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Spanish

  1. El sacerdote (14/2/2017)
  2. Semana Santa (23/2/2017)
  3. 7 cajas (5/3/2017)
  4. Atrapa la bandera (12/3/2017)
  5. Las aventuras de Tadeo Jones (31/3 & 2/4/2017)
  6. Relatos salvajes (4/4/2017)
  7. Los lunes al sol (8/4/2017) #1
  8. Neruda (16/4/2017) #2
  9. Tres metros sobre el cielo (22/4/2017) #3
  10. El olivo (29/4/2017) #4
  11. Ahora o nunca (2/5/2017) #5
  12. Techo y comida (14/5/2017) #6
  13. Chico y Rita (2/6/2017) #7
  14. Clandestinos (11/6/2017) #8
  15. Amor de hombre (25/6) #9
  16. Odio el amor (29/6) #10
  17. También la lluvia (1/7) #11

German

  1. Everything We Want (16/3/2017)
  2. Der geilste Tag (18/3/2017)
  3. Er ist wieder da (25/3/2017)
  4. Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark. (7/5/2017)
  5. Mein Blind Date mit dem Leben (20/5/2017)
  6. Den Hund begraben (30/5/2017)

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Stressed out from work, so I did I what do best - run away from everything. And here is what I have to show for it, all the movies I've watched these two weekends:

quick-fire movie reviews behind cut )
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I'd been looking forward to it for quite a while because Christian Bale is in it. But when the reviews came out, I thought maybe I should wait for the DVD because I didn't want to risk wasting my precious time :) if the problem is in the story. But then my brother went to see it and I decided to give it a chance.

Turns out this movie is not as bad as the reviews had made me believe. Of course you've got to suspend your disbelief quite a bit (esp. with how the clothes can magically survived so much fire) but it's quite an entertaining movie once you get past that - and it's rare for me to say but it's not that hard to put aside your logic when watching this movie because there's too much kick-ass action and bleak dystopia for your mind to wander.

And it doesn't hurt that Anton Yelchin is really cute and adorable~
opengoal: (stanley)
It's a good thing I was watching this at home with friends because I kept yelling at Hong Lim "That's not how to have an affair" and "That's not how you treat someone who loves you so much despite everything".

There were many things that boggle the mind, like how incredible the boy king could have enough control of the court to actually start keeping a harem of boys (picked for their beauty) at such an early age, how gay it was that there were purple and pink and frilly collars despite the setting being historical Korea, how Hong Lim always seemed to be in more expensive clothing than the King when they are alone with each other, how there was no bodyguards sticking to the King's side in the first assassination scene (yet another proof that the bodyguards are not chosen for their ability to protect the king), how the security of the palace in the final scene is like Lex's security in Smallville (and Hong Lim was so uncannily Clark that he actually had the nerve to act righteously indignant when the King had been nothing but generous and loving towards him)...

But everything could be forgiven for all the prettiness and the heartbreakingly all-encompassing love the King had for Hong Lim. I can't quite imagine one person loving another so much and forgiving him/her so easily for treading on his/her heart repeatedly, except perhaps Lex (for Clark) in Smallville or Dean (for Sam) in Supernatural. It's so impossibly romantic that it fills my heart with warmth and ache at the same time and I just can't help loving it despite all the lapses in logic which would usually bug me.
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I like that the movie is about Kyle juggling his relationship with a boyfriend and his relationship with his needy male-to-female sister and the movie gets immeasurably better once cracks begin to appear between the lovers.

Still, the songs are the best thing about this movie. But the songs are really good and there are plenty of them in the movie (weirdly enough).



opengoal: (yay)
Just back from seeing Angels and Demons. It's about time a movie was released in Hong Kong earlier than other parts of the world! :)

The movie is a bit too gory at times and there are some real duds in the dialogues but it's an entertaining action-packed movie that's worth going to the cinema to see. Ewan McGregor is fit (he totally rocks the priest robe!), Nikolaj Lie Kaas looks dead cool as the assassin and Italy looks gorgeous in this film (even though I know much of the churches must be set or CG). And as a bonus, the Schwyzerduetsch brought me back some fond memories~~
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I'm going to see this gorgeous film this Sunday, yay! Watching it on the big screen may well be a visual treat but the four of us squeeing at it however loud we want and making as many comments as we want? That's the beauty of watching a movie at home.

South Korea didn't have a very good track record of gay movies but it seems they've moved forward in leaps and bounds these couple of years, what with "Antique" and this film "A Frozen Flower":


So far I've heard nothing bad about it. I'm SO looking forward to watching it this weekend!
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There are so many things wrong with this film I don't know where to begin. Yet it seems so earnest to be a real film, a gay film even, that trashing it feels like hitting a small child.

I feel compelled to just point out only the good bits about it, like the beautiful cinematography (no doubt thanks to Herman Yau) and the stunning scenery that's worthy of films with much bigger budget, the easy willingness of the leads to lose their clothes for the film, and the concept of a relationship between a gay man and a straight man (that really hasn't been done well anywhere - but well actually this film doesn't do it well either, not by a long way).

The whole time at the cinema, I feel embarrassed for everyone involved in this film just because of the badness of it, but I also realise that I feel embarrassed for them because there's so much potential in the story it's easy to see that the concept would've been so much better executed and the gender politics so much better handled if it were in the hands of a better filmmaker. Instead I was there cringing and thinking how many Fry/Laurie fics or even how Eternal Summer has dealt with it better.
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I'm watching 19 films at the HKIFF.  So far, $9.99Machan, and Antique are my favourites for this year and only 4 films really put me to sleep and I'd had doubt about them before buying the tickets so I guess my judgment is not so bad this year~

Full list behind cut )

Still 6 films to go, I have high hopes that the 2 Indian films Chandni Chowk to China and Ghajini will be entertaining, and the rest... I don't know, I'll just wait and see. After all, I don't remember what they're about anyway.

In between waiting for the next screenings, I finished translating a couple of short fics at the Starbucks. Now I'll just have to wait for the permissions so that I can post them. Fingers crossed they'll come soon.

Watchmen

Mar. 15th, 2009 05:17 pm
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Watchmen is one of the rare books I've read in recent years that really overwhelmed me. I wish I'd gone to the cinema with someone who's read the graphic novel rather than someone who's expecting a live action version of The Incredibles. But anyway...

I really love the opening. "Unforgettable" is just so apt for it. Now I just have to re-read the graphic novel to see if the schmoopiness is too much.  I love the opening credits, which I've already watched a dozen times before going to the cinema. Before Watchmen, I'd only known about the JFK assassination. I wonder if the others in the cinema knew the other scenes were real/refer to real events too. 

And I love the clown joke, which I'd been afraid may not make it into the movie, and which is one of the most emotionally effective scenes here. But the pacing of many other scenes were either too rushed (too much/compressed info-dump - Veidt suffers from this especially) or too dragged out (everything after the TV shows the whole world unites against Dr Manhattan) to have the emotional impact the story deserves. The compression of the psychologist's scenes is a real waste. If only the movie had kept the killing of Rorschah short and sharp, ended right there and given the screen time to flesh out the middle part instead.
opengoal: (stanley)
Is it weird of me to feel Jack Brennan/Richard Nixon vibes in Frost/Nixon?
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I was about to give up on this TV movie but then I saw Bobby (a highschooler) met this slick businessman in the city, started an unlikely friendship despite their age difference, oblivious to how the man was attracted to him, the man confessing his love and offering to remain just friends if Bobby wants, they lived together as something like friends with benefits... It was just too much like Clex for me to turn away. And it helped me to really visualise what Clark and Lex's friendship will look like if a real 15-year-old was cast for the Clark role. It's real bummer, though, that the TV movie made the city guy to be a pedophile in the end. To be honest, I don't believe a real pedo would have so much acceptance from ordinary gay men as to have them (all presumably not pedo, except for that star athelete) around for dinner, for instance.

Film & TV

Mar. 4th, 2009 08:07 pm
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Went to see Slumdog Millionaire at the cinema last night. It's quite different watching it on the big screen. I kept noticing how every shot was done beautifully and how the music was so perfect for the film, especially since I've already got the story when I first watched it on my computer.

Just downloaded Law and Order: UK out of curiosity. I didn't know Ben Daniels is in it. Does that mean now I have one more show to download?

With the news coming in about what shows are renewed and what shows are cancelled, I can't help but wonder what shows ABC will be left with next season. I'm still bitter they cancelled Pushing Daisies. And I don't understand why CW hasn't renewed Reaper. I may have to join in the sock campaign after all.

opengoal: (yay)
How great it is to see Wilson touching House as the image on TV.com's front page!

Wilson/House on TV.com front page

Finally watched My Blood Valentine (3-D)! It's my first 3-D movie so it's worth every dollar of the ticket :) It's amazing how distracting the stones on the road, the trees in the woods, and even the pillars of the bridge or the rooms can be just because it's 3-D~ Human faces or bodies just don't stand out as much unless it's a big close-up (oh, merely Jensen's pretty face in close-up is already worth the price for 3-D~) or if the person's got beautiful long, wavy hair.

The 10-year-ago part is rather crap. Actually, the dialogues from there right up to the diner scene really were unbearably crap, and I just couldn't stop laughing at the dark bra under the white tee. But I really like what came later. I like that the naked girl in the motel has nice real tits and I like that she has a strong personality even though it's probably only used as a ontrived reason for her prolonged nakedness. I agree that main story (the identity of the killer) is rather weak but I don't really care when there's a chance to see Jensen tall (which was esp. highlighted by the mine tunnels), handsome and badass!

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OMG, OMG, OMG... I had no idea Demetri Martin is starring in a gay film with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Just thinking about them together is making me squee (inside only though, because I'm at work - arrghhh... RL is a bitch)! It's wonderful that the film Taking Woodstock is directed by Ang Lee. There's no other director I would trust more with handling this right with subtleties and sensibility.

Thanks AfterElton for alerting me to this film! Now I have one more film to look forward to this year.

*back to squeeing inside*
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ZOMG, how did I not know that Bobby in "Prayers for Bobby" is Ryan from Smallville?!! Now I can see in my mind fanvid of a teenage Ryan arguing with his two gay dads about going on a date with his new boyfriend.
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I'm surprised to enjoy Coffee Prince so much (I know I'm late to the party). One thing that bugs me though is the media's continued ignroance about the sex difference in ass size. Women have more shapely asses than men - you learn that at health ed. (or whaterver they call it these days) at grade school. So why on earth have the male lead comment on the small ass the female lead (who he thinks is a man) has when the evidence on screen doesn't warrant that comment? And why did Sorority Boys have Michael Rosenbaum's character worry about his fat ass when MR had to put on prosthetics in that scene to make his ass even visible on screen?

Rant mode off. BTW, hope this post doesn't get filtered out because of the title...
opengoal: (stanley)
After watching Urbania, I just can't get that sweet, angelic (albeit generic) pretty face out of my head when I watch him in The Middleman. I can't believe I didn't finish the film first time I watched it.

ETA. OMG he was that guy in Splendor?! How could I not notice?
opengoal: (stanley)
I forgot I had seen Adam & Steve before so I downloaded it again, rather painstaking via Veoh too. Because of the trouble I went to, I watched the movie again. It's funnier than I remember, possibly because I subconsciously remember what kind of humour it has. If you don't expect too much originality, it's quite a good romantic comedy actually.

I've also forgotten I'd watched No Night Is Too Long. But at least I've got a better reason to hunt down this movie - I want to see what Marc Warren was like in this film. Both he and Lee Williams got this rather unhuman quality to them that they really add to their roles. And their scenes together really worked.
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Finally watched Human Traffic. Didn't see it when it first came out after Trainspotting. Only saw it today as part of my John Simm binge. I had no idea he and Andrew Lincoln were both in Boston Kickout and Human Traffic.

It's no accident that Justin Kerrigan didn't make it. There are plenty of good bits and potential in this film but it's easy to see how much more the film could be without some of the heavy-handedness and a bit more work on the characters to make them more engaging. They don't have to be likeable but they got to be able to keep my attention at least.

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