Lovely to hear from you! Rui
Life is so full of uncertainties....some unexpected things can happen even to experienced ...
Try to have a rest over the weekend. Hope all is going well for you.
Rui 時間: 2016-1-31 21:22 標題: 回復 #39 阿管 的帖子
Thank you so much! I am trying my best to relax!
Saw Man From UNCLE (2015) last night. It was very enjoyable. Really liked the style used in the movie. The bold yellow subtitles, the Cold War news reels, together with a beautiful 60s inspired wardrobe, and deliberately over-the-top slideshow of split screen cut gave it a unique energy and humor. The movie was able to carry a consistent humorous tone throughout, from action scenes and teasing kiss scenes that never happens for Armie Hammer's character. So the comedy did its job for me, and I liked it much more than a predictive romantic comedy.
阿管 時間: 2016-2-3 20:42 標題: 回復 #40 Rui 的帖子
Man From UNCLE (2015) reminds me of an American comedy television series: Get Smart
Rui 時間: 2016-4-5 10:00 標題: Cato Barbieri's Europa and Tempting Heart (1999)
Mr. Barbieri, the composer of Europa passed away. This piece of music sums up the mood of 70s so well in Tempting Heart (1999). There are feelings better expressed through music than words. Whenever I hear the song now, I can see Ho-Jun playing the guitar, sometimes pensive, sometimes melancholy, outwardly cool but filled with longings.
I saw the movie only about 3 years ago. Really loved it! It's a masterpiece of real life love. The amazing part is that the realism of average persons' love was told so masterfully that the most mundane activities and smiplest gestures leave indelible marks for the characters and the audience. In deed, that is exactly how first love is.
Rui 時間: 2016-4-26 02:15 標題: Saw Jungle Book last weekend
Greetings! just want to drop in and say:
Saw Jungle Book last weekend. It was a crowd pleaser. The audience clapped at the end. I liked it and liked the ending which is different from the original book. (Won't give it away here). Technically amazing. There were a few great musical moments.
Rui 時間: 2016-6-28 11:38 標題: On vacation and catching up on movies finally
Recently I caught up with a few movies.
Bridge of Spies, 2015
Great old fashion movie making. Tom Hanks is simply great at playing a good upstanding man who has a very strong inner compass. At the beginning, there was a scene about insurance coverage, because he is an insurance lawyer. It sounds like a pretty boring job, right? But the script is so well written. The legal arguememts were entertaining right at opening to establish Hanks as a competent lawyer who is good at negotiation, and surprisingly likable even when he did not give an inch.
The rest of the movie is well paced. In retrospect, the story line is actually pretty simple about legal defense and the ensuing prisoner swap. The movie succeeded in building tension without deploying over dramatic speeches, violences or demonized characters.
It was very enjoyable, but also appeals to the better senses of audiences: the importance of due process, rational dealings between competing powers, and acting ethically.
Rui 時間: 2016-7-11 02:19 標題: finding dory
Recently saw it in the cinema. Some of my movie friends had doubts about it because the title sounds like a similar adventure odyssey story line as the original Finding Nemo. And it's hard for a sequel to top a perfect original... But I thought it's as good and maybe even slightly better than the original if that's possible... In short, loved it. Plenty of funny moments and moving moments, exquisite animation. And the Octopus is a new star! I saw a nice octupus pin in a jewelry store on vacation earlier, now I wish I had bought it, since I just loved that character Hank!
The critical reviews are filled with many moral merits of the storyline. My takeaways are (for fun): 1) Courage and optimism sometimes are better than planning. 2) Parents never give up on their child. 3) Octopus is truly a very amazing animal, and likely the most intelligent invertebrate.
阿管 時間: 2016-10-4 12:24
A Truly Great Movie
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阿管 時間: 2016-10-4 12:33
Sully - "The Real People Behind the Miracle"
Sully - Official IMAX Trailer
Rui 時間: 2016-10-6 06:54 標題: 回復 #47 阿管 的帖子
yes looks like a great movie!
KINKI 時間: 2016-10-8 23:32 標題: 回復 #15 阿管 的帖子
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阿管 時間: 2016-10-12 20:46 標題: 回復 #49 KINKI 的帖子
謝謝 KINKI 的分享
值得静下心來, 细细欣賞 生活的真諦, 讓人感動.
阿管 時間: 2016-11-12 20:19 標題: 回復 #42 Rui 的帖子
Tempting Heart (1999) - One of my favorite movies.
心動製作特輯 The making of Tempting Heart 金城武 梁詠琪 莫文蔚
Rui 時間: 2016-11-13 05:49 標題: 回復 #51 阿管 的帖子
I love this movie because I have yet to see another romance that so purely captures the first love AND the realism of obstacles that prevents two people to be together AND with no melodrama or lay the blame on one side.
SOmetimes, we may be fortunate to fall in love completely. BUT, other considerations are: timing, geography, family, career, or whether two people can grow together. At one point, there have to be compromises and a leap of faith towards a life together. These considerations are often mundane, and not dramatic, but they can be heart-breaking. Most movies or TVs have unrealistic love obstacles: a disaster, an evil or psycho ex. Or they overplay some type of obstacles such as social class. Tempting Heart captures the everyday obstacles in love. Timing: high school , not really independent yet, not to mention college! geography: Japan, Taiwan. Family against it mostly... Career: she has a nice fashion buyer job, and his career is well just a job... The mastery of the movie is that it showed how real and beautiful the love is despite all the obstacles, AND despite the fact they fail to surmount the obstacles! LOve does not conquer all, but love is to be treasured. SO my dear friends, I cried after the last scene, sadness is the first impression, lamenting a true love that was not meant to be. LAter, if you are zen about it, you are also happy for them, because they have experienced something so beautifull. So to all who is in a relationship, if you have made it this far, first falling in love, then navigating many obstacles or compromises, then we must treasure what we have.
阿管 時間: 2016-11-14 21:31 標題: 回復 #52 Rui 的帖子
He likes this film
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Rui 時間: 2016-11-15 05:55 標題: 回復 #53 阿管 的帖子
Thank you! He sure looks like he was enjoying the process!
阿管 時間: 2016-11-15 14:29 標題: 回復 #55 Rui 的帖子
http://www.takeshikaneshiro.net/ ... p;extra=&page=2
sparkling 時間: 2016-11-15 22:45 標題: 回復 #52 Rui & #56 阿管 的帖子
Tempting Heart- so one of the classic romance and memoriable movie played by Takeshi. I
watched this when l was in college first time. Then rewatched it quite a few times thereafter. The scene that l deeply impressed was 小柔(張艾嘉) received a “gift” from 浩君(戴立忍). The gift box
had a different sky photos which took by 浩君while he stayed in Japan for the first few years.
And he was still keeping her high school single photo. lt was upset they were not together at
last due to the facts as you said. The both relationship upgraded to be the close family instead
of lovers. All of the emotions and the feelings were living in their hearts. Words couldnt say.
Everything was let go and just let them go. So that’s why l didnt get their complicated feelings
for the first watch but when gets older, there are lot of reality need to be considered, not just pure
love only even though the meaning of love is very important for all. Imperfection love.
The interview of Takeshi in years ago by i-cable. Thank you 阿管。
Rui 時間: 2016-11-16 18:43 標題: 回復 #57 sparkling 的帖子
SParkling, That'a right! It is a classic. It bears re-watching, and each time the audience discover something new about the story and themselves. I can see that we are all proud of Takeshi-san's performance and his central role in our this classic.
Rui 時間: 2016-11-18 13:15 標題: time to talk about my two favorite TV shows!
WEll they happen to be two Jdramas. Golden Bowl and Long Vacation. I decided to re-watch them as I write episode by episode, because they are such a treat!
So I just saw Long Vacation Ep1.
I think the script is a great piece of literature, filled with symbols and references to other great movies. There is not a single character that are non-essential, and all the dialogues pushes and deepens the story, not a single word wasted! The acting are so natural and sincere by all the main casts, their natural delivery of lines and even better delivery of body languages are right on!
The first scene of Minami running through town wearing the traditional Japanese wedding dress is unforgettable. First time I saw the scene, I thought, will this be an over the top comedy? NOw I saw another layer, a great contrast between the social pressure to get married after 30 (symbolized by the dress) and a free spirit (the rumpled state of the dress).
Minami has great physical comedy. I loved the scene when she spun around trying to stop at the red light. Then, she literally barged into Sena's apartment. He was the passive counterpart, rudely awaken from his sleep. He was dazed, uncomfortable when someone who was literally in his face and "pushy". His kindness came through along with his discomfort, and he uncharacteristically told a couple of jokes. Here is the genius of the script. He is much more than just kind and shy. Why did he attempt these awkward jokes, he seemed surprised himselve in making light of a grave situation of runaway groom. Well, here is the first sign of his wall being broken down, before he even know it himself.
WHen Minami forced herself to move in, the first shot was Sena looking at her legs at the playground when he was picking up a basketball... I think it's a reference to the Graduate in the 60s and about older woman-younger man.
AN important scene of roommates in this episode was drinking together talking about their relationships, or in Sena's case, his infatuation... BOth characters were sweet and relaxed. Without Minami's enthusiasm, I cannot imagine Sena being this silly and re-enacting his first meeting with Ryoko! The bouncy ball scene was quirky and showed what a nice guy Sena was trying to cheer up Minami. THe last scene was the first big crack on the wall. Sena played for Minami on her birthday after a really rough day for both of them. it's the first time he played piano for someone else.
OTher characters were great too, especially Ryoko, even though she is shy and inexperienced, she is actually very straight forward. SHe told Sena that he was too good to being a piano teacher in the piano school. Shinji is a drifter, who happens to be very attractive.
Rui 時間: 2016-11-30 18:52 標題: EP2 a study in contrast
This is probably one episode that I think has the most ups and downs. It is a great study in contrast between Sena and Ryoko vs. Minami and Shinji. Sena, after admiring Ryoko for 2 years, finally found enough courage to ask her out, well, sort of... Despite Ryoko's prodding, he still cannot admit it'a a date. Fear of rejection? Shinji, on the other hand, falls for Ryoko at first sight, and tries to talk to her right away into a date.
Ryoko's innocence and good manners even after a bizarre encounter with Minami at the restaurant vs Minami's badly timed and super insensitive offer of Love Hotel coupons is another contrast. Even Sena who seems unflappable, is super pissed! His word was cutting to Minami, so damaging that I for a moment don't know how their relationship can recover! To be continued...
Rui 時間: 2017-7-25 05:47 標題: Catching some summer blockbusters
Just want to share that I went to see Dunkirk last weekend. I am impressed that it has been such a great success at the box office, because it's not exactly a summer entertainment-oriented movie. It shows if the movie is excellent, audiences will show up.
Here is my reaction: I went to see it because of the excellent reviews it got, but a few minutes in, I was wondering if I'd really enjoy the experience, even though it certainly was an experience for any self-respecting movie lover. I felt the sense of desperation, despite knowing some of the historical numbers of the retreat. The sense of despair did not lift throughout most of the movie. I wondered how many of the main characters will make it, especially the young soldier from "the mole" story line and I kept wondering what would happen to the main pilot.
After the movie ended, I started to like the experience more. I was glad that in a small way, we get to feel what it was like. I looked up some more historical facts afterwards, and think the movie did a wonderful job portraying the history without making it sound like a history lesson. It shows all that history from very very personal levels.
I also like how understated the heroes were drawn. It stayed true to he fact of the military failure and how survival was such a miracle. In the end I can't help but feel that the Brits must really be proud of this chapter in their history. I highly recommend it!
Wonderwoman: Great summer fun movie. Love the no-nonsense fighting scenes of the Superhero and a great cast
of Leading ladies. Wonderwoman certainly looked the part!
阿管 時間: 2017-7-25 14:37 標題: 回復 #61 Rui 的帖子
'Dunkirk' is too good a movie to be truly great
Mark Rylance, one of the great British actors, personifies those British reservists. His heroism is self-evident but it is also underplayed. There is no vulgar attempt to underscore the obvious--that this enormously patriotic and humane man is doing everything an ordinary citizen can do to get his country's "boys" back home.
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阿管 時間: 2017-7-25 14:47
The Battle of Dunkirk was a military operation which took place in Dunkirk (Dunkerque), France, during the Second World War. The battle was fought between the Allies and Nazi Germany. As part of the Battle of France on the Western Front, the Battle of Dunkirk was the defence and evacuation of British and Allied forces in Europe from 26 May to 4 June 1940.
Rui 時間: 2017-10-27 08:22 標題: 回復 #63 Finally saw Hidden Figures, highly recommend it
If you have not seen this movie, I highly recommend checking it out, for the performances and for the story that is based on history. This is about 3 African American Ladies who worked in NASA, who all contributed a lot to the space programs.
It is a highly inspirational story of pursuing one's true potential while facing all kinds of obstacles such as discrimation based on race and gender. The story is set in the 60s, but it is sad to see many of the discrimation still is wide spread, just not so obviously. For example, are anyone surprised at the news coming from Hollywood, silicone valley or the media, showing very high frequencies of harassment women have to experience?
The movie succeeds because it is not bitter or angry about the unfair treatment received by these highly accomplished ladies. It shows them trying to change things persistently, cleverly. It is uplifting to see their accomplishment in the end. I will share one little story from the movie. For most of the movie, one lady was instrumental in calculating launch orbitals and landing areas... and she developed many new mathematical methods, but she was not allowed to put her name on the reports. She officially got no credit for the work! But she kept trying. Eventually, we saw her publishing a paper with her colleague on her work.
Well, a similar type of thing actually happened to me today, when my work was not credited for a presentation, even though I wrote the first half of the presentation and those were my original analysis! I stood up for myself today. I am proud of my work, am accountable for them and I need to receive credit as due. I sure thought about the struggles of these ladies in the movie, and I am glad I spoke up.
Back to the movie, it's a great experience. One of the joys of watching a movie is that we can imagine ourselves in another life, in the shoes of others. I hope you all will be inspired.
阿管 時間: 2018-1-2 19:20 標題: 回復 #64 Rui 的帖子
May you stand up for your own rights this New Year, may nothing stop you from championing a cause that you hold close to your heart.
Happy New Year! All the Best in 2018!
Rui 時間: 2018-1-20 08:54 標題: 回復 #65 阿管 的帖子
THank you very much! Happy New Year!
Well, I finally saw This is Not What I Expected during the Christmas break on Netflix. I loved it! Watched it twice. It had lots of slap-stick elements in the movie, but it is also very sweet. AS unlikely as the setup is, it is believable that Lu is so supermely focused on his job, that he may not have had much romantic attachments. The back story of the dogs are great, it showed how Lu was brought up. I laughed out loud on some of the lines such as the speech of hating apologies or the speech of thinking from his angle when he is firing the whole staff. It's kind of right ON! But he is human after all, and kind of likable in his weakness for food. The OCD parts of him, such as the way he makes instant noodle is great! He is hyper critical on all kinds of things, an occupation hazard, which made it really remarkable that he is tolerating GU's messy home. Ah, love makes fool of all of us! When we saw him pretending still to be crazy after the blowfish poisoning, we know he is totally in love! Very nicely transitioned. Hats off to the script team and the director. And the extra benefit is to look at the Gorgeous Takeshi perfectly dressed for all occasions! Perfect movie for a holiday.
Rui 時間: 2018-1-20 09:15 標題: Darkest Hour
I saw this movie recently and I am truly impressed by the performance of Gary Oldman. He IS Churchill, he so completely embodied a figure that is so familiar in our recent history and our collective consciousness, I felt completely transported to the time in WWII. I watched and listened to quite a few speeches by the historic Churchill just before this movie. All I can say after seeing "Darkest Hour" is He nailed the role magnificently!
The camera work was great. We are allowed to feel all these crammed spaces, the HQ underground and the parliment in-session through the camera. Also, I must say I loved how Kristin Scott Thomas played Clementine Churchill. From historical accounts, theirs was a strong marriage, and I am glad to see in this movie how much she helped Sir Winston.
sparkling 時間: 2018-3-29 22:49 標題: 幸福路上
前幾天看了一部台灣動畫電影《幸福路上》。 這套電影在台灣去年已播放。 今年香港國際電影節有這套電影參展。動畫是我喜歡的類型。
講述一位７0年代出生的女主角小琪成長故事。故事已長大成人女主角從美國回國開始講起。當中穿抽小時候跟爸媽從鄉下搬去台北城市生活，學校、工作、出國讀書、結婚、再回去台灣自己長大的地方。 電影很多著隨台灣社會變化，女主角遇到生活的人與事，然後出國的際遇也選擇了她怎樣走下去，她要的幸福。 電影想表達幸福是什麼？導演也很像問觀眾們我們幸福嗎？ 雖然對台灣一些過去幾十年前歷史不太熟，但也是一個亞洲社會，像自己熟悉華人思想總覺得一直活得壓抑。自小就被期望是別人，長輩們期許，或是所謂社會標準。到最後能夠堅持自己的路有多少？當中遇到問題，迷失了，也能夠勇敢克服，走下去嗎。 或是拐一條路自有另一道風景。 這是一套很認真思考人生，笑中有淚的動畫電影。也是導演宋欣穎半自傳式電影。 喜歡電影女主角小琪豐富想像力，單純美好。 長大成人和一些低潮，身份，家在哪裡，去或留一堆的問題，我是有點共鳴。
Rui 時間: 2018-4-20 20:34 標題: Thanks for posting
Thank you for posting about this movie you saw at the film festival. If I have a chance, I would love to check it out. Please feel free to share more movies and comments in the future. I have always hoped this discussion thread to be a place where we share amateurish critiques on movies, but more importantly how we feel about a movie.
I wish there were more films about human lives, relationships and conditions playing in cinemas. Some good movies make the audiences think. This one sounds interesting because it asks the choices we make in life. Is Happiness the ability to be true to oneself? Are we all free to choose where we live, what culture(s) to participate in? I think I can understand what you mean by the stifling effect of culture/expectations of what one should do with one’s life. I hope this movie was a cathartic experience for its audiences. Thank you again for sharing.
Rui 時間: 2018-4-20 21:19 標題: Imitation Game
Best quote: “Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who does the things that no one can imagine.”
Now, this a surely an inspiration to be true to oneself.
I re-watched this movie at home recently. Last time, I saw it on the big screen. I was so swept up by the puzzle-solving and WWII part of the plot, I don’t think I paid enough attention to the other half of the plot: two brilliant people weren’t able to be who them want to be because they were different from the social norm, despite the fact they were both relatively privileged and highly educated. Joan as a women mathematician whose parents rather her marry than work amongst all men as a single woman. Alan who is gay is criminalized and persecuted by the country he helped to save! They both lived true to themselves as best they could. It was incredibly moving. And I am glad for movies like this that make us reflect on our past and how we can do better.
The acting was superb, especially Benedict Cumberbatch’s. If you have seen other works by him, Sherlock, August Osage County, Parade’s End, Atonement... it is obvious to me that he is one of the greatest in generations.
sparkling 時間: 2018-4-24 22:58 標題: 回復 #69 Rui 的帖子
Sure I would love to share everyone the movie I watched, my expression and feeling
after the screen. Probably that is the way l could say something here and the thoughts of what was the movie passage to tell audience.
The movie is called “ Happiness in road” if i am not wrong in english. It was touchable in your
heart and smile on your face Recommend!
Rui 時間: 2018-8-9 08:21 標題: Unlikely and unlikable heroes
I have not watched many movies in the cinema lately. The humongous Avenger was impossible to avoid, and I enjoyed it and thought it was better than my expectation, knowing how many superheroes and CGIs they tried to put in. THe credit goes to the writing team who produced a coherent plot with humor and suspense.
BUt I also want to recommend a couple of very different films that have unlikely heroes? THe description of these heroes may be so unappealing that you may delay watching the films. A Stasi officer from East Germany who was part of the monstrous machine that spied on every citizen. A Nazi Lieutenant as part of occupying force in A French town. The first movie is THe Lives of Others, an all-time favorite movie of mine, which was highly praised. I recently watched Suite Francaise and thought it deserved more notice. I don't want to spoil the discovery of these films, but Just say both movies are deeply moving and showed the possibilities of love.
MAybe in real life, there are no such heroes, some may argue. In fact, Lives of Others was criticized for imagining a compassionate secret policeman. However, Suite Francaise was based on a book written by a Jewish authoress who died in the Nazi concentration camp in 1942. SHe wrote the book in secrete under occupation and hiding? She who suffered unimaginably wrote the unlikely hero, an ultimate testament to believing in the better side of human beings.
if you give these two movies time, you will be rewarded in discovering beautiful strong truthful acting and suspenseful stories.
Rui 時間: 2019-1-2 10:11 標題: 回復 #72 Rui 的帖子. Happy New Year to all!
It's been months, and I watched a few good movies, but recently a lot more TV shows on Netflix.
Today, I want to talk about Far from the Madding Crowd (2015). Don't let the fact that the original novel was written by Harding in Victorian time make you think it is a movie about old days and traditions. What I love about the novel and this adaptation is that it has a thoroughly modern topic-- how to find Mr. RIght for an independent, vivacious woman. WHat I love about Harding is his portrait of female protagonists. in this novel, Bethsheba Everdene is strong, smart, willing to work hard, highly independent, but also makes plenty of youthful mistakes. In many novels, TV shows and movies, when a female lead makes mistakes, the negative consequences are often irreversible, life is ruined when you end up with a bad guy. Here, Bethsheba had to choose from three suitors, one offers charm and passion but a playboy, one is rich, kind and doting, one is strong, poor, honest and understands her. I think it teaches a great life lesson on how to choose Mr. Right and learn from mistakes. The acting of two main leads are superb, and the music and scenery has a wild beauty that is very suited for the story.
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