chung hoon chung

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Gordon Paiea Chung-Hoon, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. SIGSBEE (DD-502), a unit of an Advanced Picket Group, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 14 April 1945. Although his ship suffered major damage when struck by an enemy plane and all power was lost, Commander Chung-Hoon coolly carried out defensive maneuvers and directed his anti-aircraft batteries in delivering prolonged and effective fire against the continued heavy enemy air attack. Afterwards, he supervised damage-control procedure which resulted in his ship being made sea-worthy for a safe return to port under its own restored power. Commander Chung-Hoon’s gallant fighting spirit, courage and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

the current war: a peek at an early script

i just read a very early version of mitnick’s the current war script. and… i am excited. i think it has more bite and more bravery than the imitation game; and it reads like an amazing vehicle for both BC and michael shannon.

(note: my brief comments below are as generic as i could; 95% not spoilery);

BC has some amazing, showy and very dark moments in this. He could work some serious magic, but note; they do not make Edison into a hero. All the accusations thrown at him in history (and that have been largely debunked) pretty much he owns in this. To me it’s clear; Edison is the problematic one and Westinghouse the emotional, human balance.

Both Westinghouse and Edison get major narratives by themselves; I hoped for significant shared time between Shannon and Cumberbatch (two acting titans) but in this version not at all. It’s two separate paths that eventually and very briefly!! converge.  

There’s moments of great sadness, and fury, and intrigue, and bombast and pomposity. Westinghouse is surprisingly human. We’re gonna get a quiet reflective Shannon I think. He’s so charismatic and good he might do something astonishing with that.  

Tom Holland and Kate Waterston have much bigger roles than I expected. Mathew Macfayden’s JP Morgan has a fiery clash with BC and it’s searing on the page; i cannot wait for that on screen my god!… and the biggest surprise of all; Tesla (to be played by Hoult) has a much much smaller, almost walk-on role. And he is by far the least explored character. Tesla-ites will be disappointed I think.

But going back to BC; there’s some absolutely lovely scenes where he’s funny & sweet and a doting father husband and boss. but he’s also selfish / distant.. but not like Dr Frankenstein or Alan Turing etc. He’s just absolutely single minded. and has become addicted to his own name. And there are some utterly sad moments. Moments which i think Benedict will absolutely nail and make us all suffer, & Edison in a rage should’ve magnificent to watch… 

I am MUCH more engaged with this biopic in principle than I was in execution by Tyldum’s the imitation game. and there will be comparisons between the 2; two geniuses. same studio, same actor (as @iwasthesouthernpansy has pointed out). but this is harder. meaner. more brutal, and the unusual and innovative pairing of   Gomez-Rejon and Chung hoon-chung as directing/lensing this as well..

consider me 100% on board :-)       

the new ‘it’ adaptation looks pretty solid and gorgeously shot (by director of photography chung-hoon chung who is park chan-wook’s dp and is talented beyond words but anyway) my only issue is with the design of pennywise. to me, it looks like they’re trying too hard to make a scary clown. i think one of the reasons tim currys pennywise was so universally praised in the miniseries was because he just looked like a clown. that’s what was so captivating to me as a kid - this idea that there’s a menacing terror lurking under the veil of what’s meant to be a symbol of joyous childishness. by stripping away his innocent appearance he loses that dynamic and, for me at least, makes him less scary


Did you sleep well?

heres a masterlist of my favorite cinematographers and significant works by them, including some notable (and up and coming) women cinematographers. 

  1. *Benoît Debie* (Irreversible, Enter the Void, Spring Breakers, Love)
  2. Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant, The Tree of Life) 
  3. Roger Deakins (Fargo)
  4. Matthew Libatique (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, Straight Outta Compton)
  5. Andrzej Sekuła (Pulp Fiction)
  6. Mike Gioulakis (It Follows)
  7. Geoffrey Unsworth (2001: A Space Odyssey)
  8. John Alcott (A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining)
  9. Manuel Alberto Claro (Nymphomaniac, Melancholia)
  10. Robert Yeoman (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tennenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited)
  11. Ron Fricke (Koyaanisqatsi, Chronos, Samsara)
  12. Atsushi Okui (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Whisper of the Heart)
  13. Rob Hardy (Ex Machina)
  14. Mattias Troelstrup (Electrick Children)
  15. Seamus McGarvey (The Hours, We Need to Talk About Kevin) 
  16. Chung-Hoon Chung (Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Me, Earl and the Dying Girl)
  17. Sean Baker & Radium Cheung (Tangerine)
  18. Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (Victoria)
  19. Robert Elswitt (Nightcrawler, Inherent Vice, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk-Love)
  20. Conrad Hall (American Beauty, Panic Room)
  21. Robert Burks (Vertigo, The Birds, Rear Window, Marnie, Dial M for Murder, Psycho)
  22. Hoyte Van Hoytema (Her, Interstellar, Let The Right One In)
  23. Rafael Corkidi (El Topo, The Holy Mountain)
  24. Brett Pawlak (Short Term 12) 
  25. Andrij Parekh (Blue Valentine)
  26. Erik Wilson (Submarine)
  27. Chris Menges (Kes, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)
  28. Jean-Yves Escoffier (Gummo, Mauvais Sang)
  29. Sofian El Fani (Blue is the Warmest Color)
  30. Frederick Elmes (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart)
  31. Lyle Vincent (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night)
  32. Don Hertzfeldt (Director/Cinematographer/Animator) (It’s Such a Beautiful Day, World of Tomorrow, Rejected, The Meaning of Life)
  33. Bill Viola (Video Artist) (The Passing)

Women Cinematographers:

  1. Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Away We Go)
  2. Sandi Sissel (The People Under The Stairs)
  3. Dagmar Weaver-Madsen (10,000km)
  4. Autumn Durald (Palo Alto)
  5. Jessica Dimmock (Director/Cinematographer) (The Ninth Floor, Wait For Me, Without)
  6. Allison Schulnik (Director/Cinematographer/Animator/Painter) (Hobo Clown, Mounds, Eager, Ready Able) 
  7. Reed Morano (Kill Your Darlings, Vinyl, Meadowland)
  8. Rachel Morrison (Dope, Fruitvale Station, Cake)
  9. Natasha Braier (XXY, The Neon Demon, The Milk of Sorrow)
  10. Crystel Fournier (Girlhood, Tomboy, Water Lilies, Smart Ass)
  11. Jessica Lee Gagne (N.O.I.R., Child’s Play, Chelem, Que Ta Joie Demuere)
  12. Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, Beauty and the Breast)
  13. Su Friedrich (Director/Cinematographer) (Sink or Swim)
  14. Marina Goldovskaya (Solovky Power, Bitter Taste of Freedom)
  15. Ellen Spiro (Are the Kids Alright?, Roam Sweet Home, Greetings From Out Here, Diane’s Hair Ego)
  16. Isa Gueye (Director/Cinematographer) (Saudade, Civil War Sickness, What Do You Want To Talk About Today?)
  17. Camille Henrot (Visual Artist/Filmmaker) (Gross Fatigue)
  18. Mika Rottenburg (Mary’s Cherries, Squeeze)