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Match Point, Mushishi & Manga

Have any of you seen Match Point? I have to admit I’m not that much of a Woody Allen fan and I mostly went to see it because of Mr Rhys-Meyers and Miss Johansson but who cares what made me want to watch it in the first place? All that matters is I saw it. And loved it. Every minute of it. It was so intense, so complex, so absolutely convincing ♥

I’m also trying to watch a bit of anime. The new season features so many good series, it’s really hard to keep up with all of them. Mushishi has to be one of my favourites of the season; it’s neo-japanesque (ha!), atmospheric, almost melancholic and natsukashii; and the sceneries are so beautiful, absolutely amazing.

I’m also watching Monster, Garasu no kamen, Eureka seveN, Noein and ParaKisu.

On the manga front, I’ve been reading lots of shoujo classics and newer works by older artists (Kuramochi Fusako, Ikuemi Ryou). I still have subscriptions for Betsuma and Hana to yume so that makes for a nice stack of low quality paper in my apartment and hours of fun for an avid manga reader.


Categories: Anime, Film/TV, Manga, Various.
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Posted on Jan 9, 2006 (Mon, 6:10 pm). .

Episode III (Spoilers?)

The first 20 minutes were terrible. When I think back now, they just blur into this mess of silly dialogue (although that was to be expected, it’s Star Wars after all ;) ) and fight after fight after fight. But it was absolutely worth enduring it all. Absolutely. Because that looong first part was followed by some of the best scenes not only of the “new” trilogy but in all of Star Wars.

That scene with Anakin and Padmé looking out onto the city in different buildings at sunset was absolutely breathtaking! It was probably the quietest scene in all 6 episodes and made it perfectly clear that it marks the turning point in the first (chronologically speaking) trilogy and is, after all, the reason for the existence of the second (“old”) trilogy. So atmospheric and touching. It was absolutely amazing.

I simply loved the last third (or second half?) of the film. It was dark, visually impressive and surpisingly violent; fatalistic in the sense that it was obvious how everything would end, you could see everything coming (because we know “the future”, episodes IV-VI) and just had to accept everything. No happy end could spoil this, although there is hope and, of course, knowledge that everything will turn out well in the end.

Yoda, Anakin killing the children, the whole volcano and “transformation” scene, Padmé’s funeral… highly impressive stuff.

My temporary favourite Star Wars episodes list (subject to change):
Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back
Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Episode II – Attack of the Clones
Episode IV – A New Hope
Episode I – The Phantom Menace

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Posted on Jun 3, 2005 (Fri, 1:23 pm). .

Coin Locker Babies movie?

Last week’s biggest news:
Coin Locker Babies is going to be made into a movie!

There was that quote by Oliver Stone (I think) on the back of the English edition of Murakami’s book and I thought ‘Fuck no, take your hands of that book >_< '. I was hoping no one from the USA would ever touch it and turn it into a movie. I always thought Coin Locker Babies could be to Japan what Trainspotting was to Britain. Both are shocking, dirty, bizarre and obscene, violent and grotesque. But of course, they are also powerful mirrors of their respective generations. Both have that fresh feeling because they don't fit into mainstream categories as they don't want to appeal to the masses. That's why I really hoped the Japanese would make a movie out of, and not the Americans. I don't want some half-assed Hollywood crap, not with that book! The Japanese can handle bizarreness quite well in film, I'm not sure what a mainly American team is going to make out of it. Sean Lennon has co-written the script though. Also, the production's gonna start later this year so there is no definite cast yet but Asano Tadanobu might be in it which means it won't be your typical Hollywood production and there will be a few (half-) Japanese people involved. (Other actors who might be in the film are Liv Tyler, Val Kilmer, Vincent Gallo and Asia Argento - all good to great actors who have proved their talent in smaller productions; plus they are all rather charismatic. So there is still some hope!


Categories: Books/Literature/Writing, Film/TV, Japanese Literature, Personal, Various.
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Posted on Mar 20, 2005 (Sun, 12:15 am). .