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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Up On The Ladder

Hello.

Managed to finish all my assignments on Friday morning and feel good about not having to worry too much about things that are due. I still have to think about my documentary of course (that will be constantly on the back of my mind throughout all this semster) and I have to film a very quick short of about a minute and a half for another video class. I probably shouldn't have taken up two production classes.

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Recently I've been obsessed with Jim Jarmusch's films but the problem here is that I've yet to see a single one. Isn't that strange? I wonder if anyone else is like that - like does anyone ever feel that way about anything else? Novelists? Singers? Perhaps it's just me.

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Harvey Norman had an awesome online store and practically went half price on all their games… Which is something VERY unexpected from Harvey Norman, a retailer who is so out of touch with gaming trends. But hey, it must have done wonders for them cause I picked up "Street Fighter X Tekken" for only $40 (A NEW RELEASE GAME THAT CHEAP?!)

I didn’t want to get SFxT until the price lowered drastically because I knew Capcom would want to squeeze every cent out of me just for extra DLC characters (who just so happen to be already on the damn disc…) which meant I was willing to wait it out for a few months but then this miracle happened and I just HAD to buy it!

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On Friday night I went out with my best mates to catch "The Raid" in cinemas. Quick thoughts on the film can be found below. After the film we went back to Eddie's place and Kevin and I gave him his birthday presents. I brought over my newly bought copy of SFxT and we played that for the rest of the night. Like... up until 4.00AM pretty much. Crazy.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING


- One of the most exhilarating films of the year so far - fans of action cinema would be doing themselves a disservice by passing up on this film.
- The story here is secondary to the tightly shot and choreographed action and man does the action just run rampantly here.
- And if action filmmaking were an art, this film would be a masterpiece.
- I'm probably hyping it up a bit too much but you'd be hardpressed to find a better action film in the last few years, maybe even the last decade, that could match the intensity and excitement this film generates.
- And that's even including the likes of action stars Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa.
- Also, Iko Uwais, the film's lead, is going to be a huge name after this film and will most definitely be joined alongside the aformentioned contemporaries in martial arts action cinema today.
- Oftentimes the film reminded me of a video game which isn't necessarily a bad thing because if anything, it'd make me question why certain video game film adaptations can't just follow the same formula done by this film.
- Needless to say, I can't look at a commission flat or an apartment building the same way after watching this film.

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It was announced this week that "Anchorman" would indeed see a sequel and that Paramount have agreed to bring back Ron Burgundy. Will Ferrell made the announcement on "Conan" as Ron. The announcement can be viewed in the video below. I for one am excited for Ron Burgundy's return to the big screen - I think that "Anchorman" is one of the best examples of contemporary American comedies and it's insanely quotable. Much of the film's success is largely due to Will Ferrell's potrayal of Burgundy as he's a shallow, misogynistic idiot who, in spite of his shortcomings, radiates charm. Woah, did I try to make "Anchorman" sound serious? Okay, stop right there, Hieu.


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Japanese horror fans, take note - the full theatrical trailer for "Sadako 3D" was released this week. "Sadako 3D" isn't so much a direct sequel to "Ringu" (The Ring) as it is more a spin-off/spiritual sequel. More information about the film's story can be found via Twitch but for now here's the full trailer. Sensing major "Suicide Club" vibes...

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And that's all for tonight. Radiohead is responsible for this blog post title - it's featured on the second disc of their album "In Rainbows". I really ought to buy more of their albums (the only one I have is "Ok, Computer"... Anyways, enjoy the song and I'll post again next week (hopefully I'll have seen more films).


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Saturday, 24 March 2012

I'm Cold

Hey folks.

Can't seem to recall what I got up to this week but most of it I think involved staying home watching films and pulling my hair over a documentary I'm filming for university. I don't even have a clue how this is going to look and what direction it will take. The worst part is that the quality of work from previous students has been very high so I'm really nervous about actually shooting this. It's going to be a trainwreck of a project.

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Anyways, I've got a few assignments due next week and the week after so I'll write this as quickly as possible. I dont want to feel I've spent a night toiling away just for my blog (it takes a while for me to write a blog post, okay?)

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Woah! I completely forgot that I ordered this two months ago! Driven is the sequel to Drive and I legit thought that this book was meant to be released in April but somehow I have it like a few weeks early… Weird. Yet awesome.

"Driven" arrived in the mail this week, much to my surprise. I didn't expect it to arrive so soon since the book is scheduled to be formally released in the first week of April so it was a shock to see it in my mail box this past week. I haven't read it yet though - still reading "The Wind Up Bird Chronicle".
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

Apologies one more time but I won't be writing up my thoughts about the films I saw this past week. If you're keen to seek them out, there's always YouTube to look to once you see the films that are listed here! Anyways, here they are - the films that I saw this week include:

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(The Quiet Family)

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No Tidbits of Film News section this week but I'm still pretty much hung up on the "Prometheus" trailer from a week ago. I really ought to get "Alien" on Blu-ray...

Anyways, American "Battle Royale" "The Hunger Games" released this week in Aussie cinemas, as did "The Raid". I'll probably see these two films sometime soon so look out for that on my blog. Anyhow, this blog title owes itself to The Cure so have fun listening to it. CIAO.


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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Mourning Air

HEY GUYS.

Every time I put my posters up they just fall down... I blame those weird hot days that Melbourne had recently. Ya know, those really humid and muggy days this past week? Ruins everything...

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Anyways, where was I? Oh yeah, here are some purchases that I made this week. JB Hi-Fi is an evil money-sucking corporation that knows how to get into mind and to my wallet... How does one say "no" to their ridiculous good sales?!

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I didn't watch any films this week but I did manage to catch up with Season 4 of "Mad Men", just in time for the fifth season which is set to premiere next week! Yes, I have been VERY slow to catch up with the show...
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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

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Hey Tim Burton fans, here's the trailer for his newest feature, "Dark Shadows". Honestly, I don't know much about the film other than the fact that it's a bit of a passion project for both Burton and Johnny Depp (who stars in the film no less) and that it's an adaptation of a soap opera back in the day. The trailer certainly looks like a Tim Burton film but the vibe of it doesn't. Maybe it's cause they're using a predominately 70s soundtrack...



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And here's a Japanese trailer for "The Avengers". It comes action-packed with plenty of new footage and as you'd expect, it's cut in a way that makes it seem like a film that was made FOR Japan. Makes sense, right? Reasons to love this trailer: Japanese narrator, the fact that it looks like what you'd expect to read in a comic book, OMFG THE S.H.I.E.L.D HELICARRIER! :D


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Oh and Ridley Scott's, "Prometheus" has a new trailer. Excuse me while I go change my pants. Also, I legit thought Tom Hardy was in this trailer to which I thought to myself, "HOLD ON WHEN THE HELL DID TOM HARDY SIGN ON FOR THIS FILM AND HOW DOES HE HAVE THE TIME TO FILM THIS AND FILM THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?!" only to find out that it wasn't Tom Hardy but a guy called Logan Marshall Green (and then I remembered him as the guy who played Ryan's brother in "The O.C.").

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So that's it this week. This blog post title was brought to you by Portishead. Enjoy the track below. Or not. Your choice. See you guys next week then.


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Sunday, 11 March 2012

Tie A String Around Your Finger

Hello everybody.

So some of you might be wondering where last week's post was. I had a lot to do since coming back to university. And I still have a lot to do right now so I'll keep it as brief as possible.

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I can barely remember what happened the week before so I don't even think it's worth mentioning. Some of the things I got up to have already been mentioned in Ellen's blog so head over there if you actually want to know what it was I got up to this past week (I know I wouldn't) but otherwise just skim past this.

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"Drive" arrived in the mail this week much to my delight! Dat Blu-ray goodness warms my heart...

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And just quickly before I head into the "What I've Been Watching" section of the post but I wrote a quick article for the 2012 Korean Cinema Blogathon. The article is currently being hosted by the awesome KOFFIA (Korean Film Festival In Australia) blog so have a quick read if you're interested in how I got into Korean cinema and my thoughts on their ever growing film industry.
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WHAT I'VE BEEN WATCHING

I feel like if I rattle off every single thing that I loved/didn't love about each of these films it would probably kill up a lot of time which I need to use on homework. If you really want to, you can ask me about the films on Formspring. These past two weeks I watched the following:

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You can read what I had to say about "Like Crazy" over at Mark Battistella Films, guys! Also, you can totally catch all these films over at the Nova... just sayin' (that is of course if you're living in Melbourne).
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TIDBITS OF FILM NEWS

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The Academy Awards have come and gone but if you still haven't checked out who won what (come on, you must've heard SOMETHING about it already!), here's a link to all the winners.
I called it - give "The Artist" everything (although "Hugo" had a surprisingly strong showing in the technical awards).

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Elizabeth Olsen (aka wife) is in talks to join Spike Lee's adaptation of "Oldboy" as the female lead. My mind does not know how to respond to this but anyone who has seen "Martha Marcy May Marlene" will know that she can gracefully pull off her "Oldboy" character.

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You love trailers? Here's a Japanese trailer for Pixar's, "Brave", which gives huge Studio Ghibli vibes (how appropriate) and another full trailer for "The Avengers" which gives us a great look at The Hulk and offers some sweet new footage.


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Star Wars designer, Ralph McQuarrie, passed away at the age of 82. McQuarrie was responsible for the conceptual artwork that went into visualising the Star Wars universe. So really, he is the reason why Darth Vader looks the way he does, why lightsabers look the way they do and why planets and space stations look the way they do.
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And that's what's been happening these last two weeks. I'll try to update regularly again but I didn't realise how much having a job sucks me away from homework and junk. Weird.

Anyways, as always below is the song from which this post's title comes from. It's by The Marvelettes and it's an oldie but they're the best aren't they?


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