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Na Hong-jin is – in every respect – the maharishi of thriller; when his previous films The Chaser (2008) and The Yellow Sea (2010) were released in Korea and Europe, they put critics and film goers at the edge of their seats, proving that his sophisticated writing and directing is one of a kind. The audience had to wait six […]

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Star Trek is a massively successful franchise which opened its first frontier with a TV space opera exactly 50 years ago, and has since spun off seven TV shows (with the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery) and also – Star Trek Beyond included –  13 feature films. Star Trek Beyond is the third instalment of the […]

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Someone once said that “There is something about the Himalayas not possessed by the Alps, something unseen and unknown, a charm that pervades every hour spent among them, a mystery intriguing and disturbing. Confronted by them, a man loses his grasp of ordinary things, perceiving himself as immortal, an entity capable of outdistancing all changes, […]

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Welcome to Maggie’s bubble. It is a very genre-specific bubble; that of quirky intellectuals, and Springsteen- and Žižek-loving academics/anthropologists in the cold-but-all-warm-inside New York. We’ve visited similar bubbles before with some other (famous) directors, so we can feel right at home as we gently descend into this subtly-woven, but then also occasionally in-your-face (in an […]

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South Korea has been facing the increasing number of mental illnesses, caused by various factors such as suicide, divorce, addiction, as well as expeditious development of technology; for that reason, various mental institutions have increased their facilities where people – willingly, or unwillingly, and some in secret – admit themselves to get help with their […]

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It is an exciting time for Jason Bourne’s enthusiasts; the new film about the skilful super-spy is back again. Howbeit, this arises one particular question: why would Paul Greengrass- known for his box-office hits such as The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy and Captain Philips- and Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Martian) come […]

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Adapting British children’s books seems to be a speciality for Studio Ghibli. First there was Howl’s Moving Castle, then Arriety and now When Marnie Was There, which – depending on whether the studio has a rethink at some point in the future – is set to be Ghibli’s final release. In which case the Studio is going out on a high. […]