Thursday, October 22, 2009

Movie Review. Inglourious Basterds. (2009)

I remember that, back in 1994, I was told that there was a film that I just had to see. It was directed by someone named Quentin Tarantino and the film was calledPulp Fiction. After seeing the film, I knew that I wanted to see more film by this director. After seeing his last film, Inglourious Basterds, I am not sure that I want to see anymore films directed by him.

The film, set in German-occupied France, tells the story of two plots to assassinate the Nazi political leadership, one planned by a young French Jewish cinema proprietress, the other by a team of American soldiers called the "Basterds". The team is led by 1st Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt)

While I was watching the film, I kept thinking, "What if this film would have been set in the present day and instead of the Nazi's we are given Al-Qaeda or the Taliban?" This would be a very bold move. Instead we are given the same, tired plot, given that the Nazis were the bogeyman back in 1944. Does Hollywood only consider the past evil men and pretend that the present day evil doesn't exist?

To me this was the main reason why this film failed for me. Since "Pulp Fiction", I have asked Tarantino to always give me another great film. I do not mind the reusing of old ideas into something new but with this film, we are given a lot of recycled material, but nothing new and instead of a new classic film, I see a 2+ hour adult anti-Nazi cartoon.

When you see the film in Korea please remember that the film is in English, French
German and Italian. I do not know if there will be English Subtitles or only Korean ones.

Please pass on this film when it opens in South Korea on 29 October 2009.

Grade: D+

Lt. Aldo Raine: You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, Business is a-boomin'.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Soju, my dog, Died on October 11th, 2009 of an apparent heart attack.

I really didn't notice anything wrong with her earlier in the day. We both went for our morning walk and we had a nice time. She came back home and rested. I took her out for a small walk that she enjoyed and then we came back in and a few moments later she threw up a few more times.

I knew that Sol Pet vet was open on Sunday, so we walked their, she pooped and vomited some more. The vet saw her and did a test for any toxic stuff that Soju might have eaten. The Vet told me that Soju was going to get some anti vomit medicine and no food for the next 24 hours.

Soju, then laid down next to me and I told her, "Looks like I take care of you one more time." I petted her and then 2 seconds later, She turned over on her back, started shaking and whimpering. I Then yelled for the vet asap and when he saw he, he ran and started to pump her heart.

She was going very stiff and the vet for the next 20+ minutes kept pumping her heart. I kept my eye on her during the entire time. I was crying a lot during that time. I kept Looking at my dog, kept hopping but it just wasn't meant to be. Soju died.

I just started to cry and cry for awhile. I went and paid the vet bill. I went back to say goodbye to Soju.

I told her that thank you for coming into my life and that I guess that God got a child that needed a big puppy and he came to take you home. I hope that when I get to heaven that you're there waiting for me.

Me and the vet talked for a few minutes and I thanked him for trying his best and I am sorry that this happened today. (I saw this man give me his best and I saw the pain in his eyes)I told him, I didn't know Soju's past but for the last 5+months Soju had someone that loved her and that spoiled her a lot.

I told him that a lot of the girls just loved Soju. I Called her a SAP (Spoiled Ass Princess)I told him about when I had to go back to the office on day 2 of me owning her and that she was so happy to see me. I looked back at Soju and said "Good-bye my puppy-wuppy and left.

The vet thinks that one of the young heart worms got into Soju's heart and that it killed her. What was very unusual that all of the other dogs at the vet all sat down. It was like they knew that a dog had died.

As I was typing this blog post Annie, who helped me get her from the Asan Animal shelter, texted me. I called her and we both cried over losing Soju today.

This place seems so empty without her here, but I know that she isn't in anymore pain.

Goodbye Soju, I loved you and you loved me. We both took care of each other.