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“Wendy?…Darling. Light of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. You didn’t let me finish my sentence. I said: ‘I’m not gonna hurt ya.’ I’m just gonna bash your brains in. 18 more words

Stop Beatin On Me ...

A couple of trolls shot me full of holes this week (on another site), alas, my wounds not all that severe, will heal with time and I should survive.  360 more words

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Superfan Doyle (literally) follows his Knicks wherever they go

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Wolf (1994)

Wolf (1994)

I first heard about 1994’s “Wolf” through the We Hate Movies podcast (it was a little before my time). I am pretty sure that I had seen images and clips from the movie before, specifically of Nicholson in the werewolf makeup, but in general I hadn’t heard anything about this film before I came upon their review. 904 more words

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Batman (1989) - 備課Birdman

Batman應該已從電視看過,只是早已忘掉,Batman Returns和George Clooney的version印象比較深,乃至於Joker一角無從比較。是次觀賞不單為沒看過原著的我,能感受到改篇的真正威力,也明白到兩個Jokers的演繹差別。

Tim Burton的版本大概係comic fun的film noir,作為早期的feature(真想不到原來Tim Burton那麼早就拍英雄電影= =),技巧上感覺很不成熟(也可能是本人不習慣那時代的敍事…),在渲染上有時太誇張、過長,有時手法太普通尋常。有說有homage to Vertigo,本人未看過Vertigo,看不出來;但看見Joker之死與Psycho女主角之死的相仿,是否當中暗示了黑吃黑?Homage to film noir就很明顯下,很多很典型的東西都放進去,而Tim Burton的貢獻就是混用他古怪的色彩風格,將斑斕與晦暗對立,並將之與正邪勾掛逆轉。

故事始於非常典型的film noir setting(除了套batman suit),警察、賊、犯罪集團也是灰沉西裝,黑暗的場景、教父式的會議…斜線陰影,應有盡有,直至出現了綠色的酸性chemical,這種怪胎色彩邀請Tim Burton正式加入Batman,形成了永遠最搶戲的Joker。Joker的紫綠撞色及化學毀容是基於原著,在Batman中的解讀,似乎是基於自身的不幸、世人追求「美」的不道德,所產生的仇恨式美感革命。他憎厭著凡俗普通的美,將公認的甜美臉孔、歐洲油畫摧毀,留下毀爛的臉容、描給恐怖醜惡的畫作。這於Tim Burton的黑暗、用色大膽、挑戰一般審美的視覺想像相匹配,恐怕Joker是他最重要的靈感和聯繫所在。這個Joker一開始明顯不能接受他自身的臉容,他本來就自信鏡中俊貌,他也有過一般的美感判斷,並十分在乎,事後立刻找整容醫師,也因失敗而失常。在Batman中似乎這場美感革命在大部份時間都是虛假的。Boombox、潑漆乃至花車、玩具的俗艷恐怕只是掩飾Joker自卑的幌子。當結局美女獻身,他還是愕然神傷。他內心的價值沒有真正扭曲,他只是表現異常去接納自己。他一開始面對大眾還會化肉色妝,但他隨後聲稱自己敢卸下妝容,而Batman不敢除下面具。他希望別人能接納他,而他又深知其中不可能,他有永不可卸下的面具,他永遠不能以他心中的真面目示人,他可能妒忌著Batman那可以脫下的面具,下面可能有一張比他原本又俊俏的臉孔。他希望打敗Batman,最少他不能讓他成為英雄時脫下面具,還有,他不能擁有一個美女女友。因此在毀容之仇外,他要殺死Batman的理由可是多得很。雖然電影故事似乎沒有將這些人物面向充分呈現。

對比下,Christopher Nolan的Joker關注的是道德上的面俱,The Dark Knight… 55 more words

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Chinatown (1974)

In 1974 Roman Polanski and Robert Towne didn’t just craft a love letter to the film noir genre – they perfected it. Chinatown is full of genre tropes, yet still feeling completely unique and original. 193 more words

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