Another Friday night well spent, watching a magical film with my parents over rosé and popcorn.
One of my favorite scenes from Lost and Found (1996), directed by Lee Chi Ngai, starring Kelly Chen and Takeshi Kaneshiro. A heavy film that manages to stay light with the lovable Kaneshiro, beautiful cinematography and spontaneous scenes like this one shown. Featuring music from Leonard Cohen and the talented Kelly Chen herself!
I like to read other people’s reviews of films I love and today I was reading reviews about The Last Five Years.
How many times did I read that they didn’t like Jeremy because Jamie came across as selfish and arrogant? How many times did I read that they didn’t like Anna because Cathy came across as withdrawn and naive? Waaaaaay too many. Obviously opinions are opinions but people are missing the point…
People dislike the two actors in these roles for playing the roles correctly. Jamie and Cathy are both meant to be an enigma to the viewer. How does Jamie go from loving Cathy with such intensity that he calls her a goddess to cheating? How does Cathy go from a determined young woman to someone struggling to find her place and resenting her husband? These are all questions you should ask yourself while watching this film!
Neither of these characters is meant to be perfect. Cathy starts off with such a vibrant determination to succeed that it feeds Jamie’s creative process. Jamie starts off with an all consuming passion for everything in life that Cathy, too, is consumed by him in a way she has yearned for.
And then it begins to crumble. She is not successful, she depletes herself in an effort to remain part of him/his success. Her fire burns out and his need to love someone whose fire will continuously ignite his own goes unsatisfied. She wants a “we” and he wants her to be a “her” that can inspire him.
He attempts to help her find herself, the Cathy who he fell in love with that knows she is better than the rest. She locks up her feelings of failure and refuses to verbalize them until she explodes.
Neither is more or less at fault than the other. Neither loved each other more or less than the other at the start. Love is comprised of glorious highs and incredible lows and you have to be on the same page to make it through. These two, at the end, were not even in the same book.
And spoken from personal experience. Sometimes, despite everyone’s best intentions, love doesn’t work…it isn’t forever and it will fail. It’s nasty and it hurts and you never expect it…but it happens. And it fucking sucks. I’ve been a bit of Cathy at the end (withdrawn and resentful) and I’ve been a bit of Jamie at the end (forced to leave in a last ditch effort not to lose myself) and I was BOTH of them at the same time, in the same relationship.
So, if you’ve left the film confused by these two characters don’t look at it as a failure in the way Jeremy and Anna portrayed them. In fact, they’ve actually done their jobs perfectly if that’s how you feel. You are meant to walk away from this film thinking exactly what Jamie and Cathy are thinking when all is said and done…how the fuck did this happen?
One of the truest documentaries about human nature that you will ever see. The Great Happiness Space follows male hosts while they work at Rakkyo Café and the trials that come with the line of work. You’ll start this film not feeling much for these men but by the end you will relate more to them than you know.
(this film has no trailer that I can find, message me if you need help finding the film itself)
“Just get through the goddamn day.” George is a man that people expect things from, and he always rises to meet those expectations. He could find the strength every day until it was taken from him. When his secret gay lover dies in a car accident, George is left with himself, his thoughts and the melodrama of the 1960’s.
Buffalo '66 is a film about Billy Brown. Recently paroled, he only has one thing on his mind: revenge. When he sets out to fulfill this wish, things go according to plan..to an extent. What transpires during the night leaves Billy as well as the viewer flabbergasted.
When I first saw Stay in 2005, Ryan Gosling was still relatively unknown. When I left the theater, I went back a week later and watched it again. The movie focuses on Henry Letham (Gosling), a distraught and suicidal art major and his psychiatrists attempt to understand why he wishes to end his life. Speaking in riddles half of the time, the movie soon turns into a mystery as to why this man wants redemption so bad. What did he do? Does he truly deserve to die? You’ll only get the answer if you watch the film.
Survive Style 5+ is the most fun you’ll have watching a film in a long time. It’s crazy sequences are still stuck in my mind. The story follows 5 groups (or a single person) of people as their stories eventually intersect. A man that can’t seem kill his wife, although he buries her over and over she comes back from the grave with a vengeance each time, a hitman and his translator as they travel to Tokyo to take care of business, a commercial executive that thinks up funny commercials for her boss, a group of mischievous guys that get into all sorts of predicaments, and finally a family who’s father has been hypnotized into thinking he is a bird. Don’t miss out on this awesome, wacky film!
White is a wealthy professor. Black is a poor man of god. The two collide when White decides to end his life by throwing himself in front of The Sunset Limited, a subway train that makes it’s rounds every day. Black takes White back to his shabby apartment in the ghetto and has a discussion of religion, life, death, and everything in between. One of the greatest play-to-film adaptations I have ever seen. Bravo.
Lilya is a 16 year old girl that lives in Estonia. Her only friend is a boy that is even younger than her that has a crush on her. Soon after her mother abandons her for a mail-order-bride service she is left alone with her fantasies of a better life. One day she falls in love with a man that promises to take her away from the awful place she lives and give her a new life, but we soon find out his plans were much more sinister.
One of my favorite newer films, Enter The Void follows Oscar, a drug dealer living in Tokyo, and his sister Linda. The film is shot completely through the perspective of Oscar’s eyes or perception. When Oscar goes to make a deal at The Void, a popular club for drug users, tragedy occurs and his life is ended. Shortly after we see his body lying on the bathroom floor, lifeless. Then the colors shift and we are transported to another place, seeing what becomes of his sister and his friend after his death through dream-like sequences which are his soul floating through Tokyo. Definitely one of the 'trippiest’ movies you will ever watch.
I Stand Alone is about a butcher, we never learn his name, for it is not important. What is important is the situation he finds himself in. He is married to an overweight woman and living together with her mother. He despises them, on top of that she is pregnant. As his mind begins to break down, he lashes out violently against various people and factions of society, questioning his own existence, and trying to become reconnected with his estranged daughter that he left in a mental institution so long ago. One of the harshest films on this list next to Lilya 4-Ever, I Stand Alone is less of a story about this butcher and more a story about the evil thing waiting inside all of us, waiting for the opportune moment to take control.
I’ve just read the book (Susanna Kaysen’s incredible memoir about her time in a 1960’s psyciatric ward) and loved it so much I thought I’d watch the film too. It was unsettlingly different to how I pictured everything, characters, the hospital, the events, and didn’t follow the book at all. Once I got past this though and started viewing them as two separate things, I became enthralled. This film is great. Haunting. Angelina Jolie totally deserved that OSCAR. Her acting was fucking incredible.
Go watch Interstellar. It’s an amazing movie. The story is pretty good, and it’s helped along by some absolutely spectacular visuals. If you’re one of those people that demands rigorous scientific accuracy in your sci-fi films, don’t worry, there’s a few little inaccuracies here and there, but I think those inaccuracies are good sacrifices to make the story more compelling.
I think the biggest complaint I’ve heard about the movie is that it tries and fails to be this generation’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. I don’t think that’s a very fair assessment of it - I think it’s more of a dialog with 2001. Interstellar loosely borrows the structure of Kubrick’s film, but ends up going different places with it. In a lot of places, its almost a full inversion of 2001. The metaphysical aspect of Kubrick’s film is mysterious, ahuman, and unemotional, but Nolan really tries to explain Interstellar’s metaphysics emotionally.
I think it’s worth watching 2001 before heading to the theater. There’s a lot of little nods to Kubrick’s cinematography in Interstellar, and a fresh watch will help you pick up on them a little more easily. But ignoring the comparisons to 2001 it’s a very good movie that stands on its own. You’d be doing yourself a disservice to not go and watch it.
So…I just started watching Ellie’s streams about a week or two ago (some time around the release of AToTS) and she totally got me into this adorkable show/skit/animated short? idk (Amongst other things…my brain is chalked full of madeon and electro swing now, haha). I also wanted to credit the colouring style used in this picture to her because it’s actually a really fun colouring technique that I had only used for pencil drawings up until now, so…uh, yeah! It’s real awesome and makes the whole process really interesting! It’s really flipping great!! xD
But yeah, anway. *whispers* This little film is the best so you should really go watch it. At some point. Ye.
Watched When Harry met Sally for the first time <3 loved it glad I watched it now by myself rather being forced as a kid to watch it just cos its a cult classic. Although my fave Meg Ryan movie growing up was still ‘You’ve got mail’ but its so dated now technology wise I can’t help but laugh XD
Seriously, spread this around! It is so worth watching and deserves more attention. If anything, come for the cute actors. The first and second episode are available on YouTube, and the rest of the first season is available for purchase on CineVolt!
I really enjoyed it! I cant compare it to any other film that i’ve seen, its twists and turns are great i love them! The only problem I found was a few plot holes that i’d have liked to have seen resolved but thats the only thing i can say bad about it. Aaron Johnson plays a fantastic part in this film as does Matthew Beard who plays Jim. Give it a watch, its good.
If you can carve a couple of hours out of your day, you should watch the film “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning.” It’s a 2-hour-long documentary by PBS about the life and work of photographer Dorothea Lange, who created the iconic Migrant Mother photo back in 1936 during the Great Depression.
The film “explores the life, passions and uncompromising vision of the influential photographer, whose enduring images document five turbulent decades of American history,” PBS says.
It’s directed and narrated by Lange’s granddaughter, Dyanna Taylor, who “combines family memories and journals with never-before-seen photos and film footage to bring Lange’s story into sharp focus.”
Intrigued? The good news is that the movie is free to watch for those of you based in the United States.
but kareena loves hindi movies? she keeps talking about enjoying typical bollywood masala movies all the time. i am sure i even remember her saying something about that recently
She might like acting in those movies, but she and ~Saifuuuuu~ only watch English films/shows!
“I hardly watch Hindi films,” says Kareeena, who prefers to watch English TV shows like Downtown Abbey and Game of Thrones.
“Saif hardly sees any Hindi movie. He acts in Hindi movies but he doesn’t watch them. He doesn’t know anything about what films I am going to do.”
This was just a quick Google search, but they’ve said quite often that they don’t watch Bollywood movies together. Which is sad for a lot of reasons, one being that they’re getting rich off Bollywood and another being that before she was with Saif, I vaguely recall Kareena talking about how much she loved to watch Hindi films. I mean don’t get me wrong, if you’re working in films you should be watching movies from every corner of the world, but they seem to be aboard the Hollywood=good and Bollywood=bad train right now and that’s no bueno.
This is for the anon who wanted the Coyote Ugly Luke imagine. If you haven’t seen the film, it may not make sense! You should watch it though, it’s SO great!
“Don’t touch my arse, sunshine. That ain’t gonna go down well in this bar” you raise an eyebrow at the drunken man, who’s currently nursing the hand you slapped away.
It’s a busy night, busy nights always mean there are more than a few men thinking they have a right to touch your body without permission. They don’t. They never do. One of the things you liked most about this job was know that the bar staff were in charge. Everyone knew that, if they didn’t: they were outta there. Your manager was incredibly strict on that.
“Women need to stick together, always. We’re on each other’s sides.” Is one of the first things she’d said to you when you were hired. Back when you’d just left college, you had no money, no job and no idea. Working here had changed that. You made friends, grew in confidence, and only working nights meant you could spend your days figuring out what you actually wanted to do with your life. You hadn’t figured it out yet, but you knew you would do. For right now, this job was good for you.
“There’s a guy over there who hasn’t taken his eyes off you all night” Kim passes you the soda gun, designated for customers who attempt to order a drink that comes in anything other than a shot glass, “he could probably do with the cold water.”
“Where? How can you even see him?” You mutter, pouring bourbon into a row of shot glasses for a group of men, who had their eyes glued to your chest as they placed their order.
“You can’t miss him” she laughs, “he’s about 7 feet tall. Over there, on the left.” She gestures with her head. Turning to where she gestured, you see a very tall, blonde guy looking back at you. He looks familiar. You expected him to be leering or at least focusing on your body. He isn’t though, he’s looking back into your eyes, his confusion clear in them. You frown, not understanding why he was looking at you like that, or where you’ve seen him before.
“Freak” you say to yourself, ignoring him and serving the woman who’s finally managed to push her way to the bar. You can feel him looking at you, and you can feel him frowning.
“Can I get a Jim Beam?” You hear an Australian accent ask from the side of you. Looking up, you meet the very blue eyes of the man who’s been staring at you all night.
“Course” you give him a brief smile, pouring his whiskey. He doesn’t look like he wants to be here, he’s not the usual customer. You’ve seen him somewhere though, you just can’t place where.
“Can I ask you something?” He shouts. Oh god, you dread whatever is coming next.
“Why do you work here?” His frown is back.
“Excuse me?” You stop what you’re doing to look up at him.
“It just seems odd to me that a girl like you, who spends her mornings drinking hot chocolate and reading Lemony Snicket children’s books, works in a place like this. You always seemed too lovely.” He shrugs and suddenly you know where you’ve seen him before. He works in the coffee shop you go to once your shift finishes.
“If that was meant as a compliment, it wasn’t one. You have no idea what kind of girl I am” you can’t hide your anger.
“I didn’t mean to offend you” his eyes widen, “I’m sorry, I just…I’m sorry, I’m an idiot. I’ve just noticed you before and I didn’t know you worked here. It was a surprise to see you…erm…dancing on the bar.”
“I have people to serve” you say, quickly, turning away from him.
You avoid looking in his direction for the rest of the night. Your annoyance at this man trying to tell you what type of girl you were, his assumption that he knew who you were based on your choice in reading material and beverage choices had irritated you. Once your shift had finished, you almost didn’t want to go back to the coffee shop, but your hot chocolate craving wasn’t going away. His head snapped up as soon as you walked in, he looked worried.
“Tall hot chocolate” you leave out your usual “please”.
“I…yeah, of course” he stammers, “I can bring it over.” He gestures to your regular seat under the window.
“Thanks” you unwillingly say, through gritted teeth.
“Here you go” he brings your drink over to you and goes to turn back to the counter, then pauses, “I’m sorry about last night. I didn’t even want to be there, some friends wanted to go. I just…I never would have expected to see you like that. I know, I know! I have no idea who you are!” He quickly adds, as you open you mouth to shout at him again.
“No, you don’t. And I can dance on a bar as part of my job and still want to read children’s books, because I like the stories. There’s no such thing as “that type of girl”.“ You scowl.
“I know that” he nods, “it’s just…the way so many of those men were looking at you…and the other girls who work there, I didn’t like it. I felt weird just being there.”
“You didn’t look like you fit in,” you laugh, “it’s not as bad as it may seem though. We’re in charge. The men can look, but they could do in any situation. They can’t touch us, my manager would break their arm if they did anything we were uncomfortable with. It’s just a job I got after college until I figure out what I want to do. I like the people I work with though, it’s easy money.” He nods, slowly. Clearly your answer eases his worries.
“I’m Luke, by the way” he says, after a brief pause.
“Y/N” you give him your real name, unlike the one he’ll have heard in the bar.
“I’m sorry for, you know, saying the stupid things” Luke smiles at you, hoping you don’t hate him.
“That’s okay, you’re on your way to being forgiven” you grin.
“On my way?” He raises an eyebrow.
“Give it time, Luke, I don’t hold grudges forever.”