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In Chungking Express, Wong focuses on a theme recurrent in much of his work: urban alienation. He paints Hong Kong as a claustrophobic cage in which people pace like trapped animals. People in the film have such dissolute and pointless lives that they cannot connect emotionally with others. Wong’s unflinching vision lends his work a bleak, nervy atmosphere of unfulfilled longing, loneliness, desperation, and even nostalgia.

– Flambard-Weisbart, Veronique. “Post-Genre Cinemas and Post-Colonial Attitude: Hong Kong Meets Paris.” Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future: Essays on Foresight and Fallacy. McFarland, 2011. 193. Google Book Search. Web. 23 May 2014.

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“Anna” in Ieri Oggi Domani

(Renzo and Anna have just switched seats. Renzo is driving now though he owns a Fiat 600 and expresses hesitation driving Anna’s Rolls Royce. He seems unsure of the buttons and dials of the car but he is light-hearted about it.)

Renzo: A little music?

Anna nods.

Anna: Well, Renzo?

Renzo: Anna, I like you a lot.

Anna: But you don’t think I’m sincere, do you?

Renzo: I don’t know. …I don’t know.

Anna: Do you like traveling? (Renzo nods. Anna continues speaking rapidly.) I do, too. The minute I can, I go far away from everything. I’m so tired of my world, the people I¬†know.

Anna: Don’t you get it? I like you precisely because you’re different, unlike the robots I know, busy making money all day. You write, you’re intelligent.

I never think about money, Renzo. I swear I don’t.

Renzo: Because you have it.

Anna: What am I supposed to do, throw it out the window?

Renzo: Yes, throw it all away: money, cars, jewelry, those Cleopatra bracelets.

Anna: (Proudly.) I got these at the hardware store.

Renzo: Did you get this hunk of steel at the hardware store as well? But that’s not it. The fact is you have money in your veins.

Anna: In me there’s only emptiness, a profound emptiness.

(He touches her cheek softly. She leans in closer and rests her head on his shoulder. But only for a moment.)

Anna: You like me. I can tell.

Renzo: Anna, if you hadn’t called me this morning, who would you have called?

Anna: Nobody. Nobody. I’m alone.

Renzo: With all the people you know?

Anna: With all the people I know.

(He touches her cheek again. This time she pulls his hand away and joins her hand with his.)

Anna: I can’t tell which are your fingers and which are mine. This is so lovely, Renzo. Unbelievable.

Renzo: I- (He is cut off. His answer is inconsequential.)

Anna: (With sudden urgency.) Renzo, help me. Let’s go far away. To the Sun. To Rome. To Naples.

Renzo: Yes, let’s go.

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What happens next is just the kicker. I won’t ruin it… but it’s very funny how people perceive their life, how others see that life, and how that life is in reality. Sophia Loren shows just such beautiful range in Ieri Oggi Domani, which I watched yesterday. The second part, “Anna” of course struck me as just beautifully perfect.

It seems Anna is so completely unhappy with a perfectly happy life. The everyday vapidity of her life she understands as emptiness. What’s funny is that her materialism makes her void of substance (maybe) but also that nothing is capable of making her happy and so she cannot fill the internal longing with anything whatsoever.

And Renzo, her lover? How quickly in the dust Anna leaves him…

Nothing is ever enough.

Review: 9 1/2 Weeks

PREFACE TO MOVIE REVIEWS

Reviewing a novel or movie comes a bit easier to me when it’s a verbal exchange in the form of a glowing recommendation. I get passionate about something I’ve just finished watching or reading and usually why I’ve so enjoyed it comes spilling forth in rapid succession that it may not even be intelligible. These reviews are going to be a new form of blog entry for me and I’m a bit scared of reviewing to be honest. I’d just hate to recommend something and then have someone dislike it after I’ve professed my undying love for it.

Enter Elocutio’s new challenge for 2011… To watch and review 52 movies in a year. For a few years now I have participated in the Watch 150 Movies in a Year challenge with great success. But this year I began my first full-time job so I’m not entirely sure how my movie-watching will be effected. Yet, the act of reviewing a movie takes infinitely more thought and time as well… But it’s time I make memorable which movies I have loved, liked, or hated because my memory is that of a fish.

In watching 150 movies every year I stumbled upon genres of movies I never would have explored were I not on a constant search for new and interesting movies to watch. So most of my reviews will likely be a little older, or in a genre away from the mainstream.

REVIEW #1

Nine and a half weeks falls under a genre I have come to love and actively seek. I frequently watch scandalous relationship/overly sexualized films that fall under one of two categories: foreign or gay films. Nine and a half weeks falls under neither of these movies but it did make it on some lists of most sexual movies. By not falling into either of those two categories this movie immediately could be hit or miss.

— to be updated further.