You may be right on that one. One would have to be well induced to be able to follow and enjoy the plot line.
Posted Jan 22 2015 - 08:53 PM
Ashes of Time
Probably one of Wong Kar-Wai's weaker films, although that doesn't mean much when even his worst films are still pretty good.
It's visually stunning as usual, has some very interesting dialogue and the telling of the story is sequenced in an engaging way, but it feels lacking as far as actual characters are concerned. Apart from the main character, they're not very fleshed out. Which in a way makes sense, since a lot of the movie is about how the main character meets and spends a short while with various people only to soon never see them again, and how he attempts to keep distant from them, but that doesn't stop it from feeling lacking.
Still, I enjoyed it quite a lot. It's interesting to see Kar-Wai work make a wuxia film, even if there's very little action in it for the genre, and the actual interactions between characters are very well done despite my complaints.
Posted Jan 23 2015 - 02:56 AM
Oh, I forgot: Before Buckaroo Banzai, I saw the award-winning independent film, "Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan"
This was a great movie, and i am thankful that I got it for Christmas as i have been wanting to see it for a while now. Let me just say that i am thankful i did that completely voluntary report on pre-Ottoman/Osmanreich Turkish Peoples back in 12th Grade (High School Senior), because without that I would have wondered, who this 'Tengri' deity is, how does this culture work, etc. Anyway, the film centers around the early life of Temujin (or Temudgin, as the film spelt it; everything is in subtitles as they all spoke their native tongue), from birth, to exile after his father is slain by a rival tribe, making Temujin swear that he will unify the lands the ensure that all Mongols will be safe under a one world government. The rest of the movie follows his quest to pacify Mongolia and his struggle with a blood brother.
The character development in this film is excellent, the battles are good but not too bloody, and you can really see why the people of Mongolia and Khazakstan see Temujin (later given he crowning title High King, or Chengiz Khan of all of Mongolia) as a great and noble hero, but, if you know history, the man will fall from grace and become a walking contradiction, speaking of honor and commencing the death of millions of innocents if they do not give up their independence for Temujin's 'destiny' for 'world safety'. Which is funny, for all the people that was slain and raped at his hands (another contradiction, since he swears to his wife that he will only love her and take no concubines), the land he governed went from total war and fear of death to prosperous security (revolts were dealt harshly, even upon inhabitants that had nothing to do with the rebellion) and freedom of religion, something unheard of in the Medieval Age.
I give this movie a 4.5/5, and I cannot wait for the sequels to come out, how i get to see this exile turned noble hero transform into a tyrannical monster seeking world domination.
Fun fact: Chengiz Khan is the true way of spelling the aforementioned title. Genghis is an Arabic corruption, which because the lands surrounding Shinar are closer to England then the Gobi, we learned the name like that.
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Posted Jan 23 2015 - 02:26 PM
watched Cold in July last night
might be my one of my top three favorite 2014 films along with Interstellar and The Babadook
a couple nights before that I watched Gone Girl as well, which was completely not what I was expecting it to be (having never read the book) but still a pretty great film
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Posted Jan 23 2015 - 06:14 PM
A very interesting and surreal anime psychological thriller, exploring the boundaries between reality and imagination. Satoshi Kon definitely improved by the time he made Paprika, but Perfect Blue was a fantastic start to his directing career. It's grim and gruesome, always tense with some really interesting ways of building the narrative.
With the main character's deteriorating mental state the distinction between reality and imagination constantly blurs, as it becomes harder and harder to tell the two apart. Much like his later work, it's a film that's really great at screwing with the viewer's mind and that's what makes it so appealing.
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