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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Welcoming 2017...

Well, 2017 has just arrived, and guess what? Exactly on the first day of 2017, I woke up to a power outages in my house, and for Old-Fatty-Santa’s sake, it even occured twice in a day! 7-8 hours in the morning + 3-4 hours in the afternoon, when it was supposed to be a relaxing me-time. I was wondering, is this actually the Welcome-New-Year gift from the local government? I guess, it’s not likely Santa would do this, right?

Meanwhile the nature seems to be a little bit upset that day and even rubbing salt into the wound by sending heavy rain the whole day. The cool weather finally sent me crawling back to my bed since there’s nothing much I could do in the middle of half-prisoned holiday. Indeed not a very pleasant moment to start the New Year with.

Alright, let’s think of it as just a coincidence rather than a misfortune. After all, we are still living with a healthy condition. I think this is the most important thing that matters and we must be thankful for that. One year of time is very short, and I’m sure everyone has lots of resolution to strive for in the next 364 days, right? So, the first thing we need is definitely: HEALTH!

Speaking of resolutions, I have a dream, though. A simple dream, but does seem difficult to me. Since I took a hiatus from writing, I have been spending most of my free time watching movies, and that started to make me a movie buff. I have a collection of over 300 titles in my 8 TB external hard drives, and the list is still growing. In 2016 alone, I lost count but I think I have watched over 100 movies from various genres and countries. I’m racing with the time to finish watching as many movies as possible, so that my collection can be well-organized and to make sure there’s no junk movies “sneaked” into my memory since it would be a waste of space.

Sometimes, when I watched a very good movie, I really felt like to share it to public so that many more can watch it. A good movie should not be missed, right? How can we ever forget the record-breaking “Titanic” in 1997? Or the most tear-jerking classic from Taiwan, “My Beloved (妈妈再爱我一次)” in 1988, which famous for its heart-wrenching theme song “世上只有妈妈好 (Shi Shang Zhi You Ma Ma Hao)”? It would be such a waste if a good movie only known to some people, especially movies from Asian which are less famous comparing to Hollywood due to minimum coverage and less commercial value.

So, for this reason, I have always wanted to write a movie review of my own version for every movie I’d watched, be it a good one or bad one. But since I’m not very well-versed in English, this obstacle obviously made it a very difficult task to me. Moreover, writing a good movie review is not easy. It’s not as simple as writing a Friendster testimonial. You need to have a very profound knowledge about the movie itself, including the basic principles of filmmaking like acting, casting, directing, genre, box office, history, etc. It’s just too many aspects to mention. It requires years of experiences and comprehensive understanding regarding this industry to be able to produce a good review like those on Rotten Tomatoes or Roger Ebert. Honestly, reading reviews there, I’m not only envy of the utmost detail they wrote, but also of the richness in their English vocabularies.

Given my condition, it is certainly a mission impossible to get close to their level of analysis. I’m not a native, hence my English skill is still far below average to be able to write an in-depth movie review. Maybe I will try to write merely a summary based on my impression and interpretation. I won’t get too far, of course. At least, I’m sharing them. I’m recommending a good stuff to people. I do the hard part before anyone does: I sacrifice my time watching a bad movie, then I’ll share so less people will be fooled by the nice poster or casts.

Please be informed that sometimes a stur-studded casts doesn’t guarantee the quality of the movie itself, just like “The Expendables” series. They did well in box offices because they were selling the popularity of the casts. They even exploit Jet Li’s fame so that the movies could boost its selling point in Asian market, while Jet Li was given only minutes of screen time in The Expendables 2 & 3. Even worse in the third series, Jet Li (李连杰) didn’t even have any fighting scenes and show up during the ending only to deliver a lame joke. As a Chinese who lives in Asian region, I find this treatment very disappointing. No wonder Andy Lau (刘德华) always refuses to appear in Hollywood movies, as he deemed Hollywood never respects Asian actors. Like I said before, the only purpose of casting any Chinese actor/actress was all about ticket sales in Asian countries.

So, a movie is not only a matter of cast + plot + editing room if you really dig through the story behind the scene. This is also the reason that inspired me to do a movie review. 2017 has just started. As a beginner, hopefully I can do well and turn it as regular entries in my blog, and fellow readers can grasp a little essence out of it for your movie references.

Medan, January 5th, 2017