There’s a new Firecracker online with all kinds of goodness, including an interview with "Arahan"‘s director/writer/actor brothers Ryoo Seung-wan and Ryoo Seung-beom. The new Film Comment‘s also out: online are two articles from Chris Chang â€” one is a call for a distributor to pick up meandering bicycle cop thriller "Police Beat," and the other is an examination of the sounds of Gus Van Sant‘s "Last Days."
Stephen Rodrick in the New York Times Magazine indulges Michael Winterbottom. "A Cock and Bull Story" doesn’t sound too bad, mostly due to our fond memories of "24 Hour Party People," but we are dreading, dreading "9 Songs."
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" opens next Friday â€” Anthony Horowitz in the Telegraph (himself a popular children’s author) writes about how Roald Dahl‘s popularity remains because of his signaturely "cheerful malevolence." Horowitz delves into all the things that might isolate a modern child from Dahl’s story (colonialism, meretriciousness and the demystification of chocolate among them) but insists that despite this, and the fact that the studio wouldn’t let him into an advance screening, he "cannot believe that ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ will be anything but a smash hit." Margaret Talbot in the New Yorker attempts her own explanations for Dahl’s enduring appeal, alongside an overview of Dahl’s life and less-than-charming personal views (why is it that so many of the best writers were such bellicose bigots in real life?).
And finally, via KFCC, Chosun Ilbo has an interview with "Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook, whose new film "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" comes out at the end of the month in Korea, about the stress the weight of expectations is causing him.
+ Issue 8 (Firecracker)
+ July/August 2005 (Film Comment)
+ ‘Yes’ is elegant, bold, original, erotic (RogerEbert.com)
+ Michael Winterbottom Gets Naked (NY Times Magazine)
+ Roald and the story factory (Telegraph)
+ The Candy Man (New Yorker)
+ Park Chan-wook and the Weight of Expectation (Chosun Ilbo)