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Saturday, May 12, 2012

War of the Arrows

Regardless of gender, you will grow chest hair after watching this movie!

I love you, Korea! Your movies kick ass, and they're just sitting around on Netflix streaming, next to shit like Cherry 2000. What's up with that, huh?

Do you know what makes for good action? Tension. Bringing a character to their limits and going further. Even if that character is supposed to be an over-the-top badass (especially if they're a super-badass), there needs to be clear limits to what your character can and can't do, even if those limits have nothing to do with the natural world. If those rules aren't well defined and ultimately tested then you can't have the tension (and immersion) that good action possesses.

I can't tell if that last paragraph is bullshit, but it felt right when I wrote it.
Anyways, War of the Arrows nails it. Fucking nails it.

Except, maybe, that jump across the river. It was like watching the bus from Speed.

Next up, I'm finally going to watch Oldboy, another Korean flick I've been looking forward to for a long time. Right from the beginning, this movie has a great premise, and a lot of creativity is going on here, and... Hold on... Where is this movie going?...

Oh, dear god... Fuck me, this isn't happening... This is not happening...

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