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theoddone33

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About theoddone33

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    Asian/foreign movies, Chicago sports teams, cinematography, game development

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    Game Programmer
  • About my avatar
    Genius at work
  • Favorite movies
    The General Fallen Angels (Duo luo tian shi) Waking The Dead Lost in Time (Mong bat liu) Lost and Found (Tian ya hai jiao)
  • Favorite music
    Rush, Stavesacre, Rage Against the Machine
  • Favorite creative writing
    Poe, Dostoyevsky, Vonnegut
  1. Korean music (sorry, no Psy)

    No idea if there's any interest in this or not. I embarked on a journey to teach myself Korean a couple years ago, and while I've mostly failed I've picked up a lot of music along the way. Here's a few artists and samples that I find notable. Lots more depth at Ask a Korean, who has done a series of blog posts on important Korean artists. - Starting with my current favorite, Urban Zakapa. A trio of singers (2 male, 1 female) whose background I don't know much about. They've achieved some success in the k-indie scene with their jazzy pop ballads. Probably their biggest hit is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0AjYMW6Bm4. - Ballad singer Sung Si Kyung has one of the best male voices I've ever heard. An older single off his 2002 album: - Young pop singer Younha has achieved a lot of success in both Japan and Korea since her debut as a teenager in 2004. Her albums drift back and forth between upbeat songs and ballads, but lately she's been competing on a Korean music show covering 90's Korean hits and the results have been really amazing. Here's one example: - Mid-late 90's band Deli Spice is credited with bringing alternative rock into the mainstream in Korea. The Confession - Folk singer Kim Kwang Seok rose to stardom in the early 90s, but sadly took his own life at the age of 32. - No Brain probably remains the only pop-punk band to ever achieve notable success in Korea. - Indie duo JRabbit became popular through their covers on Youtube and are starting to gain recognition and a following in Korea after their second album. - Electronica indie trio Glen Check is pretty amazing, but still woefully unpopular in Korea. - Seo Taiji is known as the "godfather of kpop", but the amazing thing to me is that almost all of his music holds up well to this day despite it drifting through a number of musical styles in the last two decades. - Hip hop duo Leessang achieved huge success last year with thier seventh album. The success was driven by their regular roles on variety television, but they really stepped it up musically on that album as well. There are many many more, I think this list gives a good variety of quality stuff outside of Gangnam Style, though.
  2. Blue Valentine

    Nice film, although I suppose the Netflix version was cut a little. The relationship is a little muddy in both time periods. I would have liked more interaction to figure things out. Bothered me a little that Gosling was the only one trying in the relationship and ended up being the one taking all the blame. Interesting setup in that Thought the scene with the wrestler was pretty obvious, she was mad at him for . Although thought it was interesting that while the film made it rather clear that Dean Rather mad that the film ends on a sad note, though it seemed as if it was intentionally ambiguous. Never having been involved in a marriage it's always made me a little angry that people can't grow up a little and make their relationships work. Sure they were immature, sure they rushed into marriage, but in the end the only reason it didn't work is because they're too selfish to try. But it's easier to judge from the sidelines than to actually do it.
  3. What videogames have you been playing recently?

    Lots of good games out this year. Dark Souls will keep me occupied for the rest of the year, but eventually I'd like to play Arkham City and Uncharted 3. I will probably go through the campaign of Modern Warfare 3 at some point as well. I haven't played Skylanders but it's sounding like the kind of thing that could end up taking a lot of my time and money.
  4. J. Edgar (2011)

    Having read a book on the Hoover-era FBI made up mostly of declassified memos, I have no interest in a film that portrays him positively at all. DiCaprio will do good job, but the aged version of the character does look a fair bit ridiculous in the trailer. Normally Oscar winning director plus Oscar winning actor would be a slam dunk... this may end up being quite an odd film.
  5. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

    I actually thought that the Coen's choice of Leaning on the Everlasting Arms for the True Grit soundtrack was inappropriate as that hymn is forever associated with Robert Mitchum's preacher in Night of the Hunter... and the Coen's *have to* know that.
  6. Biggest one for me in this category is Before Sunrise. One of the most shallow relationships ever depicted onscreen, but people fawn over it. Also Dancer in the Dark. And reading back through the thread I have to say The Ice Storm as well. After that and Lust Caution I think I'm done with Ang Lee. Edit 2: Grave of the Fireflies also. I guess I have a lot of these...
  7. Movies You Love That Are Not Loved By Everyone Else

    For me, Waking the Dead was one of my favorite films for a long time, but no one else seemed to like it or care about it that much. I need to watch it again and reevaluate. If the thread here is anything to go by... Thirst is another.
  8. Dogtooth.

    Watched it tonight, a little underwhelmed. The whole thing felt too contrived to be effective. I think the film was supposed to get progressively more absurd, but it's hard to say. It's all too arbitrary. It's impossible to figure out the parental motivations because they just do random stuff. Given how quickly it all unwound it's surprising they got this far with it. And the ending was... far too abrupt. Normally I'm pretty forgiving of abrupt endings but I don't think this film earned it.
  9. Oscars 2011: Best Foreign Language Film

    Netflix *appears* to have a DVD copy of In a Better World, but it's not yet available on Amazon. Considering bumping it up on my DVD queue since the writer/director combo is one I really love. Dogtooth is of course on Netflix streaming, watched it tonight.
  10. Dogtooth.

    The Silent Movie Theatre in LA is screening this all month. I may make it a double feature with The General next Wednesday, which would be quite the contrast I think. Still a little apprehensive about what I'm subjecting myself to by buying a ticket though.
  11. 44 Inch Chest

    Didn't see a topic on this after searching for the director's name, cast, and title. A little odd as I thought there were a number of Ray Winstone fans here. This came out on netflix streaming recently I believe. It's a pretty minimalist theatrical piece with a few highs but ultimately it ended up disappointing. But I thought it showed a lot of potential for rookie director Malcolm Venville. Notable inclusions are a series of great monologues, including an excellent one by Winstone, and a lengthy homage to DeMille's Samson and Delilah with a lot of footage. Marriage is a central topic, and although it's a fairly profane film its perspective on love and marriage is quite interesting. I kept wondering if it was a reference to the story of Job in any way. This film has been rated pretty poorly, and I understand why. It had built up quite a bit of potential based on its outstanding cast by the halfway mark, but things went nowhere. I can't tell if it was the script's fault or the director's, but I think Venville is one to watch in the future. Looking at IMDB I see that he has another film from last year starring Keanu Reeves and James Caan with a significantly higher IMDB average. Curious as usual if anyone else has seen Venville's work.
  12. Black Swan (2010)

    I haven't seen it yet, not sure I will after the lukewarm reception here. But I've seen it expressed elsewhere that this could lead to a best actress nod for Portman. Is that far-fetched? Feeling a bit sad that Inception is still the best 2010 film I've seen. I was hoping this would be decent...
  13. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

    Saw this the night it came out in L.A... a little over a week ago, I think. I guess this film was necessary given that the second movie didn't have an ending. This isn't really a trilogy, it's two movies where the second one happens to be 5 hours long and costs two ticket prices to see. This part wraps up everything so tidily that you expect "And they all lived happily ever after..." to appear before the title scroll. I read that the author had material for a number of additional books prepared... I'm not sure where he would go with it after this. From talking to a friend who read the novels, I suspect a lot was lost in translation. I wouldn't call this a bad movie really, but it doesn't stand on its own and neither this nor the second movie really deliver on the promise showed by the first movie.
  14. Thirst

    Let the Right One In was good. I recall some unexpectedly good performances by young actors and great photography but I don't recall interesting characters with interesting inner conflicts. Their trajectories were pretty straightforward. Thirst hinges on its ability to assault the viewer in a way that's enjoyable (the same reason people watch Von Trier, I figure). I can understand how that puts people off. But it actually does have some interesting themes. Its take on guilt dissolving a relationship is both comical and frightening at the same time. The references to martyrdom vs suicide referenced above are still interesting. The final Mahjongg scene was superbly paced and filmed. I wish the priest-ness of the priest was explored more... although maybe additional viewings would reveal more. And there are ways to fall into depravity that are a lot more interesting than straight up lust... I wish films wouldn't go there so quickly and decisively. Anyway Oldboy is a good litmus test. If you didn't like that I wouldn't expect you to like Thirst at all.
  15. Violent Video Games Luring Kids to Church ?!?

    Yeah it's a big deal in the game industry, though "ban" isn't the right word. I personally don't see it as a restriction of freedom of speech, though every court that's considered it has (so far) disagreed with me. The big question is how far the difference between minors and adults goes when it comes to the first amendment... so far exceptions have only been made for obscene content rather than violent content. If the SCOTUS decides to create a new exception it will be interesting to see how far beyond video games it goes. But even aside from first amendment issues the law in question has huge problems. The video game industry already has a voluntary rating system which is enforced through retail partners. I was going to call it a "perfectly good" rating system, but then I remembered that I actually do have a number of problems with it. However it does address the same issues, making the CA law a bit redundant. The other problem is that the CA law in question is extremely vague. I'm oversimplifying it I'm sure, but it boils down to "if common sense dictates that the game is too violent for minors..." then it will be enforced. Common sense is great and all, but there's no solid basis for legislation here. Video game retailers cannot follow this law because they have no idea which games qualify and no way to find out until after the law has been enforced. Anyway, the oral arguments in the case were pretty interesting. I think a lot of us expected the SCOTUS to reject it outright, but more than one justice was actually quite sympathetic to the law's goals. It will be a couple of months before their actual decision comes out... I think people still expect it to be struck down, but perhaps by a more narrow majority than previously thought.
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