Busan Haps Columnist - Thomas Bellmore

The Expendables 2 and the Lost Art of the Action Movie

1 year 48 weeks ago

Action fans can rest easy, ‘The Expendables 2’ is everything that the first film promised, but couldn’t deliver. In an era of filmmaking where the action genre is something of a lost cause, Thomas Bellmore looks at why certain action sequences in various films just don’t quite cut it, and why ‘The Expendables 2’ is a shining example of the kind of action-blockbuster we need more of.

Review: Pollo Oakwood Chicken

2 years 8 weeks ago

Pollo Oakwood Chicken, in a lesser-known corner of the Jangsan neighborhood of Haeundae, is serving up some seriously good bird roasted over oak wood flames.

The Avengers: A "Critic-Proof Film"

2 years 11 weeks ago

The Avengers is the culmination of everything that Marvel studios has been striving towards these past five years. If you're a comic book fan or geek, you're well aware that some of the best moments in the Marvel universe occur when ‘Earth's mightiest superheroes’ team up to fight one, all-consuming malevolent force. Here’s the film to geek-out over.

Review: The Hunger Games Lives up to the Hype

2 years 14 weeks ago

The odds are ever in favor of the first major box office success of the year, ‘The Hunger Games’. The film adaptation of the first book in the popular trilogy has successfully kicked off the next big franchise with outstanding performances and a tensely wrought plot.

Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

2 years 27 weeks ago

David Fincher’s take on Stieg Larsson’s novel ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is a hard-edged crime-thriller that will no doubt cause some audience members to squirm in their seats. Fans of depressingly cynical cinema rejoice, for this is one of 2011’s best films.

Ten Korean Movies You Should See

2 years 27 weeks ago

Over the years Korea has emerged as one of the top filmaking countries in the world. Busan Haps film critic, Thomas Bellmore, has put together a top ten list to get you started on Korean films.

Review: Real Steel - Transformers Meets Rocky

2 years 39 weeks ago

‘Real Steel’ is the very definition of Hollywood formula; a big, loud, fun movie that will no doubt appeal to both kids and adults. It’s often cheesy and over-the-top, but it also feels earnest and always carries the narrative along at a brisk, clean pace.

Review: 'Hindsight,' Not Worth Looking Back At

2 years 40 weeks ago

Oh no, the Haeundae Gang is after us! Look out, it’s that guy with a scar over one eye...his name is One-Eye! Oh snap, they’re all in this really stupid movie! Director Lee Hyeon-seung’s first film in eleven years shows that he’s picked up a thick layer of rust, coupled with ridiculously shallow and superficial pop-culture sensibilities.

Review: We Need to Talk about Kevin

2 years 41 weeks ago

We need to talk about this film! Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller deliver performances which will raze your nerves to the ground in Lynne Ramsay’s ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’; one of the year’s best films.

Tree of Life: A Masterpiece Not for Everyone

2 years 41 weeks ago

Director Terrence Malick's new film featuring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, constructs a film that is difficult to approach, one that has managed to polarize audiences all over the world. Is the Palm d’Or winning masterpiece a film for you? Read on to find out.

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