Shu Uemura, Stinky Gracie, and Other Weighty Matters

Self is the most indecisive person on the planet. Yes, she is. In fact, there is only one area of self’s life where she displays uncharacteristic stick-to-itiveness: and that is when it comes to being a writer. Which does not mean that self sits at her desk every day, dedicating herself to her life’s work. Or that she derives any uncommon benefit from declaring herself as such. But at least she knows she is a writer. That, she knows, will never change.

Which brings us to self’s true confession of the day: there is Read the rest of this entry »

“Red Cliff” : Not the Same John Woo

This is John Woo’s first Chinese movie in — heck, who knows how long?

This was supposed to be a return to his roots, a return to the era before he went Hollywood with “Broken Arrow” and “Face/Off.”

After watching “Red Cliff” (which is three hours long, dear blog readers), self will now have to put him in the same category as Oliver Stone, as an example of a director who is going on the downhill slide. (If you don’t believe self, just rent “Platoon.” Then watch “World Trade Center.” Watch John Woo’s Hong Kong movies, the ones with Chow Yun-Fat. Then watch Read the rest of this entry »

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