The voters in our last MOTM poll overwhelmingly selected Oldboy as this month’s film, and it’s not hard to see why. Chan-wook Park’s genre-spanning 2003 film shockingly was not an instant classic, but has become more than a cult icon in the eight years since its release, climbing the IMDb Top 250 (it currently sits at #97) and, more importantly, becoming more and more known as one of the quintessential Asian films of the new century.
For those unfamiliar with it, the plot synopsis from IMDb:
“An average man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor.”
First up, the links! Thanks to all of the LAMBs that sent in their posts for this edition of the MOTM. Be sure to check out the varied opinions on this controversial film:
* Blog Cabins
* Bonjour Tristesse
* Can’t Explain
* Cinema Sights
* Cut the Crap Movie Reviews
* Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews
* Film Forager
* Furious Cinema
* Japan Cinema
* A Life In Equinox
* Reverie in Words
* Surrender to the Void
It’s also time to vote on next month’s movie. I’ve included many of the choices from last month, but swapped a few out to keep it interesting. You have one week to vote.
As we do every month, the LAMBcast is tied into the MOTM. We had a jam-packed show with six participants for our MOTM-theme, with Nick, Jason, Kai, Jess, Univarn and Dylan on board. Bonus: there’s a SHOCKER of an announcement given by a couple of the participants. You won’t believe it when you hear it!
Also on tap:
* (An epic) Rants of the Week
* Trailer Talk: Conan the Barbarian
* Last LAMB Standing
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Thanks for listening!