January 1st, 2006


Gung drama teaser

Was just watching that here, and I'm already liking Yul over Shin...although I am almost drooling over the shots early in the preview...I don't want to have to watch this to decide!!!

Happy New Year everyone!
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More miscellaneous stuff...

I've been lazy again...or rather, the things I chose to do over the last few weeks were not those which were prioritised.

Finished Saiyuki, and was rather disappointed to find so many filler episodes. I might need to skim the manga again though, I don't remember much, although I'm pretty certain there was quite a big difference. Oh, and the seiyuu...*grins*...everyone knows the main four, so I'll leave them out, but I recognised Okiayu ^^ (*still likes his Fujimi voice best* XD ) and having Morikawa Toshiyuki there, I'm sure, would have set a certain type of fandom off, especially with regards to one of the main seiyuu. But enough on that. ^^

I finished Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness a while ago, and I don't quite know what to make of it. Collapse )

When I caught up with NK for Christmas, we went to Lygon street for ice-cream from Il Dolce Freddo, the place where they have some strange flavours (I will get around to trying the durian flavour one day, it just isn't such a good idea when you're there with a friend...), and ended up venturing into the Nova cinema to catch a film. The Nova's probably the only reason I'd seriously consider living in Carlton - it shows some of the best independent films released, and is usually more worthwhile than going to other theatres.

This time, the film was The Constant Gardener, directed by Fernando Meirelles (known probably for City of God), with Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz and various other British character actors one might recognise, and based on a novel by John le Carre. Believe it or not, it's a thriller (never judge a book by it's cover, after all), and as such, it's probably best to see it knowing as little as possible - but the summary of the film on the Nova's brochure is perfect. On the other hand, for those who've read a le Carre novel (and I WILL join that club soon), it might not be all that surprising. Collapse )

And that finally reminds me - one thing I feared in the initial half-hour of The Constant Gardener was that it would be in a similar style to another film I saw whilst in Perth, that it would consist of a series of events not depicted in chronological order, which the audience would have to piece together. The first film I saw with such a technique was Pulp Fiction, and the most confusing is probably Mulholland Drive (although it wasn't the 'non-chronological order thing' that threw my brother and I, it was David Lynch), but 21 Grams nearly drove me up the wall.

21 Grams Collapse )

But the meaning of the title is interesting, and this isn't coming from a religious viewpoint.

How many lives do we live? How many times do we die? They say we all lose 21 grams... at the exact moment of our death. Everyone. And how much fits into 21 grams? How much is lost? When do we lose 21 grams? How much goes with them? How much is gained? How much is gained? Twenty-one grams. The weight of a stack of five nickels. The weight of a hummingbird. A chocolate bar. How much did 21 grams weigh?