Category Archives: Movies

Aftershock and growth spurts

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Counting the minutes until Vi’s first nap of the day.  She slept until 5:30am today.  I suppose I should be grateful she did not wake up at 3am like she was doing.  Yay.  Its this growth spurt stuff.  Its messed with her sleep, but I think my milk supply has caught up finally.  Even so, the pediatrician wanted me to start Viola on rice cereal with breast milk in it.  I said no.  If its purely for “socialization” and not nutrition, I would rather not give her cereal–there are so many other starch alternatives with more nutrition in them than sludge.  I was thinking that maybe we can try sweet potatoes.  I was hoping to wait until Vi is clearly interested in food, but I’m thinking maybe an intro would be interesting.

I watched a movie called Aftershock yesterday.  Its a Chinese film about a family who fell victim to the 1976 Tangshan Earthquake.  The special effects were good, but it was super long.  I almost didnt make it through because the mom saw her kids buried under the rubble.  She had to choose between the two of them who to save since the slab they were under would crush the other one when one side was lifted.  I was horrified.  I think I’ve become soft especially when it comes to children in movies now.  I guess its better than desensitization.  The mother chooses to save her son, and is plagued by guilt for the 30+ years afterward.  It turns out that the daughter lives and doesn’t contact her mother for 32 years.  The daughter secretly surviving is the only clever plot point, and the rest was just filler.  I would recommend the first 20 minutes of this film, if only for the earthquake CGI and if you’re interested in that point in history.

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Movie Review: Lovely, Still

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As I was perusing Netflix instant, I came across Lovely, Still with Martin Landau.  It is a story set at Christmas about an elderly bachelor who is asked out on a date by his new neighbor.  It got four stars, so I gave it a chance, and I was not disappointed.

The film begins as a straight-forward , charming look into the awkward process of dating into your senior years.  Don’t mistake this for a “grumpy Old Men” remake, because its far from it.  The film weaves a deeper story that will leave you wrapped up in these two people’s love for each other.  Its a great date-night movie for you and your spouse with a holiday feel, but with surprising depth.  And from someone who is picky about love stories (dare I say chick flicks?  Bleck!), this is a great pick.

Castaway on the Moon

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I was perusing Netflix Instant when I came across a random movie that Netflix reviewed as nearly 5 full stars (out of 5).  Castaway on the Moon is a sub-titled Korean film I had never heard of, but I was intrigued at the 5 stars and watched it this week.

The movie begins with a man, standing on a bridge about to jump off, but makes one more phone call to the loan company to confirm the grand total of his accumulated debt.  “That makes me all the more certain”, he replies, and jumps.  In the next scene, he is washed up on a deserted shore.  As he begins to take in his surroundings, he realizes he had washed up on an island a couple miles from the bridge he just jumped off.  The highway overpass is the only thing touching this piece of land, and since he never learned to swim, he is stuck.  After trying to hang himself with his tie, he gives up, before he suddeny realizes he doesn’t have to deal with the world, his debt, or his girlfriend who recently dumped him.

As he tries to create a new life for himself on this island filled with washed-up trash, he is unknowingly being watched through a telescopic photo lense by an agoraphobic girl who never leaves her apartment.  I would highly recommend this film.  Its seriousness is cut by its charming and quirky characters, trying to figure out who they are, and finding each other in the process.