Summary of 2 months in Guangzhou (very rough one!)
You guys probably wonder why the hell I wrote this blog afterall. It's because, right now, I've gotten a lot of time to do so. I mean, I have absolutly nothing to do in the next 3 weeks. So that's leave me plenty of free time to do whatever I want. I can visit my old friends (whether they want to see me or not). I can write in this blog as much as I can (again, whether you guys want to read it or not). And most important, I can watch, like, 3 movies a day without causing any interruption on my job. Anyway, now I really need to recapture my life when I lived in that big hollow city in China.
First few days was the worst days of my life. Nobody were able to talk to me at all (they've tried but I'm too afraid to speak with them). The office that I came to help is also too small and hot. So I was pretty desperate and really wanted to go home back then. Luckily I have senior who have lived here for 1 year. He taught me everything that I supposed to know about this town (take bus, take subway, place to eat and so many many things).
So my first adjustment was going quite alright because of him. I went to improve my Mandarin with some university student every morning (in fact, I didn't actually learned much but I just want to look at my pretty teacher). I also went to walking streets (both Beijing lu and Shangxia jiu). It's so cool in the first couple of time, but now it's just like any other shopping arcade in Bangkok (big but soulless)
About the food, well, how should I put this. It made me lose about 8 kg. in just two months. It's because they use oil too much in every food they've made. For example, their "ผักบุ้ง" always soaked with oil. It's like they've drown in the sea of oil by cooker (yuck!). So that's why I always skip dinner and eat bread or banana instead.
About going out, I have already mentioned that unforgetable night in this bloggang. So I want to tell about neighbour father's birthday instead. So it was his sixty birthday (very important for chinese), everyone were very enthuastic about this ceremony. In fact, so do I because I never participate in this kind of celebration before. So we went to the restaurant nearby the office. We ate like we never saw any food before in our life (trust me, it's that much). In the middle of meal, I was offered with white alcohol by someone which I drank it because it's a celebration day. Again, I was offered with red wine by another man which I also took it (this one I took many of them because it's so good). At the end of meal, I felt funny in my tummy and then that feeling traveled to my head. Everybody were ready to leave to KTV except me that still sat on the chair. You can guess what happened to me next, right? I thrown up like I've never thrown up before in my life. From 3 times to 5 times to 10 times to.....ok I lose count back then. Until my tummy have nothing to offer to my mouth, I still felt really want to do it as my tummy request....So that night for me will be an another night that I will remember as a first (maybe last?) wasted in Guangzhou.
Ok, let's talk about people. I think you're already know that Thai people are (and always be) the nicest people in the planet. Chinese (in Guangzhou) are often mean and cruel to other people. They are likely to fight at anything even though that's not a big thing at all. But one thing that surprised me the most, if you really get to know that particular people, they will likely to act nice with you as much as they could. Like neighbour, at first I didn't speak to them, so they act coldly with my arrival. But then, just 1 month, when I know them, they were nice to me even though I didn't do anything to them at all. They made dinner and invite me to join all the time, they invite me to swim all the time(which I can't swim). So I think this is the way of living that different from ours.
So I think I don't have anything left to tell here. Two month in that city opened my perception about something more than I live in Bangkok for the rest of my life. So in the next 3 month I will go back there, I really hope that this time I will be more prepare and prompt. Personally I can't wait for the next adventure of my live any longer.
You could have brain tumor by watching this contaminated turd. Nothing in Gentlemen Broncos pays off, it’s incoherent mess, and chock-full of incredibly annoying characters. You will not only loath this movie, but it also makes you want to punch someone who responsible for this abomination in the face.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Imagine if Akira got Live-Action treatment by... say Alfonso Cuarón, you know how awesome it might be? That’s what happened to "Fantastic Mr. Fox". Wes Anderson's auteur perfectly captured the quirkiness and blissful tone of the material. Its stop-motion technique might be a little crude and... somewhat unsophisticated, but that's the charm of it. You’ll feel like pop-up book unveiled before your eyes. This is an exceptional animation of the year.
Up in the Air is a blockbuster movie for people who think blockbuster movies are dumb, as it chock full of brilliantly written dialogue, and acting showcase for three talented actors (especially star-making turn by Anna Kendrick). But in the end, there's little to love, not so much story to chew on (plus disappointing third act), and no real connection to the meaning of human interaction as it intended to be.
I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009)
Cliché-ridden plot about a bunch of annoying characters get together in one idiotic circumstance, "I Love You, Beth Cooper" is shameless exploitation & biggest insult to 80s teen flicks. It's like memorizing magic trick from internet, hoping to perform like David Copperfield. Neither sense of wonder nor magic flare happens here. Only good thing is, it makes me wanna cleanse my soul with genuine 80s teen movie night marathon.
Everybody's Fine (2009)
Meh. The movie serious lack of originality & characters development. Only Robert De Niro comes out fine in this schmaltzy, "Lifetime" movie-of-the-week plot.
Paper Heart (2009)
Twee delight... That's only two words I can think of right now.
A perfect companion to Mary & Max (one of the best animation of 2009), Adam is star-crossed love story (pun intended) between Adam, Asperger's Syndrome bearer, and Beth, free spirit woman. The picture wouldn’t be this intimate without stunning performance by Hugh Dancy. On the other hand, the lack of depth on why Beth would love someone like Adam, preventing me from wholeheartedly embraces her choice in the end (which is nice & perfect but requires a leap of faith). Otherwise, this is touching romantic film, which putting its feet firmly on the ground, making the world full of hope and seems nicer place to live.
The Invention of Lying (2009)
Expected to be like “Click” or “Yes Man”, where high-concept plot turned into endless gags, with moral lesson (forcefully) shoving down your throat. But "The Invention of Lying" is thinking man’s film. The whole concept is not seeing how first lying man exploits the ability. But it's about him finding the way not to lie, in order to find genuine happiness. Great stuff.
Give ‘Em Hell Malone (2009)
This is one damn frustrating experience. It’s like watching an infant trying to stand up and walk. They would take a few steps then fall their asses. In fact, kiddie film like “Bugsy Malone” has done better job paying a tribute to film noir than this borefest.
ถ้าอังกฤษมีหนังซอมบี้ฮาแตกอย่าง Shaun of the Dead แล้ว ทำไมอเมริกาจะมีบ้างไม่ได้... Zombieland คือการผสมผสานระหว่างบรรดาหนังซอมบี้เก่าๆ เข้ากับทัศนคติของคนสร้างที่อาจดูหนังแนวนี้มากเกินความจำเป็น จนสามารถสร้างหนังซอมบี้ที่เข้าใจสิ่งที่ตัวเองเป็น และเล่นสนุกไปกับกฏพื้นฐานของซอมบี้ได้อย่างเต็มที่ ทั้งนี้ทั้งนั้นต้องยกความดีให้สี่นักแสดงนำ โดยเฉพาะ วู้ดดี้ ฮาเรลสัน (เขาเกิดมาเพื่อบทนี้) ที่ช่วยกันสร้างมนต์เสน่ห์ ให้กับการเดินทางในโลกไร้มนุษย์ได้อย่างเต็มที่
หนังมีไอเดียกิ๊บเก๋ ทำออกมาได้สนุกสนานสไตล์ซิตคอมอังกฤษ โดยเฉพาะการนำกฏเหล็กต่างๆจากหนังที่เกี่ยวกับการท่องเวลา (ดูเหมือนว่า Back to the Future จะเป็นแรงบรรดาลใจหลัก) มาปู้ยี้ปู้ยำอย่างเมามัน ถึงแม้ว่าตลอดเวลาการรับชมจะให้ความรู้สึก เหมือนตัวเองกำลังดูซีรี่ย์ทางโทรทัศน์ แต่มันก็คือตอนที่ฮาที่สุดของซีซั่น แถมเอฟเฟ็คที่ใช้ก็มีคุณภาพจนคาดไม่ถึง
Looking for Eric (2009)
มีความรู้สึกว่าหนังเรื่องนี้มองโลกในแง่ดีเกินบรรยากาศโดยรวม จริงอยู่ว่าทุกสิ่งทุกอย่างที่ลงเอยด้วยดีในตอนสุดท้ายนั้น สามารถสร้างความสุขและรอยยิ้มให้กับคนดู แต่จากสถานการณ์ในเรื่องและบริบทที่เกิดขึ้นก่อนหน้านี้ มันยากที่จะทำใจเชื่อในสิ่งที่เห็น โดยเฉพาะพล็อตรองเกี่ยวกับปืน ซึ่งถ้าถูกตัดออกไปและหนังยังดำเนินเรื่องอย่างที่เป็นอยู่ Looking for Eric ก็น่าจะเป็นหนังฟีลกู้ดที่อบอุ่นที่สุดเรื่องหนึ่งของปีเลยทีเดียว