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Finally got a chance to watch Memories of Murder
I really liked this one. It has a lot of familiar flavors from Fincher classics like Se7en and Zodiac; the polar opposite cops from different necks of the woods trying to solve a murder, abstractly guessing clues and piecing together a picture that may never form a reality. I didn't actually know that this was inspired by true events of Korea's first serial murders until I looked up more about it post-watch. Especially with this in mind, what really makes this movie unique shines through: the actual inexperience of the characters involved and the quiet setting it takes place in.
One detective is from Seoul, but has transferred to the country in the Northern province of South Korea to assist in catching the killer. While more experienced compared to Song Kang-Ho's role as the country detective, it's apparent neither of them are dealing with events they know how to process. They go about things in a very slipshod manner, completely unprepared to interview potential suspects and compose a profile. In a quiet town like this, these sorts of things just haven't happened before.
Without spoiling the ending (unless you look up the stories it's based on), it ends in a way that took me a little bit to process, but also feels completely suited to what it was leading up to all along. After all that we see come to pass throughout the ordeal, the whole thing feels a little sad and haunted. I imagine it will just be better upon a rewatch.
If you enjoy detective films, Bong Joon-Ho, Korean dramas and slow-burning stories that require your attention, don't pass this one up. It's probably one of my favorite Joon-Ho films to date, though Parasite still takes the cake so far.
Now onto The Host, Barking Dogs Never Bite or Okja.
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Sound of Metal
What a great movie! As an able bodied person, I don't want to speak on behalf of those who are deaf or a part of Deaf culture, but I think a lot of people in that culture will appreciate this one. It's about a tried and true rock n roller having to cope with deafness as an adult, which as far as he can tell, will directly affect his ability to live the life he wants to live.
I've met enough people within deaf culture to know that a lot of the general public don't even understand that deaf people have their own community and culture, and like many so called disabilities, many deaf people embrace who they are and choose to live this way for one reason or another. Likewise, many families choose to give their children relatively new medical tech called cochlear implants, which again, is highly debated within households with deaf children. The protagonist Ruben copes with all of this internally, and I think the movie does an amazing job to representing the human side of the internal struggle with a "disability" as well as the greater representation of people who happily live as a deaf community.
It's great to see representation on screen and this is what I want to see more of. My only complaint is that we've seen this plot structure many times before, but it's still really great regardless.
Also SUPER shout out to the lead actor Riz Ahmed who knocks it out of the park. You can see his anguish, his fear, his happiness, and just so much personality through not only his words but the way he moves his body. I can only image he's nothing like Ruben in real life and he just put on a show here.
Threw this on as background noise while I had to do a boring task at work. I grew up on punk rock, and I'm aware of the importance of the CBGB club, so I figured I'd give the movie a try but my fuck this script is awful.
Kinda makes you appreciate biopics like Straight Outta Compton (a movie I didn't love) because movies like that at least have a better tonal balance of drama with the occasional whimsy. This movie is just trying way too hard to be lighthearted, which is especially weird considering how ruthless the punk scene was. I mean back then, there were literal punk gangs who'd stomp one another out for fun. The tone of this movie is a mess.
Nobody can act either. Alan Rickman does a serviceable job, but his character is constantly making terrible decisions and his calm isn't much different from his angry or his happy.
Honestly, I'd rather watch a documentary about CBGB than this biopic about it's owner and the bands that shaped the punk scene. The only redeeming quality of the movie is the music: Talking Heads, Dead Boys, Blondie, Ramones, Television, etc. Again, maybe just play the records and skip the movie.
I haven't had time to read beyond the first paragraph but NYT did a write up on Riz Ahmed who starred in Sound of Metal. He played a really loud character (pun intended) and knocked it out of the park so I'm going to read this later:
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I don't know how many times I watched the original trilogy but everytime they felt the same: Awesome. Spider-Man 3 is very underrated unfortunately. While I do agree some complains about the Venom and Peter's change(even though I'm okay with it) I strongly disagree that these make the whole film bad. It's the least successful movie of the series but still much better than most of comic book movies that come after for years. Another point is people tell we do like these movies and exaggerate them because of the nostalgia but whenever I think about it and watch the films time to time, I just don't think it's true at all. Original trilogy still is miles better than other 2 Spidey series.
My wildest dream for years was to watch Spider-Man 4 some day(Until Endgame surpass that a bit) and I thought it was impossible but maybe Sony will change their mind in the upcoming years if the rumours are true so I can say these words from the bottom of my heart:
and years later they’ll tell how they stood in the rain for hours, just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them to “hold on a second longer”.
I really liked the series as a kid. I might've shared my thoughts about it somewhere else on these forums but I was really excited for a 4th movie that was definitely announced but later canceled (I think).
Even as a kid, that 3rd movie didn't click with me very much. It's just too corny. But I'd like to watch it again, it had its moments. And looking back as an adult, I don't like the melodrama in any of them, but I think the first Spider-Man has the best tone. That perfect blend of comic cartoonery, a healthy dose of melodrama, and a pretty vengeful and intense villain.
Other than The Watchman and Batman Begins I don't even like superhero movies since this OG Spidey trilogy. They all dabble in a world with such absolute extremes and hyper elevated stakes. Just isn't for me. I like how the first Spidey just feels so muted compared to superhero movies of today.
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I watched the Vanished on Netflix I really hope this was a jet black comedy. Otherwise I just don't know. Bizarre.
PotC: On Stranger Tides
Not the first time I've watched it. Yet again, I like this movie and the series. Most people think this one is below average or downright bad but I couldn't more opposite to them. This one was still nice even though it's a little bit worse than the trilogy. I'd have like to see its continuation with Penelope Cruz's Angelica with Jack again instead of the borefest that we got called Salazar's Revenge.
Another thing I like to share is how they implemented the mermaids into this world. Music, atmosphere, their true nature etc were really mysterious yet fascinating.
A sci-fi masterpiece. The best in the trilogy. Unfortunately everything comes after this just became worse and worse. But I might watch the whole trilogy again just for the sake of upcoming movie and memory refreshing.
Btw, lobby scene is still cool as fck!
The Matrix Reloaded
Story is not as strong as the first one but action is really improved. That's saying something when even first movie's action scenes were really good and had awesome choreographies. I especially love
NeovsAgentSmiths and whole action from the start of NeovsHenchmans to NeosavesMorpheusandKeyGuy.
Now, we are coming to the lowest point of the trilogy. I sure hope that third one isn't as bas as I remember.
I had the chance to watch Justice League again just in time for the famous(!) Snyder Cut release. Movie is not bad as I remember but its still so bland and light in terms of content. Its just so simple and unoriginal. Also making Batman a joke is its worst sin. Still can't believe the opening scene with him and the thief. Ugh!
Anyway, I have forgotten the movie mostly until watching it again and it will be nice to keeping it fresh while watching Snyder Cut just to compare both.
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Judas and the Black Messiah
The (often untold) story of the assassination of Fred Hamption, leader of the Illinois Black Panther party. This movie is essential viewing. At the most basic level, it's an acting powerhouse - Stanfeild and Kaluuya knock every scene they're in out of the park - but it stands apart from other biopics through some really smart and unique stylistic choices. There's the grounded grit you'd expect from a true story like this one, but I really loved the way King had some scenes play like they were straight out of a Blaxploitation film. Really, though, the reason everyone needs to see this is because of how relevant the story is, and how easily you can see the past reverberate throughout the present here. I'm a fairly young millenial, but I can still see echoes of the themes discussed here in how I was taught about the Black Panthers, racial injustice, and the fight for civil rights, and how this shaped much of my worldview until the past 5 years or so. The fact that it does this while presenting itself as a taut and complex drama is an achievement in and of itself. If I have one critique it's that some of the secondary performances get overshadowed by the two leads, and the scenes involving the FBI feel a bit extraneous and heavy-handed - we already know they're the villains here, so there's really no point in hammering it in any further. Still, like I said above, this is a must watch. A-
The story(s) of two cops in the underbelly of Hong Kong, and the women that come in and out of their lives. This movies is essentially two movies thrust together by their setting and themes, and that's not necessarily a bad thing - the first half is almost a noire thriller rom com, whereas the second is almost a surrealist and ethereal affair. The transition between the two is both abrupt and completely natural, fitting in line with what I considered to be the themes of the movie (i.e. how do chance encounters set our lives on separate trajectories? how do are lives affect those around us? how much love are we blind to in the world around us through sheer happenstance? Is there a man with more raw sex appeal than Tony Leung? You know, a Wong Kar Wai movie). Typical of 90s cinema, there are some stylistic elements that have aged poorly (why did so many people love low framerate action back then?) and I don't think it's as visually luscious as some of Wong Kar Wai's other work, but I can't deny how much fun I had watching this whole film. The god-tier soundtrack certainly helps in that regard, too. A-
Oscar nominees are out. I really feel some type of way about Another Round not getting nominated for Best Picture. I was hoping it could pull another Parasite and just swoop in.
I really truly think Another Round was a fantastic uplifting and funny movie that plays out in an entirely original way. I like other films that are nominated here. I think it's a pretty solid list, but damn, I really thought Another Round was the best movie I saw from 2020.
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I watched 2 collections of short films, the first one is Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre. The three short films here are quite distinct with each other, since they're made by different directors.
The first film is "Kanini & Kanino", which takes place in mostly underwater scenery, and features the two titular characters, who are a part of a miniature sized human species. This one is not very memorable for me, I thought the way the story unfolded was not very interesting and I didn't get attached to the characters.
The second film is "Life Ain't Gonna Lose", and this one's my favorite of the bunch. It's a slice of life story about a mother and his son who has a sever allergy to eggs. I absolutely love the art style and animation here, it makes the whole thing feel wholesome and warm. The film also presents the characters' struggles and personalities in a very relatable and clear manner. No complaints about this one.
The third film is "Invisible", and it's about a person who is invisible in more ways than one. I really like the grungy art style that it has for the most part, and I also like that the film gets crazier as it goes. I thought the ending wasn't quite satisfying, but it's not horrible by any means.
The second collection is Flavors of Youth: International Edition. I had a much better time with this one overall. It might had something to do with me eating delicious dumplings while watching...
The first film here is "The Rice Noodles", and it's a narration heavy story about a man's love for a particular style of noodles, and various memories that are intertwined with it. While the note that it ended on didn't quite sit right with me, and the narration can be a bit too much, it presented its story very well during its run, and I can't help but feel nostalgic about the whole thing. There's also a few food porn scenes here, and I think they're very neat.
The second film is "A Little Fashion Show." It features a photoshoot model dealing with a particularly bad spot in her career. It can feel quite intense and uncomfortable, seeing her getting more loose as it goes. It's my least favorite of the bunch, but it's nowhere near bad by any means.
The third one is "Love in Shanghai", which is a heartbreaking love story between two longtime friends. A fun aspect of this story is that the two uses cassette tapes to communicate with each other, and a strong story moment near the end used it to twist my heart to great degrees. This one is my favorite, but it would be even better if the film ended things on a more ambiguous note.
P.S. I forgot to mention that the films from Flavors of Youth also had really good soundtracks.
I've been watching so many movies since I last posted so I can't even remember what I've seen anymore but here are some based on 'Recently Played' from my Plex server:
- Pusher (A) (never seen this series before, it's amazing. A crime series without shootouts, car chases, or explosions)
- Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands (A+)
- Martin Eden (B+)
- Mulholland Drive (C)
- Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (C-)
- The Talented Mr. Ripley (A+) (also jumped up into one of my favourite movies)
- The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (A+)
- Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (A-)
- Little Dieter Needs to Fly (A+)
- Punch Drunk Love (C+) (not as good as I remembered it)
- Chasing Amy (A-) (better than I remembered it, hold up well despite a character being homophobic)
- A Thousand Cuts (A-)
I think A Thousand Cuts is a must watch. People in the West think what happens in the East isn't pertinent to them, but Durtede's rule in the Philippines is a ground zero testing ground for how governments can get away with misinformation and using bots to sway the public one way or another. His ascension is terrifying and I know people in the Philippines though my family who had to flee the country because they are scared to be murdered by the police due to their former addiction issues.
- mother (2009, Bong Joon Ho) (B-)
- Nomadland (A+)
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The Talented Mr. Ripley (A+) (also jumped up into one of my favourite movies)
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The Dry: a taut and suspenseful mystery/thriller. A big-city police officer goes back his hometown to solve the murder of his childhood friend, with whom he may or may not have been embroiled in the death of a girl as a teen. Basically, two mysteries in one that unfold nicely. B+
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Also recently watched My Octopus Teacher, which I enjoyed.
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Riders of Justice:
From the writer/director of Men and Chicken. Starring Mads Mikkelsen.
Wow. Not what I was expecting!
Parenting, unlearning toxic behaviors, the value of therapy, overcoming trauma, the perils of oversharing on social media (the irony of this post is not lost on me!)... and Mads going full on John Wick on a biker gang! Highly recommended! A- to an A
I've been on a Mads Mikkelsen binge since watching Another Round and I think he might be one of my favourite all time actors.
The Pusher series I mentioned earlier is co-starring Mads where he is a minor character in the first film, then the focus is on his character in the second film. Pusher 1 is one of those plots where one character is way in over their head and continues to make terrible decisions pretty much like a Danish version of Bad Lieutenant Port of Call or Uncut Gems, but the main character is a little less unhinged and more along the lines of being really stupid. I highly recommend the series.
Bad Trip - B+
This has no business being as funny as it is, but I really really enjoyed it. Jeff Tremaine is basically the defacto big budget hidden camera public prank storyteller so it's no surprise his production company made this.
What separates Bad Trip from Jackass public pranks or Bad Grandpa is that the story writers (Eric Andre, Kitao Sakurai, Andrew Barchilon) made the really great decision to tell the plot throughout the pranks. Whereas Bad Grandpa has pranks but then has a scene or two of plot before getting back into the funny moments. Essentially, every scene in this movie except for maybe one or two short driving scenes are not only storytelling, but also public pranks and stunts. There aren't any lulls.
This movie actually has a really good pace, a solid and simple plot, and the pranks are just funny and outrageous. The gorilla is my favourite by far, Jesus fucking Christ. It's also nice to see how different people react to different scenarios whereas sometimes Jackass in its early years on MTV just went to Japan because filming in public is legal there so you only get Japanese people's reactions. Everyone here is American but you get a good group of people reacting to these pranks which kinda adds something extra.
Collateral - B
I finally saw this for the first time. The Insider and Heat are two of my favourite films so I figured I'd watch what many consider to be Michael Mann's best but I think it was just alright. It has its thrilling moments but it suffers from some disorienting scenes. One scene takes place at a club and you can barely tell what is happening, who is shooting at whom.
I also don't buy Tom Cruise as an imposing presence. He just comes off as too chill and unintimidating and by that same token, Jamie Fox just seems too meek when he is actually a relatively brave character. I don't know, I love the premise and set up for all of the scenes, but the execution is off. I definitely don't think it's Michael Mann's best film.