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Current Favorites ... (Summer 2005)
Who has time to read books, when a new film festival bursts on the San Francisco scene every month, there are all these new Shaw studio classics releases to wade through, and -- ohmygod -- my local foreign language TV station (KTSF) has started running Chinese wuxia serials with English subtitles? But I will recommend all of the finalists for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards (winner to be announced in August during the Tolkien 2005 conference in Birmingham, England). And a new web page section with a list -- which just keeps getting longer -- of books on Asian film should be up sometime soon. Promise!
So I'm off to the UK, just when WKW's 2046 is finally getting its American release. Sheesh. Hopefully this is playing somewhere in London, or I'll be able to catch it still in theatres on my return home. Meanwhile:
- This summer is chock full of comics-based and -influenced blockbusters, and I've seen most of them, but I gotta say that the most visually entertaining new movies so far this year have been two Spring releases: Sin City in glorious black&white&garish, and Stephen Chow's homage to an entire history of Hong Kong martial arts classics, Kung Fu Hustle. Both are about to get DVD releases in the US; check 'em out ....
- Hmm.... what else is new on DVD? The Criterion edition of My Own Private Idaho is high on my will-buy-next-time-I-get-an-Amazon-gift-certificate list, as is the extras-filled release for The Aviator. Oh, and there are two new box sets of Steve McQueen films (titled, duh, The Steve McQueen Collection and The Essential Steve McQueen Collection), for anyone wanting a refresher course in being cool. I saw Bullitt a few months ago on the big screen in San Francisco; it still rocks!
- When a mere two hours of spectacular aerial swordplay, melodramatic romantic tragedy, cross-dressing and architectural feats of hairstyling by stunning-looking actors of both sexes, and entangled plots full of intrigue and heroic derring-do are just not enough, there exist a seemingly endless number of Chinese television serial dramas, often based on martial arts novels by Gu Long or Jin Yong. And occasionally, miraculously, a DVD version with English subtitles appears, as with the 2003 production of Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre. This one is available from Sensasian (evidently enough Malaysian fans speak English to warrant production -- thank you!) and cheap considering how long these discs will keep you entertained.
Best of 2004 (all of which are now available on DVD...)
Great Costume Flicks
Personal Favorites (alphabetically listed, always subject to change...)
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