Saturday, January 05, 2008

Movies Wrapup

Caught a few movies in December and didn't really mention about them. Found myself with alot of spare time so could watch a few.

Mental note: Weird things to do alone - watching movies, buffets and meals at restaurants.

Nanking - About the massacre of Nanking 1937. It's like a documentary with stage actors/actresses sitting around giving readings, actual survivors giving vivid descriptions of the atrocities and original war footage. There was this scene where a Nanking survivor was relating how a Japanese soldier killed his mum and baby brother. NO way there was a dry eye in the cinema.

The Warlords - Great movie that contained so many lessons derived from Sun Tzu and the Art of War. Also alot classical idiomatic examples of how gentlemen and great men can be humbled or defeated by.

The Golden Compass - Quite a bore....really. The underling theme got muddled with telling a great fantasy tale. And ended letting everyone know that there WILL be a part two. So it got people asking, "What would be your daemon if you had one?" - duh.

I Am Legend - I am reading Alan Weisman's The World Without Us and the effects of total human absence in a city as described in the book is how it was portrayed in the movie. The movie's is not a "inyerface" action movie. Neither is it a "Night of the Living Dead - New York redux". I think it deals with alot of social, ethical and other related public policy issues. I thought it ended very hopeful. Which was not bad. I don't know how many people you know are talking about the hint hint wink wink Batman and Superman movie featured as a billboard in this movie. So will there be a Batman and Superman cross movie announced in the Christmas season of 2009???

Across The Universe - The songs were fantastic. The versions were slightly different. Some were completely different. But still, its the Beatles. The story was simple. Boy meets girl type. Movie suffered from poor editing. Lacked direction in the midst. But I guess the mary-jane induced stupor that the cast exhibited explained the "wannabe MTV-style" cutting.

1 comment:

Der Blaue Reiter said...

I kinda enjoyed I am Legend quite a bit. For the rest of the films you've mentioned, I'll just have to wait for them to arrive on Tokyo shores.