2018: #3 Burning

Directed by: Lee Chang-dong
Written by: Lee Chang-dong and Oh Jung-mi
Based on: The short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami
Starring: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, and Jeon Jong-seo
Distributor: Well Go USA
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 148 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Format: Digital
Date released: 10/26/2018
Date seen: 12/16/2018
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $7 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 3 (Supporting Actor, Actor, and Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 0

First of all, fuck Well-Go-USA, they’re a trash distributor who completely botched the distribution of this movie and you don’t even want to know the lengths I had to go to in order to see this thing in a theater.  It was worth it though because this was another winner for Lee Chang-dong.  The film is like a puzzle that doesn’t feel like a puzzle and a mystery where the biggest mystery is whether there’s a mystery here at all.  It also might also sneakily win the prize for being the most 2018 film of 2018.  The film’s focus on working class anger, toxic masculinity, and the confusion of modern sexual mores are all very topical and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that images of Donald Trump show up midway through the film.

#4 Year End Honors #2