Fri, 8 July 2011
If we were a pair of dice this would be the snake eyes episode. We start or second foray into the double digits with a blast of Old Boy news seasoned with some radar bleeps that resemble The Myth of The American Sleepover and boy does it look charming. For the main course we serve up a double helping of review in the way of Transformers 3 and a small portion of Tree of Life. We level out the meters with our Netflix review of I Saw The Devil and lay out our hopes for the weekends openings. Horrible Bosses and Zookeeper.
During the podcast you heard the music of: Dragonforce - Black Winter Night, Action Action – This Years Fashion, Blackbird Blackbird – Summer Heart, Drive-By Truckers – Sinkhole, Paolo Conte – Via Con Me, The Appleseed Cast - Birds of Paradise
Direct download: Movieha_-_Episode_11_-_Confrontation_Matt_vs_Ryan.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:07pm CDT
I like Ji-woon, I really do. I'm just not someone for whom the entire revenge genre works...especially if it's filled with copious torture stuff. It just doesn't do anything for me to watch sick things happen to people. I'm not moralizing about it or anything, as I think there's nothing wrong with those who do like such things, it's just not my cup of tea. I find myself bored, wondering when they're going to stop fake carving up a human being and start with the character or plot development. And I think the "message" here was just so overdone and obvious: Revenge BAD. Yeah, I get it. I suppose as a meta-commentary on the Korean obsession with revenge genre is one thing, but I thought Old Boy did that better. As for Rubber...I hear where you're coming from. I actually highly recommend watching that one with friends...preferably while giddy. I followed your conversation with Matty, and I get your point. I agree with you on some of it, but I think at the end of the day it was surprisingly unique and way, way more fun than it should have been. Also, it's been said before but I'll say it again, you absolutely rule for your constant responsiveness and conversation. Love it.
Man, how could you not like I SAW THE DEVIL? That's just insane to me. I'll admit it's maybe not Kim Ji-woon's strongest work (I liked A TALE OF TWO SISTERS and THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE WEIRD far more) but it's kind of the escalation of the revenge genre that's so pervasive in Korean cinema. It's about the cycle of revenge, one man doing horrible things to another which feeds him doing more horrible things, only to end in them both descending to deeper levels of amorality where by the end our hero is crushed to find his job done and his rival vanquished. It's a movie about the hollow success of awful deeds. I don't know, I thought it really interesting, and probably among my favorite in the genre (MOTHER if you can call that revenge drama or LADY VENGEANCE are the two I would point to as the best examples). Anyway, yes. That's all I've got to say. RUBBER is lame, but I imagine again I will be the only one who thinks so.