This is the sixth(!) season premiere of our glorious little time at my beloved bar that we’re all very sure you’re excited about. We start on Tyler the Creator’s Goblin and then remember to introduce our special guest Grady Hendrix (writer, New York Asian Film Festival co-founder, literally breathless film introducer) who coins “Ka-renge” in case you’ve been lacking titles for an I Saw The Devil/Man From Nowhere think piece (you’re welcome). We delve—i.e. ask Grady and he drops bon mots like “How Sarah Palin believes in Jesus, Korea believes in higher education”—into the emerging world of independent Korean cinema, like the anti-Love Exposure that is Cafe Noir, the nature of Takeshi Kitano’s post-tsunami needs, and Tsui Hark, who is the big focus of this year’s New York Asian Film Festival—full line-up here, from July 1-14.
And while Grady’s spectacular rebuttal to the academic whack off from the New York Times is given voice, perhaps our most interesting discovery is the Korean film that is too weird even for NYAFF and what the festival itself might turn into after the big One-Oh (hint: maybe it’ll be the end of something and the beginning of another?)
So listen onward, wayward sons, and remember if you’re ever at Grassroots feel free to buy us a drink. But come back in a few days to hear our chat with Septien writer-director Michael Tully and an actual chat about his making of the film and Tyler the Creator.