Going into Yun Jong-bin’s Nameless Gangster, I did not know what to expect. All I knew was it starred the amazing actor Choi Min-sik and that it probably had something to do with gangsters. But sometimes titles to films can be misleading, so I went in not aware of the special film that was presented before me. Being a big crime/gangster film fan from all around the world, I’ve seen good examples and bad examples. This one easily enters the good camp of gangster films primarily based on the Choi Min-sik performance of Choi Ik-hyun, a character you’re never sure if he’s absolutely brilliant or one of the biggest dumbasses around. And this makes for an interesting journey.
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We here at cineAWESOME! are a bunch of romantics. We are lovers, not fighters. Even when we’ve gotten into brawls with random hooligans, we put our arms around their beaten shoulders and took them to the neighborhood pub to buy them a pint of our favorite stout. So when I saw this video of a man proposing to a woman, I cried my little eyes out because that’s truly the manliest thing to do.
It’s going to spread like wildfire, so I wanted to get the ball rolling and all your eyes nice and watery. From tears of joy. Or tears of sadness if you’re lonely, living in your parent’s basement, playing World of Warcraft all day, wishing the elf of your dreams would return your calls.
A huge congratulations to Isaac and Amy.
Ugh. The first film in this series and I want to throw the idea in the garbage and make sure to never go back. But a promise is a promise, and I can’t help but stick to what I said I was going to do. Even if it wasn’t a week after I had said (it’s actually been almost a month to the day), I decided to sit down and finally relive those moments watching Deuce Bigalow all over again for the first time in over a decade. And I felt even dirtier this time around than the first time.
Welcome one and all. I’ve been absent from the writing side of things on the website due to a whole lot of reasons, none of which are that interesting. But brainstorming away, as I always do, I’ve been coming up with some grand ideas for the site to move it forward and differentiate it from other news centric sites. Not that there’s anything wrong with that all, but that’s not what we planned from the start with cineAWESOME! Instead, I think of ways to torture myself for everyone’s amusement.
Young-doo Oh’s second film. Invasion of Alien Bikini, was a film that I missed at last year’s Fantastic Fest. At first it made me a wee bit sad, considering I tend to have a soft spot for strange Asian cinema, especially when it comes to South Korean film. But then I heard nothing at all about this film from my colleagues at the festival, which confused me. Even the horrible films (like Human Centipede II) had people waxing poetically about their horribleness, but this film had nobody talking. Which worried me toward the end of the festival and prompted me not to throw it on my ticket list of films I had to catch up with.
What’s this? A new Top 7 Tuesday?!?! Yes it is, and hopefully we will be running these weekly, like they’re supposed to. This week’s topic, School Films, sounds like an easy one. But it isn’t, mainly because there’s so many ways to look at this topic and to make a top 7 list. Do you make a list of just 80′s high school films? Easily one can do that, listing films like Better Off Dead, Summer School, Porky’s, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and School Daze. We even have horror based ones, like Ginger Snaps, Heathers, Scream, Carrie and The Craft. Let alone all the 90′s ones that came about, like the American Pie films (before the straight to DVD drivel), Can’t Hardly Wait and 10 Things I Hate About You. They even went as far to make Not Another Teen Movie, a great little film making fun of all those stereotypical high school comedies. Of course we also had films such as To Sir With Love, Higher Learning, Stand And Deliver, Boyz N The Hood, Dangerous Minds and The Principal that dealt with the harsher side of schooling. One of my favorite trilogies, The Substitute series, isn’t on this list because, well, my list turned into something completely different. I think it’s a showcase of what you can do with the school theme, without making it only about the school. If that makes any sense.
No, don’t worry. We’re not covering that animated abomination. At least no yet. It’s James, and I’m just here to make sure all of you know that we’re going to come back strong during this week. Due to a ton of crazy stuff going down behind the scenes, Rufus and I decided, instead of just rushing out episodes of the podcast and putting up subpar articles, we stepped back and thought it would be better to collect ourselves and come back strong.
This Wednesday we’re finally recording our big 1-0 episode of the cineAWESOME! podcast, this time covering the two biggest films yet. The Fountain and Zodiac. Excited about this episode, and it might be our longest one yet.
More Top 7 Tuesday’s, WTF Wednesday’s, Sunday Shorts and a ton more of original content are coming your way. We just didn’t want you to worry that we were out of the fight, especially since right now is a dire time to be in this business. But we’ll be here as long as you want us to be. Just keep commenting on our entries, keep listening to the podcast, comment and rate us, spread the word as best you can. Just remember, Rufus will rap. That’s a good prize, I think. And all it takes is less than a couple of minutes.
Thanks for your patience and please let us know what we can do better serve all of you. We’re listening.
We’ve been going through a bit of a break (sort of) as of late, trying to figure some inner workings and schedules and just getting our own shit together, but when I saw it was Sunday I knew I had to bring everyone a great short documentary I saw recently. It will also be featured on The Criterion Cast as well, because they are trying to put out the full 90 minute cut of the documentary, but the reason it’s on this feature is because filmmakers Trent Babbington and Walker Warren have put up a 33 minute version as a means to sell this film to the public. I’m not sure if I should let you know what it’s about, but if you look up Iron Mic: Eli Porter Vs. Envy on Youtube, you’ll find out where the basis of this subject matter came from. Enjoy!
This was one I’ve been contemplating all week long. While we’ve been trying to cover both the NYAFF and Japan Cuts, while giving you new episodes of the cineAWESOME! podcast, we still wanted to give you our weekly Top 7 and we’ve brought it back stronger than ever. Here’s my personal childhood favorites. Let us know what you enjoy down below in the comments section or email us.