“Even though I’m no more than a monster… Don’t I have the right to live?”

Hey! Hey!

So since I’m cooped up inside the house again because of snow, I figured I would write a blog about a movie suggestion.

If you want to see the ultimate revenge flick – Oldboy, directed by Chan-wook Park, is the one to see.

It’s a Korean foreign film which requires the reading of English subtitles. If you’re not a fan of foreign films or subtitles, I urge you to make an exception for this one. It’ll get you. But just to be on the safe side, I’ll give my overall taste in movies as a guide for you to gauge whether or not it’s right for you.

I can’t give you just one favorite movie, simply because I don’t believe there could ever be ONE movie that trumps all. Sure, there are some that I have a special place for and have no problem watching over and over and over again. But I can’t choose one.

It’s impossible.

Here’s just a snippet of my favorite films. I put them in chronological order, since I obviously can’t just choose one. I can’t even imagine putting in the brain power to weigh how much I like one more than the other. I’d be sitting here for days. There’s such a wide range! Anywho, I digress…

(1965) The Great Race
(1957) Twelve Angry Men
(1958) Vertigo
(1960) Psycho
(1961) West Side Story
(1992) Resevoir Dogs
(1993) Robin Hood: Men In Tights
(1994) Forrest Gump
(1997) Jackie Brown
(1999) The Mummy
(2004) Mean Girls
(2006) The Prestige
(2006) Inside Man
(2006) The Departed
(2008) The Dark Knight
(2009) Inglorious Bastards

I mean the list goes on and on….

No… but seriously

Again that’s only a snippet. Off the top of my head. As I’m looking at it now, I’m fighting myself from adding more in fear of other bloggers being all “YOU LIKE ____ BUT YOU DON’T LIKE ____?!?” or “YOU FORGOT _____!!!” Ahh I know. But it was just to give you a little background as to what I like. I don’t know if you can tell, but from that list – I tend to favor certain directors (i.e. Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan). I love story telling and I love characters. What I don’t like is heavy reliance on special effects and awful pretty-faced actors.

Now to get to the initial reason for this post, back to Oldboy. After viewing it, it kind of left me with the same feeling I had after watching Vertigo. You thought you knew what was coming and in the end, you had no idea!

It doesn’t just fool you once it fools you multiple times. See that’s what I love about movies. I’ve seen so many, these days I already know what’s going to happen before it happens because they seem to go by the same formula. But I like stories that grip me, that make me guess and make me forget what the normal routine of movie storylines and surprise me by the end.

I’m telling you Oldboy will do that. It’s revenge. The coldest dish I have ever seen served in a movie.

Warning: The movie is not for the faint of heart. There’s a fair share of disgusting violence. Scenes I wish they did not put in because of its blood,  carnage, and well something else but I can’t tell you without you watching it on your own.  Brace yourself. You might feel a little queasy at the end. And you probably should. With that being said, I cannot deny the story and I cannot deny the characters. It’s just that good. Don’t believe me? Check out the rottentomatoes review!  http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/oldboy/

So go see it! If you can.

I don’t know if they have it on  http://vodly.to
But if you can, today would be an awesome day. Especially for my fellow New Englanders.

This winter weather just won’t quit, man! 😦

And after you do – tell me what you think! 🙂 Also, I’d advise that you watch something light and funny after. You’ll see what I mean. LOL

-D

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Oh the Conspiracy!! When America Targets Their Own.

I saw a recent HBO documentary and had to reflect on it. It’s called the Newburgh Sting.

Now I’ve never been one to advocate or even listen to anti-government sentiments, but I tell ya this documentary will get a rise out of you. And if it doesn’t … well it should! It should make you angry. That’s our money people!!

It’s a story about the ultimate entrapment organized by none other than government agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation a.k.a the FBI.

SPOILER ALERT!

Essentially, the documentary tells the tale of how four middle-aged black males were arrested and convicted on crimes of homegrown terrorism. In 2008, mass media reported that they were all Muslim men who met in prison and planned attacks against a mosque and US cargo planes. But somehow all was saved! The FBI had an informant in the group that helped thwart the fatal terrorist plots.

For me, this was one of the saddest documentaries that I have ever seen. Not boohoo-sobsob-streaming tears sad, but deflating sad. Like I said, I have never believed in U.S. conspiracy theories. I never want to think badly on our government –  that there’s a gross misuse of power and money in our freedom country. But this documentary shows otherwise. It’s similar to the feeling I had when I found out Santa wasn’t real. 😦 All the footage, can’t be denied. I can’t help myself. There are just so many things that frustrate me about it.

Oh hello, List of Frustrations:

– They weren’t all Muslim.

– They didn’t meet in prison.

– None of the four men were the criminal mastermind.

– The FBI Informant did ALL of the planning. He promised a 6 figure pay day, chose the targets, and supplied the weapons.

– The FBI Informant had an extremely sketchy background before becoming employed by the government.

– Surprise! Secret Sting! So secret ALL of the police and news were there at the scene to document this momentous event.

– The terrorist attacks weren’t done in the name of Allah, but in the name of CASHMONEY.

– It’s good to know that the justice system spent $$$$ to drive to an empty field, rig real bombs and blow up a car to demonstrate the damage that COULD have been done as evidence. Even though the four men were provided with tampered and ineffective bombs/missiles.

The power of mass media. Continued play on the story that four Muslim men devised an elaborate terrorist plot during their incarceration. The Trickle Down – from the head of FBI, NY Mayor, NY Commissioner… so it must be true.

– None of this would have ever happened, if Cromitie had never met the FBI Informant.

Did these men ultimately agree to join in on this plot? Yes.

Would plans have ever gotten as far as they did if not funded by the U.S. government? No.

I still want to believe in my government, that they serve to protect the American people.But by golly, I can’t say that I’m completely untouched by this documentary.