@19 hours ago with 1 note
#긴급조치 19호 #emergency act 19 #last movie i saw #B-
Emergency Act 19 (Kim Tae-gyu, 2002)
i heard this was awful and wanted to make sure. because with such a premise - in the fear of singers being voted in to power in other countries, the South Korean government outlaws all pop music and imprisons idols. those idols’ fans riled by this new dictatorship rise up and fight to overthrow it - it seemed impossible that it could be. well it wasn’t as bad as i’ve read, but nor was it as good as i hoped. my problem with it isn’t the endless cameos and pop culture in-jokes, or bottom line that its an idol movie, but more with the mode of new Korean cinema its trapped in, and its commercial appeal not allowing it to be the pure exploitation movie it should be.
the protests of the 70’s and 80’s are openly alluded to, including, perhaps tastelessly but in a way admirable in its tastelessness, interpolated stock footage of them. i’m not sure what it’s trying to do there. maybe saying something about the generations before fighting for democracy, this one only for commercialism (that’s hardly the kids’ fault). or maybe that there is a revolutionary undercurrent still in society that can take on new forms as it needs to. anyway, it’s all just silly fun and it’s a good time capsule for that era. an era i shamefully love, which probably made this as bearable as it was.
@3 days ago with 1 note
#雙肥臨門 #double fattiness #last movie i saw #B+
Double Fattiness (David Chiang, 1988)
it seems strange to complain about a body swap comedy where someone’s spirit is reborn into the body of Maggie Cheung, but Lydia Shum is so great and when she dies in this there is perhaps no greater hole in… cinema history. thankfully her doppleganger still exists on the mortal plane so she finds her way back into the movie that way. Hong Kong in the 80’s is maybe my favourite ever cinema period, and this is such an on point, non-stop, wonderfully dumb and full of heart reason why.
@4 days ago with 1 note
#breadcrumb trail #last movie i saw #B
Breadcrumb Trail (Lance Bangs, 2014)
better than the typical band documentary, but still a typical band documentary.