With only a few days until I head off to Melbourne for the Melbourne International Film Festival I have a heap of things I am trying to get done. Balancing work and tiredness (need to rest up before MIFF) I have not been as productive as I would have hoped. I have been watching and reviewing films for the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA), Aug 22-28, on both my site and the KOFFIA Blog, Discover your Connection. I have reviewed gripping dramas, Silenced and Bleak Night - the latter being unmissable, one of the best Korean films I have seen to date - and Arirang, the self-reflexive doco from iconic director Kim Ki-duk. I still have one more to watch, Ki-duk's classic Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...And Spring.
Over the six days (Aug 15-20) I am in Melbourne, there will be no activity on the site. I have decided - as I am watching 15 films over five days (schedule) - that I will have no time to blog/review as I go. I am treating this trip more of a holiday than anything, and I have no desire to stay up late writing reviews and stressing myself out. I want to socialise and explore the city. When I return, I will post a series of diary entries chronicling my experiences, and a quick paragraph review of each film that I watched. If I feel strongly about any particular film I will endeavour to write a feature length review too. For full coverage keep any eye on my Twitter feed (@buckle22). There will be tweet reviews and comments following every film.
On with the links:
Andrew @ Encore's World of Film & TV has started his 'Essential Performances of the 90's Tournament'. With contributions from several bloggers, he has set up an extensive bracket of matched-up performances and readers can vote for their favourites and see who makes it through to the next round.
Ruth has been covering MIFF with reviews of several films, including Moonrise Kingdom and A Letter To Momo.
Alex reviews one of the most talked about films of the year (and for good reason), Killer Joe.
More brilliance from Margaret, who writes at Cinematic Corner. Check out these visual parallels between Taxi Driver and Drive.
John looks back at all the Bond films and ranks them. He also lists some Bond-related Top 5's.
Tom takes a look at French animation, Le Tableau.
Tyler's updated list of his 50 Essential Directors is a must-read.
Ryan and Corey discuss Total Recall on the MatineeCast.
Jess Lomas takes a look at Damsels in Distress for Quickflix.
As part of his MIFF coverage Alex Thomas reviews The Sessions.
Hope everyone has a great week. If you're going to be seeing films at MIFF Aug 15-19 drop me a line and we will have to try and cross paths.