otherwise then reviews of the book “The East, The West, and Sex” by Richard Bernstein here, here, here, and here may help to put those stereotypes in comparative perspective, and are interesting in their own rights)

Still, Korea Times’s movie criticLee Hyo-won, whose excellent movie reviews I’ve sung the praises…

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Eid around the World

Eid around the World

It’s been over a week, but whether or not you’re a Muslim, you can still appreciate how the very same festival is celebrated (or mourned) around the world by different cultures. Through this powerful imagery, you can see that even on days of happiness, there will always be someone worse off than you.

Morbid, I know. Sadly that’s how the world works.

Grey’s Anatomy Boss Shonda Rhimes on Possible Exits of ‘Originals’ E. Pompeo, P. Dempsey, S. Oh, J. Chambers and C. Wilson

Fida:

Grey’s without the fab five? can it even be called Grey’s Anatomy without the titular Grey?

Originally posted on TVLine:

Grey's Anatomy Season 11Shonda Rhimes is experiencing a serious case of déjà vu.

Mirroring what she went through two years ago, the Grey’s Anatomy boss has been tasked with plotting out a season — the ABC hit’s 10th — that may or may not be the last for original castmembers Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers and Chandra Wilson.

But as Rhimes explains to TVLine, the behind-the-scenes cliffhanger is “much less stressful than it was last time,” mainly because “I’ve been through it before and, as with anything, if you had the experience of having done it already you know how to approach it. Whereas last time I was like, “I have no idea how to approach this.” This time I feel like I get how to approach it and how to tell story.”

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Also, Rhimes doesn’t expect contract negotiations…

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Arrow Meets The Flash: Powering Up, Casting Leads and More Burning Questions Answered

Originally posted on TVLine:

Arrow Season 2 Introduces The FlashThe Flash is on the fast track to visit Arrow this season, raising many questions. How will Dr. Barry Allen’s alter ego manage to be fleet on his feet in the CW series’ powerless world? What exactly will his fancy footwork look like? Will The Flash clash with Green Arrow?

DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and Arrow showrunner Andrew Kreisberg were lightning-quick to field those queries and others in a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Here’s what was learned:

* Barry Allen will be introduced in Episodes 8 and 9 of Arrow Season 2 (opening Oct. 9), as a forensics scientist working for the Central City police department — “just an ordinary man,” said Kreisberg. “That’s how the audience will get to know him before life gets a little bit faster.” Barry will also appear in Episode 20, a formal backdoor pilot more focused on this new…

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