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 on: July 23, 2014, 08:04:45 AM 
Started by Doggett - Last post by Flangepart

 on: July 23, 2014, 08:03:42 AM 
Started by Living_Dead_Girl - Last post by Flangepart
Yes, Trevor washed his underpants...

When did I do that?  Wink TeddyR TeddyR
I think he heard a rumor you fell in a puddle, and took it a bit too far.

 on: July 23, 2014, 08:00:40 AM 
Started by venomx - Last post by major jay
Pam Grier? I wonder if that shot is from one of her movies.

 on: July 23, 2014, 07:58:44 AM 
Started by Nightowl - Last post by indianasmith
Beyond the realm of things we know lies the realm of things we DON'T know.

 on: July 23, 2014, 07:55:24 AM 
Started by Living_Dead_Girl - Last post by indianasmith
Welcome back, and don't run off again!

 on: July 23, 2014, 07:24:01 AM 
Started by Trevor - Last post by Trevor
I dreamed that gnomes were mining my pockets for lint - they force fed me water and flannel and mined my pockets every morning.
I wonder what I should do about that?

XD  BounceGiggle BounceGiggle

South African gnomes?  Wink

 on: July 23, 2014, 07:23:07 AM 
Started by ulthar - Last post by ulthar
PETTY ROMANCE (2010), South Korean Romantic Comedy about a down-on-his-luck comic book artist and out-of-work sex columnist (who also happens to be a virgin) who team up to write an Adult Comic for a contest.

3.5 out of 5: Story a little predictable, but engaging characters. 

One of the dangers of getting into a "mode" of watching non-US films is that it brings into sharp focus just how weak US film making has become.  Yes, the big Hollywood studios crank out money makers that are (occasionally) entertaining, but the holes seem to be getting bigger and the shortcomings even more....lazy.

For the last year (or two?), I've shifted my personal moving watching (as opposed to family time movies) to 'foreign' films, and when I discovered what was to me a gold mine in South Korean movies, I admit to being quite surprised.  The glimpses into Korean culture - often very subtle differences but glaring nonetheless - were educational, and the exposure to the Korean language was interesting as well.  The more I watched, the more I sought out Korean films of any genre.

The example of PETTY ROMANCE illustrates the draw.  The story line is a bit predictable; there are hints of the dreaded "Romantic Comedy Formula" that I've come to hate, but what sets this movie far above most of the Hollywood RomComs I've seen in the last...10-15 years at the characters.

The very short version is...I could not stop watching the story unfold because I cared about the characters.  They were three dimensional, flawed humans made all the more interesting for being part of a different culture, but struggling with "life" as a universal, cross-cultural constant. 

THIS is what US RomComs have been largely getting wrong (for me as a movie viewer) for quite some time.  The cliched story lines, tired tropes, weak direction all can be, in my opinion, overlooked if the characters resonate.  US RomCom characters largely do NOT resonate, and more often than not, I literally hate them with burning, seething fire by the end of the first act.  There are exceptions; I rooted for Dorfman in DORFMAN IN LOVE, for example, and that movie was as formulaic and predictable as could possibly be.  But taken on the whole, American made RomCom characters make me sick.

With strong characterization as a foundation, PETTY ROMANCE delivers an entertaining, engaging little story that is well worth the watch, and there are some "laugh out loud" idiosyncratic moments as well.

 on: July 23, 2014, 07:19:29 AM 
Started by Living_Dead_Girl - Last post by Trevor
Yes, Trevor washed his underpants...

When did I do that?  Wink TeddyR TeddyR

 on: July 23, 2014, 07:18:13 AM 
Started by Living_Dead_Girl - Last post by Rev. Powell
Happy belated birthday LDG.

Did you miss anything? Yes, Trevor washed his underpants... naw, just kidding, everything's the same.  TeddyR

 on: July 23, 2014, 07:04:10 AM 
Started by Living_Dead_Girl - Last post by Living_Dead_Girl
It is about a police force for the undead run by the undead, to stop those souls destined for hell who escape judgment and try to make it back to earth. But cause they start too mutate and turn into monsters. Creating chaos on the living. So they recruit souls that they think want to escape judgment to catch them. The main character is in his life a cop who did not do everything right which is why he is scared he would not pass judgment. Also he has the skills. But then he does not expect a few things thrown his ways including a big apocalyptic situation he stumbles on. With or without the help off the dysfunctional relationship with who he is partnered with.

Quick review.

Pro's: You can relate to main character Roy (Ryan Reynolds) He did wrong in his life but still wanted to make it better. How his partner, Nick (Jeff Bridges) looked like a hot chick to the (Marisa Miller plays his avatar), and the main character looked like an old Chinese guy (James Hong) to the living, and it looked out off place which is place for comical relief but at the same time James Hong is funny about it.

Con's: Not sure how they in the first place figured out that Indian food was disliked by the escaped dead. They were not too clear on the gold part at the start. My advice pay attention to what the main antagonist says to his cop partner, Hayes (Kevin Bacon) at the start before his downfall it makes more sense unless you miss it.

Even if you do miss the part said about the 'found gold' which ties into a few aspects off the story I will try not to give away. Even if you still miss the part about the found gold. It is still a funny movie to watch seeing an old hard ass guy played by Jess bridges turning down come on's by guys cause he looks like a hot chick to the living is funny. And how they are dysfunctional together... One being "Modern" and the other not... Being as the main antagonist is not happy with his persona to the living. Or not being able to connect with his wife. Julia (Stephanie Szostak) Also Mary-Louise Parker does well in this. She also is eye candy in those tall white boots. As well as Model in real life Marisa Miller.

Funny for a date move or movie with friends. I give it a 4 out off 5 if I have to rate it. I say worth a watch anyways. :)

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