(Someone--apparently straight--reviewed my film on IMDB. Not sure what question he was referring to. Perhaps it had to do with the necessity of the sex scenes? Despite being revolted by the gay sex, the guy seems to like the film, which somehow mean more to me than gay men liking my films. )
I do think I would have given this movie a better rating. Problem is, that is just to explicit, especially in the first third of the movie. People who think "Brokeback Mountain" was too homo-erotic are in for "a treat here" (no pun intended). And while there is no actual penetration shown (I think, I couldn't bear watching all the "love scenes" between men shown in the movie).
Of course, this owed to the fact, that I don't read anything before I watch movies. But still, just because this depicts homo-erotic love, doesn't have to be just a movie for queer men. And seeing as the story as it is, actually is pretty good (therefor still a pretty good rating that it gets from me), about human needs it's a shame. Of course the movie stays true to itself by showing the love between men. And almost every love scene, does have something to say. And that's where some things go missing, dialog wise. The main character for example, said something about his mother, which was meant as a joke, but I didn't get it.
So if you can bear the sight of naked men and sexual situations between them, you will get treated to a story worth watching. The director seemed amused by my question after the screening of the movie and he seems like a nice guy, but this movie just wasn't something I actually would watch (again)
Saturday, March 20, 2010
《歲月神偷》挾柏林電影節得獎之名在香港票房報捷，卻沒有很多人提到它獲得的水晶熊獎是由一班四歲以上的兒童作評審的(Generation Kplus Children's jury)。我這樣指出來不是想說這個獎的價值somehow比較小(反正每個獎都有其遊戲規則)，而是想說只有一個真正進步開明的社會，才會認為兒童有足夠的獨立思巧和判斷能力選擇他們喜歡的作品，才會在柏林影展這種大型國際性項目把評審的重任交給他們。這種事情在中國人家長式思維的社會幾乎不能想像，就算是ifva的青少年組，評審員從來都是三、四、五十歲的老餅，以老氣橫秋的語氣品評年青人的「創意」和「活力」，想深一層其實不無可悲之處。
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
The Hurt Locker has no plot. The characters are so flat as to be almost stereotypical. What it is is a series of action set pieces, nicely done, but nothing more. The story could have taken place anytime in the past 60 years where American imperialism have made a mess of things. It almost goes out of its way to avoid making any reference to the Iraqi war at large, there's no attempt to criticize or justify it. War is simply this vague concept, a setting in which to showcase the hero's bravado. As the titles at the beginning of the film suggests, war is like a drug, as if it's just an individual affliction.
If the film carries any ideology, perhaps it lies only in the celebration of this quintessentially American trope: the lone hero, the rogue individualist who triumphs because he's willing to break rules. But at what price? The nighttime scene towards the end of the film strikes me as particularly ludicrous. The hero arrives at a place where a suicide bomb has hit. He has a flash of inspiration. Perhaps it wasn't a suicide bomber, and the assailants are waiting in the periphery for a chance to blow up the rescue crew. He therefore decides to go into the dark recess of the city to look for the bad guys. But if there were bad guys waiting out in the dark, wouldn't he be walking into their ambush?
Yet aside from some weak protest from his soldiers in arms, nobody tries to stop his stupidity. It's as if the filmmaker (and Americans in general) want to believe that this war could be won by bravado alone, that if all soldiers were so brave and heroic, Iraqis would simply fall down on their knees in admiration. This lack of insight is the most troubling aspect about this film. Nobody wonders why the Iraqis hate their supposed liberators so much that they are willing to blow themselves up if it means they can take down a few Americans with them. Nobody questions what they're doing in Iraq in the first place. At one point in the film, in a particularly heartfelt and soul searching moment, the black guy makes a comment about risking their lives everyday. I wanted to scream, "This is the best you can come up with, you dumb fuck. After a year in Iraq in the bomb squad you just realized life is like rolling dice?"
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Customer review on Amazon:
"End of Love"
Secrets and Lies
Ming who is now in a Christian "rehabilitation" camp, looks back on his life. He once lives amid a whirlwind of sex and drugs when he hustled men on the street and then he lived a more sedate, romantic life with his partner, Yen, who was older and romantic. Their relationship was built upon secrets and lies and they haunted the men. Yet it was only when Ming's mother confronted her son's sexuality that his life changes and Ming really tries to give up selling his body.
The film is graphically explicit--at least in the beginning. It is very homo-erotic but that does not mean it is hardcore. There are no scenes of penetration but it does show love between two men. The men are naked a good deal and they hide nothing. Some of it is very strong and it is almost as if we are watching a mirror. All in all, I found it very well done.