17 August 2008

The good, the bad and the pretty men

I am constantly amazed by the length of my posts. I start writing about a couple of books or a recently watched film and not only do the words seem to flow out of me, so do the tangents. However, I reckon that I should be able to be reasonably pithy about Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom (or The Good, The Bad, The Weird), the first Korean film I've watched in Korea (and yes, I know I need to get around to watching Oldboy one of these days).

It's a pretty fun action movie, it doesn't have an over-abundance of plot but it's not completely stupid either. It's got all the elements of a typical Western (or rather 'cowboy') movie, at least as far as I know- I'm not exactly well versed in the genre, unless I can count Blazing Saddles somehow. The actual look of the film was great too, the desert scenes were magnificent but I especially loved the frantic scenes in the Ghost Market or on the train. I always love stuff like that, where there's so much attention lavishly paid to all these little details which the audience doesn't really get to take in properly, but the overall impact more than makes up for that. Train shoot outs are always brilliant too, whether here, in Firefly or even Due South. There were quite a lot of funny moments too, I couldn't stop giggling when Yoo Dae-Goo stuck his hand under the dead girl's dress for just a few moments too long, and then triumphantly pulled out the wad of money.

It was quite a violent movie (there were several moments when we found ourselves doing a synchronised hand over the mouth-gasp-wince routine), but I don't really have a problem with that. I can see why people don't like the idea that violence is funny in and of itself, but sometimes it really, really just is. Or maybe I'm a sadist, whatever. Byung-hun Lee was probably the best thing about the film, he isn't exactly bad looking in general but he was just ridiculously hot here, and went around being smouldering and insane in exactly the right way. I think you ought to watch the film just so you'll understand what I'm talking about, but failing that you could just watch the trailer which gives you a bit of an idea. The scene where he flounces around in a blanket and decimates a millipede (or whatever it is) is particularly brilliant. The way that Byung-hun Lee walked and moved did kind of remind me of Johnny Depp somehow, but every time he turned around I was much happier with the face I was presented with.

Woo-Sung Jung was also great, and easy on the eyes, he had a bit of Harrison Ford vibe going on- but that might have just been the hat. I really want a cowboy hat and a nice billowy coat. Actually I think I have both of those things just not here, and that's probably a good thing because it's too hot for layers (which doesn't stop me). I think the ending of the film could have perhaps come a little sooner, it was a bit too long. Essentially I only think that two endings are acceptable for anything: either an orgy happens or rocks fall and everyone dies. The Good, The Bad, The Weird almost plumped for the second one, which I think would have been mightily fun. The actually ending was decent though, and really I think that all men ought to smoke (not at me though, just in general).

R claimed that I'm 'isanghannom' (i.e. the weird one), which normally I wouldn't argue with. However his reasoning was that I'm obviously very bizarre because I'd rather see the new X-Files movie than Mamma Mia. I'm sure the new film is bad, but there's quite a lot of things I'd rather suffer than watching Mamma Mia. He balked at the idea of knocking me unconscious so he'd have someone to go watch it with though, not because it seemed morally reprehensible but because he'd have to shell out for my ticket too if I was passed out. I guess that leaves J to be 'the good'.

In other news I've had to buy yet another pair of shoes. Seoul is wearing out my soles. I gave up in disgust on Friday night and spent most of the time dancing in my tights, I should really throw them away since they're incredibly beer-scented (as well as blood-encrusted thanks to numerous new mosquito bites, I thought that had stopped). I meant to go to the book shop to go buy Catch-22 because when I last attempted to buy it I accidentally bought the sequel (which I wasn't aware existed). However we were too lazy to walk to the other side of the mall today. It isn't a particularly pressing issue at the moment though since I have a fair sized stack of books to get through at the moment, added to by my Grandma's new book Equality in Action: A Way Forward With Persona Dolls (in which I get an acknowledgement for my data analysis skills) and a few others which I've pilfered from Jes' stored possessions.

Apparently I should curb my thieving ways though, since quite a lot of the stuff doesn't even belong to Jes. Since I'm not the smartest cookie in the jar when someone knocked on the door a little while ago I just went and opened it without considering anything. I guess I assumed that it was probably one of my neighbours, perhaps asking me to turn the music down, or possibly D or S coming to check that I'd actually made my way home alright (in my defence I actually had no idea where my apartment is in relation to the subway, as well as no knowledge of my address). It turned out to be Scotty coming to pick up some of his belongings (it feels a bit like some awkward break-up drama), at which point I became aware of the fact that I was incredibly stinky, not very dressed and in possession of a pair of very bruised and bloody legs. Not to mention the fact that I haven't bothered to unpack anything yet, and there's just underwear, tampon packets and other girly accouterments strewn about the place. My packet of cereals is sitting next to the bed because I was too lazy to move it kitchenwards. At least I'm pretty sure that there was nothing vaguely pornographic on the screen.

I am going to spend the rest of my year being incredibly paranoid that I've properly bolted the door since about a billion people still seem to have spare keys for this apartment. I'm never sleeping naked again! However Jojo promised to bring my cheddar, so I guess it doesn't work out too badly. I really hope that I haven't switched shifts this week since I forgot to check when I was at work and can't access the site from home. If I have I'll just plead idiotic foreigner syndrome and make puppy dog eyes at Hans, D and the receptionists of joy.


Juno Spires said...

Hehe, of course you must be the weird one, not because of your film preferences, just because... you are. No explanation needed. I understand your resistence to Mamma Mia... sooo many people hve recommended it but I'm still dubious.

Those two Korean actors aren't so hot (to me) but they have to be better than Johnny Depp (it's not difficult). Did you go to the cinema to see that?

Nanzo Trillusion said...

I skimmed over your most of the section on the film, because I went to have a peek at the trailer, and do want to see it. It's definitely going to come out in the Spore sooner or later, and I haven't seen a Korean film since Brotherhood, which was pretty good. My primary motivation was to enjoy the presence on screen of one of the eye-candies of my adolescence, Won Bin, who unfortunately, is no longer in show-biz. T-T Haha.

Are you finally in your 'permanent' appartment?

Miss Anne Throp'ist said...

Juno: I accept the burden of being the weird one, I just feel that his reasoning was slightly off.

I am also very dubious about Mamma Mia. I feel that one day someone might just take advanatage of my hungover state and force me to watch it though...

Trust me Byung-Hun Lee was really hot in the film, I just can't prove it properly... Stupid, failing internet...

I'm glad you're here to disapprove of Johnny Depp's face with me.

I did indeed go to the cinema, I've been going quite a lot here.

Nanzo: Do you think we need spoiler warnings, or are people smart enough to understand how to skim?

Let me know what you think of the film when it eventually does come out there. :)

I am finally in my permanent apartment, and never moving again! Even if it sets itself on fire.

Nanzo Trillusion said...

I don't trust other people's powers of judgement. :p Haha. But then again, for the moment it's rather pointless for me to give spoiler warnings as noone here really would care if I were to spoil them for anime/manga. Haha. I guess I'm just following protocol.

Yesh, I will make a mental note to tell you what I think when it comes out and I get down to watching it, whenever that may be! ^^

Ooh, I got your address in my inbox. Wehey~! ^o^

Miss Anne Throp'ist said...

It's true, most people are very stupid. It's definitely good to get protocol sorted! I meander so much though that I think every post would have to include 'spoilers for Buffy, The West Wing, Firefly/Serenity, Harry Potter, Atlas Shrugged...etc etc' automatically.

Livejournal cuts are useful, blogger needs something like that.

Oh, and I've been trying to find a widget, but not had any luck. You got any ideas? I can only find a way to get the html code to embed it, but then that's just for a post. Boo.

Nanzo Trillusion said...

You can try fiddling with the template html code to put in the widget. Layout> Edit HTML.

I think it should be around here:

div id='sidebar-wrapper'

That you can place the thing in. I want to customise my template, but it's proving to be too much effort to navigate the html maze. Will probably do so at a later date.

Miss Anne Throp'ist said...

Aha! Good plan, Nan(zo) I shall try messing about with it later... I did take a look at the HTML thing but couldn't work out where it ought to go and didn't really feel like battling failure. Maybe I should just wait til you've defeated the HTML maze and steal your knowledge...

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