In this thread, Let's take a virtual random stroll into the cinema, and flip through news related to movies. I will also write my personal review on movies I enjoyed and your work. It's a homage to movies and your growing body of work.
Movies can be so trivial, relegated to the "entertainment" section at the back of newspapers. But, looking at it another way, it can be pretty important. It's many people's favorite pass time. It can entertain, educate and engage. It is an experience, some short-lived, others lingering and thought provoking. It allows us to get in touch with our own feelings and imagination. I know of many men who would never cry, except when watching movies. And thankfully, they would even tell their friends and coworkers they were moved to tears and recommend a movie. My coworker who is a father in his 50s recently told me he was most moved by a scene in Inside Out when the imaginary friend helped Riley up the mountain...(no more spoilers here, you have to watch it if you haven't yet). So I'd argue for our society, movies are even more important to men than to us ladies, because it's a safe way for them to get in touch with their feelings and dreams (a little tounge in cheek
. As for me, I cry at movies all the time. I used to be a little embarrassed, but not any more because it makes me feel alive and balanced.
Because of work and family, I would post when I can. And it would be kind of random, since I won't spend time organizing topics, rather save time for content. Today is a good start. I am taking a day off, sitting in a coffee shop reading newspapers.
There was a recommendation on WSJ this morning on Redcliff, international version it's getting released in blue ray. I preferred the longer 2 part version. (More later on the movie in future postings).
There was also an article about Richard Geer making a new movie about homeless in New York City. He dressed up as a homeless man and shot in a morning with a very long hidden lense. Nobody even noticed him, no one made eye contact. He held a coffe cup, and got a dollar and change. Because he was invisible, no one recognized him. Some thoughts ran through my head. The people I pass each day on the way to work. A few times I helped, most time I did not. At college, I gave money to some panhandlers, then found out in the local newspaper that panhandlers made 60% more than I did as a poor graduate student in a liberal college town and my friends laughed at me... In a very very cold evening 2 winters ago, I felt compelled to talk to a woman who was sleeping over a heat vent, because it was so dangerous. I asked her how I could help to get her to a shelter like getting a taxi for her. All she wanted was a cup of hot coffeeand she asked very politely. I never saw her again after that, I hope she went to a shelter. A Reminder to ourselvesthat even though there is no easy and good solutions about homelessness, we should not be content that we already volunteered or given to charity, human interaction sometimes is more important than dollars.
Which also reminds me of my first Takeshi movie's opening scene. My introduction to you was Lost and Found, the only movie of yours I was able to see on a big screen (sadly), at International movie night in college. With the sad and beautiful song of "Dance me to the End of Love" by Leonard Cohen in the background, the opening scene was black and white, showing HongKong's street life. Old men and women, kids, most of them poor and trying to get by. A great way to show multiple points of view, it could be audiences' POV, Mr Worm's, or Lam's (Kelly Chan). At the same time it introduces us to the poorer section of HongKong, where Mr. Worm works, helps, and most importantly he interacts with many marginalized people. That's why his character was so likable, he treats all these marginalized people like real human beings. That's when I became a fan. Worm was eanest, shy, a little eccentric and with a heart of gold. my favorite scene:
Worm visiting Lam in the hospital. You did the scene very subtly and it is more moving because the brave face you put up. Now in stead of "a wild goose chase" I joke about "a wild duck chase".
So much for today, going to lunch soon.