I’m So Ronery written and performed by Trey Parker
“The task set before the cinema today is one of contributing to people’s development into true communists… This historic task requires, above all, a revolutionary transformation of the practice of directing.”
That’s from the preface of On the Art of Cinema (1973) by Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s Dear Leader, who, as you’ll have heard by now, died this weekend at the age of 69. His “love of the cinema bordered on the obsessive,” notes the BBC in its obituary. “He is said to have collected a library of 20,000 Hollywood movies…. In 1978, he ordered the abduction of a South Korean film director, Shin Sang-ok and his actress wife Choi Eun-hee. They were held separately for five years before being reunited at a party banquet. They said afterwards that Mr Kim had apologized for the kidnappings and asked them to make movies for him. They completed seven before escaping to the West in 1986.”
That’s the short version. Shin told the full story, or at least his full story, in a memoir, Kingdom of Kim, which John Gorenfeld read and reported on for Salon in 2003. If you’re looking for a wild read to start the week with that one.
Here’s the short doco 101 East: North Korea’s Cinema of Dreams.
This is the documentary Project Grizzly, a 1996 National Film Board of Canada documentary about the lifelong project of Troy Hurtubise, a man who has been obsessed with researching the Canadian grizzly bear up close, ever since surviving an early encounter with such a bear.
If you’ve not got time to watch it at least check this bit out, it’s hilarious!
Oh and you have to watch him getting hit by a truck
How come I’ve never heard of this? The Siege of Pinchgut, or it was called Four Desperate Men in the States, made in 1959.
Synopsis: Matt Kirk escapes from prison in order to prove his innocence. When Kirk and his three accomplices attempt to make good their escape from Sydney harbour by boat, a mechanical fault sets the boat adrift and they end up on Pinchgut Island. The gang take the island’s watchman and his family hostage as the police begin to close in.
I couldn’t find a trailer or any video at all, but you can click to download the film