Friday, March 24, 2006

movie night

we sat and watched the netflix 'house of flying daggers (shi mian mai fu)' last night. man, i love netflix! the only thing i don't like about it is when i don't yet have a new film to watch and have nothing to do on a particular night. unfortunately, it's cutting into my reading time. right now, i'm not particularly enthralled with either of my books. i'm almost done with 'the life of pi' by yann martel, but couldn't hack being so bored, so picked up 'confessions of an ugly stepsister' by gregory maguire which isn't exactly piquing my interest either.

but i digress.

'daggers' was not so much stunning for it's story or acting, but for the bold visuals. t and i were both reminded of 1950's technicolor cinemascope movies-- bold color juxtapositions and flat lighting. the above scene of the echo game had us both with our jaws on the floor. there is alot of wire-work in this movie, but if you are bothered by that, this scene does it artfully, almost like a ballet.

the love story is okay, with some good twists and turns, but overall i would recommend this film for anyone who loves gorgeous color, great cinematography, tactile costumes, and eye-popping choreography. makes me want to watch 'crouching tiger, hidden dragon' again!


J said...

1. I agree with Life of Pi. It was really good in some spots, and others, really boring.

2. I LOVE netflix, though sometimes the discs are damaged, which is a pain in the ass.

3. Haven't seen this flick...I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip!

4. :)

Lotus Reads said...

Looks like the movie had lots of eye candy - I like that sometimes! Did it have a good soundtrack? I absolutely fell in love with the one from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and went out and bought it. It's still one of my favorite CD's to listen to. Quite by chance I have a movie sitting here called "Zhou Yu's Train". I picked it up last week after reading that Gong Li (one of my favorite Chinese actresses) stars in it. Will let you know how it is once I've watched it.

sruthi said...

hey! sorry about life of pi. it really did sound promising in the beginning, i cant get over how bored i got in themiddle of the book, and i wanted to believe that there was an explanation for it... but i still don't know what it is! But maybe i will re-read it in 10 years or so and appreciate it then.

then again, maybe not:)