One of my favourite movies of ALL time – “Millenium Mambo” by Hsou Hsiao Hsien featuring the beautiful Shu Qi.
One of the BEST, most delicate, hauntingly beautiful opening scenes ever. One of the BEST closing scenes ever. Amazing soundtrack by Lim Giong.
Working as a hostess in a trendy bar, a young beauty finds herself mercilessly torn between two men; Hao-hao, her neurotic and jealous live-in boyfriend and Jack, the mysterious and enterprising gangster who may be her undoing. Set against the intoxicating and decadent background of modern day Hong Kong, Millennium Mambo chronicles the fleeting, finite blooming of a young woman. Featuring a radiant performance from Hong Kong starlet Shu Qi (So Close, The Transporter), and photographed with playful luminescence by Mark Lee Ping-bing (In The Mood For Love, Springtime In A Small Town). From the master filmmaker Hou Hsiao Hsien (Flight Of The Red Balloon, Flowers Of Shanghai).
About a week ago I watched a movie that really really got under my skin. The only reason I watched it was because it kept showing up on my Netflix recommendations over and over and I thought if I just watched it then it would stop showing up.
WOW. Ultimate cry-my-eyes-out-bawl-fest that turned out to be.
There was just SO MUCH in this movie that just reminded me of different parts of my own life and my childhood I was completely emotionally blown away – I spent at least a solid hour bawling my eyes out without really knowing exactly why. Being schlepped around to parents’ work, having complete strangers watch over me, my parents constantly forgetting to pick me up from school, making my own food at age 6, parents fighting, parents going away far for long periods of time, being used as a pawn between parents…the list goes on. BOOM. POW. BAWL.
As much as I have always loved Matthew McConaughey I was kind of subconsciously putting this one off because everyone kept telling me it was oh so sad and I would oh so definitely cry. But then he went and got that pesky little Oscar for it and I was regretting not having seen it in cinema yet (any excuse for cinema is a good excuse in my books – I would live inside a cinema if I could).
So well I watched it last week, and he is so bloody good and so bloody deserved that Oscar.
In my humble non-professional opinion a good actor is one who can play totally different roles and be excellent at all of them (no, Keanu Reeves in Speed vs. Keanu Reeves in Matrix definitely does not count because he is totally crap in both), an actor who might be extremely good looking but not afraid to get ugly (think Charlize Theron in Monster for example), an actor who plays a part so well that he convinces you to hate him in it though you really love him (think Michael Fassbender in Fish Tank).
And Matthew McConaughey has done all of the above over and over with ease. Think “How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days” vs. ” Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation“. Think “A Time to Kill” vs. “Mud“. Think “Magic Mike vs. “The Lincoln Lawyer” and think “The Wedding Planner” vs. “Dallas Buyers Club“. You get my drift.