Film of the Day

HER

HER, Best Film and Screenplay of 2014 this moment. A story about human relationship with technology, virtual reality. Not the first film to talk about this topic, but definitely a brand new approach to told it this way, romantic, dreamy, a bit surreal but so realistic at the same time. I like “Air-doll 空気人形” by 是枝裕和 Hirokazu Koreeda, but it’s too dark and depressed if it’s comparable. Plus my favorite band ARCADE FIRE’s music, the soundtrack is going to loop on my song list for a while with their last album “Reflektor”.  Perception. We Live in our own world.  Modern life with technology, we stop the real social contact with human being in person, we face the screen and type messages to someone we think we are typing to; we build relationship with someone we think we are building to.  We don’t need a face to look at. We live with our phone, computer and all other devices. Text and Sound are all we needed. It is our method to make contact and communicate with others. We smile, we cry, we anger, we argue, we fight, we jealous…all the emotions and activities is happening between us and other human or computer, whoever, and who cares. We are living in our own world, the world we think we are living in. The world that only exist in that tiny little screen we are facing everyday, every minutes, every second. This is a socially accepted modern life we are living in right now.

HER

HER, Best Film and Screenplay of 2014 this moment. A story about human relationship with technology, virtual reality. Not the first film to talk about this topic, but definitely a brand new approach to told it this way, romantic, dreamy, a bit surreal but so realistic at the same time. I like “Air-doll 空気人形” by 是枝裕和 Hirokazu Koreeda, but it’s too dark and depressed if it’s comparable. Plus my favorite band ARCADE FIRE’s music, the soundtrack is going to loop on my song list for a while with their last album “Reflektor”.

Perception. We Live in our own world.

Modern life with technology, we stop the real social contact with human being in person, we face the screen and type messages to someone we think we are typing to; we build relationship with someone we think we are building to.

We don’t need a face to look at. We live with our phone, computer and all other devices. Text and Sound are all we needed. It is our method to make contact and communicate with others. We smile, we cry, we anger, we argue, we fight, we jealous…all the emotions and activities is happening between us and other human or computer, whoever, and who cares. We are living in our own world, the world we think we are living in. The world that only exist in that tiny little screen we are facing everyday, every minutes, every second. This is a socially accepted modern life we are living in right now.

France Ha
 Like Al Picino’s Monologue in film Any Given Sunday, “…When you get old, in life, things get taken from you…but you only learn that when you start to losing stuff…”  Frances is a dancer, at least she hope to be one, but life is not going well with her, 27, no job, no money, no place to sleep, especially when her best friend leave her and start to live a ‘normal’ life like anybody else in this ‘normal’ society. She start to question if there is anything wrong with her. Is it the time to ‘grow up’, get a decent job, live a normal life like anyone else…  The whole film is so fresh, relaxed, chill out and full of French-like taste and smell, especially with its black and white filming. It talks about growing up, defining yourself, ideal, compromise.  But in my cynical mind, I am a bit disappointed about the ending, when it suddenly take a turn to ‘political correct’ result. Telling me that sometimes we need to compromise, back to reality, step firm on the ground, get a decent job…Then you have a happy complete life. This is some of the most mainstream conclusion that should never happen on a Black and White independent film.  Of course on my rational side of mind, I understand that This is Life and the process of growing up, that you can’t live your dreams and ideals without any compromise to the reality, and sometimes they can be living together, compromise and still got the ideal with you. So the ending is actually not bad to have a rational and realistic decision. Artist need to eat and sleep also. Grow up and face this reality.

France Ha


Like Al Picino’s Monologue in film Any Given Sunday, “…When you get old, in life, things get taken from you…but you only learn that when you start to losing stuff…”

Frances is a dancer, at least she hope to be one, but life is not going well with her, 27, no job, no money, no place to sleep, especially when her best friend leave her and start to live a ‘normal’ life like anybody else in this ‘normal’ society. She start to question if there is anything wrong with her. Is it the time to ‘grow up’, get a decent job, live a normal life like anyone else…

The whole film is so fresh, relaxed, chill out and full of French-like taste and smell, especially with its black and white filming. It talks about growing up, defining yourself, ideal, compromise.

But in my cynical mind, I am a bit disappointed about the ending, when it suddenly take a turn to ‘political correct’ result. Telling me that sometimes we need to compromise, back to reality, step firm on the ground, get a decent job…Then you have a happy complete life. This is some of the most mainstream conclusion that should never happen on a Black and White independent film.

Of course on my rational side of mind, I understand that This is Life and the process of growing up, that you can’t live your dreams and ideals without any compromise to the reality, and sometimes they can be living together, compromise and still got the ideal with you. So the ending is actually not bad to have a rational and realistic decision. Artist need to eat and sleep also. Grow up and face this reality.

Man Bites Dog
A French Violence, Bloody, Funny, Sick, Disturbing, Low Budget, Black and White Mockumentary.  About A crazy man who not just a thief, but kill people then rob their money, and he only attack those weak targets, elderly for instance. And the whole film is about a documentary crew follow and “help” this crazy man’s living, killing, robbing…  One of the most disturbing scene is when he try to kill a kid by putting a pillow on the kid’s head to suffocate him, the film crew’s cameraman film the whole process, the director even help to grab the kid’s hands and legs. Disturbing.But it’s also one of the aspect that I like about film as an art form: NO “Political Correct”, NO Moral Judgement, NO “good or bad”, “angel or demon”, “hero or devil”…  Those mainstream common thinking. The World every film created can have their Own logic, Own Moral and Ethic Standpoint. That’s part of a good film when Film is an art form, not just some commercial entertainment. And it never has responsibility to become some video teaching material for Moral and Ethical class.

Man Bites Dog

A French Violence, Bloody, Funny, Sick, Disturbing, Low Budget, Black and White Mockumentary.

About A crazy man who not just a thief, but kill people then rob their money, and he only attack those weak targets, elderly for instance. And the whole film is about a documentary crew follow and “help” this crazy man’s living, killing, robbing…

One of the most disturbing scene is when he try to kill a kid by putting a pillow on the kid’s head to suffocate him, the film crew’s cameraman film the whole process, the director even help to grab the kid’s hands and legs. Disturbing.

But it’s also one of the aspect that I like about film as an art form:
NO “Political Correct”,
NO Moral Judgement,
NO “good or bad”, “angel or demon”, “hero or devil”…


Those mainstream common thinking. The World every film created can have their Own logic, Own Moral and Ethic Standpoint. That’s part of a good film when Film is an art form, not just some commercial entertainment. And it never has responsibility to become some video teaching material for Moral and Ethical class.

The Life of Pi
The Life of Pi is a fairly good adventure film with solid storyline. The main stream of reviews are also praise those prefect 3D visuals, inspirational story about faith…etc.  But honestly, I was really pissed by the ending when the boy told another version of the story, and it creates a mystery on what was really happening in the boat.  I don’t know if the novel also do this, and I guess some people may like it, think they give us a hint on another version of the story. But anyway, this treatment/trick is a real BUZZ KILL to me, just like “The Crying Game”, when the hot chick suddenly show off “her” cock.  Before the ending, the whole film is based on some kind of fantasy-like adventure. It takes audience to experience an extraordinary journey on the boat with Pi. But then, end up you tell me there is another “realistic” version of the story? That the whole breathtaking survivor adventure we have watched before maybe just a fantasy fairy tale a boy have created and make him feel not so sad?  Of course we know the reality is crude and sad, that’s why we go see films and escape from the crude reality for 2 hours. Why do you have to bring us to the dream-like fantasy with lot of beautiful scenes, inspirational fairy tale about a tiger and a boy, then suddenly slap our face and tell us to wake up from this Dream?  Even you have to do it, you don’t need to go to the most extreme and boring way, and tell us a Complete crude story, right? you can just give us some kind of hints, and let us think if there is another version, if all the adventures are fake…  Fortunately there is some funny and creative thing found on the web that amaze me when checkout all information about the film:

The Life of Pi

The Life of Pi is a fairly good adventure film with solid storyline. The main stream of reviews are also praise those prefect 3D visuals, inspirational story about faith…etc.

But honestly, I was really pissed by the ending when the boy told another version of the story, and it creates a mystery on what was really happening in the boat.

I don’t know if the novel also do this, and I guess some people may like it, think they give us a hint on another version of the story. But anyway, this treatment/trick is a real BUZZ KILL to me, just like “The Crying Game”, when the hot chick suddenly show off “her” cock.

Before the ending, the whole film is based on some kind of fantasy-like adventure. It takes audience to experience an extraordinary journey on the boat with Pi. But then, end up you tell me there is another “realistic” version of the story? That the whole breathtaking survivor adventure we have watched before maybe just a fantasy fairy tale a boy have created and make him feel not so sad?

Of course we know the reality is crude and sad, that’s why we go see films and escape from the crude reality for 2 hours. Why do you have to bring us to the dream-like fantasy with lot of beautiful scenes, inspirational fairy tale about a tiger and a boy, then suddenly slap our face and tell us to wake up from this Dream?

Even you have to do it, you don’t need to go to the most extreme and boring way, and tell us a Complete crude story, right? you can just give us some kind of hints, and let us think if there is another version, if all the adventures are fake…

Fortunately there is some funny and creative thing found on the web that amaze me when checkout all information about the film:

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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The Story is quite Traditional Hollywood, nothing special. But I do love those “motto” in the film, that’s gonna make me motivated for a while every time I read it.

Like the motto from the “Life” magazine, that is actually really come from real life Life magazine founder Henry Luce:

"To see life; to see the world; to eyewitness great events; to watch the faces of the poor and the gestures of the proud; to see strange things — machines, armies, multitudes, shadows in the jungle and on the moon; to see man’s work — his paintings, towers and discoveries; to see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to; the women that men love and many children; to see and to take pleasure in seeing; to see and be amazed; to see and be instructed …"

Also When Kristen Wiig explain who Major Tom is (a fictional character from the song “Space Oddity” by David Bowie), then she said the song is talk about life:

"Life is about Courage and Going into the Unknown"

What a freaking Great Slogan. It should made as a gigantic banner and post on the wall that I can read it every morning when I wake up.

I also love some of the scene, moments that make my heart beat faster, want to grab a backpack and just GO.

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Like the main breakthrough scene when Ben Stiller determined to go for the adventure, run out from the office, go to airport and take a flight to Greenland, then we see the plane travel from America to the beautiful Greenland. Two most important amazing elements are:

1. That inspirational “motto” shows up piece by piece during all those scenes.
"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of Life"

2. I was shocked and Surprised when I heard that Drum, it’s one of my favorite song "Wake Up" by my favorite band "Arcade Fire". Are you kidding me? this track is not included on the film’s soundtrack, that I have never expect to hear this song, and in this Most Important scene of the whole film when Ben Stiller really start to take action and Go.

To start with my film of the day project, the first film I talk about is
It’s a Wonderful Life
by Frank Capra in 1946

One of the most touching film I have ever seen, about life, happiness, generosity, kindness. James Stewart play a kind of Tragic Hero, lot of obstacles encountered, troubles happened, but he is always facing it with positive, optimistic spirit. How we live our life is always depends on how we face and deal with it.

To start with my film of the day project, the first film I talk about is

It’s a Wonderful Life

by Frank Capra in 1946

One of the most touching film I have ever seen,
about life, happiness, generosity, kindness.

James Stewart play a kind of Tragic Hero, lot of obstacles encountered, troubles happened, but he is always facing it with positive, optimistic spirit. How we live our life is always depends on how we face and deal with it.