Korean director Chan-Wook Park (Oldboy, Stoker) is known for a lot of things, most notably his pertinence for outrageously violent or outrageously morbid films. But one aspect of his work that’s often overlooked is his dark humor. Park is the king of injecting odd moments of humor in highly emotional scenes, cutting the tension with outlandishness in a way that only Park can. His 1999 short film Judgement is the perfect example of this.
Created before his critically-acclaimed vengeance trilogy, the film has all of Park’s trademark quirks. The film takes place in a morgue shortly after an earthquake has ravished Korea and left hundreds dead. A dead disfigured girl lies on a table while two families fight over whose daughter it is. As the film unfolds, it’s revealed that everyone in the room has an ulterior motive. But the biggest twist is the ending, which I won’t give away. It’s just too weird and perfect not to recommend.
Park has also directed other short films, like short documentary Nepal about a poor Nepalese woman living in Korea, and 2014′s A Rose Reborn about an American CEO who goes through a series of challenges. Find some time today and watch them all.
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The short animated French film The Egyptian Pyramids revolves around a bumbling French Egyptologist in the 1920s making the discovery of a lifetime. While the Egyptologist’s camel chews lazily on a pen, the heroic explorer unearths a gorgeous blue stela that chirps almost like a car key. Much to his surprise, the pyramid behind him starts to move and reveals a giant temple of a Pharaoh.
There’s a hilarious moment when the explorer enters the pyramid and his mischievous camel buddy immediately grabs the remote control. As he chews, the temple transforms from that of a human face into that of an animal’s. Of course, the camel immediately swallows the remote control so that the temple disappears once again beneath the sands. Luckily, the bumbling explorer manages to escape and crash lands into the pit he originally excavated from. As the pyramid returns to normal, the two friends glance at each other in wonder.
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