Monday, March 10, 2014

Tang Wei in 'The Golden Era'

Xiao Hong was one of most important writers of contemporary China. The life of this writer of the 30's of the past century has now been captured on film. No one less than Tang Wei will star in this film: 'The Golden Era'. After her magnificent performance in Ang Lee's 'Lust, Caution' the acting heart will always beat a little faster when she appears in a new film!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Reluctant Fundamenatlist and how the attacks on the Twin Towers (9-11) and the actions of Russia's Putin in Crimea earned respect

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a nice film, maybe not the best but some nice scenery and music will make you pass your time easily. But that is not want I want to talk about today, there is an interesting conversation in this film that may raises some eyebrows:

‘Didn’t you have, only for a split second, some respect for the terrorists who are responsible for the attack on 9-11?’

It is an interesting thought because there is a sense of truth about it. Ofcourse the act was horrible and so many innocent people died but that is not the subject around here. People may feel bad about it but in my opinion most of them will have thought about this. How is it possible, such a brilliantly coordinated attack from a terrorist cell which hits the Americans right in their heart? And yes, when you think about it, it is rather amazing end almost highly intelligent. 

Back to the present where exactly the same thing is happening:

Russia’s and Ukraine’s conflict in Crimea. Though a military conflict can never be seen as right and Russia has probably to be condemned for it…. There is also this awwww factor and idolization of Vladimir Putin. Haven’t you thought, only for a split second, how brilliant Putin’s moves are? He is bold but knows nobody or any country can touch him. At the moment he is a statue of absolute power. He may have violated international law but he acted in such an intelligent way that the West and USA can’t crank a hair of his head. And he knows it, you can see it in every picture of Putin, he is in complete control and forces the West to throw sanctions at Russia where in the end the West will pay the biggest for these sanctions. Though maybe wrong, an act of Putin’s Russia that quakes the earth and shows the immense strategically power Putin is capable of. For that he owes much respect.

This is an very difficult subject but one of the things 'the Reluctant Fundamentalist' makes you think about. It doesn't have to be a taboo.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

America's troubles

These days USA adm. Samuel Locklear stated that DPRK (North-Korea) is a threat to the USA because they seem to be able to create an intercontinental ballistic missile. So even if the DPRK posesses this ability is this former country of American Dreams really afraid that a real life adaptation of the game 'Homefront' could become reality?

The United States of America are scared of small threats but never seem to realize the decay that turned their own nation into a rotten body. The age of immortality is in the States far over, no dreams are left in this desolated place of forgotten memories. Memories that are overshadowed by meanless wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. And last but not least the forgotten war in Korea. They never won this one too, so maybe they are right about the fact that one day they will be beaten by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Sometimes dreams become reality but unfortanetly for the USA the American dream will always be a nightmarish dream instead.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fan Bingbing on the cover!

Well Fan Bingbing's stardom rises and rises. Her beauty if overwhelming and her acting skills no lobger are only known in Asia with here role in the new X-men movie.

And this is not the first cover she is on...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Colic: Dek Hen Pee (Thailand, 2006)

When Phrae Ploy discovers that she is pregnant she gets married with Pongpop. Everything seems well but then suddenly the there is a fire next door and the neighbour gets burnt alive. Soon the baby gets born but doesn't seem to know there is anything besides crying. What is wrong with him?? The truth is more horrifying than you could ever imagine!

Colic: Dek Hen Pee starts rather slow but turns out to be a decent Thai horror. It's one of those movies that gets it from the mood, the atmosphere. Mystery is all around and the viewer has to put the parts of the puzzle together. Bad Karma, lost souls, a desparate mothe...for those how love this, Colic is a must see.

Also Pimpan Chalaikupp puts down a strong performance as Phrae Ploy. Thai horror isn't always good but slowly they get the feeling of it more and more.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fan Bingbing poses for Vogue

Chinese actress and star Fan Bingbing poses for Vogue, the Italian edition. Bingbing seems to conquer the world bit by bit.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Xu Qing

Rather beautiful and elegant picture of Xu Qing who stars alongside Bruce Willis in 'Looper'.

Love and film

The special enchantment a movie can have; is that everlasting or just a period of interest in your lifespan? Though there are periods when you watch more and some periods you turn to different kinds of entertainment, I guess the love for film becomes part of your soul and will intertwine with it. When you once became addicted you keep longing to see them, to see the perfect scene, the most beautifull cinematography or the greatest acting there is. Evertytime you keep longing for it, and you will be disappointed often but the need to see stays. The need of love, the need of film.

I hope everyone will find him- or herself during this soulsearching journey. Why do we do it? Why can't we resist those almost primtive feelings? The answer is rather simple: Just for this one smile, this salty tear that runs down your face and this one combination of all emotions in all. Will you find it?

Shakespeare could have said it: To watch film or not to watch film

Friday, June 3, 2011

Nordwand (Germany, 2008)

'Nordwand' may not be a very well known film outside of Europe and it even isn't outside of Germany but I should say it doesn't deserve that. The film deals about the climbing of the Eiger (Switzerland) in 1936 where an olympic medal could be won.

Sometimes the film follows a bit too much the paved roads in telling a story but it still is an enormous thrill to watch it. Beautiful scenery, great acting and a really exciting story will make you feel like you really watched an interesting film... and that is true!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I Saw the Devil while meeting people

Today Korean's revenge movie 'I Saw the Devil' became for sale in the dvd-shops in the Netherlands. I rushed to the shop and before I knew it I was in a deep conversation with another customer about Korean revenge movies and the actor Choi Min Sik. Isn't that one the beauties in life? You can find people with the same preferences everywhere and you don't have search for them.

Now the only thing I still have to do is watch the movie, heard great things about it!! Someone seen it already?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Final Fantasy X - suteki da ne

When I was thinking about restarting my blog again I was wondering what I would post for my first new article. Well it will no treally be an article but a video and a song. The first thing that came to mind was: Final Fantasy 10.....I played it probably 10 years ago and now and than I still think of its beauty. The animation is gorgeous, the story compelling but most of all the song 'Suteki da ne'. I remember its beauty forever, together with the game it is a memory which will last forever and so it is one of the little brilliant things in life which you will encounter.

Re-start of this blog!

Hi All!

It has been a while but I decided to re-start this blog again so from today onwards I will post amazing pictures, stills from movies or othe rthings that may seem small but in fact shows the beauty in life.
At the moment I am reading 'the Time Traveler's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger which is an intersting tale about true love and always keep believing in it. In my blog I want to chase true beauty, which can also be in sadness, and never leave the trail of finding the beautiful things in life, movies, culture and nature. I hope I will see you soon on my blog again!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Alone in a white world

Snowy Shanghai! It looks like someone is at the end of the world, all alone in teh snow where every memory has faded away.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Venice Film Festival

The Venice International Film Festival has some pretty interesting premiers! Aronofsky's Black Swan, Takashi Miike's '13 Assassins' (will it be a typical Miike again?) and most of all Anh Hung Tran's 'Norwegian Wood!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Zhang Ziyi

OMEGA Ambassador actress Zhang Ziyi attend OMEGA Constellation VIP Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton on June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. She is lovely as always!