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

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    Game Programmer
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    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)
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    Rush, Stavesacre, Rage Against the Machine
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    Poe, Dostoyevsky, Vonnegut
  1. 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:/
  2. 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 i
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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    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. 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.
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    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.
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    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 topi
  12. 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. 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
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    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 suici
  15. 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
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