[tps_title]7. Oldboy (Nov. 27th)[/tps_title]
I wasn’t going to include “Oldboy” for two reasons: I do not like SPIKE LEE (“Do The Right Thing”) as a filmmaker, and I felt that this movie did not need a remake. However, the more I think about it, the more I’m glad that this is getting made for American audiences because it’s a film that absolutely everyone should see. Based on the South Korean film of the same name, Oldboy is part of PARK CHAN-WOOK’s Vengeance Trilogy, a series of movies that aren’t connected by narrative, but have the same theme of revenge and salvation. All three are excellent, and are recommended viewing for everyone that likes strong storytelling and character portrayals. In “Oldboy”, Joe Doucett (JOSH BROLIN), an advertising executive, is kidnapped and placed in a hotel room-like prison all by himself and with no explanation for the kidnapping. His only information regarding the outside world is provided for him via a television set that provides news reports. Over the 20 years that he is imprisoned, Joe plots his revenge until the day that he is mysteriously let out. The film also stars ELIZABETH OLSEN, SHARLTO COPLEY, and SAMUEL L. JACKSON.