Sunday, May 31, 2009

Old School Monday instead just for today

Just for today "take the shit back"


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Friday, May 29, 2009

Toilets in Korea


The first time I saw one of these toilets I thought "How the hell do you use that?" They have these squat toilets here. These are the only types of toilets in the kid's bathrooms at the elementary school that I teach at on Fridays. They also have these toilets in the subway stations. When I use the bathroom in the stations I find the one stall with the regular toilet. I've had maybe two moments when I really had to pee and the only type of toilet I could find was this kind. I held it until I could get to the next restroom. I imagine all the things that could go wrong with me using this toilet. I'm clumsy always have been. I can see myself falling in it or next to it. (I'm very germophobic so I would be scrubbing my butt for weeks) I can see myself pissing all over my pants and draws. I mean I've taken many a drunk squat pisses. I can tell you I have pissed on my feet and pants a few times. lmao With those thoughts in my head I will pass. Oh yea and you see that little basket. That's for your toilet paper and those are in every bathroom. You get to see all the goodness the ladies before you wiped off in those baskets. Fun!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Video Store

Here is a list of films at the video store that I may be desperate enough to watch:
1)"Twilight" (I always think of the recklesstortuga youtube video when I see the case lmao )
2)"Max Payne"
3)"Changeling"
4)"Valkyrie"
5)"Blindness"
6)"Australia"
7)The new Hulk movie

I see they restocked. I am happy about this but still waiting on the most recent films to hit dvd. I think films are released on dvd a lot faster here. I mean the bootleggers are on it but I see the same dvds in the video store a week after I see them on the street. Yea okay that is my selection so far. I will keep the reviews coming. You know me.

"Rough Cut" Korean film



"Rough Cut"
Synop from yesasia.com - Hounded by the media everywhere he goes, movie star Soo Ta (Kang Ji Hwan) has a temper that matches his paycheck, and a bent for trouble. Shooting for his latest production, a gangster film, comes to standstill after he beats up another actor. Too invested in his role, Soo Ta recruits real-life gangster Gang Pae (So Ji Sub) to become his new co-star. Gang Pae agrees, but on one condition: all the violence in the movie has to be real instead of staged.

This movie was pretty cool. I will say though that the ending was really weird. I want to tell you about it but I don't want to spoil it. The movie becomes about the two actors and their separate lives outside of the film. It turns into a black mail scheme and then it grows into a friendship. Then it shows a change in one character and not the other. lol I liked it b/c it was a movie within a movie. I'm a sucker for this. I always have 100 questions like how much was set dec. and how much was equipment being used. Were any of the actors also doing crew work. I would give it maybe a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Watched "The Day the Earth Stood Still"



I'm not even going to make this a real review. This genre of film like the superhero action movie are not my thing but I watch them b/c as much as I don't like them I like them. lol I like that they semi-keep me entertained. It is another end of the world film. Keanu Reeves plays an alien that has returned to Earth. Earth is on the verge of being destroyed or spared but only a woman and her son can convince the Aliens from killing off mankind. What else do I get a bratty little kid. Yay!
Ok, I lovedddddddddddddddddddddddd "The Matrix". Why? B/c it was fresh and well done. It even worked with Keanu's stiffness when he is being serious. I think Keanu and Nicholas Cage are on the same page. As much as you think they don't change much from character to character but they still do the job without being awful and you know what else they pick good scripts for the most part. This film was just one of those ones that could have been left on paper. I think this was a remake also. Here's the thing about remaking old Sci-fi movies. The main reason I liked them was b/c of how they made the movie. When you remake it and drop all the fun stuff that made it funny and unreal while attempting to be real, you lose in my eyes.

Admit it!!!

Admit it you watch the movies you love with the commentary on when you want to make it seem more exciting.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Ironman" review and "Seven Pounds" re-viewed


Ok, so I have been hitting up the video store. The selection is getting to all those films I never would have watched in the theater. I caved in and rented "Ironman" after passing it up many times in the states. Anyways, this movie sucked. I heard so many good things about the film. I mean I swear people were praising this film like people are praising "Star Trek" now. For real a toilet paper film. I wanted to just turn it off. I don't like these superhero films.

I also re-watched "Seven Pounds". After, watching it see what went wrong with the film more and more. The filmmakers were trying to be too mysterious. Of course the writer and those involved know what's going on in the story and they know what all the hints mean. So, I imagine it has to be hard to recognize that the viewer won't catch on as easily as you may think. I mean I still would give the film a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. This just reminds me to find the place b/w too mysterious and too obvious when telling a story.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

This is my latest piece

Hey, so one day during my first month or so here I decided to try to draw something new. I have been neglecting the craft. Anyways, this is the latest piece called "Bye Bye Blackbird". (crappy shot) .

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

So I finally edited this footage I had

Hey, hey
I finally edited some footage I took to begin a Documentary on being an Extra in New Orleans. I don't have nearly enough footage to do a whole film or even a short. I don't know if it is a project I would want to invest further time in but for now you can check out what I do have.
Part 1:

Part 2:

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Who wants to see this?



This film is "Haeundae" and it is supposedly the highest budget Korean film to date at $11 mil. Read more here Old Newshttp://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2008/08/24/principal-photography-begins-on-korean-tsunami-movie-haeundae/

I do! I do! I do! Me, me, me!!!

Staying Busy

Hey
Well, I am staying busy. I have tons of stuff to do. I have a full work load but no worries. I'm still here. I have started teaching a class for about 5 parents. I am also doing after school classes 4 days a week. So, my work days are full. I usually like to post during the day but right about now it may be hard. So, stay tuned and don't forget to visit me over on www.shadowandact.com too.

Where would I rather be right?
In Cannes watching movies.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

"Angels and Demons" Review

"Angels and Demons" Review
As you can tell my selection of films out here is limited. The new American films come out here almost one at a time. I went to the theater yesterday with some co-workers. Did I tell you that they assign seats at the movie theaters here? Yep, how would that fly in the U.S.? Anyways, I didn't like "Da Vinci Code" so seeing this film was silly. Right? I saw "Da Vinci Code" in France so when they were speaking in French I didn't get English subtitles to read. So, seeing this follow-up in Korea when they were speaking in any other language they showed Korean subtitles. If you know anything about the dialogue in these films you know that they use the dialogue to move the story along and to explain to the audience what is being said and what is going on. Therefore, I don't know what was going on in one of the scenes b/c they were speaking French. The film was just as long and predictable as the first. It looked good and was edited well. I really wanted to take a nap though halfway through it. I feel like Tom Hanks must lose some of his skills for every lame role he takes. This is just too easy for Tom. You know how sometimes dialogue can make an actor seem bad? If you liked the "Da Vinci Code" then you will like this film b/c it is a better piece. If you aren't a fan I would say don't waste your time.

p.s. This picture is from the Japan premiere I want to catch one of these premieres in Korea. I missed the one for Wolverine.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"CJ7" review


Isn't he cute? Don't you want one? This is the latest film from Stephen Chow. He directed "Kung Fu Hustle" and "Shaolin Soccer". This is a really cute film. Oh how I wish this film could appeal to kids in the U.S. like "Pan's Labyrinth" did. The story is about a poor young boy who wants a new toy that all the kids have at school. He is constantly picked on for being poor. His father unable to afford the toy brings his son one of his many garbage dump finds. The toy appears to be an orb that turns into this furry-headed cute little monster. The boy hopes bringing the toy to school will change his day to day. The film is funny of course in Stephen Chow fashion. I would def. recommend letting your kids watch this one if they can read subtitles. I think it would be worth the remake or voice dubbing for American kids to see it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What movie poster is this?





I am trying to figure out what movie this poster is from.
Thanks for your help!!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

"Not Easily Broken"



This is the story of a couple at the point when people get divorced or they work it out and stay together. Morris Chesnutt is a man who wants children and coaches a neighborhood baseball team. His wife (Taraji) is a real estate agent who is focused on her job. After, a traumatic event the two start to become distant and adding to their problems Taraji's mother moves in and starts to become the third person in their relationship. I am very tired of hearing Taraji scream and yell throughout a movie. Better yet I am tired of the screaming and yelling black female in a relationship role. Makes me feel like shooting myself. The story is predictable. However, it plays out well. It's not so super dramatic that it should be on stage. It has a good message. I wouldn't say go rent it but it may be good for a couple's night at home.

Quizzes.......YAY!!!

http://quizible.com/quiz/movie-posters-101/2921

http://quizible.com/quiz/guess-the-film/2128

http://quizible.com/quiz/yet-another-fin-movie-quiz/2625



Once again there is a prize if you can complete one.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

"Star Trek" review

I agree with some of what Spill.com says. I think it was a good film but I'm not a Star Trek fan. I think it is a good fast paced Summer movie like Lincoln Perry has said. I can let it slide on the elaborate story that makes no sense if you ask one question. I do feel that you had to know a little bit about Star Trek to understand what they were throwing at you during the movie.(i.e. character names and phrases) Before seeing it I didn't know anything about the film. I thought it was a new generation period. Once, I started watching I realized they were the younger versions of the main characters from back in the day. The acting was very good. I enjoyed seeing John Cho fighting and acting like a superhero. lol The beginning is pretty sucky but it gets better. It gets the story going. I liked some characters and didn't like others. I only know some of the character's anyways. It is good just not great to me. Worth the watch for the Summer.

This is the Spill.com review.

MLM'S thoughts on film #1- appreciation

Since, I decided that my slow crawl into a better position in the film industry was taking too long and since I'm not sure what job is for me, I decided to take a break and start shooting my own stuff. I knew what I was signing up for and for the most part I had no true desire to take on the task. However, the thought of trying it and seeing what happens guided me. I love movies okay. I love to watch them and I love to be a part of making them. I also love to critique them. I also love to write and to tell stories when they come to me. What I don't like is being the one woman show. Where I play all crew positions on my projects. It gets me a little stressed. I want regular productions where people come to work on time. I want all those other people there who are an important part of the production. I feel like I have spent so much time getting people together, writing the script, planning the shooting schedule, finding the props, picking the wardrobe, finding the locations, getting meals, breaking down the script, dealing with rescheduling and drop outs that by the time it is shooting time all I want to do is shoot it scene by scene. All the extra time to get a vision and think of style is lost. I see my stories in my head but I think I have no clue on how to get them on screen. (perhaps not enough money and know how to make them be what they should) Granted skill comes with experience but I am steady asking myself which road do you want to walk. What cinematography entails my mind doesn't quite think that way behind the camera. It does when using the keyboard. I don't know what it would be like to be the director with a full crew. Maybe I would like that. This could all be a sign that I need to start writing some more.So,I just want to say that this has made me appreciate the position I had before as minor as I thought it was. I also want to say that I appreciate and respect all those people out there who continue to work in the film industry in all departments and who do their jobs well even when they are at the bottom of the totem pole. You know sometimes we complain but "What're You alwayz so pissed off for? We make movies for a living!"(quoting Derrick Wells). What would you rather do?

Saturday, May 09, 2009

DO YOU LIKE THE THEME?

HEY EVERYONE. I WAS WONDERING WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THE TEMPLATE FOR MY PAGE. I'M NOT TRYING TO MAKE IT SOME BIG DEAL SITE. I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF IT IS FRIENDLY.
THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR INPUT.
KJ

"Let The Right One In" review ( Låt den rätte komma in)



"Let The Right One In"-Finally got to see this jewel of a film. I'm not sure but it seems like an old style film that they just retouched. This movie is about a lonely boy who becomes friends with a new girl in town who turns out to be a vampire. This film reminded me of "The Devil's Backbone" and the creepy factor. What did I like about this film? I liked everything. I liked how it was old style. I like how the vampire attacks happened. I like how it was shot. I liked the dialogue. I liked the acting. It is an all around good film. So, if you haven't seen it yet go watch it before the remake comes out.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

"State of Play" review



(I watched a lot of movies over my four day weekend)
First, let me state that this isn't a good look for Mr. Crowe. He probably has old pics with this hairstyle though. Anyways, a friend recommended this film.
"State of Play" is about a news reporter whose friend a politician get's caught up in a murder and sex scandal case. The movie goes on to wind bob and weave to many different people until the mystery is solved. Good acting all around. Spill.com reviewed the film and said it is a tribute to the last days of the newspaper. I'm not big on journalism and the politics behind it. The question that the film brings up is, Is giving the truth to the people worth risking everything? It is a good film worth the watch. It has it's slow moments and confusing moments. R. Crowe's character was hard to root for but I didn't dislike him.

Here is the spill review:

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

"My Wife Got Married"



"My Wife Got Married" - another Korean romantic comedy. This is the story of a man whose wife marries someone else and continues to have a relationship with both men. The film is told from the husband's point of view and we watch how his wife's attitude and actions drive him crazy. I love how these films show how life and internal issues toy with the human mind. This isn't one of the better films. However, it shows how love can make you stay but the struggles in love break down the relationship. Then the need to have that love keeps it together. Well, that's how this story goes. The film also ties in the love for the game of Soccer. The couples attempt to make love play by the rules of Soccer. However, we all know love does it's own thing.

"Crossing Over" review



Crossing Over- the latest from Harrison Ford. (has he always had that thing on his chin? ) This film is similar to "Babel" and "Crash" because it involves several different people crossing each others paths. The film follows several different people who are illegal aliens in the U.S. Each person is of a different nationality. Harrison plays a police officer/ice agent who has a soft spot for the immigrants they arrest. I liked this film better than "Crash" and "Babel". "Babel" was shot the best. "Crossing Over" actually made me have sympathy for each person. I really understood the story and enjoyed watching it. So, go see it. Plus, it is way better than that crap that was the last Indiana Jones movie. Also, stars Ray Liotta.

(Harrison Ford is 67 WOW!The oldies but goodies are still at it.)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Must Love Movies Film Club

(I need a logo)
So I am going to start the MLM FILM CLUB!!!
On this site the film can be from any genre. Over on www.shadowandact.com I will do black films.


So, let us begin.
This month's film is "TIME" aka "Shi gan"

Synop from imdb: Seh-hee and Ji-woo have dated for two years; jealousy consumes her. She worries he will tire of her face. Then, she disappears. Telling no one, she goes to a plastic surgeon for a new face. Ji-woo has no idea where she is, although when he does respond to other women, someone unseen intervenes. Then, he meets See-hee, and although he tells her he misses Seh-hee, this new relationship blossoms into love. They talk at the same coffee house, visit the same sculpture park, and pose for the same photographs he did with Seh-hee. We know they are the same woman. Has this new face and renewed love made her happy? And what will Ji-woo do when he learns the truth? Is losing face losing self? Written by {jhailey@hotmail.com}

You can buy it, download it, or watch it on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnmFocr77Do (part 1)

We will have a discussion towards the end of the month on Saturday May 23rd. In the chat room that I assign.
Smooches