My intake of films has gone down considerably as each year passes while my to-watch list continues to grow. Oh well.
Behind the Candelabra [S. Soderbergh, 2013]
Despite it being full of glitz and sparkle and fantastic costumes, visual flamboyancy could not compete with the ever awkward and incredibly gay-pants dialogue being spewed from characters. That being said, Ian Somerhalder should always play a frozen plastic surgeon from now on until the end of time.
Divergent [N. Burger, 2014]
Crappy air flight movie consumption part 1! Are young adults seriously into Harry Potter meets Hunger Games AUs? Bland.
Thor: The Dark World [A. Taylor, 2013]
Part of my crappy air flight movie consumption part 1 but at least enjoyable instead of painfully stupid. Or I thought it was enjoyable in the cheesy-silly!Marvel sense as I was already up in the air for 5 hours and losing my head.
Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning [Yonetani, Y. 2012]
Jon and I miss Tiger & Bunny. But we didn’t want to see some fanservice film of the first few episodes of the series cut together with the last 30 minutes being slightly different. We might have as well rewatched all 25 epsiodes.
Tiger & Bunny: The Rising [Yonetani, Y. 2014]
Much better! Thoroughly enjoyable in classic Tiger & Bunny-ishness.
冰封俠: 重生之门 (The Iceman Cometh) [Lau, W.C., 2014]
Crappy air flight movie consumption part 2! In 2014, mainstream Chinese cinema is trying to ensnare old kung-fu/martial arts crowds with Donnie Yen. As a big name general from the Ming dynasty who time-travels to the modern day Hong Kong in ice capsules with two other historical figures who are foes-but-once-were-blood-brothers. The plot involves some phallic symbol of Shiva and a random moment of Chinese propaganda which is as absurd as the plot itself. Donnie Yen could not save this hot mess. The worst is that it’s the first of more to come. SOS!
愛．尋．迷 (Enthralled) [Tsao, C., 2014]
Ugh, just remembering this movie makes me nauseous. It’s so bad I am not even tagging it.
暗戀桃花源 (The Peach Blossom Land) [Lai, S., 1992]
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to watch this live on stage? It is best to view it in its film mode as a theatrical masterpiece anyhow as that is where it excels in its art. Tragedy and comedy share the same stage, alternating between until the two styles mesh together and the audience is wondering, is life a stage or is the stage life? There is a lot to be read into the metaphor of what is happening on the stage of both the Taiwanese and Chinese experience. Good stuff.
친절한 금자씨 (Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) [Park, C.H., 2005]
I can’t believe I never watched this one. But at the same time, I’m not sure how I feel about this one versus Old Boy, which was viewed many years ago now… As revenge stories go, there is the continual tendency of emptiness at the end, as revenge does not and will not bring back what was once lost.