"Fire is motion / Work is repetition / This is my document / We are all all we've done / We are all all we've done / We are all all we've done / We are all all defenses."

- Cap'N Jazz, "Oh Messy Life," Analphabetapolothology

Friday, January 26, 2007

what would you do for love?

"i'd do anything for love...
but i won't do that."
-Meatloaf

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i watched the korean film OLDBOY last night. i'd heard it was stylishly cool and excruciatingly vivid to watch.

and indeed it was.


be that as it may, here is what i liked most: it began as your typical revenge story (character is imprisoned. s/he is tortured. s/he doesn't know why. s/he escapes or is released. character is angry. s/he wants revenge. s/he spends remainder of film finding perpetrators. and perpetrating sweet vengeance...)

however, despite its violent beginnings as your typical revenge story, it ultimately ends up being about love. specifically, the violent nature of love.

about loving something or someone so hard that everything else becomes a distortion. everything else is pain, and everything/something/someone else should pay for the anguish you're suffering because of the intensity of your passion.

passion breeds insanity. pleasure and anguish are variations on a theme. bloodlust and lust for another person... are they really so different?

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in all, OLDBOY is a postmodern film akin to FIGHT CLUB in style and dark pessimistic humanism. not the violent bloody romp i expected, which is, of course, a pleasant and welcome surprise.

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o boo. i just found out there might be a remake coming out in 2008. i hope this is some cruel joke, b/c i am quite tired of the Americanized, highly Hollywood-ized remakes trying to outdo their Asian originals. why fuck with a good thing?

3 comments:

Matt said...

Have you seen either of the other two movies in the trilogy? I think I might have some them in my netflix queue... I can't remember.

Also, my procrastination is getting out of control. I think need help.

stephan!e lee said...

nossir, i have not. if u get them, i'd like to c them.

p.s. it's about time u visited! what took u so long?

p.p.s. hope the work went well. i ended up spending massive time on SFS and very little on the papers i have to write. oopsie.

remaerdyaD said...

(would like to know that trilogy too)

Checking this movie out Thanx for passing it on

Ever seen Manhunter I forgot that one: surprise re-hit One of the most brilliant uses of a art painting I ever saw in an american movie (done very subtley too) King Of New York: It is tops for me in capturing ultraviolence in one scene (also a bit ultraviolently subtle)

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