Three Extremes – perceptions

This is like one of the best j-horror films I’ve watched. Three intriguing and mind-freaking motion pictures collected under a suggestive title – extremes.

Of course they are not that sadistic you think they are – but are three original stories and what’s best – they can create a very creepy atmosphere.

The first short film is called “Box”. A creepy tale of two ballerina sisters that perceive the afection of their tutor in different ways.

This difference makes one of them go berserk and get the other one killed in a fire. Now – the ghost of the dead girl is constantly following her.

And the ballerina dance part is the creepiest scene of the film 😐

Next one is “Dumplings”. Do you have what it takes to eat dumplings consisting recently aborted fetuses? Yuck..motherfuck…

The last part “Cut” is about a psycho that ends up mutilating a woman in front of her husband by taking off her fingers one by one. This is something that goes more like a dark comedy – since it’s related to directors and actors. But still, the tendencies of reflecting mind-disturbances makes this a great motion picture.

Three Extremes is a cross-cultural collection, being represented by Japan, China and South Korea – in a way of putting story into vivid colors and onto the big screen.

Great characters tend to explain their potentials and existential lacks.

I Am Happy – perceptions

When it’s the right time for us to say that we are truly happy? Can we say this only when things couldn’t be better, when everything that we desire is there for us or can we pretend that we don’t miss anything and accept our existential condition?

The 2009 Korean production “I Am Happy” teaches us many things. But as sad the movie is, we can state this: we are free to feel happy about anything.

Man-su is having the crappiest moment of his life. His brother, a gambling addict robs and beats him. His mother suffers from dementia.

And besides that, the stress is causing his loss of memory and deformity of reality. He ends up in a psychiatric ward – where he follows a program in order to be cured.

Because he had money problems, he unintentionally sees money in every piece of paper he lies his eyes on.

On the other side we have the nurse that is helping him. She has problems at her work-office and that could be nothing if her father weren’t suffering from cancer.

Two souls that are trying to enjoy life when it shouldn’t be indicated. Two stories that have to be said and two personalities that are quite strong when facing the inflicted pain. For them happiness it’s an illusion – like for many others out there.

Q: But what about you? And what about me?

A: I am not happy, I’m just enjoying things.

Guide: Script Editing

This article deals [partially] with television terminology, offering you a certain amount of information [useful] that you might need to know about how a script [play/tv drama/movie] is processed in order to be changed into a video masterpiece.

First of all, you gotta know what you want to reflect in your story. You gotta have details about the plot, the characters involved in your story – the conflict and of course a part of your personality. I say this because, writers and artists, in general, tend to reflect something that is precious for their style of living, in everything that they do. Transferring something that represents you, into your work, guarantees that the project you are working on will be better and well-appreciated.

Creativity. People told me that I have that. I certainly know I have that. As a child I used to write day and night different fantasy stories, making up heroes and give them a motive to go and be great.

As I grew up I started to be fascinated by TV shows and movies. Now it’s like a drug. I need this everyday. I watch a movie per day, or at least a short film or a TV episode. Before having this blog I used to write reviews, commentaries and personal thoughts about almost everything I watched.

But you know, writing is a very personal thing. And to be better and know where you are wrong, you need constructive criticism. And if you take that personally, it’s not good.

In the case of TV scripts – the process of writing is collaborative. Ideas keep flowing and the production group – the team must work to define the relation between them. The solution must be a part of the team’s decision.

Okay. This part is finished. Next is the job of the script reader/editor.

Besides the correction of grammar and style mistakes, a script-editor must identify [among other requirements] the following elements: spacing, formatting, POVs (point-of-view parts), VO (voice-over parts), directorial commentaries and the well-definition of shots (including transitions).

After all these are accomplished and the producers are interested in the final form of the script – the making of the show/movie can begin.

There are lots of scrip-editing companies that offer their best to create great projects and they all say that writing much is the key to do a better job.

Progress is based also on following examples and respecting received pieces of advice.

Practice, continuance and constantly improving creativity. This is what we need.

Frozen – Perceptions

I’ve heard bad things about this movie. So I had to try it. Now, I believe that those fools who said it is a low-budget crap have two options: they gotta admit being fucking retarded or they don’t know shit about movies.

Frozen is: intensive, mind-creeping – a movie that will make your bones tremble.

The story centers around three life-chalenging, snow-sporting lovers that end up left alone on this ski-lift.

It is night, it is very cold outside and more than that, nobody knows that they have been abandoned there.

In this situation, the first thing that comes into someone’s mind is to panic. Yup, a healthy dosage of paranoia to fuck up your mind and to give you the chance to make all the possible mistakes.

When you are not thinking clearly, you have to calm down first, in order to pass a problem. But most people cannot do that.

[Spoiler]One of the group’s members suggests that he should try to jump and go for help. UnLucky bastard. He only brokes his both legs and ends up being mutilated by wolves. No big deal. [Spoiler Ends Here]

The others have a little more to endure. The though of being captive up on a deserted mountain is now like a dark fairy-tale. And, the end is not what I expected.

Anyway – fuck all who said that the movie is not good. [Chucking up my deuces now]

Coin Locker Monogatari

So – I ended up watching again some j-doramas. And recently I finished Coin Locker Monogatari.

A short dorama – with both comedy and sadness in it. And it’s not the best you’ll see. But you could watch it if you have two hours to lose.

We have two main characters: Miki – who appears of nowhere and settles in a coin locker office along with Tetsuyo – the man who works there.

She is still a high-school girl and she, apparently is involved in an anti-hentai program. She has to deal with different middle-aged guys who are looking for, you know, some fresh meat.

Besides this she founds herself revealing some secrets of the forgotten luggage in the lockers. Obviously, the mystery part of this series it’s not impressive.

The soundtrack is very limited and sometimes the action has no purpose at all. But Miki is a cutie so at least you can watch the dorama for her.

Noroi – The Curse [Review]

What I’ve learned from the japanese film industry til now is that if you have a good idea and inspiration while writing a script, this fact could lead to a very impressive production.

Horror movies! Who doesn’t like them? Probably many because are scared, but also many love to found themselves lost into an intriguing and exceptional plot, [mentally] fighting along with the good guys in order to solve the mysteries and bring peace into the story. But this articles will not help you start a debate on how good guys should act to overcome the bad elements…simply because evil is more powerful in this movie.

Noroi – The curse is a japanese production which will make you wonder if those things could happen in real life. Presented as a documentary – a man searching information about some strange happenings and shot mostly in a “Blair Witch Project” style – the movie deals with an ancient demon who can be summoned and used for doing bad things.

In a strange location – existed a very dark ritual which was used to summon the demon Kagubata. One day – this demon [who supposedly must obey the summoner’s orders] – get a chance to become an independent entity and do evil stuff for it’s own pleasure. A priest dealt with this mythical creature and stopped it from ruining this world – but he had to pay with his life for this.

Now, the demon is about to be summoned again.

In the ritual – flesh is involved. The flesh can help the demon to use it’s powers. One of the pieces of this puzzle is about the medium’s strange meals – dead fetuses – that can be used for building a spiritual path – for the demon to come into this world.

Animals are also sacrificed to appease this evil. Pigeons – the element of air and dogs – representing earth are [possibly] linked to the path of this demon. In mythology, dark forces often invade both of them because this thing can lead to total annihilation – a symbol of the Apocalypse.

It’s funny also how the image of ghosts/spirits or whatever those are – are invisible for the human eye but are visible on cameras. Almost all japanese horror products [movies/books] depict similar cases. If you read the Ring or seen Shutter you know what I’m talking about.

It is a good movie though. Really great characters – the journalist equipped with patience and curiosity, the madman able to solve mysteries easier than anyone else, the cutie who has to suffer and the single mother seen as desperate to recreate her own life.

Recommended.

Who is “Salt”

What would you do when you’re a Russian spy whose identity is almost blown? What would you do when you’re told that you’re about to assassinate your country’s president and not only. You probably would do like Salt – take action.

Salt is Angelina Jolie’s latest movie. Action combined with a list of great actors – a recipe for transferring the cold world of politics into a bloody do-or-die experiment.

Being a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) has made a name for herself when it comes to interrogations.

She was trained to crack almost every detail of a possible bad guy. But when CIA is informed that she might be a Russian spy – she has to escape.

We assist to a very fictional parkour-like session of Salt trying to save her life.

The movie offers details about how someone has to put his career over any of his/her personal consideration, even family life.

Angelina’s performance was great – at least for me and other fans. You should try and take a ticket for this movie.