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8th March 2014

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Football_Head69’s Criterion Collection →

Quick link to my Criterion collection. Mainly to let you know of my recent pick ups: Empire of Passion and Kagemusha. Non Criterion: Infernal Affairs.

I don’t know when but I will definitely review the three films along with the overall dvd package. 

Talk to you soon,

EAC

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2nd January 2014

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Long Weekend aka Thongsook 13 (2013) is essentially a Friday the 13th (hence thongsook 13) remake with East Asian horror flair. For what it’s worth, it has some pretty creepy imagery and scary girls with long black hair that makes it a decent watch. 
I don’t remember the last Thai film I watched; i think it must have been Last Life in the Universe. I’m not sure if I’ve watched any others to be honest, maybe there was a short film in Rampo Noir or 3 Extremes from Thailand? I don’t remember. I feel like there are probably more Thai films I should watch. I’m still looking for horror so if you have a Thai horror recommendation please tell me! Any others are of course welcomes as well~

Long Weekend aka Thongsook 13 (2013) is essentially a Friday the 13th (hence thongsook 13) remake with East Asian horror flair. For what it’s worth, it has some pretty creepy imagery and scary girls with long black hair that makes it a decent watch. 

I don’t remember the last Thai film I watched; i think it must have been Last Life in the Universe. I’m not sure if I’ve watched any others to be honest, maybe there was a short film in Rampo Noir or 3 Extremes from Thailand? I don’t remember. I feel like there are probably more Thai films I should watch. I’m still looking for horror so if you have a Thai horror recommendation please tell me! Any others are of course welcomes as well~

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27th December 2013

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please stop catagorizing Auditon as a horror movie

been on a horror kick, looking for new j-horror movise. by ‘new’ i mean recent; 2012-2013. i have a list coming along after doing some research but i’ll write about them after i watch. i will say though that one of them is affiliated with one of my more-recent favorite directors, koji shiraishi (noroi, occult, shirome)

i think the latest j-horror i watched was ‘pov: a cursed film’ which i’ve come to really enjoy; i think i’ve watched it about three times so far. 

i took a long break from j-horror after feeling it become saturated as well as misrepresented by critics and reviewers putting just about every miike film into the ‘horror’ box. he’s only done like one legitimate horror movie i believe, ‘one missed call,’ which kind of sucked. but often i’ll see movies like ichi the killer, gozu, auditon (header) be catagorized as horror along with works of other directors such as sion sono’s strange circus which is just ridiculous and misleading. so i kind of just put it on hold and have been watching everything but ‘true’ east asian horror, which you might be able to tell from this blog. 

or not.

obviously when looking at true horror films from japan the first image that comes to mind is sadako from the ring series, or cat boy from ju-on, and that’s thanks to takashi shimizu; those are horror movies. not audition. also i’m just not even going to mention shinya tsukamoto, that guy transcends all genres and is a genre himself IMO.

slightly exaggerating. 

so lately i’ve been craving scary movies; i’ve been watching a lot american horror films which for the most part are severely lacking, though i’ll note that i’ve quiet enjoyed ‘grave encounters’, ‘sinister’ and this one on netflix, i forget what its called, ‘devils trail’ or something? idk its new on there. oh yeah also the ‘vhs’ series i’m a huge fan of. but i’m running out of material, grinding down to movies that are just wasting time.. and because of the recent resurgence of new faces in the j-horror world that i mentioned at the beginning of this, i have my sights set on exploring some of the new scary movies out of japan, but that excludes shimizu stuff… sadako 3d, tormented, rabbit horror…etc no thx

how come koji shiraishi and takashi shimizu look identical can anyone answer that for me thanks

quick note to clarify, i’m looking for films in the horror genre that are focused on being SCARY, not gory/campy. i don’t mind gore or camp obviously.. just not what ive been in the mood for.

cya 

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17th December 2013

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big beautiful budget plus campy acting via ensemble cast and throw in some suspenseful life or death situations makes ‘the tower’ (2012) a fun and easy watch and thats about it. on netflix.

big beautiful budget plus campy acting via ensemble cast and throw in some suspenseful life or death situations makes ‘the tower’ (2012) a fun and easy watch and thats about it. on netflix.

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16th December 2013

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I picked this up on bluray and its been pretty underwhelming. Its taken me about 4 sittings to actually finish it. It feels shallow; theres no real focus and aside from a couple of cool action sequences its not worth much. The effort put into suspending your disbelief is minimal. Fans of Korean thrillers are bound to get baited by this one and all I can say is just check it out on Netflix if you’re interested otherwise just skip it.

I picked this up on bluray and its been pretty underwhelming. Its taken me about 4 sittings to actually finish it. It feels shallow; theres no real focus and aside from a couple of cool action sequences its not worth much. The effort put into suspending your disbelief is minimal. Fans of Korean thrillers are bound to get baited by this one and all I can say is just check it out on Netflix if you’re interested otherwise just skip it.

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4th November 2013

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4th November 2013

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this scene omg

this scene omg

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4th November 2013

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4th November 2013

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30th October 2013

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So I started watching this movie not knowing it was directed by Park Chan Wook and was really surprised when I saw his name in the opening credits. It makes sense having watched the movie and I tried my best to be unbiased. It’s super stylish, going for a blend of colonial style house settings, gothic outfits and Hitchcock thriller themes; at first, the acting seems a bit over the top but it all comes together as you become accustomed to it.
The cinematography is great. I loved some of the syncropated scenes where they connect back and forth either with literal images or themes such as coldness, etc. which build suspense really well. Definitely, the film is uncomfortable to watch. The tension between Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman can be clearly felt, each of them coming to terms with their new lives. I haven’t seen an American thriller like this in a long time. Reminiscent of A Tale of Two Sisters or Vital. And of course with any Korean affiliated thriller, it has a great revelation, or twist ending.
Park really added a great piece to his filmography with his international debut. I found myself wondering what it his relationship with the actors must have been like. Certainly this is the best American horror/thriller of 2013.. I think. 

So I started watching this movie not knowing it was directed by Park Chan Wook and was really surprised when I saw his name in the opening credits. It makes sense having watched the movie and I tried my best to be unbiased. It’s super stylish, going for a blend of colonial style house settings, gothic outfits and Hitchcock thriller themes; at first, the acting seems a bit over the top but it all comes together as you become accustomed to it.

The cinematography is great. I loved some of the syncropated scenes where they connect back and forth either with literal images or themes such as coldness, etc. which build suspense really well. Definitely, the film is uncomfortable to watch. The tension between Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman can be clearly felt, each of them coming to terms with their new lives. I haven’t seen an American thriller like this in a long time. Reminiscent of A Tale of Two Sisters or Vital. And of course with any Korean affiliated thriller, it has a great revelation, or twist ending.

Park really added a great piece to his filmography with his international debut. I found myself wondering what it his relationship with the actors must have been like. Certainly this is the best American horror/thriller of 2013.. I think. 

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30th October 2013

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Pretty heavy movie. I watched it on Netflix and it was way more tame than what I had heard, but I also realized how desensitized I am. Aside from Pieta being a difficult watch, I really loved the color palette used throughout the movie. A lot of it takes place in the slums, putting an emphasis on blue collar workers and machinery, almost giving it a steam punk type of feel. Definitely felt like I was watching a Sogo Ishii film at times. 
I did feel like Pieta took more time than it needed with certain scenes; it certainly lacked the character development required to actually care about the fate of it’s cast. That didn’t stop the couple scenes leading up to the end from feeling very powerful. 
I liked it, in two sittings. Not on purpose, particularly, but it seems reasonable now that I think about it..It’d be hard to recommend Pieta to anyone but film and art house nerds. 

Pretty heavy movie. I watched it on Netflix and it was way more tame than what I had heard, but I also realized how desensitized I am. Aside from Pieta being a difficult watch, I really loved the color palette used throughout the movie. A lot of it takes place in the slums, putting an emphasis on blue collar workers and machinery, almost giving it a steam punk type of feel. Definitely felt like I was watching a Sogo Ishii film at times. 

I did feel like Pieta took more time than it needed with certain scenes; it certainly lacked the character development required to actually care about the fate of it’s cast. That didn’t stop the couple scenes leading up to the end from feeling very powerful. 

I liked it, in two sittings. Not on purpose, particularly, but it seems reasonable now that I think about it..It’d be hard to recommend Pieta to anyone but film and art house nerds. 

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26th September 2013

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Not sure how to start talking about this movie. It’s so expressive and so human. Jeon Do-yeon deserves all the critical praise she got for her lead role in this. Song Kang-ho was a brilliant opposing lead. I’ve never seen a movie that’s so relatable while dealing with subject matter that might be completely irrelevant to your life. What makes it better is the subject matter that is dealt with in the film. It’s a little long and can be slow at times, but definitely watch this. Really. 

Not sure how to start talking about this movie. It’s so expressive and so human. Jeon Do-yeon deserves all the critical praise she got for her lead role in this. Song Kang-ho was a brilliant opposing lead. I’ve never seen a movie that’s so relatable while dealing with subject matter that might be completely irrelevant to your life. What makes it better is the subject matter that is dealt with in the film. It’s a little long and can be slow at times, but definitely watch this. Really. 

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