Thursday, February 02, 2017

Movies I saw in January 2017.

Inspired by Steven Soderbergh's list of movies and TV shows he watched in 2016, I decided to post my list of the movies I watched in the month of January this year. I normally make the list of the movies I watch in movie theaters (I've been keeping it since childhood) but since I watch many movies through Netflix, iTunes, Filmstruck, Amazon, and Blu-ray, I am going to include them from now on. TV shows aren't included.

1/1 Non-Stop (Netflix)
1/1 The Woman in the Window (Filmstruck)
1/2 The Meddler (iTunes)
1/3 Master (Theater)
1/3 Everybody Wants Some!! (iTunes)
1/5 Spa Night (iTunes)
1/6 Star Wars 3: The Revenge of the Sith (iTunes)
1/7 Midnight Special (HBO)
1/7 I, DANIEL BLAKE (Theater)
1/8 Bright Lights (HBO)
1/9 Now You See Me 2 (iTunes)
1/10 Confidential Assignment (Theater)
1/12 The Guns of Navarone (iTunes)
1/14 All the President’s Men (Blu-ray)
1/14 All the President’s Men Revisited (Blu-ray)
1/14 Hopscotch (Filmstruck)
1/15 La La Land (Theater)
1/15 99 Homes (Amazon)
1/16 The King (Theater)
1/17 Black Sunday (Filmstruck)
1/18 The Shallows (iTunes)
1/20 Barry (Netflix)
1/21 Another Way (Theater)
1/23 Mary of Scotland (Filmstruck)
1/24 Jackie (Theater)
1/25 Moana (Theater)
1/25 Crimson Kimono (Filmstruck)
1/27 Blue Jay (Netflix)
1/28 Nightcrawler (Netflix)
1/29 Nocturnal Animals (Theater)
1/30 Manchester By the Sea (Theater)
1/30 Unbreakable (HBO)

1/31 Alien (Blu-ray)

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Secret Life of Wonsuk Chin

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty may not be a perfect movie but it turned out to be a perfect one for me at this juncture in my life.

Walter and I may not have much in common but I used to have an active imagination like him. I don't zone out like him but man, I was so many things in my dreams. Lately, I don't do that any more maybe because my dream kind of came true. Yes, I became a filmmaker, the one dream of my life. But the reality set in and many years went by without me doing anything satisfactory.

If you know a little about my career, I made a couple of interesting features at the turn of the century and then didn't do anything for a while. It wasn't like I wasn't trying. After "Expats" fell apart, I tried to be a producer, a distributor, and even a radio jockey. Nothing substantial.

Although it sucks to be a struggling filmmaker, there's nothing like making movies, where my imagination can run amok. So I went back to writing and if you're connected to me on Twitter or any other social media, you know I wrote a screenplay called "Ape of Wrath," a comedic mockumentary, a sort of cross between Ed Wood and This Is Spinal Tap. Just like Walter Mitty got on the plane to Greenland, I am embarking on this exciting yet nerve-wrecking journey.

Coincidentally, I visited Greenland last year, something I never thought I would ever do. It was an incredible experience. Standing in front of all those icebergs and glaciers, I realize how beautiful our planet is. Over there, life was HFR 3D. Being alive is a great thing. Being relatively healthy is a blessing. Being driven to make movies is what I am here for.

So here I am, discarding cynicism and doubt, pursuing my dream once again. And yes, my dreams are vividly back in technicolor again.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

My Favorite Movies of 2013

Okay, it's that time of the year when we all pick our favorite movies of the year. Here are my 10 favorite movies of the year.

(Some of these movies opened last year but I saw it this year. Also, some of them have yet to be released but I was lucky enough to have seen them in festivals.)

1. Nebraska
2. 12 Years a Slave
3. Gravity
4. The Act of Killing
5. Blue Is the Warmest Color
6. Inside Llewyn Davis 
7. Silver Linings Playbook
8. Enough Said
9. All Is Lost
10. Before Midnight

And here are 11 more wonderful movies which could easily make my top 10 depending on my mood.

1. Captain Phillips
2. The Square
3. The Hunt
4. Fruitvale Station
5. Like Father, Like Son
6. Francis Ha
7. The Past
8. Nobody's Daughter Haewon
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
10. Blue Jasmine
11. Zero Dark Thirty