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By Tonatiuh (Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 02:56:01 PM EST) (all tags)
I will have to post twice, I am off to Spain and I may not have interweb access for a while.

- The good, the bad, the weird ( Bombastic Korean er..? Eastern Western? Noodle Western? ) @@@@

- New town killers (class divide thriller in Edinburgh) @@@

House hunting: Between Streatham and Tooting Common.

Off to Spain.


- The good, the bad, the weird ( Bombastic Korean er..? Eastern Western? Noodle Western? ) @@@@

I still don't know what hit us after watching this movie. The action is loosely situated in Japanese invaded Manchuria (during WWII I suppose) but that is frankly immaterial, that is just an excuse to have the Japanese army involved in the plot. Because we have bandits (Mongols?) , Chinese bandits, and Korean Heroes (cowboy and , er ..., fallen pilot?).

The plot revolves around a  treasure hunt in which the three characters of the title get involved. The bad has a grudge against the good, who is in hot pursuit of both the bad and the weird. The weird is, well  weird, and apparently he is only interested in getting the treasure, becoming rich and buying some livestock with the proceedings.

But this frankly is the least important, the camera work is absolutely breathtaking and the stunts look the real deal, if computer trickery was used (most likely) for the life of mine I could not see it.

The Good performing impossible flights akin to "Hidden tiger, crouching dragon" fighting on treetops, but better and almost believable, the chasing scenes mind blowing, horses being hit, riders run over, while all bombed by the cannons of the Japanese army. Woah!  The Weird funny, punishing his captors in cruel ways not seen before. The Bad, being really bad to the popint of repulsion.

How somebody comes with such wacky scenarios is astounding. This pays homage to movies like Mad Max, Riders of the Lost Ark and of course spaguetti westerns, even echos of the latest Batman movie are there.

The wackiest movie of the festival it really takes the biscuit.

- New town killers (class divide thriller in Edinburgh) @@@

This British movie, by an Scottish director, is also a wacky one. We have a brother and sister that apparently are involved with loan sharks, who seem to have a side business in drug dealing, when the youngster is offered £1000 by a couple of posh strangers to play a game of hide and seek, with a promise of £12000 is he is not found by the pair by 9:00 the next day.

Big mistake. The pair is leaded by a complete nutcase that is out to rid society of undesirables as an act of personal revenge, and if he can have a bit of fun in the process, all the better. His sidekick is never too convinced about the whol ematter, and eventually freaks out, which as you can imagine is not a wise decision when a psychopath is around.

The movie is quite pacey, but by taking itself quite seriously it let us very little space for allowances in the plot. At some point somebody has to guess a computer password, and he manages to do so at the 2nd attempt. Yeah, really.

Edinburgh is a recognizable background for the movie, but not only the postcard one, but the less salubrious innards of the town, which are used to great effect.

Good popcorn fun, not to be taken too seriously (some people seemed to be quite shocked, I think lots of people took the plot as a serious statment of intent, which if it was the case, would be fascist propaganda, I really never took it as a serious political statment, but go figure).

House hunting:
Between Streatham High St. and Tooting Common. Almost certain. I read that Streatham High Street was declared the worst in Britain a few years ago. Oh dear. It didn't seem to me that bad, go figure.

Off to Spain. Andalucia. Ole.
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New Town by Alan Crowe (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 02:02:46 AM EST
I live in Edinburgh, in a flat built in 1875, which is more recent than the New Town. I love to play spot-the-location, so I'll go to New Town Killers just for that.

I forgot that! by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 12:48:31 PM EST
That there is a "New Town" area in Edinburgh, thus the title of the movie.

I am sure you will have lots of fun with that, I spotted a couple of places apart from the usual suspects...


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