Tuesday, 31 May 2011

The Good Wife S2

I can't believe it took me so long to actually start watching this - I mean, I was an avid fan of the first season! I was totally immersed in it... but for some reason that passion for telly just cooled down a bit after coming here. :P So I finally picked it up when S was away and Ant wasn't here yet...and watched perhaps 15 episodes. I wasn't as hooked as before, as I think the tension's not as great as in the first season, and like I said before, J Margulies' performance is at times a bit bland. And I can't stand her hairstyle - at one point I was staring at the screen, asking her 'UGHHHHH I think you can afford a proper hair cut now your hubby's back???' And what's it with Will's new girlfriend - I can't even remember her name now - again, the hair! I think this is not period drama??? How come we have to look at such ugly hair??? HUH???

Daisy pulls it off @ Lyric Hammersmith

Lots have happened recently, Ant was here for two weeks, and everything was hectic!

So we went to a horrible concert at King's Place some days ago, so horrible that I don't even want to document it here, and we left halfway through (during the interval). Really, are there people out there who actually care about that kind of NOISE???

I digressed. So the day after that concert, we went to the Lyric to see the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art's version of Daisy Pulls it Off. I wasn't expecting much to be honest, as the performers are just... students. I know I have no right (and am in no capacity) to 'look down' on students, what I really mean is that they're not professional performers (yet) and I wasn't expecting too much lest I would be met by disappointment. NO WAY. It's one of the most enjoyable performances I've seen here - there are of course others which were great, but this one's sooo refreshing, and it's all because of the brilliant cast as the story's a bit rubbish really. :P

Totally looking forward to the other plays by the LAMDA!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Weird film...Eternal Moments (將愛情進行到底)

I had wanted to see this film before its release - all because of the theme song by Faye Wong and Eason Chan, and the trailer. Now that I finally had a chance to see it, all I can say is that this 'film' (if you can call it that) is just a longer version of the trailer, and the songs are the only saving grace.

The film's divided into three parts, with characters with the same name (performed by Xu Jinglei and Li Yapeng) in all parts playing different characters. The parts have no connection between them, and in between parts are interviews with different couples telling their love stories. The concept itself is okay, but the overall impression it gives is that it's quite incoherent and the stories aren't well-developed. The first one's the weirdest of them all, and the 'special effects' are really too...surreal??? It's just weird. The second story's also a bit weird in that it kind of goes against the overall 'message' of the film - to go all the way in love (將愛情進行到底, the title of the film). The last story...well I think it's already the best among the three, and the kind of open ending gives it a postmodern touch, though I don't really like it...I would much rather have one that's more 'finished' and I think it deserves one.

One thing about the actors - Xu Jinglei being one of the most 'talented' actresses in China, I expect a lot more from her. I think her acting's okay but she's not particularly good in this one. Li Yapeng's quite charismatic in his own ways - he's got the typical (northern) Chinese man's features and it's kind of charming! ;)

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Home alone films: Made in Dagenham, Don't Go Breaking My Heart (單身男女)

Oh I'm not talking about the Home Alone films - just two films I watched at home alone since S's away!

The film's set in 1960s England, when gender equality's still something unheard of, and women were paid significantly less than men and it's regarded as something normal. Quite unimaginable, really, and shows how the world only changes if you dare to protest and fight for what you want!

Rita's speech at the union is moving, and is exactly what I want to ask this country now: Since when has Britain stopped fighting? Well of course we're no longer (like in Rita's context) talking about real war, but things that we should be fighting for - justice, equality...to me, these are absent in this country. No one says anything, let alone do anything, when they see something unjust happening (e.g. people jumping queues); I don't understand that mentality. No one bats an eyelid when men harass you in the street - it's considered something normal, and some women actually seem quite happy about it. Where's gender equality? I mean, I don't think it's something to be taken lightly and I can imagine something similar being treated quite differently in America. I'm not saying America's the standard, and sometimes people do go a bit too far in America to fight for their 'rights', but at least there's this sensitivity and a sense that this is not right. Since when have we accepted things to be bad, and when it's not, we have to be grateful?


Not my usual type of film but I've heard quite a lot about this one - do we call this chick flick? I think so, coz I think only women would buy into this. Who doesn't want the affection of both Daniel Wu and Louis Koo? But...is it possible in real life? ;)

The film's actually pretty good, in my opinion, and I'm of course speaking as a woman. ;) People have been talking about the dilemma faced by the girl in the film - do you choose the man you love more, or the man who loves you more? It's quite clear that she loves Louis' character more than Daniel's, despite the fact that I'd totally fallen for the latter. In the end, she's chosen him as well - and I do think this is what most girls would do!
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