Last week I was SO busy and next week I am still going to be So Busy 😦
I long for a holiday. I really miss blogging, both writing and reading. All my posts last week (except for my winner announcement post) are scheduled post. I tried to take a 2 hours break to write this post, I really want to share these 2 movies (and I still have 2 books to be reviewed).
These past 2 weeks, I watched 2 movies (I bought 11 DVDs 2 weeks ago)…one was one of my anticipated movies and the other was something I bought because I love Japanese movies. The funny thing is the one I was eager to watch was the one that got low rating while the one I bought without reference was the one that got higher rating. Tho my rating is 100% personal taste 😉
Without much introduction, here are the movies I have watched (Hoping Friday will come tomorrow so that I can watch more movies)
There is only 1 reason why I was so eager to see this movie, the hilarious pair from England, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. If those two wasn’t in the movie, I wouldn’t even dream of watching it unless they play it on TV.
Paul tells the story of 2 Englishmen road-tripping around US. Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings loved everything about Alien. They finally encountered one of those little green men, his name was Paul.Paul was not like any other Alien they have read in the book, Paul was funky alien. He needed to get away from earth because the government wanted to do horrible things to him. Despite the shock, Graeme and Clive promised to take Paul to his meeting point with the other Aliens. The story revolve around their journey.
It was said that a lot of people gave not-so-good review toward this movie, I didn’t read those reviews because I never read any review about movies I really want to see…I don’t want to be spoiled.
My honest opinion is the movie was decent, not good not bad either. Maybe it was because I love Pegg and Frost too much that it clouded my judgement. The story was not the best I have seen from them…it was the kind of story that you ended up saying ‘It was okay’ but I do enjoy seeing that best comedy pair in the world.
Ruth said in her comment that it insults Christianity and she doesn’t like that kind of movie, I can relate to her feeling because I also avoid watching True Lies as it insulted my religion. In my opinion, Paul is not only insulting Christianity, it basically refuses the idea that there is God (but Christian got hit the most because most American are Christian).
Beck is a live action version of a manga and anime under the same title. The Manga was written by Harold Sakuishi. Sakuishi was much influenced by western music, that’s why we can hear strong western influence in Beck’s music. Belle Ame (another band in the movie) has strong Japanese music style.
The story was about 5 young men who tried to create a band. It was mainly seen from 2 perspectives, Ryūsuke’s and Koyuki’s. Koyuki (Takeru Satoh) thought that his life was terribly boring. He was often bullied by the toughest kids in his school. His life was changed when he met Ryūsuke (Hiro Mizushima). Ryūsuke inspired Koyuki to played guitar. Within few months,he became quite good with it.
Ryūsuke promised his friend to make a band that will make him proud. He asked Taira (Osamu Mukai), a very charismatic bass player, to join his band along with Chiba (Kenta Kiritani) who used to be a rapper. They called their band as BECK,it was taken after Ryūsuke’s odd looking dog. Somewhere along the story, Koyuki and his friend Saku (Aoi Nakamura) also joined the band.
Beck had ups and downs and almost disbanded…but they eventually overcame all obstacles.
I really really like this movie, however I know that this movie is not the kind Westerners will enjoy…but can easily be enjoyed by Asians…let’s just say the movie is SOOOO Asian (what can you expect from live action?). I love seeing their struggle and their comedic expression. Takeru Satoh looked so innocent, the kind of guy I would love to protect from the cruelness of the world 😉
I also enjoy the music…tho I am a bit annoyed with how they tried to hide Koyuki’s voice. Koyuki was supposed to have wonderful voice that could touch everyone’s heart. People will stop doing whatever they were doing to hear his voice. It was a challenging job to portray such voice. Finally,they creator of this movie decided to hide Koyuki’s voice and let us imagine how wonderful his voice was. It was understandable (and yet still a bit annoyed) because definition of beautiful voice is different to each person….to me, Hyde has the most beautiful voice in the world, but not to other people.
I was quite surprise to hear Hiro Mizushima speaks fluent English,it is a rare thing to hear a Japanese actor speaks that fluently. When my friend told me that he spent his childhood abroad, I immediately understood why he is so good in English.
I leave you with one of the song in the movie called Evolution (Chiba was singing it, not Koyuki)
What have you watched recently?