Gosh, I’m sorta beat. Watched 3 movies during the 11-hour train ride: Priest, Swallowtail (japanese film) and the Godfather Part I. Priest wasn’t that good. It had a great setting and overall premise but it really fell short of my expectations. It has potential to be a lot better. But I enjoyed the fantasy graphical element of it.
Swallowtail on the other hand was freakin’ amazing! Basic plotline is that in Japan, an industrial section was named Yentown since many Chinese immigrants go in hopes to earn money. The story follows an orphaned girl named Ageha who gets taken in by Glico, a prostitute, and other immigrants. It’s a film about their story of survival: how they strive to make money, how they bond with each other and their character growth. A bit of mafia and politics is mixed into it as well, though prostitution is definitely not a main focus in the story.
The characters, the themes and the plot was just so intriguing and well developed, I really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes drama and isn’t afraid of exploring culturally different films. I’m just so speechless about the film. A large part of the film emphasized on achieving dreams/life-goals, belonging, survival, growth and society. I swear, just go into it without knowing the full plot and it’s so surprising and an absolute delight to watch.
I especially love how the film was practically trilingual. The characters were speaking in Mandarin, Japanese and English. It was definitely an advantage that I could understand (or distinguish between Japanese and) Mandarin since the language is used to emphasize the development and relationship between characters and politics. Okay, lol, I’ll stop gushing over this film.
The Godfather was really good. What else can I say? It’s a classic. The politics and character relationship was just so well-portrayed, it was brilliant. Al Pacino is so young in that film, almost didn’t recognize him in the beginning.
I watched Underworld yesterday because I was upset that I couldn’t borrow out Ann Rice’s Interview with the Vampire even though the library catalogue said it was ON THE SHELF BUT IT WAS ALL LIES! IT WAS NOT ON THE SHELF I SEARCHED FOR 30 MINUTES AND SACRIFICED HUNGER GAMES (which is in the other library which is a 10 minute walk from this one and further from my dorm and I couldn’t get there before the libraries closed) This always happens with the McGill libraries. So much material (books and films) ARE FREAKIN’ MISSING! Like The Alchemist, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Amelie (film), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (film), Roman Holiday (film).
I was so sad, I was in a vampire mood. So I thought watching Underworld would compensate. It did, sort-of. The plot wasn’t too bad and the costume and setting were perfect; darkly glamorous, urban and gritty. But the cinematography and acting was just so bad, it took quite a bit of effort to sit through the whole thing.
It was funny because I locked myself inside the closet since my roommate had to pack and I wanted darkness because thrillers are always better in the dark. It was very bizarre but the effect I wanted was achieved.
Everyone’s gone home except for me and (less than) ten people in my residence. It’s a bit lonely but it sort-of feels good to have the room all to myself now that my roommate left. I’m just going to have to brave through all the intense Japanese and Korean movies I plan to watch by myself.
I requested for Hunger Games BUT I didn’t have time to pick it up yesterday (it was JUST available yesterday) so now the library is closed and I can’t get it before Jan 2nd.
Damn, so I’m gonna have to navigate through the french and figure out how to get a public library account and find the libraries and borrow stuff ;A; I made everything so much more difficult for myself.
Anyways, I’m going to dinner at an Art History professor’s house tomorrow which is very exciting. Her husband/partner/idk is a filmmaker and an artist. So ahgsfkhagsdfkasfk it’s going to be just lovely. But I need to draw a pretty card for them… I also want to draw pretty cards for my friends back at Vancouver… there’s just SO MUCH STUFF TO DO! (At least, before I leave for New York).
I READ IT! IT WAS QUITE FANTASTIC. The premise was pretty good, the fantasy world built was decent, the characters were likeable (though I can’t say Clary is my favourite fantasy heroine) and the plot was very very intriguing. The ending wasn’t completely unpredictable and I’m not sure I like the direction Clary and Jace’s relationship turned but it felt damn good to be snuggling up with a young adult fantasy fiction.
Love Exposure : Three emotionally abused individuals from the fringes of society get locked in a convoluted love triangle. Yuu, a Catholic boy searching for true love ends up taking “panty shot” photos of women in public until he discovers Yoko, whom he sees as his Virgin Mary. Yoko, an anti-family, misandrist girl finds that her foster mother will be marrying Yuu’s father. Koike, an “original sinner” and the regional leader of a brainwashing cult, co-ordinates a plan to convert Yuu’s family to her cult. Under her careful direction, their lives come crashing together in one fateful street fight.
Lily Chou Chou : Life isn’t easy for a group of high school kids growing up absurd in Japan’s pervasive pop/cyber culture. As they negotiate teen badlands- school bullies, parents from another planet, lurid snapshots of sex and death- these everyday rebels without a cause seek sanctuary, even salvation, through pop star savior Lily Chou-Chou, embracing her sad, dreamy songs and sharing their fears and secrets in Lilyholic chat rooms. Immersed in the speed of everyday troubles, their lives inevitably climax in a fatal collision between real and virtual identities, a final logging-off from innocence
Tokyo Sonata : An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.
Swallowtail Butterfly : After a young girl’s mother dies, she is cared for by Glico, a brassy hooker, who gives the girl the name “Ageha” (Butterfly). Ageha goes to work for a collection of oddballs who run a junkyard and salvage business.
Outrage : The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate.
Audition : A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.
Dolls : The film features three primary sets of characters, each within their own distinct story. A young man, Matsumoto, who rejects his engagement to his fiancée, Sawako, to marry the daughter of his company’s president. When his former fiancée attempts suicide and ends up in a semi-vegetative state, he takes her out of the hospital and they run away. Another young man, Nukui, is obsessed with the pop-star Haruna, he blinds himself when she is involved in a disfiguring car accident. An aged yakuza, Hiro, who tries to meet a girlfriend from his youth.
Suicide Club : A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.
Himizu : Every day in Japan, 2500 people die due to any number of causes. Do you think you’ll be one of the ones to die? No, of course not. Do you think you’ll win the lottery? You’d like to think so, we all would. But Sumida is different. He wants the status quo to remain in every way; live a normal life, get a normal job, have normal kids, never to be anyone fortunate or unfortunate, content in normalcy. Anyone who doesn’t agree is foolish, doomed to live their life scraping up a mountain that they can never conquer, fated to die in despair wishing things had been better.
When his mother kicks his father out of the house and onto the streets, he thinks he’ll be fine. When his mother leaves him to live with her boyfriend, he makes the best of it. When he realizes that he’s no longer average, he strives to make his life worthwhile the only way he knows how. When the demons in the back of his mind speak to him, he tries his best to ignore them.
I Saw the Devil : When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.
Bedevilled : When her pleas for help are ignored and cause her daughter’s death, a woman seeks revenge on the person she blames.
White Christmas (drama) : In the mountains of Gangwando, there is a prestigious private high school named Soo-Sin. The school is located in an isolated area and all the students and staff stay in dormitories. The students at Soo-Sin comprise of the top 0.1% of all the students in South Korea.
In order to get into Soo-Sin, students must prepare from elementary school. It is even harder to get into than Seoul National University. Because of this, students at Soo-Sin must compete fiercely and study even on weekends. Their only vacation days are the 8 days from Christmas Eve to the first day of the new year. During this time, the students and faculty leave the school. The school becomes empty.
On December 24, 2010, a bus full of students leaves the school. Diligent honor student Park Moo-Yul (Baek Sung-Hyun) stays behind because of a letter a received a couple of days ago. The letter is full of hate and states they will die, but leave a curse on Park Moo-Yul. At the school, only 7 students stay behind …
person:so what did you ask for for christmas this year?
me:oh mostly cds
person:oh you still buy cds? why not just put it on your ipod?
my thoughts:jesus christ because we dont all put them on our fucking ipods okay some of us like to have cds that can be held and cradled and kissed and that we can put in a little stack and show off and take out the lyric books and fucking look at the lyrics and cry over them and put the cd in the fucking stereo and have it way too loud because way too loud is just loud enough and then we like to smile at the newness and perfection of the little round disc and we like to cry when it scratches and skips and we like to yell when someone touches the shiny side can you do that with an ipod hmm?? can you?? fucking can YOU??
I just finished reading Doubt (manga) and it was… disappointing. I was expecting something a lot more complex and epic (like Liar Game). It has such a good premise but it really fell through. With all the ravings about it from my friends, I guess maybe I was expecting a bit too much.