Saturday, July 30, 2011

KCS for 8/2, NYFF's first film and a few updates

The Korean Cultural Service chugs along with another thriller this Tuesday when they screen Seven Days. The KCS website describes it as follows:

Fans of Lost know her as Sun, but Kim Yun-Jin took home “Best Actress” at the Grand Bell Awards, Korea’s equivalent of the Oscars, for her portrayal of a Type A, stressed-out defense lawyer trying to rescue her kidnapped daughter in SEVEN DAYS. The movie kicks off with her daughter going missing and a kidnapper calling and telling her that she has seven days to get a gangster off death row. The problem: all the evidence points to the guy being as guilty as sin and there’s no way she can win this one. Thus begins a cat-and-mouse game that sees the set pieces coming down as hard as an avalanche. A popular hit at the box office, this is the kind of twist-a-minute screenplay that Hollywood used to make, given a jolt of pure Korean adrenaline.

As always the doors are at 6:30 and the film starts at 7. As always it's free.

As the Film Society of Lincoln Center continues their Judy Garland All Singing All Dancing series and gets ready for the Latinbeat series (there is some goodies here so check it out); they are also beginning to stoke the fires for this years New York Film Festival. Aside from announcing that they will be expanding screenings thanks to their new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center They have announced that the opening night film will be Carnage, which was based on the play The God of Carnage by Yesmina Reza. I saw the play on Broadway and it was very good. With the cast thats been assembled (Jodie Foster,Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly) this looks to be a killer film.

John Landis's very funny Burke and Hare has been picked up by IFCFilms and will hit theaters on September 9

I want to mention that the fantastic horror film Stake Land hit DVD and Bluray this week. It's on pay per view and on IFC in Theaters now.

Also hitting DVD is the film Yellowbrickroad which I saw at the NY City Horror Festival in November. It's an uneven film that is a must see if you have a top of the line surround system. If the home version is like what I saw in the theater it will push your system to it's limit.

Troll Hunter is due for release on DVD at the end of August. About the same time as the serial killer film Cold Fish.

Lastly I want to remind you that the creepy film Grave Encounters hits theaters at the end of the month. This was the film I saw and loved at Tribeca.

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