9/11/2006

Toronto International Film Fest: The Aftermath

The Toronto International Film Fest. Wow! What an amazing experience, even if Bao and I managed to watch two films, we somehow are still talking about them. Okay, fine, maybe I'm still talking about it but the two films we watched deserved by 4 of 5 and 5 of 5 rating.

Bao and I attended the TIFF on Sept. 10th and watched "London to Brighton" at 3:00p and we managed to get rush tickets for "2:37" at 8:00p. I've never been good at writing reviews for films since I feel it's an artform that once you describe it, it loses its effect, but I'll try my best.

"London to Brighton"
LoB is a UK film, directed by Paul Andrew Williams. It's about a prostitute named Kelly, a young street-girl named Joanne, Kelly's pimp, and Kelly's pimp's client's son. Sorry, I'm terrible at names and at I must have missed their names but I'm sure I can look it up on IMDB. So LoB follows Kelly and Joanne's "escape" from Brighton since they're both being chased down by Kelly's pimp. Why are they being chased? That's where you have to watch the movie and find out! If I said anymore, I'd be giving away too much of the story.

"2:37"
2:37 is an Austrailian film about a group of highschool students who are three months from graduating and all their problems in life. There's a whole cast of characters, which unfortunately has long escaped me since I started writing this on Monday morning and now it's the end of the week. So again, without saying too much and potentially ruining the movie, the film title is the time in which one of these highschool students commit suicide. The morale of the story is that we can all become so wrapped up in our own problems that we become oblivious to other people's problems to the point where once their gone, they can be gone forever. Alright, so that didn't sound the way I wanted to but I'm not really in a philosophizing mood tonight.

Anyways, I suggested to Bao that we should volunteer for TIFF next year so that we can get free tickets for ourselves instead of spending $20 per movie. Hopefully we'll stick to that plan.

9/06/2006

TV: The Brain Drain (...or is it?)

Whoa! It's been a long time since I've posted anything on my blog. Long enough that I've sort of forgotten when I last posted anything. Actually, I could go check when I last made a post now but somehow I'm too lazy and I'll just keep typing instead.

Anyways, Bao has mentioned in a previous post somewhere that Wen and I have been making show recommendations. I'm glad to know that we have good taste in shows :)

Recently I started watching a show that I should be torrenting as well: The 4400. The premise of the show is based on 4400 people who possesss supernatural powers that were given to them by people from the future. (You gotta watch the show to know more!)

Here's a quick synopsis of the 2-hour mini-series. I'll try my best to reconstruct what I remember since it's been a long time since I've watched the mini-series:
An apocolyptic sized asteroid is headed towards Earth and everyone is scrambling to find someway to stop it. It enters the Earth's atmosphere and instead of crashing and causing huge amounts of death and destruction, it hovers above a lake. In a sudden explosion of light, 4400 people suddenly appear on the lake coast, totally confused as to where they are and what happened. In the mini-series, these people are known as The Returnees and in the series they're called The 4400, hence the name of the show.

What do I think about The 4400? Well if you enjoy BSG for its human drama and for their infrequent use of sci-fi jargon, then you'll enjoy The 4400. The only reason Star Trek has survived this long is due to their casting of beautiful women; there was simply too much sci-fi techno jargon and the writers didn't change the tiring "story formula". (that was totally unrelated but that was my 2-cents)

So, check out The 4400!