Melatonin’

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Last night I had a dream that I was in some kind of orphanage, and there were all these kids there, doing the usual kids stuff, like playing with toys.  There were also small puddles of pee on some of the surfaces.  I was a prefect or teacher, I think, and at some point I put my hand in one of those puddles by accident.  The skin on my hand started to blister and eventually I had to explode them, which showered pus everywhere like pressurized waterbombs.  A few of the kids were watching from the sidelines, and I had to reassure them that, ‘it’s quite a normal occurrence’. At the end of the dream I was outside the orphanage, which was a kind of victorian brick work building in a playground that had some swings. Continue reading

Promotius – when fanning the flames gets ugly *Spoilers*

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Prometheus 3D had one of the most engrossing first acts i’ve ever seen. Set in the latter half of the 21st Century, you are introduced to new styles of depicting future technology.  Including some pretty funky GM fungus. I enjoyed the film immensely, the characters are great, and the story mysterious. However, there is one annoying issue I had with this film.

Growing a crowd of fans is probably a natural part of being a great fantasy/science fiction director, but the one thing I find annoying about fan culture, is the tendency to get over excited about pleasing them. AND why not? Pleasing fans will probably benefit the lifespan of the product, especially if it isn’t that famous yet, but sometimes I give a sigh when the product tries to do this by leaving trails of directorial clues. Like a row of goat droppings on a clean floor. When it’s not a cameo, or a part of the story, it just stinks like ugly branding.

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Insomnia and Hiking Trail’s

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I could not sleep the night before. The air conditioning was on, temperature and moisture at nominal levels. I even swam 500m that evening, just to get tired enough. The trouble was all in my mind. Questions about the little island of Hong Kong, ticking away like a bomb. Couldn’t be bothered to stay still when the morning came, so off on a walk I went. The route was recommended by my father.

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Bay versus Woo

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Image by CTBTO Photostream (Creative Commons)

Earlier today, an email blew into my mailbox stating in two sentences:

[‘You know how I love Michael Bay, and think he’s a genius? Well, did I ever tell you that as much as I like him, I hate John Woo even more‘]

The Rock was a great movie, and so was Hardboiled. The discussion of who’s better than who got a bit political after they kept making action hits that left the screen on fire. I happen to like John Woo films, more than Michael Bay films, but it made me wonder.  Where the hell did John Woo go? Did I miss the bullets at some point between Mission Impossible 3 and Prometheus? Continue reading

Two minutes under a Large Building

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Today, I came across a sight whilst walking through the Bank of China building in Central Hong Kong.

It was too dark for the phone camera, and I only lingered for 2 minutes, but I think I captured the gist of it. A bunch of tents in the HSBC tower, adorned with a makeshift school classroom, books and artwork peppering the sidelines. It almost looked official, if not for the huge tarpaulin signs.  I almost mistook ‘The GF Protest’ as ‘The Ground Floor Protest’, what, were there protests on the other floors as well? But actually ‘GF’ stands for ‘Grand Fraud’, which I learned from the main tarpaulin sign shielding the entrance of the HSBC cavern. Continue reading

Moonwax Narratives

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Zac Gvi invited about 12 people to convene in an indoor space to witness a performance piece, and then gave them 2 hours to do pretty much whatever they wanted. They were given a piece of paper with the performance instructions printed down the centre. But it must have just said ‘go crazy‘ in 250 words, because, fuck a duck, that’s exactly what happened ten minutes after he said ‘let’s go’. Continue reading

The Godfather in One minute and One take

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A refreshing idea inspired by the one minute video based on Forrest Gump. Thanks to the hip flop dance crew, Yoshio Goto and Elizabeth Sia, and the music by Zac Gvirtzmann and Ed hiller I managed to edit together the video above.  Some folks wanted me to make the entire trilogy in one minute, but they’re sleeping with the fishies now.