Movies

A Break From The Chick Flicks

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While I may have been immersing myself in romantic comedies of the late, primarily because I have set up a blog dedicated to the genre, I watched 2 foreign films yesterday that is so far from Chick Flicks, it may as well exist in it’s on universe.

I will say, no one does weird than us Asians. We have weird food, weird customs, weird beliefs… Or is it just weird because other people (non-Asians) think it’s weird. I guess something is weird when it doesn’t play well with out narrative. But I digress.

Oldboy (the original and not the Josh Brolin remake) is a Korean mystery thriller. If I would have to describe the film, without revealing too much about it, I would say that “it’s driven by revenge”. It’s really not THAT weird. I guess it’s so fucked up that you wonder, what kind of person and what happened to him to think of such a story. It’s one of the most recommended films in movie lists, foreign or not. And now I know why. It’s so easy to turn away to some of the scenes or just completely walk away from the movie but I beg you, if you do watch it, stay with it until the end. Much recommended.

Why Don’t You Play in Hell however is a different cup of tea. Who am I kidding? It’s a different cup of pure poison! If the title does not interest you enough – which probably means you’re allergic to cool – Jun Kunimura, Boss Tanaka, the Yakuza boss that O-ren Ishii beheaded to “prove a point” in the (arguably) greatest Quentin Tarantino film, Kill Bill Vol.1 – is in it as a… Yakuza boss. In a true Tarantino fashion it’s full of shooting guns aimlessly, blood baths and old school Samurai fighting. What makes it weird is the actual fun the characters are having in making a film about them killing each other and eventually dying. Plus there is a song in this movie that the characters keep singing over and over in any given opportunity that will make you want to memorize all the words and then proceed to stab yourself for even thinking about memorizing all of the words.

So that’s my dose of weird filled this week. What weird have you recently injected your system with? Let me know!

Another Update

Hello WordPress friends! I was just freaking out about how fast 2016 is going by. How is it April already?? But anyway, I’ve finally written my first piece over on the Chick Flick blog and it seems like a good start. I started with an all time favorite sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Because, unexpectedly they released a sequel that apparently came out in march of this year. And another shocker is that Rita Wilson and her lesser know husband Tom Hanks produced the movies. Shocker!

So if you fancy a little bit of rom com today the post it’s here.

Since conceptualizing the blog I’ve researched on some overlooked romantic comedies. Not just rom coms. Just movies that you think are within the Chick Flick genre.

So let me know in the comments?

Update On The Chick Flick Blog

Yesterday was a Sunday. My boyfriend went to work and I spent the afternoon watching 2 chick flick movies, telling myself, “I too am working”. I decided on writing the blog here on WordPress – even though none commented on my previous post. WordPress is fun guys! And extremely convenient for the non-tech savvy. Plus, I have a cold so I can’t be bothered.

So, hopefully, by tomorrow, you would be reading a post from the new blog. And to you guys out there who turn a snub nose on the chick flick genre, well there’s something in there for you too. I only ask you to keep an open mind. I am a 29-year-old who enjoys comedy and aspires to be a screenwriter someday. Keep in mind, that before Vince Gilligan created Breaking Bad, he wrote a movie called Wilder Napalm. It’s no chick flick but close enough.

If any of you are a fan of chick flicks and would want to talk about them, stay tuned.

Is Chick Flicks For Everyone?

Today, I jump start an idea. It was not my best, but still! I wanted to be more productive and I used to use this blog as a way for me to do that. But since I haven’t been exactly “living my life” I decided to make another blog. I know… I know… It seems counter productive to start another project when you’re harboring guilty feelings about not continuing on the previous one. But this is good WordPress!

I thought to myself, what are things I’m good at or just things that I like to do that I can write about? I thought about writing about cooking, which I’m getting very good at, if I do say so myself. But thinking of what to cook for dinner already takes the strength out of me. I thought about writing about the books I read, but who are we kidding. That one’s going to be a very slow blog. And then it came to me, maybe I should start writing about movies again. Again, because I used to have this movie blog that’s gone to the dogs (for good reason).

The problem with me writing about movies is I can’t decide on what movie to watch. And having to “review” a movie takes the fun out of seeing it. So, maybe stick a genre, one that doesn’t take itself too seriously? RomComs came to the rescue. I mean, I love rom-coms, and there are hundreds of them out there. Some, I admit, I’ve seen a lot of times (When Harry Met Sally and Miss Congeniality on the top of my head) and some I haven’t even seen (Moonstruck, Roxanne among others), which is a tragedy. Especially for someone like me who aspires to be a screenwriter and DREAMING of becoming the next Tina Fey – I know Tina didn’t write a rom-com (yet! it could happen!) but she wrote Mean Girls, which is a Chick Flick. And that train of thought has lead me to a blog I will call “Nothing But Chick Flicks” – a blog of movies made FOR women but not necessarily made BY women.

Only dilemma is to put it where? I mean, how many of you WordPress inhabitants would be interested in that kind of thing? Let me know.

 

 

Thoughts On BuzzFeed, Crack and Binge Watching

BuzzFeed get’s a lot of crap about delivering a non thought out content from time to time. I know this because I frequent the BuzzFeed YouTube site and I watch their videos to gauge how many minutes has passed since I’ve done something productive and the comments that people leave on there is just….well…some of them are mostly true.

If you don’t know what BuzzFeed is then that’s a cute boulder you’re living under. BuzzFeed is a website that delivers news and Pop Culture related articles to short attention spanned people with low self esteems. So my demographic. BuzzFeed is like that drug dealer who keeps telling you to quit drugs but still gives you discounts on crack. Or that drug dealer who only sells crack but carries weed “just for you” because you’re his/her first time customer.

I miss my drug dealer. Kidding! I don’t have a drug dealer! I AM the drug dealer. JK!

Anyway, I was perusing the BuzzFeed site like any normal morning at work and they put out this article ranking the 86 Best Picture Oscar Winners. It made me think of a lot of things. 1. I haven’t watched Godfather in a while. 2. Maybe I should marathon The Godfather trilogy. 3. I should quit my day job and make it my life’s mission, or at least this 2015, to watch all the movies in the list – of course also including this year’s would be winner (Boyhood or Grand Budapest Hotel which I’ve both seen). Why?! Because it’s 2015 baby! And this is what a “challenge” looks like.

Another thing that BuzzFeed so cleverly made me feel I should watch or in this case re-watch is Happy Endings. Any of you weirdos seen an episode or two or (in my case) the whole short lived 3 seasons? It is one of the most funniest sitcoms ever and why it got cancelled and The Big Bang Theory still winning Emmy’s is beyond me.

If you’ve never seen Happy Endings, first of all how dare you! Second I forgive you for taking part in the execution of this wonderful show and three educate yourself with this BuzzFeed article.

Now I want nothing more than this work day to be over so I can binge watch on Oscar winning movies and Happy Endings.

Thoughts on Miles Teller, Rom-Coms, Whiplash and Unpopular Opinions.

Here is maybe an unpopular opinion: I like romantic comedies. Not ironically. I really like watching them and hope to maybe write/direct/star in one someday (don’t underestimate the power of the internet). Can’t we just all agree that NOT all romantic comedies are crap and hour long cliches? The same way that I agree that not all of Lady Gaga‘s albums are a gold mine (coughs Artpop coughs). It pains me but it’s true.

This February, I’m trying to watch as much romantic comedies as I can. I have strayed from the really popular mainstream ones and dive in to the obscure. The more unheard of the better. It has proven to be a great experiment because I discovered a genre of indie movies I have not known before. Any of you guys heard of the genre Mumblecore? You may not have heard about it but if you’ve seen a Greta Gerwig or a Duplass Brother’s movie, then chances are you’ve seen Mumblecore and it is terrific.

Not from Mumblecore but I watched Two Night Stand yesterday. It’s a story of a hot girl being dumped by her High School sweetheart and sought easy sex from the Internet to get her “life back together”. I don’t want to spoil the movie too much for any of you would be watchers, but she finds true love in the end. But you know what, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would coming in.

I judged the movie too early which in general I try to avoid but this movie had a lot going against it so I really can’t help myself.

First. It’s got Miles Teller starring as the leading man.

Second. That was it. Miles Teller was starring in this movie. That was what’s holding me back to see this.

Maybe another unpopular opinion, but I’m not the biggest Miles Teller fan. I don’t know why but I just find him incredibly annoying, which I think is part of the whole Miles Teller experience…?

But…but….but…

I watched the first 20 minutes of Whiplash last night. I had to stop because my battery was low and I was too lazy/too comfortable in bed to get up and get my power cord. And I think one of the reasons why I dislike Miles Teller is because he is the most unlikely person (within my age group) to ever be a leading man of any film. Yet he’s done it so many times. And I HATE THAT. The old spite and jealousy mix.

There is this preconceived notion that to be a successful actor you have to have good looks – or incredibly disfigured. I’m not the prettiest girl in a room with 2 girls in it but I’m still allowed an opinion on looks and Miles Teller is not really the sort you’d think to be a leading man. He’s not exceptionally talented either. He always tends to ramble and he talks like he’s defending himself in a sexual harassment case (“I thought she was interested your Honor!”). But I think Whiplash can be the game changer. I instantly wanted to root for him. Hold him in my loving arms and place his head in my beating heart ala Ed Sheeran. But….it might just be that J.K Simmons is the scariest man alive!!! I’m not even kidding! How can someone go from Juno’s loving daddy to the conductor from hell?! I call it the Walter White effect.

So what other rom-coms should I watch this month? Have you seen Whiplash? Don’t spoil it for me trolls! How on board are you with my Miles Teller rant? How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis? Let me know in the comments! Seriously, my knee is killing me!