Yes, Eighteen(!), mostly due to I've an almost empty drama plate and a long list of movies I finally have time to watch. I have no idea what got into me, but somehow they can be paired up by my whim:
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy + SH2 the movie: what if…. brain-bursted fr hotness shallow fangirl suddenly yearns for substance?
I love almost every actor in them, but I also slept through them both. I have no tolerance for mindless action and as a fiend of bromance in general, when it's as showy, shallow, gaudy spitting in my face slashy 'porn' as SH2, it bugs me, I am turned off by the cheesy excess. Hot men aside, my mind shut off from caring, because this stop being any fun being so far fr the original Sherlock Holmes. TTSS is much better a movie, I haven't read this Le Carre and it has my dreamiest, loveliest list of hot men. And yet, I still fell asleep and because of the falling asleep unbeknownst till I snapped out of my dozing, I didn't know the exact reason why, and oddly I can still follow the narration. By deduction, is movie not pacy enough?! Though I can safely, honestly say the parts I didn't pass out, very solidly good.
Warhorse and Hugo: I will buy Hugo's dvd in a heartbeat and rewatch it with willing children till they get sick of toys. Warhorse, opposite of that.
Hugo has lovely storytelling. Good solid work all around and maybe my favorite Scorsese (my least his pooping on Infernal Affair). Movies I can rewatch forever are always the PG-rated for all ages. Warhorse, OTOH is a harmless, draggy, plodding, mind-numbing B Disney movie that should be st to blueray if not for it's charming hero-horse, sweeping scenery and Spielberg's attachment. I'm pretty sure the whole theater openly wept more than once, but I walked out of it dry-eyed and unaffected. I may have witnessed the first animal best actor winner. It's shot in Dartmoor, very pretty and glossy, and I wonder if they just grab BC off his SH set of Hounds for his meager cameo. Hiddleston is PRETTY in his <5 min screen time. I know I'm a heartless bitch for saying, but this is just another MarySue romance hiding under the veil of a children's tale set in WW1, with the MsMarySue being the horsey. :X
This picture almost makes up for the meh:
Flying Swords Dragon Gates tete a tete White Vengeance butting with Shaolin:
I basically checked these 3 out around the same time because of the pretty, I know better to not expect anything nutritious in the storytelling.
FSDG is my Cmovie art porn, and in that regard the non-existing story is playing to its advantage. The CGIs r so much more simple and seamless than Tsui Hark's (dotingly nicked Tsui Old Weirdo by C cinephile) last soiree Detective Dee, to my relief. I've quit watching an Old Weirdo's movie for plot for a decade+, there will be none, and if there is some, u will walk out wanting a lobotomy of ur exploding head (eg Det Dee), I'm able to enjoy the beauty without any distraction. The pretty is how the picture is framed, its artistry. The costumes r top-notch, the embroidery and accessory r so lavishly sickeningly pretty. If we r talking about breathing and pretty there is ChenKun, lovingly nicked as 厂花 /Beauty of the 'Court' by his manic fandom. Any random fanvid fr FSDG has been the prettiest I've seen.
This is a taste…and thing is, this is really not that far fr how gorgeous he REALLY looks on screen:
If this MV tickles any of your fancies (ie u r a kinky Mane of Glory lover), I guarantee u'll like ChenKun in FSDG:
Bromance has a massive fandom, but how about girllove?! Have an MV of the girlgirl CP in FSDG, spoilerish and extremely gorgeous:
I love listening to Sutra, and when such a talented hottie sang one of the most amazing version of it, I can only enslave myself forever to his fandom:
White Vengeance has lots more happening, but it's done with much more substanceless flashiness, the chore of the tension is nowhere to be found with Leon sleepwalking in fugly costumes thro his titular LiuBang. FSF is surprisingly holding his own, but still I only see him as a lovesickpuppyPrince8 with mane galore and furry coats. In a gist, this is a shoujo-fied puppylove story of XY and ConsortYu (there's fake pink petals! falling while they die! oh so romantic *puke!*) and multitudes of bromance couples for your picking.
Shaolin…I stopped at 15 min. I can't: Andy Lau, POSING!!!!! and the 'I'm too good for my role or acting in general' miasma of posturing/pretending to act spreads to everyone sharing his screen. I knew I'll have a problem with him as always, but this amazing fanvid of one of his best singing job is hard to refuse:
*warning: Don't be tempted if u r not a hardcore AndyLau/NickyTse fan. It's very pretty, very spoilerish, very lovely song and lyrics, IMPOSSIBLE to not WANT! movie， and movie is sadly, turd.*
The Skin I Live In and Chloe: that awkwardness of unknowingly watching exploitative porn with your brother!
Who doesn't think Almodovor and Egoyan r amazingballs?! I know their deals, I am always left with vivid, memorable sweeping swarms of thoughts and emotions. Not here in their recent offerings. I'm a bit more disappointed with Skin, with my much higher expectation. This is the first time I felt Almodovor going too over the top and being too cocky, too sure of himself with his calculated shock factor. It comes off very clinical, very perfectly controlled lab experiment when I'm begging to feel his verve. I'm not perturbed by the gory twist, I WISH. Somehow with the excess of unbelievability, I cease to care about anything happening to the characters, as well acted as they are. But oh, how I miss a darker Banderas! I miss this man and Tie me Up! Tie me Down! Chloe is Egoyan stopped caring about substance and his edge. It's a pity, Julianne Moore is still amazing, giving her all in this tepid softporn.
Blue Valentine and Crazy Stupid Love: Fulfilling things I did for Ryan Gosling
Blue Valentine is unique, it felt as if the 4th wall is off and docu-like it creeps under my skin, esp in its later, harder to watch parts. I'm watching love helplessly gone bad *sob*. It's the first time I've seen Ryan Gosling opposite of hot!sexy!beast!! And I love it, I think it's an awesome, thought provoking movie on the complexity of love/marriage. So to compensate: Crazy Stupid Love. It's crazily dumbing, you'll feel stupid yet there are bits of it you will love, namely Ryan Gosling and at times Ryan Gosling with Emma Stone, but mostly Ryan Gosling…naked (and bits of Marisa Tomei).
Tron + Star Trek: He did his hubby duties, my turn.
Tron is a D movie. C++ according to hubs and he thinks he's funny. <_<
Star Trek, now please explain to me why *spoiler* Spock meets future Spock in Black Hole when I think Black Hole = death by poof! Hubs and other nerds I've asked can't really rem that specific plot clear enough, or I'm not using their language hence retelling it wrong, or so they say, and I fear he'll suggest rewatching it, so I let it drop. But I need to know!
Love Is Not Blind 失戀33天 vs Apple in my Eye
Love is Not Blind is not perfect, but I feel every bit of heart and dedication pouring in making it work as an attempt of a successful Chinese contemporary romance. It's couple twists and turns ripping off My Best Friend's Wedding. The team working for Love is Not Blind almost made it clicking and I have to applaud just on the daring step forward towards a genre that literally is a breath of fresh air in a vacuum.
Apple in my Eye is SO NOT IN MINE! It is easily the most disappointing waste of time the lot. I'm shockingly bored to tears minutes in and I'm usually extremely good with slow but rewarding arthouse. The story is so plain and thin and the characters are mostly stupid. Being young doesn't equate stupidity. I guess I do not have a personal experience of falling for someone hard without any feasible reason. I'm the opposite of a hopeless romantic since birth in RL. But still! I don't see the romantic, and I don't see the freaking big deal AT ALL. I can't believe I sat through the whole thing.
ETA: I gave Apple a second chance after chatting with a friend. Now I take it all back, I must've had too much coldmeds in system when I watched it. It's still extremely overrated, but it's watchable, and harmless. It's touching, but can be done with more finesse.
Hard Boiled + A City of Sorrow
What dirthole was I wandering off when I first watched Hard Boiled in cinema?!?!?!??!?!?!??! It's sooooo kickass awesome!!!!!!!!!!! and it's 20 years old. What the heck is WRONG with you John Woo for freefalling doing all your crappy crap since?!?!?!??! Gosh Tony is soo killing me with every scene. That very first library scene, I'm the face of that flailing fangirl librarian. When he's in so much mental pain killing off ppl, I'm the face of that flailing fangirl librarian. When he's in UNIFORM instead of the one size too big MiamiVice outfits, I'm the face of that flailing fangirl librarian. When he got shot and bleeding and in physical pain….I trust u get my face.
My newish dvd player can't display my City of Sorrow subs, but that's not stopping me. Tony is still as I remembered, not his usual I can't help it but be CHARMING sizzling eyesex self. It's a whole different person, a mute little bro you want to hug, but so not the usual way you wanna hug Tony Leung (and do other things to him while at it).
JinLing 13 Chai/War of Flowers
I rambled all this word diarrhea because I thought my thoughts would have gathered and I'll be brave enough to finally write down everything I desperately need to write about this movie, and hope I'll get that dense lump of heaviness off my chest. But I still can't write anything cohesive about it being too overwhelmed, devastated yet empowered as a woman. My every thought is taken over by this movie since I watched it last wkend. I have pocket tissues around me all the time because I will sob suddenly when triggered by most random stimuli.
This is my 'best' movie of 2011. This is my 'best' Cmovie, maybe of all time. This is as affecting a cinematic experience on WW2 as Schindler's List for me and in many aspects even more so…because it's much more personal as a woman and as a third generation of Pacific war victims. I feel the urgent duty to watch and rewatch because if this story (and I'm absolutely convinced even with strokes of dramatization the heart of it is hallowingly true) is never told and not made a record, it'll be lost and forgotten in another generation, forever. I feel responsible, I feel an urgent need, even if it'll traumatize me all over again to write my hearts out on it. I just need to gather my broken pieces. I'm not there yet.