German Cinema 101: Lang, Fassbinder, Herzog & Beyond

German Cinema 101: Lang, Fassbinder, Herzog & Beyond

Since the silent era of film, German directors have been mesmerizing audiences around the globe. Inspired by the expressionism movement in fine arts, German expressionism took hold in the 1920s, ushering in the genres of horror, thriller, and suspense and influencing filmmakers worldwide.  While period dramas, romantic comedies, and other mainstream stories grew more popular, other arthouse movements evolved in parallel to rising social and political unrest before making way for the New German Cinema of the ’60s. Let’s take ...

It’s a Seoul thing: how Korean directors spin social critiques into blockbusters

It’s a Seoul thing: how Korean directors spin social critiques into blockbusters

With “Parasite,” Korean film had a huge mainstream moment. As the film snagged Oscar after Oscar, director Bong Joon-ho experienced a multi-hyphenate crossover success that is the rarest of filmmaker moments. Not only was the film the first non-English language film to win Best Picture, but it also brought biting social commentary into the usually candied realms of the Hollywood blockbuster.   For many Americans, “Parasite” was their first introduction to the genius of Korean film, which has long married ...

Relive the Glory of Sports with Olympic Games Past

Relive the Glory of Sports with Olympic Games Past

As the long-awaited Tokyo Summer Olympics get underway, let’s take a moment to look back to some favorite moments from games past. Nothing inspires or brings people together quite like the trials and triumphs of the world’s greatest athletes, which luckily have been recorded on film since the start of the 20th century. So, whoever plays and wherever the competitions take place, we’ll be ready to watch and cheer. But, first, let’s take a look at the very beginnings of ...

Martin Yan And 5 Other Overlooked AAPI Entertainers

Martin Yan And 5 Other Overlooked AAPI Entertainers

Despite significant recent wins by the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the entertainment industry — with Oscar hauls for Chloe Zhao‘s “Nomadland,” Bong Joon Ho‘s “Parasite” and Lee Isaac Chung‘s “Minari” — AAPI actors, directors, and screenwriters are still facing what one critic calls a “complete erasure” when it comes to representation in Hollywood. In a recent survey of 1300 films created between 2007 and 2019, nearly 40% had zero AAPI characters whatsoever — a number that ...