The so-called octagon of mixed martial arts, the caged arena in which bouts take place, has a long way to go in movies if it wants to approach the cinematic power of the boxing ring.
Director Steven Soderbergh's “Contagion,” a sleek, elegantly mounted dissection of a global pandemic, begins simply enough, in Hong Kong, with Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) under the weather and waiting to catch a flight back to America.
It could have been agonizingly mawkish: the story of a young man with everything ahead of him who learns he has a rare form of spinal cancer, one that he only has a 50-percent chance of surviving.
For a movie that intends to be rooted in a recognizable and insightful reality, “Crazy Stupid Love” features an awful lot of moments that clang in a contrived, feel-good manner.
With his last film, 2007's “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (潛水鐘與蝴蝶), director Julian Schnabel used a fragmented narrative technique to convey the interior life of a man who's paralyzed and incapable of speaking after a stroke.
Not a lot of love affairs, real or cinematic, can have it said of them that they end better than they begin. But “One Day” ends with a heartfelt flourish that was sorely missing from its first 90 minutes.
Helping audiences re-live sweet memories — the bicycle ride to school, playing ball during recess, graduation and staying after school only to get closer to the girl you like, “You Are the Apple of My Eyes” (那些年，我們一起追的女孩) has it all.
2011/8/19, 23 Comments
A story about loss, redemption and coming-of-age, “Jump Ashin!” (翻滾吧！阿信) split its soul into so many pieces for maximum commercial appeal that it eventually reminds us of Harry Potter's Voldemort, whose soul degenerated because he split it into seven pieces to bid for power and immortality.
2011/8/12, 1 Comment