Burning ★★★★½

The Korean VERTIGO. A piercing, dread filled exercise in obsession, as we spend 45 minutes learning about a peasant with authorship aspirations, a cold playboy, and the somewhat dim doll they both establish a strange sense of privileged possession over; all meticulous set up for the next 100 to squeeze you into submission via its suspenseful vice grip, simultaneously layering in subtexts regarding class, propoganda, and how those living in strictly divided societies may fail to recognize how their consciousness is affected by all three. The best thing to ever happen to Steve Yeun was getting killed off THE WALKING DEAD, because between this and SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, he’s having one hell of a 2018. What a masterwork.

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