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At a certain point, after watching so many movies for so long, you sometimes forget that films can still surprise you. I had no idea what to expect when Mother started, and every time I thought I was starting to figure it out, the film took me to new and disturbing places I could have never anticipated. As with Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder, the film has an oft-used murder mystery police procedural format, but through its unconventional protagonist and off-kilter tone it finds new life in a tired formula. Unlike most murder mysteries, it finds just the right emotional and thematic satisfaction in both of its plot threads: the present mother-son story that’s the basis for the movie, and the past mother-daughter story being investigated. Joon-ho’s ability to balance this bleak, solemn material with these raw moments of physical comedy is unmatched—perhaps because no other filmmaker would even think to try. What limits should one assume for a movie in which characters are at risk of being kicked in the face at any moment? Hardly any, it would seem; Mother is only limited by its need to tell a great story.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Blu-ray – Making-of featurettes (“Music Score”, “Supporting Actors”, “Cinematography”, “Production Design”, “A Look at Actress Kim Hye-ja”, “Behind the Scenes”).

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The more we see from Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host, Memories of Murder) upcoming film Mother, the more I’m reminded of just how much of a tremendous talent he is. We ran an English-subtitled international trailer for the film over the summer, and now we have the first official domestic trailer. There’s some footage that we haven’t seen before, but mostly it’s just great to finally get a glimpse of this film in HD.

The plot concerns a 27-year-old man who is a bit of a simpleton, and dependent on his very devoted mother (not unlike the lovable idiot Gang-du from The Host). He notices a girl while walking home one night and decides to follow her — only to lose track of her as she disappears into an alley. The next morning the girl is found dead, and the man is accused of her murder. His mother believes he’s innocent, and with only maternal instinct to help her, she decides to seek out the truth.

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There are a bunch of new posters this week, and easily the most striking of the bunch is the painted image for The Wolfman, created by legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland cover artist Basil Gogos. CHUD got the image as an exclusive; you can see part of it above, and click through for the full thing. It’s not my favorite Gogos by a stretch, but like his best paintings it is grotesquely colorful in a way that points a direct line to the cinematography in films like Suspiria. The fact that Universal got him to work with their remake is a great thing.

After the break, the poster for Kevin Smith‘s Cop Out, a new domestic poster for Mother, character sheets for Percy Jackson and The Crazies, and a great poster for a tiny, weird Danish post-apocalyptic Western called Connected. Read More »

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Because there’s a lot of other stuff coming down the wire toady, I’m going to unceremoniously squish together two pieces of news here that are only tangentially related by title.

First, the Bong Joon-ho film Mother that played so well at Cannes and will soon be hitting TIFF now has distribution in the US. Variety reports Magnolia will be bringing the picture to the States; the company previously distributed his film The Host. Magnolia also picked up rights to Barking Dogs Never Bite, Bong’s debut film from 2000, which never got a proper US release. Mother will hit screens in early 201o. Ideal timing, since the movie is Korea’s entry for Best Foreign Film Oscar this year.

After the break, news about that Mother’s Day remake/reimagining directed by Saw’s Darren Bousman. Read More »

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One of the films I was most interested to hear about out of Cannes (and am now most interested to see in Toronto) was Bong Joon-ho‘s Mother. Bong’s last films were Memories of Murder and The Host, but now he turns to a story of crime and matronly devotion that sounds a lot more in the vein of Park Chan-wook’s films. Now there’s an english-subtitled trailer, and you should be sure to take a look. (Actually, looking around, I see that this has been floating around for a while. But it’s the end of a slow week, we haven’t run it yet, and the film looks great. So enjoy.) Read More »

Bong Joon-ho’s Mother Teaser Featurette

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Wildgrounds found a 30 second teaser for The Host director Bong Joon-ho‘s upcoming dramatic thriller Mother. The film tells the story of a mother desperately searches for the killer that framed her son for their horrific murder. I love how the teaser posters, seen above, mirror each other. The teaser doesn’t show much, but I thought anyone who has seen The Host might be interested to see what Joon-ho was doing next. Check out the clip after the jump.
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