Back Alley of Cinematheque (Photo taken in Hong Kong, Mar2009)
I am a member of the Broadway Cinematheque and buy the “Insight Pass” (year pass) in the begining of the year. I spend many of my free nights in Cinmeatheque watching movies. You’ll be amazed how much time one can squeeze if he/she is single and live alone.
I have watched 13 movies since 2009. Most are good movies, but none of them can be in my most favorite list.
Here is the list so far (my rating: *poor, **so far so good. ***good, ****very good, *****must see!):
1. Blow up [****]
A 1964 English classic by the great Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni (his first English movie). A movie about photography and murder. I think every photography lover should watch this movie!What really happened in the movie? Is our mind playing tricks on use or something fishy is going on?
The term “blow up” is rarely used after the popularization of DC because now we use photoshop in our computer to edit out photos instead of develop them in a dark room. IF I will be rich someday, I’ll build a dark room in my house and develop my own photos!
2. If you are the one (Fei Cheng Wu Rao/非誠勿擾) [****]
Directed by XianGang Feng, starred by You Ge and Qi Chu. I watched this movie right after Blow up (that’s right people, 2 movies in one night!). It was like winning a lottery to watch 2 good movies in one single night . The moive was much better than I expected because Qi Chu was way better than I thought. I think she should quit taking up roles such as mistress of marfia boss or hooker anymore. Her character was very sentimental but not weak. The screenplay was really good with a lot of funny and exquisite lines. Still you could see the bitterness of a middleage person who lived long enough to be frustrated and happy about life and live not enough to die in You Ge’s character Qin Fen. I fear that my life will turn out like Fen’s, live half my life without family and a home. Freinds and family are all over the world but none is around. Completely lonely.
Nevertheless I love Fen’s matrimonial notice (the last 4 characters of the notice is also the movie title 非誠勿擾, means : if you are not sincerely want to know me, please don’t bother ):
3. Ponyo on the Cliff by the sea [****]
Directed by the one and the only Hayao Miyazaki. No CG, all hand drawing animation. You know what, no commentary is needed for this movie.
4. Labyrinth of Passion (**)
Perdro Almodovar’s 1982 production. Crazy movie…remind me of those crappy HK new year movies, only this one is crazier and really liberate…sex and sex and sex the whole time…