Pardon the shameless self-promotion, but hey— it is my blog after all! Anyway, I’m very happy to announce I’ve just curated my first film series, which will be screening at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institute’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The series is called Lovers and Liars: Contemporary Films From Korea and features six entertaining and thought-provoking looks at the funny, stupid, noble, and sometimes tragic things we do for love. The series will run for six Thursdays, beginning March 5 at 7:15 with Barking Dogs Never Bite, the feature debut of director Bong Joon-ho (The Host). Other films in the series include period epics The King and the Clown and The Forbidden Quest, the oh-so-meditative revenge flick Driving With My Wife’s Lover, and two films featuring superstar Song Kang-ho: Lee Chang-dong’s heartbreaking Secret Sunshine and the suburban gangster dramedy Show Must Go On. All films are free and open to the public, so if you or anyone you know lives in or near Baltimore, you’re welcome to join us. Details and film descriptions are available at jhoca.org or on the series’ Facebook group.