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17 October 2012 #449

At the Fridae Movie Club, we celebrate all sorts of movies from the thought-provoking to the purely entertaining. And this week, it's all about the entertainment and nostalgia factor.

Our pick of the week is maybe Rain's final film for a long time, Soar into the Sun. He plays a hotshot fighter pilot who is demoted to border patrol duty for his maverick antics. Thing is, North and South Korea are still on a war footing! The Korean superstar will be out of action for the next few years as he enters compulsory military service, but with this Top Gun-inspired film, we wouldn't be surprised if Rain gets to make more military genre films under the wing of the Korean army.

Hit and Run, a chase caper where a motley bunch of people chase each other in fast cars cross-country for various reasons ranging from money to revenge. It's a silly throwback to the caper classics like Cannonball Run and It's a Mad Mad Mad World, as perhaps envisioned by Tarantino adapting Elmore Leonard writing a 2010s novel with Facebook and gay hookup mobile apps making cameo appearances.

If you spliced the reels for Jurassic Park, The Blair Witch Project, and Paranormal Activity together, you might be able to assemble something quite like The Dinosaur Project. I kid you not: the draw of this movie is basically a bunch of explorers filming themselves getting eaten by dinosaurs. Thankfully, the film doesn't take itself seriously, so its silliness soon becomes ridiculously entertaining.

Till next week,

Vernon Chan

PICK OF THE WEEK
 

Soar Into the Sun (R2B: Return to Base)

Rain plays a hotshot pilot who is assigned to flight patrols in a bas at the border as a demotion for his hotshot maverick antics at an elite flying unit. Yoo Joon-sang is the top gun of the squadron as the "Iceman" of this film, and is the professional rival who despite being conservative and disapproving of mavericks, is the better pilot. Soar Into the Sun delivers with panache and without the slightly hint of irony builds up to a third act with square-jawed men saluting each other, saluting into the sun, saluting at fighter planes, and crying manly tears as they carry out a final mission that is both patriotic as well as an act of solidarity for a fellow pilot gunned down by a psychopathic DPRK top gun.

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Hit and Run
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Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Looper
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To Rome with Love
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The Words
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2012 Chinese Documentary Festival, Special Selection featuring Different Path, Same Way and I'm Here
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3 and 11 November 2012, agn├Ęs b. CINEMA, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
 

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