dangermousie: (HYD: Rui by yled)
Jae-Hee!!!!! After finishing DGCH, I now crave more Jae Hee. So, on [livejournal.com profile] catdecember’s recommendation, I got my hands on 3-Iron, a Korean movie in which he stars (btw, if like me, you get the R1 DVD, don’t read the back. I think it gives away most of the plot which is…). It sounds wonderful. Also, oooooh, art house ;). And apparently, there is almost no dialogue, just silence.



Plot: A young drifter enters strangers' houses - and lives - while owners are away. He spends a night or a day squatting in, repaying their unwitting hospitality by doing laundry or small repairs. His life changes when he runs into a beautiful woman in an affluent mansion who is ready to escape her unhappy, abusive marriage.

It is by the director of the gorgeous Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Here is an unspoilery, short professional review.

Some photographs. It looks gorgeous and slightly surreal )

And I also want to find and watch Art of Fighting which is a movie he did in 2006, about a bullied student who learns to fight to strike back. No love story though, hmmmm. It sounds really good, if not as good as 3-Iron. It’s rather interesting that in both of them he seems to play a quiet, introverted loner. Very different from Chun-Hyang.

In other movie news, on March 30, there is a movie opening which I am extremely amused by the concept of. It is Kazakhstan’s Nomad. I love period battle epics and eeee, sounds fun, even if in part it’s because the head of government Nazarbayev was supposed to be really into this film and because the putative Kazakh heroes are played by Hispanic actors.

Plot (from a review): The mystic Kazakh warrior Oraz (a stalwart Jason Scott Lee) tells a sultan that his newborn son has been "chosen by the stars to unite all Kazakhs" and thereby overthrow the oppressive rule of the invader Jungars. To that end, Oraz raises the son, Mansur (Mexican actor Kuno Becker), and another boy, Erali (Jay Hernandez), as brothers, along with a youth from each of the tribes, to become superb warriors capable of defeating the despotic Jungar ruler (Doskhan Zholhzhaxynov). The close bond between Mansur and Oraz finds them falling in love with the same girl (Ayanat Yesmagambetova) and caught in a particularly cruel twist.

Heh. Pics:



More Pics )

And then there is the Thai Tears of the Black Tiger which is part Western (set in Thailand!!!), part star-crossed romance. Heee.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui by yled)
Jae-Hee!!!!! After finishing DGCH, I now crave more Jae Hee. So, on [livejournal.com profile] catdecember’s recommendation, I got my hands on 3-Iron, a Korean movie in which he stars (btw, if like me, you get the R1 DVD, don’t read the back. I think it gives away most of the plot which is…). It sounds wonderful. Also, oooooh, art house ;). And apparently, there is almost no dialogue, just silence.



Plot: A young drifter enters strangers' houses - and lives - while owners are away. He spends a night or a day squatting in, repaying their unwitting hospitality by doing laundry or small repairs. His life changes when he runs into a beautiful woman in an affluent mansion who is ready to escape her unhappy, abusive marriage.

It is by the director of the gorgeous Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Here is an unspoilery, short professional review.

Some photographs. It looks gorgeous and slightly surreal )

And I also want to find and watch Art of Fighting which is a movie he did in 2006, about a bullied student who learns to fight to strike back. No love story though, hmmmm. It sounds really good, if not as good as 3-Iron. It’s rather interesting that in both of them he seems to play a quiet, introverted loner. Very different from Chun-Hyang.

In other movie news, on March 30, there is a movie opening which I am extremely amused by the concept of. It is Kazakhstan’s Nomad. I love period battle epics and eeee, sounds fun, even if in part it’s because the head of government Nazarbayev was supposed to be really into this film and because the putative Kazakh heroes are played by Hispanic actors.

Plot (from a review): The mystic Kazakh warrior Oraz (a stalwart Jason Scott Lee) tells a sultan that his newborn son has been "chosen by the stars to unite all Kazakhs" and thereby overthrow the oppressive rule of the invader Jungars. To that end, Oraz raises the son, Mansur (Mexican actor Kuno Becker), and another boy, Erali (Jay Hernandez), as brothers, along with a youth from each of the tribes, to become superb warriors capable of defeating the despotic Jungar ruler (Doskhan Zholhzhaxynov). The close bond between Mansur and Oraz finds them falling in love with the same girl (Ayanat Yesmagambetova) and caught in a particularly cruel twist.

Heh. Pics:



More Pics )

And then there is the Thai Tears of the Black Tiger which is part Western (set in Thailand!!!), part star-crossed romance. Heee.
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui by yled)
Jae-Hee!!!!! After finishing DGCH, I now crave more Jae Hee. So, on [livejournal.com profile] catdecember’s recommendation, I got my hands on 3-Iron, a Korean movie in which he stars (btw, if like me, you get the R1 DVD, don’t read the back. I think it gives away most of the plot which is…). It sounds wonderful. Also, oooooh, art house ;). And apparently, there is almost no dialogue, just silence.



Plot: A young drifter enters strangers' houses - and lives - while owners are away. He spends a night or a day squatting in, repaying their unwitting hospitality by doing laundry or small repairs. His life changes when he runs into a beautiful woman in an affluent mansion who is ready to escape her unhappy, abusive marriage.

It is by the director of the gorgeous Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Here is an unspoilery, short professional review.

Some photographs. It looks gorgeous and slightly surreal )

And I also want to find and watch Art of Fighting which is a movie he did in 2006, about a bullied student who learns to fight to strike back. No love story though, hmmmm. It sounds really good, if not as good as 3-Iron. It’s rather interesting that in both of them he seems to play a quiet, introverted loner. Very different from Chun-Hyang.

In other movie news, on March 30, there is a movie opening which I am extremely amused by the concept of. It is Kazakhstan’s Nomad. I love period battle epics and eeee, sounds fun, even if in part it’s because the head of government Nazarbayev was supposed to be really into this film and because the putative Kazakh heroes are played by Hispanic actors.

Plot (from a review): The mystic Kazakh warrior Oraz (a stalwart Jason Scott Lee) tells a sultan that his newborn son has been "chosen by the stars to unite all Kazakhs" and thereby overthrow the oppressive rule of the invader Jungars. To that end, Oraz raises the son, Mansur (Mexican actor Kuno Becker), and another boy, Erali (Jay Hernandez), as brothers, along with a youth from each of the tribes, to become superb warriors capable of defeating the despotic Jungar ruler (Doskhan Zholhzhaxynov). The close bond between Mansur and Oraz finds them falling in love with the same girl (Ayanat Yesmagambetova) and caught in a particularly cruel twist.

Heh. Pics:



More Pics )

And then there is the Thai Tears of the Black Tiger which is part Western (set in Thailand!!!), part star-crossed romance. Heee.
dangermousie: (JJH smile by miss_dian)
Saw The Host with [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian yesterday. Very off-kilter, funny, scary and good. Though cut for big spoiler )

Also, because my Goong fever is always there, I've been watching Goong 1.5 (the special they did with interviews at some TV show and behind the scenes filming stuff) and it's AWESOME. I also think I now have a thing for JJH (like I didn't before :D)

And this is a nice lead-in into the visual portion of the post a.k.a. youtube is my friend. I found a trailer for The Devil and also bits from press conference subbed in English. Mmmm...JJH.

Click for fun )

And check out my awesome new icon, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] miss_dian! *meep*
dangermousie: (JJH smile by miss_dian)
Saw The Host with [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian yesterday. Very off-kilter, funny, scary and good. Though cut for big spoiler )

Also, because my Goong fever is always there, I've been watching Goong 1.5 (the special they did with interviews at some TV show and behind the scenes filming stuff) and it's AWESOME. I also think I now have a thing for JJH (like I didn't before :D)

And this is a nice lead-in into the visual portion of the post a.k.a. youtube is my friend. I found a trailer for The Devil and also bits from press conference subbed in English. Mmmm...JJH.

Click for fun )

And check out my awesome new icon, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] miss_dian! *meep*
dangermousie: (JJH smile by miss_dian)
Saw The Host with [livejournal.com profile] smartylibrarian yesterday. Very off-kilter, funny, scary and good. Though cut for big spoiler )

Also, because my Goong fever is always there, I've been watching Goong 1.5 (the special they did with interviews at some TV show and behind the scenes filming stuff) and it's AWESOME. I also think I now have a thing for JJH (like I didn't before :D)

And this is a nice lead-in into the visual portion of the post a.k.a. youtube is my friend. I found a trailer for The Devil and also bits from press conference subbed in English. Mmmm...JJH.

Click for fun )

And check out my awesome new icon, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] miss_dian! *meep*
dangermousie: (SEI: John Abraham)
I saw 300.

It was brutal, totally historically inaccurate and wholly simplistic.

It was also AWESOME.

I loved it.

And this is coming from someone who hated Sin City with a passion. Maybe because there was no sickening violence to women here. Any objectification of the Oracle girl was cancelled by Gorgo, Leonidas' wife. She was HARDCORE. Maybe because unlike repulsive characters of SC, you could root for soldiers fighting for their country without feeling unclean.

It knew what it was, what it was trying to be, and it did it excellently. It did not even pretend to be a historical rendition of the story, but some sort of an ur-epic, a mythic Beowulfian narrative (yes, I am mixing metaphors here). It mixed some widely recognized Spartan motifs ('with your shield or on it') into a heroic fantasy.

It made my blood pound (no pun intended), it left me breathless and mesmerized. It went straight for that 'excitement' part of the brain. It was simple, straightworward and DAMN GOOD.

The most brutal part of the movie? The brutal hotness of the Spartan men. I know what kind of battle a lot of ladies of my acquaintance would like to drag King Leonidas into.

P.S. My 'effeminate' icon is oddly amusing considering 300! :D
dangermousie: (SEI: John Abraham)
I saw 300.

It was brutal, totally historically inaccurate and wholly simplistic.

It was also AWESOME.

I loved it.

And this is coming from someone who hated Sin City with a passion. Maybe because there was no sickening violence to women here. Any objectification of the Oracle girl was cancelled by Gorgo, Leonidas' wife. She was HARDCORE. Maybe because unlike repulsive characters of SC, you could root for soldiers fighting for their country without feeling unclean.

It knew what it was, what it was trying to be, and it did it excellently. It did not even pretend to be a historical rendition of the story, but some sort of an ur-epic, a mythic Beowulfian narrative (yes, I am mixing metaphors here). It mixed some widely recognized Spartan motifs ('with your shield or on it') into a heroic fantasy.

It made my blood pound (no pun intended), it left me breathless and mesmerized. It went straight for that 'excitement' part of the brain. It was simple, straightworward and DAMN GOOD.

The most brutal part of the movie? The brutal hotness of the Spartan men. I know what kind of battle a lot of ladies of my acquaintance would like to drag King Leonidas into.

P.S. My 'effeminate' icon is oddly amusing considering 300! :D
dangermousie: (SEI: John Abraham)
I saw 300.

It was brutal, totally historically inaccurate and wholly simplistic.

It was also AWESOME.

I loved it.

And this is coming from someone who hated Sin City with a passion. Maybe because there was no sickening violence to women here. Any objectification of the Oracle girl was cancelled by Gorgo, Leonidas' wife. She was HARDCORE. Maybe because unlike repulsive characters of SC, you could root for soldiers fighting for their country without feeling unclean.

It knew what it was, what it was trying to be, and it did it excellently. It did not even pretend to be a historical rendition of the story, but some sort of an ur-epic, a mythic Beowulfian narrative (yes, I am mixing metaphors here). It mixed some widely recognized Spartan motifs ('with your shield or on it') into a heroic fantasy.

It made my blood pound (no pun intended), it left me breathless and mesmerized. It went straight for that 'excitement' part of the brain. It was simple, straightworward and DAMN GOOD.

The most brutal part of the movie? The brutal hotness of the Spartan men. I know what kind of battle a lot of ladies of my acquaintance would like to drag King Leonidas into.

P.S. My 'effeminate' icon is oddly amusing considering 300! :D
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
First off, sorry for being bad about replying to flist stuff. Please let me know if I skipped something cool in the past couple days ([livejournal.com profile] fivil, I really want to reply to your drama recs post). I've been having a bit of a cold/mono relapse combo. So please let me know what I missed through skimming!

I still haven't watched Hanadan, because this evening Mr. Mousie and I went to see Breach with Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe. It's a movie based on real events that led to the capture of Robert Hansen, the most notorous spy in history of US. Cooper plays Hansen and Philippe the young agent who is supposed to keep tabs on him. Go See It!!!! I don't watch that many American movies in theaters any more (I got my dramas right here, after all) but this was totally worth time and money. It's intelligent, and tightly written and very character-driven. And it's superbly acted. The movie is all about Hansen and O'Neill and it's awesome to see the two actors interact and twist around each other. I have to say that out of the ex-couple, Reese might be the biggest star, but I find RP's movies generally more appealing as movies.

And tomorrow we are going to see Becket (with Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton) which being played on the big screen. Yes! Later in the week, I am going to see Amazing Grace with *slurp* Ioan Gruffudd (about 1807 anti-slavery British bill). Yay for movies I actually want to see!

And because I believe in bringing pictures, I close with the pictures of The Wind the Shakes the Barley, an Irish movie that will be opening in the States in March. A Ken Loach film, it stars Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney and is set in 1920 Ireland.



The plot: Damien (Cillian Murphy) and Teddy (Padraic Delaney) are brothers. But while the latter is already the leader of a guerrilla squad fighting for the independence of his motherland, Damien, a medical student at University College, would rather finish his training at the London hospital where he has found a place. However, shortly before his departure, he happens to witness atrocities committed by the ferocious Black and Tans and finally decides to join the resistance group led by Teddy. The two brothers fight side by side until a truce is signed. Bur peace is short-lived and when England imposes a treaty regarded unfair by a part of the population war resumes, this time pitting Irishmen against Irishmen, brothers against brothers, Teddy against Damien...

Gorgeous pictures behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
First off, sorry for being bad about replying to flist stuff. Please let me know if I skipped something cool in the past couple days ([livejournal.com profile] fivil, I really want to reply to your drama recs post). I've been having a bit of a cold/mono relapse combo. So please let me know what I missed through skimming!

I still haven't watched Hanadan, because this evening Mr. Mousie and I went to see Breach with Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe. It's a movie based on real events that led to the capture of Robert Hansen, the most notorous spy in history of US. Cooper plays Hansen and Philippe the young agent who is supposed to keep tabs on him. Go See It!!!! I don't watch that many American movies in theaters any more (I got my dramas right here, after all) but this was totally worth time and money. It's intelligent, and tightly written and very character-driven. And it's superbly acted. The movie is all about Hansen and O'Neill and it's awesome to see the two actors interact and twist around each other. I have to say that out of the ex-couple, Reese might be the biggest star, but I find RP's movies generally more appealing as movies.

And tomorrow we are going to see Becket (with Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton) which being played on the big screen. Yes! Later in the week, I am going to see Amazing Grace with *slurp* Ioan Gruffudd (about 1807 anti-slavery British bill). Yay for movies I actually want to see!

And because I believe in bringing pictures, I close with the pictures of The Wind the Shakes the Barley, an Irish movie that will be opening in the States in March. A Ken Loach film, it stars Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney and is set in 1920 Ireland.



The plot: Damien (Cillian Murphy) and Teddy (Padraic Delaney) are brothers. But while the latter is already the leader of a guerrilla squad fighting for the independence of his motherland, Damien, a medical student at University College, would rather finish his training at the London hospital where he has found a place. However, shortly before his departure, he happens to witness atrocities committed by the ferocious Black and Tans and finally decides to join the resistance group led by Teddy. The two brothers fight side by side until a truce is signed. Bur peace is short-lived and when England imposes a treaty regarded unfair by a part of the population war resumes, this time pitting Irishmen against Irishmen, brothers against brothers, Teddy against Damien...

Gorgeous pictures behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Farscape: JA posed by icequeen3101)
First off, sorry for being bad about replying to flist stuff. Please let me know if I skipped something cool in the past couple days ([livejournal.com profile] fivil, I really want to reply to your drama recs post). I've been having a bit of a cold/mono relapse combo. So please let me know what I missed through skimming!

I still haven't watched Hanadan, because this evening Mr. Mousie and I went to see Breach with Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe. It's a movie based on real events that led to the capture of Robert Hansen, the most notorous spy in history of US. Cooper plays Hansen and Philippe the young agent who is supposed to keep tabs on him. Go See It!!!! I don't watch that many American movies in theaters any more (I got my dramas right here, after all) but this was totally worth time and money. It's intelligent, and tightly written and very character-driven. And it's superbly acted. The movie is all about Hansen and O'Neill and it's awesome to see the two actors interact and twist around each other. I have to say that out of the ex-couple, Reese might be the biggest star, but I find RP's movies generally more appealing as movies.

And tomorrow we are going to see Becket (with Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton) which being played on the big screen. Yes! Later in the week, I am going to see Amazing Grace with *slurp* Ioan Gruffudd (about 1807 anti-slavery British bill). Yay for movies I actually want to see!

And because I believe in bringing pictures, I close with the pictures of The Wind the Shakes the Barley, an Irish movie that will be opening in the States in March. A Ken Loach film, it stars Cillian Murphy and Padraic Delaney and is set in 1920 Ireland.



The plot: Damien (Cillian Murphy) and Teddy (Padraic Delaney) are brothers. But while the latter is already the leader of a guerrilla squad fighting for the independence of his motherland, Damien, a medical student at University College, would rather finish his training at the London hospital where he has found a place. However, shortly before his departure, he happens to witness atrocities committed by the ferocious Black and Tans and finally decides to join the resistance group led by Teddy. The two brothers fight side by side until a truce is signed. Bur peace is short-lived and when England imposes a treaty regarded unfair by a part of the population war resumes, this time pitting Irishmen against Irishmen, brothers against brothers, Teddy against Damien...

Gorgeous pictures behind the cut )

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