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Happy new year, everyone! I know its been ages since i last wrote (this is the same thing i say all the time) But! Behold! I havent been writing because I’ve been busy! Am I not busy now? While that’s arguable, I just wanted to say that I watched 2 Asian horror movies this past days (on Youtube, while at work), and I need to write it out, so those pale skinny women with long hair, err rephrase: pale skinny women with long hair and DEAD! would stop nagging me.
The first movie I watched is called One Missed Call. This is the original Japanese version, not the Americanized hollywood crap. It also goes by the name Chakushin Ari, which I really like saying because One Missed Call does NOT sound like a horror movie. It sounds like a movie about someone getting duped on a date, or missing a test, or missing an important call from a client.
So the movie is a missed call that gives a message about the impending death of its victim.
I Know. I Knoooow.
I’ll proceed. The message is time stamped in the future, and an unseen force is supposedly causing these deaths. What’s really bothering me, is the execution of this already flawed formula. The movie just had to go and rationalize the murders just so that the murders can happen. The hospital scene was very very weird.
Weird is putting it lightly. WHAT THE FUCK? is more like it.
The story clearly did not bother finding a decent plot to fill out the gaps. Instead it just left it there, gaps with pus oozing out. I think this movie is crap and Hollywood remade a crappy movie, which just made it even crappier. While I really like Kou Shibasaki (who plays the lead character), I think she’s more suitable for a J-Drama, namely the one with Takuya Kimura on that drama about flying airplanes and she was the technician and she and Takuya finally kissed after that long hour flight..and..
I sound like a geek. Do not worry, I only happen to know one J Drama.
Dopeness factor: 1.5 out of 5.0
The second movie, a gem from Korea, goes by the name of a Tale of Two sisters. Now this is some good shit! The horror was believable, the casts were solid, the performances stunning, the story smooth, slow-paced and very very well thought out. I loved it!
It tells the story of two sisters, where one just got back from a mental hospital following her mother’s death. Back at home, the sisters learned that the father had remarried another woman, their mother’s former nurse. Thus, a battle of wills began when strange things are happening in their house.
The score is just gorgeous. This one is a must see. And oh yeah, the Americans already made a remake, called The Uninvited, it will be out this year, and yeah, I’ll be watching. Maybe. On DVD, pirated DVD.
Ah fuck it, the Americans are lucky if I even torrent their shit.
Dopeness factor: 5.0 out of 5.0 A-fuckin-mazing!
No Country for Old Men is about finding money that does not belong to you and trying to outrun a a guy that looks like Snape (played by Javier Bardem). For a movie that lacks soundtracks, it is compelling. It’s dramatic angle shots one after another.
Okay let me stop trying to pretend I know shit about dramatic angle shots.
I watched this so called masterpiece about a month ago or so. Apparently this movie received an overwhelming response, so i thought Id see it. This movie is bland but effin brilliant. Of course, we are all only interested in Anton Chigurh and his captive bolt pistol. Man, I wish I had one of those.
Dopeness factor: 5.0 out of 5.0
(This is partly because everyone said so. But also for the damn creative uses of the captive bolt pistol)
21 is a movie about THE 6 MIT students who took Las Vegas by storm. They count cards, which is not illegal but apparently could get you beaten up, or shot, or at least denied entrance to most casinos in Vegas (casinos are private property so they have the right to admit or deny anyone and most casinos in Vegas are operated under one management).
This is the movie that will make you wish you’re in college and have the brains to do what they do. This movie features Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Lawrence Fishburne, Kate Bosworth and Aaron Yoo (that guy that plays Shia La Beouf’s friend in Disturbia). Im not crazy about the cast or the plot. This is based on a book, Bringing Down the House, which is based on a true story. Apparently, these guys go to Vegas every weekend, count cards at Blackjack, wear disguises, take home wads of cash and then be back in time for class in monday morning.
I must admit I attempted to learn to card-count in Youtube. Aparently, I failed to even count past Ace.
Overall, this is another feel-good movie.
Dopeness factor: 2.5 out of 5.0
View the trailer Below:
I dont even know where to start. This movie is longer than most of my lectures but I try to pay attention to every little detail. The Dark Knight is beautifully crafted and though some subplots seem unnecessary at first, they are character builders for the many different personas in the movie.
The Dark Knight (its so fierce it deserves to be italicized) is directed by Christopher Nolan, who directed Memento (which i LOVE). The movie has a dark outlook into it. Its not about being a superhero and saving the day, its about the complexities of human nature, the shades of grey.
While I drool over hot hot Christian Bale as Batman, but really, this movie is about Joker. Theres something very unsettling in the way Heath Ledger keeps licking his scar. The way he moves and looks and sets his hair, theres definite evil without having to speak a word. I guess this was entirely different from Jack Nicholson’s portrayal, which looked more like a mob boss playing with his victims before he shoots them in the face. Heath Ledger’s portrayals were, diabolical, his eyes empty and just plain psychotic.
You dont know what triggers a psycho, which makes it a lot more scarier.
Which, brings us to the point that Heath Ledger will be greatly missed.
This is, straight out the park dope: 5.0 out of 5.0.
I’m not a fan of anime, I never was. I’m okay with the animation but I have a problem with the strangely dubbed voices which in my opinion lacked testoterones. Maybe all Japanese people talked that way, but oh well.
But boy, I love me some Japanese mangas! One of my favorite author is Urasawa Naoki, the creator of 20th Century Boys, Master Keaton and Monster. All of his mangas have seriously intricate storylines and characters. Sometimes they go back and forth in the timeline, so it makes the reader feel like that they are always a step behind from the story.
Monster is about Dr. Kenzo Tenma, a Japanese neurosurgeon working in Dusseldorf, West Germany in 1986. Dr. Tenma is in conflict because the young boy whose life he saved grew up to be a mass murderer. Thus we follow Dr. Tenma as he hunt down the boy.
Monster has an awesome characterization, as well as surprisingly accurate and realistic geographical and political condition. It is said to be made to a movie by New Line Cinema sometime in 2009.
Here’s the 1st episode and 1st part of Monster by Urasawa Naoki. Finding the rest in Youtube is very easy. Enjoy!
I am officially in love with Mr. Jay Brannan.
Here’s the official video for his brilliant song, Housewife. You must see!
And here’s the ADORABLE video for Housewife, live @ The Troubadour 1/17/08
Santogold is so hip, theres not a stereotype that she can fall into. On becoming an artist she has been accusing people of being racist just because she was said to make hip hop music. “Just because I’m black doesnt mean I’ll rap or make r&b music,” she said. So what sound does she make? At first listen, few of her singles sound like baile funk similar to artists like M.I.A or Bonde do Role. After a lot of listen, which I do have her songs on repeat, its starting to sound like a lot musical nonsense blended together creating this unique mixture of 80’s synth pop, dub, dancehall, yes a little bit of rapping here and there, and a lot of head-swaying, ass-shaking music.
Other than the sound, Maybe Santogold is similar to M.I.A in other ways. Maybe it’s the attitude, or the vibe or having shared a common album producer, Diplo (which is also M.I.A’s ex boyfriend). I don’t know, being reminiscent of M.I.A is kind of a good thing, wouldn’t you say?
Santogold’s debut album, aptly titled the same name, was given four stars out of five in Blender music magazine and was called one of the biggest debut album of the year. I definitely agree.
Download: Creator Vs. Switch & Freq Nasty and You’ll Find A Way (Switch & Sinden Remix).